The recent passage of the Achieving Better Life Experience legislation is a major advance for the families of individuals who have a disability.
Advocates of this legislation included a number of individuals from our area. In our conversations, they made a strong case for the necessity and opportunity wrapped in this legislation. The calls that have come in since the measure was sent to the governor are touching reminders of how our actions can positively affect lives. It was time that we acted consistent with our good intentions.
The bill signing ceremony today will spotlight the individuals, families, and advocates responsible for achieving this notable victory. I wish I could stand with these dedicated advocates to witness the bill signing and to commend their efforts. And extend the thanks due to U.S. Senator Bob Casey, who was a leader in crafting and moving the federal legislation that opened up this possibility for Pennsylvania and other states. And the Pennsylvania Department of Treasury was instrumental in helping to set program guidelines: http://www.paable.gov/
By the time the bill-signing was set, I was committed to an event held by the Children’s Service Center, an outstanding organization marking 154 years of effort. A significant community gathering has to take priority over a more ceremonial one in Hershey.
Andrew M. Seder
District Communications/Constituent Services for Pike and Wayne Counties
Office of Senator Lisa Baker
2512 Route 6
Hawley, PA 18428