City Council Hearing

Testimony Supporting Bill #150009

September 11, 2015


CLICK HERE to read testimony of Audrey Coccia, C0-Executive Director of Vision for EQuality


Nancy Thaler, New Deputy Secretary of PA Office of Developmental Programs

 Visits Vision for EQuality and meets with families and self-advocates


Celebration In Center City Marks 25th Anniversary Of Americans With Disabilities Act

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Maureen Devaney, Co-Executive Director of Vision for Equality interviewed by Alexandria Hoff of CBS 3

A celebration was held in Center City Philadelphia Saturday afternoon to mark the 25th Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act.

The festivities kicked off at Dilworth Park with speakers and live performances by musicians with disabilities. From there, hundreds lined up for a parade down Market Street to the National Constitution Center where more speakers addressed the crowd of hundreds. CLICK HERE to read more.


Maureen Devaney, Co-Executive Director of Vision for Equality interviewed by the Philadelphia Inquier

Colleen Devaney started kindergarten at the right time. Had she tried to enter the year before – 1975 – Colleen, who has autism and cannot speak, might well have been rejected. But the Individuals With Disabilities Education Act had just passed, guaranteeing services to children with disabilities.
»Read story: Disabled celebrate milestone in Philly


Next Steps Announced in Governor Wolf’s Managed Long-Term Services and Supports Plan

Plan improves the quality of care for seniors and individuals living with disabilities Harrisburg, PA – The Departments of Human Services (DHS) and Aging (PDA) today announced the next steps to Governor Wolf’s plan to improve care coordination and to move to Medicaid Managed Long-Term Services and Supports (MLTSS). These updates are the result of overwhelming responses to the public comment period and critical stakeholder input.  CLICK HERE  to read more.


They must care for the disabled. But who cares for them?




Posted: Sunday, July 19, 2015, 3:01 AM on Philly.com

FOR TOO LONG I have listened, aghast, to stories shared by Dee Coccia. She’s co-executive director of Vision For Equality, a nonprofit that advocates on behalf of intellectually disabled folks and their families.

If you don’t know anyone who has an intellectual disability, your eyes probably just glazed over and you’re now turning the page in search of a more exciting read.

But if you do know someone with an intellectual disability, Coccia’s stories will be horrifying and, perhaps, familiar. CLICK HERE to read more


Video Now Available on ABCs of Managed Care


The presentation on the ABCs of Managed Care by David Gates is now available for viewing on DRN’s webpage.



On Tuesday, June 16, 2015 Vision for EQuality, Inc and The Arc of Pennsylvania with its 34 chapters hosted a Disability Funding Rally at the Capitol Rotunda in Harrisburg to highlight the urgent need for disability services funding.  CLICK HERE to read more.