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Pennsylvania Governor Honored for Commitment to Intellectual Disability Community

  • Synopsis: Published: 2014-03-18 - Governor Tom Corbett recognized with an award from advocates for continued commitment to reduce waiting list for Pennsylvanians living with intellectual disabilities - Pennsylvania Office of the Governor (

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Quote: "The governor received the award after touring and meeting staff and individuals with disabilities at The Arc of Northeastern PA."

Corbett's 2014-15 proposed budget will increase investments by $22.4 million, allowing approximately 1,100 additional Pennsylvanians with intellectual disabilities, including adults from the emergency waiting list and special education graduates, to receive home and community-based services.

Sheila Stasko, associate director of the PA Wait List Campaign, presented the award to Governor Corbett on behalf of intellectual disability advocates.

"Governor Corbett has stretched out his hand to help people with intellectual disabilities waiting for community services and support," Stasko said. "With this year's funding, even more individuals will come off the waiting list. This support will allow individuals to live, work and play in their communities and strengthen families. We are appreciative of the help we have been shown."

"I want to thank all the advocates who have been so committed to this cause. I'm honored to receive this award, which should really go to the courageous and brave individuals and their families who work day in and day out to overcome intellectual and physical disabilities," Governor Corbett said. "They are the real heroes."

The governor received the award after touring and meeting staff and individuals with disabilities at The Arc of Northeastern PA.

"We are very proud of the programs, services and advocacy we have provided for the past 60 years and recognize the importance of the governor's support for critical home and community-based services," Don Broderick, executive director at The Arc of Northeastern PA said. "Governor Corbett has heard us and is listening."

"I believe the smartest investments we make are the ones we make in people," Governor Corbett said. "We need to create a Pennsylvania where people with disabilities and their families will never be forced to wait for services again."

Governor Corbett also presented a proclamation during the event noting March as Intellectual Disability Awareness Month in Pennsylvania.

Intellectual disabilities - such as Down syndrome or Fragile X syndrome - originate at birth or are diagnosed before the age of 22 and provide significant limitations in intellectual functioning and adaptive behavior, affecting many everyday social and practical skills.

Related Information:

  1. Pennsylvania 2014-15 Budget - Priorities Include Healthcare, Education and Jobs - Pennsylvania Office of the Governor - (Feb 04, 2014)
  2. Programs for Pennsylvania Seniors to Benefit from Governor's Proposed 2013 - 14 Budget - Pennsylvania Department of Aging - (Feb 14, 2013)

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