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 [...]

The American Jobs Plan

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:  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: [...]

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- [...]

Thank you Welsh Subaru and Subaru of America!

The Arc Alliance is pleased to announce our relationship with Subaru of America, through our partnership with Welsh Subaru of Limerick PA. Jeff Welsh, owner of Welsh Subaru is a longtime friend of The Arc Alliance and various local non-profit organizations impacting the lives of individuals with special needs, has identified The Arc Alliance as their charity of choice for the December “Share the Love” campaign. The Subaru "Share the Love" is an annual sales event, the automaker donates $250 to a nonprofit charitable organization for every new vehicle sold or leased. The promotion runs from November 20, 2014 - January 2, 2015, with proceeds benefiting identified charities. Although automakers are typically a charitable bunch, few tie the idea of giving into a sales [...]

By |2014-09-03T03:00:48-04:00August 14th, 2014|Blog, Blogroll, In the news, Releases, Support|0 Comments

Steve Suroviec New Deputy Secretary for the Office of Developmental Programs

Steve Suroviec, a long time friend of The Arc and the former Executive Director of The Arc of PA ('03 - '11) has been appointed starting July 1 as the new Deputy Secretary for the Office of Developmental Programs. Steve is currently the Executive Director of the Office of Vocational Rehabilitation, which assists people with disabilities to secure and maintain employment and independence.  Steve has over 20 years of disability policy experience. Prior to this advocacy role, he held several positions within local, state, and federal governments, including:  Director of Human Services for Erie County, overseeing the county’s MH/ID, Drug & Alcohol, and Children & Youth offices (’02 – ’03); Policy Director and Deputy Secretary for Health Promotion & Disease Prevention for the Pennsylvania [...]

By |2014-06-11T18:07:00-04:00June 11th, 2014|Arc news, Blog, Blogroll, In the news, Releases|0 Comments

Job Opening at The Arc Alliance

The Arc Alliance Advocacy Services has been continuing to see an increase in the number of individuals needing Support Coordination Services. The following position is now posted: Supports Coordinator.  Please contact Jill Zielinski with any questions about this positions. Supports Coordinator:  Under the direction of the Director of Supports Coordination Services:  Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university  which is supplemented by at least 12 college credits in sociology, social welfare, psychology, gerontology, criminal justice or other related social sciences.   Must present a clean PA Criminal background check, PA Child Abuse and FBI Criminal Record Check.   The position involves the location, coordination, and monitoring of needed services and supports for persons who are supported.  Assists participants in obtaining and coordination needed waiver and [...]

By |2012-04-20T13:35:41-04:00April 20th, 2012|advocacy, Advocacy update, Blog, Releases, Support|0 Comments

Broken Promises to Moms-Rally for the Crisis!

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!  

Funding Cuts to Human Services

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 [...]

Buck’s County Legislative Breakfast

Legislative Breakfast with Represenatives of Bucks CountyThis morning, several of The Arc Alliance executives, board members and service providers met with Bucks County  state representatives and staff members to discuss issues and challenges facing individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. We are grateful to Senator Robert Tomlinson of the 6th District, for his hospitality and work bringing together those we met with today. Paul Stengle & Albert Sutter Jr.At this meeting The Arc Alliance was pleased to present Senator Tomlinson The Arc Alliance's Vincent J. Fitzpatrick Award for his life-long achievements and contributions to significant improvements in the lives of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Senator Tomlinson was not able to be in attendance, however the Senators District Director, Albert Sutter Jr. graciously accepted the award from [...]

By |2012-03-08T20:01:13-05:00March 8th, 2012|advocacy, Arc news, Blog, In the news, Releases, Support|0 Comments

Why is DPW closing cases – why cut benefits to those most in need?

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. [...]

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