Are you interested in participating on the Disability Voting Coalition (DVC) Advisory Committee? The DVC Advisory Committee meets via teleconference once a month, currently scheduled for the third Tuesday of each month from 10:30 AM to 12 Noon.
Disability Rights Network (DRN) is committed to supporting a geographically and disability diverse advisory group. They want to expand and strengthen the DVC and are looking for individuals to help meet that goal. This is an exciting opportunity to have discussions about how we can each make a difference where we live.
Please share your interest, ideas and concerns with Deborah Delgado, Staff Person at DRN, at firstname.lastname@example.org, or 1-800-692-7443 x317.
DVC Advisory Committee Meeting 2015 Schedule:
January 20, 2015 10:30 – 12:00
February 17, 2015 10:30 – 12:00
March 17, 2015 10:30 – 12:00
April 21, 2015 10:30 – 12:00
May 19, 2015 10:30 – 12:00
June 16, 2015 10:30 – 12:00
The Disability Advocacy Support Hub (DASH) has arranged for an experienced grant writer to offer advanced training to Pennsylvania disability advocacy groups. C. Lu Conser will present on how to collaborate effectively with grantors grant and assure compliance with grant requirements. The training will be held Wednesday, January 21, 2015, from 1:30 - 3:00 PM, at various locations around the commonwealth.
For more information and to register, click here.
There is no cost for the training.
Dr. Marlene Chait, Disability Studies Educator / Consultant / Grant Development / Researcher, will appear on PA Independent Living online Radio Show, Friday, January 9, at 12:00 PM, to discuss topics of particular interest to women with disabilities.
Dr. Chait will discuss women as sexual beings, the overwhelming amount of physical, emotional, mental and covert abuse, isolation and other struggles they face, and the urgent need to meet the inclusion of seniors. Topics will also include her work with women who became disabled during military service, and the need for community based supports and further study.
Dr. Chait authored a dissertation entitled "An Exploratory Study About Women With Physical Disabilities: A Survey of Their Views on Personal Care Assistance Services (PAS), Sexuality Education, and Sexual Expression". She holds Doctorate in Education, Disability Studies/Transition Special Ed, from The George Washington University, and resides in the Greater Philadelphia area.
The PA Department of Labor and Industry’s Office of Vocational Rehabilitation (OVR)/Bureau of Blindness and Visual Services(BBVS), PA Statewide Independent Living Council (PASILC), and PA Office for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (ODHH) joined to support the goal to “Increase outreach and services to unserved and underserved persons who have a dual sensory loss of both vision and hearing, also known as Deaf Blind.” This pilot grant is a State Plan for Independent Living (SPIL) initiative funded with Federal and State monies. The Center for Independent Living of Central Pennsylvania (CILCP) is the manager of the DBLW program.
Support Service Providers (SSPs) are specially trained individuals that support persons with a dual sensory loss by providing environmental information. Over 24 states provide these needed services and Pennsylvania will now join that list. Persons who are Deaf Blind and apply for services will receive individualized training on how to utilize SSP services. Persons who are interested in becoming SSPs will participate in one of three statewide trainings, the first of which is being held in Pittsburgh on January 29-31, 2015. The second training for potential SSPs is being offered in the eastern part of the state in February and, lastly, in central PA in March. With statewide trainings completed, SSP services will begin in April, 2015.
For more information for persons who are Deaf Blind interested in participating in the program, or becoming a Support Service Provider, visit The Center for Independent Living of Central Pennsylvania's Deaf-Blind Living Well Services page.
Source: PA Department of Human Services
The Office of Developmental Programs (ODP) is making available for public review and comment the proposed set of amendments to the Consolidated, Person/Family Directed Support (P/FDS), and Adult Autism Waivers and accompanying transition plans.
INFORMATION REGARDING WHERE TO ACCESS THE WAIVER AMENDMENTS AND TRANSITION PLANS:
More information regarding ODP's proposed Consolidated, P/FDS and Adult Autism Waiver amendments and accompanying transition plans, including how to provide comments, can be found in the Pennsylvania Bulletin, Volume 44, Number 51 published on Saturday, December 20, 2014.
The Consolidated and P/FDS Waiver notice is available at http://www.pabulletin.com/secure/data/vol44/44-51/2638.html.
The Adult Autism Waiver notice is available at http://www.pabulletin.com/secure/data/vol44/44-51/2637.html.
The Consolidated Waiver amendment and accompanying transition plan documents are available at: http://www.dhs.state.pa.us/learnaboutdhs/waiverinformation/consolidatedwaiverforindividualswithintellectualdisabilities/index.htm l
The P/FDS Waiver amendment and accompanying transition plan documents are available at: http://www.dhs.state.pa.us/learnaboutDHS/waiverinformation/personfamilydirectedsupportwaiver/index.htm
The Adult Autism Waiver amendment and accompanying transition plan documents are available at: http://www.dhs.state.pa.us/learnaboutdhs/waiverinformation/adultaustismwaiver/index.htm.
WEBINAR INFORMATION :
ODP will also hold two webinars to receive comments on the proposed transition plans for the Consolidated, P/FDS and Adult Autism Waivers. Dates, times and links for registration to attend these webinars are as follows:
January 14, 2015
1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Register at the following link: http://myaccount.maestroconference.com/conference/register/2C0A3EGS75JYS7HW
January 15, 2015
9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Register at the following link: http://myaccount.maestroconference.com/conference/register/L8VF3HSLCP25UEK5
Source: PA Department of Human Services