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Today Is Move Your Way Day!

Governor Josh Shapiro signed a proclamation recognizingApril 18, 2024 as Move Your Way Day The Office of Developmental Programs (ODP) and Governor Josh Shapiro’s office invite you to Move Your Way!  To acknowledge the National Day of Exercise and ODP’s new campaign to encourage physical activity, Governor Josh Shapiro has signed the

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ODP ISAC Member to Testify on Workforce Shortages

Nicholas “Nick” Smith, member of the Office of Developmental Programs (ODP) Information Sharing and Advisory Committee (ISAC) will be testifying in front of the United States Senate Special Committee on Aging on the topic of “The Long-Term Care Workforce: Addressing Shortages and Improving the Profession” on Tuesday, April 16, 10:00 AM. Nick is

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Eye Protection Needed During Solar Eclipse on April 8, 2024

On Monday, April 8, 2024, there will be an eclipse event, and parts of Pennsylvania will have a view of a total solar eclipse. The Office of Developmental Programs is reminding everyone that it is not safe to directly view an eclipse with the unprotected eye. Severe eye damage or blindness can occur. It

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New Respiratory Guidance – ID (Infectious Disease) Connect Newsletter

On March 15, 2024, Pennsylvania Department of Health (DOH) released a health advisory about the CDC New Respiratory Virus Guidance (which is a general guidance for community settings). Pennsylvania Department of Health (DOH) provides this guidance based upon available information and is subject to change. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

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April is Autism Acceptance Month!

April is Autism Acceptance Month! Governor Josh Shapiro recently signed a proclamation to acknowledge the many individuals on the autism spectrum, their abilities and contributions, and their inclusion within the community. Click on the proclamation image above to view and download a PDF version.


PADDC Self Advocate Survey

The Pennsylvania Developmental Disabilities Council (PADDC) is working on a project to enhance Pennsylvania’s self advocate leadership to focus on system and policy change. PADDC invites people with developmental and intellectual disabilities (I/DD) and providers or organizations to connect The Council to self advocates who may want to be part of the

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Pennsylvania DSP recognized as NADSP E-Badge Earner of the Month: Patrick Sgro

A Pennsylvania direct support professional (DSP) from York County has been recognized for his NADSP E-Badge submission. The full article published on the NADSP website, including an interview with Patrick, is below. _________________________________ Congratulations to Patrick Sgro,​ who has been selected as the March 2024 NADSP E-Badge Academy Earner of the Month. The National

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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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Communication Corner – Celebrating Black American Sign Language

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