Pennsylvania Developmental Disabilities Council (PADDC)

Pennsylvania Developmental Disabilities Council (PADDC) We envision a Commonwealth comprised of inclusive communities where all people with disabilities are valued and thrive. PADDC Value Statements ─ Guiding Principles, What We Stand For, What We Believe Empowerment – We engage in activities which meaningfully involve people with disabilities from start to finish.

Inclusion – We prefer activities to be integrated with people without disabilities in regular and generic settings. Systems Change – We promote activities that make wide reaching changes through broad social and cultural systems. Cross-disability – We fund activities in common areas such as housing, health, employment, and community inclusion. Natural Part of the Human Condition – We believe disability is a natural part of the human condition – we see disability as a difference, not a deficit. Intersectionality – We believe that the skills involved in understanding disability are related to the skills of embracing all forms of diversity. Generic Social Change – We work to change generic systems for all people in ways that do not relate solely to disability.

Mission: The Council engages in advocacy, systems change and capacity building for people with developmental disabilities and their families in order to: *Support people with disabilities in taking control of their own lives *Ensure access to goods, services, and supports *Build inclusive communities *Pursue a cross-disability agenda *Change negative societal attitudes towards people with disabilities In so doing we will bring about benefits to individuals with disabilities other than developmental disabilities and, indeed, to all people.

Operating as usual

We are saddened to share that Denise M. Brown, of Jenkintown, passed away on Friday, October 30, 2020. Denise was a PADD...
11/04/2020
Denise Brown Obituary - Jenkintown, Pennsylvania - Craft-Givnish Funeral Home of Abington, Ltd.

We are saddened to share that Denise M. Brown, of Jenkintown, passed away on Friday, October 30, 2020. Denise was a PADDC committee member and a strong advocate for individuals with disabilities and their families. Denise was actively involved with Council over the years as a lead on several projects and she was always first to volunteer to assist staff with planning larger events or to join a workgroup. She was a kind women and a loving mother. Denise’s obituary is linked below.
http://lifecelebration.tributes.com/obituary/show/Denise-M.-Brown-108499382

Obituary, funeral and service information for Denise M. Brown from Jenkintown, Pennsylvania. Funeral services by Craft-Givnish Funeral Home of Abington, Ltd..

Successful Results of ADA Accessibility Review for All Polling Places in Eastern District of PA | BCTV
11/03/2020
Successful Results of ADA Accessibility Review for All Polling Places in Eastern District of PA | BCTV

Successful Results of ADA Accessibility Review for All Polling Places in Eastern District of PA | BCTV

PHILADELPHIA – United States Attorney William M. McSwain announced the results of a review of all election polling places in the Eastern District of Pennsylvania to determine their compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990. This massive undertaking, which was announced on F...

11/03/2020

Don't forget!! ☎️ ELECTION HOTLINE - 800-692-7443 ☎️ ---- Disability Rights Pennsylvania will operate an email and telephone hotline to provide voter assistance to persons with disabilities in Pennsylvania. TODAY, DRP will staff the Election Day hotline from 7:00 am to 8:00 pm for any issues related to the vote for Pennsylvanians with disabilities. Email DRP at [email protected] or call 800-692-7443

Philadelphia - from the Mayor's Commission on People with Disabilities: "....approximately 16 percent of Philadelphians ...
10/30/2020
Statement from the Mayor’s Commission on People with Disabilities Regarding the Death of Walter Wallace, Jr. | Mayor's Office for People with Disabilities

Philadelphia - from the Mayor's Commission on People with Disabilities:
"....approximately 16 percent of Philadelphians identify as having a disability. Moreover, we know that in America a disproportionate number of people with disabilities have reported experiencing police violence. As the City reviews this tragedy, our Commission affirms that not only do Black Lives Matter— but Black disabled lives matter, too." https://www.phila.gov/2020-10-29-statement-from-the-mayors-commission-on-people-with-disabilities-regarding-the-death-of-walter-wallace-jr/

Statement from the Mayor’s Commission on People with Disabilities Regarding the Death of Walter Wallace, Jr.

📣 Check out our PADDC Fall Outlooks Newsletter, now online on our website here ---> https://www.paddc.org/wp-content/upl...
10/29/2020

📣 Check out our PADDC Fall Outlooks Newsletter, now online on our website here --->https://www.paddc.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/10/PADDC-Outlooks-Fall-2020.pdf

“Close to 1 in every 6 eligible voters in the 2020 election could have extra trouble voting at the polls because of a di...
10/29/2020
Heading To The Polls? If You Have A Disability, Here's What To Know

“Close to 1 in every 6 eligible voters in the 2020 election could have extra trouble voting at the polls because of a disability. Here are some tips to ensure you can cast your ballot.”

