Parent to Parent of Pennsylvania

Parent to Parent of Pennsylvania Parent to Parent of Pennsylvania connects families of children with disabilities or special needs on a one to one basis according to conditions or concerns.
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Established in 1996, Parent to Parent of PA is a statewide agency that links families of children with disabilities or special needs for the purposes of support and information. Our regional offices are located throughout the state of Pennsylvania. Requests for matches can be made via phone, email, or our website. Based on your individual needs, we will link you to a volunteer peer supporter. The

Established in 1996, Parent to Parent of PA is a statewide agency that links families of children with disabilities or special needs for the purposes of support and information. Our regional offices are located throughout the state of Pennsylvania. Requests for matches can be made via phone, email, or our website. Based on your individual needs, we will link you to a volunteer peer supporter. The

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07/01/2021

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06/22/2021

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On July 15th, nearly all working families will start seeing $250 to $300 per child automatically deposited in their bank accounts or sent to their mailboxes. Here are some frequently asked questions about the #ChildTaxCredit:

➡️What's happening?
The American Rescue Plan increased the #ChildTaxCredit payments from $2,000 per child to $3,000 per child for children over the age of six and from $2,000 to $3,600 for children under the age of six -- and made the payments automatic and monthly for most.

➡️Who qualifies for the payments?
Nearly all families with kids will qualify. Couples making less than $150,000 and single parents making less than $112,500 qualify for the full benefit. Those with higher incomes may qualify for a smaller benefit or no benefit.

➡️Do I have to do anything to get the payments?
Nearly all working families with kids will get the Child Tax Credit automatically. If you filed your 2019 or 2020 tax return, or if you signed up for stimulus payments using the IRS's Non-filer tool last year, you're all set.

➡️What if I didn't file taxes?
For those who didn't earn enough income to be required to pay taxes, you can use the Non-Filers tool to sign up for the Child Tax Credit.
If you're late filing taxes, you can still file a return to get monthly Child Tax Credit payments in 2021.

➡️Can we get these benefits after 2021?
The new Child Tax Credit enacted in the American Rescue Plan is only for 2021 -- but President Biden's American Families Plan proposes extending the credit for years and years to come.

Learn more about the #ChildTaxCredit and spread the word at childtaxcredit.gov

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06/22/2021

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The Rise of the Hands-On Dads
06/21/2021
The Rise of the Hands-On Dads

The Rise of the Hands-On Dads

Gender roles in parenting have evolved over the years. Get ideas from other fathers on how to be more active in your child's recovery.

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06/15/2021

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TIU 11 is pleased to announce our first Science Summer Camp for children ages 8-13. Science Camp will be held 9:00 am – 3:00 pm Tuesday, July 6th – Friday, July 9th, 2021.

On Friday, camp will end at 2:00 pm. Our first three days of camp will be held at TIU 11’s Spark Lab. The final day includes outside field experience at Riverside Park in Mount Union. Broad topics this summer include: Pollinators Need Our Help!, Space Exploration and Things That Move. While we can predict that our campers will design and create models from recyclables, create their own website, create a simple computer game or plan missions, we want our campers to have the voice, choice and space to design and create a project of their own. Each camper will receive a micro:bit to add a computer program to enhance their project.

- Cost for camp is $155 per camper and includes all supplies, small electronic components and a micro:bit.

- Transportation to and from TIU 11 and Riverside Park is the responsibility of families.

- Maximum campers – 24 and minimum campers – 10

- TIU 11 Science Camp will be implementing the CDC Guidance for Operating Youth Camps.

- Up to 24 campers will be selected and others placed on a waiting list. You will be notified no later than Wednesday, June 30th if your child(ren) have been selected to attend Science Camp.

Register @ https://stem.tiu11.org/2021sciencesummercamp/

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06/15/2021

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Come out and have fun bowling at the Freeland Y!

06/15/2021
Welcome! You are invited to join a meeting: HCBS update for parents and families. After registering, you will receive a ...
06/11/2021
Welcome! You are invited to join a meeting: HCBS update for parents and families. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email about joining the meeting.

Welcome! You are invited to join a meeting: HCBS update for parents and families. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email about joining the meeting.

Welcome! You are invited to join a meeting: HCBS update for parents and families. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email about joining the meeting.

06/11/2021

Starts Monday! We are excited to announce our new summer food program, Well Fed, Well Read Program, for kids. In partnership with McBride Memorial Library, we can feed bodies and build success this summer. Begins June 14, noon-1:00pm!

