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March is Intellectual Disability Awareness Month

Tom CorbettArlington Heritage Group, Inc. is pleased to announce the Proclamation, signed on February 13th, 2013, by Governor Tom Corbett as proclaiming March 2013 as Intellectual Disability Awareness Month in Pennsylvania. He has encouraged the public to support Pennsylvanians with intellectual disabilities and their families. Check your community businesses and organizations for event listings and ways to get involved.



March 2013

           WHEREAS, An intellectual disability is defined as a disability characterized by significant limitations both in intellectual functioning and in adaptive behavior as expressed in conceptual, social and practical adaptive skills, which originates before age 21; and

          WHEREAS, people with an intellectual disability are of all racial, ethnic, educational, social and economic backgrounds; and

          WHEREAS, people with an intellectual disability are valued members of society— our friends, neighbors and co-workers—who find fulfillment living everyday lives; and

          WHEREAS, early intervention, education and home and community-based services continue to be vital to enabling citizens with an intellectual disability to function and thrive.

          THEREFORE, In order to recognize the many contributions and challenges of citizens with an intellectual disability, I, Tom Corbett, Governor of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, do hereby proclaim March 2013 as INTELLECTUAL DISABILITY AWARENESS MONTH in Pennsylvania. I encourage all citizens to support the efforts and hard work of Pennsylvanians with an intellectual disability and their families as they strive to live self-determined lives and realize their own personal aspirations.

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My Bike Program Sponsored by Variety the Children’s Charity Pittsburgh

Do you remember your first bike? The feeling of the wind blowing in your hair, the sun’s warmth on your face? There is a sense of freedom when riding a bike especially for children. Not everyone is able to ride a traditional bike though, like children with special needs. Everyone deserves to experience the independence, mobility, and health benefits that bike riding provides. Adaptive bikes are expensive and are cost prohibitive for many families.

In November 2012, Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett and Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald announced a new program intended to provide bicycles to those in need. Corbett teamed up with Variety: the Children’s Charity of Pittsburgh on the program called “My Bike.” It began giving adaptive bikes a decade ago, under its Kids on the Go mobility program but they started “My Bike” to increase access. Corbett said the program will provide adaptive bicycles to children with disabilities in the 10-county greater Pittsburgh area to increase their mobility and encourage play. These counties include Allegheny, Armstrong, Beaver, Butler, Fayette, Greene, Indiana, Lawrence, Washington, and Westmoreland.

Variety’s mission:

“Variety the Children’s Charity provides children with disabilities unique programs,experiences, and equipment, so they may live life to the fullest. Variety works to ensure that children with disabilities can participate in the same activities as any other children by providing mobility equipment and social programs to children, ages 21 and under, in ten counties in Southwestern Pennsylvania.”

Variety’s “My Bike” program provides adaptive bikes to children with disabilities who meet the eligibility guidelines. For more information and for an application, visit Variety: The Children’s Charity of Pittsburgh’s website, http://www.varietypittsburgh.org/MyBikeProgram.asp

The cost to sponsor a bike is $1,800 and can be sponsored by individuals and organizations.

My Bike

Image Source: Variety The Children’s Charity Pittsburgh