Pennsylvania Rehabilitation Council
55 Utley Drive, Camp Hill, PA 17011
Weekly Updates from PaRC: March 31
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 31, 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: To be Determined
Next Call: Friday, April 7, 2017 at 10:00 AM
Customer Satisfaction Committee Conference Call
(3rd Tuesday of Every Month)
Next Call: Friday, April 21, 2017 at 10:00 AM
Executive Committee Conference Call
(4th Monday of Every Month)
Next Calls: Thursday, April 13, 2017 at 3:00 PM and April 24, 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
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Solman, Paul. “Making Sense: Why Is Job Opportunity Still Lagging for People with Disabilities?” PBS NewsHour
Gorey, Michael. “Disability Employment Advocates Say It's Time to Raise Expectations.” The Canberra Times
Cimera, Robert E. “The Percentage of Supported Employees with Significant Disabilities Who Would Earn More in Sheltered Workshops.” Research and Practice for Persons with Severe Disabilities, 2017, online ahead of print.
Fleming, Allison R., Kathleen M. Oertle, Anthony J. Hakun, and Jonathan G. Hakun. “Influence of Social Factors on Student Satisfaction Among College Students with Disabilities.” Journal of College Student Development, vol. 58, no. 2, 2017, pp. 215–228
As the U.S. Senate begins confirmation hearings for President Donald Trump’s pick for the Supreme Court, concerns are being raised over his record on cases affecting those with disabilities. Read more.
Officials in one state are reversing course after an outcry over plans to transition people with developmental disabilities from sheltered workshops to community-based settings. Read more.
Once limited to fun in the sun, college students are increasingly spending spring break focusing on social issues, including volunteering with people who have developmental disabilities. Read more.
Application Deadline: Postmarked by May 15, 2017. This scholarship supports Deaf/hard of hearing high school seniors moving on to a full-time college/university program. It is in honor of Naureen Collazo – a Deaf woman who believed in the importance of education. For eligibility requirements, how to apply, and application please click on the following link: Application forms PDF
The National Federation of the Blind today applauded the unanimous decision of the United States Supreme Court in Endrew F. v. Douglas County School District, (Docket No. 15–827). The Supreme Court of the United States has now affirmed that the blind and other students with disabilities can, and should, be expected to meet challenges and advance academically. The National Federation of the Blind stands ready to collaborate with educational administrators, teachers and parents of blind students to ensure that all blind students receive the kind of free appropriate public education that the IDEA and the Supreme Court's new interpretation of it require.
New Program Aims to Expand Lower-Cost Alternatives to Commute to Work. In support of the Employment First initiative to help people with disabilities find employment, Governor Wolf and the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) announced a new Vanpool Incentive Program to create vanpools across the state that would provide a lower-cost alternative for people to commute to work. PENNDOT_STATEWIDE_NEWS_RELEASE@dot.state.pa.us To qualify for the program, entities must create a new vanpool that has not operated previously to or from the identified destination or origin point. The vanpool must also have at least an expected 60-percent occupancy: five riders for seven-person vans; seven riders for 10-person vans; nine riders for 12-person vans (including ADA); and 11 riders for 15-person vans. To ensure proof of membership, vanpool riders will pay a minimum of $25 per month, with the final cost determined by providers. When officially opened in May, the application period will be announced via the Pennsylvania Bulletin. PennDOT expects to select the first vanpool program participants in the 2017-18 state fiscal year. Agencies or providers interested in the program may email BPTVanPool@pa.gov for more information.
The House is voting on the American Health Care Act (AHCA), which would put millions of Americans with mental illness at risk. The AHCA aims to eliminate 10 "Essential Health Benefits" including mental health services. Mental Health is an essential benefit and MUST be covered. Tell your U.S. Representative to protect mental health and vote NO.
Sheraton Harrisburg Hershey Hotel. Scholarships Available. Are you or someone you know interested in attending the Recovery Works Summit, but financially unable to do so? Please consider applying for a Scholarship. There are a limited number of scholarships, so please apply early. Scholarship Application Form
CCAC, South Campus, Gym (G-502), 1750 Clairton Road (Route 885), West Mifflin, PA 15122. The Supportive Services Office invites 9th and 10thgraders with disabilities to join us for this fun, interactive, event! Lunch will be provided to student attendees. Students will also have the opportunity to win prizes! Students will have the opportunity to learn about: Supportive Services for Students with Disabilities at CCAC. CCAC's many programs and services. Future careers. The Office of Vocational Rehabilitation. To RSVP: Call 412-392-5928 or email RA-LI-OVRPGHPETS@pa.gov with an approximate headcount (up to 15 students per school) and any requested dietary needs. A printable flyer can be accessed here: CCAC South College Bound Flyer
CCAC North, 8701 Perry Highway, Pittsburgh, PA 15237. CCAC North Vocational Training Program with Learning Supports invites 9th and 10th graders with disabilities to join us for this fun, interactive, event! Students will have the opportunity to participate in: Live demonstrations of the 4 available training programs: Nursing Assistant, Food Service, Janitorial, and Outdoor Maintenance. Soft skills and teamwork activities. A presentation on the Office of Vocational Rehabilitation (OVR). Student participants will receive lunch and will have the opportunity to win prizes!
To RSVP: Call 412-392-5928 or email RA-LI-OVRPGHPETS@pa.gov with an approximate headcount (up to 15 students per school) and any requested dietary needs. A printable copy of the flyer can be accessed here: Career Bound at CCAC North Flyer
Here is a good website for those of you who are interested in more information on the ABLE Act. The website is www.paable.gov/.