Congratulations to Michael Kissell, an amazing co-worker and friend of ours! He received a UniqueSource Achievement Award for demonstrating outstanding and exceptional character in living and coping with disabilities, particularly in the workplace.
You can use this link to read the full press release.
The Pittsburgh Tribune Review also recently posted this nice article and video about his award, “Greensburg man receives UniqueSource Achievement Award“.
Thanks again to everyone who attended our 15th Annual Golf Outing! It was great seeing all of you! If you would like to see the event photos visit our Facebook photo album.
To all of those involved with the “My Work My Choice” campaign: We want to thank everyone–government representatives, workshop representatives & staffing, parents, families, friends and especially the special needs individuals for all of the hard work that went into going to Harrisburg and keeping our sheltered workshop programs going. We could not be more proud of the people involved from across all of Pennsylvania who supported this cause for those who needed their voices to be heard! People listened and changes are being made!
WCBA would like to give a big thank you to the Mt. Pleasant Lions Club for a $3,500 donation to be used for our kitchen renovations. They also gave us a $100 donation for Beacon Lodge (special needs summer camp) travel expenses.
The Melvin Jones award was presented to Ray Shick by District 14-E Governor Sam Snively.
We are grateful for the Lions’ Clubs continued generosity.
As you know, the Rally will be on March 13th at 10:30 a.m. There is going to be a hearing at 11:30 a.m. as well. The location of the Rally is the East Wing Rotunda, Main Capital Harrisburg.
We are anticipating approximately 750 – 1,000 to attend. Many individuals will be wearing white hats and red shirts with the “My Work, My Choice” logo.
It is recommended that you utilize the rear entrance to the Capital (East side) near the fountain. This is the closest entrance to the Rally and Hearing. It is also the entrance to utilize for individuals in wheelchairs.
East Wing Entrance
500 Commonwealth Avenue
There is parking lot information available for those interested.
Please contact Tim Miller at 724-309-9056 with questions or if you need assistance on the 13th.
My Work, My Choice
When: March 13, 2017
Where: State Capital Building
Time: 10:30 a.m.
It is now time to “VOICE” your message on the “Proposed Changes” that the Office of Developmental Programs is attempting to implement on individuals with an intellectual disability.
ALL individuals should have a CHOICE in what they want to do.
PLEASE get as many people in Harrisburg on March 13th as possible.
Our motto is very simple!!
“My Work, My Choice”
Please contact Tim Miller at 724-837-1250 or at email@example.com if you are planning to attend the RALLY.
Please let us know if a need exists for transportation or Hotel accommodations.
Hats ($2.00) and Shirts ($4.00) with the “MY Work, My Choice statement are available to order for the RALLY.
We need to prepare for the worst and hope for the best. With that in mind, the Westmoreland County Blind Association will be hosting meetings on February 8th to determine what action is needed to have the Commonwealth revise their “Proposed Changes” for individuals with an intellectual disability.
What will be discussed?
- Update information on several large Organizations joining our group to provide assistance.
- Updated information will be provided on the potential of a hearing in Harrisburg.
- Review the outcome of meetings held with ODP and a SELECT few Providers.
- Provide contact information from other Providers, family members, advocacy groups, etc. throughout the Commonwealth, in order to build a stronger network.
- Determine dates for a RALLY in Harrisburg.
As you are all aware, it is getting to CRUNCH TIME!!! Our voices are definitely being heard and we cannot stop until there is a change.
Who should attend?
*We are arranging for conference calling for those of you that are unable to attend in person.
Times: 9:30 a.m. or 6:00 p.m.
Location: 911 South Main Street, Greensburg PA 15601
Please RSVP Tim Miller or Deann Wallbaum at 724-837-1250 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
PLEASE take time to comment on Proposed Changes that the Commonwealth is planning to make on individuals with an intellectual disability.
These changes will eliminate an individual’s CHOICE on where they want to work.
The deadline to comment is January 17, 2017.
Here is the information that you can use to comment on these changes.
As a concerned resident of the Commonwealth, I would like to take this opportunity to Comment on Appendices A through H of the Consolidated and Person/Family Directed Support Waiver Renewals, effective July 1, 2017 (PA Bulletin, Doc. No. 16-2086). My comment will specifically focus on Appendix C pertaining to the service known as “Community Participation”.
I firmly believe that ALL individuals with developmental disabilities should have a CHOICE to achieve greater independence and opportunity in their lives. As you are well aware, this is also the mission of the Office of Developmental Programs. The most important piece of this statement is CHOICE. I do not agree with limitations placed on ones CHOICE in Appendix C pertaining to Community Participation.
The following limitations placed on attendance in Vocational or Adult Training Facility settings take away ones CHOICE.
- From 1/1/18 to 6/30/18, a participant may not receive Community Participation Support services in a licensed Adult Training Facility or a licensed Vocational Facility for more than 75 percent of his or her support time, on average, per week.
- From 7/1/18 to 12/31/18, a participant may not receive Community Participation Support services in a licensed Adult Training Facility or a licensed Vocational Facility for more than 50 percent of his or her support time, on average, per week.
- Starting 1/1/19, a participant may not receive Community Participation Support services in a licensed Adult Training Facility or a licensed Vocational Facility for more than 25 percent of his or her support time, on average, per week.
The amount of time an individual wants to attend Vocational or Adult Training Facility settings should be the CHOICE of each individual and should not be mandated.
Please contact Governor Tom Wolf at Office of the Governor, 508 Main Capitol Building, Harrisburg, PA 17120 or call 717-787-2500 or fax 717-772-8284.
You may also email your comment to RAemail@example.com
If you want to get more involved, contact Tim Miller at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 724-837-1250, ext. 16
In celebration of #GivingTuesday please consider making a donation to the WCBA. Your gift will help support our efforts of employment, advocacy, assistance, awareness and independence!
It is through the kindness of our friends and neighbors that the WCBA mission endures! Visit
Ways To Give to see how you can help.
Thanks to the
District 14-E Lions Club (Westmoreland County) who recently donated a check to the Westmoreland County Blind Association in the amount of $3,240 for equipment needed in our Work Activity Center!
Our Shredding Department has many options to fit your document or hard drive destruction needs. Whether you are a large company, small business, or have your own personal documents, no job is too big or small! By selecting WCBA as your document destruction service, you will be supporting our employees with visual, intellectual and/or developmental disabilities to help maintain their independence and productivity.
For many, finding meaningful employment in today’s economic climate is difficult and have diminished employment opportunities in our community. It is through the kindness of our neighbors that the WCBA mission endures!