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Office of Developmental Programs Technology Usage Survey Results

ODP's Technology Task Force surveyed qualified providers serving individuals with intellectual/developmental disabilities and autism about current experiences with Remote Supports, Assistive Technology, Teleservices, and Video Monitoring. The survey results can be found below. A printable document with the survey results can be found here. Number of Provider Respondents:94Survey Date Issued:April 17, 2023Survey

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Affordable Connectivity Program 

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has launched a new landing page at GetInternet.gov for its Affordable Connectivity Program. AffordableConnectivity.gov will still exist as a resource for consumers and digital navigators with more detailed information about the program. The FCC is continuing its efforts to promote the program by providing grants to community

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Technology Task Force Newsletter: Technology Today

ODP's Technology Taskforce has published its Technology Today newsletter for April. 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 through technology

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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

Just SO (short-term Online) Speech Services

Just SO (Short-term Online) Speech Services

The Office of Developmental Programs (ODP) is excited to announce a new program available for any individual registered with ODP. ODP has funded online Speech and Language Pathology services through TechOWL at the Institute on Disabilities at Temple University. Individuals and their families/teams can receive up to 10 hours of virtual services

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ABLE Age Adjustment Act Passed by Congress

The US Congress has passed H.R.1219 - ABLE Age Adjustment Act, which lowers the age of disability onset to qualify for an ABLE savings account and increases the account savings limit. The bill, originally introduced on the senate floor by Sen. Bob Casey, D-PA in February of 2021, expands ABLE program eligibility

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Affordable Connectivity Program

The Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP) is an Federal Communications Commission (FCC) program that provides funds and discounts for families and households struggling to afford internet service. You are likely eligible if your household’s income is below 200% of the Federal Poverty Line. Click here to check your household’s eligibility. Eligible households may

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PA Assistive Technology Foundation Publishes Financial Education Publications

The Pennsylvania Assistive Technology Foundation (PATF) has issued new editions of its Cents and Sensibility and the accompanying educators manual. The 7th edition of Cents and Sensibility: A Guide to Money Management addresses the financial education needs of people with disabilities, while providing strategies, activities, and resources for anyone who wants to

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Are You Ready to Vote?

Pennsylvania’s (PA) general election is November 8, 2022. The last day to register for the general election is October 24, 2022. You can register online at: Pennsylvania Online Voter Registration Application. You may also register with a paper application. Paper applications may be downloaded from the PA Voter Service website, but must


PA Developmental Disabilities Council Grant Opportunities

The Pennsylvania Developmental Disabilities Council (PADDC) announced the release of their Request for Application (RFA) book for the 2022-2026 State Plan. The RFA includes 15 grant opportunities that begin in July of 2023. The deadline to submit applications for these grants is Wednesday, October 26, 2022. Download the RFA and learn more