Advocacy Groups Celebrate Gov. Wolf’s Intellectual Disability/Autism Funding

first_img Press Release,  Round-Up Governor Tom Wolf’s announcement that $260 million in CARES Act funding will be distributed to the providers of services supporting Pennsylvanians with intellectual disabilities and autism was received with praise by advocacy groups.“We will emerge from the COVID-19 crisis strongest if we continue to take care of one another, and that includes vulnerable Pennsylvanians,” said Gov. Wolf. “This funding will help ensure Pennsylvanians with intellectual disabilities or autism receive the high-quality care they deserve, even amid the COVID-19 pandemic. It will also support the hardworking Pennsylvanians who have dedicated their lives to caring for these individuals and provide peace of mind to the families of these individuals.”Richard Edley, President and CEO, Rehabilitation & Community Providers Association (RCPA):“Throughout it all, this administration has shown needed flexibility in both policy administration and financial support, and that truly has made a world of difference for providers and families. This additional funding is absolutely critical because the challenges these agencies face won’t simply disappear when the pandemic ends.”Cherie Brummans, Executive Director, Alliance of Community Service Providers:“The Alliance of Community Service Providers supports and appreciates the allocation of CARES Act funding as this relief is critically important to sustain the services to some of Pennsylvania’s most vulnerable citizens.”Sherri Landis, Executive Director, The Arc of Pennsylvania:“The Arc of Pennsylvania is grateful to Governor Wolf and Secretary Miller for their leadership in allocating CARES funding for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities to continue to receive the support and services they need to live and thrive in the community. The $260 million dollars is a lifeline to the 50,000+ individuals with I/DD and their families who live in the community and receive community-based supports and services. Since the outbreak of COVID-19, the community-based system has tirelessly continued to provide individuals with the life-sustaining services in their communities.”Mark Davis, President and CEO, Pennsylvania Advocacy and Resources for Autism and Intellectual Disability (PAR):“The Governor and lawmakers in both chambers have lifted the lives of tens of thousands of our state’s most vulnerable individuals, as well as the Direct Support Professionals (DSPs) who provide the lifesaving care to individuals with ID/A. Our members and the families they serve are enormously grateful.”Patrick DeMico, Executive Director, The Provider Alliance:“Today our members are receiving notice of these essential funds. We are extremely grateful to the Commonwealth for acknowledging the tireless efforts of those supporting people with intellectual disabilities and autism. All have faced challenges and difficulties to sustain services providing needed care and support throughout the pandemic. Our gratitude to all who have advocated with us, and to our partners in government to obtain their support and understanding of the complexities and challenges faced by those with disabilities. We thank and applaud Governor Wolf, DHS leadership, and our lawmakers for their support and action on our behalf.”Ver esta página en español. June 16, 2020 SHARE Email Facebook Twittercenter_img Advocacy Groups Celebrate Gov. Wolf’s Intellectual Disability/Autism Fundinglast_img read more

