April 27, 2021 The Office of Developmental Programs (ODP) has partnered with Rite Aid to provide COVID-19 vaccines to individuals with an intellectual disability or autism and their caregivers at Rite Aid stores across the Commonwealth.
February 16, 2021 - Check out the DHS Racial Equity Report 2021: Leading The Fight For Justice, Equity, and Opportunity For All People
February 9, 2021 - Everyday Lives 2021 Virtual Conference 5/11 - 6/10 - CLICK HERE!
JANUARY 27, 2021 - COVID-19 VACCINE INFORMATION FOR UNPAID CAREGIVERS
Unpaid caregivers for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities are ELIGIBLE to receive a COVID-19 vaccination under Phase 1A.
January 14, 2021 - Addressing Attendance Barriers in Covid-19 -Truancy Information and Solutions power point presentation by Margie Wakelin, Education Law Center In collaboration with PEAL Center, Pa Parent and Family Alliance, HUNE, and Families to the Max Network. A webinar recording is also available. The 74 article How Missing Zoom Classes Could Funnel Kids into the Juvenile Justice System — And Why Some Experts Say Now is the Time to Reform Truancy Rules
December 3, 2020 - Press Release - REPORT: FOR A DECADE, PA HAS NEGLECTED RISING COSTS OF EDUCATING STUDENTS WITH DISABILITIES
September 24, 2020 - "The Arc of the United States has made COVID-19 resources for disability advocates. They include plain language documents and videos explaining the coronavirus pandemic. They also explain how the pandemic is affecting daily life."
June 30, 2020 - Guidance and Answers to FAQs on COVID-19 Compensatory Services
June 16, 2020 - Advocacy Groups Celebrate Gov. Wolf’s Intellectual Disability/Autism Funding. Governor Tom Wolf’s announcement that $260 million in CARES Act funding will be distributed to the providers of services supporting Pennsylvanians with intellectual disabilities and autism was received with praise by advocacy groups.
May 27, 2020 - Check out The Office of Developmental Programs’ (ODP) Individual Transition Guide. This guide can also be used by individuals, families, and providers to prepare for reintegration activities.
May 27, 2020 - Your Roadmap Back into the Community can assist family members and caretakers in assessing critical community re-entry criteria for individuals. Your Roadmap Back into the Community acts as a guide to supplements a similar transition guide that supports coordinators and counties use to assess community transition readiness. Families may use this guide to prepare for community re-entry and SC assessments.
May 23, 2020 - PA Department of Health issues GUIDANCE ON HOSPITALS’ RESPONSES TO COVID-19: A hospital, through its visitor policy, cannot deny access to an attendant, caregiver or family member of a patient who has an intellectual, developmental or cognitive disability, communication barrier, or behavioral concerns.