PA ABLE Savings Program for Disability-Related Expenses
PA ABLE provides people with disabilities and their families with a way to plan for a financially secure future without affecting important government benefits. A new tax benefit makes PA ABLE an even better way to save and pay for many disability-related expenses.
Contributions to PA ABLE are now deductible from PA state income tax. Up to $14,000 per person can be deducted from Pennsylvania state income tax. This new tax deduction is exclusively for contributions made to a PA ABLE Savings Program account and is effective immediately.
Pennsylvania’s Department of Human Services’ Office of Developmental Programs (ODP)
The ODP supports Pennsylvanians with developmental disabilities to achieve greater independence, choice and opportunity in their lives. They work with individuals and families to provide supportive services and care for people with cognitive disabilities, especially intellectual disabilities and disorders falling in the autism spectrum.
Understanding the ODP “The Gold Book”
You can download this useful manual to help you understand and navigate through the ODP.
You’ll learn how to register, what the waivers are, different service models and what to do if you have a problem. Also featured: commonly needed forms, lists of resources, contacts, and advocacy organizations, and a glossary of terms.
Personal Outcome Measures
KenCCID utilizes the Personal Outcome Measures® tool to ensure supports and services are truly person-centered. In a Personal Outcome Measures® interview, 21 indicators are used to understand the presence, importance and achievement of outcomes, involving choice, health, safety, social capital, relationships, rights, goals, dreams, employment and more. The insight gained during a Personal Outcome Measures® interview can then be used to inform a person-centered plan.
Philadelphia Department of Behavioral Health and Intellectual disAbility Services (DBHIDS)
This website is Philadelphia’s behavioral health care and intellectual disability services together in one comprehensive system. Their “Network of Care and Supports” is an online community resource for individuals, families/other significant persons, agencies and caregivers seeking information about behavioral health issues, and intellectual disability services. The easy-to-use Web site puts a wealth of information, knowledge, support and resources at your fingertips and connects you to the services you need.
Vision for Equality
Works to change the lack of understanding and support people with disabilities and their families have experienced in the community. They focus on Advocacy and Support, Latino Services, and the PA Family Network. You can find helpful tools and resources for families and advocates.