Hello everybody, This is a bit of a long blog but it's important! Today my blog will be about the budget impasse and its effects on organizations like The Arc Alliance and families they serve. Today, I have read a few articles pertaining to the budget impasse. If you did not know, Pennsylvania does not have a budget right now. If you are a typical person you may be thinking, I don’t know why I should care, it doesn’t affect me yet. However, down the road when your kid asks, why is this school program canceled or why can’t I go to physical therapy, you will have to tell them point-blank that the program is canceled and that the therapist isn’t working right now [...]
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Hello everybody, Today that blog will be about Pope Francis Blessing a boy with cerebral palsy. Before I start in on the actual blog I want to fair warn you that I do not normally talk about religion or anything having to deal with religion including blessings that is just how I feel. As you all know Pope Francis came to Philadelphia this past weekend, it was a big deal. I mean they made it impossible for people to drive just so that this guy could come and visit. Did you see any of it on TV? Today I am going to talk to you about my thoughts on a specific event. On Saturday, the Pope was driving in his motorcade and he saw [...]
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. [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
Hey Harrisburg, where's the budget? It doesn’t seem like many of our elected officials care about individuals with disabilities. As they are on break without a budget for the state, the citizens of Pennsylvania are the ones who suffer. Rep Gene DiGirolamo a true friend of those with disabilities has introduced a compromise budget which is currently not getting attention. DiGirolamo indicated that he has heard, legislators are not really hearing from constituents regarding supporting the restoration of the 10% cut to the block grants. We can change that today! Harrisburg and political negotiations of the budget impasse might feel like a world away, but the impact of the budget impasse is being felt in every county. The PA General Assembly is currently on break [...]
The Arc Alliance Children’s Services is pleased to announce the Grand Opening of The Arc Alliance Outpatient Therapy for children ages 3-21. Today families have an adaptive child and family focused physical, occupational, speech, and feeding pediatric therapeutic option, providing service in the most convenient settings. Call today for your initial consultation 610-382-5852. For more information check out our webpage! Link
May is Better Speech and Hearing Month: Great article on technology: Babies don't need smartphones Thank you Lori Nichol for sharing this article.
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 [...]