-On Seniors housing-


Hi Everyone!
We have an organization in mind that already has the Independent Living, Assisted Living, and Nursing Home living system all set up and running very well here in Pittsburgh. We are currently collecting names of Deaf/DeafBlind/Hard of Hearing individuals that are spread out across the state in nursing homes that would like to live together in one building/floor in Pittsburgh. If you know of anyone willing to move, PLEASE send their name, age, and current location (city and nursing home) to us as soon as possible!
We need to prove to the organization that there is a need. The more names we have, the better chance they will give us a floor or a wing to put all Deaf/DeafBlind/Hard of Hearing residents together.
Thank you for your help with collecting names!

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ACTION ALERT! Pennsylvania Legislature Considering Plan to Eliminate Special Education Exception to Act 1 of 2006, the Taxpayer

Friends –

ACTION ALERT!  Pennsylvania Legislature Considering Plan to Eliminate Special Education Exception to Act 1 of 2006, the Taxpayer Relief Act

The Pennsylvania legislature is considering a plan to eliminate the special education exception to Act 1 of 2006, the Taxpayer Relief Act.  This exception allows school districts to raise taxes, but only with the Department of Education’s approval, to cover some of the cost of special education when those costs rise above a certain rate.

The Disability Rights Network of Pennsylvania recognizes that many school districts fall short on delivering the promise of a Free Appropriate Public Education to students, but eliminating the Act I special education exception will make things even worse.  While special education continues to be underfunded by the federal and state governments, school districts will have no means to raise revenue to pay for increased special education costs if this exception is eliminated.  Students with disabilities, and those without, will suffer the loss of vital educational services and programs.

Please contact your Senator and Representative today and ask them to protect the special education exception of Act I.  Click here to find your legislators.

For questions about this alert, please contact Sallie Lynagh, DRN Children’s Team Leader, at slynagh@drnpa.org.

Thank you,

Disability Rights Network of Pennsylvania Offices in Harrisburg, Pittsburgh, and Philadelphia 1-800-692-7443 www.drnpa.org

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PSAD Senior Citizen Hosting “First Time” Senior Citizen Getaway

Hosted by PSAD Senior Citizen Section


October 23rd, Sunday and 24th, Monday


At Eden Resort

222 Eden Road

Lancaster, PA 17601

More details are in the flyer attached below

Click on link below to view flyer in PDF

senior citien getaway flyer



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Your Comments on Managed Long-Term Services and Supports Are Due by December 11, 2015



Your Comments on Managed Long-Term Services and Supports Are Due by December 11, 2015!

Alert from the Disability Rights Network of Pennsylvania – 


Pennsylvania is proposing Managed Long-Term Services and Supports (MLTSS). This is also known as Community HealthChoices. In this new system, managed care companies (health insurance companies) would manage Office of Long-Term Living home and community-based waiver services, physical health care, and nursing facility care. Click here for background information. More background information can be found by clicking here.

The Department of Human Services and the Department of Aging have just issued the following for public comment:


Draft Program Requirements

Draft Request for Proposal (RFP)


Click here for these draft documents.


Note that these are draft documents. The Commonwealth is seeking comments from the public on these draft documents. Actual bids (proposals) are not being sought at this time.


Your comments on these draft documents are due by Friday, December 11. Email your comments to RA-MLTSS@pa.gov (include “Community HealthChoices” in the subject line). Or, mail your comments to April Leonhard, Office of Long-Term Living, Bureau of Policy and Regulatory Management, P.O. Box 8025, Harrisburg, PA 17105-8025.


Information from the Department of Human Services and Department of Aging on November 16:


“Dear Colleagues:


Throughout the course of the last few months, we have heard from thousands of you about the commonwealth’s transition to Community HealthChoices (CHC), part of Governor Wolf’s plan to increase opportunities for older Pennsylvanians and individuals with physical disabilities to remain in their homes.


These conversations have had several recurring themes about what Pennsylvanians want out of managed long-term services and supports: Pennsylvanians want a choice in their care, to live in the community, and to have a voice in the process. We want to assure you – your voice is being heard.


Our staff has been hard at work drafting the Request for Proposal (RFP) to procure CHC and the program requirements that will be part of the agreement with the managed care organizations, and today we are happy to share that the draft RFP and program requirements are available for public comment.


We believe that the draft RFP and program requirements preserve individual choice and allows Pennsylvanians to live where they want – in the community. The public comment period is part of our commitment to openness and transparency, and gives a voice to those impacted by changes that will certainly improve the lives of hundreds of thousands of people.


The draft RFP, program requirements, and a summary document are available at www.dhs.pa.gov/citizens/communityhealthchoices. Please take time to review the documents and email your comments to RA-MLTSS@pa.gov (include “Community HealthChoices” in the subject line). In order to ensure your valuable input is received, please submit your comments by December 11, 2015.




