Pennsylvania Rehabilitation Council
55 Utley Drive, Camp Hill, PA 17011
Weekly Updates from PaRC: February 17
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 17, 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: To be announced.
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, March 27, 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
(PA-APSE) On Monday, February 27 at 10 am we will be holding our Statewide Call on Employment. We will have updates from: Diane Cashman, ODP; Amy Enfbarth, PA OVR; Devon Grant, Governor's Cabinet and Advisory Committee for People with Disabilities. Everything has been moving at a whirlwind pace - this will be your opportunity to find out where we are and what we can expect in the near future pertaining to employment. To Register: please respond to me with the names and emails of those who want to join in on the call - you will receive the access information in advance of the call. Julia Barol, MEd, CESP, PA APSE, President. Cell/Text: 267-408-9083. www.TransitionConsults.org
Don't miss the upcoming DASH Trainings across Pennsylvania, where the Stigma Project will be unveiling our new documentary, and providing you with the opportunity to be a part of the movement. Visit the DASH Training Website to learn more.
In the past five years, over four hundred people with disabilities have been murdered by their parents, relatives, or caregivers. On Wednesday, March 1st, the disability community will gather across the nation to remember these disabled victims of filicide – disabled people murdered by their family members or caregivers. The Autistic Self Advocacy network (ASAN) coordinates the Day of Mourning vigils to draw attention to these injustices, to commemorate the lives of victims, and demand justice and equal protection under the law for all people with disabilities. This would not be possible without the vital work of volunteer site coordinators. Learn what site coordinators do, or to sign up to lead a vigil.
AAPD is pleased to announce the release of our new Career Center – a tool for job-seekers with disabilities to search for employment opportunities as well as a place for employers to post jobs and connect with potential employees with disabilities.www.rootedinrights.org/about/submit-a-blog-idea/.
The National Council on Independent Living (NCIL) has released the NCIL 2017 Youth Scholarship Application! This scholarship provides funding for young people to attend the Annual Conference on Independent Living, which will take place from July 24-27, 2017, at the Grand Hyatt in Washington, DC. Applications are due Monday, May 1, 2017.
The US Business Leadership Network (USBLN) has an established program that works with college students and recent graduates across the country to connect them with mentors in business settings in preparation for their transition from school to employment. The USBLN is currently recruiting mentors for the 2017 Rising Leaders Mentoring Program (RLMP). They are seeking business professionals that are willing to participate in a 6-month mentoring program. The upcoming RLMP will run from March – August of 2017. If you are interested in being a mentor, please feel free to check out the website or contact the RLMP Program Manager, Keri Gray (email@example.com) for more information.
Solid Start to New Year for Americans with Disabilities -- Momentum carried employment gains into the new year, extending the longest upward trend for Americans with disabilities since the Great Recession, according to the National Trends in Disability Employment (nTIDE) – February Update. The next nTIDE lunch and learn webinar will be held on March 10, 2017 - Register online.
The College Board announced that students who receive testing accommodations as part of their IEP or 504 Plan will automatically be approved for accommodations for the SAT, the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test, the PSAT 10, SAT Subject Tests, and Advanced Placement Exams.
The Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (OSERS) is pleased to publish A Transition Guide to Postsecondary Education and Employment for Students and Youth with Disabilities. This guide is being issued by OSERS, the Rehabilitation Services Administration, and the Office of Special Education Programs to advance efforts in ensuring that all students and youth with disabilities are equipped with the skills and knowledge to be engaged in the 21st century workforce.
A White Paper from the Ruderman Family Foundation reveals that self-driving cars could create 2 million employment opportunities for people with disabilities.
TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 28, 2017 3:00 - 4:30PM ET. Join this informative webinar on Tuesday, February 28, 2017 to learn what disability advocates need to know about the changes in the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act’s (WIOA’s) Equal Opportunity Provisions (Section 188). Hear directly from the Department of Labor’s Civil Rights Center and Office of Disability Employment Policy staff about changes to the provisions, DOL’s Promising Practices in Achieving Universal Access and Equal Opportunity: A Section 188 Disability Reference Guide and how the state of Missouri is using the Disability Reference Guide to promote equal opportunity and the inclusion of people with disabilities in workforce services. *Please note: This webinar will be captioned and a link to download the presentation will be sent to registrants prior to the webinar. To request any other reasonable accommodations, please contact Aramide Awosika at firstname.lastname@example.org at least 48 hours prior to the webinar. Register for this webinar by clicking or copying and pasting the following link:https://leadcenter.webex.com/leadcenter/onstage/g.php?MTID=ee4db4b2137261853c725e390d42186e6
Efforts in Congress are well underway to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and restructure Medicaid. We’re expecting to see a repeal bill in late March, which will likely include a lot of replacement provisions as well as Medicaid restructuring. There’s still a lot we don’t know, because things keep changing. But we do know that our efforts are making a difference, and that we need to get even louder right now! Please, keep calling, emailing, writing, Tweeting, and meeting with your members of Congress! For more detailed background information, including the disability-specific pieces of the ACA, our fact sheet on the ACA and Medicaid block grants, and ways to take action, please see our previous alerts, Call to Action: Saving the Affordable Care Act and Fighting Medicaid Block Grants and Action Alert: Save Disability Rights Provisions in the Affordable Care Act.
With so many programs and services that help our community at risk, now more than ever we need to speak up and be heard!
Register Now -- 03/09/2017 | 3:00 pm EST – Webinar. Join staff from the national technical assistance centers on this webinar on strategies for partnerships between schools and vocational rehabilitation to support students with high support needs in community-based work.