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The Regional Collaboratives for Supporting Families Summit will be held virtually this year. The Regional Collaboratives for Supporting Families connect diverse individuals, families, and community partners to identify what people and families need to be supported, to develop and implement strategies to meet these needs through local collaboration and partnerships, and to participate in the conversation to improve systems. This objective allows all people to best nurture and support their loved ones in having full, meaningful everyday lives in their communities. This year’s summit will bring together Regional Collaboratives from across the Commonwealth, sharing experience and knowledge and developing strategies with a focus on Family Matters! What does it mean to support families?

What is the Regional Collaborative Summit? Watch the video to learn more!

Join the summit this August to learn from peers and professionals about how to bolster your Regional Collaboratives for Supporting Families. Registration information is to follow.

Information Overview and Performance Standard Webinar Sessions
Registration Now OPEN!

This webinar series will provide details on specific performance standards for Performance-Based Contracting for residential services. Each session will cover the required reporting, data source, data collection, and analysis for each performance standard.

A prerecorded General Overview Webinar will be disseminated on May 21, 2024, as a pre-requisite to the sessions outlined below. It is strongly recommended providers watch the General Overview Webinar prior to attending.

These sessions will each be unique in content and build upon one another. Providers are encouraged to attend all four sessions. Due to anticipated audience size, only two representatives from each Provider Agency should register to attend. All sessions will be recorded and made available on MyODP.

REGISTER:

You can send any registration questions you may have via email.

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Pediatric to Adult Health Care Transition Summit
Thursday, June 13, 2024
Live and In-Person at St. Cloud, MN
Virtual Attendance Also Available
REGISTER

Summit Overview
The Pediatric to Adult Health Care Learning Collaborative Summit will offer participants valuable insights into enhancing programs and overall state practices regarding pediatric to adult health care transition (HCT). This progress is urgently needed to support the growing number of youths with special health needs aging into adulthood. IPRC member Gillette Children’s Specialty Healthcare is a part of the Learning Collaborative.

Target Audience
The Summit is open to those interested in advancing pediatric to adult HCT. This includes pediatric/adult clinicians from any setting, family advocates, insurers, policymakers, health system and health administrators, and more.

Virtual Attendance
All Clinicians: $25
Family Members: Free

Register to attend in person or virtually before May 30. You can find more information in the event flyer.

March continues the series on Participant Directed Services. Creating an Everyday Life using Waiver Services comes with some exciting opportunities and challenges. Many individuals use Participant Directed Services to pursue their vision and create the life they want. Join us to explore more about Participant Direction and offer resources and information. These workshops are created by family members and self-advocates FOR family members and self-advocates. Register for upcoming events at PA Family Network’s website.

Join the Participation Direction Summits!

Support Groups

LifeCourse Workshops

Waiver Workshops

Community Engagement Workshops

February continues the series on Participant Directed Services. Creating an Everyday Life using Waiver Services comes with some exciting opportunities and challenges. Many individuals use Participant Directed Services to pursue their vision and create the life they want. Please join the PA Family Network (PAFN) as they explore more about Participant Direction and offer resources and information. These workshops are created by family members and self-advocates FOR family members and self-advocates.

Register here for upcoming events.

Support Groups

LifeCourse Workshops

Waiver Workshops

  • Waiver Advanced, Part 1: Monday, February 5, 2024
  • Waiver Advanced, Part 2: Monday, February 12, 2024
  • Waiver Basics, Part 1: Thursday, February 22, 2024

Community Engagement Workshops:
There will be an afternoon and evening session each day.

Join us for our Participation Direction Summits this spring!

Visit the PA Family Network website for more information about our summit sessions, lunch, and dinner!

Technology for All
Thursday, June 15, 2023
9:00 am – 12:30 pm

Technology For All invites you to register for its free technology summit on June 15, 2023. Technology For All is a technology training consortium who aims to increase technology literacy for individuals with disabilities and their families. Keynote speakers include:

Dr. Shea Tanis

Dr. Tanis is a well-respected professor from the University of Kansas. Her research is focused on how technology can benefit people with disabilities. As the Director of the Project of National Significance, State of the States, she is an expert on “Technology for All” projects in more than 15 states across the US. Dr. Tanis will discuss how technology is disrupting all aspects of our lives and the impact it can have on people with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities. She will explore how technology can provide new opportunities and support for individuals with disabilities to live more independently, work more effectively, and participate more fully in their communities.