Ted Dallas Secretary Department of Human Services


Teresa Osborne Secretary Department of Aging”


If you have questions or need more information:


Chava Kintisch, Esq. Director of Civic and Government Affairs Disability Rights Network of Pennsylvania ckintisch@drnpa.org 215-238-8070, extension 210


Thank you, Disability Rights Network of Pennsylvania Offices in Harrisburg, Philadelphia, and Pittsburgh

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Photos & Thanks from ERC- Members Meeting & Alumni Reception


If you are unable to view the message below, click here to view this message on our website.

Dear Members of the Equal Rights Center,

Thank you for joining us as we celebrated those outstanding individuals, practitioners and businesses that support our mission at the 2015 Annual Members Meeting and Alumni Awards Reception.

Andy Shallal, owner of Busboys and Poets, welcomed a full room of past and present ERC advocates to the evening’s events. ERC Executive Director, Melvina C. Ford, accompanied by ERC board chair Robert Dinerstein then presented the honorees with their awards.

Congratulations again to our honorees Paul Khouri, The Bozzuto Group, James Gibson and Steven Rosenbaum.

If you were unable to attend the reception, please click here to be redirected to the event’s Flickr album.

We encourage you to connect to or become further involved in our work. Please reach out to us at communication@equalrightscenter.org.

Thank you again,

The Equal Rights Center

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Pictured above (left to right): Steven Rosenbaum, Mike Schlegel, Melvina C. Ford, Andy Shallal, Robert Dinerstein, Paul Khouri

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State Plan Must Include consumers who are Deafblind!




The Pennsylvania Statewide Independent Living Council (PA SILC), in partnership with the network of Centers for Independent Living (CILs) and the Office of Vocational Rehabilitation (OVR) is providing opportunities to hear directly from you about what your life experiences are as Pennsylvanians with disabilities.  The State Plan for Independent Living (SPIL) uses money from the federal government to address independent living needs of people with disabilities.  It is our responsibility to hear from the people to plan for the development of the SPIL.  It is your right as a person with a disability in the Commonwealth to be provided with this opportunity to give input.


These are a few questions that might help you frame your thoughts:

What is your current situation?

Are you satisfied with this?

What should be different?

What do you need as a person who is deafblind to maintain your independence?


Below is a list of forums in various locations around Pennsylvania. If you have a passion for consumers who are deafblind, if you’re a person who is deafblind, a family member or relative of a person who is deafblind, a professional working with persons who are deafblind, or anyone who is interested in issues concerning persons who are deafblind and disabilities; please attend the meetings below, or submit comments.


November 12, 2015

11am – 2pm

Liberty Resources, Inc.

714 Market Street

Wade Blank Room

Philadelphia, PA  19106


Contact: Jennifer Rauscher


November 16, 2015

11am – 2pm

Northeast PA CIL

1142 Sanderson Avenue, Suite 1

Scranton, PA  18509-2623


Contact:  Keith Williams


November 17, 2015

11am – 2pm

OVR District Offices

Video Conferencing

Locations to be announced


November 19, 2015

11am – 2pm

Center for Independent Living Opportunities

127 W. Market Street, Suite 100

York, PA  17401


Contact: Hillary Hasson


December 7, 2015

11am – 2pm

CIL of Central PA

207 House Ave., Suite 107

Camp Hill, PA  17011

717-731-1900 x213

Contact: Janetta Green


December 9, 2015

11am – 2pm


1400 S. Braddock Avenue

Pittsburgh, PA  15218


Contact:  Sandi Weber


To request accommodations of interpreters and SSP’s, please call the SILC office at (717) 364-1732.


Suggested comments: Please extend funding in the next State Plan for the Deafblind Pilot Project so that funding to train Support Service Providers (SSPs) and payment for SSP services will continue. This will allow continuation of a much-needed program for people who are deafblind. It will also provide time to get SSP services to be provided as a waiver provided service under Long Term Support and Services as managed care is rolled out in PA.


If your not able to be at one of the meetings in person, attached to this email is a questionnaire in which you can use to form your ideas. Remember the issues listed above for persons who are deafblind and SSP services.


You can submit your comments to us by December 31, 2015 By:

Mail:  PA SILC, 207 House Avenue Suite 107, Camp Hill, PA  17011

Email to pastateplan15@gmail.com

Telephone 717-364-1732 |

Fax 717-236-8800

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/PASILCPublicForums2015



Marsha Drenth, Program Manager

Center for Independent Living of Central PA

Pennsylvania Deaf-Blind Living Well Services


CILCP | 207 House Avenue Suite 107, Camp Hill, PA 17011

Voice: 717-731-1900 | Toll Free: 800-323-6060

TTY: 717-737-1335 | Toll Free: 800-829-7404

VP: 717-255-0124

Email: dblws@cilcp.org


www.cilcp.org  | www.livingwellwithadisability.org

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From President’s Desk

Click on link to view letter in PDF. From President 11.3.15


From President’s Desk

Hope your Fall season is going well. Here’s my second report of what we PSAD have been doing since September. I will be doing the reports from time to time.

