Pennsylvania Rehabilitation Council
55 Utley Drive, Camp Hill, PA 17011
Weekly Updates from PaRC: March 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 March 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/2016AnnualReport.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, April 13, 2017 at 10:00 AM
Customer Satisfaction Committee Conference Call
(3rd Tuesday of Every Month)
Next Call: Tuesday, March 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, April 6, 2017 (time to be determined)
OVR Policy and State Plan Committee Conference Call
(1st Tuesday of Every Month)
Next Call: Tuesday, April 11, 2017 at 10:00 AM
As federal lawmakers consider broad changes to Medicaid, school chiefs from across the country are warning that such modifications could have big consequences for students with disabilities. Read More.
The intentional steps used to get to know a job seeker most often unveils exciting things about a person you never knew before. You can learn about a person's hidden talents and passions, about who is in their circle of support, or acquaintances they may have. All of these hidden gems can be used in helping a person with a disability identify a career and look for a job. In this hands on session, we will learn about and practice discovery activities, create a relationship map, and learn about the steps to discovery. COST: $30 --- For more information.
Some people know exactly what they want to do and where they want to work. Yet, for most people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, job development may take a different road and different skills than traditional job searching. In this session, we will learn some tricks of the trade for seasoned job developers and examine a variety of strategies used by experts in the field to help you identify which fits your skills and needs. We will review discovery packages, practice a job development planning meeting and informational interview. We will also learn the difference between job placement and employer negotiations. Participants will leave with tools and forms they need to go back to their workplace and start doing traditional job development with a twist. COST: $30 --- For more information.
Kayla Weaver, a Penn State graduate student, is conducting a confidential survey examining depression in the workplace. The study's purpose is to examine work-related experiences of employees with depression, including the decision to disclose depression to others at work. Participants will be asked about their experience as an employee with depression. To Participate You must be 18 years or older, employed at least 20 hours/week, and have received a formal diagnosis of depression. All responses will remain confidential. Complete the survey online. The online survey takes about 25-30 minutes. Upon completing the survey you will have the opportunity to enter a drawing to win one of four $25 Amazon gift cards. Questions? Contact Kayla Weaver at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information
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.
Register soon for your local training:
The 19th Annual “Journey Through Special Education” Conference will take place March 25 at The Park Inn, 5401 Carlisle Pike, Mechanicsburg. This seminar will present information of value to families, general and special education professionals, paraprofessionals, behavior consultants, board certified behavior analysts, administrators, mental health and intellectual and developmental disabilities staff, therapists, social workers, advocates and all others interested in students with special learning needs. Our website also contains additional information about this event as well as online registration under CPARC Events; www.cparc.org.
NIDILRR is requesting comments on its draft long-range plan for the period 2018-2023. This long-range plan provides an overview of the state of people with disabilities in the United States and NIDILRR’s current investments and potential future directions for research grants. NIDILRR is publishing the draft plan to obtain public comment on the proposed research and development activities to help the agency fulfill its mission. Comments will be accepted by email to NIDILRRfuture@acl.hhs.gov. Comments are due by close of business on Monday, March 20th.
Research from the NIDILRR-funded Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Individual-Level Characteristics Related to Employment Among Individuals with Disabilities (IC-RRTC) is featured in How Individual and Environmental Factors Affect Employment Outcomes, a special issue of the Journal of Vocational Rehabilitation (JVR). The first six articles of the issue detail findings from the RRTC's studies examining barriers and facilitators to employment faced by individuals who have engaged with state vocational rehabilitation agencies. The introduction and abstracts of individual articles are available free of charge.
The NIDILRR-funded project on Getting and Keeping People with Disabilities in the Workforce: Negotiating Work, Life, and Disability will host a webinar, Managing Work, Life, and Disability: Considerations for Individuals and Employers, March 16th, 10-11:15am ET. The webinar will include an overview of findings from the project, and provide insights from the perspectives of employees with disabilities, as well as suggestions for what employers can do to contribute to effective work-life management for their employees with disabilities. Registration is free and required.
Please share the resource below with the members and staff. It is a free resource on disability research sent out weekly to anyone who signs up. Mathematica’s Center for Studying Disability Policy,www.disabilitypolicyresearch.org.
Recent launch of the Youth Pathways to Post-Secondary and Employment site brings together five different National Youth-Focused Training and Technical Assistance Centers, funded by the US Department of Education’s Rehabilitation Services Administration (RSA) and Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP), as well as the US Department of Labor’s Office of Disability and Employment Policy (ODEP). These five centers are working together to provide technical assistance and training to state/local agencies and programs to build successful pathways to postsecondary education and employment opportunities for youth and students with disabilities.
The Hearing Loss Association of America Pittsburgh Chapter Mar 18th public meeting will include the following speakers regarding pros and cons of cochlear implants versus hearing aids: Amanda Stirling, AuD CCC and Kristin Rathe AuD from Cochlear Implant Dept of Pittsburgh Ear Associates.412 321 2480. The meeting held at DePaul School for Hearing and Speech 6202 Alder St., Shadyside, begins with refreshments at ten am. Free and open to the public. Captioning and hearing loop are provided. HLAP.email@example.com 412 767 9769.
The PEAL Center, along with Disability Rights Pennsylvania and several other co-sponsors, is offering a workshop on Medical Assistance and Waivers. Questions? Contact Kelly King at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 866-950-1040 or 412-281-4404.