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Knowledge is Power.

The Pennsylvania Training Partnership for People with Disabilities and Families (The Partnership) will No Longer Provide Training and Technical Assistance for Families and Self-Advocates after 12/31/2014.

After 10 years of providing training, mentoring, technical assistance and leadership development to families and self-advocates across Pennsylvania, the PA Training Partnership for People with Disabilities and Families will cease operations on December 31, 2014.

Achieva, Mentors for Self Determination, Self Advocates United as 1, Temple University's Institute on Disabilities and Vision for Equality have reached more than 40,000 people with disabilities and their families over the course of this project. Additionally, the Latino Project has reached thousands of Spanish speakers in their native language. We have taken great pride in providing essential information, education and support to families and self-advocates in every county, each year.

This project has garnered national recognition for providing high quality training and information, designed by and for families and self-advocates. The peer to peer model has been incredibly effective in assuring people have access to reliable, consistent and accurate materials which are understandable and relevant to their lives. The Partnership employed more than 50 self-advocates and family members from all parts of Pennsylvania, ensuring that people had information important to them, close to where they live. The Partnership has established relationships across the Commonwealth with support groups, families, self-advocates and professionals over the years, and we will miss you all.

The impact of The Partnership can't easily be measured, but we are confident that our efforts have improved the lives of thousands of individuals with disabilities in PA. While it is sad to have such a successful project end, be assured that each of the 5 Partners will continue to work to address the needs of the intellectual disability community.

The Office of Developmental Programs has contracted with a new vendor to provide training, technical assistance, mentoring and supported leadership beginning in January of 2015. You can reach the new vendor by calling Lisa Meyer at 1-800-446-5607 ext. 6831 or emailing

The Pennsylvania Training Partnership for People with Disabilities and Families—The Partnership—believes knowledge is power.

Knowledge of the systems that serve people with disabilities allows people to move through systems more easily, to use systems more fully, and to change systems more effectively.

The Partnership provides state-wide training, technical assistance, mentoring and leadership development—

      —by people with disabilities and families...

      —for people with disabilities and families.

The Partnership is funded by the Office of Developmental Programs, Department of Public Welfare.