You’re invited to join us to learn with us:

“Do you know what Pennsylvania’s Employment First Initiative Means to You?”

Friday, February 28 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Governor Wolf issued an Executive Order declaring that Pennsylvania is an Employment First state.  Employment First means that Pennsylvania will invest in efforts that result in increased competitive and integrated employment for people with disabilities first before other options.  Employment First is also a priority for the United State Department of Labor.  Pennsylvania believes it is time to raise the expectations of all our residents and wants individuals with disabilities working in integrated community-based employment.  All Pennsylvanians should have the ability to be hired and fired.  It is time we no longer settle for programs and services that do not encourage full participation in our community and join the ranks of other states that demonstrate people with disabilities can be successful in competitive employment.

Join us for a presentation on how state plans will accomplish this, what legislation has been proposed and how it might impact state plans and employment services.  Learn what programs and resources we have to accomplish this and how you can join the effort.  Don’t be left behind!

Attend remotely by internet, phone, or go to a host location near you.  If your group would like to host this training, please contact Lan Do,, 1-800-692-7443 ext. 312.

Registration is required to get connection information.

  • February 28, register or to see host location list [click here]

“Rights of Persons Receiving Community Mental Health Treatment”

We will discuss some of the basic civil rights, such as the right to be free from abuse, neglect and exploitation; to be treated with dignity and respect; to privacy and confidentiality; to effective communication; and to file a complaint/grievance about treatment, services and programs. The presentation concludes with steps individuals can take if they’re having problems and to whom they can report problems.


The stigma against people with disabilities is ugly, hurtful, and many times, unnoticed.  It impacts a person’s quality of life and keeps our communities from reaching their full potential.  During this important session, we will take you inside the Stigma Project, a provocative, statewide campaign designed to eliminate the stigma against people with disabilities.  You will be one of the first people to view our compelling documentary designed to achieve deeper levels of discussion about stigma.  Find out how you can become empowered as part of a movement to change the stigmatizing behavior and attitudes of people in your community.

All sessions run from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. The order of the two topics will vary based on site with lunch provided free in between.

Please note that seating is limited and reservations are required.

Enroll Now to Attend a Workshop in Your Area:

For more information contact DASH– Call toll free at 800-692-7443 Ext. 312 (877-375-7139 TTD) OR send an email to

Accommodation request must be made with registration.

DASH is a project of Disability Rights Pennsylvania, funded by a grant from the Pennsylvania Developmental Disabilities Council.

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