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Restaurant Week 2019

The Arc Alliance is proud to partner with local community restaurants and breweries for fundraising! RSVP details, and fundraising details are below. Click the links to learn more! September 5, 4PM to 9PM, The Black Gryphon, Elizabethtown, PA RSVP by calling 610-983-9333 mention fundraising event for The Arc Alliance Voucher needs to be presented at time of service. Voucher can be found in event Photos. September 6, 1PM to 8PM, IHOP, Lancaster, PA https://www.groupraise.com/events/97364-the-arc-alliance-at-ihop Mention to server at time of service that you are supporting The Arc Alliance September 7, 6:30AM to 9PM, Corner Bakery Cafe, Newtown, PA https://www.groupraise.com/events/97362-the-arc-alliance-at-corner-bakery-cafe Present groupraise site at check out; to-go orders (phone calls only) mention on call September 8, 3PM to 6PM, Chestnut Hill Brewing Company, Philadelphia, PA [...]

Interview With Kelly Weiss

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!

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.

Governor Wolf Proclamation – Direct Support Professional Recognition Week Sept. 9-15, 2018

Direct Support Professionals play a critical role for individuals with disabilities and their families. In many cases these staff become almost as close as family. The Arc Alliance and all our staff are honored to be part of our families lives. We are also happy that Governor Wolf has taken time to recognize those in our community who have dedicated their lives and careers to supporting individuals with disabilities and their families. As you see Governor Wolf has crafted and presented a state proclamation, identifying, September 9-15 2018 as a time to recognize and appreciate those professionals who contribute to the enhancement of the lives of individuals with disabilities. Although many families share their appreciation regularly with direct support staff, we urge you [...]

By |2018-09-13T10:24:28-04:00September 13th, 2018|Arc news, Blog, Blogroll|0 Comments

Someone In Our Corner – by Anne Marie Newell

My son Matthew's journey started when my son was diagnosed with PDD at 21 months.  We were soon thereafter introduced to MARC because we were told that he was entitled to certain therapies at home, including speech, OT and PT too, I believe.  These people were frequent visitors in our home to help Matthew bridge the gap in the areas that needed boosting, so they were coming often 2x per week.  As you can imagine, the therapists would eventually feel like friends because of the amount of time they spend with you and your child.  It is a good thing to have when you are just starting to get used to the "new life" with the impact the diagnosis can have on you as the [...]

By |2018-03-23T11:15:29-04:00March 23rd, 2018|Autism, Blog, Blogroll, Stories|0 Comments

AHCA/Medicaid block grants – potential negative impact

On Wednesday May 17, 2017 Julie Gerhart-Rothholz,  participated in a press conference with Senator Casey & Senator Maggie Hassan and an Occupational Therapist to address the AHCA and Medicaid block grants. As a parent and Boar Member of The Arc Alliance, Julie addressed the topic of how AHCA/Medicaid block grants can negatively impact her son Evan. Julie ended the session providing a significant context on this challenging issue. Link to Video It is extremely important for each of us to contact our legislators and tell them the potential impact these proposed changes will have on our loved ones. Join with Julie and let your voice be heard locally, state wide and nationally! Link to find your Legislator

By |2017-05-18T08:38:50-04:00May 18th, 2017|Blog, Blogroll, News & Views, Stories|0 Comments

Paul Stengle’s interview of Nancy Thaler Deputy Secretary of the Office of Developmental Programs

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 [...]

By |2017-04-05T12:40:23-04:00April 5th, 2017|BCTV shows, Blog, Blogroll, In the news, News & Views|0 Comments

Help Close State Centers for Persons with Developmental Disabilities

Please contact your state representative and ask them to sign on as a cosponsor to Rep. Kerry Benninghoff (R-Centre) memo that requires Department of Human Services (DHS) to develop a plan to close state centers by January 1, 2023. Do you know that Pennsylvania has 5 State Centers for Individuals with Intellectual & developmental disabilities? Thankfully there is a plan in place to close the Hamburg State Center, relocating 80 individuals into the community by 2018/19. However that means our state still has 4 State Centers (Like Pennhurst) in existence housing approximately 800+-individuals! This must end! Help those individuals still segregated and isolated in state centers by contacting your legislator and urging them to sign onto Rep. Kerry Benninghoff's Memo. Below is the link. [...]

By |2017-03-29T11:25:32-04:00March 29th, 2017|Blog, Blogroll|0 Comments

Berks County Commissioner, Christian Y. Leinbach Presents Paul Stengle, CEO of The Arc Alliance  Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month Proclamation for March 2017     Today we are pleased to express our appreciation to the Commissioners of Berks County as County Commissioner, Christian Y. Leinbach provides Paul Stengle with a county proclamation affirming March as Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month. The Arc movement is banding together with its 700+ network of chapters across the nation to mark Developmental Disability (DD) Awareness Month in March.  Powered by the energy of self-advocates, families and volunteers around the country, the month will commemorate the progress toward improving the lives of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) and stress the challenges that remain in achieving full inclusion for people with I/DD. Nearly a quarter [...]

By |2017-03-13T15:48:44-04:00March 13th, 2017|Blog, Blogroll, Stories|0 Comments

Hamburg State Center Closure Hearings

In support of Individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities, The Arc Alliance has been advocating and working with legislators and administrations for decades to resolve the five remaining state funded centers. The Arc Alliance is proud to commend Governor Tom Wolf, Department of Human Services Secretary Ted Dallas and all those in support for their courageous action in announcing the closure of the Hamburg State Center. Secretary Dallas expects the closure to take approximately 18-24 months. “For the 30 years I have been CEO of The Arc Alliance, our goal has been to provide individuals with the freedom of choice and support to live as independent a life as possible. Research has shown, people with developmental disabilities function better when living in the community with [...]

By |2017-02-01T11:18:29-04:00February 1st, 2017|Arc news, Blog, Blogroll, News & Views, Stories|0 Comments

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    September 5 - September 14
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    October 18 @ 7:00 pm - October 19 @ 12:00 am
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