Williamsport City Hall For ALL!!

WILLIAMSPORT – The city of Williamsport has agreed to make modifications to City Hall to settle a federal lawsuit that accused it of violating the Americans with Disabilities Act. City Council in a special meeting Wednesday night approved a consent decree with the Center for Independent Living of North Central Pennsylvania, the local chapter of ADAPT and four individuals. ADAPT describes itself as a community that organizes disability rights activists. The cost of making the necessary structural improvements to City Hall that would include full compliance with all ADA requirements has been estimated at between $3 million and $8 million. …

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact:          Jay Pagni mediainquiries@PaHealthWellness.com   PA Health & Wellness Supports Community Needs during COVID-19 Pandemic Partnerships and programs address the social determinants of health in Central and Southeastern Pennsylvania   CAMP HILL (May 5, 2020) – During the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, people across Pennsylvania are facing challenges that extend beyond medical care and include basic daily needs such as food and  essential supplies. Centene, a leading multi-national healthcare company, has partnered with various organizations to support efforts that address these social determinants of health. PA Health & Wellness (PHW), as part of the Centene family, will …

Statewide Support and Referral Helpline – COVID-19

The Department of Human Services (DHS) has launched a statewide Support & Referral Helpline staffed by skilled and compassionate staff who will be available 24/7 to assist Pennsylvanians struggling with anxiety and other challenging emotions due to the COVID-19 emergency and refer them to community-based resources that can further help to meet individual needs. The toll-free, round-the-clock support line is officially operational. The number to call is 855-284-2494. For TTY, dial 724-631-5600. To create and staff the support line, DHS has partnered with the Center for Community Resources (CCR), an experienced regional crisis and call center provider based in Butler …

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We can’t let this Happen!!!

Read the article here Pa. residents with disabilities worry coronavirus rationing will deem them expendable Some might consider it far-fetched for people with disabilities to fear they won’t be given a ventilator if they’re near death because of COVID-19. Or that the ventilator they use daily might be given to someone else if they are critically ill and resources are scarce. But such possibilities don’t feel far-fetched to those who live their lives struggling against people and policies that devalue them or treat them as expendable. “It’s always in the back of my mind — will they value me as …

COVID-19

Hello Everyone, As you know, our nation is dealing with the outbreak of the COVID-19.  There are a number of questions and concerns surrounding the virus.  I would suggest universal precautions along with following the advice of the Centers of Disease Control (CDC) & the Pennsylvania Department of Health. We are committed to those we support across the state at our local Centers for Independent Living.  There may be some adjustments to the schedules at the CILs, please contact them directly so you are aware of any adjustments. Michael Grier, MSA Executive Director, PA Council on Independent Living

POSTPONED: Beyond Inclusion: Empowering, Celebrating, Advocating

  PLEASE NOTE: THIS EVENT HAS BEEN POSTPONED DUE TO COVID-19. IT WILL BE RESCHEDULED AT A LATER DATE. ONCE IT IS RESCHEDULED, WE WILL SHARE THAT INFORMATION HERE. Join us for an incredible event on April 22nd and 23rd at Millersville University: Beyond Inclusion: Empowering, Celebrating, Advocating. Beyond Inclusion is Three Events in One! Join us for the Inclusive Postsecondary Symposium, Millersville Disability Pride, and an ADA Celebration- all packed into two awesome days, featuring special guest Judy Heumann. This event is free and open to all! Register here: https://pihec.regfox.com/beyond-inclusion-empowering-celebrating-advocating April 22nd 9 AM – Apr 23 at 7 …

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Handicapped community threatens legal action against city

Read the full article on the Williamsport Sun-Gazette Advocates for the handicapped in Williamsport said Thursday they were preparing a civil action in U.S. Middle District Court against the city for failing to make City Hall accessible and for violation of civil rights. The representative for the Center for Independent Living handed out a letter co-signed by two attorneys representing the group to council and the administration Thursday night. After the distribution, council discussed the issues and then voted 4-2, with one councilman absent, to reject bids for an elevator modification and accessible ramp at City Hall. The chambers then …

Letter in Opposition to Moratorium on State Center Closure

From The ARC Pennsylvania (download a pdf of the letter):   October 25, 2019 To: Members of the Pennsylvania Senate   RE: Vote No on Senate Bill 906 and House Bill 1918 We are writing to ask you to VOTE NO on Senate Bill 906 and House Bill 1918.  Individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities have the right to live within their own communities and not be restricted to a segregated life. State institutions have been closing over the past several decades under both Republican and Democratic governors.  It is now time for our current administration to move away from …