Read Across America day will be celebrated March 2, 2017. What you may not know, is that it also Read Captions Across America Day. This event is designed to emphasize the importance of captioned media (e.g., broadcast, internet, DVD, CD-ROM) as a reading tool for all children, not just those who are deaf or hard of hearing.
During the entire month of March, celebrate “Read Aloud Month” with Read Aloud 15 Minutes, a non-profit organization that recognizes the benefits of reading aloud to children and encourages families and caregivers to read aloud every day for at least 15 minutes. At readaloud.org there are tons of great resources that you will want to share with others in order to inspire reading every day. There are items available to download in the Partner Toolkit including:
Follow @EITA_PA to get your daily Read Aloud social media message during the month of March.
Today, Department of Human Services’ Office of Developmental Programs Deputy Secretary Nancy Thaler joined service providers at the Pennsylvania Advocacy and Resources for Autism and Intellectual Disability (PAR) meeting in Harrisburg to discuss how Governor Tom Wolf’s 2017-2018 budget is providing opportunities for thousands of Pennsylvanians with disabilities.
“The Wolf Administration is committed to supporting and investing in individuals with disabilities, and the governor’s proposed budget will enable more people to live and thrive in their communities,” said DHS Secretary Ted Dallas. “This budget provides the highest levels of support to people with disabilities in years, while saving taxpayers over 2 billion dollars through cuts, savings, and efficiencies.”
Wolf Administration Officials Discuss Implications of Affordable Care Act Repeal for Pennsylvania Consumers
Insurance Commissioner Teresa Miller, Secretary of Health Dr. Karen Murphy, and Secretary of Human Services Ted Dallas today joined Pennsylvania consumers to discuss the implications of repealing the Affordable Care Act for consumers around the commonwealth. More than 1.1 million Pennsylvanians currently receive coverage through the Affordable Care Act’s health insurance exchange and Medicaid expansion.
Commissioner Miller highlighted the advancements the Affordable Care Act has made in providing quality coverage for all Pennsylvanians. Because of the Affordable Care Act, more than 6.1. million Pennsylvanians benefit from access to free preventive care services, 5.4 million cannot be denied health insurance coverage due to a pre-existing condition, and 4.5 million are no longer subject to annual and lifetime limits that used to be placed on covered benefits. These protections benefit all Pennsylvanians and are not limited to those who receive coverage through the Medicaid expansion or a plan purchased on the exchange.
Commissioner Miller urged lawmakers in Washington, D.C. to keep the voices of consumers who are positively impacted by the Affordable Care Act in mind when considering the law’s future.
The Department of Health, in partnership with Pennsylvania System of Care, is holding Team UP For Families (TUFF) training for parents/caregivers of children with special health care needs. The training will be held on April 5, 2017 8:30 a.m.-3:00 p.m. at the Child Welfare Resource Center in Mechanicsburg, PA.
This six hour training is peer-lead and family centered. Families will learn to effectively communicate needs and concerns with providers. They will gain knowledge and skills to navigate service systems and decipher unfamiliar jargon. Families will also learn how to track a child’s treatment progress in daily life and also build a strong circle of support to meet ongoing challenges.
The parent/caregiver will be reimbursed for travel expenses and some child care. Hotel accommodations will be provided the evening of April 4, 2017, for those parent/caregivers traveling more than 50 miles to the training.
TUFF is especially recommended for families that are not well networked and are new to the system.
If you are aware of a parent/caregiver that would like to attend this training please contact Kim Wentzel by February 16, 2017.
Contact information for Kim Wentzel: 717-772-2763 or email@example.com.
As part of its efforts to reduce spending on vital human services, Congress is considering a disastrous plan to eliminate Supplemental Security Income (SSI) for children nationwide. This cash assistance, with an average benefit of $664 monthly, is narrowly limited to the most vulnerable children with disabilities: those who have marked and severe functional limitations who live in a household with low income and few assets. Often, parents use this income to cover the additional expenses associated with raising a child with disabilities, such as costs for exceptional child care needs, extra utility costs, time off from work to care for their child or take their child to medical appointments, safe and accessible housing, special diets, respite, and health care.
In Pennsylvania, close to 70,000 children are vulnerable to losing their SSI, among 1.3 million children nationwide.