As issues of interest arise (or continue to be of interest!) in Washington, Greene, and Fayette counties, TRPIL staff works diligently to inform, advocate for, and otherwise support our members' and consumers' independent living goals.
ACTION ALERT: The ADA is under attack!
With 213 Republicans and 12 Democrats, H.R. 620, the ADA "Education and Reform Act" has cleared the House of Representatives. Now it goes to the Senate, where it has to be stopped. This law threatens the entire disability community with the denial of civil rights afforded to all Americans. It's been over a quarter of a century, and to ask us to wait even longer is unacceptable. Make sure to let your Senators know your position!
Feel free to share this information sheet from the ACLU.
To find all of your state and federal representatives in one place, just text (520) 200-2223 with your zip code as the message. You will get a text back with all of their phone numbers in one convenient place.
Medicaid is under attack again!
Get involved. Call Senator Casey to thank him for supporting us. Call Senator Toomey and tell him to vote NO!
If you need help finding next steps, call TRPIL at (724)223-5115.
For more information click HERE !
Small victory in Healthcare...Advocacy Leads to Change
This banner that says "Medicaid = Life + Liberty 4 Disabled, and also features the universal access symbol in bright colors was created by TRPIL staff for use at NCIL 2017
Pennsylvania Achieving a Better Life Experience (ABLE)
The PA Treasury has launched a new Achieving a Better Life Experience (ABLE) Savings Program website that provides quick and easy access to essential information on the upcoming program to give individuals with qualified disabilities a tax-free way to save for future disability-related expenses, while maintaining government benefits. The site also has a short quiz to help determine eligibility, a comprehensive Frequently Asked Question section and allows users to sign up to receive updates on the program, including when accounts open for enrollment. For more information, click HERE .
Important Registration Information for VRS Users
Important registration information for users of video relay services (VRS) from the Federal Communications Commission (FCC).
If you use this service, please be sure to register before the end of the month (02/28/2018) to ensure continued access!
For more information, watch this VIDEO
The ADA Participation Action Research Consortium invites you to participate in a survey investigating the accessibility of public transportation for people with disabilities. You can find the Transportation Access and Experiences survey in English and Spanish at the following link: HERE
If you are interested in completing the survey by accommodation over the phone, please call (312) 996-9655. Thank you.
TRPIL Rolls Onward!
A member of TRPIL's ATRC staff has recently gained a new accreditation! They now hold the Assistive Technology Professional designation through the Rehabilitation Engineering & Assistive Technology Society of North America (RESNA).
This is our first staff member to achieve this certification in TRPIL's history, and is one more example of our commitment to excellence for the consumers and members we serve.
For more information, please call 724.223.5115 ext 1371.
And to see the wide range of Assistive Technology (AT) resources and information we have available to you, please see our AT page.
Nurse DelegationWe won an advocacy victory recently, called Nurse Delegation that will mean direct care workers can be trained to do many tasks that formerly only able to be carried out by nurses. This could lead to grater flexibility in your daily schedule and control over your life.
Wolf Administration Issues Recommendations to Help People with Disabilities Find EmploymentHarrisburg, PA; September 15, 2016 – In March, Governor Tom Wolf signed Executive Order 2016-03, entitled “Establishing ‘Employment First’ Policy and Increasing Competitive-Integrated Employment for Pennsylvanians with a Disability.” The goal of this executive order is to make the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania a model state when it comes to creating a climate hospitable to workers with a disability.
- See our Employment page for more details.
Changes Coming to MLTSS
In July 2017, southwestern Pennsylvania will undergo a major overhaul of its Home and Community Based Services (HCBS) system. These services will be delivered under a managed-care system. This means that the state will contract with various Managed Care Organizations (MCOs) to provide all the services that are currently provided by the Office of Long Term Living waivers.
UPDATE (12/14/2016): Join us the 3rd Thursday of every month for a Webinar on Community Health Choices (CHC).
See our Managed Long Term Services & Supports (MLTSS) page for more info.
Maximus Waiver Enrollment Delays Lead to Unwanted Outcomes
Mark Frydrych desperately wanted his ailing mother to spend her final days surrounded by family at his Trafford home.
But with the demands of home, work and his mother's advancing dementia, he knew he needed help.
So he applied for the Medicaid Waiver program, jointly run by the state and federal governments that provides in-home services ranging from assistance with bathing to installation of wheelchair ramps.
Two months later, with no word about his application, he had no choice but to place her in Westmoreland Manor, the county-run nursing home in Hempfield.
By the time she died July 17 — three months after he filed his application — Frydrych still had heard nothing.
Call Brenda at 724-223-5115 for advocacy assistance.
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Disability Rights Legal Decisions
For an archive page of important recent legal decisions about disability rights, see our page HERE.