LiveWell RERC has a new survey out with a focus on how people with disabilities use or would like to use mobile communication technology to monitor and manage their health. The information collected from this survey will be used to help researchers, designers, and engineers create new mHealth solutions to meet the needs of people with disabilities.
They are interested in learning about your experiences or interest in using three broad types of mHealth technology:
As a small expression of appreciation for your participation, the LiveWell RERC will donate $1.00 to each of the following 5 charities:
If you would be willing to participate, you can complete the questionnaire at the following link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/mHealthapps
If you have any questions, or wish to complete the survey by phone or paper copy, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or 404-350-7458
And please feel free to share the mHealth survey link with others who would like to participate.
Governor Tom Wolf announced today that Pennsylvanians struggling to pay home heating bills will now have until April 7 to apply for financial help through the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP).
The federally funded program was slated to end March 31, 2017, but the Wolf Administration decided that given the unpredictable weather this winter, Pennsylvania would extend the program, giving people extra time to apply for funding.
“Hundreds of thousands of Pennsylvania’s most vulnerable were able to heat their homes this winter because of LIHEAP,” said Governor Wolf. “By keeping the program open longer, we hope to provide additional assistance to those who are struggling to keep their family warm.”
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. Some households are eligible for both types of assistance. Cash grants are based on household income, family size, type of heating fuel and region. In addition to proof of income and household size, applicants must provide a recent bill or a statement from their fuel dealer verifying their customer status and the type of fuel used.
“Everyone deserves a safe, warm home. I encourage Pennsylvanians to apply today to ensure they have the necessary resources to stay warm as the climate continues to be unpredictable,” said Department of Human Services Secretary Ted Dallas.
Individuals can apply for a LIHEAP grant online at www.compass.state.pa.us or in person at their local county assistance office. They may also call the statewide toll-free hotline at 1-866-857-7095 with questions about the program.
For more information about LIHEAP, visit www.dhs.pa.gov.
In support of the Employment First initiative to help people with disabilities find employment, Governor Wolf and the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) announced a new Vanpool Incentive Program to create vanpools across the state that would provide a lower-cost alternative for people to commute to work.
“Transportation access can be a deciding factor in whether someone is able to work, so anything we can do to expand options is good for Pennsylvanians,” Governor Wolf said. “No matter their abilities, people should have access to jobs that pay.”
The program will invest up to $1 million annually and is open to government entities, non-profit entities and transportation companies. Approved vanpools will be offered an initial 50-percent cost incentive, up to $800 per vanpool per month based on van size, that is phased out over three years for non-ADA accessible vanpools.
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Eight hundred thousand disabled Pennsylvanians are about to receive some great news and you are among the first to know!
Pennsylvania officially launches its PA ABLE Savings Program on April 3, 2017 in a HUGE media and legislative event in the Capitol Rotunda in Harrisburg at 12:30 p.m. and you are invited 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.
Organizations and individuals are encouraged to attend. Please RSVP to info@PAABLE.gov with your name and the number of people attending with you by March 30, 2017. More details will be provided to you once you RSVP your attendance.
In February 2017, the Department of Human Services (DHS) announced that licensing activities currently performed by the DHS Bureau of Human Services Licensing (BHSL) would transition to the program offices they support.
Nancy Thaler, Deputy Secretary, Office of Developmental (ODP) programs, announced that on April 1, 2017, Intellectual Disabilities Licensing (IDL) functions will transition to the Office of Developmental Programs (ODP). By incorporating licensing staff into the program office, they will be able to align their licensing efforts with the vision and values that guide ODP programs including being person-centered, increasing community integration and opportunities for employment, and promoting health and wellness. This change is also expected to enhance the use of staff resources and improve the technical assistance ODP is able to provide to service providers so they can improve program quality.