Pennsylvania Rehabilitation Council
55 Utley Drive, Camp Hill, PA 17011
Weekly Updates from PaRC: February 3
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 3, 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, February 7, 2017 at 10:00 AM Thursday, February 9, 2017 at 10:00 AM
Citing concerns about her views on IDEA, disability advocates are asking lawmakers to delay a vote on the nominee to head the U.S. Department of Education. Read More
Three children’s books are being honored alongside this year’s picks for the Caldecott and Newbery Medals for focusing on the experiences of those with special needs. Read More
Deep opposition from special education advocates was not enough to prevent President Donald Trump’s nominee to lead the U.S. Department of Education from moving forward. Read More
Blending features of a boarding house and a condominium, a unique approach to housing is offering an alternative to living with family for adults with developmental disabilities. Read More
Researchers say self-driving cars may dramatically improve the lives of people with disabilities by making it easier and cheaper for them to travel – especially to and from a job. Read More
We know you can't remember every single thing we've done last year; with our annual report, you can read our summary for 2015-2016 and get a better idea of the direction we're heading towards. Thank you for your support.
Kessler Foundation has awarded nearly 2.5 million in grants to organizations across the U.S. to support initiatives that create or expand job training and employment initiatives for people with disabilities. Since 2000, the Foundation's distribution of more than $36 million has led to improved job skills and paid employment for more than 3,000 individuals with disabilities. "Our goal through these programs is to raise awareness that people with disabilities are often an untapped resource for employment opportunities, and have the ability to help grow a company's bottom line," said Rodger DeRose, president and chief executive officer of Kessler Foundation. "Our National Employment and Disability Survey found that 69% of people with disabilities are striving to work. Some are actively job-hunting, and others are preparing by getting the training, education, and rehabilitation they need to succeed in the workplace. These grants help support them." Apply Now - Kessler Foundation is accepting applications now for its 2017 grant program. To learn more and to apply, please visit our website. Signature Employment Grant applications must be submitted by March 17th, and Community Employment Grant applications are due by February 27th. For more information, visit KesslerFoundation.org.
NCDB is conducting a needs assessment and we are looking for families who will assist us in providing feedback on what has been helpful in raising and supporting their child who is deaf-blind, as well as ideas for things that you believe would be helpful. At NCDB, our mission is to provide resources and training to help support the state deaf-blind projects in their work with caregivers and service providers in meeting the needs of children with deaf-blindness, as well as the work of national organizations for families of individuals who are deaf-blind. If you have a child who has deaf-blindness, we would be extremely grateful if you would click the link below and provide feedback to help us better serve you. We are hoping to get your feedback by February 17, 2017. The results of this national survey will assist family organizations, the state deaf-blind projects, and NCDB in future planning. All results will be kept confidential and anonymous. Thank You in advance for your help.
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Governor Wolf has announced his plan to combine four state agencies, the Departments of Human Services, Health, Aging and Drug and Alcohol Programs, into a new Department of Health and Human Services. The plan requires legislative approval. This is part of the Governor’s budget proposal for the 2017-18 fiscal year which begins on July 1, 2017. The Governor will release his full budget proposal on Tuesday, February 7. The press release on the consolidation of the Departments is at: Governor Wolf Press Release on PA Department of Health and Human Services, the consolidation of 4 state agencies into one. News articles about the Governor’s plan are at: Harrisburg Patriot News and Allentown Morning Call
The Disability Rights Storytellers Fellowship managed by Rooted in Rights and AAPD provides the opportunity for an individual with a disability to learn and apply skills in digital media storytelling, and to connect with media professionals to prepare participants for advanced careers in media production, journalism, online advocacy, or digital design. The project combines hands-on training on cutting edge technologies with a strong foundation in developing the individual’s voice and using story-driven videos in advocacy. In addition to hands-on workshops, the Fellow will participate in video chats and Q&As with media professionals, including people with disabilities, to receive advice on how to break into the media industry. AAPD will also work to connect the Fellow to internships and employment opportunities. Because work in the Storytellers Fellowship is not a full time commitment and can be completed from anywhere, the Fellow would have the opportunity to begin work or internships simultaneously. Apply Today! Applications for the 2017 Disability Rights Storytellers Fellowship are due by March 15, 2017.
As Employment First gains ground across the nation, shifts in organizational thinking and leadership are needed in order to not only comply with law, but to provide the best services to individuals with disabilities. In this report, Cary Griffin, CEO of Grffin-Hammis Associates, offers advice to leaders of community rehabilitation programs on ways to transform their organizations and embrace the move to community employment.
Read "Guidance to Community Rehabilitation Program Executive Directors for the Coming Employment 1st Decade"