December 3rd Community Forum To Present Key Findings of Disability Community Needs Assessment10/28/2009
Public Invited To Register and Attend Free Event
ALLENTOWN, PA – How can the Lehigh Valley’s rich resources be expanded to include more people with disabilities? How engaged in their communities are area residents with disabilities? Are there barriers keeping people with disabilities from community and social involvement? Are the caregivers of people with disabilities adequately supported?
Those are some of the questions that will be addressed when the key findings of a Needs Assessment Survey are presented by the Lehigh Valley Research Consortium at a free Community Forum from 2 to 4 p.m. on Thursday, December 3, at Northampton Community College, Gates Center, Alumni Hall, Room 130 A-D, 3835 Green Pond Road, Bethlehem.
Scheduled to attend the Community Forum is Edward M. Butler, Executive Director of Pennsylvania Governor Edward G. Rendell’s Cabinet and Advisory Committee for People with Disabilities.
The Community Forum, sponsored by the Partnership for a Disability Friendly Community, is open to the public, but registration is required by calling Deb Sweeney at 610-778-9290 or emailing her at email@example.com.
The Partnership for a Disability Friendly Community is a group of individuals and organizations (civic, business, religious and social service) dedicated to improving personal, social and work environments for people living with physical and mental disabilities, by building on the rich resources that already exist in the Lehigh Valley.
The Partnership supported the LVRC’s multi-faceted research, which included surveys and focus groups of people with disabilities, their caregivers and providers of services to people with disabilities. Good Shepherd Rehabilitation Network, a member of the Partnership, covered the cost of conducting the research.
“The goal of the research was to gather information about unmet needs and service gaps in the Lehigh Valley,” says Nelvin Vos, Ph.D., a founding member of the Partnership. “The key findings presented at the December 3rd Community Forum will provide the impetus to develop action plans based on the research results. The Partnership plans to review best practices from other communities in addressing similar unmet needs for people with disabilities.”
Anyone interested in learning more about the Partnership for a Disability Friendly Community, about joining the Partnership or about the findings from the research is encouraged to attend the Community Forum.