We want to hear from you!

The Pennsylvania Developmental Disabilities Council, in coordination with Disability Rights Pennsylvania and the Institute on Disabilities at Temple University need your input about the issues that matter most to Pennsylvanians with disabilities and their families.

How can we improve supports, services, your community, advocacy, training, and rights for people with disabilities and their families?

Specifically, we would like to hear your ideas about:

  • Disability and social issues we should pursue and provide information/education on to
    better support people with disabilities and their families
  • How we can ensure that civil and human rights of people with disabilities are protected
  • Training opportunities we should make available for people with disabilities and family
    members, for people who provide supports, and the general community
  • Research needed in Pennsylvania to guide policy, improve services, supports, systems and
    communities, and ensure civil and human rights

Although our organizations do not provide direct services, we work statewide to improve
disability services and social systems, conduct needed research, assist with collaboration and
networking, disseminate information, provide training and technical assistance, advocate for
positive social change, and work to ensure civil rights to empower, increase knowledge and
improve the lives of people with disabilities in Pennsylvania.

Please attend one of the PUBLIC FORUMS listed on the back of this notice or send your
written comments. Written comments are due no later than Friday, October 4, 2019. To
submit written comments, please send by postal mail or email at the following addresses:

Postal mail:
Attn: Listening Tour
2330 Vartan Way; Suite 130
Harrisburg, Pa 17110

Pennsylvania Disabilities Council: ra-pwpaddc@pa.gov

*If you need an accommodation to participate in a session, please contact us at least two
weeks prior to the date of the meeting you plan to attend. Note that we will show a PowerPoint
presentation during each session.

Please contact us through these methods if you have questions or need an accommodation:
Voice: 717-236-8100, ext.300 TTY: 877-375-7139
Samyra Bethune: sbethune@disabilityrightspa.org
Toll free:(800) 692-7443, ext. 300
Para información en español: 215-204-9348 latino@temple.edu.


Monday, September 16, 2019; 6 – 8 p.m.
Hampton Inn, 11446 Dawn Drive, Meadville, 16335

Tuesday, September 17, 2019; 11 a.m – 1 p.m.
Residence Inn, 3455 William Penn Highway, Pittsburgh, 15235

Tuesday, September 17, 2019; 6 – 8 p.m.
250 Forbes Ave., Pittsburgh 15222

Monday, September 23, 2019; 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
PADDC Conference Room, 2330 Vartan Way, Suite 130, Harrisburg, 17110

Tuesday, September 24, 2019; 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Hampton Inn and Suites, 66 Liberty Lane, Williamsport, 17701

Plymouth Meeting
Thursday, September 26, 2019; 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Courtyard Plymouth Meeting, 651 Fountain Road, Plymouth Meeting, 19462

Thursday, September 26, 2019; 6 – 8 p.m.
Hampton Inn, 1301 Race Street, Philadelphia, 19107

Wednesday, October 2, 2019; 12 – 2 p.m.
Hampton Inn and Suites, 700 Commerce Blvd, Stroudsburg, 18360


The Institute on Disabilities at Temple University, Pennsylvania’s University Center for
Excellence, provides community-based training and technical assistance, university-based
training, research, dissemination and advocacy regarding people with developmental
disabilities and families.

Disability Rights Pennsylvania (DRP) is the federally authorized, independent organization
established to provide legal and other advocacy services to Pennsylvanians with disabilities to
ensure that their civil and human rights are protected.

The Pennsylvania Developmental Disabilities Council (PADDC) is a planning and funding
group made up of people with disabilities, and their family members, advocates, and state
department representatives who work to create favorable conditions for Pennsylvanians with
developmental disabilities and their families.

This announcement is made possible through funding from the U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services,
Administration on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities. The contents are solely the responsibility of the
authors and do not necessarily represent the views of the U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services. This flyer is
available in alternate formats upon request.