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Questions about COVID-19 School Closures & Students with Disabilities? Check out the Education Law Center's guidance here.
Business-to-Business Directory for COVID-19-Related Supplies: Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) Secretary Dennis Davin announced the creation of the Business-to-Business Interchange Directory to connect organizations and businesses directly to manufacturers producing COVID-19-related products and supplies.
Help Your Community by Responding to the Census! A lot is at stake—the census determines funding for programs like special education, health care, and more. On top of that, the U.S. Census Bureau considers people with disabilities a "hard to count" population. When everyone is counted, communities get their fair share of federal funding to help keep all people safe and healthy. Health care, education, and emergency planning all depend on getting an accurate census count. Haven't filled out your form yet? Learn more.
Family Forums with PA Family Network: Every Wednesday until May 6, 2020, 7:00 p.m. More information here.
Read the Slice of PIE here.
April 22 & April 29, 2020 - Financial Literacy and Resilience in the Midst of a Global Pandemic: A two-part webinar series. The LEAD Center, a project of the Department of Labor’s Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP), is hosting a two-part webinar series that will provide information, financial tools, and strategies that individuals and workforce professionals can use immediately in response to the urgent challenges ahead.
Financial Strategies for Workers with Disabilities During the Coronavirus Pandemic
Wednesday, April 22, 2020 at 3:00 P.M. EST
How WIOA Can Support Workers Facing Economic Challenges
Wednesday, April 29, 2020 at 3:00 P.M. EST
April 20, 2020 - Home and Community Based Services (HCBS) Free Webinars for Family Members: Lead by Jamie Ray-Leonetti, Associate Director of Policy, Institute on Disabilities at Temple University.
April 20, 2020 - 10:30 a.m. to 12 noon. SPEAKER: Carol Costello, HCBS Family Trainer. REGISTER HERE.
April 30, 2020 - 10:00 - 11:30 AM; SPEAKER: Attorney Alison Barkoff, Director of Advocacy, Center for Public Representation
REGISTER HERE. Topic: Home and Community Based Services Settings Rule and Heightened Scrutiny
May 18-20, 2020: ACRE Basic Certification Training for Providers of Employment - More information here.
Learn about the PA ABLE Savings Program at PAABLE.gov A PA ABLE Savings Program account gives individuals with qualified disabilities and their families and friends, a tax-free way to save for a wide range of disability-related expenses, while maintaining government benefits. The state and federal tax-free investment options are offered to encourage Eligible Individuals and their families to save private funds to support health, independence, and quality of life. To help you learn about the important features and benefits of PA ABLE, the Pennsylvania Treasury Department is hosting free webinars. Some of the topics that we will discuss include: eligibility requirements for opening a PA ABLE account, the federal and state tax benefits of PA ABLE, and how PA ABLE account interacts with current benefits. Click on the date below for details.
Communication Matters Training: Effective communication, both as the expressive communicator and the listener, shows respect and value of the other person. The Office of Developmental Programs is holding four virtual sessions surrounding the complexity and importance of communication. Attendees will leave with strategies and tools to better support those with complex communication needs. To Register, please click on one of the following available sessions:
May 14th from 9:00am-1:00pm
May 15th from 9:00am- 1:00pm
May 27th from 12:30- 4:30pm
*May 28th from 9:00am- 1:00pm *This session will be available in English and American Sign Language
Welcome to WorkforceGPS - WorkforceGPS is an online technical assistance website created to help build the capacity of America's public workforce investment system. Sponsored by the Employment and Training Administration of the U.S. Department of Labor, WorkforceGPS was developed specifically for workforce professionals, educators, and business leaders. Here you will find curated communities of interest, useful webinars and other training resources, promising workforce development practices, and relevant evidence-based research – giving you the tools you need to help you create innovative approaches to improve the employment prospects of job seekers. We invite you to come and engage with your peers by joining WorkforceGPS today. Information for employees with disabilities also included. For more information, click here.
Additional Supports/Resources Dealing with the Impact of COVID-19 Impact
United Way Resource Support - Many Pennsylvanians are struggling with a loss of income during the COVID-19 outbreak. Read full article.
Center for Creative Works Finds Success in Remote Supports - Over the past month, the Center for Creative Works (CCW), a program of Resources for Human Development, has successfully implemented remote support technology with glowing results. Read full article.
How are You Doing? Are you remembering to take care of yourself so you can continue to support others? Read full article.
Aid in PA Resource If there is one positive thing in response to the COVID-19 crisis, it is the incredible creation of resources and support networks to get people the information they need in a timely manner. Read full article.
Practice Gratitude These days, it is hard to think on the bright side and easy for us to get lost in the confusion of what has become our new realities. Read full article.
Remote Support Series: Using Interests, Preferences, and Choice to Engage Adjusting to new ways of supports during this time may be difficult for all of us. Read full article.
Remote Support Series: Positive Self-Management Strategies Particularly for participants living independently, there may be a need for assistance in developing and maintaining self-management skills to create consistency and stability during times when they may have previously been receiving paid support or out in their communities. Read full article.
ODP Encourages Individuals, Families, and Supporters to Utilize Helpline for Support During COVID-19 The Statewide Support & Referral Helpline is staffed by skilled and compassionate staff that are available 24/7 to respond to those struggling with anxiety and other challenging emotions due to the COVID-19 emergency. Read full article.
Conducting Remote Functional Behavioral Assessments After releasing the resources and webinar on Presenting and Responding to Behavioral Crisis, we received a few questions about conducting Functional Behavioral Assessments (FBA) during the COVID-19 pandemic. Read full article.
Beware of Scams We all have been spending more time on our phones and computers these days Read full article.
The Importance of Sleep Hygiene Are you or someone you support struggling with getting a good night’s sleep? Read full article.
Looking to Fill the Time? Try These Virtual Tours As we enter our fifth week following stay-at-home orders, some of us are getting a little stir crazy and looking for ways to fill the day. Read full article.
Emergency Preparedness Checklist Many of us were taken by surprise at the sudden emergence of the COVID-19 pandemic. Read full article.
Maybe It’s Time for Takeout As COVID-19 has affected our eating habits and our typical routines (e.g., eating out), some of us are starting to wish we signed up for a cooking class or two before this all started, others are just missing their favorite foods. Read full article.
Preventing and Responding to Behavioral Crises During this time of uncertainty that can be challenging for individuals and supporters, we are providing guidance to Behavioral Specialists, Supports Coordination Organizations (SCOs), and other providers and diverting and responding to potential crisis situations. Read full article.