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Coronavirus (COVID-19) Health and Safety Guide

ASERT has compiled resources for those with autism and those who care for people with autism relating to the current COVID-19 outbreak.

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Announcements

HHS Launches Hotline to Improve Access to COVID-19 Vaccines for People with Disabilities

The U.S. Health and Human Services (HHS) announces the launch of a first-of-its-kind national hotline to connect people with disabilities to information and services to improve access to COVID-19 vaccines.

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Personal Stories Project for the PA Autism Training Conference (PATC) 2021

This message is for individuals with autism spectrum disorder (ASD), their family members, friends and support staff. We are looking for Personal Stories -- Written Essays and Video Stories -- from individuals with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). We will be showcasing the Essays and Videos at the PA Autism Training Conference (PATC), which will be held virtually from October 5-7, 2021.

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Department Of Human Services Announces Expansion Of Peer-Support Program For Individuals On The Autism Spectrum

The Department of Human Services (DHS) today highlighted the expansion of the Community Autism Peer Specialist (CAPS) Program, a first-of-its-kind program in Philadelphia that connects an individual with autism to support from certified peer specialists.

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Homebound Vaccination Program For Older Adults and People with Disabilities

The Philadelphia Department of Public Health is pleased to announce the Homebound Vaccination Program, designed to reach homebound individuals with COVID-19 vaccine in their own homes. This program is available for any individual who is homebound or for anyone who would have difficulty being vaccinated at a clinic due to a disability.

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Open for Public Comment: Appendices I and J, Proposed Fee Schedule Rates, and Proposed Department-Established Fees for the Renewal of the Adult Autism Waiver (AAW)

Appendices I and J of the proposed renewal of the Adult Autism Waiver (AAW), as well as the rate setting methodology used to develop the proposed Fee Schedule Rates for services funded through the Adult Autism Waiver and the proposed Department-established Fees for residential ineligible services, are available for public review and comment.

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Rite Aid Store Clinics ID DD Autism

To offer access to the COVID-19 vaccine for individuals with an intellectual disability, developmental disability, or autism and their caregivers, the Office of Developmental Programs (ODP) has created an ODP Vaccine Call Center (Call Center) and partnered with Rite Aid to provide COVID-19 vaccinations at Rite Aid stores across Pennsylvania.

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Vaccine Information for Individuals Without Internet Access

Pennsylvania Departments of Health and Human Services would like to share resources surrounding COVID-19 vaccine information for individuals that have limited or no internet access.

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PADDC ANNOUNCES NEW FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES

The PA Developmental Disabilities Council is pleased to announce two new funding opportunities for organizations and individuals. The first opportunity is for Community Response Projects. The second new funding opportunity is for Leadership, Empowerment, and Advocacy Fund (LEAF) Scholarships.

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Regional Response Health Collaboration Program (RRHCP)

The Department of Human Services (DHS) and Department of Health (DOH), in coordination with the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency (PEMA) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), have developed the Regional Response Health Collaboration Program (RRHCP).  This program is designed to directly support COVID-19 readiness and response in long-term residential care facilities, including long-term care nursing facilities, personal care homes, and assisted living residences.

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Department of Human Services Emphasizes Importance of Support for People with Disabilities During COVID-19 Emergency

The Department of Human Services (DHS) today hosted a virtual press briefing to raise awareness of the challenges faced by people with disabilities during the public-health emergency and share information about the department’s efforts to support this vulnerable population throughout the COVID-19 crisis.

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Using the Integrated Supports Star to Problem Solve

The Integrated Supports Star is a tool that was developed by the UMKC Institute for Human Development and is one of many tools that are available at https://www.lifecoursetools.com.  It is a tool that encourages us to solve problems by looking for ideas in five different categories:  Personal Strengths & Assets, Relationships, Eligibility supports, Community Supports […]

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COVID-19 AND CHILD CARE IN PENNSYLVANIA

Please see the following resource from the PA Office of Child Development and Early Learning. It contains valuable information pertaining to child care that is available for all life-sustaining personnel.

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Human Services Highlights Research in Service Delivery for People with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, Dual Diagnoses

The Pennsylvania Department of Human Services (DHS) today released the fourth edition of The Pennsylvania Journal on Positive Approaches. DHS’ Office of Developmental Programs and Office of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services recently began publishing the journal again for the first time in more than 20 years.  

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What the Office of Vocational Rehabilitation’s Announcement Regarding the Order of Selection Waiting List Means for Office of Developmental Programs’ (ODP) Services

To disseminate clarification on access to ODP-funded employment-related services after the Office of Vocational Rehabilitation’s (OVR) announcement on February 1, 2020 regarding the Order of Selection and the OVR waiting list.

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Pennsylvania Launches ‘Reach Out PA: Your Mental Health Matters

Governor Tom Wolf announced a focused multi-agency effort and anti-stigma campaign, ‘Reach Out PA: Your Mental Health Matters,’ aimed at expanding resources and the state’s comprehensive support of mental health and related health care priorities in Pennsylvania.

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