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The Arc of PA Disability Health Action Summit

The Arc of Pennsylvania holding its 1st annual Disability Health Action Summit. The event is taking place on March 6th, 2024 at the Sheraton Harrisburg Hershey hotel and registration is now open. This conference seeks to dive deeper into four major focus areas:

(1) Education of Medical Professionals– Session will include speakers from The Arc of Philadelphia, Shane Janick and Valerie Chadwick, and speakers from Thomas Jefferson University, Dr. Mary Stephans and Karin Roseman. Learn about inclusive practices, accessibility, communication techniques, and the importance of a person-centered approach in healthcare.

(2) Elevating the Voices of Self Advocates – Session will include a speaker from Achieva: Arc of Greater Pittsburgh, Sally Jo Synder and speakers from Jefferson Health: Center for Autism and Neurodiversity, Jane Tobias and Dr. Wendy Ross. We’ll explore the importance of recognizing the value of individuals with disabilities and their family member’s experience, knowledge, and providing them opportunities to participate in their own healthcare and make healthcare decisions.

(3) Policy Changes-Session – on policy changes will include speakers from The National Task Group on Intellectual Disabilities and Dementia Practices, Dr. Seth Keller and Nancy Murray, and a speaker from the Disability Healthcare Initiative, Vanessa Rastovic. We will hear about how disability health equity intersects with policy changes at both the state and the federal level.

(4) Advancing Dental Care – Session will include a speaker from University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine, Dr. Alicia Risner-Bauman, a speaker from The Arc of Armstrong and Indiana, Michelle Jordan, Our speakers will discuss their innovative approaches to ensuring that people with disabilities receive adequate access to dental services.

Registration closes February 16th and tickets are limited.

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