Polk Center. Photo from Polk Center Glass Plate Negatives collection at PA State Archives.

Western Pennsylvania Disability History and Action Consortium – Transforming Community Living Event

The Western Pennsylvania Disability History and Action Consortium invites you to register for a free virtual event on Thursday, October 26, 2023 from 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM. The Transforming Community Living event will be a morning of empowerment, education, and meaningful discussions on the historic throughline of community living. People with disabilities, families, provider agencies, public agencies, legislators, educators, and disability advocates are encouraged to attend.

Event Highlights:

  • Film Screening: “From Wrongs to Rights” – Dive into the roots of the deinstitutionalization movement in Western Pennsylvania.
  • Exclusive Premiere: “Polk Center 1897-2023: A Reflection” – Be among the first to witness this unique perspective on the evolution of home- and community-based living.
  • Keynote Address by Jill Jacobs: Commissioner for the U.S. Administration on Disabilities, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Jill Jacobs will share insights on advocacy, home- and community-based living, and future challenges.
  • Panel Discussion: “Shaping the Future of Community-Based Services” – Engage with experts as they discuss the modern era’s challenges and opportunities in home- and community-based services.

Don’t miss this unique opportunity to engage with thought leaders, explore disability history, and contribute to the ongoing conversation about the future of home- and community-based services.

Register for the event.