disability-rights

COMMENTARY

Living with a disability is very expensive – even with government assistance | Opinion

BY: - March 29, 2021

Adults with disabilities require, on average, 28% more income to achieve an identical standard of living as a household of the same size and income where no one has disabilities

COMMENTARY

House Dems’ bill would create new Dept. of Accessibility & Inclusion | Thursday Morning Coffee

BY: - February 11, 2021

Nearly 1 in 4 Pennsylvanians have a disability. The state needs to better serve their needs, two Western Pa. lawmakers argue.

COMMENTARY

Report: Feds need to close racial gaps in program that helps kids living with disabilities | Tuesday Morning Coffee

BY: - December 15, 2020

A federal program aimed at helping kids living with disabilities is leaving Black and Brown children behind, researchers found.

On anniversary of landmark case, DHS faces allegations it violated law protecting those with disabilities

BY: - August 4, 2020

The case alleges that the state agency violated the Olmstead decision after it placed Doxzon in a nursing facility, despite her desire to remain in the community.

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Wolf’s budget earmarks $5M in aid to communities hit by prison, residential center shutdowns

BY: - February 11, 2020

The centers employ hundreds of Pennsylvanians, often in rural areas. But they're expensive. Which means they're the first on the chopping block.

Here’s everything we know so far about Gov. Tom Wolf’s 6th budget

BY: - February 2, 2020

After a month of hints, Gov. Tom Wolf will finally lay out his 2020 budget on Tuesday in front of a joint session of the Pennsylvania General Assembly in the middle of a busy news week. This year, it’s the same day as the State of the Union address, the day after the Iowa Caucus, […]

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Wolf underlines veto threat as divided Pa. Senate passes bill blocking admin effort to shutter two centers for the intellectually disabled

BY: - January 27, 2020

The Pennsylvania Senate passed the legislation, from Sen. John Yudichak, I-Luzerne, 28-21 in a near-party line vote.

Facing veto threat, Pa. House approves bill blocking Wolf from closing centers for the intellectually disabled

BY: - January 15, 2020

The chamber’s 139-55 vote on Wednesday afternoon split both Republicans and Democrats, but reached the two-thirds majorities needed to overcome Wolf’s veto promise. 

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As debate rages, Wolf says he will veto attempts to stop Polk and White Haven shutdown

BY: - December 17, 2019

Gov. Tom Wolf has promised to veto a bill that would overturn his administration’s decision to shutter two state facilities that care for the intellectually disabled. Wolf first made the promise in a private Nov. 19 letter to the Philadelphia chapter of ADAPT, a disability rights group, and it was reiterated by a spokesperson Tuesday. […]

The number of disabled people who live at state-run centers has dwindled. That doesn’t mean closing them isn’t controversial

BY: - October 15, 2019

Why is closing state centers for the disabled controversial? Funding is tight, change is scary, and many are not happy with the process.

COMMENTARY

General Assistance is critical for Pennsylvanians living with disabilities. Lawmakers need to preserve it | Opinion

BY: - June 13, 2019

By Peri Jude Radecic For people with disabilities, the process of getting access to federal aid designated for those with disabilities is far from simple. Waits can be lengthy, and at times, deadly. In Pennsylvania, however, there is a program that people can rely on as they wait to be approved for Disability benefits: General […]