Plan ahead and know your rights. And don't leave that polling place without casting your ballot.

We are so deeply saddened at the passing of our former Executive Director, visionary leader and friend - Graham Mulholla...
10/23/2020
Statement on Passing of Graham Mulholland, Former PADDC Executive Director | Pennsylvania Developmental Disabilities Council

We are so deeply saddened at the passing of our former Executive Director, visionary leader and friend - Graham Mulholland. Our hearts and prayers go out to his family, friends and all who loved him.

We are saddened by the passing of Graham Mulholland, a great leader and dear friend to many in the disability community. Graham served as the executive director of the PADDC from 1997 through his retirement in 2019. He was a brilliant thinker and visionary. Graham believed that people with disabilit...

"The film takes viewers through his journey dealing with a rare medical condition, chronic pain, the evolution of his cr...
10/23/2020
Pittsburgh native featured in ‘Crutch’ documentary doesn’t lean on disability

"The film takes viewers through his journey dealing with a rare medical condition, chronic pain, the evolution of his crutch dancing and skating to his growth into a performance artist. It shows his street performances, in which he exposes the hidden world of assumptions disabled people encounter in public, on a daily basis."

https://triblive.com/aande/movies-tv/pittsburgh-native-featured-in-crutch-documentary-doesnt-lean-on-disability/

Everyone uses crutches. Some are just invisible. As Bill Shannon crosses a city street on film, his movements are unstable with crutches under each arm. He collapses on a patch of grass after reaching the other side. What you see is man with a disability who has fallen. What you

Congratulations to Susan Tachau from Pennsylvania Assistive Technology Foundation PATF on this prestigious award!  Way t...
10/23/2020

Congratulations to Susan Tachau from Pennsylvania Assistive Technology Foundation PATF on this prestigious award! Way to go!🎉

Congratulations to our co-founder and CEO, Susan Tachau on winning the 2021 AARP Purpose Prize! AARP is honoring Susan and four other remarkable adults changing the world, along with Golden Globe award-winning actor and activist Glenn Close for her co-founding Bring Change to Mind, a charity dedicated to confronting the stigma associated with mental illness.

This national award celebrates people 50-plus who are using their knowledge and life experience to solve tough social problems. “I’m honored that AARP recognizes our work to empower individuals with disabilities and older Pennsylvanians through access to technology and financial inclusion,” shares Susan.

We are so proud to work alongside you, Susan, and thrilled to celebrate your impact on our community.

Learn more about Susan and the AARP Purpose Prize: https://patf.us/aarp-purpose-prize-winner-susan-tachau/

"People with disabilities have the potential to be a powerful voting bloc, research shows. More than 38 million people w...
10/22/2020
1 in 6 Pennsylvania voters has a disability. Why don't candidates campaign for their support?

"People with disabilities have the potential to be a powerful voting bloc, research shows. More than 38 million people with disabilities are eligible to vote -- about 16% of the American electorate, according to a September Rutgers University study. In Pennsylvania, a pivotal swing state that could determine who wins the White House, people with disabilities represent more than 17% of the electorate."

https://insurancenewsnet.com/oarticle/1-in-6-pennsylvania-voters-has-a-disability-why-dont-candidates-campaign-for-their-support#

Oct. 20-- Zachary Lewis has watched politicians compete for votes from the middle class, Latino voters, and LGBTQ communities. When I hear talk, I don't hear them talking to me at all-- as a human being, as a person with a disability, said Lewis, who lives in West Philadelphia and is executive....

10/21/2020

☎️ ELECTION HOTLINE ☎️ ---- Disability Rights Pennsylvania will operate an email and telephone hotline to provide voter assistance to persons with disabilities in Pennsylvania. The hotline will start today and operate through Election Day, Tuesday, November 3, 2020. Voters with disabilities who have questions about absentee or mail-in ballots, casting a ballot from a long-term care facility, asking and receiving an accommodation from their county, finding their polling place or other issues prior to Election Day can email DRP at [email protected] or call 800-692-7443 Monday through Friday from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm.

On November 3, DRP will staff the Election Day hotline from 7:00 am to 8:00 pm for any issues related to the vote for Pennsylvanians with disabilities.

✅ Don't forget the Survey! We want to hear from Pennsylvanian's with disabilities and their families. Please share your ...
10/19/2020
Pennsylvania Developmental Disabilities Council- PADDC- Survey for Stakeholders | Pennsylvania Developmental Disabilities Council

✅ Don't forget the Survey! We want to hear from Pennsylvanian's with disabilities and their families. Please share your thoughts on the most pressing needs and issues by this ⏰ Wednesday, October 21!