Berghuis putting friendship aside

first_img After missing Southampton’s 2-2 draw at Newcastle having ruptured his Achilles, Koeman returned to oversee his injury-stricken team’s 3-0 home defeat by Everton and a disappointing 1-1 Europa League draw with FC Midtjylland. Berghuis, a £4.6million summer signing from AZ Alkmaar, has previously encountered Koeman’s teams in the Eredivisie and admires him as both a player and manager. Frank, his father, who will soon join him as a coach at Watford, played alongside him for the Holland national team. Press Association “My dad played against him, played with him also, and I played a couple of times in Holland against his teams,” said Berghuis. “Everybody in Holland knows Ronald Koeman. Yeah [I liked him growing up] but he was also before my time, I was too young. It will be nice [facing him Sunday], the team he coaches is a good team. A little bit of Dutch influence, play the ball, keep the ball on the ground, have some creative players. “[My dad played for Holland in 1989] against Brazil. Not bad, right? I think the score was 1-0 Brazil. Ronald Koeman played in that game as well. I think [my father] was up against a fast defender who was attacking a lot. He just enjoyed it though.” Similarly to the Koemans – Ronald’s assistant at Southampton is his brother Erwin – Steven Berghuis’ younger brother Tristan is also a professional with Zwolle in Holland. The history between those involved in Sunday’s Barclays Premier League fixture also extends to Watford’s manager. Quique Sanchez Flores, who was succeeded at Valencia by Ronald Koeman, played against him for Real Madrid when the Dutchman was with Barcelona. “My father was a footballer, so I started playing when I was five years old,” Berghuis explained. “I was playing at amateur level until I was 17 and it was then I made the step up to be a professional. “[My father] let me play freely. He always supported me but wasn’t a critical coaching father. We talk about football but not like that, he is helping me, not mentioning Ronald Koeman. “Tristan is more of a midfielder but in the future I think he can play on the wing. He is still developing and hopefully he can make his debut for Zwolle. Watford winger Steven Berghuis takes on Ronald Koeman’s Southampton on Sunday in the knowledge he can extend the miserable start to the season of a family friend. “He was really good. He was one of the biggest talents in Holland. He had a tough time at PSV and Vitesse which is why he decided to join Zwolle, he has taken a step back in order to take a bigger step forward. “[The history between Koeman and Sanchez Flores has] not been mentioned here [at Watford]. “I think I’m ready to start a game [against Southampton, after illness] but I don’t know how long I could play. Now I work hard to get in shape.” last_img read more

B’ville swimmers gain pair of wins at SCAC meet

first_imgHaving earned its first victory of the season on Oct. 8 against Syracuse City, the Baldwinsville girls swim team did even more special stuff when it ventured to Syracuse’s home pool at Nottingham for last weekend’s Salt City Athletic Conference championships.Kali Sacco would win twice for the Bees, starting with the 200-yard individual medley, where in two minutes, 17.60 seconds, she did enough to hold off Fayetteville-Manlius’ Lindsay Mathews (2:18.13) for the top spot.Later, in the 100 backstroke, it was Ashley Konz’s turn to find the win column, her time of 1:00.71 just ahead of the 1:00.97 posted by Cicero-North Syracuse’s Kate Gucciardi. Konz also finished fourth in the 200 freestyle in 2:03.74. Tags: Baldwinsvilleswimming Sacco, in the 100 freestyle, finished in 58.69 seconds, well clear of Thompson’s 1:01.64, while in the 500 freestyle Burke claimed first place in 5:52.90 to the 5:57.44 for Liverpool’s Sophia Russo.Konz returned in the 100 backstroke, her specialty, and tore to victory in a season-best 1:02.90. And in the closing 400 freestyle relay, Konz, Sacco, Burke and Sauro won in 4:10.02 to the Warriors’ 4:10.35, with that same Bees quartet going 2:03.06 in the 200 medley relay to Liverpool’s 2:01.06.Liverpool won 60-34, overcoming Sacco’s 2:24.20 in the 200 individual medley as the Warriors’ Delaney Gellert won in 2:21.85.  Burke, in 2:12.55, was second to Russo (2:10.43) in the 200 freestyle.After the league meet, B’ville would host F-M, the first-place side in the SCAC, on Tuesday for its last regular-season home meet.Share this:FacebookTwitterLinkedInRedditComment on this Story center_img Sacco also finished fourth in the 100 freestyle in a season-best 56.90 seconds, helping Konz, Clare Burke and Madeline Sauro to fourth place n the 200 medley relay in 1:59.92, the first time they dipped under the two-minute mark in that event.Burke was fifth in 2:10.42 to go with her seventh in the 100 butterfly in 1:08.06, capping off the league meet by pairing with Konz, Sacco and Sauro for a third-place time of 4:04.85 in the 400 freestyle relay.Before all this, B’ville hosted Liverpool last Tuesday night. The Bees swept both of the sprint titles, starting with Konz going 26.64 seconds in the 50-yard freestyle to beat out Liverpool’s Kaitlyn Thompson (27.08) for the top spot.last_img read more