Dr. Michael Gamel-McCormick

Michael Gamel-McCormick, PhD, is the Disability Policy Director for Sen. Bob Casey of Pennsylvania. He held a similar position in the office of Sen. Tom Harkin, as well as being Sen. Harkin’s senior education staffer. He began his career as an early childhood education teacher, teaching in inclusive settings. He also was a special education technical assistance provider for over 40 counties and cities in Virginia. For 15 years, he was a professor and dean at the University of Delaware as well as the director of the university’s Center for Disabilities Studies. He earned his doctorate in human development and education from Virginia Commonwealth University, his masters in family and school counseling from the University of Wisconsin, and his B.S. in early childhood education and B.A. in psychology from the University of Delaware.

Other session topics include:

  • Artificial Intelligence, ChatGPT;
  • Smart Homes, Part 1;
  • How do you obtain funding for tech;
  • Remote Supports (staff are just a phone call away);
  • VoiceIT communication translator for people with hard to understand speech;
  • Staying safe on the internet; and
  • Using technology to get and keep a job.

Learn More and Register

See the flyer for more information.

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The PA Family Network has a series of events happening this March and April – six in-person Summits on Emergency Preparedness. These summits will be regional, happening in York, Wilkes-Barre, State College, Philadelphia, and Cranberry, and will provide opportunities for individuals with disabilities, families, and interested individuals to learn more about Emergency Preparedness, Safety, Interactions With First Responders, and more.

There will be no fee to attend, and breakfast and lunch will be provided. Each day will be from 8:30 am – 4:00 pm.

The locations and dates of these events are:

  • March 15: South Central — Wyndham Garden York
  • March 20: Central — Penn Stater, State College
  • March 21: West — Pittsburg Marriot North
  • March 23: Northeast — Mohegan Sun Casino, Wilkes-Barre
  • March 27: Southeast — Rivers Casino Philadelphia
  • NEW!!! April 4: Ambassador Banquet and Conference Center, Erie, PA

For more information and to register for your local summit, visit here. Seminar sessions each day will include:

  • Interacting With Law Enforcement;
  • Tools to Use Before an Emergency;
  • I-PREPARE: Make a Plan Using This Unique Tool Created by a Self-Advocate;
  • Emergency Management & Red Cross: Not Just for Large-Scale Disasters; and
  • Panel Discussion and Q&A With LOCAL First Responders Police/Ambulance (EMS)/Fire/Emergency Management Agency.

Support staff are welcome and encouraged to attend, and breakfast and lunch will provided for FREE.

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The PA Family Network has a wonderful series of events happening this March — five in-person Summits on Emergency Preparedness. These summits will be regional — happening in York, Wilkes/Barre, State College, Philadelphia, and Cranberry — and will provide opportunities for individuals with disabilities, families, and interested individuals to learn more about Emergency Preparedness, Safety, Interactions with First Responders, and more.

There will be no fee to attend, and breakfast and lunch will be provided. Each day will be from 8:30 am – 4:00 pm.

The locations and dates of these events are:

  • March 15, 2023: South Central — Wyndham Garden York
  • March 20, 2023: Central — Penn Stater, State College
  • March 21, 2023: West — Pittsburgh Marriot North
  • March 23, 2023: Northeast — Mohegan Sun Casino, Wilkes-Barre
  • March 27, 2023: Southeast — Rivers Casino Philadelphia

For more information and to register for your local summit, visit here.

Seminar sessions each day will include:

  • Interacting With Law Enforcement
  • Tools to Use Before an Emergency
  • I-PREPARE: Make a Plan Using This Unique Tool Created by a Self-Advocate
  • Emergency Management & Red Cross: Not Just for Large-Scale Disasters
  • Panel Discussion and Q&A With Local First Responders Police/Ambulance (EMS)/Fire/Emergency Management Agency

Important Information:

  • Support Staff are welcome and encouraged to attend!
  • Breakfast and Lunch will be provided for FREE.
  • If you’re a family member/self-advocate and are driving/taking public transportation, a travel stipend will be available at the event. Limitations apply, one per household.
  • Lunchtime birthday celebration! Let us know if you have one you’d like us to acknowledge when you register!
  • Spanish interpretation will be available.
  • Resource Area, Wellness Lounge, and Technology Lab will be open for the duration of the event.
  • FREE to-go emergency bag, at $100 value, for eligible waiver participants.
  • Every attendee will be entered to win door prizes!