Hello, Pennsylvanians! The DD Council is developing our Five Year Strategic Plan and we need your help. We want to know what you think are the most important issues facing people with disabilities in Pennsylvania. The survey may take you about 10-15 minutes to complete. First, we ask you for some ba...

The City of Philadelphia has launched “PHL Disability Access,” a public feedback process to gather input from Philadelph...
10/16/2020
City of Philadelphia Launches “PHL Disability Access” to Gather Resident Feedback on Draft ADA Transition Plan | Mayor's Office for People with Disabilities

The City of Philadelphia has launched “PHL Disability Access,” a public feedback process to gather input from Philadelphia residents on the City’s draft ADA Transition Plan. The draft plan, also released today, focuses on Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), which prohibits discrimination based on disability for state and local government services. A public comment period for the ADA Transition Plan will run October 15 – November 15, 2020. Click below to learn more, review the plan, and to provide feedback:

City of Philadelphia launches “PHL Disability Access” to gather resident feedback on draft ADA Transition Plan.

📊 Just one week left for the Survey! We want to hear from Pennsylvanians with disabilities and their families. What are ...
10/14/2020
Pennsylvania Developmental Disabilities Council- PADDC- Survey for Stakeholders | Pennsylvania Developmental Disabilities Council

📊 Just one week left for the Survey! We want to hear from Pennsylvanians with disabilities and their families. What are the most pressing issues of our time for you? 📊

SURVEY Pennsylvanians! We're developing our 5 Yr Strategic Plan & need your help. What are the most important issues facing people with disabilities in Pennsylvania. Complete the survey: https://www.paddc.org/pennsylvania-developmental-disabilities-council-paddc-survey-for-stakeholders/

Hello, Pennsylvanians! The DD Council is developing our Five Year Strategic Plan and we need your help. We want to know what you think are the most important issues facing people with disabilities in Pennsylvania. The survey may take you about 10-15 minutes to complete. First, we ask you for some ba...

✨This weekend, can we remind you about our survey? If you have some time, we hope that you can complete it - especially ...
10/10/2020
Pennsylvania Developmental Disabilities Council- PADDC- Survey for Stakeholders | Pennsylvania Developmental Disabilities Council

✨This weekend, can we remind you about our survey? If you have some time, we hope that you can complete it - especially if you are a person with disabilities or a family member of someone with a disability. We are developing our Five Year Strategic Plan and we need your help. We want to know what you think are the most important issues facing people with disabilities in Pennsylvania. We are specifically seeking the input of individuals with a disability and their families. Learn more here: https://www.paddc.org/pennsylvania-developmental-disabilities-council-paddc-survey-for-stakeholders/

Hello, Pennsylvanians! The DD Council is developing our Five Year Strategic Plan and we need your help. We want to know what you think are the most important issues facing people with disabilities in Pennsylvania. The survey may take you about 10-15 minutes to complete. First, we ask you for some ba...

"An annual visit to a gynecologist is stressful enough for women, but for those with a physical or intellectual disabili...
10/10/2020
UPMC Magee-Womens Hospital’s clinic specializes in patients with disabilities

"An annual visit to a gynecologist is stressful enough for women, but for those with a physical or intellectual disability, there can be added worries, said Dr. John A. Harris, director of the Center for Women with Disabilities at UPMC Magee-Womens Hospital in Oakland." https://triblive.com/news/health-now/upmc-magee-womens-hospitals-clinic-specializes-in-patients-with-disabilities

Joycelyn Banks gets off the lift of the accessible van. She maneuvers her way into the hospital lobby, onto an elevator and gets off at her floor. Banks enters the doctor’s office, where she’s greeted by registered nurse Jennifer Stephens. The two enter the patient room. Banks gets onto an

The Pennsylvania state Senate recently approved legislation that would help increase the earning potential of workers wi...
10/09/2020
Legislation would financially assist workers with disabilities - Pennsylvania Business Report

The Pennsylvania state Senate recently approved legislation that would help increase the earning potential of workers with disabilities. Senate Bill 890 would create a new classification called Workers with Job Success. The classification would be similar to the Medical Assistance for Workers with Disabilities (MAWD) program.

The state Senate recently approved legislation that would help increase the earning potential of workers with disabilities. Senate Bill 890 would create a new classification called Workers with Job Success. The classification would be similar to the Medical Assistance for Workers with Disabilities (...

