2019 PAR Conference Recap

October 25, 2019
Industry News
ODP Deputy Secretary Kristin Ahrens

The 2019 Pennsylvania Advocacy and Resources for Autism and Intellectual Disability (PAR) Solutions Conference was held earlier this week in Harrisburg. With a theme of “Mindfulness” the conference’s focus was on “getting back to the basics of good care” using a mindful approach. During the three-day event, there were more than 50 sessions covering a wide range of topics.

InVision was well represented with a total of 30 staff and persons supported in attendance. We were also a proud sponsor of the keynote address by Kristin Ahrens, Deputy Secretary, Pennsylvania Office of Developmental Programs (ODP), Department of Human Services.

What follows are some highlights from the event:

InVision Founder, President and CEO, Ruth Siegfried received PAR’s Exemplary Service Award for her dedication to the PAR Board of Directors and tireless work for people with disabilities across Pennsylvania and beyond.

Ruth Siegfried (center) pictured with Terry McNelis (left), PAR board chair and Mark Davis (right), PAR president and CEO.

InVision nominee Hampton Inn Cranberry Township received PAR’s We Are Worth It Award for Western Region Community Employer of the Year. InVision job facilitator David Zarlengo accepted the award on the hotel’s behalf.

David Zarlengo (left).

While not affiliated with the PAR Conference, InVision VP of Government Relations and Advocacy, Gary Blumenthal, testified in front of the state House’s Health and Human Services Committee regarding the proposed closure of the Polk and White Haven state centers.

Gary Blumenthal was also part of the group that conducted a session about activating grassroots advocacy.

Gary Blumenthal (center-left).

Attendees of the conference expanded on their knowledge, networked, encountered new vendors, and renewed motivation and confidence. I would like to thank everyone who attended and represented InVision, and the staff who assisted with planning and logistics.

Aaron Borchert

Director, Marketing & Communications

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