Miller joins the Arc, others calling for support at disability rights rally

HARRISBURG, June 16 – State Rep. Dan Miller, D-Mt. Lebanon, joined the bipartisan Disability Caucus and the Arc of Pennsylvania, along with numerous other cooperating organizations, to call for broader support of multiple legislative measures aimed at increasing independence and opportunity for those with disabilities.

“Today was a great opportunity to bring multiple stakeholders together and discuss the growing needs of people with disabilities throughout Pennsylvania,” Miller said. “And make no mistake, the needs are great. However with more rallies like what was held in the Capitol today, we as legislators can ensure that all nonprofits, advocates, family members, and those with a disability realize that we will fight for them and for a budget that will increase independence and opportunity for everyone.”

Several pieces of legislation were discussed at the rally, including H.B. 585, known as Paul’s Law and introduced by Sen. John Sabatina, D-Phila., which would prohibit discrimination of any potential organ transplant recipient on the basis of a physical or mental disability.

House Bill 133, known as the Disability Bill of Rights and introduced by Rep. Tom Murt, R-Montgomery, was also discussed. The bill would affirm that those with intellectual and developmental disabilities have full rights to enjoy the opportunity to live and participate in their homes and communities, independently make choices about their lives, contribute to society, and experience full integration and inclusion in mainstream society.

“Over 80 percent of Pennsylvanians know someone with a disability, so this isn’t an issue that affects a small number of people or is going away anytime soon,” Miller said. “As legislators, it is our job to do everything we can to ensure that people living with disabilities have the opportunities and the access that they deserve to get an education, hold a steady job, or live in their home with their family.”

Miller and the Disability Caucus were joined by:

  • Disability Rights Network;
  • Institute on Disabilities from Temple University;
  • Pennsylvania Advocacy and Resources for Autism and Intellectual Disabilities;
  • Rehabilitation and Community Providers Association;
  • Self-Advocates United as 1;
  • Speaking for Ourselves;
  • Pennsylvania Waiting List Campaign;
  • The Alliance of Community Service Providers;
  • The Provider Alliance;
  • United Cerebral Palsy of Pennsylvania; and
  • Vision for Equality.