Please share Self Advocates United as 1 (SAU1) calendar (below) for self-advocates to connect!
10/09/2020
Self Advocates United as 1 (SAU1)

Please share Self Advocates United as 1 (SAU1) calendar (below) for self-advocates to connect!

Even though some things are starting to open up again,
a lot of us are still staying home more than we used to.

Do you want to connect with others while you're staying home?

We want to connect with you!

Check out our
Self Advocates United as 1—Antivirus Power Connect Calendar

Use YOUR power to stay connected through our projects
SAPNA, (Self Advocacy Power Network for All) and SASE (Self Advocate Support and Empowerment)

Join any or all of the calls by computer at https://zoom.us/j/624794330

Or by phone: dial (646)876-9923, then meeting ID: 624 794 330 ##.

Call 724 588 238 or email [email protected] to get the meeting password

All guests on all calls are required to share their first name and county.

Click the link below to find out more about the events we have coming up October 19th to November 6th!

We hope to see you on one or more of our calls soon!

https://www.dropbox.com/s/33whmnbbttu3u6f/Antivirus%20Power%20Connect%20Calendar%2010-19%20to%2011-6%20Electronic%20Version.docx?dl=0

🆕 From U.S. Department of Health and Human Services NEW: The application period is now open for providers to receive rel...
10/07/2020
CARES Act Provider Relief Fund: For Providers

🆕 From U.S. Department of Health and Human Services NEW: The application period is now open for providers to receive relief funds from the new $20 billion **Phase 3 Provider Relief Fund Program.** Apply now at https://bit.ly/36HLmY4

CARES Act Provider Relief Fund: For Providers

📊"The aim of this study was to gather evidence about the experiences of the direct support workforce during the COVID-19...
10/07/2020
Results of The Direct Support Workforce and COVID-19 National Survey 2020 | Results of the Direct Support Workforce and COVID-19 National Survey 2020

📊"The aim of this study was to gather evidence about the experiences of the direct support workforce during the COVID-19 pandemic and to inform efforts to better prepare for future waves of this pandemic."

https://publications.ici.umn.edu/community-living/covid19-survey/covid-19-survey-initial-results

Results of The Direct Support Workforce and COVID-19 National Survey 2020 Results of the Direct Support Workforce and COVID-19 National Survey 2020Download a PDF version of the Results of the Direct Support Workforce and COVID-19 National Survey 2020 Introduction and Background The direct support wo...

Survey for StakeholdersHello, Pennsylvanians! We are developing our Five Year Strategic Plan and we need your help. We w...
10/07/2020
Pennsylvania Developmental Disabilities Council- PADDC- Survey for Stakeholders | Pennsylvania Developmental Disabilities Council

Survey for Stakeholders

Hello, Pennsylvanians! We are developing our Five Year Strategic Plan and we need your help. We want to know what you think are the most important issues facing people with disabilities in Pennsylvania. We are specifically seeking the input of individuals with a disability and their families. Learn more here: https://www.paddc.org/pennsylvania-developmental-disabilities-council-paddc-survey-for-stakeholders/ Disability Rights Pennsylvania Institute on Disabilities at Temple University, College of Education The Arc of Pennsylvania 446 Bridges Self Advocates United as 1 (SAU1) Disability Pride Philadelphia Inc PEAL Center Abilities in Motion Pennsylvania Health Access Network Pennsylvania Health Law Project Good Neighbors Time Bank Pennsylvania Assistive Technology Foundation PATF

Hello, Pennsylvanians! The D.D. Council is developing our Five Year Strategic Plan and we need your help. We want to know what you think are the most important issues facing people with disabilities in Pennsylvania. The survey may take you about 10-15 minutes to complete. First, we ask you for some....

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We engage in advocacy, systems change and capacity building for people with developmental disabilities and their families in Pennsylvania in order to:


