Projects/Grants

Below is a list of our current grantees and their projects.

CHANGING THE CULTURAL CONTEXT WITHIN SCHOOLS

To carry out a series of roundtables, technical assistance opportunities and other forums that would focus on coalition building and changing the cultural context within schools regarding Inclusive Education.

One project @ $75,000 per year for up to 5 years
Grant period: July 1, 2012 to June 30, 2017
Achievement Committee

Contact:
Diane Perry
Pennsylvania Education for All Coalition (PEAC)
PO Box 263
Norwood, PA  19074
484-432-3263
dperry@paedforall.org
www.paedforall.org

COMMUNICATIONS/PUBLICATIONS

This grant assists the Council in a variety of efforts to “tell its story” and that of our grantees.  The grant works directly with the Council to develop, produce and distribute publications (newsletter, annual reports, brochures, etc.); in having an internet presence (web-site, e-newsletter, list serves) and in media connections (press releases).

One project @ $110,000 per year for up to five years
Grant period: January 1, 2009 to December 31, 2014
Communications and Publications Workgroup

Contact:
Community Living and Support Services (CLASS, Inc)
4638 Centre Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA  15213
412-682-7100

COMMUNITY ACCESSIBILITY

The focus of this project is to increase inclusion in generic community events, functions and civic opportunities for Pennsylvanian citizens with disabilities. Through a community-based approach, the grantee will work with a variety of entities to improve the physical accessibility of locations throughout state. They will strive to break down stereotypes and improve the perceptions and attitudes of persons with disabilities in hopes of creating a more disability friendly community. By partnering with local businesses, organizations, community event organizers, recreation groups and destinations, government offices, and local municipalities, the grantee will provide its partners with site surveys, reports, and recommendations to improve their accessibility. The project will develop a fully accessible website resource. It will act as a hub for information, resources, and training materials to help other entities improve the accessibility of their locations.

One project @ $150,000 per year for up to five years
Grant period: July 1, 2012 to June 30, 2017
Engagement Committee

Contact:
Amy Beck
Lehigh Valley Center for Independent Living (LVCIL)
435 Allentown Drive
Allentown, PA  18109
610-770-9781
amybeck@lvcil.org
www.lvcil.org

CONGREGATE CARE

The focus of this grant is to develop resources to assist families and service providers with transitioning children living in congregate settings to community settings with loving families. The project intends to promote system change by increasing awareness of the scope of congregate care and providing materials, training, technical assistance, and consultation to families and stakeholders who can assist children living in facilities to move to families.

One project @ $100,000 per year for up to three years
Grant period: July 1, 2012 to June 30, 2015
Engagement Committee

Contact:
Liz Healey
PEAL Center
1119 Penn Avenue, Suite 400
Pittsburgh, PA  15222
412-281-4404
866-950-1040
lhealey@pealcenter.org
www.pealcenter.org

CRIMINAL JUSTICE DISABILITY AWARENESS

To establish a training curriculum for personnel of the criminal justice system: court officers, prison officers, law enforcements officers, lawyers, etc. in disability awareness, rights and etiquette.

One project @ $100,000 per year for up to three years
Grant period: July 1, 2012 to June 30, 2015
Engagement Committee

Contact:
Beverly Frantz
Temple University- Institute on Disabilities
1755 North 13th Street
Student Center, Room 411S
Philadelphia, PA  19122
215-204-5078
bfrantz@temple.edu
www.disabilities.temple.edu

DISABILITY ADVOCACY SUPPORT

To fund a statewide disability advocacy support project that will support grassroots and other advocacy efforts through trainings, intensive technical assistance and limited networking/coordination activities.

One project @ $150,000 per year for up to five years
Grant period:  April 1, 2012 to March 31, 2017
Empowerment Committee

Contact:
Lan Do // George Taylor
Disability Rights Network (DRN)
1414 North Cameron Street, Suite C
Harrisburg, PA  17103
717-236-8100
800-692-7443
ldo@drnpa.org
taylor2422@comcast.net
dash@drnpa.org
www.drnpa.org

EDUCATION, DISABILITY RIGHTS & ADVOCACY

This project provides a tangible legal resource specifically focused on the unique needs of people with developmental disabilities, their families and caregivers.  Responsiveness to emergent needs within the disability community and close collaboration with Council funded projects and stakeholders are a key component in the ultimate success of this work.

