Arc of Greater Pittsburgh Webinars
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Upcoming Webinars

Back to School Power (Two) Hour

Oct 12 2023

What is a restraint? Is a "calm down" space seclusion? Students with disabilities are not excluded from discipline at school, but there is a process that must be followed. Join us for this educational webinar to prepare for back to school.

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Past Advocacy Webinars

A young woman in a wheelchair smiles while on her laptop
August 31st, 2023

Using the internet and social media can be a great way to connect with friends and family, provide a platform for learning and explore our world from anywhere. How do it safely and teach those you care for to do so, as well? 

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A mom hugs her son. Overlay text says charting the lifecourse
March 22nd, 2023

Achieva's Arc of Greater Pittsburgh provides this webinar presentation on Charting The LifeCourse.

Life is all about transitions. Join Achieva employees Jack Butler, Director of Person-Centered Planning and Melissa Skiffen, Disability Advocate and Family Supports as they explore how to apply the Charting the Lifecourse framework and tools to transition throughout the life stages.

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A man in a wheelchair shakes hands with a woman in front of a house with a sold sign in the window. Overlay text: A home of my own and housing tenancy
Jan. 18, 2023

What is the "A Home of My Own" Program and Housing Tenancy? Join Achieva's Michelle Stockunas to learn about the waiver services that make living in a home of your own possible, and about affordable technology that is helping people stay safe in their homes.

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Maurika Moore, a young black woman with epilepsy, sits in her floral dress and smiles. Overlay Text: Intersectionality of race and disability
Nov. 9th, 2022

“The Intersection of Race and Disability Project.” The presentation will cover the scope and parameters of the project and introduce the audience to five BIPOCs who have lived at the intersection of race and disability in Western Pennsylvania. In addition, the presentation will explore social justice themes in the five subjects’ stories and invite the audience to get involved with WPDHAC’s efforts to preserve and share this important history.

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Two women, one with Down Syndrome, pose in their aprons at work. Overlay Text: Why paid work experience is important to students with disabilities
Oct. 13th, 2022

Presention by Mary Hartley, Executive Director of the Parent Education & Advocacy Leadership (PEAL) Center During this presentation, we will discuss:
  • Your seamless transition to adulthood – planning for transition led by students
  • The proof - students who work before they leave high school; inclusion in school and community, and impact on employment
  • Letting Go - Start as early as possible letting go (for parents); independent (supported) transportation, volunteerism, work-based learning & most importantly, real jobs
  • Success Stories

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A girl stands in a corner. Overlay text: Update to federal guidance on school discipline
Sept. 22nd, 2022

In July 2022, the U.S. Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights (OCR) and Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) issued guidance on behavior support and discipline of students with disabilities.
  • OCR and OSEP make clear the expectation that schools must find ways to support behavior related needs without first resorting to suspension and/or expulsion
  • Attorney Connolly will break down the six guidance documents
  • Attendees will learn how to use this information to advocate for appropriate practices with respect to disciplining of students with disabilities
  • The presentation will review how the guidance requires that school-based police officers must make reasonable modifications in interacting with students with disabilities
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