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Achieva Announces Departure of Shayne Roos, Executive Vice President of Achieva and President of Achieva Support - Names Interim Successor

Achieva, a leading non-profit organization dedicated to providing comprehensive services for people with disabilities, announces the departure of Shayne Roos, Executive Vice President of Achieva and President of Achieva Support. Stepping into the position will be Court Hower.

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Allegheny County cutting education specialist positions who help students with special needs

Allegheny County cutting education specialist positions who help students with special needs

More than 100 students using Allegheny County's special education services will see changes next school year after officials announced the elimination of three education specialist positions, a decision already receiving pushback from local advocacy groups.

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Allegheny County to cut 'redundant' education staff. Advocates say it will create a strain.

Allegheny County to cut 'redundant' education staff. Advocates say it will create a strain.

Allegheny County's Department of Human Services (DHS) is planning to phase out its three education specialist positions just before the start of the 2024-2025 school year.

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Transformative Advocacy

Achieva's Advocacy Staff provides support for families and individuals facing disability, offering assistance ranging from sharing information, IEP meetings, to eligibility assessments. Empowering families with empathy and expertise, they form lasting relationships and foster resilience.

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Pennsylvania Recognized During National 2024 Charting The LifeCourse Showcase

Pennsylvania Recognized During National 2024 Charting The LifeCourse Showcase

During the 2024 Charting the LifeCourse Showcase held in Kansas City, Missouri, two representatives of Pennsylvania's support professional cohort were recognized for their work.

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Pittsburgh Adaptive Recreation Expo

Pittsburgh Adaptive Recreation Expo

During the event, individuals with disabilities and their families can learn more about a variety of local programs and resources, including adaptive sports and recreation, innovation & technology, home health, caregiver support, and interactive adaptive equipment demonstrations.

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Achieva Announced Mary Hartley as New President of The Arc of Greater Pittsburgh & Achieva Support Welcomes Two New Senior Vice-Presidents

Achieva Announced Mary Hartley as New President of The Arc of Greater Pittsburgh & Achieva Support Welcomes Two New Senior Vice-Presidents

Mary Hartley will join Achieva on February 12, 2024, just prior to the retirement of her predecessor, Nancy Murray. Court Hower and Kolleen Johnson were recently hired as Senior Vice Presidents for Achieva Support.

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Honoring Cecil and David Rosenthal means learning to #LoveLiketheBoys

Honoring Cecil and David Rosenthal means learning to #LoveLiketheBoys

Cecil was a greeter at the synagogue each and every Saturday — a role tailor-made for his welcoming spirit, as most will attest. David handed out prayer shawls and Torahs to old friends and new ones - for both boys, there wasn't a difference between the two.

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Achieva's Two Upcoming Job Fairs Seeking Exceptional Talent

Achieva's Two Upcoming Job Fairs Seeking Exceptional Talent

Achieva Job Fairs

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From park benches to a Lawrenceville apartment, this Achieva supportee puts 'light' in many lives

From park benches to a Lawrenceville apartment, this Achieva supportee puts 'light' in many lives

Ron Abersol sometimes gets to work at Light of Life Rescue Mission two hours before his start time, but he doesn't complain. That's just the way the buses run. You might call him a dedicated employee — and he is — but his uncommon drive comes from an equally uncommon path.

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He's any Achieva janitorial supervisor's secret weapon, and now, he's an award-winner

He's any Achieva janitorial supervisor's secret weapon, and now, he's an award-winner

When Jason DePalma starts work at 9 a.m. every Monday, Wednesday and Friday At the Kiski Valley Police barracks, everyone knows it: His positive attitude echoes through the halls as he greets everyone with a cheerful "hello."

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With PNC Park's new adult-sized changing table, everyone can go -- and stay -- at the ballgame

With PNC Park's new adult-sized changing table, everyone can go -- and stay -- at the ballgame

Jordan is "profoundly affected by autism," which lends to incontinence and the need for an adult-sized changing table to stay anywhere for more than an hour or two. Because of advocacy by @Changing Spaces Pennsylvania and the Pittsburgh Pirates' dedication to accessibility, PNC Park now has one!

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Share Your Story with Your Legislator

Share Your Story with Your Legislator

Nearly 60,000 Pennsylvanians with ID/A are at risk of losing or experiencing a reduction of essential services because there are not enough DSPs to care for them.

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Dance with Whitney Houston, join the Rainbow Club and land on Mars as VaultArt kicks off its 2023 season

Dance with Whitney Houston, join the Rainbow Club and land on Mars as VaultArt kicks off its 2023 season

VaultArt is a project of Achieva that provides professional-level art instruction and career training to a select group of artists who happen to have disabilities. Several times each year, their work space — in the heart of Garfield's arts district — transforms into a gallery.

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Life transitions are tough. Achieva is making them easier with this free presentation on March 22.

Life transitions are tough. Achieva is making them easier with this free presentation on March 22.

Charting the Life Course through Life Transitions

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Books at Birth aims to make families feel cared for from day one.

Books at Birth aims to make families feel cared for from day one.

Books at Birth ensures that participating families have at least one high-quality children's book - approved by Achieva's EI experts - and monthly emails to help track their babies' development.

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Buddy Walk

Recap the 2022 Erie Buddy Walk with this photo album from the day.

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January is National Wellness Month

January is National Wellness Month

While January is cold in many parts of the country, and we tend to want to stay inside and hibernate until Spring arrives, a better idea is to bundle up with a coat, scarf, hat, and gloves and check out all that nature has to offer during the winter.

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The Arc of Greater Pittsburgh/Achieva Leads Advocacy for Underserved Population Designation

The Arc of Greater Pittsburgh/Achieva Leads Advocacy for Underserved Population Designation

The Arc of Greater Pittsburgh/Achieva has a long history of demonstrating and advocating for ways to promote healthcare equity for people with disabilities. Recently its attention has turned to specific policy changes that would help release funding to Pennsylvania to reduce or eliminate disparities

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Grow Your Business With Achieva

Achieva's Facilities Department has occasional contract opportunities for businesses of all sizes in southwestern Pennsylvania. In addition to over 50 community homes throughout Allegheny and Westmoreland Counties, Achieva operates offices in Pittsburgh and Greensburg.

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Apply to Join an Achieva Board

Volunteering as a Trustee for the Achieva Family of Organizations provides an opportunity to make a difference while helping to fulfill Achieva's mission and vision. Submit an interest form at achieva.info/trustee-interest-form

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