The State Board of Vocational Rehabilitation is mandated by the State Vocational Rehabilitation Act, Act 167, of December 20, 1988, to establish the philosophy, mission and goals of the PA Office of Vocational Rehabilitation (OVR).
The Board is chaired by the Secretary of the Department of Labor & Industry, and consists of ten members, appointed by the Governor, who serve six-year terms. Members are appointed on the basis of respected standing, interest in the field of rehabilitation, and interest in serving. The Board meets four times a year at varying locations throughout the state.
Individuals who may be interested in serving on the Board should submit a resume and letter of interest to Cheryl Novak at firstname.lastname@example.org on or before November 30, 2017.
Georgetown University Center for Child and Human Development- UCEDD has developed a website, “Complex Moral Issues: End-of-Life Decisions for Adults with Significant Intellectual Disabilities,” to help guardians who have been given the responsibility to assist people who have never been able to express their intentions about end-of-life care and life-sustaining treatments due to the extent of their cognitive disability and limited ability to communicate abstract and complex messages.
The website includes Ethics Workup Exercises, a discussion of using a Think/Act/Plan planning process, frequently asked questions, and resources.
Click here to visit the website.
Nominations due by January 3, 2018
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Office of Minority Health (CMS OMH) would like you to share this announcement with your networks.
The HHS Office of Minority Health (OMH) is seeking nominations of qualified candidates to be considered for appointment as a member of the Advisory Committee on Minority Health (ACMH). The Committee provides advice to the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Minority Health on improving the health of racial and ethnic minority groups, and on the development of goals and specific program activities of OMH designed to improve the health status and outcomes of racial and ethnic minorities.
Nominations of qualified candidates are being sought to fill vacancies on the Committee. There are a total of four vacancies. OMH is particularly seeking nominations for individuals who can represent health interest of Hispanics/Latinos, Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians, and other Pacific Islanders. These positions will open July 2018. The deadline to submit nominations is January 3, 2018.
The Federal Register Notice for the Solicitation of Nominations for Appointment to the ACMH can be access by clicking here.
Online survey for people who require accessible parking, and/or have disabled placard or license plates, takes about 10 minutes and will have a major effect on policies related to parking for people with disabilities
Have you faced challenges when it comes to finding available parking? Have you been frustrated by parking spaces that are designated for people with disabilities but are used by those who don’t need them? What other parking problems do you encounter?
Here is your chance to share your experiences, insights, and challenges. AAPD is part of a newly-formed Accessible Parking Council to address these issues on a national scale.
If you require accessible parking and have a disabled placard or license plate, please take this 15-minute online survey on Accessible Parking and Placard Abuse to ensure your voice is heard.