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.
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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 disab

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 disab

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A Lycoming County woman and parent of a person with autism, spoke candidly about her experiences, providing suggestions ...
05/05/2021
Mother speaks on law enforcement relations with autistic people

A Lycoming County woman and parent of a person with autism, spoke candidly about her experiences, providing suggestions for change in protocols in the courtroom and with law enforcement. “An individual with ASD (Autism Spectrum Disorder) is seven times more likely to have police interaction than their peers,” said Mattie. https://www.sungazette.com/news/top-news/2021/05/mother-speaks-on-law-enforcement-relations-with-autistic-people/

In the fourth virtual meeting to address criminal justice reform for Pennsylvanians with Autism, a Lycoming County woman and parent of a person with autism, spoke candidly about her experiences and provided suggestions for change in protocols in the courtroom and with law enforcement. Shelly Mattie,...

☎️  1-800-424-4345 - Help scheduling or getting to a vaccine appointment for those with Intellectual or Developmental Di...
05/04/2021
DHS details

☎️ 1-800-424-4345 - Help scheduling or getting to a vaccine appointment for those with Intellectual or Developmental Disabilities or Autism - Governor Tom Wolf discusses our partnership with the PA Office of Developmental Programs, Institute on Disabilities at Temple University, College of Education, the Special Olympics Pennsylvania, the The Arc of Pennsylvania, and Aging and Disability Resource Centers with Rite Aid. https://www.media.pa.gov/pages/DHS_details.aspx?newsid=702

Harrisburg, PA - Governor Tom Wolf today announced a partnership with Pennsylvania-based Rite Aid Pharmacy to ease access to COVID-19 vaccinations for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

✅NEW OPPORTUNITY✅We are accepting applications from agencies that are local and nongovernmental, and private non-profit ...
05/03/2021
New Opportunity! Organizations are Encouraged to Apply for a Seat on the Pennsylvania Developmental Disabilities Council | Pennsylvania Developmental Disabilities Council

✅NEW OPPORTUNITY✅
We are accepting applications from agencies that are local and nongovernmental, and private non-profit groups concerned with services for people with developmental disabilities that are interested in having a seat on the Council. Learn more: https://www.paddc.org/new-opportunity-organizations-are-encouraged-to-apply-for-a-seat-on-the-pennsylvania-developmental-disabilities-council/

The Pennsylvania Developmental Disabilities Council (PADDC) is accepting applications from agencies that are local and nongovernmental, and private non-profit groups concerned with services for people with developmental disabilities that are interested having a seat on the Council. Established throu...

☎️Rite Aid, the Office of Developmental Programs, Temple Institute on Disabilities, and PADDC have partnered to make it ...
04/28/2021
Rite Aid Partnership to Vaccinate Individuals with Intellectual Disability or Autism and Caregivers; New Call Center | Pennsylvania Developmental Disabilities Council

☎️Rite Aid, the Office of Developmental Programs, Temple Institute on Disabilities, and PADDC have partnered to make it easier to schedule people with a developmental disability, intellectual disability or autism and their caregivers for Covid-19 vaccine. Registration for vaccination appointments is easy, the person just needs to call the call center at 1-800-424-4345. https://www.paddc.org/rite-aid-partnership-to-vaccinate-individuals-with-intellectual-disability-or-autism-and-caregivers-new-call-center/

The Office of Developmental Programs (ODP), PADDC, Temple Institute on Disabilities, and Rite Aid have partnered to provide COVID-19 vaccines to individuals with a developmental disability, intellectual disability or autism and their caregivers at Rite Aid stores across the Commonwealth. They have a...

"In early March last year, just one week before the declaration of the Covid-19 pandemic, the Food and Drug Administrati...
04/28/2021
The FDA banned a form of shock treatment. But it's still in use.

"In early March last year, just one week before the declaration of the Covid-19 pandemic, the Food and Drug Administration took the rare step of banning the device, finding that the significant risk of harm outweighed any medical benefit it could bring." However, it is still in use at JRC.

https://www.nbcnews.com/health/health-care/decades-long-fight-over-electric-shock-treatment-led-fda-ban-n1265546

“What they’re doing is just taking people that have issues and just building more,” said Rico Torres, who was first shocked at eight years old.

