As released by Dauphin County:
Dauphin County MH/ID Advisory Board and Chapter of Speaking for Ourselves to Host Community Forum for Individuals with Intellectual Disabilities and Their Families
Dauphin County’s MH/ID Advisory Board and Intellectual Disabilities Committee, along with the county’s Chapter of Speaking for Ourselves, will host a free community forum for individuals with intellectual disabilities and their families from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, April 5 at CMU, 1100 S. Cameron Street in Harrisburg.
“By ensuring that individuals with disabilities and their loved ones have the knowledge, skills and resources they need, we can help them lead full and active lives and strengthening our community,” said Commissioner George P. Hartwick, III, who has oversight of the county’s MH/ID Department. “We continue to emphasize the importance of employment and offer programs that help individuals with disabilities obtain jobs. Working has many benefits: people feel they are contributing, making friends and having more choices and opportunities.”
A panel of experts will be on hand to discuss “hot topics,” such as taking the guesswork out of estate planning; understanding guardianship, such as power of attorney and surrogate decision making; participant-directed supports; and staying healthy.
“Being an informed consumer is critical to enabling citizens with an intellectual disability to function and thrive,” said Chairman Jeff Haste. “Our goal with this forum to educate and inform individuals – as well as to hear how we can help.”
“Through advocacy, education and awareness, we strive to uphold the rights of individuals with disabilities and empower them to be productive, dynamic members of society,” added Commissioner Mike Pries.
For more information about this event or available services, call CMU at 717-232-8761 or visit www.DauphinCounty.org.