ODP Thanks You for Family Feedback!

The Office of Developmental Programs (ODP) would like to thank you for taking the time to complete the Family Survey about your satisfaction with the support your loved one receives from Supports Coordinators (SC) so they can live the life they want to live.  Over 500 family members took the survey.  We understand

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June is DeafBlind Awareness Month!

To mark June and its special significance to the DeafBlind community, we are sharing some tips on building relationships with those you support who are DeafBlind. Why? A strong relationship is essential to effective communication. A chart labeling different cross-sections of deafblindness. Vision loss marks the left-hand column. Hearing loss marks the

Positive Approaches Journal

Positive Approaches Volume 11 Issue 1 Now Available

The Office of Developmental Programs (ODP) and the Office of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services (OMHSAS) are pleased to announce that the latest edition of the Positive Approaches Journal is now available. Positive Approaches Volume 11, Issue 1 focuses on innovation and best practices in supporting autistic adults. The focus of autism supports

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The Arc Discovery Training

The Arc of Pennsylvania is offering Employment Discovery training June 1-3, 2022. This 3-day training provides a comprehensive overview of Discovery (an alternative to traditional vocational assessments) and instruction on facilitating the Discovery process. For those seeking to become certified providers of Discovery through Marc Gold and Associates, it is the pre-requisite

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A Pennsylvania Gathering: Critical Topics in Autism

Interested in hearing the stories from others about communication, advocacy, and maintaining connections? ASERT will continue their Critical Topics in Autism series led by self-advocates on July 21, 2022 from 3:00 to 4:00 PM. The topic for this gathering will be How Do Adults on the Spectrum Live and Take Care of Themselves

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PA ABLE Savings Program Webinar

The Pennsylvania Department of Human Services, Office of Long-Term Living (OLTL), is offering a webinar on the topic of the PA Achieving a Better Life Experience (ABLE) Savings Program. A PA ABLE account gives individuals with qualifying disabilities (eligible individuals) and their families and friends, a tax-free way to save for disability-related

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New Source for MyODP News Online

MyODP News Online has a new home! As ODP revamps the MyODP website, MyODP News will now be found at https://home.myodp.org/my-odp-news/. The new news site is included in the "soft relaunch" of the MyODP platform. What’s New?  All pages in home.MyODP.org are now publicly accessible without login. You can click on the Learning tab

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Save the Date – PATC: Implement

The Pennsylvania Office of Developmental Programs invites you to save the date for the 15th Annual Pennsylvania Autism Training Conference (PATC), November 1st through November 3rd, 2022. This year’s theme is PATC: Implement. How can providers take innovative practices and implement them into their daily roles in supporting autistic individuals and their families? Join the

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Don’t forget to register! 2022 Virtual Everyday Lives Conference

An Everyday Life in a Changing World: A Focus on Wellness and Resilience Have you registered yet? Registration is now open for the 2022 Virtual Everyday Lives Conference starting on May 17th and ending on June 16th. Weekly one-to-two day conference tracks will occur throughout the month. The Pennsylvania Office of Developmental

Quarantine & Isolation Calculator

With guidance from the CDC constantly evolving, it can be hard to stay up to date with the latest information. If you or the people you support are having trouble navigating what to do, The Centers for Disease Control and Infection (CDC) has created a helpful Quarantine and Isolation Calculator.  The calculator and

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