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The ASERT Resource Center serves as Pennsylvania’s leading source for up-to-date and accurate information and resources for individuals with autism, their families, the community and the professionals who support them. Contact the ASERT resource center to speak with a resource specialist who can help you learn how to discover and access resources in Pennsylvania. The resource center is open Monday-Friday from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

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The Office of Developmental Programs is planning four separate webinar calls with Supports Coordinators SC Supervisors to promote an interactive conversation with Deputy Secretary Nancy Thaler. Because there will be preparation, registration questions and other follow-up, attendance at one of the Webinars is required to attain two hours of ODP required training credit. Attendance should be recorded in the SC’s training record. Secretary Thaler will discuss ODP’s vision for the role SCs will play as policies continue to be revised and changed. The SCs are being asked to share their experiences and insights with ODP on the fundamental responsibilities and changes that are needed going into the future so that more emphasis can be given to supporting individuals and their families.

DataGenius Challenge for Autism Insight: Calling all data visualization experts! The SAP data visualization team is pairing up with the Els for Autism foundation and to help uncover data-driven insights to support research and analysis for Autism spectrum disorder (ASD).

The Departments of Human Services (DHS) and Aging (PDA) recently took the next step in Governor Tom Wolf's plan to improve the quality of care for seniors and individuals living with disabilities through managed long-term services and supports (MLTSS). The Departments released a concept paper, based on public input, which describes the plan's features and is intended to gather feedback from stakeholders.

On October 23, 2013 President Obama signed the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) in order to expand healthcare coverage, control healthcare costs and improve the healthcare delivery system. Under the ACA, youth who were in Pennsylvania’s or another state’s foster care system and enrolled in Medical Assistance (MA) at any time on or after their 18th birthday are eligible for MA coverage until age 26, regardless of income. OCYF is reviving our outreach efforts to educate former foster youth about MA benefits they may be eligible to receive. Our goal is to inform eligible foster youth about their eligibility for MA benefits and to ensure they have the information and assistance necessary to apply for these benefits. How can you help? If you know ANY youth who received MA benefits while in foster care on or after their 18th birthday and are not yet 26 years old, please share this information with them. Additionally, OCYF has posters, brochures and resources for posting and distribution to your stakeholders, employees, members and anyone else you think may have contact with former foster youth. Please contact OCYF at 717-787-4756 to request posters, brochures and resources. We look forward to hearing from you and greatly appreciate your assistance in this important mission.

The Governor’s Cabinet for People with Disabilities today announced the opening of registration for the Pennsylvania Disability Employment & Empowerment Summit (PADES). The summit aims to bring together employers, related government agencies, service providers, and people with disabilities to discuss challenges, opportunities, case studies of programs of excellence, advancements in adaptive technology, supports, suggestions for systems improvements, and other important topics. This year will feature two events: October 27, 2015, at the Wyndham Grand Downtown in Pittsburgh and November 13, 2015, at Eden Resort & Suites in Lancaster. There will be guest speakers, breakout sessions, a job fair, and much more. Registration will continue through October 13. Pennsylvania employers will share current information about career opportunities, learn the benefits of hiring individuals with disabilities, network with peer businesses that value individuals with disabilities, and conduct interviews with qualified candidates on-site. For more information, visit the link below.

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