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 ANNOUNCEMENT from Office of Developmental Programs

It’s Your Turn Again!

How and When to Share your Thoughts and Ideas about ODP’s Futures Planning Next Steps

ODP Communication Number: Announcement 071-14

The mission of the Office of Developmental Programs is to support Pennsylvanians with developmental disabilities to achieve greater independence, choice and opportunity in their lives.

ODP continues to work on our Futures Planning process with internal and external stakeholders to improve Pennsylvania’s service delivery system for people with intellectual disabilities and autism into the future. Our focus is on people and those who care for and support them, working to improve the quality of their lives by improving connections within the system. During 2014, Futures Planning workgroups have been collecting information about pilot projects and best practices within Pennsylvania and in other states related to all eight of our objectives. ODP has now prepared a series of survey questions in each of these focus areas in order to collect your thoughts and ideas. After we receive your responses to these survey questions, ODP will bring all the information we are collecting together and use it to plan our next steps to build a better system.

Ways you can send us your ideas and thoughts:

1. Use the following link to access ODP’s Online Futures Planning Survey. Enter your thoughts and ideas as you move through the questions for each objective. It’s not necessary to answer all the survey questions; you can comment on one or many. Because this survey does not have a save and continue feature, please plan to move through the survey questions all the way to the end, then click submit.

The link to ODP’s Online Futures Planning Survey is:

ODP’s Online Futures Planning Survey will close on Sunday, October 19, 2014.

2.  Plan to attend one of ODP’s Futures Planning Face-to Face-Forums. Pre-registration is not required. Face-to-Face Forums will be held in each region according to the following schedule:

Northeast Region                                                                                   Western Region Date: October 9, 2014                                                                           Date: October 14, 2014

Time: 10 am 12 noon; 6 pm 8 pm                                                      Time: 10 am 12 noon

Location: Location: Holiday Inn Wilkes-Barre                                Location:  Achieva

600 Wildflower Drive                                                                            711 Bingham Street

Wilkes-Barre, PA 18702                                                                        Pittsburgh, PA 15203


Southeast Region                                                                                     Central Region

Date: October 15, 2014                                                                           Date: October 16, 2014

Time: 1 pm 3 pm; 6 pm 8 pm                                                                    Time: 1 pm 3pm; 5pm 7 pm

Location: Vision for Equality                                                                 Location: Dauphin County Case Management Unit

718 Arch Street 6N                                                                                  1100 South Cameron Street

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19106                                                        Harrisburg, PA 17104


3. Download survey questions from ODP’s Futures Planning website. The link to ODP’s Futures Planning website is:

Click on ODP Futures Planning Public Forum Resources at the bottom of the Home Page in the Key Documents section. Download survey questions for each objective.

Fill in your thoughts and ideas and return the survey questions to ODP’s Futures Planning mailbox at:

ODP is very interested in your comments on our planning for a better future. We hope you can participate in our survey process in whatever way is easiest for you. Questions about ODP’s Futures Planning process can be sent to ODP’s Futures Planning mailbox,


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Chili’s Give Back Event to benefit

Vision for Equality, Inc.

Charitable giving never tasted so good!  Chili’s is teaming up with Vision for Equality, Inc. to raise awareness for people with intellectual disabilities and autism. Chili’s, located at 1239 Filbert Street, Philadelphia, PA will be hosting a Give Back Event for Vision for EQuality, Inc. from 11:00 am to closing on Wednesday, October 15, 2014.

Chili’s Restaurant will donate ten percent (10%) of the dining checks generated between 11:00 a.m. and closing.  To be eligible for the donation, the dining check must be accompanied by the copy of the Give Back Event voucher.

CLICK HERE for printable voucher.

Vision for EQuality is a registered non-profit organization that was established in 1996.  Vision for EQuality promotes Quality and Equality and “One Community for All.” We are a unique organization committed to supporting people with disabilities and their families to have a full life in their homes and communities. We work diligently to bring the values of an everyday life to insure that all people have the right to live and work where they choose. We daily assist people and their families by advocating for their rights; we monitor people to assure quality services are provided; we train self advocates and families so they can understand the disabilities laws and guidelines which direct their services. People with Intellectual Disabilities, Autism and their families reach out to us for assistance and we work to strive for full inclusion for everyone.

 Vision for EQuality has been providing life-changing solutions for individuals with disabilities so they can gain greater independence. Our programs and services give families the guidance and assistance they need along with the hope for a more independent future.

Please share this event with your friends on Facebook and encourage everyone to come out to Chili’s Give Back Event and support this fundraiser on Wednesday, October 15, 2014!


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PPD and the Keystone Coyotes

will be battling it out to raise money for Vision for Equality, Inc., an organization Empowering People with Autism & Intellectual Disabilities

Date:           Sunday, November 16, 2014

Time:          4:30 pm

Place:          NE Flyers Skate Zone

                      10990 Decatur Road

                      Philadelphia, PA  19154


Ticket Price:  $10.00 per person (Kids Under 5 FREE)

Raffles, 50/50 and Door Prizes

CLICK HEREfor printable flyer

To purchase tickets: 

Contact:  Colleen Rissling by email:  or call (267) 773-5282

or  Liz Brown by or call (267) 765-0300


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14th Annual Points of Transformation Awards – September 30, 2014


CLICK HERE to enjoy a video slideshow of the 14th Annual Points of Transformation Awards!

A Celebration of Direct Service Professionals & Supports Coordinators who exemplify our motto: “It’s all about community!”

Vision for EQuality Night at the Phillies


The Philadelphia Phillies put their best foot forward on Friday night September 26th when Vision for Equality hosted their first Phillies Fundraising event at Citizens Bank Park where the Phillies won over Atlanta 5 to 1. The weather was perfect and a good time was had by all in attendance.

Pictures of the Field from up above show a delightful evening Marisol Ramos, Joel Pacheco and Ana Pacheco had along with Troy and Ryan Fillers in the Phanatic hats make us laugh. The smiles on all of their faces tell the story. We look forward to hosting another Phillies event again next Season!

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IDS Lifesharing Family Fun Day – July 18, 2014


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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.  


 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.