The organization fully involves individuals with disabilities, their families, caregivers, stakeholders drawn from the disability community, and existing and/or new collaborative networks to develop a series of Commonwealth-wide trainings focused on the unique and specific needs of families, caregivers and individuals with developmental disabilities.
One project @ $136,000 per year for up to five years
Grant period: April 1, 2009 to March 31, 2014
Empowerment Committee

Contact:
Kelly Darr
Disability Rights Network (DRN)
1414 North Cameron Street, Suite C
Harrisburg, PA  17103
800-692-7443
kdarr@drnpa.org
www.drnpa.org

EMPLOYMENT PRACTICES RESEARCH

To research and identify employer strategies deemed by people with developmental disabilities to demonstrate best practices, policies and attitudes for their successful employment.

One project @ $80,000 for 18 months
Grant period:  July 1, 2012 to December 31, 2013
Achievement Committee

Contact:
Amy Beck
Lehigh Valley Center for Independent Living (LVCIL)
435 Allentown Drive
Allentown, PA  18109
610- 770-9781
amybeck@lvcil.org
www.lvcil.org

GRASSROOTS ADVOCACY PROJECTS

Grassroots Advocacy Grants are intended to provide a limited amount of resources for a short term period (usually 12 to 18 months) in order to increase the capability and the resources of local groups to pursue such advocacy initiatives of their choice. Projects funded under this objective must be developed and directed by a majority of people with disabilities and/or the parents of children with developmental disabilities.  The grants support voluntary, citizen-based advocacy activities including those aimed at changing social conditions or governmental systems affecting people with developmental disabilities as well as activities which strengthen and support the ability of grassroots groups and individuals to advocate more effectively for themselves.

Grant period: January 1, 2012 to March 31, 2013
Empowerment Committee/Grassroots Advocacy subcommittee

1.   The Center for Independent Living of Central PA             $10,000

The project provides accurate disability awareness information to rural underserved Perry County Pennsylvania through a series of educational events and business site visits targeting business leaders. The Center for Independent Living of Central Pennsylvania will work through the Perry County Chamber of Commerce and local residents with disabilities.

Contact:
Stephen Scanlon
Center for Independent Living of Central PA
207 House Avenue, Suite 107
Camp Hill, PA  17011
717-731-1900
sscanlon@cilcp.org
2.   PA Connecting Communities                     $10,000

The PA Connecting Communities (PACC) Advocacy Committee was created to bring together individuals with a variety of disabilities, their family members, support persons, professionals, and other allies to focus on policy education, peer support, communication, and participation in the civic process.  The purpose is the empowerment of individuals with disabilities and their allies become educated about the policies that affect them and their well-being and become self advocates by engaging in the civic process of voting, telling their stories to legislators, and engaging policymakers in order to create systems change.

Contact:
Peggy Mannella
PA Connecting Communities
4401 Butler Street
Pittsburgh, PA  15201
412-621-6151
peggymannella@paconnectingcommunities.org

3.   Mission Empower                       $10,000

This Erie County project empowers parents of children with disabilities by teaching educational rights, advocacy strategies and supports children to be involved with their child’s school to make a positive difference.

Contact:
Jill Hrinda-Patten
Mission Empower
1932B West 8th Street
Erie, PA  16505
814-825-0788
advocate@missionempower.org

4.   Mental Health America — Allegheny County      $9940

Let Our Voices Be Heard (LOVBH) is a group of consumers and advocates across disability groups to ensure that people who use services are at the table. In addition to pursuing the goals of LOVBH strategic plan about expanding the independent living opportunities and improving the quality of life for personal care home residents through a variety of activities, the project will focus on the following activities — collaboration with other disability consumer groups similar to LOVBH in surrounding counties and building a network of leaders within the group by providing opportunities for leaders to become more active and empowered.

