November, 2018
Information Opportunity!
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Every Vote Counts!

November 6 was an important day for Rachel Maclay. On that afternoon, the first-time voter cast the 980th ballot at her Upper Uwchlan polling place for the 2018 United States midterm election.

Rachel, who is 23, has been exposed to election campaigns and the voting process for most of her life because of her family's interest and involvement in local politics. She also passionate about political issues, including the Medicaid waiver.

Sharon O'Shaughnessy, Rachel's mother, said her daughter's strong feelings are in part a result of spending many years on the waiting list to receive a waiver. "It's very important to her, and she wanted to have a voice during this election," O'Shaughnessy said. "But I wasn't even sure if Rachel would be allowed to vote."

Fortunately, Pennsylvania is one of eleven states that has no voting competence laws to impede the right of individuals with intellectual disability to exercise their right to vote. O'Shaughnessy said she was allowed to assist her daughter in the voting booth. The two women, pictured above, proudly showed off the stickers they received after voting.

For more voting rights information, click for voter guide in plain language, from Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law and other advocates.
Have you registered?

Participate in one of the free Listening Sessions
for Families and Self-Advocates

The Office of Developmental Programs, along with PA Family Network and
Vision for Equality is holding 7 listening sessions and 2 webinars in
November and December across Pennsylvania.

The Institute on Disabilities at Temple University hosts guest speakers and lecturers for its Mini Course/Lecture Series on Disabilities. Experts in a wide variety of fields present lectures and programs to students, parents, teachers
and other professionals in the field of disabilities.

Click for information on the December speaker, NPR News Investigations Correspondent Joseph Shapiro, speaking and the presentation, Out of the Shadows: The Disability Civil Rights Movement from No Pity to Me Too on December 5.
Let's Talk Coatesville
Why Family & Social Supports Matter

Join this discussion with the Brandywine Health Foundation. Topics include family stress, access to healthcare, early childhood development, quality childcare, family and community supports.

Wednesday, Dec. 12
5:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Dinner and childcare provided. Click for downloadable flier of the event. 
Keep your family safe. Find out more about flu vaccines . 
Support For Families

Kaleidoscope Family Solutions, Inc. offers home and community based services for individuals with autism and intellectual & developmental disabilities. Find out about their family support groups and workshops.

Contact Pam Frebowitz at 215-681-0172 or for information.
Do you know ACEs?
Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) are common and can cross all socioeconomic, racial and ethnic boundaries. The majority of those who have an adverse childhood experience have had more than one. In fact, the more ACEs a person experiences, the higher their risk for developing health conditions throughout their lifetime. An Iowa study highlights this increased risk in easy-to-understand graphics. Click for that linkClick for Chester County ACEs.
A Bounty of Resources, Training, Opportunities

Philadelphia Coordinated Health Care - Dec. 3 workshop on the "Fatal Four" conditions at the Delaware County IU.

The Arc of Chester County is hosting Breakfast with Santa Deadline to register is 11/29. Click for details.

Chart A Course for Life - Click for the latest LifeCourse Flier

The Peal Center works with families, youth and young adults with disabilities and special health care needs to help them understand their rights and advocate for themselves. 

Refer Web - Chester County's source for human services
Chester County Department of Mental Health / Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
601 Westtown Road, West Chester, PA

Chester County Commissioners
Administrator: Linda Cox
Deputy Administrator: Bridget Thrash