Pennsylvania Developmental Disabilities Council (PADDC) Outlooks Newsletter

The Pennsylvania Developmental Disabilities Council (PADDC) has released its Outlooks Newsletter and Impact Report. The newsletter features a forward from Executive Director Lisa Tesler highlighting the importance of March as disability awareness month, and the Council's mission of "achieving full integration and inclusion in society for all people with developmental disabilities." The


TRAIN Spring 2023

Aid in PA has six spots remaining for its Spring 2023 TRAIN class beginning in April. Below is a refresher of course information and important dates: TRAIN (Trauma Recovery for Autistic, Intellectually Disabled and Neurodiverse Individuals): Individuals with intellectual disabilities or autism are at an increased risk of experiencing trauma, however few therapists are

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Communication Corner – March is Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month!

To celebrate this important month, we wanted to share tips for encouraging inclusive communication environments.  Our access to communication is the backbone of our connection to one another.  By ensuring that all people have the opportunity to engage in communication in any environment, we promote equality, understanding, and engagement.  Be aware of

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Integrated Transportation Resource Guide

The Office of Developmental Programs (ODP) has released its newly developed Integrated Transportation Guide as a resource to assist individuals in developing reliable transportation routes. Transportation continues to be a barrier to people finding and maintaining competitive-integrated employment. In response, ODP's Employment Innovation Area Work Group developed the guide, which utilizes the

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Center on Intellectual/Developmental Disabilities and Mental Health Conditions Seeks Steering Committee

Through a cooperative agreement with the National Association of State Directors of Developmental Disabilities Services (NASDDDS), ACL has launched a new center to improve support for people with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities (I/DD) who have mental health conditions. This center will focus on capacity building by supporting state agencies with policy development,

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March is Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month

March is Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month. Please help the Office of Developmental Programs (ODP) share the proclamation signed by Governor Josh Shapiro that celebrates the many accomplishments and contributions of people with developmental disabilities. Governor Shapiro highlights the Commonwealth's commitment to supporting individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities in the proclamation, stating:

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Whooping Cough Signs and Symptoms

Whooping Cough Outbreaks According to the Clearfield County Department of Health, there was a recent pertussis outbreak in the local Amish community. Whooping cough (pertussis) is an endemic (common) disease in the United States. It is a contagious respiratory illness and spreads easily from person to person. Outbreaks may occur in settings such