Contact:
Sarah Rosso
Mental Health America — Allegheny County
100 Sheridan Street
Pittsburgh, PA  15206
412-661-7860

Grant period: October 1, 2012 to December 31, 2013
Empowerment Committee/Grassroots Advocacy subcommittee

1.   The Consumer Health Coalition                $10,000

With this project, the Consumer Health Coalition (CHC) and its Health Committee for People with Disabilities (HCPD) will host advocacy trainings for people with disabilities and prepare them for encounters with medical professionals. Upon completion of the advocacy trainings, newly empowered consumers will attend a community conversation hosted by CHC and HCPD. Medical professionals from across the system will be invited to hear firsthand from consumers their concerns regarding the quality of care they receive thereby fostering a rich discussion which will in turn lead to systems change.

Contact:
Beth Heeb
Consumer Health Coalition
415 East Ohio Street, Suite 300
Pittsburgh, PA  15212
412-456-1877
bheeb@comsumerhealthcoalition.org

2.  Community Living & Support Services     $10,000

Grant period: September 1, 2012 to November 30, 2013
Empowerment Committee/Grassroots Advocacy subcommittee

This project will provide voter education, voter registration, assistance with voting, as well as education regarding legislative process, to 60 individuals with developmental disabilities, family members, and caregivers in order to improve rates of civic engagement, increase their sense of empowerment, and increase their social capital.

Contact:
Lucy C. Spruill
Community Living & Support Services
4638 Centre Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA  15213
412-683-7100
lspruill@ucpclass.org

3. The Arc of Somerset County        $10,000

Grant period: October 1, 2012 to December 31, 2013
Empowerment Committee/Grassroots Advocacy subcommittee

With this project, the Arc will offer six training sessions for self-advocates, parents and professionals relating to  identified needs, host public meetings to increase self-advocates skills and confidence in acting as leaders in the community, and expand an independent living advocate program to address those childhood and adult issues.

Contact:
Kim Garretson
The Arc of Somerset County
P.O. Box 206
Windber, PA  15963
814-926-2799

4. Mental Health Association of Southeastern Pa     $10,000

This project plans to explore the possibilities of using Domiciliary Care (DOM Care) housing model for young people with disabilities who are in the foster care system and who are in the process of “aging out” and who also are served by behavioral health system. Project activities include: developing a better understanding of what transitioning youth would want in a DOM care housing program, exploring ways that more youth could  “connect” with  a  DOM care option, and producing a supplementary training curriculum focused on the special needs of youth for existing DOM care providers.

Contact:
Debbie Plotnick
Mental Health Association of Southeastern Pa
1211 Chestnut Street
Philadelphia, PA  19107
267-507-3895
dplotnick@mhasp.org

5. Mercer County Behavioral Health Commission, Inc.    $10,000

With this project, The Employment Is Possible Advocacy Group will create a social norms media campaign designed to counter the bias and stigma associated with employing people with developmental disabilities. The campaign images, slogan, strategy, and schedule will be defined and established by the group.  As a result of the project, no fewer than three employers in Mercer County will provide new employment opportunities.

Contact:
Kimberly Anglin
Mercer County Behavioral Health Commission, Inc.    $10,000
8406 Sharon- Mercer Road
Mercer, PA  16137
724-662-1550
kanglin@mercercountyhbc.org

6. Vision for Equality, Inc.        $10,000

The Philadelphia Disability Pride Association (PDPA) proposing to conduct a Disability Pride Parade in 2013. Vision for Equality will act as a pass-through organization to support the
PDPA’s efforts to bring about social change and public awareness of disability related issues.

Contact:
Maureen Devaney
Vision for Equality, Inc.
718 Arch Street, Suite 5N
Philadelphia, PA 19106
215-923-3349
mdevaney@visionforequality.org

HEALTH POLICY EDUCATION

This grant will provide four professional reports to Council on various health policy issues impacting Pennsylvanians with developmental disabilities. The policy papers serve to inform the Council as well as provide guidance on initiatives Council may choose to fund. Also, the grant will focus on youth transitioning to adult health services, health services for people with limited English proficiency and behavioral health services.

