The Arc of Pennsylvania

The Arc of Pennsylvania The Arc of Pennsylvania is a 70-year-old organization that provides advocacy & resources for citizens with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
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The Arc was formed in 1949 by a small group of parents who wanted more for their children with “mental retardation” than an isolated life in a state institution. It has since grown into the largest member-driven advocacy movement in the nation. The Arc of Pennsylvania is affiliated with The Arc of the United States and 36 local chapters of The Arc serving 52 counties across the Commonwealth.

The Arc was formed in 1949 by a small group of parents who wanted more for their children with “mental retardation” than an isolated life in a state institution. It has since grown into the largest member-driven advocacy movement in the nation. The Arc of Pennsylvania is affiliated with The Arc of the United States and 36 local chapters of The Arc serving 52 counties across the Commonwealth.

Mission: The Arc of Pennsylvania promotes the human rights of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and actively supports their full inclusion and participation in the community throughout their lifetimes.

12/31/2020
Throughout 2020, The Arc of PA launched 3 new, dynamic self-advocate led series! Check out our YouTube Channel to watch ...
12/31/2020

Throughout 2020, The Arc of PA launched 3 new, dynamic self-advocate led series! Check out our YouTube Channel to watch these videos, learn more about issues that impact the intellectual and developmental disability community, and subscribe to get updates on new videos that come out! https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCN_3iaU-WYuY_MdO1i5ZWtw

Happy Holidays from us to you!
12/24/2020

Happy Holidays from us to you!

Over the last few months we had an opportunity to sit down with employers from across PA. Tune into our next segment to ...
12/18/2020
PA Employers Share Advice on Hiring People with Disabilities

Over the last few months we had an opportunity to sit down with employers from across PA. Tune into our next segment to hear the advice these PA employers have for others seeking to employ people with intellectual disabilities! https://bit.ly/3p1aijp

Making Connections for the 21st Century Workforce The Arc of Pennsylvania believes in and works towards Advancing Employment for People with Intellectual di...

"As the COVID-19 pandemic wears on, a new 24-hour support line is working to help individuals with developmental disabil...
12/16/2020
Pandemic Helpline Launches For People With IDD, Caregivers

"As the COVID-19 pandemic wears on, a new 24-hour support line is working to help individuals with developmental disabilities and those who care for them cope during this tough time." https://bit.ly/34iAqhI

As the COVID-19 pandemic wears on, a new 24-hour support line is working to help individuals with developmental disabilities and those who care for them cope during this tough time.

The Arc of Pennsylvania’s Making Employment Work course is an ACRE Basic Certification Training. To receive certificatio...
12/15/2020

The Arc of Pennsylvania’s Making Employment Work course is an ACRE Basic Certification Training. To receive certification, participants must attend a 3-day, live webinar training and then complete a self-paced, online curriculum. Live webinar training takes place on January 13-15, 2021 from 9am to 12am and 1pm to 3:30pm each day.
PDF: https://bit.ly/3aeKOuC

Check out this clip with Lisa’s Tech Tools! In our first segment, Technology for Our Whole Lives Part 1, we meet with Te...
12/11/2020
Tech Tools with Lisa: Technology for Our Whole Lives Part 1

Check out this clip with Lisa’s Tech Tools! In our first segment, Technology for Our Whole Lives Part 1, we meet with Temple University's Tech OWL - Technology for Our Whole Lives leaders to learn more about assistive technology in PA! https://youtu.be/vnJkM-XGYBo

Meet Lisa, an Inclusion Specialist with The Arc of Pennsylvania as she shares information, examples, and applications of Assistive Technology! In our first s...

On Friday, we are excited to launch the 1st episode of our new series, ‘Tech Tools with Lisa’! Tune in to this conversat...
12/10/2020

On Friday, we are excited to launch the 1st episode of our new series, ‘Tech Tools with Lisa’! Tune in to this conversation on how technology can change people’s lives!

12/03/2020
Include Me

PA Director of Special Education Carole Clancy will make a special presentation this Wednesday to help us celebrate the first participants in Include Me's "Disability Acceptance through Literature" book study! Students Max Janosik from Bethel Park School District, Harley Still-Adams, whose home district is William Penn School District, and Chase Billig from Berwick Area School District spent 8 weeks learning about disability acceptance through the book Out of My Mind.

PA Director of Special Education, Carole Clancy, will make a special presentation on behalf of the students who participated in Include Me's first book study. Students Max Janosik from Bethel Park School District, Harley Still-Adams whose home district is William Penn School Districtand Chase Billig from Berwick Area School District spent 8 weeks learning about disability acceptance through the book Out of My Mind.

