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Disability leaders call on the General Assembly to increase funding for home healthcare workers | Opinion

Disability leaders call on the General Assembly to increase funding for home healthcare workers | Opinion

Disability Leaders Look to General Assembly with Optimism As leaders of intellectual disability and autism (ID/A) services, we have been raising our voices about the unsustainable staffing/direct support professional (DSP) crisis in our community.

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Advocates push for more state funds for disability services and higher wages for workers

Advocates push for more state funds for disability services and higher wages for workers

Advocates for people with disabilities are pushing for additional millions in the Commonwealth's budget in the next fiscal year to raise wages and shore up staffing for home and community-based services.

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College programs for students with disabilities are growing in Western PA, but some have faced challenges

College programs for students with disabilities are growing in Western PA, but some have faced challenges

As their peers without disabilities graduate high school and embark on college journeys, students in these programs are able to follow a similar path.

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Count The Trout At Wholey's: Raising Money For Achieva Of Pennsylvania

Count The Trout At Wholey's: Raising Money For Achieva Of Pennsylvania

KDKATV Wholey's in the Strip District is raising money and rewarding one winner with a gift card if they can guess the number of fish in the live tank.

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On A Positive Note: Lesson In Kindness From Mt. Lebanon School District Students

On A Positive Note: Lesson In Kindness From Mt. Lebanon School District Students

Sixth-grader Holden Frye returned to his elementary school, Hoover Elementary, to read his new book "The Spot" to students during an assembly. It's the highlight of the school's celebration of inclusion.

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Jillian Zacks honored with Shore-Whitehill Award

Jillian Zacks honored with Shore-Whitehill Award

The award, given annually by the Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh and Jewish Residential Services, celebrates volunteers who promote the inclusion of people with disabilities in the fabric of Jewish life through advocacy or direct service to those individuals and their families.

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Achieva Announces Partnership Between Erie and Pittsburgh Sites

Southwestern Pennsylvania-based Achieva, a disability advocacy and service organization, has announced its affiliation of The Arc Erie County with The Arc of Greater Pittsburgh, a member of the Achieva Family of Organizations.

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Gov. Wolf and the legislature must raise wages now for home workers caring for people with disabilities | PennLive Editorial

Gov. Wolf and the legislature must raise wages now for home workers caring for people with disabilities | PennLive Editorial

Families of people with disabilities are pleading with Gov. Tom Wolf and the legislature to help. They are asking them to work together to raise the wages of the DSPs.

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Low pay is causing a staffing crisis for disability care. Advocates say Pa.'s plan to raise wages isn't enough

Low pay is causing a staffing crisis for disability care. Advocates say Pa.'s plan to raise wages isn't enough

Pennsylvania is facing a dire shortage of direct support professionals who help people with intellectual and developmental disabilities bathe, get dressed, eat, exercise, socialize, and perform many other fundamental tasks.

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Feds approve Pennsylvania's plan to distribute more than $1 billion in pandemic funds for Medicaid services

Feds approve Pennsylvania's plan to distribute more than $1 billion in pandemic funds for Medicaid services

The state's plan for the money focuses on increasing access to home and community-based services and staffing for those services. Addressing staff recruitment and retention is key, said Nancy Murray, president of the Arc of Greater Pittsburgh and senior vice president at Achieva.

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

WITF

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

Pittsburgh Post Gazette

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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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Safety Net Organizations Ask Pennsylvania For Additional Funds

WESA 90.5

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Devaluing people with disabilities

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

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'Love Like the Boys' spreads cheer as David and Cecil did

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

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Achieva and Autism Connection create new affiliation (12:01 - 18:00)

WESA-FM

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While You Were Sleeping

Abrams Nation

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New Achieva and Autism Connection affiliation will benefit people within the Disability Community

Pittsburgh Parent

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People on the move: 12/21/2020 - Awards and Honors

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

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Pittsburgh Steelers' Cam Heyward Donates Cleats To Benefit Community, Tree Of Life Synagogue Shooting Victims

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One in a Million Award recipient: David Tinker

Multiplying Good

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