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2021 Virtual Advocacy & Policy Conference Resources

Thank you for attending our Advocacy & Policy Conference.

Schedule of Events & Resources (click on the orange links to launch or download resources):

2021 A&P Conference Agenda

June 7th (Board of Directors Meeting & Annual Membership Meeting):
5:30 - 6:30 pm The Arc of Pennsylvania Board of Director's Meeting
6:30 - 7:30 pm Annual Membership Meeting

June 8th (Virtual Conference) :

9:00 am - 9:30 am Opening & Welcome

            Ms. Sarah Holland, President, The Arc of PA  

9:30 am - 10:00 am Session 1 - "The Impact of Stigma on Employment for People with IDD"

            Mr. Kenneth Oakes, President, The Arc of United States

            Ms. Meredith Sadoulet, Board Member, The Arc of United States & VP, Comcast

10:15 am - 11:00 am Session 2 - "Preparing for the 21st Century Workforce: Where Does PA Stand Now in Employing People with IDD" 

            Mr. Steve Suroviec, Chairperson, Employment First Oversight Commission

            Mr. Zachary Hicks, Commissioner, Employment First Oversight Commission

11:15 am - 12:00 pm Session 3 - "Building Public/Private Partnerships to Maximize Talent Resources for the 21st Century"

            Ms. Carrie Amann, PA Workforce Development Association

            Mr. Doran Condon, PA Workforce Development Association

1:00 pm - 2:30 pm Session 4 - "Meeting the 21st Century Needs of Pennsylvania’s Business & Industry"

            Mr. Steve Martynuska, Diversity Consultant, Sheetz

            Mr. Gene Barr, PA Chamber of Business & Industry

            Ms. Shannon Austin, PA Office of Vocational Rehabilitation

            Ms. Kristin Ahrens, PA Office of Developmental Programs

3:00 pm – 4:00 pm Session 5 – Being a 21st Century Workforce – Self Advocate Panel Talks Employment

            Ms. Jen Hipps, The Arc of PA, ADEPT Program

4:00 p.m. – 4:15 p.m. – Legislator of the Year Awards

            Representative Kerry Benninghoff

            Senator Art Haywood

Additional resources: 

Benefits Counseling and the Path to Employment

PA WIPA Brochure (2017)

PA Directory of Community Work Incentive Coordinators

We hope you have enjoyed our conference.  Please help us by completing an on-line survey or print the evaluation form and mail it to us.

Please contact Shirley Keith Knox with any questions at 717-234-2621 or