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  • 01:01

    Julia Barol - Transition, Inclusion and Employment in PA

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    Join us for a conversation with Julia Barol, MEd, CESP, Friday, March 13, at 12:00 PM EST. Julia is with Transition Consults where her work focuses on creating inclusive communities. She is also president of the PA chapter of APSE, or the Association of People Supporting EmploymentFirst, the only national organization with an exclusive focus on integrated employment and career advancement opportunities for individuals with disabilities. 


    In her work with the Employment 1st Philadelphia initiative Julia helped develop “One City, One Vision”, a video to help increase employer awareness of the benefits of hiring people with disabilities, and the “When I Grow Up Video” to encourage us to ask all children to dream about their futures. Julia holds a Masters in Secondary Special Education and Transition from The George Washington University, where she is also an Adjunct Instructor. She chairs the Transition Work Group in Philadelphia, is a certified benefits counselor, and trains groups on work incentives and Social Security benefits. Julia has worked in the field since 1991.


    PA Independent Living Radio Show is brought to you Fridays at 12:00 pm EST by The Arc of Luzerne County. Please consider a donation in support of our work to help improve the quality of life for people with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities and their families.


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  • 01:01

    PA Rep. Mark B. Cohen - Office for People with Disabilities Act

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    Join us for a conversation with Rep. Mark Cohen, of the 202nd Legislative District (Philadelphia). We will discuss the importance of his sponsorship and upcoming reintroduction of HB 1183, known as the Office for People with Disabilities Act. The Act would establish The Office for People with Disabilities within the Office of the Governor, instead of its current location under the Department of Human Services. We will also discuss how to work with legislators to suggest and support the passage of bills to improve the quality of life for residents of Pennsylvania.  


    Rep. Cohen is the “Dean” of the Pennsylvania General Assembly -- the longest serving member in either the House or the Senate, Democratic Chair of the House State Government Committee, and past Democratic Chair of the House Human Services Committee. Rep. Cohen received his Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Pennsylvania, a Juris Doctorate from the Widener University School of Law and a Master of Business Administration from Lebanon Valley College. 


    PA Independent Living Radio Show is brought to you every Friday at 12:00 pm EDT/EST by The Arc of Luzerne County. Please consider a donation in support of our work to help improve the quality of life for people with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities and their families.


    Read and subscribe to PA Disability News (it's free!) to stay up to date on news and events of interest to the PA disability community. 


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  • PA History Coalition Honoring People with Disability with Dana Olsen

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    Join us for a conversation with Dana Olsen, Director of the Pennsylvania History Coalition Honoring People with Disability. The coalition is a group looking to increase society's understanding about the historic and herioc journey of Pennsylvanians with disability. We'll talk about the origins and purpose of the coalition, current and future projects, and about some of the history of individuals with disability in PA. 


    If your organization holds historic material related to people with disability, and you have yet to respond to the coalition's questionnaire, open through January 3, 2015, please click here. 


    Dana Olsen is now an author and citizen advocate, after a career in human services in Pennsylvania beginning in 1971. His associations include the PA Developmental Disabilities Council; Pennhurst Memorial and Preservation Alliance, Pennsylvania Lifesharing Coalition; and PA-APSE. He is author of Arching Tales, A Generation’s Support of People with Disability in the United States, Volume 1.


    PA Independent Living Radio Show is brought to you every Friday at 12:00 pm EDT/EST by The Arc of Luzerne County. Please consider a donation in support of our work to help improve the quality of life for people with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities and their families through advocacy, resources, and community education.


    For more news and events of interest to the PA disability community, visit PA Disability News.


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  • 00:58

    Fighting CYS in PA

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    Fighting CYS in PA Today PA Coalition President, Ed is a guest providing useful information learned as he navigates and learns the abuses used in our family courts.  We will be discussing a variety of topics.  I will also share the FBI call in campaign and read off some of the many facebook groups that have formed in our efforts to get transparency and prosecutions for those who abuse their power in government positions.

  • 01:01

    Devon Grant - PA Gov. Cabinet & Advisory Committee for People with Disabilities

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    Join us for a conversation with Devon Grant, Executive Director, of the Pennsylvania Governor’s Cabinet and Advisory Committee for People with Disabilities. This cabinet exists to make recommendations to the Governor on policies, procedure regulations and legislation that assist people with disabilities in Pennsylvania, serves as a liaison to individuals with disabilities, and as a resource to entities under the Governor’s jurisdiction, ensuring equality for people with disabilities in all facets of state government within the commonwealth.


    Devon holds a Bachelor’s Degree from Wheaton College in Illinois, and a Juris Doctor from Western State University, College of Law, in Fullerton, California. Prior to his appointment to his current position, Devon spent almost 10 years in the Reconsideration Unit of the Department of Public Welfare. 


    Some of his adventures include riding cross country on a motorcycle, climbing Mt. Fuji in Japan, and skiing in the Alps. Devon lives in Palmyra, with his wife and 3 children.


