These are valuable links to websites that will give you more information about our cause.
The Arc is the national organization of and for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families. The association also fosters research and education regarding the prevention of developmental disabilities in infants and young children.
The Pennsylvania Department of Public Welfare’s Office of Developmental Programs supports a comprehensive array of services and supports for people with developmental disabilities. The Developmental Programs system is funded through federal, state and county funds.
The PARC Consent Decree of 1972 established the State Task Force and 29 Local Task Forces, whose purpose is to assure a free and appropriate public education for students with disabilities. Each Local Task Force consists of parents, families, a representative of The Arc and support personnel. There is a local task force at each Intermediate Unit; this map shows each school district and their corresponding Intermediate Unit.
Their new enhanced website with extensive resources and publications that will be of great value to families and advocates.
AAIDD promotes progressive policies, sound research, effective practices, and universal human rights for people with intellectual disabilities.
Post Secondary Opportunities
- PA Disability Rights Network information for Substitute Decision Making/Guardianship
The Arc of PA Resource Directory and Guide to Essential Services was made possible by a generous donation by the Bartelmay Family.
The Resource Directory is an introduction to services and supports for persons with cognitive, intellectual and developmental disabilities. It is divided into sections for easier usage and contains mostly Pennsylvania based agencies.
ODP Futures Planning
Here is information to events and issues posted by other organizations.
ELC Parent Charter Fact Sheet
Link to ODP's Future Planning Process website
ODP's Futures Planning Announcement
on new website and instructions for comment submission
Deputy Secretary Letter 5.6.13
Self Advocate Nomination Form
Long Range Goals Draft 3.28.13
Today’s Vision - Tomorrow’s Reality
Letter from ODP Deputy Secretary 3.29.13
Extended Team Members 4.19.13
Deputy Secretary Lokuta's Comments
At The Arc PA SAGA Day
The following is an excerpt from the Deputy Secretary's letter .
Today’s Vision - Tomorrow’s Reality….think of the possibilities
Please review our draft long-range goals and submit your comments to the ODP’s RAfirstname.lastname@example.org mailbox by Monday, April 8, 2013. Our Extended Team will review and consider your feedback as we work toward finalizing the draft of our long-range goals during the next Extended Team meeting scheduled for April 16, 2013. After finalizing these long-range goals, we will draft 1-year objectives designed to support the achievement of our long-range goals. We will distribute these 1-year objectives to you for your review and comment shortly after the April 16th Extended Team meeting.
Let me close by saying that we all must consider the gravity of what we are engaged in. The planning and decisions we make throughout this process will have a direct and profound impact on the lives of others. I can think of no other more significant responsibility. And I can’t help but notice the fact that although we may share diverse and unique perspectives, our desired outcomes unite us. Our diversity is our strength and that strength will carry us through as we work toward creating “tomorrow’s reality.”
Please know how much I appreciate your dedication to this process. I could not be more honored to be working for all of you. I also commit to doing my best to advocate for and represent our planning outcomes so that Pennsylvania is recognized as a national leader in supports and services for people with disabilities and their families.
Fred C. Lokuta