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: [...]
The Arc Alliance 2017 Annual Report The 2016-17 year for The Arc Alliance was memorable on many levels. We were honored to work with so many individuals and their families in creating new and fulfilling life experiences. We are also pleased to have had the opportunity to play a part in influencing the state budget, providing an increase in support for many we serve. The 2016-17 year was marked by milestones and accomplishments and although the future is always uncertain we are focused and committed to working with individuals. families and our community in creating life experiences that exceed the probable. The Arc Alliance welcomes each of you to review our annual report and encourages you to join with us on [...]
Those in Attendance Families Kathy Morris – family member Daughter: Lyra Morris Grandmother: Madonna Melle Lindy Rolston- family member Son: Zachary Rolston Daughter: Natalie Rolston Jennifer Pineda- family member Daughter: Emily unable to attend The Arc of PA Maureen Cronin, Ex Director for The Arc of PA Achieva Sharon Richards, Vice President EI for Achieva The Arc Alliance Pat Leo- COO for The Arc Alliance Nancy Stimson, Asst. Director for The Arc Alliance Fran Crowe Asst. Director for The Arc Alliance Scott Camilleri- Ex. Director for The Arc Alliance Foundation Meeting with Governor Tom Wolf On Friday January 26, 2018 The Arc Alliance and a few families who [...]
The Arc Alliance's Pat Leo, COO and Michael Kudla CFO receive Bucks County's formal resolution recognizing March as Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Month. The Arc Alliance thanks the Bucks County Commissioners - Charles H. Martin,Chairman, Robert G. Loughery, Vice Chairman and Diane M. Ellis-Marseglia, LCSW for their support. The Arc Alliance continues its long history of support, service and advocacy on behalf of individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families. Raising awareness to both the issues individuals face and the need for community involvement has played and continues to play a significant role in the improvements to support and services individuals and their family receives. Your involvement throughout the year is important and appreciated. Join The Arc Alliance as a member and become [...]
On April 4th, 2017 Paul Stengle, CEO of The Arc Alliance, interviewed Nancy Thaler, Deputy Secretary of the Office of Developmental Programs (ODP), about updates with ODP and the potential impact on individuals and families. Paul Stangle and The Arc Alliance community, thanks Deputy Secretary Thaler, for her willingness to participate and her candid responses in this interview. As you will see there are significant changes taking place and The Arc Alliance is here for you and your family with resources and access to decision makers at each level. Below is the link to the full 27 minute interview. LINK To full interview taped Tuesday April 4th You are also able to view clips of the interview on The Arc Alliance Facebook Page. LINK TO [...]
Important Information for People with Disabilities and Their Families Pennsylvania Treasurer Joe Torsella is pleased to announce that the Pennsylvania ABLE Savings Program (PA ABLE) is open for enrollment. PA ABLE is an extraordinary, new, low-cost saving vehicle that allows people with disabilities and their families to have greater control of their finances and to plan for a more financially secure future. Saving with a PA ABLE account helps people to save for a wide range of disability-related expenses without jeopardizing government benefits. Plus, savings benefit from several great tax advantages, including tax-free growth when used for a wide range of qualified disability expenses. If you want to learn more about the features and benefits of the PA ABLE Savings [...]
The Arc of Pennsylvania outraged at 2016-2017 budget The Arc of Pennsylvania is outraged that the General Assembly passed a budget that further deteriorates the community support system for Pennsylvanians with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Following on the heels of the prolonged budget impasse that left the disability system reeling financially, the 2016-2017 budget phenomenally fails to address serious issues that threaten to throw Pennsylvanians with disabilities back into segregated institutions. The Arc of Pennsylvania and its chapters have met with hundreds of legislators and the Governor to explain what is happening to the disability supports system in Pennsylvania, but in light of the expected final 2016-2017 state budget it appears that the urgency of these issues has been lost on our elected officials [...]
Rep. Thomas Murt Addressing Participants at Awareness Walk On a chilly but sunny day several hundred individuals joined Representative Thomas Murt on an awareness walk highlighting intellectual and developmental disabilities. Rep. Murt is a devoted advocate for the rights of individuals with disabilities within the Pennsylvania House of Representatives. From coordinating awareness events like this walk in Horsham, to advocating and increasing funds devoted to reducing the I/DD and Autism Waiting list for individual services Rep. Murt champions the issues and concerns facing individuals and families in our community. The Arc Alliance commends and thanks Rep. Murt for all his work and support. Scott Camilleri & Rep. Thomas Murt addressing families Scott Camilleri, Executive Director of The Arc Alliance Foundation [...]