Disability Rights Network of Pennsylvania becomes Disability Rights Pennsylvania
The Disability Rights Network of Pennsylvania (DRN), a leader in disability rights legal and advocacy services for nearly forty (40) years, announced today that it has changed its name to Disability Rights Pennsylvania (DRP), effective immediately. The name change coincides with the release of a new logo.
"Disability Rights Pennsylvania simply states our purpose which is to protect and advocate for the rights of Pennsylvanians with disabilities.” said Peri Jude Radecic, Chief Executive Officer of DRP.
In addition to the name change, DRP’s website (www.drnpa.org) has moved to www.disabilityrightspa.org. DRP staff email addresses have changed from @drnpa.org to @disabilityrightspa.org.
Disability Rights Pennsylvania (DRP) is the statewide protection and advocacy agency for Pennsylvanians with disabilities. DRP protects and advocates for the rights of people with disabilities so that they may live the lives they choose, free from abuse, neglect, discrimination, and segregation. DRP’s vision is a Commonwealth where people of all abilities are equal and free.
The Client Assistance Program, CAP, is the statewide advocate for individuals with disabilities in Pennsylvania who are ready to work. CAP provides information, education and advocacy to clients of the OVR/BVS agencies. If you need help accessing the BVS system and would like some education about the vocational rehabilitation process, you should call CAP to receive the necessary vocational services you require to become successfully employed.
If you are blind/visually impaired and need some orientation and mobility and/or some assistive technology so that you can function well in employment and are having difficulties receiving these needed services, you can call CAP.
If you are looking to become your own self-advocate by being empowered with knowledge about your rights and responsibilities, call a CAP advocate at 215- 557-7112.
Visit the CAP website and Facebook page.
The PEAL Center, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, and LEND are hosting an Institute for youth with disabilities to become empowered by embracing their disabilities and learning self-advocacy skills.
The Institute will be held Sunday, February 28, from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., at 3535 Market St, Philadelphia, PA, 19104.
Youth with disability from southeastern Pennsylvania, ages 16-25, are encouraged to participate in a Youth Development Institute and to bring their experiences to the group. Exciting activities are planned for youth to network with other young leaders who are making a difference in their communities.
The Youth Development Institute works to promote the development of self-awareness, self-acceptance, self-advocacy, and self-determination of youth with disabilities. The YDI is meant to develop confident youth who have the necessary skills to self-advocates. The YDI leaders are responsible for fostering an atmosphere of acceptance, tolerance, and fun.
Click here to register.
All applications are due by Feb 19. Space is limited.
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Person Centered Thinking is a core concept at the foundation of the services and supports provided to people with intellectual disabilities and autism in Pennsylvania. All stakeholders are invited to come and learn about Person Centered Thinking and how it can be used to enhance the quality of support for people with developmental disabilities.
A two-day professional development opportunity worth twelve credit hours will be offered at various locations across the Commonwealth in March and April. Participants must attend both days in order to complete the training and receive a certificate of attendance. Training hours will be 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. There is no fee for the training or certificate.
This interactive training serves as a foundation for everyone involved in supporting people with developmental disabilities. During this training, participants will have the opportunity to develop their skills by completing a series of guided exercises. Participants will practice utilizing person-centered thinking resources and techniques. Information gathered using these skills can help teams develop meaningful Individual Support Plans that help people with disabilities achieve an Everyday Life.
Individuals, family members, Supports Coordinators (SCs), SC Supervisors, Provider Staff, Administrative Entity (AE) Staff and other interested parties are encouraged to register and attend.
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Pennsylvanians Urged to Use Extreme Caution as Dangerously Cold Temperatures Expected Across the Commonwealth this Weekend
Pennsylvania officials are urging everyone to take extra precautions in the coming days to prevent serious health issues as an arctic front is poised to bring frigid temperatures and dangerous wind chills of up to -30 degrees to some areas of the commonwealth beginning Friday and lasting throughout the weekend.
“My advice to Pennsylvanians is to stay home if at all possible and don’t risk the serious or life-threatening health problems that can occur in just 30 minutes or less if skin is exposed to these hazardous temperatures,” said Secretary of Health Dr. Karen Murphy. “Lower than normal temperatures and higher wind speeds, such as those we’re expecting this weekend, can cause heat to leave your body more quickly than normal and result in severe health issues.”
The most common cold-related problems are hypothermia and frostbite. Try to stay indoors as much as possible, but if you must go outside:
Frostbite causes a loss of feeling and color in affected areas, and symptoms include a white or grayish-yellow area of skin, numbness or skin that feels unusually firm or waxy.
Seek medical attention if it is suspected that you or your loved ones have hypothermia or frostbite. Infants and older Pennsylvanians are at greater risk of serious cold-related health issues and should be checked frequently to ensure they are warm enough during cold weather.
“Recognizing that extreme cold temperatures can permanently injure or cause death, it’s important to check on our elderly neighbors to ensure that they have adequate heat and power,” said Secretary of Aging Teresa Osborne. “During this arctic blast, a quick check-in with your elderly family members and neighbors can make big difference and may even save a life.”
Pennsylvania renters and homeowners who are financially eligible can request crisis or regular Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) grants to help pay energy bills through April 1, 2016. LIHEAP offers assistance in the form of a cash grant sent directly to the utility company or a crisis grant for households in immediate danger of being without heat. Cash grants are based on household income, family size, type of heating fuel and region. LIHEAP also provides funds to repair heating equipment.
“We know winter can be an especially difficult time for the commonwealth’s most vulnerable residents, including older Pennsylvanians, children and individuals with a disability,” said Department of Human Services Secretary Ted Dallas. “We want all Pennsylvanians to stay warm through these cold days.”
People can apply for LIHEAP and other DHS assistance at www.compass.state.pa.us. Paper applications are available at local county assistance offices or by downloading and printing applications from the DHS website. For helpful tips on keeping warm throughout the winter while saving money on utility costs, visit www.energysavers.gov.
Visit the Department of Health’s website for more cold-weather tips at www.health.pa.gov.