We are interviewing Executive Director and Young Adults program coordinators and it is ongoing process and will update you all when it is completed.

October 18th- Jeff Yockey, Sharon Antal and I went up to meet Martin Price, NAD Youth coordinator and we explained how our program works and where to find the youth to participate.  It was good experience.  Martin learned from us as well as we learned from him.

October 22nd- We had our 6th Youth Day at PaTTAN in Pittsburgh. We had about 41 youth coming to this event and we had modified on how we usually do our program and it looks like this was more successful.   4 from Pittsburgh Chapter came to help and they did wonderfully as well as Sveta, from Poconos area. We really are so thankful to them all.

October 22nd- 23rd- We had our regular board meeting.  Standing Functionary Committee on Thursday night. Two from Pittsburgh Chapter came. On Friday, other two came. The meeting went very well and we finished everything.  In the evening after the meeting, we all went to visit PAD.  It was wonderful to meet old and new friends.

November 1st-  We donated $300 to DeafCAN banquet and send Mark to represent us. Evy Williams was on the committee for this event and to our delight and surprise, she won the Community Service award. Kudos to Evy!

November 5th- Jeff Yockey will go to Bloomsburg U. and give a presentation and have the interpreting classes try to interpret him. A good training for the students.

November 6-8- Jeff Yockey will attend NJAD/NJRID conference.  Jeff will stay the whole weekend.  Hope he can bring plenty of new information.

November 13- Greater Harrisburg Chapter will have their election at 6 pm. Harry Marchese III and I will attend.  Good luck with the success of the election.

November 14- North Central Chapter is hosting Vera Bradley bags Bingo at Flemington, PA. Several Board members are going to play the Bingo. Wish us luck.

Novemember 21- NE PSAD will have their meeting and election with refreshment and games.

December 6th- Holiday Cheer at Mercy Life (Valley View).  Come one and all.  It should be fun for the residents to meet you all and talk.

December 19th- Greater Pittsburgh Chapter will have their meeting and election after appetizers

Respectfully submitted, Grace Shirk-Emmons, PSAD president


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Towson Tigers Basketball Vs Gallaudet University

Click on link to view flyer (PDF) Towson Basketball Gallaudet PSAD 2015


Towson Tigers Basketball Vs Gallaudet University

Wednesday, November 25th 2pm

Towson University welcomes


when our Tigers take on Gallaudet on

Wednesday, November 25 at SECU Arena.

– Tickets Available Starting at only $14!

– Block Seating Available!

For questions or to purchase contact Alec Hamm:

ahammaspire@towson.edu 410-704-3330

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Voices Behind the Mission: 2015 Annual Members and Alumni Awards Reception

 NOTE: Click on the flyer below to see the entire page.
From: “The Equal Rights Center” <communication@equalrightscenter.org>
Date: November 6, 2015 at 4:30:36 PM EST
Subject: Reminder- You’re invited to Voices Behind the Mission: 2015 Annual Members and Alumni Awards Reception
Reception with awardees

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DHCC – Two Upcoming Events!

From: Neil McDevitt <nmcdevitt@dhcc.org>
Date: Wed, Nov 4, 2015 at 11:40 AM
Subject: DHCC – Two Upcoming Events!
To: info@dhcc.org

Good morning!

I wanted to share information about two upcoming events for the Deaf-Hearing Communication Centre that may be of interest to your community members.
TONIGHT: We’re partnering with the Philadelphia Animal Welfare Society to present a workshop on how Deaf and hard of hearing people can become foster or adoptive pet parents.  Or if they’re passionate about animals, how they can volunteer to help animals in need.  That’s tonight at DHCC in Swarthmore at 7pm.
TOWN HALL:  DHCC recognizes that we’re the largest non-profit organization in the Philadelphia region focused on the issue of communication access for the Deaf and hard of hearing community.  We are very proud of the work we do every day to meet the needs of thousands of Deaf and hard of hearing individuals across the region.  But we want to hear from the community if there are areas of improvement or gaps in our service offerings.
We’re hosting a town hall meeting on November 12th at 7pm at our community room in Swarthmore and here’s a video with more information:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TQYfpB9qrS4
Thank you!


Neil McDevitt | Executive Director, DHCC
630 Fairview Rd, Suite 100, Swarthmore, PA 19081
Phone: (484) 540-0476   nmcdevitt@dhcc.org


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