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Letter from Governor Tom Corbett
September 12, 2012

Expressing his passion for the month of October, which Pennsylvania will proudly commemorate as the “Disability Employment Awareness month” to raise awareness of the importance of increasing employment opportunities for people with disabilities, PA Governor Tom Corbett has written a kind letter welcoming attendees to the PA Disability Employment Summit. Quote:

I encourage you to attend this summit and take advantage of this important opportunity.  Join us as we come together to develop the plan for Pennsylvania to become a leading  “Employment First” state.

We have put up Gov. Tom Corbett’s Letter on our front page.

PADES Scholarships
July 29, 2012

PADES is pleased to offer a limited number of scholarships to Self-Advocates and their families for reimbursement of the cost of lodging at the hotel only.

At this time, the scholarship is being offered only to residents of Pennsylvania.

Please note that scholarships will not cover travel costs; all participants would need to provide their own transportation.

You can apply for scholarships here.

PA Disability Employment Summit (PADES) Planning
July 8, 2012

The PA Department of Welfare and The Arc of Luzerne County are co-presenting a comprehensive, progressive summit on employment of individuals with disabilities, October 4-6, 2012, in Hershey, PA. The PA Disability Employment Summit – PADES –  is organized in collaboration with  The Governor’s Cabinet & Advisory Committeee for People with Disabilities, AHEDD, PA Business Leadership Network, PA Office of Developmental Programs, and PA Office of Vocational Rehabilitation.

The focus of PADES is to bring together employers, related government agencies, service providers, and individuals with disabilities interested in becoming successfully employed, to discuss challenges, opportunities, case studies of programs of excellence, advancements in adaptive technology, supports, suggestions for systems improvements, and other important topics.

Summit organizers are currently accepting proposals for presentation on a variety of topics. Deadline for submission is Friday, July 20. All proposals must be submitted electronically. For full proposal requirements, click here.

Applications are also being accepted for exhibitors, advertisers and sponsors. Due to limited space, all applications will be considered on a first come first served basis. Download an application here.

All applicants will receive an email confirmation of receipt. The committee will notify the contact person listed once final selections are approved.

The website for the summit is under construction at, please stop by to subscribe to event updates by email.

We look forward to a dynamic event that brings everyone important in the statewide discussion about employment for individuals with disabilities to the table – we hope you’ll join us.

This event was developed with support from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Medicaid Infrastructure Grant (CFDA #93.768)