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    I want this page to  continue to be shared my goal is to reach 500 members by November 8. that is Jasmine‘s birthday that will be a very difficult day. the reason why I have not posted anything I have been advised to watch what I’m posting. there are some things going on that are very concerning it’s being looked into. I know Jasmine‘s mental health is not the only thing that’s being affected now her physical health is being affected I am asking everyone to please share her page. as I stated before I will not beg for donations if you find in your heart What has been done to Jasmine is injustice and you want help to I greatly appreciate it. Jasmine is counting on us Jasmine deserves her have day in court she deserves to be heard Jasmine did not deserve what is happening to her. I cannot give her the reinsurance that I once did I cannot give her a hug and tell her it’s gonna be OK I cannot wipe her tears away like I once did. Jasmine deserves to finally feel safe.Jasmine is being forced to take medicine against her will We must stand and we must be Jasmine‘s voice since everybody else wants to silence her. I will not stop until Jasmine gets justice I have a goal from October 30 to November 8 I want this page to reach 500 members if it’s more that will be amazing cause more people will read and share jasmine story and if we can reach $500 down payment for the lawyer that will be amazing if we raise more it would be greatly appreciated. anything and everything everybody is doing I appreciate it. Thank you for standing beside my family especially Jasmine through this difficult journey. Jasmine‘s birthday is November 8 I could not give her her birthday wish that was to come home we still have time to make something happen for Christmas thank you much love overwhelmed exhausted mom😢😢😢 Samson’s Voices & Village #SamsonVillage & Voices National Council on Disability Stand With Jae & Leah We Stand With Sophie Advocates for Abused and Neglected Children Disability Options Network National Institute of Mental Health  #westandwithyou #AllChildrenMatters
    Hey Everyone, NEPA Inclusive, located in Pittston, PA, is hosting a series of Zoom Webinars explaining how SMART Technology (Amazon Alexa, Google Home etc.) can positively affect and improve the lives of people with disabilities!!!! Our next two webinars are on November 4th and November 12th!!! Sign up and share!!! Thank you!!!   Visit the link to sign up!!!
    Please share with your group and network. https://specialisterneusa.com/2020/09/bnymellonpa2020/ Thank you.
    What penalty should there be for MURDERlNG a disabled person? #justiceformary #MaryCollins
    Hoping to get the word out about our new program offering! Join our Performance team and live your dream!
    Online Voter Registration is being offered by the American Association of People with Disabilities https://www.whenweallvote.org/aapdrevup/. Please share!
    I wish the laws would get change for guardianship
    I know this is not a state level issue, but can someone please tell me, how are we to get the 500 stimulus for our children? I jumped through hoops to get the 1200 only to not have my 16 yr old's NOT come. What am I missing?
    Hi Friends, A nurse colleague, Beverly Slemmer, and myself are opening a day program for young adults ages 18-59 with intellectual and physical disabilities. A Day With My Friends. The facility is near Sesame Place in Langhorne, PA. We are accepting applications for our day program opening in February 2020. We also provide home and community - based services for clients. website: Adaywithmyfriends.org Please take a look at our website and share if you'd like ....we are happy to help in reducing the waiting lists for such programs in the State of PA! adaywithmyfriends.
    From Disability Equality in Education (the Stigma Project) We are honored and excited to be shortlisted for the Zero Project The Zero Project was initiated by the Essl Foundation in 2008 and focuses on the rights of persons with disabilities globally. It is a platform where the most innovative and effective solutions to problems that persons with disabilities face, are shared. Its mission is to support the implementation of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UN CRPD) and to work for a world without barriers. They take a solutions-based approach to our work. Together with a continuously growing network of over 4,000 experts, with and without disabilities, in over 150 countries, we seek to identify the most innovative and effective Policies and Practices that improve the lives of persons with disabilities. And we tell the world about those Policies & Practices. Throughout the year, they also disseminate these solution-oriented approaches to decision makers and opinion leaders worldwide and present the results of our research at various national and international conferences, for example, at Side Events at the annual Conference of State Parties to UN CRPD in New York. The annual Zero Project Report presents the Policies & Practices that have been selected as the most innovative in their approach to that year’s theme. It also evaluated just how the UN CRPD is being implemented around the world. For this we created Social Indicators. In recent years, and based on the large network and growing expertise, the Zero Project has been developing other subprojects and formats that support the implementation of the UN CRPD, both internationally and specifically within Austria, the home country of the Zero Project. "For the first time ever, the Zero Project is publishing the Shortlist of projects for the Zero Project Awards. These nominated practices and policies have made it through a detailed quality check and through one round of peer-reviewing from experts – with and without disabilities – from around the world. From an incredible 469 nominations, 169 Practices and 24 Policies have made it through to the Shortlist. All shortlisted projects will be invited to attend the Zero Project Conference 2020 at the United Nations Offices in Vienna, Austria. The final vote is currently underway, which will determine which of these great projects will be finally selected as 2020 Zero Project Awardees on the topic of Education for people with disabilities. Around 75 Practices and 10 Policies will be chosen to be featured in the annual Zero Project Report and given speaking roles at the Conference to share their important and impactful work which supports education for people with disabilities." The final vote will be in October but we already have been invited to the Conference.
    So overwhelmed with trying to navigate OVR and BCTC to get proper trading / job skills for my son. Wait list lack of support staff. Uggghhh.
    Please share occupational therapy videos