I just finished a webinar about the changes in the nature of services we can provide for people with developmental and intellectual disabilities in Pennsylvania. The word that comes to mind is complicated. We have a system of supports and funding that is full of terms and jargon around what we can do and when. Alongside that, we have a very inspiring document called “Everyday Lives” that gives us a picture of what a happy life would include.
How can we coordinate this complex set of funding rules and have them work in pursuit of a good life- one of wise choices, friendship, family, and a meaningful occupation? Furthermore, what about all those people who are waiting?
Consider these facts:
- 75% of the people with intellectual disabilities receive support from their families only
- This fact is not just about Pennsylvania. But to give you some perspective:
- In the 5 county Southeastern region of PA alone, over 4,000 people are waiting for services
- When we met a few of the people who are waiting- they do not need what we have to offer. They are waiting for a difference service.
We need to do some discovery. We need to hear from more people who are waiting. We would like to begin a dialogue with you, one that will help us create the future with you.
If you are one of the thousands waiting, click here. Someone from our team will contact you for that conversation. Thanks.