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Tech First SHIFT – Dustin A. Wright Tech Champion Award

Tech First SHIFT announced this week that Sharon Thomas with KenCrest was chosen as a winner of the Dustin A. Wright Tech Champion Award. This award was established to memorialize Dustin A. Wright, Founder of Disability Cocoon, and pioneer in the Technology First movement. This Direct Support Professional embodies what it means


PA Developmental Disabilities Council (PADDC) Seeking Nominations for Council Members

PADDC is seeking nominations for Council members who are: Individuals with developmental disabilities Parents of children with developmental disabilitiesFamily members of adults with developmental disabilities The PA Developmental Disabilities Council (PADDC) empowers individuals with developmental disabilities and their families to help shape policies that impact them. They have reopened the application process

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Honoring Direct Support Professional (DSP) Recognition Week

The Pennsylvania Department of Human Services (DHS) and the Office of Developmental Programs (ODP) thank all direct support professionals for their tremendous efforts. Governor Wolf declared this week, September 11-17, DSP Recognition Week. You can read the full proclamation in the attached document. In honor of the occasion, we’d like to share

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September Communication Corner

September Celebrates World Day of the Deaf! Please join us in celebrating World Day of the Deaf on September 25th, 2022.  This very special day is meant not only to celebrate Deaf culture but also to bring awareness to the need for equity in communication and that communication is a basic human

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Direct Support Professional (DSP) Recognition Week – September 11-17,2022

Governor Tom Wolf has signed an official proclamation dedicating the week of September 11th through September 17th, 2022 Direct Support Professional (DSP) Recognition Week. The proclamation, available to read here, recognizes the vital contributions DSPs provide to address the physical and mental health of individuals with disabilities, as well as veterans and

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Disability Pride Central PA

October 25, 2022 10-3 PM Harrisburg, PA - Soldier's & Sailor's Grove Disability Pride Central PA will be held October 25, 2022 at the State Capitol complex's Soldier's &Sailor's Grove in Harrisburg, PA. The overall goal of the event is to promote the pride felt within the disability community, educate others on

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Would Technology Make Your Job Easier? Submit an ARPA Application Now!

Is your organization interested in going more digital, such as using software for electronic health records and skill and behavioral data collection? Or maybe purchasing equipment to use that software on?   There is still time to submit an application for the one-time supplemental payment through the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA.) Both

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Renewal of the Public Health Emergency

The US Department of Health & Human Services issued the following notice on Friday, July 15 regarding the status of the public health emergency across the United States: As a result of the continued consequences of the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)  pandemic, on this date and after consultation with public health officials

November 19th is Pressure Injury Prevention Day

Governor Wolf recently signed into effect a proclamation recognizing Friday, November 19, 2021 as Pressure Injury Prevention Day in Pennsylvania. Pressure injuries, commonly known as bedsores, are a primarily preventable affliction that can develop into ulcers causing immense pain. Over 60,000 Americans die of pressure injury-related complications each year. The Wolf administration