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