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06/09/2021

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🗣 ¡La encuesta familiar de intervención tempranaya está disponible!
Familias,
su voz es importante!

Todas las respuestas se agruparán con otras del estado y árealocal, y todas las respuestas serán confidenciales.

Las respuestas de la encuesta se utilizarán a nivel estatal y localpara informar a los Servicios y Apoyo de Intervención Temprana.

Realice la encuesta en:⬇

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/FamSurSpan2021

o use el QR en su teléfono o tableta.

Practical Tools for Learning Anywhere - Parenting Special Needs Magazine
06/09/2021
Practical Tools for Learning Anywhere - Parenting Special Needs Magazine

Practical Tools for Learning Anywhere - Parenting Special Needs Magazine

Tools for learning anywhere: As we have covered in previous back to school articles, for students with special needs, transitioning back into a school routine can be challenging. At the time of this writing in early summer 2020, many states are only just beginning to ease restrictions on stay at hom

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06/09/2021

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Walk teams are the heart and soul of the NYC Buddy Walk® and we’re excited to kickoff #WhyIWalkWednesday where we’ll spotlight a different Buddy Walk® team each week! This week, we’re highlighting Team Hudson The Strong, a third-year walk team that walks in honor of Hudson! Read on to learn a little bit more about Hudson’s team and why they love being a part of the NYC Buddy Walk®.

“My team’s favorite part of Buddy Walk® is every second! Buddy Walk® day is important to our team because it’s a day to take the stage and show the world who we are! EXTRA love lives on the 21st chromosome and we celebrate it! Inclusion and kindness go a long way and this day is a very good example of how to live daily. In order to make the changes the world needs, it starts with this day and this energy. May we all be the examples that we are at the Buddy Walk® and continue to be needed voices for change. We are proud to support NDSS because we make the world a better place together!”

To be a part of the 2021 NYC Buddy Walk®, visit https://give.ndss.org/2021NYCBW

For anyone who is on, or would like to be on, the P3D email list, please note there is soon to be a change. Dear P3D Fam...
06/09/2021
Parents as Partners in Professional Development (P3D) Sign-up Form

For anyone who is on, or would like to be on, the P3D email list, please note there is soon to be a change.

Dear P3D Families,

We are moving our Parents as Partners in Professional Development (P3D) email list over to a new, simpler format that will be easier for new families to access. Since we treasure your participation on the list, we hope you will move over to the new form by clicking on the link below and filling out this very easy new P3D sign-up form. In the next month or two we will be eliminating the old P3D email list. If you are not on the new list you will not receive P3D information about resources, opportunities or announcements.

NEW P3D SIGN-UP

Click https://forms.gle/RqTwKAnNvVZThktP8 if you are interested in being included in the P3D directory database and receiving information about upcoming opportunities for family engagement, leadership development, informational sessions, and networking events.

Yes! I am a family member of a young child who is (or was) receiving Early Intervention services in Pennsylvania. I am interested in being included in the P3D directory database and receiving information about upcoming opportunities for family engagement, leadership development, informational sessio...

06/07/2021

This one is for Adults only! You are welcome to bring one guest with you!

Join us at Knoebels on June 26th from 12-9pm!

Please RSVP before June 23rd if you'd like to come.

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Navigate Newborn ScreeningFamily Reflections on a Year of COVID-19 in Newborn ScreeningNavigate Newborn Screening*, a pr...
05/27/2021

Navigate Newborn Screening
Family Reflections on a Year of COVID-19 in Newborn Screening

Navigate Newborn Screening*, a program of Expecting Health, is excited to announce the final session of the three-part series, From Emergency to Everyday: Reflections on a Year of COVID-19 in Newborn Screening, which highlights what the newborn screening community has learned from navigating the COVID-19 pandemic and how we can come together to improve the experiences of families in the future.

Join us on Thursday, June 3rd at 5:00pm ET and three parents, who have children with newborn screening conditions (sickle cell disease, cystic fibrosis, and hearing loss), and a young adult with galactosemia as they share their diverse experiences with newborn screening testing and short and long term follow-up during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The panelists will be sharing their stories and perspectives through pre-recorded interviews from 5:00-6:00pm ET followed by a live community forum from 6:00-6:30pm ET. This is an opportunity for you to listen to family experiences, strategize with others, and engage in an active discussion about what the newborn screening community can "start, stop, and continue" doing to support families through future health emergencies.

