Pennsylvania Rehabilitation Council
55 Utley Drive, Camp Hill, PA 17011
Weekly Updates from PaRC: April 14
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 April 14, 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
Find Your Local CAC Meeting Dates: Please go to our website www.parac.org and to find dates, locations, times, etc. for information on the nearest CAC.
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.
CAC / Executive Committee Conference Call
Next Call: To be Determined
Next Call: To be Determined
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 Monday, April 24, 2017 at 2:00 PM
Legislative and Public Awareness Conference Call
(1st Thursday of Every Month)
Next Call: TENTATIVELY – Thursday, April 20, 2017 at 3:00 PM
OVR Policy and State Plan Committee Conference Call
(1st Tuesday of Every Month)
Next Call: Tuesday, May 9, 2017 at 10:00 AM
Transition and Education
Next Call: Thursday, May 18, 2017 at 2:00 PM
The 2017 application is now open! Thanks to a generous contribution from NBCUniversal, the American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD) is proud offer eight (8) NBCUniversal Tony Coelho Media Scholarships in 2017. The NBCUniversal Tony Coelho Media Scholarship is available to undergraduate and graduate students with disabilities who are pursuing an interest in the media, entertainment, or communications fields. Each recipient will receive $5,625 to help cover the cost of education. This scholarship has been named in honor of Tony Coelho, a former United States Representative from California and the primary author and sponsor of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). For more information please visit the AAPD website.
Lyft and the National Federation of the Blind Announce Comprehensive Accessibility Improvements for Lyft Riders Who Travel with Service Animals. Lyft and the National Federation of the Blind announced a collaborative effort to ensure reliable and equal service to individuals who are blind and use service animals. Lyft is implementing these changes pursuant to an agreement with the National Federation of the Blind (NFB), and Lucy Greco and Lynda Johnson, who both travel with guide dogs. NFB, Ms. Greco, and Ms. Johnson were represented by Gay C. Grunfeld and Michael Nunez of Rosen Bien Galvan & Grunfeld LLP, Mary-Lee K. Smith and Julia Marks of Disability Rights Advocates, and Timothy Elder of the TRE Legal Practice, in the negotiations that led to these changes.
National Federation of the Blind Applauds Introduction of Access Technology Affordability Act. The National Federation of the Blind applauded the introduction of the Access Technology Affordability Act of 2017 in both houses of Congress (H.R. 1734, S. 732). The legislation will establish a per-person individual refundable tax credit to be used over a multi-year period to offset the cost of access technology for blind people. Access technology includes items such as text-to-speech screen access software and electronic Braille displays that blind people use to access computers, tablets, smart phones, and other devices, as well as digital content.
The U.S. Supreme Court’s decision affirming a high standard for the IDEA mandate that children with disabilities be provided FAPE is likely to have significant implications for years to come. Read more.
Unable to keep up with demand, a disability rights group is teaming up with one of the nation’s largest insurers to help people with disabilities navigate the Medicaid appeals process. Read more.
As new accounts allowing people with disabilities to save money without jeopardizing their government benefits become increasingly available, Congress is considering changes to the program. Read more.
In a bid to help more people with autism land jobs, Microsoft and other Fortune 500 companies are teaming up for a virtual career fair specifically for those with the developmental disorder. Read more.
Most power wheelchairs are heavy and work well – but only if they stay dry. A new waterproof chair that’s durable, lightweight and quick to recharge could be a game changer. Read more.
Would you like to know about or do you have questions on sheltered workshops or the new PA ABLE Act? The SILC is offering a presentation where you can learn and ask questions about these issues. The event will be held at the Radisson Convention Center on May 10, 2017 from 1:00 pm – 5:00pm. There will be no cost to attend, but seating is limited. If you cannot attend in person, you will be able to view the presentation live. The link will be available on SILCs website at www.pasilc.org. The presentation will be recorded and posted on PASILC’s Facebook page. If you are interested in attending contact Matt Seeley at firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 717-364-1732 by May 3, 2017. Please note that if you need a reasonable accommodation, the request deadline is April 20, 2017. The PASILC cannot guarantee requests received after that date.
Competitive Selection of One-Stop Operators: “Deep Dive”. Register Now. Section 121(d)(2)(A) of WIOA requires one-stop operators to be designated or certified through a competitive process. Competition provides the best method of ensuring that Local Workforce Development Boards examine operator effectiveness on a periodic basis. This is the second of two technical assistance webinars on the topic of One-Stop Operator Competition. The first part, Competitive Selection of One-Stop Operators: “The Basics”, may be found here. In this second webinar, Federal staff and a local area expert will engage the audience in an interactive dialogue regarding the: The Phases of the Competitive Procurement Process; Essential Elements of the Contract; Avoiding Conflicts of Interest, and Implementation and Monitoring of One-Stop Operator Contracts/Agreements/MOUs. For more information, you may also refer to TEGL 15-16,Competitive Selection of One-Stop Operators.
Webinar Series. Engaging Staff in Competitive Integrated Employment Practices. April 25, 2017 from 2:00-3:00 p.m. This presentation focuses on providing staff concepts to support employment services and everyday approaches to facilitate competitive integrated employment, targeting sustainable models of practice and staff development. 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. 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.
The Pennsylvania Mental Health Consumers' Association (PMHCA) and the Mental Health Association in Pennsylvania (MHAPA) are now accepting applications for the 2017 Glenn Koons Scholarship. Each year, we award the $1,000 scholarship to a promising Pennsylvania candidate for CPS training who demonstrates the ability to engage people, share life experiences in recovery, provide leadership, and teach others these skills. To apply for the 2017 scholarship, apply online or print a paper application. The deadline for submitting applications is May 15, 2017. Visit us online for more about donating to the Glenn Koons Scholarship.
"How are Youth in Special Education Faring?" data from the National Longitudinal Transition Study 2012. The NLTS2012 reports are available at this link.
Competitive Integrated Employment Toolkit (Recently Update) -- The Competitive Integrated Employment Toolkit has recently been updated. To access the updated material please visit http://transitionta.org/cietoolkit or click on downloadable link below. Competitive Integrated Employment Tooklit.pdf