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. We were joined by numerous other disability related organizations: The PA Waiting List Campaign, Disability Rights Network of Pennsylvania, Temple University Institute on Disabilities, PAR, RCPA, Self-Advocates United as 1, Speaking For Ourselves, The Alliance of Community Service Providers, The Provider Alliance and UCP of PA. The rally followed a press conference by the PA House Disability Caucus, a bipartisan caucus focusing on all disability issues. Caucus members spoke about their efforts to promote legislation for the benefit of people with disabilities. The rally demonstrated the dire need for a 2015-16 Pennsylvania state budget which restores funding to programs for people with disabilities to PA state legislators. Just as for people without disabilities, it is important for people with disabilities to participate in the communities in which they live—they often need support from state programs to do this more fully.
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The grand event…and yes it will be grand and historic, the “Pennhurst-Tragedy to Disability Rights” exhibit will be at City Hall in Philadelphia on June 18th, 5-7, this Thursday evening. …
This will be great event not to be missed!
The exhibit will remain at City Hall until the end of July for continued public viewing and will be part of 25th ADA Celebration in Philadelphia on July 25th. We hope to see you there!
Remember the Past. . . Challenge the Present. . . Define the Future
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Information from The Arc Pennsylvania: Survey Finds Pennsylvanians’ Support for Community Services for People with Disabilities
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: Maureen Cronin
April 30, 2015 Executive Director
Harrisburg, Pa. – Pennsylvanians’ believe that people with disabilities are best served living at home. Results of a survey released today, showed almost three out of four Pennsylvanians (74%) would be willing to pay a little more in state taxes to help support people with disabilities. The survey, commissioned by The Arc of Pennsylvania and conducted by the Center for Opinion Research at Franklin and Marshall College, was completed by 1,000 residents across the state from May 21 to June 23, 2014.
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State Funding Crucial in Helping Disabled Adults
In the wake of a disabled man abandoned in a Cobbs Creek park by his own mother, NBC10 started looking at families with members who are also disabled. NBC10′s Rosemary Connor’s spoke to Audrey Coccia from Vision for Equality and discovered that finances and the age of the child play a big role in what services they can receive.
We at Vision for Equality would like to extend our gratitude to all of you who attended the event and donated to the fundraiser. The event was a huge success and it showed not just the quantity of the people that support our cause, but the commitment of all of you. Please come out and attend our events in the future and thank you again for the support.
We would also like to express our sincerest gratitude to the following vendors who made donations from their businesses in order to make the fundraiser successful:
The Philadelphia Zoo, Digger Land, Advanced Auto Parts, AutoZone, Tractor Supply, SugarHouse Casino, the Little League Museum, The City Islanders, the Harrisburg Senators, the Comfort Inn, Eastern State Penitentiary, and Whole Foods.
Also, we would like to say a special thanks to Personlink for your generosity. We hope all in attendance enjoyed the night!