19 and Inexperienced

My name is Frank Barella. I am the Director of Quality Improvement & Compliance at The Arc of Lehigh and Northampton Counties. I am proud to say that I have known and served people who have intellectual/developmental disabilities and their families for over 20...
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“People First Language”

My name is Sr. Janice Marie Johnson. I am a Sister of Mercy and have been working in the Diocese of Allentown for 36 years. I was principal of Mercy School for Special Learning, a school in Allentown for children and young adults with intellectual and developmental...
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Joyful Noise

by Kathy McAuley Choral singing has always been a moving experience for me and it’s an honor to sing in Lehigh University’s outstanding choral program. But when Choral Arts Director Steven Sametz invited the aptly named Joyful Noise chorus to sing with us in our...
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Before he was famous …

When your last name begins with “W,” near the end of the alphabet, you come to expect to be always at the end of a line and in the back of a room. That included most of the classrooms of my youth, where seating was organized alphabetically. That’s how I came to know...
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Technology is great — when it works.

Although not the biggest fan of the Six Million Dollar Man, I always liked the opening when the voice who spoke of the injured Steve Austin, said, Gentlemen, we can rebuild him. We have the technology. We have the capability…..  Somehow, it was comforting as a child...
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Perseverance and teamwork.

The Greater Lehigh Valley Chamber of Commerce recently hosted an extraordinary presentation.  Major Scott Smiley was the featured keynote speaker.  Major Smiley, a graduate of West Point and an impressive leader, shared his message of “Perseverance”.  You see, Major...
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Be your own advocate.

Recently turning eighteen, four high schoolers, including myself, were involved in a school-related automobile accident, in which an empty semi-mac log truck ran into the car we were all riding.  All were injured, myself being the most seriously hurt. I suffered...
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The Disability Friendly Community in the Lehigh Valley (DFC) is comprised of individual and organization representative members, each committed to a common vision for building on the rich array of resources already present to improve the disability-friendliness of the Lehigh Valley region of eastern Pennsylvania.

DFC is designed as a self-governing community collaborative that operates on – and most definitely benefits from – the talents, resources, goodwill and energies contributed by its members. It does not replace or compete with disability-specific agencies or programs serving people with disabilities and their families or other caregivers in our region but provides the arena for all advocates to come together for information-sharing, networking, collaboration and action!

Click here to learn more about our “People With Disabilities Belong” campaign!

Disability Friendly Community News

NEWSLETTER Number 39 | September 2017

Click here to find links to websites and organizations that will enrich your experience with the Disability Friendly Community of the Lehigh Valley in Pennsylvania.

The Disability Friendly Community operates programs that aim to make the Lehigh Valley more inclusive, accessible and welcoming to people with disabilities, their caregivers, families and advocates.

Disability Friendly Community is guided by an elected Steering Committee and directed by an elected Convener and accomplishes its goals through committees of volunteers focused on the community’s most urgent needs.