Pennsylvania Coalition for Inclusive Community, of which our Council is a member, has created this informational page an...
04/22/2021
Action Alert: Submit A Comment To Support Home And Community Based Services

Pennsylvania Coalition for Inclusive Community, of which our Council is a member, has created this informational page and specific action steps for supporters regarding draft legislation called the Home and Community Based Services (HCBS) Access Act. Pennsylvania Senator Bob Casey is one of the Senators leading the legislative effort. Comments due by April 26th. Read about the proposed legislation and action steps:
https://pacoalitionforinclusivecommunity.home.blog/2021/04/16/action-alert-submit-a-comment-to-support-home-and-community-based-services/

Work is underway on legislation that could fundamentally transform the nation’s system of home- and community-based services, eliminating waiting lists and allowing people with disabilities to move…

Harrisburg, PA - The Department of Human Services Adult Community Autism Program (ACAP), a program that promotes integra...
04/21/2021
DHS details

Harrisburg, PA - The Department of Human Services Adult Community Autism Program (ACAP), a program that promotes integrated and meaningful employment for adults with autism, has been recognized by the Vienna, Austria-based Zero Project as a model deserving international attention and replication. https://www.media.pa.gov/pages/DHS_details.aspx?newsid=694

Harrisburg, PA - The Department of Human Services today announced that its Adult Community Autism Program (ACAP), a program that promotes integrated and meaningful employment for adults with autism, has been recognized by the Vienna, Austria-based Zero Project as a model deserving international at...

Disability Rights Pennsylvania is hosting a Program Goals and Objectives forum, specifically to hear from those with men...
04/19/2021
Program Goals and Objectives Forum for the Mental Health Community

Disability Rights Pennsylvania is hosting a Program Goals and Objectives forum, specifically to hear from those with mental illness and the mental health community, on Tuesday, April 20, 2021, at 7:00 PM. To register and to learn more:

Each year, our organization seeks comment from the disability community, in the form of an online survey and virtual forums, about their needs and how we may become better at addressing them. This year, we have expanded the number of our Program Goals and Objectives public forums to eight with each....

As a community development financial institutions (CDFI), Pennsylvania Assistive Technology Foundation (PATF) offers peo...
04/16/2021
Assistive technology can be prohibitively expensive. This org makes it accessible - Technical.ly Philly

As a community development financial institutions (CDFI), Pennsylvania Assistive Technology Foundation (PATF) offers people with disabilities loans at very low rates. The goal is to help them access the equipment necessary to have more stable lives. https://technical.ly/philly/2021/04/15/pennsylvania-assistive-technology-funding-disabilities/

The Pennsylvania Assistive Technology Foundation provides funding for assistive technology for people with disabilities.

Being a good disability ally requires more than goodwill.
04/16/2021
3 Ways Disability Allyship Can Go Off Track

Being a good disability ally requires more than goodwill.

as more people learn about disability issues, it’s important to be alert for ways that disability allies can lose their way. The following are three of the most common ways that even the best, most committed disability allies can go wrong.

The Office for Civil Rights released new guidance outlining legal standards under the federal civil rights laws prohibit...
04/13/2021
New Legal Guidance and Resources to Ensure -- and Expand -- Access to COVID-19 Vaccines for People with Disabilities and Older Adults | ACL Administration for Community Living

The Office for Civil Rights released new guidance outlining legal standards under the federal civil rights laws prohibiting disability discrimination and providing concrete examples of the application of the legal standards in the context of COVID-19 vaccine programs and how to implement them.

https://acl.gov/news-and-events/announcements/new-legal-guidance-and-resources-ensure-and-expand-access-covid-19

April 13, 2021 As part of a shared commitment to President Biden’s National Strategy and Executive Order to ensure an equitable COVID-19 response, the Office for Civil Rights (OCR), the Administration for Community Living (ACL), and the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation...

In the Lehigh Valley Mikayla's Voice -- "Mikayla’s third grade class agreed to write her biography, which became the boo...
04/13/2021
From the mouths of babes: Books about kids with disabilities, written by kids for kids, making their way into home libraries

In the Lehigh Valley Mikayla's Voice -- "Mikayla’s third grade class agreed to write her biography, which became the book published in 2006, “Our Friend Mikayla” — now one of several dozen books recommended by the Lehigh Valley Reads campaign, which has shifted its focus this year to building diverse at-home libraries for kids."

Shifting its focus to building diverse home libraries for young readers this year, Lehigh Valley Reads has partnered with nonprofit Mikayla's Voice to include another asset in the discussion: books about children with disabilities.

04/13/2021

Don't forget to register for our COVID-19 Vaccine and DSP'S event on Thursday with National Alliance for Direct Support Professionals - NADSP! To register for the event click here! HTTPS://RB.GY/RDUYCR

#GOTVaccine

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has new guidance for day centers and the people with disabilities they’re...
04/13/2021
CDC Issues COVID-19 Guidance For Day Centers Serving Adults With Disabilities

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has new guidance for day centers and the people with disabilities they’re serving during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. The guidance comes in two documents — one aimed at administrators and staff and another for participants and their caregivers
https://www.disabilityscoop.com/2021/04/13/cdc-issues-covid-19-guidance-for-day-centers-serving-adults-with-disabilities/29288/

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is offering up new guidance for day centers and the people with disabilities they're serving during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

Please assist the Information Sharing and Advisory Committee (ISAC) in disseminating the '' We are listening and learnin...
04/10/2021
PA Department of Human Services: ODP Seeks Public Input

Please assist the Information Sharing and Advisory Committee (ISAC) in disseminating the '' We are listening and learning '' Survey. This survey is aimed at identifying and understanding any racial inequity within the Office of Developmental Programs' (ODP) service system in Pennsylvania.

