Pennsylvania Rehabilitation Council
55 Utley Drive, Camp Hill, PA 17011
Weekly Updates from PaRC: February 10
This update is for informational purposes only. The PaRC and Support Staff are not responsible for the accuracy of this information. Some of the information found in this update you may have already received from another source. The update is not used as a vehicle to express the views and positions of the PaRC or the Support Staff. All Links have been verified as of February 10, 2013. Please credit the PaRC Support Project for any information forwarded to others. Thank You.
Mission Statement: The mission of the Council is to inform and advise the Office of Vocational Rehabilitation, the State Board of Vocational Rehabilitation, the Legislature, and the Governor on the diverse issues affecting employment of people with disabilities.
The PaRC 2015 Annual Report and can be accessed below. The report can also be found on our website. http://www.parac.org/reports/2015AnnualReport.pdf
PaRC Full Council meetings will be held in the Leland Room on the 2nd Floor of the Harrisburg Hilton (next to the gift shop) from 9:30 AM until 3:30 PM (unless otherwise noted). We will also have parking passes for those who park in the Strawberry Square Parking Garage. Please plan to stay for the entire meeting.
Find your local CAC meeting dates: Please go to our website www.parac.org to find dates, locations, times, etc. for information on the nearest CAC.
CAC / Executive Committee Conference Call
Next Call: Thursday, February 16, 2017 at 10:00 AM
Customer Satisfaction Committee Conference Call
(3rd Tuesday of Every Month)
Next Call: Tuesday, February 21, 2017 at 3:00 PM
Executive Committee Conference Call
(4th Monday of Every Month)
Next Call: Monday, February 13, 2017 at 2:00 PM
Legislative and Public Awareness Conference Call
(1st Thursday of Every Month)
Next Call: Thursday, February 23, 2017 at 3:00 PM
OVR Policy and State Plan Committee Conference Call
(1st Tuesday of Every Month)
Next Call: Tuesday, March 7, at 10:00 AM
Advocates are threatening to sue over a state-imposed special education enrollment benchmark, potentially opening the door to compensation for students who have been denied services. Read More
Federal officials say they are receiving an increasing number of complaints of disability-based job discriminations. Read More
In an unprecedented vote, the U.S. Senate confirmed Betsy DeVos to be secretary of education despite widespread concerns about her comments on special education. Read More
Children with autism are receiving more services at no added cost to their families thanks to a federal law that requires expended mental health coverage, researchers say. Read More
Inspired by a shared commitment to providing individuals with vision loss with innovative ways of experiencing the world and mastering their environments, the American Foundation for the Blind (AFB) announced a partnership with the emerging technology startup, Aira, to mainstream a revolutionary visual descriptor service. The system utilizes a small camera and a series of sensors that are mounted on a pair of smart eyeglasses. Once activated, the device streams images directly to a trained staff of remote human agents who then describe for the user what the camera lens sees in real time. This direct access to live descriptors allows users to take in the surrounding environment, making everyday tasks easier. With AFB's assistance, Aira hopes to expand its service to people who are blind or visually impaired across the United States. It is currently accepting new signups for its Pioneer program and more information can be found at www.aira.io.
Christ the King Deaf Church (inside Calvary Lutheran), 730 South New Street, West Chester, PA 19382. Businesses and nonprofits contact (484) 319-4256 VP and voice or (610) 696-2487 FAX or email@example.com or www.deafcanpa.org for vendor form to reserve by April 8 (Limited tables available). Deaf Artisans; Vendors; Deaf service agency and organization booths; Refreshments on sale. Come and see new products, services, and handicrafts to enhance your life. Parking available in large lot behind church. Building is handicap-accessible. Located next to West Chester University near RTS. 202, 100, 322, and I-95
Pittsburgh Steelers great, Rocky Bleier, will take the stage to tell his gripping tale of courage on both the football fields of America and the battlefields of Vietnam, at The Arc of Luzerne County Annual Awards Dinner, March 23, at The Woodlands Inn. The Annual Awards Dinner celebrates community honorees that help improve the quality of lives for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Senator Lisa Baker will be honored as this yearís Advocate of the Year. Baker has been a champion for people with disabilities throughout her career in office. She has sponsored several bills including Senate Bill 200, an act providing for work experience for high school students with disabilities, and the Achieving a Better Life Experience Act. Other award recipients will be announced throughout the month of February. In addition, more than 30 pieces of artwork submitted by artists with disabilities to The Arcís recent art contest will be exhibited and the top three winners awarded with distinguished honors. For reservation information click here.
Communicating Discovery and Customized Employment to Individuals and Families, February 28, 2017, 2:00-3:00 p.m. Customized Employment can be a confusing yet exciting adventure for all stakeholders. This one-hour webinar will give you practical ideas for how, when and where to introduce the topic of customized employment to stakeholders. Join Karen Lee, Executive Director of SEEC in Silver Spring Maryland as she shares the tools they used in becoming a customized employment agency. To Join the Webinar: Please register for the PA EFSLMP Community of Practice Webinar Series at: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/2745013622215099394. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar. Participants only need to register one time and they will be registered for all of the webinars in the series and will receive reminders regarding upcoming sessions. If you have already registered, you do not need to register again. Questions? Please contact Devon Grant at (717) 783-4287 or firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions you may have. In line with the PA EFSLMP emphasis on Provider Transformation, future topics of the PA EFSLMP Community of Practice Webinar Series will be: March 28: Engaging Families and Communities (Corey Smith); April 25: Engaging Staff in Competitive Integrated Employment Practices (Rick McAllister); May 23: Employment Networks and Ticket to Work (Sharyn Hancock); June 27: Benefits Planning (Susan Harrell); July 25: Mental Health (Richard Toscano); August 22: Employer Engagement (Dale Verstegen). If you are not a current subscriber to ODEP's EFSLMP mailing list, you can register online.
Last year the D.R.E.A.M. Partnership, a subsidiary of UCP Central PA, received a program grant from UCP Foundation of Central PA and launched the DREAM News Correspondent Blogging Program, the first of its kind in the United States! Students attending D.R.E.A.M.-supported programs at Penn State University - Harrisburg, Arcadia University, Slippery Rock University, and Temple University are eligible to apply. Students will be writing blogs on their college experiences. The blog was created to "give a voice to college students in Pennsylvania who are interested in blogging about their experiences in post-secondary education programs". Three enthusiastic students, Crystal, Nigel, and Tory, completed their training in December, and they've already started publishing. Their stories can be found at thedreamnewsblog.wordpress.com