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 [...]
President Biden’s speech announcing the American Jobs Plan, included a MAJOR announcement of an investment of $400 Billion to expand access to HCBS and support the direct care workforce. The plan is linked here: https://www.whitehouse.gov/briefing-room/statements-releases/2021/03/31/fact-sheet-the-american-jobs-plan/ Of specific note isn’t only the size of the investment, it is also the inclusion of both services and workforce supports AND the inclusion of a permanent reauthorization of the Money Follows the Person program. There are not a lot of specifics, and The Arc will be working with Congress to figure out how we can operationalize this in legislation. We will need everyone's support to see this important legislation becomes law. This package is expected to take until late summer/early fall to come together. President Biden’s plan will: [...]
“I am a foster mom and received a phone call for the placement of a ten week old baby who was abused at five weeks old. He suffered a traumatic brain injury. When I met him, I was stunned by his appearance. He held a downward gaze, his body was limp, and he did not have functional use of his limbs. The silence was deafening. He never cried. During discharge, I was taught how to administer his medications, feed him through a feeding tube, and was told he would never make ‘a meaningful recovery.’ It was heartbreaking. I had never cared for a medically fragile child before and I was unsure of what his future held. Colton proved them wrong. One of the [...]
On June 4th we had the pleasure of interviewing Kelly Weiss, the Owner & Operator of Perkiomen Valley Brewery, which will be opening at the end of June 2019. It is a local community nano brewery located in the Green Lane area of Montgomery County. The family created a comfortable place to gather in a mobility and sensory friendly environment. The brewery plans in the future to provide jobs for individuals with disabilities that are under-represented in the workforce. Please visit their website: https://perkiomenvalleybrewery.com/ - they are also on Facebook and Instagram! Watch the video below or follow the link to BCTV's website to learn more! https://youtu.be/nVXQwjptVvI https://www.bctv.org/video/employment-innovated-jobs-for-individuals-with-disabilities-6-4-19/
Congratulations Amy Daly and Matt Maikits! Nominated by their supervisors, The Arc Alliance Advocacy Services' Supports Coordinators, Amy Daly and Matt Maikits, were award recipients at this year's Max Award Ceremony. They were nominated for providing excellent support to their caseloads and going above & beyond for their individuals to ensure they are not only healthy and safe but have a quality of life that they deserve.
A special congratulations to Susan Ryan for being awarded "Educator of the Year" at this year's Developmental Disabilities Annual Awards Ceremony. "Susan Ryan is being recognized for her compassion and dedication to the children and families she serves as a Speech and Language Pathologist in Early Intervention through The Arc Alliance Children's Services. Her nominations came from families, other therapists, and colleagues. Susan is respected and admired for her many years of hard work, dedication, and passion. Susan is someone who truly goes "above and beyond" for her children and their families. She takes the time to get to know her children and families. Families that work with Susan know that she truly cares about their children and feel comforted by her willingness to [...]