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C4WW’s work changes as we identify and create new campaigns and coalitions to improve an area of human services needs in Pennsylvania. Our current priorities are:

 

1. #IWantToWork 2.0. Building on the success of HB 400, the #IWantToWork Campaign has taken a leading role in the effort to ensure all people with disabilities have opportunities to obtain jobs in typical workplace settings where the majority of employees are not persons with disabilities.

 

The #IWantToWork campaign has built a coalition including business, labor, and civic organizations that support the effort known as Employment First. People with disabilities deserve the same opportunities for competitive, integrated employment as everyone else!

For businesses, it makes sense. There are an average 200,000 vacant jobs in Pennsylvania on any given day. And yet 34 percent of people with disabilities are employed, a 41percent gap when compared to people without disabilities. The median salary of a person with disabilities is a third, or about $10,000 lower than persons without disabilities, and nearly a third of people with disabilities live in poverty, about twice the national average.

Not only is there a large pool of people with disabilities wanting to work, but also it has been repeatedly proven that people with disabilities are extremely reliable and hard workers.

 

In 2016, out of $400 million that the state spends on people with intellectual disabilities, only 5 percent is allotted to employment support. #IWantToWork seeks to shift funding towards employment to offer people with disabilities better options for productive and independent lives.

 

2. #StrongMomStrongBaby Around 15 percent, or one-out-of-seven of new mothers suffer from postpartum depression. A mother’s depression can have a significant impact in the brain development of her child. When mom is suffering, the chances of a baby being neglected and abused increases. As a result of postpartum depression and the effects on the baby and mother, the cost of medical care increase significantly.

 

C4WW has created a coalition seeking legislation to add postpartum depression as a qualifying condition to place children in the “at risk” category for early intervention assessment, tracking, and if needed, early intervention services.

 

Postpartum depression is a disease that affects 15 percent of new mothers – about 21,000 moms across Pennsylvania. Research shows postpartum depression not only affects the mothers, but the babies they care for.

 

For $2.5 million, at risk mothers and their babies can get help. Postpartum depression can lead to increased medical bills for the family. This is a small cost when compared to the tens, possibly hundreds of millions that will be spent on medical bills and other services to children who would have benefited from early intervention services.

 

#StrongMomStrongBaby is a simple addition to Pennsylvania’s early intervention services programming. C4WW’s proposal simply adds maternal depression to the lists of automatic qualifiers for early intervention assessment, tracking, and services if they are needed.