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Social Security Cost-of-Living Adjustment (COLA) Information for 2023

Social Security Cost-of-Living Adjustment (COLA) Information for 2023

In December 2022, Social Security COLA notices will be available online to most beneficiaries in the Message Center of their my Social Security account. This is a secure, convenient way to receive COLA notices online and save the message for later.

Pittsburgh artist Maggie Kambic has 'a following overseas.'

Pittsburgh artist Maggie Kambic has 'a following overseas.'

Ms. Kambic, who has Down syndrome, also developed an original pictographic written language. She uses it to title and explain her art, which spans the mediums of fiber, mixed media painting and sculpture — a "pretty rare" mixture of abilities for any artist.

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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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Social Security, SSI Benefits Set To Increase

Social Security, SSI Benefits Set To Increase

People with disabilities receiving Supplemental Security Income and other Social Security benefits are set to see the biggest rise in their monthly payments since 1982. The change is the result of an automatic cost-of-living adjustment, or COLA, which is tied to inflation.

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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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State officials must work to avert collapse of intellectual disability/autism system

Latrobe Bulletin (Editorial by Nancy Murray, President, The Arc of Greater Pittsburgh)

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October is National Special Needs Law Month

October is National Special Needs Law Month

The National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys has designated October as "National Special Needs Law Month." In honor of National Special Needs Law Month, Achieva Family Trust would like to take this opportunity to remind readers of the importance of future planning for individuals with disabilities.

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'We're beginning to see the collapse of the system'

As the economy continues to reemerge from the pandemic, many employers say they are having a hard time hiring enough workers for all their open positions. But one sector was already facing major staffing shortages prior to the coronavirus - providers for home and community-based services for...

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'We're beginning to see the collapse of the system': agencies that serve people with disabilities call for more funds to pay staff

'We're beginning to see the collapse of the system': agencies that serve people with disabilities call for more funds to pay staff

WESA FM (Nancy Murray, president of The Arc of Greater Pittsburgh and senior vice president at Achieva is quoted)

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Disability advocates are sounding the alarm over the funding and staffing crisis impacting care.

Staffing Crisis Impacting CareDisability advocates are sounding the alarm over the funding and staffing crisis impacting care. They say the problem is so severe that the system risks an eventual collapse unless the state government takes immediate action.

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Advocates say low pay and unreliable funding is putting intellectual disability system at risk of collapse

WITF

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We're Thankful For Direct Support Professionals!

Thank You Achieva DSPsEvery day, Direct Support Professionals (DSPs) impact the lives of the people they support. During Direct Support Professional Recognition Week (September 12-18, 2021), Intellectual and Developmental Disability (IDD) providers across the nation are given the opportunity to...

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The PA justice system often fails autistic people. Can these activists and judges bring reform?

The PA justice system often fails autistic people. Can these activists and judges bring reform?

Public Source (Lu Randall, executive director, Autism Connection of PA is quoted)

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Achieva embraces college-based programs for students with ID

The end of August is a time when young people are heading back to college, moving into their dorms or off-campus apartments, and getting ready to participate in all that a college experience has to offer. In recent years, a movement to create college-based programs for adults with intellectual...

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Achieva Adopts Official Person-Centered Planning Tool

Person-centered planning has long been a priority of Achieva. Adopting the Charting the LifeCourse (CtLC) Framework as our official person-centered planning tool ensures each employee has access to the training needed to implement the model. This September, every Achieva employee will learn more...

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PA's Single-Payer System Desperate for Rate Increase

Pennsylvania's Department of Human Services (DHS) received a 10 percent increase in the federal share it receives for services funded by Medicaid. So far, the state hasn't committed to directing any of those funds (which total in the hundreds of mi

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How to spend $400 billion on home care? Pennsylvania plan to bump pay offers some clues

Pittsburgh Post Gazette

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Awards of Excellence Call for Nominations

Achieva's Awards of Excellence honors a group of extraordinary individuals and remarkable organizations who work hard on behalf of people with disabilities and exemplify Achieva's mission to advocate for, empower and support people with disabilities and their families throughout their lives.

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Vote To Merge Six Pennsylvania Universities In State System Expected Today

WESA The Confluence (11:33 - 21:30) Nancy Murray and Karen OOsterhous

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Legislature, Governor Approve Important Budget and Education Bills

Last Friday night, the Pennsylvania Senate unanimously passed Senate Bill 664, Optional Year of Education Due to COVID-19; and yesterday, Governor Wolf signed the bill into law. This bill allows an additional school year for students aging out (21 years old) of special education.

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The Generosity of Achieva Supporters

On June 5th, Achieva held its annual "Pittsburgh Promenade" - an affair traditionally held in person for hundreds of people who come together dressed in their finest attire for an evening of fun, food, and drink. This year, like last, the promenade and silent auction event was held virtually.

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Enjoy Music, Art, and a Special Guest at the Pittsburgh Promenade

Although the Promenade may look different this year, the dedication to our mission to help support and empower people with disabilities remains at the heart of this event.

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Achieva's DEI Mission, Vision & Goals

In 2019, the Achieva Board of Trustees adopted a refreshed "Strategic Vision" and plan to move our family of organizations forward and position it for the future. Seven strategic priorities were adopted as part of that process, and one of those seven strategic priorities is to develop and pursue...

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Safety Net Organizations Ask Pennsylvania For Additional Funds

WESA 90.5

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