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National Family Caregivers Month

National Family Caregivers Month

Celebrated every November, National Family Caregivers Month (NFCM) is a time to recognize and honor family caregivers across the country. It offers an opportunity to raise awareness of caregiving issues, educate communities, and increase support for caregivers.

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Four Years Later, Fond Memories of the Victims Remain

Four Years Later, Fond Memories of the Victims Remain

Four years ago, the city of Pittsburgh was collectively stunned and saddened by the tragedy that shook the tight-knit community of Squirrel Hill.

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Those Who Show Up & Step Up

Those Who Show Up & Step Up

Earlier this month, Achieva celebrated "Direct Support Professional (DSP) Recognition Week" (September 11-17, 2022). On behalf of all the people we support and their families, we wanted to use the opportunity to offer our sincerest thanks and appreciation for each of our DSPs.

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Direct Support Professional Recognition Week (September 11-17, 2022)

Direct Support Professional Recognition Week (September 11-17, 2022)

As we observe Direct Support Professional Recognition Week, we want to take this opportunity to offer our sincere appreciation for each of Achieva's DSPs.

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In-Person Events Back in Full Swing at Achieva

In-Person Events Back in Full Swing at Achieva

A week ago, our first "employee appreciation banquet" in three years was held at the Rivers Casino. The last one held was in the fall of 2019, but since then COVID-19 had led to large-group gatherings like our banquet being canceled.

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Upcoming Events Presented By Achieva Advocacy

IEP Clinic with Ruder Law - Virtual meeting on Tuesday, August 23, 2022, from 6:30 - 8 p.m. and Update to Federal Guidance on Discipline with McAndrews Law - Virtual meeting on Tuesday, September 22, 2022, from 6:30 - 8 p.m.

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PA General Assembly State Fiscal Year 2022-2023 General Fund Budget

PA General Assembly State Fiscal Year 2022-2023 General Fund Budget

The Pennsylvania General Assembly passed and Governor Wolf signed into law the State Fiscal Year 2022/23 General Fund Budget on July 8, 2022.

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VaultArt Marks 5 Years with a 53-Foot Mural in Garfield

VaultArt Marks 5 Years with a 53-Foot Mural in Garfield

Musicians save riffs until their minds form a song around them. Chefs hold back new flavor combinations until the ingredients are in season. And muralists, like Max Gonzales, wait for walls.

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VaultArt Marks 5 Years with a 53-Foot Mural in Garfield The Mural Showcases all 19 Artists Currently Working at the Studio

VaultArt Marks 5 Years with a 53-Foot Mural in Garfield The Mural Showcases all 19 Artists Currently Working at the Studio

Musicians save riffs until their minds form a song around them. Chefs hold back new flavor combinations until the ingredients are in season. And muralists, like Max Gonzales, wait for walls. For years, he's eyed a more than 50-foot-long exterior wall on South Winebiddle Street in Garfield.

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Olmstead Decision Turns 23

Olmstead Decision Turns 23

Twenty-three years later, most people with disabilities under age 60 no longer enter a nursing home as a permanent placement, and many states in the union no longer operate state-owned institutions for people with intellectual disabilities. Pennsylvania is behind the curve...

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Home Stretch for Disability Funding Advocacy

Home Stretch for Disability Funding Advocacy

If you haven't yet contacted your state representative or state senator to advocate for sufficient funding for much-needed services and programs for people with disabilities, now is the time to do it.

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Disability Issues - Always on the Ballot!

Disability Issues - Always on the Ballot!

Tuesday, May 17, is Pennsylvania's primary election day. If you or someone you know is at least 18, has a disability, and wants to vote, please check out the valuable information at the PA Department of State website.

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The Arc Erie County To Host May Conference

The Arc Erie County To Host May Conference

Join The Arc Erie County (PA), for a Spring Conference on Friday, May 20, 2022, from 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. This virtual event is geared towards families of children and adults with disabilities, educators, service and support coordinators, and home and community-based service providers.

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Benefits Counseling - Complicated, But Worth It

Benefits Counseling - Complicated, But Worth It

This past week, the Pennsylvania Employment First Oversight Commission (EFOC)* held its second meeting of 2022. The EFOC spent a lot of time during its meeting discussing Benefits Counseling.

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Return To In-Person Promenade A Success!

Return To In-Person Promenade A Success!

Achieva's biggest fundraising event, the Pittsburgh Promenade, raised more than $152,000 to support people with disabilities and their families. 230 guests were welcomed to "set sail with Achieva" during the tropical-themed event (the first in-person Promenade held since March 2019), hosted by WTAE'

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Awareness

Awareness

March is National Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month. This is something politicians do every year, passing resolutions or signing proclamations that say all the right things but do they make much difference in the lives of people with developmental disabilities and their families?

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Achieva's Signature Event Returns to In-Person

Achieva's Signature Event Returns to In-Person

The "Pittsburgh Promenade" - Achieva's annual charity auction and gala - is returning this month as an "in-person" event at the downtown Pittsburgh Westin Hotel.

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Budget Ball Now In Legislature's Court

Budget Ball Now In Legislature's Court

Low rates paid by state government and its failure to increase rates in a timely and consistent manner are nothing new, but this year things are different.

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Proposed Rates Fail "Employment First" - Fail People with Disabilities

Proposed Rates Fail "Employment First" - Fail People with Disabilities

Achieva Compass Newsletter. A message from Steve Suroviec, President and CEO. In late December, the Pennsylvania Office of Developmental Programs (ODP) proposed new rates for all of its community-based services. In a macro-sense, the ODP proposal simply provides too little funding.

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Achieva and The Arc Erie County Announce Affiliation

Achieva and The Arc Erie County Announce Affiliation

The Arc Erie County will operate as a subsidiary of The Arc of Greater Pittsburgh.

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Governor Tom Wolf must Address the Collapse of PA's Intellectual Disability System

Governor Tom Wolf must Address the Collapse of PA's Intellectual Disability System

The Pennsylvania Capital-Star published an op-ed prepared and signed by 17 statewide CEOs and leaders (including Achieva's President and CEO, Stephen Suroviec) in the disability community calling on Governor Wolf and the PA General Assembly to take action.

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Recognizing Excellence in Our Community

Recognizing Excellence in Our Community

Every year, Achieva holds its "Awards of Excellence" event to recognize citizens and organizations that are extraordinary, or have done or achieved extraordinary things, when it comes to helping people with disabilities lead lives of personal significance.

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Achieva Welcomes Two New Executives

Achieva Welcomes Two New Executives

Achieva is pleased to welcome two new executives, LaToya Warren, MPA, MSW and Kurt R. Emmerling, M.Ed, NCC, LPC

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Now Is The Time!

Now Is The Time!

Achieva, along with other members of the Provider Alliance (TPA), is fervently advocating for the funding needed to ensure people with Intellectual Disabilities and Autism (ID/A) can receive necessary services. TPA urges Governor Wolf and the General Assembly to use the funding available from...

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Achieva can help with disability employment.

Achieva can help with disability employment.

October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month. Achieva is known to many as a "go-to" organization when it comes to disability employment. If you're a person with a disability, you can get assistance by either contacting Achieva directly or working with someone from one of several...

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