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December 20, 2021Announcements

Paving The Path Forward: 2022-2024 Goals and Objectives Setting

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Paving The Path Forward: 2022-2024 Goals and Objectives Setting

This Spring, Disability Rights Pennsylvania (DRP) started its public comment period for fiscal years 2022-2024 annual program goals and objectives. DRP invited public feedback on the issues that matter most to individuals with disabilities, along with their families and the organizations supporting them. This year, we collected data for this process through intake, an online survey, and forums with community members. Two hundred fifty people responded to the online survey. Below is some of the data we received and the goals and objectives that information led to.

Who Responded?

[Pie chart reflecting People with Disabilities 50%; Family/Guardians 32.3%; Professional Advocates 8.9%; Service Providers 7.7%; Govt. Staff Member 1.2%]

In 2021, DRP saw the largest number of responses from people who self-identified as having a disability at 50%.

The Issues

Community members were asked which issues needed more or continued attention. Here is what mattered most to Pennsylvania’s disability community:

[Bar Chart reflecting Education: 69%; Abuse and neglect: 69%; Restraint and seclusion: 44%; Public policy: 57% ; Voting: 47% ; Effective communication: 59%; Access to health care and mental health care services: 76% ; Waiver programs: 58%; Housing, employment and public access discrimination: 73%; Access to Assistive Technology: 57%; Transportation: 59%; Other: 29%]

DRP’s 2022-2024 Program Goals and Objectives

Based on the data the community so generously shared with DRP, the following Goals and Objectives were drafted for fiscal years 2022-2024:

  • People with disabilities will not be subject to abuse, neglect, exploitation, or rights violations
  • People with disabilities will not be subject to unnecessary segregation and institutionalization, including, but not limited to, unnecessary segregation in home and community-based settings.
  • People with disabilities will have access to high-quality, consumer-controlled, consumer-driven, person-centered, and recovery-oriented services and benefits to enable them to live and thrive in their own homes and communities.
  • People with disabilities will not be subject to discrimination and will be fully integrated in all aspects of society.

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