Pennsylvania Rehabilitation Council
55 Utley Drive, Camp Hill, PA 17011
Weekly Updates from PaRC: April 7
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 7, 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
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; 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, April 11, 2017 at 10:00 AM
Transition and Education
Next Call: To be Determined
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. For eligibility requirements, how to apply, and application please click on the following link: Click here for application forms PDF . The Collazo scholarship is actually offered through the Deaf-Hearing Communication Centre (DHCC) - Info is available at: https://dhcc.org/dhcc-outreach/scholarship-opportunties/
Ideas Wanted: Participate in the Transition Back to Work Online Dialogue -- The U.S. Department of Labor's Office of Disability Employment Policy's (ODEP) crowdsourcing event “Strategies to Support the Worker’s Transition Back to Work” is scheduled for April 4th through April 14th. You are invited to join this important conversation and share your ideas on what it would take for states to institute policy changes or develop initiatives or programs to support workers and employers in the transition back to work after illness or injury, including emerging practices in this field such as partial return to work and employer incentives. Your input in this virtual discussion will play an integral role in informing the efforts of ODEP's Stay-at-Work/Return-to-Work (SAW/RTW) Policy Collaborative. To learn more about this and other ePolicyWorks dialogues or to register for the dialogue, visit http://saw-rtw.epolicyworks.org/.
Lipscomb, Stephen, Joshua Haimson, Albert Y. Liu, John Burghardt, David R. Johnson, and Martha Thurlow. “Preparing for Life After High School: The Characteristics and Experiences of Youth in Special Education. Findings from the National Longitudinal Transition Study 2012. Volume 1: Comparisons with Other Youth.” Washington, DC: U.S. Department of Education, Institute of Education Sciences, National Center for Education Evaluation and Regional Assistance, March 2017.
Lipscomb, Stephen, Joshua Haimson, Albert Y. Liu, John Burghardt, David R. Johnson, and Martha Thurlow. “Preparing for Life After High School: The Characteristics and Experiences of Youth in Special Education. Findings from the National Longitudinal Transition Study 2012. Volume 2: Comparisons Across Disability Groups.” Washington, DC: U.S. Department of Education, Institute of Education Sciences, National Center for Education Evaluation and Regional Assistance, March 2017.
LEAD Center’s Continuing Work on Inclusive Career Pathways -- In October 2016, LEAD Center hosted a three-week National Dialogue on Promoting Inclusive Career Pathways. Inclusive career pathways are programs and approaches designed to support people whose career options have been limited because they lack the academic and/or technical skills necessary to complete the credentialing requirements of many key high-demand and high-growth career opportunities. Continue reading "LEAD Center’s Continuing Work on Inclusive Career Pathways"
LEAD Center Prepares Release of Policy Brief Discussing ABLE Act and Employment Outcomes -- The LEAD Center will soon release a brief titled, “The ABLE Act and Employment: Strategies for Maximizing the Effectiveness of the Achieving a Better Life Experience (ABLE) Act as a Tool for Financial Stability and Employment Outcomes of People with Disabilities.” The purpose of the brief is to demonstrate how provisions in the ABLE Act can be combined with federal benefit services and other federal programs and initiatives to further competitive integrated employment for people with disabilities. Continue reading "LEAD Center Prepares Release of Policy Brief Discussing ABLE Act and Employment Outcomes"
LEAD Center Webinar on What Disability Advocates Need to Know about New WIOA Equal Opportunity Provisions -- On February 28, 2017, the LEAD Center hosted a webinar on "What Disability Advocates Need to Know about New WIOA Equal Opportunity Provisions." Participants heard directly from the Department of Labor’s Civil Rights Center and Office of Disability Employment Policy, and the State Equal Opportunity Officer for the Missouri Division of Workforce Development, as well as LEAD Center staff. Continue reading "LEAD Center Webinar on What Disability Advocates Need to Know about New WIOA Equal Opportunity Provisions"
The ABLE Act: A Tool for Financial Stability and Employment Outcomes, April 27, 2017 3:00 pm EDT
Students at the center of an unresolved U.S. Department of Justice lawsuit alleging illegal segregation of those with disabilities say they are stuck on computers and learning little. Read more.
Despite federal officials weighing in years ago, a new analysis finds rules surrounding restraint and seclusion of students with disabilities continue to vary from state to state. Read more.
The meeting will involve a brief review of national HLAA activities by President Teresa Nellans and a discussion led by Eric Kost on communication and safety re first responders: police, firemen, and medics. The meeting is 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. FMI: HLAP.firstname.lastname@example.org 412 767 9769 (use caller ID).
Check out http://www.consumerreports.org/hearing-aids/hearing-loss-no-more-suffering-in-silence/ “Hearing Loss: No more suffering in silence? Check out http://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2017/04/03/high-tech-hope-for-the-hard-of-hearing Scientists searching for ways to restore hearing have been making a number of promising discoveries.
Pennsylvania Treasurer Joe Torsella is pleased to announce that the Pennsylvania ABLE Savings Program (PA ABLE) is open for enrollment. If you want to learn more about the features and benefits of the PA ABLE Savings Program, please join us for a webinar. To read important disclosures and to enroll, visit PAABLE.gov or call 855-529-ABLE (2253).
Medical Assistance and Waivers can be complicated to understand. Learn who can qualify, what's covered and what to do if coverage is denied. Learn about aspects of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) that may be at risk. Learn about the critical changes at ages 18 and age 21 that are important to understand. Click here to view the flyer for more information on the workshops and how to register
Today (04-04-17) Pennsylvania launches its third statewide art contest for artists with a disability, Art: the Universal Language. This year’s theme will be Visions of Pennsylvania. Information, contest entry form, and winning artwork from previous contests can be found here. Deadline for submitting materials is July 14, 2017. Winners will be honored at a ceremony on September 25, 2017, in the Capitol Rotunda. For more information, visit www.dhs.pa.gov. ARTISTS’ CONTACT: Devon Grant, email@example.com or 717-783-4287
The Pennsylvania Department of Labor & Industry, remain steadfast in our commitment to strengthen collaboration with the local workforce development system. As part of that effort we continue to solicit input and comment from stakeholders as we develop and issue policies. You are invited to comment on the proposed Workforce System Policy (WSP) No. 121-06, Local Workforce Delivery System—Common Identifier for Pennsylvania’s One-Stop Service Delivery System Network. Any interested party wishing to comment on this proposed policy local workforce delivery system must do so in writing by 4:00 PM on Friday, April 7, 2017. Comments may be emailed to RA-LI-BWDA-Policy@pa.gov. Comments received during this period will be considered and necessary revisions will be made prior to the issuance of the policy.
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.