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The intellectual disability and autism fields regularly face challenges as the result of external regulatory, legislative, legal and financial actions. These factors frequently have a direct impact on the delivery of services to the children and adults served, their families and service providers.

Stay up-to-date on current topics affecting the field, and to find out about advocacy strategies and action items, please check this page regularly.

ODP Secretary Fred Lokuta Announces Departure

Melmark and PAR (Pennsylvania Advocacy and Resources) are saddened to see an advocate as dedicated as Fred Lokuta leave public service.  We wish him the best in any and all future endeavours.  Read more about Lokuta's departure here.

Autism in Pennsylvania

On Monday, December 9, a hearing was held at the Harrisburg Capitol by the Pennsylvania House Human Services Committee. 

Using Social Media to Advocate

As budget cuts threaten the quality of life for people diagnosed with intellectual and developmental disabilities, it is becoming even more important for you to speak up for those who often cannot speak up for themselves.  And social media is providing new and easier ways to advocate.

Disney and Disabilities

Disney Theme Parks have new rules about who gets to go to the front of the line and when.  The revision in how park visitors with special needs are accommodated is making headlines.  

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