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Stephanie Kent works as the IM4Q Coordinator at The Arc of Delaware County. She was born and raised in Glenolden, Pennsylvania with extensive volunteer work for The Arc of Delaware County throughout her high school and college years. Stephanie Kent graduated from The Pennsylvania State University-Berks College, located in Reading, PA, with a B.A. in Applied Psychology. She has extensive undergraduate internship experience with school-aged childe with intellectual and developmental disability as well has mental health issues. While interning, Ms. Kent implemented a school-wide “Anti-Bullying” system in one of the elementary schools part of the Reading School District. She has an uncle with and Intellectual and Developmental Disability who has lived with her and her family for over 10 years. She is familiar with what it takes to care for a family member with an Intellectual and Developmental Disability. Stephanie currently resides in Wallingford, Pennsylvania with he parents, uncle, and brother who will soon graduate from Syracuse University.
Read a copy of the latest newsletter The Advocate Spring 2012.
Hearings at the Capitol from March 29th regarding the budget can be found at March 29 House Human Services Committee Hearing http://www.pahousegop.com/wsa.aspx
Please read and take ACTION!
Below are links to articles related to the lawsuit filed again Governor Corbett over proposed budget cuts:
Here is the link to the petition and press release on DRN’s website. http://www.drnpa.org/
Group Sues Governor Over Proposed Budget Cuts
Disability Rights Network Takes On Corbett
WGAL-TV – News at Noon
Susan Shapiro, anchor: A lawsuit is being filed against Governor Tom Corbett over proposed budget cuts. The services for Pennsylvania residents with disabilities. News 8’s Matt Barcaro is live in Harrisburg with more on the lawsuit.
Matt Barcaro, reporting:: Here it is, this was just filed today by mental health groups and different constituents in Pennsylvania. They say they’ve never actually filed a suit against the governor before for proposing cuts like this in the Department of Public Welfare budget but they fear they have to or thousands of Pennsylvanians who rely on those services will suffer. The mental health groups allege the Governor’s proposed 20 percent cut to the Department’s budget is way too deep and it violates the state’s requirement to adequately fund those services. They believe that this will hurt people with mental and behavioral disabilities the most and it will take away their safety net. The Governor has said time and time again that this has been a tough budget year and there must be cuts made but the state’s Disability Rights Network thinks it will actually end up costing taxpayers more.
Mark Murphy, Disability Rights Network: You cut community-based services for people with intellectual disabilities and mental illness – you don’t save money. What you do is you force them into higher cost services. People’s needs don’t change.
Matt Barcaro: You might be wondering why this is happening now, after all, the budget is still a proposal – nothing’s been passed yet – but the mental health groups think that even the Governor’s proposal of these cuts violates the law and they want to make sure that the cuts don’t become law.
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The Arc of Delaware County has recently joined the new Eastern Delaware County Consortium on Inclusive Recreation as the ‘lead agency’ for the Collaborative Consortium. The Consortium is made up of organizations and individuals who promote the concept of inclusive recreation in Eastern Delaware County in a manner that will increase inclusive opportunities in schools and communities for people with disabilities.
Published in the Philadelphia Inquirer: People in the News
Kelly Connell has been hired as the new special education advocate at the nonprofit The Arc of Delaware County, which advocates for those with developmental disabilities and their families. Connell had been self-employed as a special-education teacher/educational consultant and as a vice principal at Chalutzim Academy
The Premise Alert System is a statewide program that allows families of those with developmental disabilities or special needs, like autism or dementia, to file a form with local police.
“By alerting local police about a person’s unique needs, the police and emergency responders will be better able to address an emergency where the resident might have a medical condition or a physical or mental limitation that would require special attention,” said council Chairman Jack Whelan.
For more information, call 610-284-2205 or visit www.papremisealert.com.
The Arc of Delaware County hosted a very successful EmployABILITY Summit on Wednesday, September 15, 2010 at the Delaware County Intermediate Unit.
The Arc of Delaware County’s EmployABILITY Summit was Wednesday, Sept. 15 at the DCIU. About 70 people attend the Summit which included a Panel Discussion and Resource Fair. During the Panel Discussion, local employers shared their experiences employing people with developmental disabilities and offered advice to those looking for a job. During the Resource Fair, attendees checked out displays from Beneficial Bank, Delta Community Supports, Disability Rights Network, DCIU OPTIONS Program, and the Arc.