Achieva Family Trust's Future Planning Conference
We're seeking an experienced advocate and nonprofit leader.
The President of The Arc of Greater Pittsburgh provides overall leadership for The Arc of Greater Pittsburgh, an affiliate organization within The Achieva Family of Organizations.

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Planning for the Future - Empowering People on the Autism Spectrum

5 Oct 2023
8:00 AM - 3:30 PM
Allegheny Intermediate Unit
475 E Waterfront Dr.
Homestead, PA 15120


Planning for the Future - Empowering People on the Autism Spectrum

Schedule of Sessions

In-person registration with continental breakfast provided.
Opening remarks by Amy Dolan Strano, Esq, President of Achieva Family Trust

Presenter: Delaine Swearman

Delaine is a self-advocate on the spectrum, who can describe her personal experiences with successes and challenges.

Presenter: Lu Randall, President, Autism Connection of PA

Lu will talk about the autistic brain, how it is built differently and how to support people with these differences in play, school, work, and home environments so they can live their best lives in the community. 
Speaker: Heather Conroy, Executive Director, Evolve Coaching

Heather will provide an overview of the types of supports offered by Evolve Coaching and her experience with successful approaches for autistic and other neurodiverse college students and job seekers.
Family Panel Discussion regarding the personal experiences of parents and adults on the spectrum in trying to seek community services and supports.
Presenter: Jacquelyn Connell, Esq., Vice President, Achieva Family Trust

Individuals with disabilities and their families have options when it comes to saving for the future, while protecting vital government benefits. This presentation will review the basics of Special Needs Trusts and ABLE Accounts and how they might be applied to a future plan with the goal of enhancing the quality of life for individuals.  

*If you have any accommodations or dietary restrictions, please email Patty Yerina at

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For questions, or to register by phone or email:
412.995.5000 x589


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