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Gov. Corbett tours Norcom Community Center

  • A special visit: Gov. Tom Corbett visits the Norcom Community Center, where he was given a tour of classes offered to mentally challenged people. MARIA POUCHNIKOVA / TIMES PHOTOS

  • A special visit: Gov. Tom Corbett visits the Norcom Community Center, where he was given a tour of classes offered to mentally challenged people. MARIA POUCHNIKOVA / TIMES PHOTOS

  • A special visit: Gov. Tom Corbett visits the Norcom Community Center, where he was given a tour of classes offered to mentally challenged people. MARIA POUCHNIKOVA / TIMES PHOTOS

Gov. Tom Corbett last week toured the Nor­com Com­munity Cen­ter, which is op­er­ated by Spe­cial People In North­east, the non­profit hu­man ser­vices or­gan­iz­a­tion that provides ser­vices for in­di­vidu­als with in­tel­lec­tu­al dis­ab­il­it­ies.

“Or­gan­iz­a­tions like SPIN provide much-needed ser­vices for in­di­vidu­als with dis­ab­il­it­ies and their fam­il­ies, help­ing them live in­clus­ive lives in their com­munit­ies,” Corbett said. “However, many Pennsylvani­ans are sadly un­able to ac­cess those ser­vices as they sit on a wait­ing list for our as­sist­ance.”

Corbett’s 2013-14 budget provides ac­cess to home and com­munity-based ser­vices for al­most 3,000 Pennsylvani­ans with phys­ic­al and in­tel­lec­tu­al dis­ab­il­it­ies through an in­crease in fund­ing of $40 mil­lion.

“It’s en­cour­aging that we’ve been able to work with the le­gis­lature to provide ac­cess to ser­vices not just to in­di­vidu­als with aut­ism and in­tel­lec­tu­al dis­ab­il­it­ies, but to those with phys­ic­al dis­ab­il­it­ies as well,” Corbett said. “But there are still so many more Pennsylvania fam­il­ies who des­per­ately need our help; our work is far from done.”

Corbett was joined for the Dec. 3 an­nounce­ment by state Reps. Mark Co­hen, Madeleine Dean and Gene Di­Gir­o­lamo; De­part­ment of Pub­lic Wel­fare Deputy Sec­ret­ary Fred Lok­uta; dis­ab­il­ity ad­voc­ates; and two Phil­adelphia-area fam­il­ies, one that has re­ceived ser­vices as a res­ult of the in­creased fund­ing com­mit­ment and one that re­mains on a wait­ing list.

The Nor­com Com­munity Cen­ter is loc­ated at 10980 Nor­com Road.

Many in­di­vidu­als with in­tel­lec­tu­al dis­ab­il­it­ies “age out” of re­ceiv­ing spe­cial edu­ca­tion ser­vices when gradu­at­ing high school, or live at home with an eld­erly care­giver or single par­ent who must split time between full-time em­ploy­ment and care­giv­ing du­ties.

“Care­givers should not have to choose between caring for a loved one and full-time em­ploy­ment,” Corbett said.

In Septem­ber, Corbett an­nounced his Healthy Pennsylvania plan, which, among oth­er things, provides ac­cess to home and com­munity-based ser­vices for in­di­vidu­als with dis­ab­il­it­ies. ••

You can reach at noreply@bsmphilly.com.

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