#specialeducationinpa

Did you know that December 3rd is International Day of People with Disability?! It’s a reminder to continue to work towa...
12/03/2020

Did you know that December 3rd is International Day of People with Disability?! It’s a reminder to continue to work towards inclusion for people with disability all around the world!

PA Schools Work
12/03/2020

PA Schools Work

For the past decade, increases in expenditures devoted to educating students with disabilities in Pennsylvania were borne almost entirely by local school districts. State special education aid has been virtually flat, a feeble response to growing needs. This has put the squeeze on students and schools - students who need and are entitled to a free appropriate public education.
Read more in the new Education Law Center report: https://bit.ly/spec-ed-report-2020 #WeWorkforFunding

Supporting Family Caregivers is essential to supporting the intellectual disability community! Thank one today! #NFCMont...
11/27/2020

Supporting Family Caregivers is essential to supporting the intellectual disability community! Thank one today! #NFCMonth

Happy Thanksgiving from The Arc of Pennsylvania! Our office will reopen Monday, November 30th
11/26/2020

Happy Thanksgiving from The Arc of Pennsylvania! Our office will reopen Monday, November 30th

ODP is happy to announce the publication of the Communication and…Series with over 25 different diagnoses included!The g...
11/25/2020

ODP is happy to announce the publication of the Communication and…Series with over 25 different diagnoses included!

The goal of this series is to provide information on how each diagnosis could impact communication and offer strategies to support effective communication.

This series can be found on MyODP.org at:

https://www.myodp.org/course/view.php?id=1758#section-1

With the holiday season approaching, remember the family caregivers around you and check in with them to see how you can...
11/25/2020

With the holiday season approaching, remember the family caregivers around you and check in with them to see how you can include them.
#NFCMonth

Exciting news on 2 NEW webinars on Assistive Technology! Stay tuned for more details!
11/24/2020

Exciting news on 2 NEW webinars on Assistive Technology! Stay tuned for more details!

COVID-19 Related Counseling Services availableCall 1-855-284-2494
11/24/2020

COVID-19 Related Counseling Services available
Call 1-855-284-2494

From The Arc of the United States:Tell Congress: Fund the Money Follows the Person Program!https://bit.ly/3foMEJU
11/23/2020
Tell Congress: Fund the Money Follows the Person Program!

From The Arc of the United States:
Tell Congress: Fund the Money Follows the Person Program!
https://bit.ly/3foMEJU

There's no place like home! I just took action to tell Congress to fund the Money Follows the Person program, to support people with disabilities to transition home after time in a hospital or nursing home. #FundMFP [@campaign]

"The TIES Center and National Center on Educational Outcomes - NCEO Parent Video Series: Supporting the Learning of Chil...
11/20/2020
Parent Resource Videos

"The TIES Center and National Center on Educational Outcomes - NCEO Parent Video Series: Supporting the Learning of Children with Significant Cognitive Disabilities at Home supports families in understanding the important role that they have in teaching their children. The series offers ideas for how to support learning at home." https://bit.ly/3m2Ge5C

The Parent Video Series supports families in understanding the important role that they have in teaching their children. The series offers ideas for how to support learning at home.

Being a family caregiver is hard, but being a single family caregiver is even harder.Do you know a single family caregiv...
11/20/2020

Being a family caregiver is hard, but being a single family caregiver is even harder.
Do you know a single family caregiver that you could assist today?
#NFCMonth

"When the stress of 2020 finally became too much, a thirty-something woman with autism painted some signs, left her cozy...
11/19/2020
Woman With Autism Brings Unusual Message To The Streets

"When the stress of 2020 finally became too much, a thirty-something woman with autism painted some signs, left her cozy apartment and began standing on street corners, offering messages of love." https://bit.ly/3nDvStt

When the stress of 2020 finally became too much, a thirty-something with autism painted some signs, left her cozy apartment and began standing on street corners, offering messages of love.

Variety - the Children's Charity of Pittsburgh wants to find and impact EVERY eligible child with disabilities that coul...
11/18/2020

Variety - the Children's Charity of Pittsburgh wants to find and impact EVERY eligible child with disabilities that could benefit from our adaptive equipment programs.

Variety Programs include Adapted Strollers, Adapted Bikes and Communication Devices. Variety serves 59 counties in Pennsylvania.

