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Governor Corbett Tours Community Center, Discusses Commitment to Provide Services to Individuals with Disabilities

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Dec. 3, 2013

Governor Corbett Tours Community Center, Discusses Commitment to Provide Services to Individuals with Disabilities

Philadelphia – Governor Tom Corbett today highlighted his commitment to provide services for individuals with intellectual disabilities during a tour of a community center operated by Special People in Northeast, Inc. (SPIN), a non-profit human service organization.

“Organizations like SPIN provide much-needed services for individuals with disabilities and their families, helping them live inclusive lives in their communities,” said Corbett. “However, many Pennsylvanians are sadly unable to access those services as they sit on a waiting list for our assistance.”

Governor Corbett’s 2013-14 budget provides access to home and community-based services for nearly 3,000 Pennsylvanians with physical and intellectual disabilities through an increase in funding of $40 million.

“It’s encouraging that we’ve been able to work with the legislature to provide access to services not just to individuals with autism and intellectual disabilities, but to those with physical disabilities as well,” Corbett said. “But there are still so many more Pennsylvania families who desperately need our help; our work is far from done.”

Corbett was joined for the announcement by Representative Mark Cohen (D-Philadelphia); Representative Madeleine Dean (D-Montgomery); Representative Gene DiGirolamo (R-Bucks); Department of Public Welfare (DPW) Deputy Secretary Fred Lokuta; disability advocates; and two Philadelphia-area families, one that has received services as a result of the Governor’s funding commitment and one that remains on a waiting list.

Many individuals with intellectual disabilities “age out” of receiving special education services when graduating high school or live at home with an elderly caregiver or single parent that must split time between full-time employment and caregiving duties.

“Caregivers should not have to choose between caring for a loved one and full-time employment,” Corbett added.

Corbett recently reiterated his commitment to providing access to home and community-based services for individuals with disabilities as part of his Healthy Pennsylvania plan, announced this past September. The Healthy Pennsylvania plan aims to enhance access to quality, affordable healthcare for all Pennsylvanians.

For more information about Healthy Pennsylvania, visit

Media contact:  Christine Cronkright, Governor’s Office, 717-783-1116



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