February is recognized across the United States as Black History Month. Did you know American Sign Language, like any language, has variations by culture? Deaf African Americans faced not only the typical exclusion of those in Deaf culture but historical segregation as well. As a result, this group developed their own dialect
In January of 2023, Governor Josh Shapiro assumed office and introduced the initiative of developing a Master Plan for Older Adults to respond to emergent trends in aging as part of his first budget address. Executive Order 2023-09 (EO 2023-09), signed on May 25, 2023, by Governor Shapiro, formalized the project by
ODP's Technology Taskforce has published its Technology Today: Volume 7 January 2024 Newsletter. The purpose of the newsletter is to seek out methods of supporting individuals with disabilities, family members, and providers with resources, events, and other important updates in the assistive technology world. This includes compilations of resources that support individuals
Shapiro Administration Launches PA Navigate, A New Online Tool to Better Connect Pennsylvanians with Food, Housing, Childcare and More
PA Navigate’s primary goal is to boost communication between health care and social services to improve follow-through on referrals, as well as to act as a support finder for citizens. Lancaster, PA – Pennsylvania Department of Human Services (DHS) Secretary Dr. Val Arkoosh, findhelp Founder & CEO Erine Gray, and Community Action Partnership (CAP)
The Pennsylvania Family Network (PAFN) invites you to join its in-person event series that aims to help individuals with developmental disabilities and their families to navigate Participant Directed Services. Join the PA Family Network and topic experts as they explore more about Participant Direction, find resources, and network with individuals and families.
Written by: Members of the ODP Tech Taskforce Technology advances happen so quickly that it can be hard to keep up with the newest trends and devices. To celebrate the beginning of a new year, we’re highlighting some of the newer devices and technologies available to help people live their best lives.
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
Department of Health is looking for input on PA’s Title V Maternal and Child Health Services Block Grant
Pennsylvania’s Title V Maternal and Child Health Services Block Grant serves to improve the health and well-being of the nation’s mothers, infants, children and youth, including children and youth with special health care needs, and their families. In Pennsylvania in 2022, this federal grant helped to provide services for: 92% of all
A Summary of the Current State and Future Vision for Supporting Families In May of 2022, the National Community of Practice for Supporting Families (CoP), supported by the Administration on Community Living (ACL), hosted an in-person Supporting Families Summit in Washington, D.C. to continue the efforts of the 2011 National Agenda for