Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Free WAWA coffee

To celebrate their 50th anniversary stop by WAWA Wednesday, April 16th, for any size coffe free! 

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Art contest for PA individuals with disabilities



News for Immediate Release


April 1, 2014


First Lady Susan Corbett Announces New Statewide Art Contest for Individuals with Disabilities in Partnership with The Arc of Pennsylvania, Pennsylvania Council on the Arts


Harrisburg – First Lady Susan Corbett today announced a new art contest − a partnership between The Arc of Pennsylvania, the commonwealth and the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts − that will showcase artwork from Pennsylvanians with disabilities.


“Art is a language that transcends ability,” Mrs. Corbett said.  “Pennsylvanians with disabilities have a lot to overcome, but it is their abilities and talents that we often overlook. That’s why I am proud to announce a new partnership between The Arc of Pennsylvania, the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, and the commonwealth to launch a statewide art contest entitled ‘Art: The Universal Language’.”


The contest is open to any Pennsylvanian of any age with a disability.


Categories for submissions will include: Pen/Pencil, Watercolor, Acrylic, Oil, Sculpture, Jewelry, Photography, Textile, and Mixed Media/Other.


A first, second and third prize will be awarded in the following age divisions: 12 and under; 13 to 17; and 18 and older. The governor and first lady will participate in judging the best of show category.


“We are thrilled to be working with the governor and the first lady to showcase the artistic talents of our members,” said The Arc of Pennsylvania’s board president, Jeanne Downey. “Governor Corbett has shown that he recognizes the contributions people with disabilities make in Pennsylvania, and we are grateful for the opportunity to celebrate this through this art contest.”


Entries will be accepted Tuesday, April 15, 2014 through Monday, Aug. 25, 2014.

Winners will be announced in October 2014, and several of the winning pieces will go on display in Harrisburg for public viewing.


“Art is truly a universal language. Some people with significant disabilities do not use words to communicate, but their passions and feelings are expressed in beautiful works of art,” said Maureen Cronin, executive director of The Arc of Pennsylvania. “I am thankful that Governor Corbett and Mrs. Corbett value the perspective and talents of these artists, and I look forward to recognizing these individuals in October.”  


For official contest guidelines and the required entry form, visit The Arc of Pennsylvania’s website at www.thearcpa.org or email questions to:artcontest@pa.gov.


Media contact: Ashley Mostek, First Lady’s Office, 717-787-1965

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Time to redo our special needs trust

The last thing I want to do is plan our will. 
You may think I am dreading it due to its reminder that life is temporary. That's not it. You may think it is because it is an expense that messes with our budget and I see it as a possible vacation week out the window...but that's not it either. (although, now that I think of it, that is annoying!!) Mostly, I dread it because it makes my head spin. I am a visual or hands on learner. A whole lot of technical mumbo jumbo gives me an actual pain in my gut. I know that while we sit, and I attempt to look engaged, I will actually have eyes that glaze over, for which I will reprimand myself as I know this topic is crucial to the well being of our beloved kiddos!!

Fortunately I am married to someone who takes finances seriously. VERY seriously. I mean, he has me save EVERY receipt and bag them up by month...just in case. I just need to have the overall idea that a special needs trust is crucial to the girls' well being, and I mean ALL the girls' well being...both the typical and the ones with the disabilities. In general, I have come to understand the following:
If you want to leave money or property to a loved one with a disability, you must plan carefully. Otherwise, you could jeopardize your loved one's ability to receive Supplemental Security Income (SSI) and Medicaid benefits. By setting up a "special needs trust" in your will, you can avoid some of these problems.
Owning a house, a car, furnishings, and normal personal effects does not affect eligibility for SSI or Medicaid. But other assets, including cash in the bank, will disqualify your loved one from benefits. For example, if you leave your loved one $10,000 in cash, that gift would disqualify your loved one from receiving SSI or Medicaid.A way around losing eligibility for SSI or Medicaid is to create what's called a special needs or supplemental needs trust. Then, instead of leaving property directly to your loved one, you leave it to the special needs trust.
You also choose someone to serve as trustee, who will have complete discretion over the trust property and will be in charge of spending money on your loved one's behalf. Because your loved one will have no control over the money, SSI and Medicaid administrators will ignore the trust property for program eligibility purposes. The trust ends when it is no longer needed -- commonly, at the beneficiary's death or when the trust funds have all been spent. Find more HERE.

Now that our oldest are 21 and 18...and our original appointed guardians have like-wise gotten older(sorry), we decided to redo our original document. This comes up in topic with our circle of friends/parents of a disabled child on occasion. You know, our mom's night out dinner conversations really must be unlike ANY others in a restaurant.