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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.

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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Ongoing investment in disability services needed to address backlogs, says Achieva vice president

Ongoing investment in disability services needed to address backlogs, says Achieva vice president

On today's episode of The Confluence:The Pennsylvania Office of Developmental Programs (ODP) has an initiative to utilize up to $40 million in American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funds to help address gaps in services for residents with autism and intellectual disabilities.

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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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March is Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month

March is Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month

Each March, the National Association of Councils on Developmental Disabilities (NACDD) and our partners work together to create a social media campaign that highlights the many ways in which people with and without disabilities come together to form strong, diverse communities.

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Shapiro Budget Disappoints

Shapiro Budget Disappoints

Families and advocates for people with intellectual disabilities and autism (ID/A) had hoped the new governor's first state budget proposal would include new funds to cover the higher costs of delivering services due to inflation.

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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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Achieva Early Intervention's Books at Birth Initiative Expands to AHN Jefferson Hospital

Achieva Early Intervention's Books at Birth Initiative Expands to AHN Jefferson Hospital

Achieva's innovative Books at Birth initiative is now encouraging literacy and caregiver empowerment at a third Pittsburgh-area healthcare facility: Allegheny Health Network's Jefferson Hospital in the South Hills.

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Books at Birth Jefferson Launch

Books at Birth Jefferson Launch

Achieva Early Intervention's innovative Books at Birth initiative is now encouraging literacy and caregiver empowerment at a third Pittsburgh-area healthcare facility: Allegheny Health Network's Jefferson Hospital in the South Hills.

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New Chair Takes EFOC Reins

New Chair Takes EFOC Reins

The EFOC was created when Act 36 of 2018 was passed by the legislature and signed by Governor Tom Wolf.

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2023 SNAP and Medicaid Updates

2023 SNAP and Medicaid Updates

The Achieva Family Trust Benefits Counseling Program has received calls concerning the 2023 Social Security Cost-of-Living Adjustments. Here is what individuals can expect with each benefit.

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For the bullied, the bullies or the bystanders, this Achieva Advocacy presentation is for you

For the bullied, the bullies or the bystanders, this Achieva Advocacy presentation is for you

Several advocates noted an influx of bullying-related calls, but they weren't all about victims. In some cases, the calls were from concerned loved ones of known — or suspected — bullies.

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Words Matter

Words Matter

Words matter. The campaign to end the "R" word and using the word "people" instead of "client" may help facilitate change. However, the change is not sustainable if real action is not taken to correct and prevent devaluing systems and beliefs.

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Western Pa. school staffing shortages leave special education students struggling, families say

Western Pa. school staffing shortages leave special education students struggling, families say

Before bedtime last school year, Melissa Skiffen sat with her son and showed him a picture of the new teacher assistant in his classroom to make him more comfortable with the person who would help him throughout the next day.

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Achieva Family Trust Celebrates Silver Anniversary

Achieva Family Trust Celebrates Silver Anniversary

The Achieva Family Trust is celebrating its 25th Anniversary of serving as corporate trustee for special needs trusts for people with disabilities. A member of the Achieva Family of Organizations, Achieva Family Trust was established in 1998.

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Achieva Family Trust Celebrates 25 Years!

Achieva Family Trust Celebrates 25 Years!

2023 is an exciting year for Achieva Family Trust. It marks our 25th year serving as corporate trustee for special needs trusts for people with disabilities!

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Happy Holidays

Happy Holidays

Achieva wishes you a Wonderful Holiday Season and the Happiest of New Years!

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New Year, New Opportunities

New Year, New Opportunities

On behalf of the entire Achieva Family of Organizations, I want to wish everyone a happy new year. Ushering in a new calendar year is more than just a way to mark time - it's symbolic of renewal, fresh starts, and new opportunities.

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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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PA ABLE Savings Program Announces Updates

PA ABLE Savings Program Announces Updates

A PA ABLE (Pennsylvania Achieving a Better Life Experience Act) Account is a useful tool that allows individuals with disabilities to save money without jeopardizing receipt of their government benefits.

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A New Day, New Opportunities

A New Day, New Opportunities

With the recent elections, Pennsylvania will soon experience a new governor, some new state representatives and senators, and likely new control of the state House of Representatives once all 203 state representatives are seated. Are all these changes for the better? Time will tell.

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Achieva's Own Nancy Murray Selected for Shapiro-Davis Transition Role

Achieva's Own Nancy Murray Selected for Shapiro-Davis Transition Role

Nancy Murray, President of The Arc of Greater Pittsburgh and a Senior Vice President of Achieva, has been selected by the transition team for Governor-Elect Josh Shapiro and Lieutenant Governor-Elect Austin Davis to serve as a member of the Health and Human Services.

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