Families in Crisis Montgomery County Human Services Roundtable Budget Cuts and Impasse

  On November 12th The Arc Alliance, Resources for Human Development and the MAX Association joined together in hosting a legislator discussion with families who have a loved one with special needs. Over 110 individuals representing families and providers of services and support came together with 10 legislators and Aids from Montgomery County to tell their stories of the budget impasse and how it is affecting their family. The legislators heard many examples of how the lack of a budget is impacting their loved one as well as requests for expansion of funding for Human Services in the future. Several families presented how their children, who graduated from High School this past May have been pushed to the margin because no new individuals with intellectual [...]

By |2015-11-13T10:16:12-05:00November 13th, 2015|Action alerts, Arc news, Blog, Blogroll, Chandler Balch, News & Views|0 Comments

Montgomery County Human Services Roundtable on the Impacts of State Budget Cuts and Impasse

Thursday November 12, 2015 10-11:30 AM Open Invitation The Arc Alliance, Resources for Human Development and the MAX Association are extremely concerned that in the midst of 5 month Budget impasse, liquor and pension discussions and arguments over shale tax, the needs of Pennsylvanians with significant disabilities are being forgotten.  In recent years, there have been severe cuts to crucial human services funding that our neighbors and friends depend on. These cuts, along with the current budget impasse, have had a real impact on Montgomery County human service providers, the people they serve and the families of those people. Last week the Montgomery County Department of Behavioral health announced that after four months of using county reserves to pay invoices to human service providers, [...]

Blood Drive at The Arc Alliance

Thank you for your support! On August 13th The Arc Alliance hosted a blood drive in support of The American Red Cross. As you may know August is one of the most difficult times for The Red Cross and for collecting needed blood donations. This year The Arc Alliance raised over 25 pints of needed blood.  The support of our volunteer donors will help and possibly save the loves of over 75 individuals in need! The Arc Alliance thanks all those who participated! The Arc Alliance provides many opportunities for the community to support one another as well as valued events and activities. For more information or to discover how you and your family can get involved, check out our website and the News/Activities section. [...]

By |2015-08-18T08:41:26-04:00August 18th, 2015|Arc news, Blog, Blood Drive, In the news, News & Views|0 Comments

Social Security – Celebrating Our Lifeline in August

Social Security – Celebrating Our Lifeline in August, The Arc Issues New National Policy Matters - Updated Link Provided by The Arc of the U.S. As The Arc celebrates Social Security’s 80th anniversary this August, we kick off the month by marking the 59th anniversary of Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI).  Signed into law on August 1, 1956 by President Dwight D. Eisenhower, SSDI insures nearly all American workers and their families in the event of life-changing disabilities.  Without SSDI, millions of people with significant disabilities – including people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) – would face financial dire straits and often unthinkable choices.  Learn more about SSDI and the action that we need Congress to take to maintain this lifeline on The Arc’s [...]

By |2015-08-18T08:27:17-04:00August 18th, 2015|Arc news, Blog, Community, In the news, News & Views, Resources|0 Comments

Lights, Camera Action!

Right to Left - Linda Chesney, Anthony Rogers, Joyce Boswick, Emily Smith and Scott Camilleri The Arc Alliance hosts a month program on BCTV a local cable channel based i Berks County. The program airs the first Tuesday of each month at 11am and then is replayed throughout the month. You can always link to the archived episodes through The Arc Alliance website. LINK The program has a simple format and goal, which is to inform and provide resources regarding Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, individuals rights and how The Arc Alliance can support them in life. This past Tuesday we had a great time discussing Supports Coordination and how The Arc Alliance Supports Coordinators help individuals inn the community.  Two individuals The [...]

By |2015-08-07T15:32:51-04:00August 7th, 2015|advocacy, Arc news, BCTV shows, Blog, Community, In the news, News & Views|0 Comments

Oh the places you’ll go!

Hello everybody, Today my blog will be about a wrap up of the whole blog year and what is coming up in the future. Sorry to say that this is my last blog for the 2014 – 2015 school year :-(  All good things must come to an end, but don't worry, I will be back next year in full swing. Before I get started reminiscing about the current year, I'd like to mention that the “What If…” campaign will also be in full swing next year. It's just the fact that we started so late and then I had never done that type of thing before. We are having trouble figuring out what direction we want to take it and hopefully by next [...]

By |2015-06-08T13:42:21-04:00June 8th, 2015|advocacy, Arc news, Blog, Blogroll, Chandler Balch, Special education|0 Comments

Chandler Balch – The Arc Alliance Awards Dinner

Hello everybody, today my blog will be about the ARC Alliance’s award banquet. As I mentioned in last week's blog, my friend received The Arc Alliance Volunteer Achievement Award at The Arc Alliance Award Banquet. Today I get to tell you all about the events of that night. The event was hosted by JP Mascaro and Sons in Audubon. There were about 100 people there including myself and Dr. Roche, the Assistant Superintendent of Spring-Ford High School. There were several volunteers supported by The Arc Alliance in one way or another, all coordinated by the volunteer coordinator, Carol Lawrence. I think she had the toughest job there, trying to keep track of all of us. It cannot be easy, but I give her credit. She [...]

By |2015-05-27T09:21:49-04:00May 27th, 2015|Arc news, Blog, Blogroll, Chandler Balch, Events|1 Comment

Chandler’s day in Harrisburg, The Arc’s Advocacy & Policy Day 2015

Hello everybody, Today my blog will be about my day in Harrisburg. Monday April 15th, The ARC Alliance and I went to Harrisburg to speak with some of our legislators. We talked about legislation that we want passed, just like we did when we went down to Washington. Mom and I went down to Harrisburg a day earlier which was good, because like many who travel we had problems checking into the hotel. Mom and I stayed at the Crown Royal which was where the event was held. When we got up to our room, it was a decent size, not too big not too small. The hotel room also had a decent size television with a lot of channels to choose from. In [...]

Chandlers day on Capitol Hill 2015

Hello everybody, today the blog will be about Capitol Hill Day 2015. Chandler & Congressman Costello On April 15th, Scott Camilleri, myself, Monica Wiggins, Paul Stengle and other representatives from The Arc Alliance went down to Washington, DC to lobby for resources for health care and other important issues. It was a lot of fun, but also very educational. I met with a representative of Senator Bob Casey and a rep for Congressman Joseph Pitts. My mom and I went down Tuesday and met Scott at the Russell Senate building at 8:30 AM. Our first meeting was at 9 o'clock a.m. with a staffer from Sen. Patrick Toomey’s office. For the first meeting with Senator Toomey’s representative, Scott and I did not [...]

By |2015-05-12T10:38:52-04:00May 12th, 2015|advocacy, Arc news, Blog, Blogroll, Chandler Balch, In the news|1 Comment

ABLE Act Passes House and Senate

We are thrilled to report that a few moments ago the United States Senate passed the ABLE Act which will now head to the President’s desk to become law! After 8 years of hard work, families are one step closer to being able to save more effectively for their children’s futures. Adult children with disabilities will be able to save for their own futures while maintaining services like Social Security and Medicaid. United States Congress Press release Casey-Burr ABLE Act Passes Senate, Heads to the President’s Desk to Become Law Casey and Burr-Led Effort Passes Easily with 78 Senate Cosponsors - Bill Previously Passed the House with 404-17 Margin ABLE Has Been Called “…the broadest legislation to help the disabled in nearly a quarter-century.” Washington, DC- [...]

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