It Takes a Strong Family and a Village You Oughta Be In Pictures. Your Smile is So Divine. Needed. Pictures and video clips for Family Hearing.
We have a Hearing in the PA House of Representatives in April. The Subject is Families. Families are the backbone of our system. 90 % of people with ID live at home. We have a system that will pay strangers to take care of our sons and daughters that does not allow our family to age in place – like our older citizens. And certainly doesn’t allow families compensation. Our Hearing will focus on families, caring and support. We need you to send us pictures of your families, sons, daughters, extended family all caring, playing and loving each other. Pictures and videos are welcomed and encouraged. We plan on developing a 3 to 5 minute video that will capture the magic of families that will allow legislators to peek into our lives. Pictures and videos are Due by March 21st.
1. Lighting: make sure the room you are recording in isn’t too dark, otherwise the video can appear grainy.
2. Hold your smart phone horizontally. It’s OK if you forget, but video that is shot with the phone held horizontally fits the screen better on playback.
3. Take video of things that make you happy. Sounds simple, but the candid, life moments are some of the best that you will want to remember.
4. Trust you have the shot. You don’t want to enjoy your life from behind the lens of your camera. Enjoy the moment, and if you can, get video to capture it. If you keep trying to re-take the footage it becomes cumbersome and takes away from the moment.
5. Hold the camera steady. Shaky video can be corrected via editing software, but the video looks best when the original isn’t too shaky. You can set your phone/camera on a level surface, get a tripod, or simply rest the arm that is holding the camera on a level surface while you take your video.
Tips for taking pictures
1. We love candid photos. It really captures the moment. Posed photos also have a place in storytelling. Try to take a little bit of both.
2. Children. If children are going to be in the picture, adjust your expectations depending on their age. Candid pictures are sometimes the best you can get with toddlers. However, if you really want a posed photo with the child, set them up for success. Do it at a time that is best in their schedule. Allow them to hold a special toy in the picture. If all else fails, rewarding them with a piece of candy after they give you a nice smile can help you get the shot you want.
3. Lighting. The beauty of digital photography is you can immediately see if your picture is overexposed (too much light) or grainy (too little light). Watch for shadows, for example if you are standing in between the light source and the subject you may cast your shadow on what you are trying to take a picture of!
4. Trust you have the shot. This takes practice, so take pictures every day and delete the ones you don’t like. That way when you DO want to take a picture that counts, you’ll feel confident you have the shot, and you can get out from behind the camera lens and enjoy the party.
5. Rule of Thirds: Many cameras have a feature that places a grid on your camera screen. It looks like a tic tac toe board. Try to place the subject along these lines or at intersecting points. It will add balance to your photograph.
We Thank Governor Corbett for the proposed 22.4 M funding for the 2014-2015 Budget to Address the Waiting List for Community ID
Here’s what the Governor said in his PA State Budget Address:
“We have the chance to continue to improve the lives of our friends and neighbors with disabilities, individuals whose strength and courage have become a constant source of inspiration to me. For far too long, these people had to wait for services they and their families so desperately needed. But last year, our increased investments helped reduce that waiting list.
Just last week, I visited the Kroc Center where those with disabilities are able to work and lead fulfilling lives in the community. I saw the commitment of a community to make people’s lives better. I know how important that commitment is, and so do you.
We need to create a Pennsylvania where people with disabilities, and their families, will never be forced to wait for services again.
This year, we will work to further reduce those waiting lists with an additional $41.5 million to provide home and community-based options for people with disabilities and autism spectrum disorders.”
Here’s what it means to people who are waiting:
It will strengthen our families. 90% of families keep their sons and daughters at home. As we and our children grow older, the task becomes harder. This funding will allow some to age in place and keep our sons and daughters at home longer. It will allow our young high school graduates to have a rich and full life, one of promise and opportunity. For some of our families, it will allow them to work, for older caregivers it will allow them the privilege of retiring when they are ready.
Send a Thank you to Governor Corbett for helping people get of the ID waiting list for community services at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Office of Developmental Programs (ODP) updated list of current AWC FMS organizations that support Consolidated and Person /Family Directed Support (P/FDS) waiver participants and surrogates who have chosen to self-direct some or all of their Participant Directed Services (PDS) using the AWC FMS model. Currently, this information is not available in the Services and Supports Directory that is located in the Home and Community Services Information System (HCSIS).Please click here to read the full Information Memo.
Pennsylvania’s ID Waiting List includes those receiving none or only some of the services and supports outlined in their Individual Support Plan (ISP). Based on need, people fall into emergency, critical, or planning status on the Waiting List.
The PA Waiting list Campaign is working everyday to end that wait. Use our website to find information about the waiting list, learn how to make a difference and find out what is going on and what is done to End the Wait.
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