Please assist the Information Sharing and Advisory Committee (ISAC) in disseminating the ‘’We are listening and learning’’ Survey. This survey is aimed at identifying and understanding any racial inequity within the Office of Developmental Programs’ (ODP) service system. Information gather...

Members of Pittsburgh’s autistic and filmmaking communities  set out to make a movie of their own that accurately showed...
04/09/2021
Local autism community shares their story in short film 'Parallels'

Members of Pittsburgh’s autistic and filmmaking communities set out to make a movie of their own that accurately showed what living with autism is like. The final product is “Parallels,” a short film created almost entirely by Pittsburghers with disabilities that digs into the relationship between a high school student with autism and his neurotypical brother.

❗️ The 2021 Pennsylvania Community Alliance Summit is scheduled for the third week in August 2021 and will be virtual!  ...
04/06/2021

❗️ The 2021 Pennsylvania Community Alliance Summit is scheduled for the third week in August 2021 and will be virtual! This year’s theme is: Recover, Rebuild, Reform. There are many reasons 2020 and 2021 have been stressful and traumatic for some communities, but also transformational and motivating for others. We are seeking experts to provide background information on an important issue impacting their community, and then to facilitate a group discussion. LEARN MORE: https://www.paddc.org/pa-community-alliance-summit-seeking-subject-matter-experts-to-facilitate-discussions/

❗️ The 2021 Pennsylvania Community Alliance Summit is scheduled for the third week in August 2021 and will be virtual! This year’s theme is: Recover, Rebuild, Reform. There are many reasons 2020 and 2021 have been stressful and traumatic for some communities, but also transformational and motivating for others. We are seeking experts to provide background information on an important issue impacting their community, and then to facilitate a group discussion. LEARN MORE: https://www.paddc.org/pa-community-alliance-summit-seeking-subject-matter-experts-to-facilitate-discussions/

PA Senator Bob Casey, who introduced the provision to include funds for home and community-based care into the recently ...
04/04/2021
Casey: $12.7 billion in stimulus bill for home, community-based care, but more needed

PA Senator Bob Casey, who introduced the provision to include funds for home and community-based care into the recently passed American Rescue Plan, discusses the funding, as well as problems with the current structure of home and community-based care. https://www.goerie.com/story/news/politics/government/2021/04/01/casey-12-7-billion-stimulus-home-community-based-care/4837693001/

Casey spoke with people with disabilities Thursday, including representatives from the Erie-based Voices for Independence, about receiving in-home medical care.

Information about this year's Disability and Mental Health summit on April 12 and 13.
03/31/2021

Information about this year's Disability and Mental Health summit on April 12 and 13.

Today, the  National Association of Councils on Developmental Disabilities (NACDD) debuted the Get Out The Vaccine websi...
03/31/2021
Get Out The Vaccine

Today, the National Association of Councils on Developmental Disabilities (NACDD) debuted the Get Out The Vaccine website and called on people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD), their loved ones, and caregivers to learn more about the COVID-19 vaccines and hopes to help quell the anxieties about the vaccine and provide trusted, reliable, factual information for users. . https://www.getoutthevaccine.org/

It’s time to Get Out The Vaccine!#GOTVaccine The National Association of Councils on Developmental Disabilities (NACDD) and our 56 member Councils work across the United States and its territories to support programs that promote self-determination, integration, and inclusion for all people in the...

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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:


  • Support people with disabilities in taking control of their own lives

  • Ensure access to goods, services, and supports

  • Build inclusive communities

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    Life-sharing is changing the lives of Bob and Benjamin in beautiful, wondrous ways. I’m so glad I got chance to meet these two great guys and tell their story!
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    My lab at Lehigh University College of Education is partnering with Dr. Jenny Root at Florida State University to survey parents and caregivers of school-age students with intellectual and developmental disabilities (including ASD, ID, multiple/severe disabilities) on experiences supporting children's learning during COVID. http://tinyurl.com/PandemicParentSurvey. We would love to hear from more families--please consider sharing and/or adding your experience! Twenty $25 gift cards available. Open to US residents. Thanks in advance.
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    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!!!
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