Category Archives: Disabilitiies

Friday Wrap-Up, July 20, 2018 | a message from the Secretary of Aging

Each week the Office of the Secretary of Pennsylvania’s 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.

In this week’s “Wrap Up” the Secretary writes about senior community centers.

“Senior community centers are places for people to gather, engage in activities, and get to know one another–but today’s senior community centers are vibrant and action-packed, offering a combination of trips and special events, fine arts and crafts, music and dance, lifelong learning, health and wellness programs, employment and volunteer opportunities, and nutritional services.”

And … a wedding!

Click here download the newsletter as a .pdf file.

 

Registration is now open for the 2018 PA Community Alliance Summit

PA Community Alliance Summit

CLICK HERE TO REGISTERhttps://www.eventbrite.com/e/2018-pa-community-alliance-summit-registration-48070377794

Friday Wrap-Up, July 13, 2018 | a message from the Secretary of Aging

Each week the Office of the Secretary of Pennsylvania’s 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 download the newsletter as a .pdf file.

 

“Teenage Girl Helps a Blind and Deaf Passenger and Wins Praise for Doing ‘Something Beautiful’” – The New York Times

deaf-blind Clara Daly, 15, “communicating with Mr. Cook during their Alaska Airlines flight from Boston to Portland, Ore.” – Credit Diane Scott

by Christina Caron

“The teenage girl was headed to California, and the man to Oregon. They weren’t supposed to be on the same flight, but their chance encounter came to be widely known and celebrated.

“The girl, Clara Daly, 15, and her mother were traveling home to Calabasas, Calif., and had planned to fly nonstop from Boston to Los Angeles. Their flight was canceled, so Alaska Airlines booked them on another flight with a layover in Portland, Ore.

“That’s how Clara ended up meeting Tim Cook, 64. Mr. Cook, who is deaf and blind, wasn’t able to communicate easily with the flight attendants.”

Click here to read this New York Times article in its entirety.

Villages | “For some seniors, a cultural shift and a vital volunteerism” – The Boston Globe

villages“Nauset Neighbors volunteer Frank Bridges, 66, changed the batteries in a smoke detector for Ann Miller, 79, seated with Judy Gordon, on July 3.” – Christine Hochkeppel for the Boston Globe

by Robert Weisman

“BREWSTER — When it got too hot for her to sleep with a fan and she could no longer lift her air conditioner, 79-year-old Ann Miller turned to her village.

“Not her bayside town on the Lower Cape, but Nauset Neighbors, a grass-roots network of seniors dedicated to helping other seniors live independently. The volunteer members of Nauset, one of more than 15 self-styled “villages” statewide, draw inspiration from the ethic of small-town New England life in an earlier era, when folks looked after one another.

“Miller’s request for help was answered by Frank Bridges, who pulled up to her modest town house in his pickup truck on a sweltering July morning. Bridges, 66, a retired banker who lives across town, greeted Miller and went straight to work. He removed her window screen, set the air conditioner in place, and screwed it in securely. Before he left, Bridges, who is 6-foot-5, also replaced three of her smoke alarm batteries without aid of a stepladder.”

Read this Boston Globe article in its entirety – click here.

In Lancaster County, Lancaster Downtowners is a village concept. “Downtowners are organizing to provide cost effective services for themselves and others who desire to remain in their homes and urban neighborhoods rather than move to more conventional retirement communities.”

“How ‘villages’ help seniors age at home”The Brookings Institution

The Village to Village Network is the essential tool that enables community members to build and sustain thriving Villages. The Network creates interactions that connect Villages with resources, education and expertise.”

“Straight Talk for Seniors®: Congressional Committees Preserve Aging Services Funding for 2019” – National Council on Aging Blog

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by Marci Phillips

“Congressional appropriators have moved their FY19 bills quickly though the committee process, with only the House version of the Labor-HHS-Education (Labor-HHS) bill still waiting for full committee approval.

“There is generally good news for aging services programs in both bills. They each reject cuts and eliminations proposed by the Administration and largely maintain funding at current levels, keeping the increases that were secured for many programs in last year’s fiscal year. A few small increases also have been proposed.

“See our Aging Services Funding Table for more details, and here are some highlights:”

Continue reading this article, click here.

Federal Budget – FY19 Aging Program Funding Table

Friday Wrap-Up, June 22, 2018 | a message from the Secretary of Aging

Each week the Office of the Secretary of Pennsylvania’s 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 download the newsletter as a .pdf file.

Pennsylvania Assistive Technology Foundation (PATF) receives $25,000 grant to help more people with disabilities achieve independence

King of Prussia, PA  – The Pennsylvania Assistive Technology Foundation (PATF) at 1004 Ninth Avenue in King of Prussia, PA has received a $25,000 grant from the House of Rest Endowment Fund of The Philadelphia Foundation to expand its financial products into southeast Pennsylvania. Announcement of the grant was made by Pedro A. Ramos, President and CEO of the Foundation.

Susan Tachau, Executive Director of PATF, said the funds would be used to increase the number of people with disabilities and older Pennsylvanians in southeast Pennsylvania who will be able to finance the assistive technology they need in order to lead more independent lives. “Assistive technology (AT) is any item, piece of equipment, or product system, whether acquired commercially, modified, or customized, that is used to increase, maintain or improve functional capabilities of individuals with disabilities,” said Tachau. Adapted AT devices may include such items as:

  • Adapted Vehicles;
  • Computers, iPads, and tablet software and hardware;
  • Smart home technology such as (but not limited to) the Amazon Echo, Google Home, Nest, Ring, etc.;
  • Adapted sports equipment;
  • Hearing aids and other devices for people who are Deaf/Hard of Hearing;
  • Home modifications (ramps, showers, counter tops);
  • Scooters and wheelchairs;
  • Seat lift chairs; and
  • Safety and security devices.

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Through loans valued at more than $37 million and with over 14,000 Pennsylvanians helped since its founding in 1998, PATF is considered one of the nation’s largest and most comprehensiveAlternative Financing Programs (AFP). To learn more about PATF’s loan products, financial education curriculum, and development services, please visit www.patf.us.

Friday Wrap-Up, June 15, 2018 | a message from the Secretary of Aging

Each week the Office of the Secretary of Pennsylvania’s 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 download the newsletter as a .pdf file.

The Pennsylvania Department of State will be having an exam of ES&S EVS 6.0.0.0 Voting System commencing June 25th through June 29th , 2018, daily from 9:00am-5:00pm.

The Pennsylvania Department of State will be having an exam of ES&S EVS 6.0.0.0 Voting System commencing June 25th through June 29th , 2018, daily from 9:00am-5:00pm.
Venue : Capitol Complex – Finance building, G-24B, 613 North Street, Harrisburg Pa 17120

There is opportunity for voters requiring accessible devices to be volunteer test voters during the examination. They will get to cast a test ballot and will be requested to provide feedback on their experience. Individuals need to schedule times for being part of this effort. The voting system analyst will work with individuals to schedule appointments based on individual preference and availability. It will not take more than an hour of time at the examination location. It will be of great help to us if you can help us in this regard since our aim is to test with individuals using different accessible devices.

If you have questions or would like more information, please contact:

Sindhu Ramachandran
Voting Systems Analyst
Department of State
Bureau of Commissions, Elections and Legislation
210 North Office Building | Harrisburg, PA 17120
Phone: 717.525.5743

email: sramachhand@pa.gov