Need to learn more? Looking to apply? Unsure what adaptive equipment means?
Visit www.varietypittsburgh.org or call the Variety office at 724-933-0460

Check out the session dates for Competence and Confidence:Partners in Policymaking 2021C2P2 is a 9-weekend interactive l...
11/18/2020

Check out the session dates for Competence and Confidence:
Partners in Policymaking 2021

C2P2 is a 9-weekend interactive leadership development training and networking series to educate, inform and develop leadership skills of Pennsylvanians who are:

family members of children or young adults living with an intellectual disability and/or on the autism spectrum

adults living with intellectual disabilities and/or on the autism spectrum

Go Here: https://bit.ly/32QJVEb

TODAY, check out the next installment of Pennsylvania Assistive Technology Foundation PATF​'s Money Talks Series:Insider...
11/18/2020
Welcome! You are invited to join a webinar: Insider Tips on PA ABLE. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email about joining the webinar.

TODAY, check out the next installment of Pennsylvania Assistive Technology Foundation PATF​'s Money Talks Series:

Insider Tips on PA ABLE
Wednesday, November 18 from 11:30 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. **Please note the earlier start time.

PA ABLE provides a way to save safely for your day-to-day purchases as well as larger goals, like a home or vacation. Learn the ins and outs of how to make this savings program work for you. https://bit.ly/3pJGVDx

Achieving a Better Life Experience (ABLE) gives families and individuals an opportunity to talk about money issues and set goals. The creation of the ABLE savings program in 2014 was a monumental win for people with disabilities. For the first time ever, people with disabilities have a safe way to s...

Family caregivers provide their loved ones unconditional love and support; however, they all face great fears on the fut...
11/17/2020

Family caregivers provide their loved ones unconditional love and support; however, they all face great fears on the future for their loved ones. Dee from Dauphin Co. shared with us her worries for her son’s future.
#NFCMonth

Tomorrow, check out the next installment of Pennsylvania Assistive Technology Foundation PATF's Money Talks Series:Insid...
11/17/2020
Welcome! You are invited to join a webinar: Insider Tips on PA ABLE. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email about joining the webinar.

Tomorrow, check out the next installment of Pennsylvania Assistive Technology Foundation PATF's Money Talks Series:

Insider Tips on PA ABLE
Wednesday, November 18 from 11:30 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. **Please note the earlier start time.

PA ABLE provides a way to save safely for your day-to-day purchases as well as larger goals, like a home or vacation. Learn the ins and outs of how to make this savings program work for you. https://bit.ly/3pJGVDx

Achieving a Better Life Experience (ABLE) gives families and individuals an opportunity to talk about money issues and set goals. The creation of the ABLE savings program in 2014 was a monumental win for people with disabilities. For the first time ever, people with disabilities have a safe way to s...

Assistive Technology is needed by more than 1 billion people! It’s all around you and essential for individuals to have ...
11/16/2020

Assistive Technology is needed by more than 1 billion people! It’s all around you and essential for individuals to have independence in their communities!
#AssistiveTechnologyAwareness

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I'm in search of my family member Matthew Petrone. The last name could have been changed. Matthew is 22. DOB - 5/20\1997. He is 22 yrs old. Matthew has Cerebral Palsy and confined to a wheelchair. He has light brown hair and blue eyes. He did live in Lancaster, PA. till 2014. Matthew was last seen in Deleware. If you have any information please contact me. Thank You.
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📢 FREE COMPETITION 📢 ends on December 21st Want to be in with a chance to win this suite of apps specifically designed by the parents of a young man with Down's Syndrome. (Do not forget to fill all 4 stages)
"Strategies For The Long-term Caregiver." Hope you find this talk I gave at our local community center of interest and use. Brick by brick my friends. (Sorry for the quality of the video -friend of the family was good enough to do this on an I-phone.)
BUDDY GOES TO WASHINGTON ... A child who connects with a dog, connects to the world. www.BuddySystemFIlm.org We're thrilled to announce the D.C. - Area PREMIERE of a NEW Award-Winning Autism Documentary, THE BUDDY SYSTEM, at the ALEXANDRIA FILM FESTIVAL, Sunday, November 12th at 10am. Yes, it's early, but it will be a beautiful morning with guests and filmmakers, including the Director, Stars of TBS, along with a specially trained autism dog. Plus, there are 2 other very sweet short films, "Sisterly" and "Life in Strides" that will also be shown. Please click here for Tickets and more information: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/aff-2017-sunday-at-10am-autism-awareness-showcase-hoffman-2-tickets-39272727786
Was excited to see a commercial (on NBC) for ABLE accounts this morning!
Medicaid is inportant to all of us. Please watch this video and share it. Advocates are weighing in! You can email this link, post it to people's pages or post it to your own page! You can also post it into other comment threads. https://www.facebook.com/MovingPictureWorkshop/videos/699555556896633/