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The Pennsylvania Developmental Disabilities Council (PADDC) is working on a project to enhance Pennsylvania’s self-advocate leadership to focus on system and policy change. We invite people with developmental and intellectual disabilities (I/DD) and providers or organizations to connect them to self-advocates who may want to be part of the conversation.

The first step in the plan is to gather contact information so they can listen and learn from you. Please complete their survey through the links below.

The long-term plan includes talking with self-advocates with intellectual and developmental disabilities about:

  1. Connecting self-advocates to network and organize as a powerful, united community;
  2. Creating the foundation for an effective statewide network of skilled advocates who can influence system change; and
  3. Involving people interested in advocacy and system change to plan together for the future.

Please visit one of the links below by March 20 to help them learn about self-advocacy in Pennsylvania!

  1. If you are an individual with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities and are interested in becoming an advocate, please use this survey link.
  2. If you are an organization or provider that engages with people with intellectual/developmental disabilities, please use this survey link.

Please share this opportunity to connect with interested Pennsylvania advocates and I/DD providers or organizations in your network!

From Institutions to Community
Learning From Our Past: Improvements in Disability Supports Through the 20th Century Webinar

In honor of March being National Disabilities Awareness Month, Partners for Quality has invited all members of the IDD Community to attend a free webinar on Tuesday, March 8, from 3:00 pm–4:00 pm. For decades, persons with intellectual and developmental disabilities were institutionalized, with little regard for their dignity, their right to choose, or their potential for growth and independence. Conditions were often overcrowded and even inhumane.

The Pennhurst State School and Hospital, in operation from 1903–1987, is a chilling example of an institution that holds vital lessons from our past. This free webinar will explore the mistakes made during the first half of the 20th century, the transitions from seclusion to self-advocacy, and the long overdue respect for persons with disabilities.

Introduction will be by Maggie Rothenberger, President & CEO of Partners For Quality. Dr. James Conroy, Co-President of Pennhurst Memorial and Preservation Alliance, will present some important and historical information on the Pennhurst State Institution to help us remember why we do what we do in the community!

Join via Zoom.
Meeting ID: 875 0777 8886 Passcode: 632925

This webinar will be presented by Partners for Quality in cooperation with Pennhurst Memorial and Preservation Alliance. RCPA wishes to thank them for this opportunity.