Pennsylvania Rehabilitation Council
55 Utley Drive, Camp Hill, PA 17011
Weekly Updates from PaRC: March 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 March 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/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 28, 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, March 23, 2017 at 3:00 PM
OVR Policy and State Plan Committee Conference Call (1st Tuesday of Every Month)
Next Call: Tuesday, April 11, 2017 at 10:00 AM
Advocates are working to block efforts to rescind Obama-era education regulations, a move they say would weaken accountability for students with disabilities. Read More.
Most kids with disabilities spend the majority of their days in general education classrooms, but many teacher training programs offer little preparation for educating these students. Read More.
Urges Swift Passage of Legislation to Create Opportunity for Workers with Disabilities. Baltimore, Maryland (March 8, 2017): The National Federation of the Blind, the oldest and largest organization of blind Americans, today applauded the introduction of the Transitioning to Integrated and Meaningful Employment (TIME) Act of 2017 (H.R. 1377) by Representative Gregg Harper (R-MS). Congressman Harper introduced this legislation to remove barriers to employment opportunities for people with disabilities by phasing out Section 14(c) of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) and facilitating the transitioning of people with disabilities now working in segregated employment settings into competitive employment opportunities in their communities.
Organizational change is a complex challenge for any business. But for those that provide disability services, transformation is an imperative. From Workshops to Workplaces: Achieving the Goals of Employment First is a comprehensive eLearning course developed by the Association of People Supporting Employment First (APSE). Instructors with practical experience in integrated employment and organizational change will share tips and strategies to carry out a successful transformation. For more information and to register.
ACL has released the proposed revisions for the Centers for Independent Living Annual Program Performance Report (CIL PPR). The Notice of the Proposed Revisions is now on display in the Federal Register and will be open for public comment until May 5, 2017. (See also corrected notice for updated details.) The CIL PPR will not take effect until after all comments are reviewed and a final information collection instrument is released. View the revised instrument and learn more about submitting comments. If you wish to request further accommodations, please contact Veronica Hogan at email@example.com.
Webinar will highlight resources from NCOA and the Arthritis Foundation. This webinar takes place on Tuesday, March 28 from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. ET. Register online. Participants will be informed on: The prevalence and impact of arthritis. Strategies that can connect people to evidence-based programs in order to manage arthritis symptoms and remain active. Resources from the National Council on Aging (NCOA) and the Arthritis Foundation. Successful practices from the Utah Arthritis Program.
Wednesday, March 22, 2017 3:00 - 4:30PM ET. The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) makes clear that facilitating Transition from School to Work is not – and cannot be – the effort of a single agency or organization. Ideally, Transition is a highly cooperative and collaborative activity, built upon strong relationships between multiple entities, all working in service to the goals, interests and ambitions of the transitioning student. This webinar will examine the accomplishments of Utah’s EFSLMP leadership team, and the impact on state and local policy and practice on Transition from School to Work, including the development of formal partnerships (MOUs and interagency agreements) and collaborative service delivery. The webinar will present the perspectives of state leaders, local partners, and a youth in transition and their families, to create a holistic picture of high-quality transition 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.
Message in brief: DHS is changing the way that they do business - improving processes to ensure they are working quicker, more accurately, and cost-efficiently. This initiative will save $7M and enhance services to the people served. DHS will continue to have a county assistance office presence in each county of the commonwealth. Any message to the contrary is incorrect. Consumers will still be able to access services at their local CAO, online, or through the DHS myCOMPASS PA mobile app just as they are able to do today.
The Research and Training Center on Community Living at the University of Minnesota in collaboration with The Arc, is seeking caregivers to share their perceptions on a range of life-span issues impacting individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD). They are inviting people aged 18 years or older who provide frequent primary paid/ unpaid support to a person with an I/DD to participate. The results of the 2010 Survey provided unique insight into the growing gaps in education, employment, and other life-span activities that exist between persons with disabilities and their nondisabled peers, which has informed further dialogue and policy changes at the Federal and State levels. Take the survey by clicking here. The deadline is March 30.
The 6th edition of the M-Enabling Summit Global Conference and Showcase will be held on June 13-14, 2017 at the Renaissance Arlington Capital View Hotel, in Washington, D.C., with the IAAP, the International Association of Accessibility Professionals Pre-Conference Briefing Session on June 12, 2017. The M-Enabling Summit Conference and Showcase is dedicated to promoting accessible and assistive technology for senior citizens and users of all abilities. It is an annual meeting place for all who create and contribute accessible ICT products, services and consumer technologies. With its theme of “Making Connected Things and Services Accessible for All”, the 2017 M-Enabling Summit will provide a platform for empowering technologies and focus on next-generation innovations and breakthroughs for users of all abilities.
NCD Letter to House Committee on Education and the Workforce on the H.R. 1313, "Preserving Employee Wellness Programs Act"