One project @ $75,000 per year for up to four years
Grant period:  April 1, 2009 to March 31, 2013
Achievement Committee

Contact:
David Gates
PA Health Law Project
1414 North Cameron Street, Suite B
Harrisburg, PA  17103
717-236-6310
dgates@phlp.org

www.phlp.org

LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT

The Leadership Development project will focus on preparing people with developmental disabilities to advocate for themselves and the issues that impact them through a combination of trainings and practical experiences. Through the work of the project those with limited leadership skills will be paired with those who have more advanced skills to form mentoring relationship.

One project @ $95,000 per year for up to four years
Grant period: October 1, 2008 to September 30, 2012 (no-cost extension thru March 2013)
Empowerment Committee

Contact:
Kathy Miller
Temple University- Institute on Disabilities
1755 North 13th Street
Student Center, Room 411S
Philadelphia, PA  19122
215-204-1356
millerk@temple.edu
www.disabilities.temple.edu

MEANINGFUL BOARD INCLUSION

The purpose of the Meaningful Board Inclusion Project is to enhance the meaningful participation of self-advocates on statewide decision-making bodies across Pennsylvania. The primary focus is on the organization; to build the organizational capacity to fully support and include self-advocates in their policy and decision-making processes.

One project @ $50,000 per year for up to four years
Grant period: October 1, 2009 to September 20, 2013
Empowerment Committee

Contact:
Mark Friedman
Blue Fire Consulting
1509 Van Cleve Lane
Murfreesboro, TN  37126
615-812-4950
mark@mtadvocacy.com

MINORITY COMMUNITY GRANTS

The Council’s Multicultural Outreach Grants Program funds minority-led groups to identify gaps in the Pennsylvania service systems and generic systems in their communities used by people with disabilities, and to correct the disparities experienced by those people with disabilities who are also members of minority groups. The Council funds minority-led groups to engage in advocacy, systems change and capacity building to correct or modify community or service systems supporting minorities with disabilities. The Council awards 15 month grants for up to $10,000 per project.

Grant period July 1, 2012 to September 30, 2013
Multicultural Outreach Workgroup

1. Hispanic Special Education Network

This project seeks to establish a support network in their community for Hispanic families with children with developmental disabilities. The network will both provide support and resources to the families as well as training. They also intend to have guest speakers, such as school officials and community leaders, attend network meetings for discussion of topics of interest to the group.

Contact:
Sharon Jones
The Arc Alliance
3075 Ridge Pike
Eagleville, PA  19043
484-354-4858
sjones@thearcalliance.org
www.thearcalliance.org

2. Communication Partners

This project will hold trainings conducted by a certified Speech Pathologist for both direct service workers and individuals with disabilities to attend together. The trainings will assist the participants to overcome gaps in their communication due to issues related to minorities and those with disabilities such as those for who English is not their first language and those who use alternative ways to communicate other than speech. The participants will also be expected to take their knowledge about communication back to their organizations to assist others with communication difficulties.

Contact:

Danielle Duckett
Montgomery County Department of Behavioral Health/Developmental Disabilities
1430 DeKalb Street
PO Box 311
Norristown, PA  19404
610-278-1242
dduckett@montcopa.org
www2.montcopa.org/montco/resources/directory-description.asp?Organization=147&ServiceID=411&LocationID=240

Grant period October 1, 2012 to December 31, 2013
Multicultural Outreach Workgroup

1. Bhutanese Outreach University Internship Project

This project will reach out to local universities in the Erie area with medical and rehabilitation degree programs to establish internship opportunities for students. The internship will take place at a grant funded clinic center to provide rehabilitative care to the minority community and will also provide the interns with actual field experience working with people from diverse cultures.

Contact:
Lalit Rai
The Bhutanese Community Association of Erie
857 East 32nd Street
Erie, PA  16504
814-790-2055
lalit_rai2005@yahoo.com
info@bcaerie.org
www.bcaerie.org/index.html

PARENT LEADERSHIP IN INCLUSIVE EDUCATION

To develop parent leadership expanded to children and families who are not part of the public school systems including home schools, charter schools, cyber schools, private and parochial schools.

