Pennsylvania Gov. Ridge Launches Accessible PA -- An Innovative Online Resource for Pennsylvanians With Disabilities

Urges Anyone Seeking Information About Services and Programs For

Pennsylvanians With Disabilities to Visit www.accessiblepa.state.pa.us



Apr 29, 2001, 01:00 ET from Pennsylvania Office of the Governor

    HARRISBURG, Pa., April 29 /PRNewswire/ -- Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Ridge
 today announced a powerful new tool that provides information about
 Pennsylvania's services and programs for people of all ages with disabilities,
 their families and support providers.
     Accessible PA -- at www.accessiblepa.state.pa.us -- provides one-stop
 shopping for information on a wide range of services, benefits and programs.
 Visitors can log on for information about education, housing, transportation,
 vocational rehabilitation, employment, health care, home- and community-based
 services, and children's services.
     "In 1997, we launched Pennsylvania's historic Disabilities Agenda -- our
 first comprehensive initiative to explore ways that state government can break
 down barriers and create more opportunities for people with disabilities to
 participate in their community," Gov. Ridge said.  "As part of this
 initiative, today we launch Accessible PA.
     "This innovative online resource can be used by anyone seeking information
 about programs for Pennsylvanians with disabilities and was designed to be
 accessible to everyone with disabilities.  In fact, it was created with their
 help and the help of service providers.
     "While Accessible PA delivers content that everyone can access, this is
 just the beginning of our work to strengthen our website accessibility.  All
 state agencies are working to make their websites fully accessible."
     Accessible PA is a joint effort among the departments of Aging, Education,
 Labor and Industry, Health, and Public Welfare -- the state agencies with the
 greatest number of programs serving Pennsylvanians with disabilities -- in
 cooperation with numerous Pennsylvanians living with disabilities and
 representatives from more than 30 service and advocacy organizations.
 Gov. Ridge's historic Disabilities Agenda -- launched in May 1997 -- is
 Pennsylvania's first comprehensive, government-wide program to explore ways
 state government can break down the barriers that prevent Pennsylvanians with
 disabilities from being included in the community.  The plan covers issues
 involving transportation, housing, education, employment, long-term supports
 and health care.
     Accessible PA can be accessed through the PA PowerPort, www.state.pa.us.
 
     CONTACT:  Tom Charles, Editor, Commonwealth News Bureau, Pennsylvania
 Office of the Governor, 717-783-1116, or pager, 1-888-305-5214; or Jay Pagni
 or Stephanie Suran, 717-787-4592, both of the Department of Public Welfare.
 
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SOURCE Pennsylvania Office of the Governor
    HARRISBURG, Pa., April 29 /PRNewswire/ -- Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Ridge
 today announced a powerful new tool that provides information about
 Pennsylvania's services and programs for people of all ages with disabilities,
 their families and support providers.
     Accessible PA -- at www.accessiblepa.state.pa.us -- provides one-stop
 shopping for information on a wide range of services, benefits and programs.
 Visitors can log on for information about education, housing, transportation,
 vocational rehabilitation, employment, health care, home- and community-based
 services, and children's services.
     "In 1997, we launched Pennsylvania's historic Disabilities Agenda -- our
 first comprehensive initiative to explore ways that state government can break
 down barriers and create more opportunities for people with disabilities to
 participate in their community," Gov. Ridge said.  "As part of this
 initiative, today we launch Accessible PA.
     "This innovative online resource can be used by anyone seeking information
 about programs for Pennsylvanians with disabilities and was designed to be
 accessible to everyone with disabilities.  In fact, it was created with their
 help and the help of service providers.
     "While Accessible PA delivers content that everyone can access, this is
 just the beginning of our work to strengthen our website accessibility.  All
 state agencies are working to make their websites fully accessible."
     Accessible PA is a joint effort among the departments of Aging, Education,
 Labor and Industry, Health, and Public Welfare -- the state agencies with the
 greatest number of programs serving Pennsylvanians with disabilities -- in
 cooperation with numerous Pennsylvanians living with disabilities and
 representatives from more than 30 service and advocacy organizations.
 Gov. Ridge's historic Disabilities Agenda -- launched in May 1997 -- is
 Pennsylvania's first comprehensive, government-wide program to explore ways
 state government can break down the barriers that prevent Pennsylvanians with
 disabilities from being included in the community.  The plan covers issues
 involving transportation, housing, education, employment, long-term supports
 and health care.
     Accessible PA can be accessed through the PA PowerPort, www.state.pa.us.
 
     CONTACT:  Tom Charles, Editor, Commonwealth News Bureau, Pennsylvania
 Office of the Governor, 717-783-1116, or pager, 1-888-305-5214; or Jay Pagni
 or Stephanie Suran, 717-787-4592, both of the Department of Public Welfare.
 
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