Register Today!

https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZ0pdOmsqTkrGdWUv1egX5EyiVyib3NRdf_8

Navigate Newborn Screening
Family Reflections on a Year of COVID-19 in Newborn Screening

Navigate Newborn Screening*, a program of Expecting Health, is excited to announce the final session of the three-part series, From Emergency to Everyday: Reflections on a Year of COVID-19 in Newborn Screening, which highlights what the newborn screening community has learned from navigating the COVID-19 pandemic and how we can come together to improve the experiences of families in the future.

Join us on Thursday, June 3rd at 5:00pm ET and three parents, who have children with newborn screening conditions (sickle cell disease, cystic fibrosis, and hearing loss), and a young adult with galactosemia as they share their diverse experiences with newborn screening testing and short and long term follow-up during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The panelists will be sharing their stories and perspectives through pre-recorded interviews from 5:00-6:00pm ET followed by a live community forum from 6:00-6:30pm ET. This is an opportunity for you to listen to family experiences, strategize with others, and engage in an active discussion about what the newborn screening community can "start, stop, and continue" doing to support families through future health emergencies.

Register Today!

https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZ0pdOmsqTkrGdWUv1egX5EyiVyib3NRdf_8

Lehigh County Supporting Families Collaborative and Northampton County Regional Collaborative presents:
05/25/2021

Lehigh County Supporting Families Collaborative and Northampton County Regional Collaborative presents:

Lehigh County Supporting Families Collaborative and Northampton County Regional Collaborative presents:

Disability Rights Pennsylvania AnnouncesCOVID-19 Vaccine Hotline for People with Disabilities1 (833) DRP-2-VAX or vaccin...
05/25/2021

Disability Rights Pennsylvania Announces
COVID-19 Vaccine Hotline for People with Disabilities

1 (833) DRP-2-VAX or [email protected]


Harrisburg, PA – Disability Rights Pennsylvania (DRP), a leader in disability rights advocacy for more than forty years, will operate a Vaccine Hotline to assist Pennsylvanians with disabilities who are interested in getting the COVID-19 vaccine.

People with disabilities who have questions about the COVID-19 vaccine, or who are experiencing problems getting it, can call DRP at (833) DRP-2-VAX, (833- 377- 2829) or email DRP at [email protected] between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Please contact the DRP Vaccine Hotline if you:

--are denied a reasonable accommodation at your vaccination site
encounter physical accessibility or effective communication
barriers at your vaccination site
--can’t leave your home to get the vaccine due to a disability
--need transportation to get to your vaccination appointment
--need help finding a vaccination appointment due to a disability
--would like more information about the importance of receiving a
vaccine


“Pennsylvanians with disabilities need and want to be vaccinated to protect themselves, those they love, and the community at large,” said Peri Jude Radecic, Chief Executive Officer of Disability Rights Pennsylvania. “They cannot be denied their right to choose a life-saving COVID-19 vaccine due to illegal barriers on scheduling websites or at vaccination sites, or the failure of providers to administer or deliver the vaccine in a manner that is reasonable in light of their disabilities.”

Through the Vaccine Hotline, DRP staff can provide legal advice to Pennsylvanians with disabilities on how civil rights laws ensure their ability to access the COVID-19 vaccine. Staff may also provide information, resources, and/or direct assistance related to scheduling a vaccine, connecting with transportation services, and resolving problems that are preventing a person with a disability from getting the vaccine.

Information and resources are also available on the Vaccine page of DRP’s website at https://www.disabilityrightspa.org/covid19/#vaccines.

Individuals who speak languages other than English should state their language and an interpreter will be connected to the call. Callers using the Pennsylvania Relay Service can dial 711.

Disability Rights Pennsylvania Announces
COVID-19 Vaccine Hotline for People with Disabilities

1 (833) DRP-2-VAX or [email protected]


Harrisburg, PA – Disability Rights Pennsylvania (DRP), a leader in disability rights advocacy for more than forty years, will operate a Vaccine Hotline to assist Pennsylvanians with disabilities who are interested in getting the COVID-19 vaccine.

People with disabilities who have questions about the COVID-19 vaccine, or who are experiencing problems getting it, can call DRP at (833) DRP-2-VAX, (833- 377- 2829) or email DRP at [email protected] between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Please contact the DRP Vaccine Hotline if you:

--are denied a reasonable accommodation at your vaccination site
encounter physical accessibility or effective communication
barriers at your vaccination site
--can’t leave your home to get the vaccine due to a disability
--need transportation to get to your vaccination appointment
--need help finding a vaccination appointment due to a disability
--would like more information about the importance of receiving a
vaccine


“Pennsylvanians with disabilities need and want to be vaccinated to protect themselves, those they love, and the community at large,” said Peri Jude Radecic, Chief Executive Officer of Disability Rights Pennsylvania. “They cannot be denied their right to choose a life-saving COVID-19 vaccine due to illegal barriers on scheduling websites or at vaccination sites, or the failure of providers to administer or deliver the vaccine in a manner that is reasonable in light of their disabilities.”

