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Five Below

Vision for EQuality will be holding a Fundraiser Event at FiveBelow!

And 10% of the total dollars spent will be donated back to Vision for Equality.

Dates:  August 25 – 31, 2014

Locations: 

Five Below Store, NE Shopping Center

9171 Roosevelt Blvd, Philadelphia

or

The Gallery at Market Street East (Store #125)

901 Market Street, Philadelphia

CLICK HERE for printable flyer.

Please don’t forget to bring this flyer to the event so that we can get credit for purchase!

Thank you for supporting Vision for Equality!

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Public Forums on Issues for Pennsylvanians with Disabilities

 

We want to hear from you!

The Disability Rights Network of Pennsylvania, the Pennsylvania Developmental Disabilities Council, and the Institute on Disabilities at Temple University need your input about the issues that matter most to Pennsylvanians with disabilities and their families.

How can we improve supports, services, your community, advocacy, training, and rights for people with disabilities and their families?

CLICK HERE for printable flyer with dates, locations and details

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Action Alert

Achieving a Better Life Experience (ABLE) Act

*** Scroll down to TAKE ACTION and do your part to help pass the ABLE Act! ***

The Achieving a Better Life Experience (ABLE) Act of 2013 (S. 313/H.R.647) was introduced in the 113th Congress by a bipartisan, bicameral set of Congressional Champions including Sens. Robert Casey, Jr., (D-PA) and Richard Burr (R-NC), and Reps. Ander Crenshaw (R-FL), Chris Van Hollen (D-MD), Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA), and Pete Sessions (R-TX).

The ABLE Act would amend Section 529 of the Internal Revenue Service Code of 1986 to create tax-free savings accounts for individuals with disabilities. The bill aims to ease financial strains faced by individuals with disabilities by making tax-free savings accounts available to cover qualified expenses such as education, housing, and transportation. The bill would supplement, but not supplant, benefits provided through private insurances, the Medicaid program, the supplemental security income program, the beneficiary’s employment, and other sources.

An ABLE account could fund a variety of essential expenses for individuals, including medical and dental care, education, community based supports, employment training, assistive technology, housing, and transportation. The ABLE Act provides individuals with disabilities the same types of flexible savings tools that all other Americans have through college savings accounts, health savings accounts, and individual retirement accounts. The legislation also contains Medicaid fraud protection against abuse and a Medicaid pay-back provision when the beneficiary passes away. It will eliminate barriers to work and saving by preventing dollars saved through ABLE accounts from counting against an individual’s eligibility for any federal benefits program.

ABLE Act Status

The ABLE Act was introduced in the US Senate and US House of Representatives on February 13, 2013. You can find out if your two senators and representative are co-sponsoring the ABLE Act of 2013 by clicking the links below:

Senate ABLE Act Cosponsors
House ABLE Act Cosponsors

- See more at: http://www.ndss.org/Advocacy/Legislative-Agenda/Creating-an-Economic-Future-for-Individuals-with-Down-Syndrome/Achieving-a-Better-of-Life-Experience-ABLE-Act/#sthash.mLbA0YQd.dpuf

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Recent Events

IDS Lifesharing Family Fun Day – July 18, 2014

 

The Annual IDS Lifesharing Family Fun Day was held on Friday July 18, 2014 at Mermaid Lake in Blue Bell, PA. Fun in the sun was had by all. This fun-filled event provided everyone with an opportunity to meet lifesharing providers, lifesharing provider agencies and people who are seeking to reside in a lifesharing setting.

 

Everyone was able to connect, exchange information, ask questions all while enjoying activities such as music, dancing, singing,. They had raffle giveaways, basketball, tennis, swimming, ping pong, word search challenges and line dancing. Good times were had by all while everyone had time to hear stories of those in lifesharing settings.

 

The Lifeshraing Family Fun Day is all about people we love and  we live with.  Promoting Lifesharing while celebrating the success of Lifesharing families and service providers.  

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 Disability Pride 2014

 
On Saturday, June 21, 2014, hundreds of people attended the Disability Pride  Philadelphia Event. It was truly a memorable day with lively musical and artistic  performances, notable speakers and of course, the March/Parade to the National Constitution Center.  This year’s event celebrated the launch of the Community Integration Act.

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