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IDD Update
April 18, 2013

The Office of Developmental programs (ODP) has held Statewide Employment Leadership Network (SELN) forums across the state. The PowerPoint presentation used at those forums is available from the link. Questions may be directed to Diane Cashman, ODP Works for Me program director (dcashman@pa.gov).  

April is Autism Awareness Month and Nina Wall Cote, director, Bureau of Autism Services is presenting a lecture, “Autism Across the Life Span: From Diagnosis to Advocacy” on June 4 in Elkins Park. To RSVP contact Marie Berger at 267-256-2078 or mberger@jfcsphilly.org. Online registration is available at www.jfcsphilly.org/frankanelecture.

ODP updates are available at www.odpconsulting.net:

  • Announcement #029-13: SH/AIS Overview Webcast and User Guide. Updated version of the Supplemental Habilitation (SH) and Additional Individualized Staffing (AIS) Services User Guide version 5.0 and webcast are now available.
  • Informational Memo #030-13: Background Check Requirements under 55 PA Code Chapter 51. Background checks are required for staff providing any waiver services, with several exceptions (assistive technology, education support services, home accessibility adaptations, specialized supplies, vehicle accessibility adaptations).

Upcoming Trainings

  • April 24. Webinar. Using Work Incentives to Build Financial Stability. National Disability Institute LEAD Center. Details available at https://leadcenter.webex.com/leadcenter/onstage/g.php?t=a&d=662425044.
  • June 24 – 25. Expanding Our Horizons Through Knowledge, Services and Supports. Brain Injury Annual Conference. Lancaster Marriott. Details at www.biapa.org.
    September 17 – 18. Building Bridges Annual Conference for the Aging/Intellectual Disability Systems. Radisson Hotel, Camp Hill.
  • Members addressing needs of transition age individuals should note that the Pennsylvania Department of Education has developed a Secondary Transition guide and web site (www.secondarytransition.org) to assist students and families navigate the transition process to adult life. It includes links to the adult service systems.

The next PCPA IDD Committee and SCO Subcommittee meetings are June 18 at Central Penn College, Summerdale. Please let Linda Drummond know of presentation recommendations and discussion topics for agendas (linda@paproviders.org).

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