Monthly Archives: August, 2015

Project Beacon Fall Retreat for children offers fall fun weekends for children of current service members and veterans

project beacon fall retreats

 

Click here or on the graphic above to download the application.

“Feds Clarify Rights Of Parents With Disabilities” – Disability Scoop

Erika Johnson, center, and Blake Sinnett, right, of Kansas City, Missouri, both of whom are legally blind, welcomed home their two-month-old baby, Mikaela Sinnett, July 20, 2010, after having Mikaela taken away from them by a protective custody ruling because both parents are blind. After challenging the ruling of protective custody, Mikaela was returned to her parents after 57 days in foster care. (David Eulitt/Kansas City Star/MCT)

Erika Johnson, center, and Blake Sinnett, right, of Kansas City, Missouri, both of whom are legally blind, welcomed home their two-month-old baby, Mikaela Sinnett, July 20, 2010, after having Mikaela taken away from them by a protective custody ruling because both parents are blind. After challenging the ruling of protective custody, Mikaela was returned to her parents after 57 days in foster care. (David Eulitt/Kansas City Star/MCT)

“The Obama administration is warning state and local officials not to discriminate against people with disabilities who have children or would like to.

“Technical assistance issued jointly this month from the U.S. Department of Justice and the Department of Health and Human Services clarifies that children should not be taken from their moms or dads simply because a parent has a disability. Similarly, federal officials said that people with disabilities should not face added barriers to becoming foster or adoptive parents due solely to their special needs.

“The move comes in response to an increasing number of discrimination complaints that the federal agencies say they’ve received from people with disabilities.”

Read this disability scoop article in its entirety, click here.

Department of Aging wrap-up for Friday, August 28, 2015

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Each week the Pennsylvania Department of Aging releases a Friday newsletter with information relevant to activities, issues and events for older Pennsylvanians and persons with disabilities across the Commonwealth.

Click here to read the August 28  newsletter.

Disability Employment Outreach Day slated for October 7 | Mark your calendars and plan to attend

In recognition of National Disability Employment Awareness Month, the Pennsylvania State Civil Service Commission is proud to partner once again with the Governor’s Cabinet for People with Disabilities and the Office of Administration to provide our third annual “Disability Employment Outreach Day” to guide individuals with disabilities in their search for Commonwealth employment. Mark your calendars and plan to attend on Wednesday, October 7, 2015 at the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission Headquarters, 1601 Elmerton Avenue, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. Join us for employment presentations at 9:00 a.m. or 1:00 p.m. The same information will be offered at each session, so please choose the one that best suits your schedule.

disability employment outreach

This is an informational event only. No interviews or hiring will take place. Attendees will learn about the Civil Service application, testing, and hiring processes, and other available accommodations and services. Recruitment specialists will also be available following each presentation to give personalized assistance to individuals who are interested in learning more about specific employment opportunities for which they may qualify. Individuals who would like this service should bring an up-to-date resume. Representatives from the Pennsylvania Office of Vocational Rehabilitation (OVR) will also be on site. OVR’s mission is to help Pennsylvanians with disabilities find and maintain employment.

All individuals with disabilities are welcome to participate. ASL services will be provided. Please contact the Pennsylvania State Civil Service Commission at (717) 787-6127 by September 21 to request other accommodations for this event.

Please share this e-mail and the attached flyer with anyone in your network who may know of individuals who could benefit from participating in this event. Thank you very much for any assistance you can provide.

Directions: Turn at the traffic light at the intersection of Elmerton Avenue and State Farm Road. The Fish and Boat Commission will be just ahead on the left.

We look forward to seeing you on October 7!

SOURCE: submitted, Pennsylvania State Civil Service Commission

“Passage of time: why people with dementia switch back to the past ” – The Conversation

dementia“We’re more likely to recall memories and information we’ve used frequently rather than those obtained at a particular age. Kristo-Gothard Hunor/Shutterstock”

“People diagnosed with dementia often have a distorted sense of time passing. My friends who are clinicians often comment on their patients with dementia preparing and arriving for their appointments many hours before they’re scheduled.

“Dementias such as Alzheimer’s disease progressively impair cognition, causing problems with memory and planning, and day-to-day functioning, making it difficult to do things like shopping and cleaning.

“Accurate time perception is critical in our modern society (and for much more important reasons than waiting room congestion) so this disorientation significantly affects those with dementia and their families and carers.”

Read this article at The Conversation in its entirety.

“In 40 States, a New Focus on End-of-Life Care and Counseling” – Pew Charitable Trusts

e-o-lOver the next five years, hospices in 40 states will offer end-of-life care and counseling to dying Medicare patients at the same time those patients receive treatment to extend their lives. Typically, patients who are terminally ill must choose one or the other. (AP)

“Beginning next year, the federal government will conduct a five-year, 40-state experiment to determine whether there is a better way to help elderly Americans come to grips with terminal illnesses and prepare to die.

“Last month, the Obama administration announced that 141 hospices across the country will offer end-of-life care and counseling to dying Medicare patients at the same time those patients receive treatment to extend their lives. Currently Medicare, the federal health insurance system for people older than 65 or with certain disabilities, requires terminally ill patients to choose one or the other.

“Hospice services typically involve a team of doctors, nurses, social workers, bereavement counselors, aides and volunteers who address the physical, social, emotional and spiritual needs of dying patients and their families.”

Click here to read this article in its entirety at pewtrusts.org.

Department of Aging wrap-up for Friday, August 21, 2015

PA department of aging logo

Each week the Pennsylvania Department of Aging releases a Friday newsletter with information relevant to activities, issues and events for older Pennsylvanians and persons with disabilities across the Commonwealth.

Click here to read the August 21 newsletter.

Futurity.org | four more really good articles

futurity articles

Click on these links to the futurity.org articles

Teens catch happiness, not depression, from friends

How our brain hides (and gets back) scary memories

Blind kids rely on ‘visual brain’ to learn language

Add ages and sexes to locate health risks

Futurity features the latest discoveries by scientists at top research universities in the US, UK, Canada, Europe, Asia, and Australia. The nonprofit site, which launched in 2009, is supported solely by its university partners in an effort to share research news directly with the public.

Learn QPR | Suicide Prevention Training program offered monthly

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This course is being offered as part of Mental Health America of Lancaster County’s Wellness Academy. Register here.

Questions? Contact Sara Mohler at 717-397-7461 or smohler@mhalancaster.org

Hamilton Relay Seeks Nominations for 2015 Deaf Community Leader Award

Hamilton Relay, the contracted service provider of Pennsylvania Relay is seeking your assistance in identifying candidates for the Hamilton Relay 2015 Deaf Community Leader Award.

We are looking for individuals who are deaf or deaf-blind and who have been a positive influence in Pennsylvania  demonstrating commitment to volunteerism, leadership, advocacy and enhancing the lives of those around them. The award will be presented around Deaf Awareness Week in September.

Is there someone you wish to nominate for 2015?

Click here for details and to download the questionnaire in providing information about your candidate, including a brief description about the individual and what this person has done that causes you to nominate him/her.

Celebrating community leaders during Deaf Awareness Week in September is something we look forward to each year. Thank you in advance for your participation in nominating deserving individuals from your community.