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Pa. human service officials say budget proposal will eliminate wait list for disability services

Pa. human service officials say budget proposal will eliminate wait list for disability services

More than 6,000 Pennsylvanians with intellectual disabilities or autism are on an "emergency" state waiting list: meaning they need services and supports now but aren't getting them.

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Allegheny County cutting education specialist positions who help students with special needs

Allegheny County cutting education specialist positions who help students with special needs

More than 100 students using Allegheny County's special education services will see changes next school year after officials announced the elimination of three education specialist positions, a decision already receiving pushback from local advocacy groups.

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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.

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Self-Advocates Amplify Voices During Governor Shapiro's Visit to Achieva

Self-Advocates Amplify Voices During Governor Shapiro's Visit to Achieva

President and CEO of Achieva, Steve Suroviec, welcomed the governor to Achieva's headquarters during a recent visit and press conference. Achieva employee Erin Grimes spoke along with two women she supports, Sierra & Christy Wechtenhiser, about the impact of budget deficiencies.

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Pennsylvania Recognized During National 2024 Charting The LifeCourse Showcase

Pennsylvania Recognized During National 2024 Charting The LifeCourse Showcase

During the 2024 Charting the LifeCourse Showcase held in Kansas City, Missouri, two representatives of Pennsylvania's support professional cohort were recognized for their work.

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Shapiro visits Pittsburgh, talks about enhancing resources for people with intellectual disabilities and autism

Shapiro visits Pittsburgh, talks about enhancing resources for people with intellectual disabilities and autism

PITTSBURGH — Workers who provide services to people living with intellectual disabilities and autism said there's a shortage of employees across the country. Gov. Josh Shapiro said his proposed budget will help with that problem.

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How Shapiro's plan would boost intellectual disability/autism care and worker pay in Pennsylvania

How Shapiro's plan would boost intellectual disability/autism care and worker pay in Pennsylvania

The funding will "ensure that a continuum of care and education and opportunity is available for the ID/A community across Pennsylvania," Shapiro said.

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Unheard Voices: Shedding Light on the Overlooked Dental Care Challenges of I/DD Populations

Unheard Voices: Shedding Light on the Overlooked Dental Care Challenges of I/DD Populations

In the silent corridors of healthcare access, individuals with IDD often find themselves trapped in a cycle of overlooked oral health struggles.

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Governor Shapiro's Budget is a Lifeline for Families and Individuals with Intellectual Disabilities and Autism

Governor Shapiro's Budget is a Lifeline for Families and Individuals with Intellectual Disabilities and Autism

Today, I thank Governor Josh Shapiro for listening to families and making a commitment to them by proposing a historic increase in funding that will provide urgently needed services for more than half of the people on Pennsylvania's emergency waiting list.

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911th CS gives its appreciation to custodial staff

911th CS gives its appreciation to custodial staff

November, designated as National Month of Gratitude, provided an opportune moment for the 911th Communications Squadron to reflect on the contributions of Achieva's custodial team.

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Pittsburgh nonprofits hope Giving Tuesday will inspire generosity for essential programs

Pittsburgh nonprofits hope Giving Tuesday will inspire generosity for essential programs

After shoppers spent a record $9.8 billion in online sales for Black Friday, the annual "Giving Tuesday" fundraising event is here to inspire a spirit of generosity as the holiday season kicks off.

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Governor Shapiro's Bold commitment to the ID/A community: A beacon of hope

Governor Shapiro's Bold commitment to the ID/A community: A beacon of hope

Some battles stretch on for decades in the realm of public advocacy. For people with intellectual disabilities and autism (ID/A) and for their families, this has been a harsh reality as they struggle navigating bureaucracy and underfunding.

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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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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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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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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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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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Good Remembrance

Good Remembrance

Two of the Tree of Life shooting's 11 victims were Cecil and David Rosenthal, brothers whose special needs were served, in part, by regional support organization Achieva. In their memory, Achieva established the Cecil and David Rosenthal Memorial Fund in 2018.

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Buddy Walk Takes Over Erie Sports Center

Buddy Walk Takes Over Erie Sports Center

The first weekend of fall was a good time to walk for a good cause. The Buddy Walk took over Erie Sports Center on Saturday morning. The Buddy Walk helps raise money for those with disabilities. The day began with registration and breakfast.

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'Buddy Walk' taking place at Erie Sports Center this weekend

'Buddy Walk' taking place at Erie Sports Center this weekend

The Arc of Erie County's "Buddy Walk" is set for this Saturday as a way to celebrate children and adults with disabilities as well as their families. Fontaine Glenn was live at the Erie Sports Center with more on Saturday's event.

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The health care industry's biggest challenge after the pandemic? Staffing

The health care industry's biggest challenge after the pandemic? Staffing

Achieva's Nancy Murray weighs in on how the pandemic has impacted healthcare for people with disabilities, and what the future holds for our region.

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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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