Tuesday, Governor Wolf signed a proclamation announcing that September 12-18, 2021 is Direct Support Professional Recognition Week in Pennsylvania! This week is set aside to honor DSPs for the important work they do supporting individuals with Intellectual Disability or Autism (ID/A). PAR would like to thank Governor Wolf for his support of DSPs and in particular his proclamation of DSP Recognition Week every year of his seven years in office. You can read the full proclamation here. We look forward to seeing everyone celebrate DSP Recognition Week!
Emily has been a Supports Coordinator with The Arc Alliance for 6 years. Emily values the role she plays in enriching the quality of life for others. Emily always maintains a person-centered approach, and ensures that the individuals on her caseload have a voice for what they want in life. Emily has done a fantastic job in securing waiver funding for numerous individuals, as well as linking specific services to match the needs of those on her caseload. Emily is a tireless advocate and never shies away from a challenge. Outside of work Emily is a loving mother of 2 children. Family is everything to Emily, and she enjoys time spent with her husband, daughter, and son. Emily is a super-mom, who enjoys volunteering [...]
Amber Latsha (Support Coordinator) has been with The Arc Alliance for 3 years and her individuals would describe her as friendly, helpful, and outgoing. She is the 2021 recipient of the Kathy Sykes it’s all about community award of excellence. She is a team player who has helped out when there are open caseloads. She also has gone "beyond expectations" during the pandemic and brought groceries to families that didn't have food and has done wellness checks on individuals not on her caseload for suspected neglect. Amber approaches each situation with a positive attitude and always puts the person’s needs and desires at the forefront. She is a fierce advocate for all of her individuals and families.
We are excited to announce that Governor Wolf has signed Senate Bill 664 into law today as Act No. 66. Guidance from the Department of Education for parents and school districts is expected to be released shortly. Parents will now have until July 15th to decide on if they wish for their child to access the additional school year during the 2021-2022 school year. Thank you to all those that helped by joining our legislative zoom meetings and by reaching out to the governor in support.
Students with Disabilities Graduating at the End of the 2020-2021 School Year Must Have Access to an Additional Year!
Students with IDD who are turning 21 and set to graduate at the end of the 2020-2021 school year have lost integral transition services due to COVID-19. TAKE ACTION NOW - Tell Governor Wolf to Sign Senate Bill 664 into Law! Currently, Senate Bill 664 is before the Governor for him to sign into law! This bill would allow students with IDD turning 21 and about to graduate the ability to opt-in for an additional year during the 2021-2022 school year. Parents will have until July 15, 2021 to decide if they wish their child to access the 2021-2022 school year. With the deadline to decide fast approaching, it is imperative that Governor Wolf takes action NOW and signs Senate Bill 664 [...]
We've had the pleasure of being on Jay's team aka Seal team six since November 2015. Jay supervises 6 individuals and takes a person-centered approach in working with his supports coordinators. This is important as instead of the supports coordinators fitting the mold of the supervisor, he has shaped his role to meet his support coordinators needs as they all bring different strengths and needs to the table. Jay is not afraid to step up to the plate and back up a SC who needs support in a difficult situation or just be there for a SC whom needs emotional support. Hopefully Jay will continue his longevity as a supervisor as we could not picture a better supervisor than him!
An action that speaks in favor of, recommends, argues for a cause, supports or defends, or pleads on behalf of others are all the ways to describe advocacy. Tim Connors does all of these actions for the individuals he serves on a regular basis. He is always there to help his individuals find their voices. Tim’s individuals are very lucky to have him as their Supports Coordinator as he always ensures their wants and wishes are heard. Tim leads his teams with respect and kindness which paves the way for a positive long term relationship. The Arc Alliance Advocacy Services is lucky to have Tim as a strong advocate and leader on their team.
Ashley W. has been an SC for 12 years and is an exemplary example of all the characteristics a SC should possess. The majority of her clientele she has had since then because they see her as an asset to their team. She was most recently selected as Supports Coordinator of the Month by Transition Consultants for April 2021. She also has been dealing with a difficult situation that includes an investigation for one of her individuals with compassion and unwavering determination.”
In many ways, Alex is your typical 7th grader as he enjoys playing video games with friends and soccer. His sister, Isabelle, describes him as a “gamer”. In other ways, Alex is not your typical 7th grader. He has been an actor, a model, a public speaker, and a recent inductee to the National Honor Society. At 13 years old, Alex has even managed to earn a Personal Achievement Award from the Montgomery County Developmental Disabilities Council which he will receive on 6/3 in a virtual ceremony in which he is also the Keynote speaker. Alex happens to have Downs’ Syndrome and he has made it his life’s mission to spread awareness about the importance of inclusion of individuals with Downs’ Syndrome [...]
Please meet our new HR/Personnel Manager, Casey Sewell. Casey was previously a HR Generalist then a HR Admin/Special Projects Manager. She is currently completing her Masters on Human Resources Development from Drexel University which specializes in learning and performance, organizational development, employee retention and career development. Casey shared that it is a passion for her to work for an organization that supports and empowers others. She is looking forward to working with and supporting our staff that support all of the individuals and families we serve in the community. We look forward to getting to know and working with her and all the fresh ideas she will bring to The Arc Alliance family.