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- [...]
On Saturday May 12th, The Arc Alliance co-sponsored a rally with Shared Support “Broken Promises to Moms – Rally for the Crisis.” Christine Martin – board member and president of Shared Support with her staff, did a great job recruiting speakers and getting folks out to the rally. Pat from The Arc Alliance, was outstanding as she opened the event and introducing each speaker. Several Moms’ spoke to the crowd of over 275 as did Senator Bob Mensch. There were many exciting moments, however, two of the rally highlights were the spontaneous chants from the crowd, “No More Cuts” and the impassioned open-mic time at the end of the event, where many individuals and family members spoke from their heart. Wish you all could [...]
Governor Corbett’s budget affects those who through no fault of their own, are the most vulnerable children and adults with intellectual disabilities! While the proposed budget call...s for an increase of 3.9% for State Centers/Institutions Governor Corbett is cutting over $146 million of support and services for families! Follow the link for more details on this critical and strategic event! Link to The Arc Alliance Events Page for this and other upcoming events!
In support of families and local providers of services to families and individuals with special needs, we are posting this letter to the editor from David H. Crosson, CEO Indian Creek Foundation. Join us on May 12th at 10am on the steps of the Doylestown Courthouse as The Arc Alliance and other providers and families rally to bring visability to this issue! Letter to the Editor Recently Governor Corbett released his budget for the fiscal year that starts July 1, 2012. The budget he is proposing reduces funding in seven areas of human services by 20 percent each. While we understand the need to manage a tight budget, the Governor’s proposal places a disproportionate share of the cuts on those who are the most [...]
The Govenors Budget does not take care of Individuals with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
Below is a link to a powerful YouTube video of Representative Tom Murt, as he testifies in front of the House Appropriations Committee, to the inability of the current administrations proposed budget to adequately address the issues facing Pennsylvania citizens with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Representative Murt cleary articulates the inequitable burden this administration is placing on families and providers by its policy and budgetary cuts. He's right when he says, no other industry would be subject to rate cuts mid-year, after services which the state has approved, have been provided. The haste to balance budgets must not be put on the shoulders of those in most need! His closing remarks bring to the forefront the critical issue of how short sighted the proposed budget is and the likely potential [...]
Live Call in telecast & web cast! Live Interview of Gary Alexander Jill Zielinski, Director of Supports Coordination for The Arc Alliance Advocacy Services and host of The Arc Alliance Building Bridges in the Community, will be interviewing Gary Alexander, Secretary of the Department of Welfare (DPW) and Paul Stengle, CEO of The Arc Alliance on BCTV Comcast channel 13 or streaming online March 1 at 11am. Jill will be engaging the Secretary of the DPW and the CEO of The Arc Alliance on several key and challenging issues of concern for families and individuals affected by Intellectual and developmental disabilities and delays. Topics will range from the current cut of 88,000 children from Medical Assistance benefits to a 3.4% increase to state centers. [...]