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 [...]
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 [...]
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. [...]
Eight hundred thousand Pennsylvanians with disabilities and their families are about to receive some great news. Pennsylvania officially launches its PA ABLE Savings Program on April 3, 2017 in a HUGE media and legislative event in the Capitol Rotunda at 12:30 p.m. and we need you to be there! On that date, the PA Treasury ABLE program officially begins accepting accounts for enrollment and opens the door on hope for individuals with disabilities and the families who care for those loved ones. Join Treasurer Joe Torsella, U.S. Senator Robert Casey and PA Senator Lisa Baker as ABLE officially opens for business. As a leader who helped Treasury shape and create ABLE, we couldn’t imagine you not being there with us to celebrate the accomplishment [...]
Guardian This position performs a variety of guardian functions and activities, strong organizational skills, ability to multi-task, take initiative, must be a team player with strong interpersonal skills. Ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously meeting required deadlines. College degree preferred, but not necessary; knowledge of Medical Assistance, previous Guardianship experience and/or Certification a plus. Current FBI, Criminal History and Child Abuse clearances will be required to be presented at time hired. The employee must be legally authorized to drive a motor vehicle in the state of Pennsylvania Please submit your resume and letter of interest- to HR@TheArcAlliance.org
Supports Coordinator: Under the direction of the Supports Coordination Director. 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 at time of hire. The position involves the location, coordination, and monitoring of needed services and supports for persons supported. Assists participants in obtaining and coordinating needed waiver and other services. Please submit your resume and letter of interest to HR@TheArcAlliance.org
Get information about The Arc Alliance services at the Expo. Stop by our table and we will be happy to talk to you about our services from birth through adulthood.