Pennsylvania Rehabilitation Council
55 Utley Drive, Camp Hill, PA 17011
Weekly Updates from PaRC: March 24
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 24, 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
Next Call: Friday, April 7, 2017 at 10:00 AM
Customer Satisfaction Committee Conference Call
(3rd Tuesday of Every Month)
Next Call: To be Determined
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: TENTATIVELY - Thursday, April 6, 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
Transition and Education
Next Call: To be Determined
Pennsylvania Employment First State Leadership Mentoring Program 2017 Community of Practice Webinar Series Maximizing Social and Economic Capital -- March 28, 2017 // 2:00-3:00 p.m. Join us for an interactive session on maximizing social and economic capital. 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 email@example.com with any questions you may have. If you are not a current subscriber to ODEP's EFSLMP mailing list, you can register online.
Pennsylvania officially launches its PA ABLE Savings Program on April 3, 2017 in a HUGE media and legislative event in the Capitol Rotunda at 12:30 p.m. On that date, the PA Treasury ABLE program officially begins accepting accounts for enrollment and opens the door on hope for individuals with disabilities. Please let us know if you will be there to help us celebrate and spread the word on this important announcement. Please RSVP to info@PAABLE.gov with your name and the number you are bringing with you by March 30, 2017. We will provide more details to you once you RSVP your attendance. While program material will be available at the launch event, we also ask that you send any requests for bulk material and outreach or speaking opportunities to us by email. Also, we want to tell the stories of those who are going to benefit from the ABLE account. If you know of a compelling story that we should be sharing, would you send us an email (info@PAABLE.gov) about it by March 24, 2017? Finally, please follow our Twitter handle @PATreasury for the latest updates, and help us drive the conversation with the hashtag #PAABLE. PS: Remember to RSVP your attendance and number by March 30 to info@PAABLE.gov.
WEDNESDAY, MARCH 29, 2017 // 3:00 - 4:30PM ET. Provider Transformation – the process of shifting a disability service provider from a focus on sheltered workshops and other non-work programs to services that foster competitive, integrated employment – is complex and multi-faceted, involving aspects of state policy, organizational performance, and individual outcomes. This webinar introduces the topic of Provider Transformation and includes panelists that will provide perspectives from the field on how EFSLMP is advancing Provider Transformation at the systems, services, and individual outcome levels. Register for this webinar by clicking or copying and pasting the following link: https://leadcenter.webex.com/leadcenter/onstage/g.php?MTID=ef761b8dbdcfde05c6ea54d7deb036086
A recorded archive of the LEAD Center webinar, "What Disability Advocates Need to Know about New WIOA Equal Opportunity Provisions" is now available. (The following is an excerpt) -- This webinar will help you learn what disability advocates need to know about changes in the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act’s (WIOA’s) Equal Opportunity Provisions (Section 188). View the archive of this webinar on YouTube or visit the webinar archive page to download presentation materials, including a transcript of the webinar.
I invite you to register to attend an upcoming ExploreVR webinar scheduled for April 26, 2017 from 2:00pm-3:00pm titled Customized Training: An Inclusive Employment Training Option in Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) Practice. The presentation will focus on the challenges faced and benefits gained by people with disabilities from racial, ethnic, and other minority backgrounds participating in CT employment training programs. This webinar is free and worth 1 CRC credit. Participants must complete the evaluation at the end of the presentation to receive the CRC credit. Register for webinar online
In a special issue of the Journal of Vocational Rehabilitation, Mathematica Policy Research and others provide new research that can help policymakers and program administrators target and deliver state vocational rehabilitation (VR) services that help people with disabilities find jobs. This collection draws on a variety of data sources to provide insights into the diversity of people using VR services and how those differences, combined with environmental factors like policies and local job opportunities, could affect their long-term employment outcomes.
Even With Health Insurance, Working-Age Americans with Disabilities May Not Get the Health Care They Need Learn more here.
Action Alert! Tell Congress to Save Healthcare Provisions that are Essential to People with Disabilities
People with disabilities would lose critical healthcare coverage and supports under the proposed replacement legislation for the Affordable Care Act. Under the proposed legislation, Medicaid expansion would end by 2020, a move that would imperil the health, independence, and well-being of the 10 million non-elderly people with disabilities who currently benefit from the program.
AAPD Career Center
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.
2017 NCIL Conference - Youth Scholarships
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.