    PA Independent Living Radio Show is brought to you every Friday at 12:00 pm EDT/EST by The Arc of Luzerne County. Please consider a donation in support of our work to help improve the quality of life for people with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities and their families through advocacy, resources, and community education.


    For more news and events of interest to the PA disability community, visit PA Disability News.


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  • 00:15

    PA Coalition for Family and Parent's Rights

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    We have formed a coalition in PA to support families going throught the court system and Children and Youth Services.  Has CYS taken your children?  Did they have proof of the reasons for removing them?  Did they violate your Constitutional Rights?  Contact the coalition at 206-339-9456 or you can email us at Info_PaCoalition@gmx.com  Also please visit our Facebook page at Pennsylvania Coalition for Family and Parent's Rights.

  • 01:13

    PA Coalition for Family and Parent's Rights

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    PA Coaltion for Family and Parent's Rights is a coalition that was formed to support families going through Children and Youth Services and Family Courts.  We are a coalition on a mission to disinegrate the corruption and abuse of power going on with in these agencies and our courts.  We are exposing the how a caseworkers, Guardian ad Litems, Judges, therapists and doctors are allowing the corruption for profit and job security.  Our coalition hotline/fax is 206-339-9456 and our email is info-pacoalition@gmx.com.  We provide support and advice from experience and or opinion.  We are not attorneys and do not give legal advice but the information you gain is priceless when navigating the system.

  • 01:01

    PA Initiative on Assistive Technology with Sandra McNally

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    Join The Arc of Luzerne County for a conversation about Pennsylvania's Initiative on Assistive Technology (PIAT), with Sandra McNally, Assistant Director, Community Services at the Institute on Disabilities at Temple University. She is Program Director for PIAT, and coordinates other funded statewide assistive technology activities, including the Telecommunication Device Distribution Program (TDDP) and iCanConnectPA. Sandi is a parent of two children with disabilities, and holds a Master’s Degree from Temple University. 


    PIAT leads the Commonwealth's efforts to implement the provisions of the federal Assistive Technology Act of 1998, as amended, and strives to enhance the lives of all Pennsylvanians with disabilities, older Pennsylvanians, and their families, through access to and acquisition of assistive technology devices and services, which allow for choice, control and independence at home, work, school, play, and in their neighborhoods.


    "For people without disabilities, technology makes things easier. For people with disabilities, technology makes things possible."


    Do you have a question for this week's guest? Send it to kporter@thearcofluzernecounty.org.


    Be sure to join us every Friday 12-1pm EST for PA Independent Living Radio Show! 

  • 00:28

    NPF PA Rebellion Head Coach Craig Montvidas

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    Episode 44: Craig Montvidas, Head Coach, PA Rebellion of National Pro Fastpitch joins the show to talk about his move to the NPF, his expectations for the 2015 season, thoughts on returning players, key roster moves, the international game and much more.  Montvidas was appointed to lead the Dutch National Team again in December 2008. In his first full season in 2009, he guided the Orange to their first European Championship title in 19 years with a victory over Montvidas’s former team, Great Britain, by a score of 4-0. Following the 2009 season, Montvidas was promoted to become the supervisor of the entire Dutch Softball program. In his past six seasons as the Dutch National Team leader, the two-time Coach of the Year award winner (2011-2012), piloted the Dutch National Team to three European Championship Titles--2009, 2011 and 2013. Rebellion on Twitter, Rebellion on Facebook, Meet Coach Montvidas

  • 01:01

    Stacy Kyle - PA Business Leadership Network

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    Join The Arc of Luzerne County for an interview with Stacy Kyle, Project Director of The Pennsylvania Business Leadership Network (PA BLN). 


    The business community needs qualified workers to fill its changing job requirements. The Pennsylvania Business Leadership Network assists employers by exploring methods to more effectively recruit, market and hire the talents of job applicants with disabilities.


    Business Leadership Networks have been developed across the country as part of an initiative started by the Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP).

  • 01:00

    Theo Braddy - Center for Independent Living of Central PA (CILCP)

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    Join The Arc of Luzerne County for an interview with Theotis Braddy. For over 25 years, he has advocated on behalf of persons with disabilities. Theo was hired in 1988 to establish and administer the Center for Independent Living of Central Pennsylvania (CILCP). As CEO, he has created an independent living center that has become a strong and growing voice for persons with disabilities.


    In addition to his continued commitment and service as CEO of the CILCP, he is the Visionary behind Living Well with a Disability and the first-of-its –kind Living Well with a Disability Conference & Expo held in 2013.  


    At the age of 15, he became a person with a disability due to a high school football accident. He graduated from Temple University with a Masters degree in Social Work in 1988. Mr. Braddy has taught at Temple University as an Adjunct Professor of Social Welfare Policy I & II at the Harrisburg Campus. He is currently an Adjunct Professor at Millersville University teaching Discrimination and Oppression of Persons with Disabilities.