Opportunity to recognize extraordinary Direct Support Professionals in Philadelphia
Have you ever experienced a Direct Support Professional engaged in superior work ethics? Or, have you ever thought about the level of detail a Direct Support Professional must consider to get their job done? Did they have the necessary resources to accomplish their tasks or did their level of creativity play a part in getting the job done? If you answered yes, then this is your opportunity to recognize that person in a Philadelphia city-wide celebration.
The Philadelphia Intellectual disAbility Services Public Awareness Committee will host its 17th Annual Points of Transformation Awards on Thursday, September 28, 2017. The committee is inviting the public to celebrate the accomplishments of those who have committed their careers to supporting people with an intellectual disAbility. The public is asked to help the committee to celebrate those deserving professionals and recognize their hard work by completing a nomination form describing why a particular Direct Supports Professional should be recognized.
Pennsylvania is Awarded for Performance Under the National Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA)
HARRISBURG (PRNewswire-USNewswire) -- Today, Secretary of Education Pedro A. Rivera announced that Pennsylvania has been recognized by the U.S. Department of Education (USDE) for its tenth consecutive year in compliance and performance with the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), Part B.
"It is an honor for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania to be recognized for ten years of dedicated service to some of our most vulnerable populations. I am proud of the work we are collectively doing and I applaud our educators, administrators, and staff for their commitment to excellence in providing a high-quality education to our students," said Secretary Rivera.
As one of seven of the biggest states in the country, Pennsylvania alone has been the only participator in compliance with USDE's standards for IDEA, Part B. In addition, this federal distinction was given to the commonwealth for programs that serve both school-aged children from ages three to 21, and children under the age of two.
As on-going efforts continue to improve education standards for the nation's seven million children with disabilities, IDEA was amended in 2004 to expand state efforts and encourage accountability. IDEA now requires individual states to develop a performance plan and an annual performance report that evaluates the state's continuous efforts to implement IDEA.
Pennsylvania was evaluated by USDE from data collected and considered from the commonwealth's performance plan, annual performance report, student participation on statewide assessments, and participation data from the National Assessment of Educational Progress. The commonwealth has achieved satisfactory reports and is not required to be part of any federal assistance or improvement plan.
"I look forward to continuing our efforts to improve scholastic results and support systems for students with disabilities," said Secretary Rivera. "I am proud that the commonwealth is being recognized for its efforts to provide equal opportunities to all students."
SOURCE: Pennsylvania Department of Education
Photo credit: Megan Soule
Mark your calendar! In recognition of the 27th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), ODEP's Campaign for Disability Employment (CDE) and Job Accommodation Network (JAN) are hosting a Twitter chat on July 27, 2:00-3:00 PM ET. Titled “#ADA27CDE — Celebrating 27 Years of the ADA: The Role of Accommodations in Workplace Inclusion,” the chat will feature special guest Tracie DeFreitas, a Lead Consultant at JAN. Don't miss this chance to engage with Tracie and others in an online discussion about the basics of accommodations and the critical role they play in maximizing employee productivity and creating a disability-inclusive workplace culture.
To participate in the conversation, please use the hashtag #ADA27CDE.
• Follow the CDE on Twitter
• Follow JAN on Twitter
If you would like information on how to participate in a Twitter, or tweet chat, The Mindful Social Media Coach blog has a great post to help - How to Participate in a Tweet Chat.
Resident was contagious between July 7-10
HARRISBURG (PRNewswire-USNewswire) -- Acting Secretary of Health and Physician General Dr. Rachel Levine today alerted residents of State College Borough, Centre County, that an individual has a confirmed case of measles and visited three local stores, potentially exposing others to the disease.
"If you visited these locations in the late afternoon or early evening of July 7 or 10, please contact your health care provider to determine if your immunizations are up to date," Dr. Levine said. "If you have been properly immunized against measles, your risk of getting the disease is minimal. However, if you believe you might have been exposed to measles and experience symptoms, please contact your health-care provider or call our toll-free hotline at 1-877-PA-HEALTH."
Exposures may have occurred at the following dates and locations in State College:
Measles is a highly contagious but vaccine-preventable disease that spreads through coughing, sneezing or other contact with the mucus or saliva of an infected person. Symptoms typically appear one to three weeks after infection and include: rash; high fever; cough; and red, watery eyes.
According to Centers for Disease Prevention and Control (CDC) those most at-risk are:
Even if you were vaccinated, you may still be at risk if you were vaccinated with an inactivated vaccine, which was used from 1963 through 1967, and have not been revaccinated; or you were born after 1957 and have only received one dose of MMR vaccine.
For more information on measles visit the Department of Health website at www.health.pa.gov or follow on Facebook and Twitter.
The Pennsylvania 2017-18 State Budget includes:
$26.5 million to serve more people in the community and strengthen support for adults with intellectual disabilities and autism.