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Our Mission: To improve the quality of life for individuals with developmental disabilities and their families through advocacy, education, support and socialization.


     We are planning a 2-part wood craft night on Monday, April 19 and
      Monday April 26. This will be wood cutting and planting for a Mother's
      Day (sshhh, surprise!) or a spring time project. You must register. Call
      The Arc at 814.946.1011. The time is going to be 5 pm to 7 pm both
       Monday nights. This is a rain or shine event. Masks are required. See
       the link below for a sneak peak of project (Arc's will be smaller scale).

        
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The Arc of Blair County

The Arc of Blair County believes that persons with developmental disabilities are valuable members of society and have the same rights as all citizens. They have the right to a free and appropriate education in an integrated setting, the right to live in a comfortable residence in their own local community, the right to protection from health and safety hazards in their environment, the right to work at a meaningful wage in a vocation appropriate to their talents, the right to social and personal relationships and the right to participate in the recreational and cultural activities of their community. It is the vision of Arc of Blair County to foster, protect and nurture these rights.

The Arc of Blair County serves as an important voice for persons with disabilities and their families.

The Arc of Blair County

431 Jackson Avenue
Altoona, PA 16602


Phone:  814-946-1011
Fax:  814-946-1013
Email:  mail@thearcblair.org

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Latest News-Updates
from The Arc of Blair County

April 13, 2021

Summary:

• On April 13, CDC and FDA recommended a pause of administering any doses of Johnson & Johnson/Janssen (J&J) vaccine in order to review data involving six reported cases of cerebral venous sinus thrombosis (CVST), in combination with thrombocytopenia, seen after receiving the J&J vaccine.
• Effective immediately, DOH is asking that providers pause the administration of any doses of Johnson & Johnson vaccine until April 20, 2021.
• DOH will not be enforcing the order to administer 80% of doses over 7 days.
• Maintain a high index of suspicion for symptoms that might represent serious thrombotic events or thrombocytopenia in patients who have recently received the J&J vaccine.
• Providers who were planning to administer Johnson & Johnson vaccine to individuals are asked to cancel those appointments immediately, or, if possible reschedule those appointments using Pfizer or Moderna vaccine.
• Health care providers are asked to report adverse events to the Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System at https://vaers.hhs.gov/reportevent.html.

Please see the attached pdf document for the entire Health Alert. Thank you, Pennsylvania Department of Health

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The Arc of Blair County is no longer allowing access to the building without an appointment. Instead, we are only allowing one person into the building at a time and who has made an appointment and is wearing a mask. This is due to the increased positivity rate of COVID-19 in Blair County and Arc staff members having been exposed to people who tested positive.

We no longer believe it safe for our staff to integrate with the general public. The Arc will be practicing a drop off/pick up protocol through the door whenever possible, thereby promoting further safety protocols.

The positivity rate is too high to take any chances with someone who has a compromised immune system.

Rest assured The Arc will continue to advocate as all of our meetings are being conducted virtually. The Arc staff is still available to return emails, answer phone calls and conduct business, albeit a little differently.

The Arc will also continue weekly Zoom program for our members to be able to socialize and connect with friends.

Thank you for your patience. We shall get through this.

"One minute of patience, ten years of peace" ~ Greek Proverb


Concerned About Issues? Are you worried about the lack of funding for people with disabilities in the state budget? Do you have concerns about competitive employment because of a disability? Are you worried about services following high school? Contact The Arc of Blair County to discuss your individual situation. We have over 65 years of advocacy experience. Resources on a variety of topics are available.

 

 

 


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