Two projects @ $50,000 each per year for up to five years
Grant period:  July 1, 2012 to June 30, 2017
Achievement Committee

Contact:
Liz Healey
PEAL Center
1119 Penn Avenue, Suite 400
Pittsburgh, PA  15222
412-281-4404
866-950-1040
lhealey@pealcenter.org
www.pealcenter.org

Contact:
Kathy Miller
Temple University, Institute on Disabilities
1755 North 13th Street
Student Center, Room 411S
Philadelphia, PA  19122
215-204-9395
millerk@temple.edu
www.disabilities.temple.edu

POLICY INFORMATION EXCHANGE

The Policy Information Exchange (PIE) ensures communication between the disability community and policymakers at all levels. The grantee has an established system to communicate information to the disability community via PIE Alerts, publishes the Slice of PIE newsletter, assists in the preparation of position papers and performs other policy related tasks on behalf of Council. The PIE grantee also is charged with remaining current on the status of the reauthorization of the DD Act.

One project @ $75,000 per year for up to five years
Grant period: October 1, 2009 to September 30, 2014
PIE Work Group

Contact:
Maureen Westcott
The Arc of PA
101 South 2nd Street, Suite 8
Harrisburg, PA  17101
717-234-2621
mwestcott@thearcpa.org
www.thearcpa.org

SELF-ADVOCACY SUPPORT

The Self Advocacy Support grant meets the requirement in the federal DD Act to develop a plan inclusive of a goal to “establish or strengthen a program for the direct funding of a state self-advocacy organization led by people with developmental disabilities.” Self-advocates United as 1 (SAU1) is an entity under Vision for Equality, Inc. which is in the process of  establishing itself as an independent 501c3, ensuring that it is led by people with developmental disabilities. SAU1 will be working to assist people living in congregate type settings and rural areas in their self-advocacy skills.

One project @ $75,000 per year for up to five years
Grant period: October 1, 2012 to September 30, 2017
Empowerment Committee

Contact:
Kaye Lenkner
Self Advocates United as 1 (SAU1)
Thru Vision for Equality
718 Arch Street, 5 N
Philadelphia, PA  19106
724-877-3984
klenkner@visionforequality.org
www.sau1.org

STIGMA

To establish a project with an organization with the media liaison/public relations capacity to engage in a variety of anti-stigma strategies.

One project @ $200,000 per year for up to five years
Grant period: July 1, 2012 to December 31, 2017
Engagement Committee

Contact:
Lynn Keltz
PA Mental Health Consumers’ Association (PMHCA)
4105 Derry Street
Harrisburg, PA  17111
717-564-4930
800-887-6422
lynn@pmhca.org
www.pmhca.org

TRANSITION TO ADULT LIFE

The grantee developed a replicable approach to transition to adult life and educates stakeholders on the need of systemic change. The Careerpath program has been implemented for young adults who have graduated and want to find jobs.

The grantee has held the First Annual Lehigh Valley Transition Conference. They have taken the “Have you thought about…Life” Interactive PowerPoint into numerous schools to provide information to a large number of young adults on the meaning of transitions throughout life. The grantee presented at the 1st National Transition Conference in Washington, DC.

One project @ $100,000 for up to 4 years
Grant period:  October 1, 2008 to January 31, 2013
Achievement Committee

Contact:
Amy Beck // Seth Hoderewski
Lehigh Valley Center for Independent Living (LVCIL)
435 Allentown Drive
Allentown, PA  18109
610-770-9781
amybeck@lvcil.org
sethhoderewski@lvcil.org
www.lvcil.org

TRANSITIONS IN AGING AND ADULT LIFE RESEARCH

To research and describe issues affecting service provision for aging people with developmental disabilities and identify/recommend best practices to ensure optimum transition in services over time.

One project @ $100,000 for 18 months
Grant period: July 1, 2012 to December 31, 2013
Achievement Committee

Contact:
Celia Feinstein
Temple University- Institute on Disabilities
1755 North 13th Street
Student Center, Room 411S
Philadelphia, PA  19122
215-204-6561
shoes100@temple.edu
www.disabilities.temple.edu