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ABLE Accounts Allow People with Disabilities to Save Without Losing Benefits

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On August 3, Keystone Human Services hosted a roundtable discussion with PA Treasurer Joe Torsella, individuals with disabilities, and their families to discuss the PA ABLE Savings Program and how it gives people with disabilities the opportunity to save for their future.

Original article written by Rachel McDevitt on witf 

(Harrisburg) -- The state Treasurer is promoting a unique savings account for people with disabilities.

Pennsylvania Treasurer Torsella Hosts Roundtable in Dauphin County to Discuss PA ABLE Program

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HARRISBURG, Pa., August 7, 2017 /3BL Media/ – Pennsylvania Treasurer Joe Torsella hosted a discussion on August 3 with Keystone Human Services, Susquehanna Service Dogs, families from within the disability community, and legislators to discuss the Pennsylvania Achieving a Better Life Experience Act Savings Program (PA ABLE), which provides tax-advantaged savings accounts for individu

Football and Service Dogs—It’s the Perfect Pairing

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Join Susquehanna Service Dogs, NFL Hall of Fame players, and other former Penn State Football greats for A Perfect Pairing: UNRIVALED at Bucks Valley Winery and Vineyards from 4-8 p.m. on August 5.

Bucks Valley Winery and Vineyards will be featuring “Independence Unleashed,” a red wine specially labeled for Susquehanna Service Dogs. A portion of all sales of these specially labeled bottles will be donated to SSD.

Making Deinstitutionalization Real: Moving from the Idea Toward the Ideal

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HARRISBURG, Pa., June 12, 2017 /3BL Media/ - Local nonprofit Keystone Human Services International will host the Side Event “Making Deinstitutionalization Real: Moving from the Idea toward the Ideal” on June 14 at the 10th Session of the Conference of States Parties to the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities in New York City.

Contact Your PA Senator to Support the Proposed Budget for Intellectual Disability and Autism Services

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By Charles J. Hooker III, President and CEO of Keystone Human Services

In the coming weeks, the Pennsylvania Senate will begin discussing the proposed budget bill passed by the PA House of Representatives. It’s time to start engaging with your PA Senator to encourage them to support a budget that includes increased funding for intellectual disability and autism services.

The House budget bill includes the first across the board rate increases that we have seen in a decade. It also calls for increased community-based services and waiting list initiatives.

Join Susquehanna Service Dogs for the Highmark Walk for a Healthy Community

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These eleven service dogs in training are ready to walk! Susquehanna Service Dogs (SSD) is one of 48 organizations participating in the Highmark Walk for a Healthy Community on May 20 at HACC in Harrisburg, PA. Thanks to Highmark Blue Shield, which underwrites the cost of the walk, all the money raised by SSD’s walkers comes directly to SSD.

This is Susquehanna Service Dogs’ biggest fundraiser. There’s still time to donate or join the walk to support SSD to raise, train, and place service dogs.

PA House of Representatives Passes Budget with Increased Disability Services Funding

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Our voices have made a difference! On April 4, the Pennsylvania House of Representatives voted to pass the state budget with all of the increased funding for intellectual disability and autism services.

Thank you to everyone who contacted their state legislator to share how important this increased funding is for intellectual disability and autism services!

This is the first time in ten years that the proposed PA budget has included funding for across the board rate increases. This budget also calls for increased community-based services and waiting list initiatives.

Good News about the Proposed PA State Budget for Intellectual Disability and Autism Services

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I have good news about the proposed Pennsylvania budget to share with you. The collective strength and advocacy at the state level of individuals and organizations involved in human services has led to the most favorable budget proposal for intellectual disability and autism services that we have seen in Pennsylvania in many years. The proposed PA budget includes funding for a rate increase, affecting not just people with disability but also the people who support them.

This budget proposal is a win for intellectual disability and autism services!

Capital Area Head Start Celebrates Dr. Seuss's Birthday

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Capital Area Head Start (CAHS) celebrated Dr. Seuss's birthday and Read Across America Day on March 2. Parents and family members visited some classrooms to read their favorite Dr. Seuss books with students. Parent involvement in classrooms is an important part of each child's education in CAHS. Parents area a child's first and foremost teachers. We encourage parents to volunteer, visit, and get involved with their child's Head Start experience in some capacity!

How Susquehanna Service Dogs Matches People with Service Dogs

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In February, seven people received their new service dogs. Each person was specially matched with their service dog to make sure they’ll be a good fit.

The first time a person meets their new service dog is at Meet the Dogs. At that time, they don’t know which dog will ultimately become theirs. However, the matching process starts long before a person meets a dog.

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