At Sen. Andy Dinniman’s request, the Senate Democratic Policy Committee will hold a hearing this Thursday in Thorndale on job training and vocational opportunities for people with disabilities. 

The hearing will be held Thursday, March 23 at 10 a.m. at Handi Crafters Inc., 215 Barley Sheaf Road, in Coatesville (Thorndale).

Proposed changes within the PA Department of Human Services Consolidated and Person/Family Directed Support Waivers will impact adult day centers and sheltered workshops for individuals with disabilities. The senators will be joined by officials from the Office of Developmental Programs, vocational facility providers and others who would be impacted by the proposed program revisions.

The committee is chaired by Sen. Lisa Boscola (D-Northampton/Lehigh). Those expected to testify include:

  • Nancy Thailer, vicesecretaria de la Oficina de Programas de Desarrollo del DHS de Pensilvania;
  • Richard Edley, presidente/CEO, Asociación de Proveedores de Rehabilitación y Comunidad;
  • Amy Rice, directora ejecutiva de Handi Crafters Inc. (proveedor/taller);
  • Kathleen Cronin, defensora de los padres;
  • Aaron Muderick, CEO, Crazy Aaron’s Puttyworld in Narberth, PA;
  • Jeanne Meikrantz, directora ejecutiva de Arc of Chester County; y
  • Cynthia McCurdy, defensora de los padres

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