Miller dubbed “Representative of the Year” by advocacy group

HARRISBURG, June 11 – Touting his commitment to advancing legislation that benefits Pennsylvanians with intellectual and developmental disabilities, The Arc of Pennsylvania, an advocacy organization, has named state Rep. Dan Miller, D-Allegheny, its 2019 “Representative of the Year.”

The Arc of Pennsylvania, a branch of the largest nationwide advocacy organization for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, each year honors a legislator who demonstrates exceptional leadership in advancing legislation that benefits residents with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families.

On Tuesday, the organization’s annual legislative breakfast took place in Harrisburg. Miller was in attendance, and the organization presented him with an award that honors his designation as representative of the year.

“Pennsylvania has a moral, legal, and fiscal responsibility to provide ladders of opportunities for all of its citizens,” Miller said. “Despite the progress of years passed we are simply failing to meet our obligation to our citizens with a disability, and we have a lot to do. I’d like to thank the Arc of Pennsylvania for the award, but more importantly for the work, advocacy, and partnership. Any progress I make stands on the shoulders of the countless advocates who came before me and I thank everyone for the opportunity to serve.”

In a letter to the Allegheny Democrat, Sherri Landis, The Arc of Pennsylvania’s executive director, validated the organization’s decision to select Miller as this year’s award recipient by stating: “Throughout your career as a member of (the) Pennsylvania House of Representatives, you have put the issues affecting individuals with disabilities at the forefront of your legislative agenda. In addition to your legislative work, your annual Disabilities Summit has enabled individuals and their families (to) learn about the services and opportunities for people with disabilities in the Pittsburgh region.”

The Arc of Pennsylvania was started 69 years ago by parents and children with intellectual and developmental disabilities. The state-level organization currently has 33 local chapters and represents more than 8,000 members.