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#WeAreEssential: Tell Congress to Include the Disability Community in COVID-19 Relief Bills!
People With Disabilities, Families, and Direct
Support Professionals: #WeAreEssential
We are fighting every day to make sure the critical needs of people with disabilities, their families, and the direct support professional (DSP) workforce are included in the next coronavirus relief bill.
And we need your help!
From home and community based services, minimize the risk of people with disabilities being forced into institutions, paid leave for all caregivers, personal protective equipment for the vital Direct Support Professionals workforce, and stimulus payments for all - our essential needs must be included.
What matters most to you and why? Share YOUR story with The Arc and send a personalized message to your Members of Congress by answering 3 short questions!
Then, help spread the word: send this email to three friends and ask them to share their story too. For the latest information about the disability community and the coronavirus pandemic, visit thearc.org/covid.
Thank you for your advocacy!
May 12, 2020: 11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Upcoming Webinar: Alternative Communication (AC) and Alternative Technology (AT) in the Time of COVID-19-TechOWL will provide an informative webinar about Assistive Technology and AAC and support services during the time of COVID.
CANCELLATION NOTICE: The STATEWIDE POSITIVE APPROACHES & PRACTICES MEETING scheduled for June 1, 2020 has been cancelled.
August 6, 2020 - Meeting from 12:30-3:00 at PaTTAN Harrisburg with downlink sites
Self Advocates United as 1—Antivirus Power Connect Calendar - Join as many calls as you can to connect while we can’t meet in person. Share the info with your friends, family and coworkers.
State Interagency Coordinating Council for Early Intervention Meeting Dates for 2020-2021: Information can also be found on the State ICC padlet at http://www.eita-pa.org/state-interagency-coordinating-council/ on the Early Intervention Technical Assistance Portal.
October 8, 2020 - Meeting from 12:30-3:00 at PaTTAN Harrisburg with downlink sites
December 3, 2020 - Meeting from 12:30-300 at PaTTAN Harrisburg and downlink sites
February 11, 2021 - Meeting from 12:30-3:00 at PaTTAN Harrisburg and downlink sites
April 1, 2021 - Meeting from 12:30-3:00 at PaTTAN Harrisburg and downlink sites
June 3, 2021 - Meeting from 12:30-3:00 at PaTTAN Harrisburg and downlink sites
Provide Public Comment to Disability Rights of Pennsylvania (DRP): DRP has started its 45-day public comment period for fiscal year 2021 annual program goals and objectives. DRP invites public feedback on the issues that matter most to individuals with disabilities, along with their families and organizations supporting them. Provide public comment here.
Share Your Story! Temple University Institute on Disabilities: Share Your Stories About Person Directed Services - Do you direct your own services? Do you support someone who directs their services? How have person directed services changed your life? You are invited to share your story. If you have any questions, please contact Jamie: Jamie.email@example.com or PDS Information Email: PDSS@temple.edu.
AT and ACC Resources: Communication is an essential part of all of our lives. Read full article
Using Assistive Technology Service to Access Remote Supports: Providing services remotely continues to be a critical approach to support during this time. Read full article
Being Prepared: As much as we are all trying our very best to mitigate risk and to maintain social/physical distancing, it is important that we have a plan for the worst-case scenario. Read full article
Got Research? If you needed more endorsement for the importance of tending to people's mental health during this time, you should check out SAGE Open's latest collection of highlighted articles. Read full article
The Best Source for COVID-19 News is the Experts: The volume of news and information related to the COVID-19 Pandemic is overwhelming and not every source offers valuable news or insight. Trusted health sources provide the most accurate information, such as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the World Health Organization (WHO), and PA's Department of Health. Read full article
Humor as a Tool During COVID-19: While many of the important messages regarding the COVID-19 crisis are delivered in a necessarily serious tone, sometimes you just need a little humor to get the point across to some of the people you support (and to maintain some of your sanity). Read full article
What are You Doing for Fun? It is sobering to think about how things have changed over the past six weeks, and how much we may have taken for granted, in the past. Read full article
Self-Care for Direct Support Professionals: As this pandemic continues, there are some sentiments that bear repeating like taking time for self-care. Read full article
TQEP Together at Home: Looking for some at-home activities? The Transition Quality Empowerment Project will be hosting zoom hangout sessions focused on connecting young people with disabilities. Read full article
The Role of DSPs During COVID-19: During the COVID19 pandemic, the role of the Direct Support Professional (DSP) remains the same: to support individuals to maintain their health and safety while building skills that are meaningful to the individual. Read full article
Using Social Stories: Social Stories can be a valuable tool to help explain important information and teach skills related to COVID-19 to individuals you support. Read full article
Support and Resources for Victims and Survivors of Domestic Violence or Sexual Assault Available: Resources and assistance are available to victims and survivors of sexual assault or domestic violence during COVID-19 mitigation efforts. Read full article
Ideas for Skill Building Today: Now that people are starting to grow somewhat accustomed to the shelter-in-place orders and social isolation, there might be some stagnation that is setting in as you try to work with the individual’s you support. Read full article
Hiring DSPs: With so many people displaced from their careers and a continuing Direct Support Professional (DSP) shortage, there may new opportunities to recruit to fill vital positions in your agency. Read full article
Experiencing Media Overload? It is easy to become overwhelmed with all of the information that is flooding through news and social media outlets. Read full article
Communicating Important Information: Some supporters are struggling to communicate the necessary information to the individuals they support right now who may have communication or cognitive differences. Read full article
Priority Skills Right Now: As we struggle to maintain the balance between health and safety and maintaining skills, supporters and individuals may be struggling to determine priorities. Read full article