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Act Now: Sign on to Improve Dental Care Access for Pennsylvanians with IDDs

Act Now: Sign on to Improve Dental Care Access for Pennsylvanians with IDDs

Make a difference in dental care inclusivity for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) in Pennsylvania. You have the opportunity to support a crucial initiative that would support equitable access to dental care for the 1 in 4 Pennsylvanians with a disability.

Disability Pride: Under the Tent

Disability Pride:  Under the Tent

Disability Pride Pittsburgh | Saturday, August 26, 2023 | 11 a.m.- 4 p.m. Saturday's festivities will begin with stage performances, emceed by comedian Gab Bonesso, and a parade around Schenley Plaza at 11 a.m.

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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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Centers for Disease Control (CDC) Finds 'Significant Increase' In Kids With Developmental Disabilities

Centers for Disease Control (CDC) Finds 'Significant Increase' In Kids With Developmental Disabilities

The number of children with developmental disabilities is on the rise with new data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention showing that nearly 1 in 11 kids are diagnosed with autism, intellectual disability or developmental delay.

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State Officials Shift Burden to Private Donors

State Officials Shift Burden to Private Donors

Non-profits like Achieva deliver home and community-based services to people with disabilities because the state has chosen it prefers to pay non-government entities to provide such services rather than having state-owned and operated facilities do it.

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Local running store hosts Labor Day race in support of autism nonprofit

Local running store hosts Labor Day race in support of autism nonprofit

Gingerbread Man Running Co., a store for runners with locations in Indiana and Greensburg, has hosted the Run for Autism benefiting Autism Connection of PA since 2018.

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Two Rivers, 30 Minutes

Two Rivers, 30 Minutes

July is Disability Pride Month. How does Achieva help people with disabilities? Who does it serve? What kinds of resources are available for disabled people in Western Pennsylvania?

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Not a Priority for Governor Shapiro, House, or Senate

Not a Priority for Governor Shapiro, House, or Senate

Six days late, the legislature passed a state budget - one that had funding cut for services for people with intellectual disabilities and autism (ID/A). The governor's office, calling it "a budget that delivers on Governor Shapiro's key priorities" approves.

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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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Disability Related Home Modifications - How Achieva Family Trust Can Help!

Disability Related Home Modifications - How Achieva Family Trust Can Help!

Allegheny County has created a Whole-Home Repairs Program which began taking applications on May 30th, 2023. The program, administered by ACTION-Housing, has $12 million dollars available for grants for eligible Allegheny County homeowners.

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Nancy Murray Honored During Advocacy & Policy Day Conference

Nancy Murray Honored During Advocacy & Policy Day Conference

Nancy Murray was honored for her advocacy and grassroots impact on the supports and services of people with disabilities. She received the M.J. Bartelmay, Jr. Excellence in Advocacy Award from The Arc of Pennsylvania.

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Editorial: It's past time to fully fund state disability services

Editorial: It's past time to fully fund state disability services

The Arc of Pennsylvania executive director Sherri Landis and The Arc of Pittsburgh president Nancy Murray have been tireless advocates for state funding that acknowledges the dignity of people with ID/A, and the work of those who care for them.

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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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A mom of children with intellectual disabilities asks: When will it be our turn? | Opinion

A mom of children with intellectual disabilities asks: When will it be our turn? | Opinion

Families have become the safety net for the very system that was created to support them. The crisis in the ID/A community is getting worse every day, and we desperately need all of our legislators to make this a funding priority.

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Disability Employment Highlighted at Dan Miller Summit

Disability Employment Highlighted at Dan Miller Summit

People with disabilities are one of the largest untapped labor pools in our economy. While the labor participation rate for adults with disabilities is typically half that of those without disabilities, the disability unemployment rate is consistently twice the rate of people without disabilities.

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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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Achieva Family Trust Recognizes Two Important Observations in May

Achieva Family Trust Recognizes Two Important Observations in May

The National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (NAELA) has designated May "Elder Law Month." NAELA members are attorneys who are experienced and trained in working with the legal problems of aging Americans and people of all ages with disabilities.

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System For Individuals With Intellectual Disabilities, Autism Will Collapse Without Increased State Aid, Advocates Say

System For Individuals With Intellectual Disabilities, Autism Will Collapse Without Increased State Aid, Advocates Say

Health and human services organizations ask General Assembly for $430 million increase to stop further termination of programs, closure of facilities.

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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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Diverse Mission-Sustaining Revenue Sources

Diverse Mission-Sustaining Revenue Sources

A charitable non-profit corporation like Achieva is constantly thinking about financial resources to sustain its mission and provide high-quality services.

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College Programs for Students With Intellectual Disabilities Grow With Little Oversight

College Programs for Students With Intellectual Disabilities Grow With Little Oversight

It was never a question of whether Kellyn Donahoe would go to college like her four older siblings. However, when her mother started to look for viable options for her daughter with Down syndrome near their home in northeast Ohio, she was surprised and disappointed...

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Brothers lost in Pittsburgh synagogue shooting remembered for their kindness, love for others

Brothers lost in Pittsburgh synagogue shooting remembered for their kindness, love for others

The Rosenthal Family is sharing cherished pictures and memories of the four siblings: Cecil is the oldest, then Diane, then David, and Michele is the youngest. The sisters are also sharing what they say is their brothers' legacy of genuine kindness and true love for people.

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Pennsylvania launches program to teach students disability inclusion

Pennsylvania launches program to teach students disability inclusion

School districts across the state, including those in Western Pennsylvania, could soon implement new curriculum focusing on political and historical contributions made by people with disabilities.

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Transition to Employment Conference

Transition to Employment Conference

Don't Miss the Transition to Employment Conference Sponsored by The Arc Erie County A conference for graduating students, families, transition coordinators, and service coordinators with speakers from Achieva Family Trust and the Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry.

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Pittsburgh Promenade A Success

Pittsburgh Promenade A Success

Achieva's annual Pittsburgh Promenade on Saturday, March 25th, commemorated the 25th anniversary of Achieva Family Trust and recognized Richard and Mary Beth McQuillis, siblings who work for Achieva and also received a grant from the Family Trust Charitable Residual Program.

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