Through the Vaccine Hotline, DRP staff can provide legal advice to Pennsylvanians with disabilities on how civil rights laws ensure their ability to access the COVID-19 vaccine. Staff may also provide information, resources, and/or direct assistance related to scheduling a vaccine, connecting with transportation services, and resolving problems that are preventing a person with a disability from getting the vaccine.

Information and resources are also available on the Vaccine page of DRP’s website at https://www.disabilityrightspa.org/covid19/#vaccines.

Individuals who speak languages other than English should state their language and an interpreter will be connected to the call. Callers using the Pennsylvania Relay Service can dial 711.

Become a leader in the newborn screening community!Want to learn more about becoming a leader in the newborn screening c...
05/25/2021

Become a leader in the newborn screening community!

Want to learn more about becoming a leader in the newborn screening community? Register for this free online training to develop your leadership, advocacy and storytelling skills in the newborn screening community. Sign up for free at https://expectinghealth.myabsorb.com?KeyName=Parent2Parent

Become a leader in the newborn screening community!

Want to learn more about becoming a leader in the newborn screening community? Register for this free online training to develop your leadership, advocacy and storytelling skills in the newborn screening community. Sign up for free at https://expectinghealth.myabsorb.com?KeyName=Parent2Parent

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Hello everyone, My colleague Kim Hager and I are interested in studying the experiences and barriers to accessing mental health services for families. For the purpose of our research, we intend to compare three groups – caregivers of children with one or more mental health conditions (including developmental diagnoses), caregivers of children with mental health conditions and common medical conditions, and caregivers of children with mental health conditions and rare diseases. Caregivers include biological parents, adoptive parents, foster parents, step-parents, guardians and kinship homes with children under the age of 18. The survey is nationwide and open to families who live anywhere within the United States. The hope is the survey results will assist mental health providers in tailoring services to meet families’ needs. The study was approved by the IRB and survey is anonymous. Please help us by filling out the survey and/or sharing it. English survey: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/PQFSMVV Spanish survey:https://es.surveymonkey.com/r/2DXD5TX Thank you and we appreciate all your help.
Parents of children with special needs, please help us learn how employers can be more supportive of employed caregivers by completing a brief, 10-15-minute survey! Remember to share with others who might benefit from this study as well. Follow this link to the survey: https://ecu.az1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_6hPAjYKJhAboA97
Parents of children with special needs, please help us learn how employers can be more supportive of employed caregivers by completing a brief, 10-15-minute survey! Remember to share with others who might benefit from this study as well. Follow this link to the survey: https://ecu.az1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_6hPAjYKJhAboA97
Parents of children with special needs, please help us learn how employers can be more supportive of employed caregivers by completing a brief, 10-15-minute survey! Remember to share with others who might benefit from this study as well. Follow this link to the survey: https://ecu.az1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_6hPAjYKJhAboA97
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!!!
Hey Everyone, NEPA Inclusive 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!!!
The Virtual Pennsylvania Walk4Hearing is Sunday, October 18th. Looking forward to seeing old friends and meeting new ones! Visit www.hearingloss.org to learn more and to register. One lucky child will win the American Girl's 2020 Girl of the Year, Joss Kendrick. Joss is a surfer and a cheerleader. She was born with hearing loss and wears a hearing aid in her right ear. Enter the Walk with Joss Kids Contest soon!
Wanted to share 2 workshops I hosted for Disability Pride Virtual PA. Our 2 children with hearing loss shared their personal experiences in high school, college and now graduate school. Please feel free to contact me if you have questions! Facebook videos Accommodations & Assistive Listening Devices for HoH Students https://www.facebook.com/342739665785204/videos/591091144941383/?__so__=channel_tab&__rv__=all_videos_card CaptionCall Workshop https://www.facebook.com/342739665785204/videos/3199853806737921/?__so__=channel_tab&__rv__=all_videos_card
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Pennsylvania Bikers for Justice is working hard to help children with disabilities. Please like our page and send us any information you believe will be helpful with our efforts. https://m.facebook.com/PABIKERS4JUSTICE/