Achieva and The Arc Erie County Announce Affiliation

Organization

The Achieva Family

Achieva and its group of organizations are affiliated with
The Arc of Pennsylvania and The Arc of the United States.

Achieva Family of organizations chart: Achieva: Achieva Support, Achieva Resource, The Arc of Greater Pittsburgh > The Arc of Erie County, Achieva Family Trust, Autism Connection of Pennsylvania

Achieva Support encompasses the majority of Achieva’s service offerings including Achieva Business Services, Community Supported Living, Early Intervention, Employment Supports, and Community Supported Living.

Achieva Resource comprises Achieva’s finance, facilities, communications and development departments.

Achieva Family Trust helps people with disabilities and their families plan for the future and enhance their lives through special needs trusts. 

The Arc of Greater Pittsburgh and its subsidiary, The Arc Erie County, ensure that families have access to information, support, and advocacy and policymakers and legislators are informed about disability issues. 

Autism Connection of Pennsylvania is a lifeline for families and individuals affected by autism providing education, advocacy and support. Visit the Autism Connection of Pennsylvania's website.

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

The following diversity, equity, and inclusion “definitions, mission, and vision” were adopted by the Achieva Board of Directors on May 10, 2021
 
 

Diversity

Diversity happens when we respect all unique perspectives, so everyone feels represented.

At Achieva, what is different about a person is what makes their perspective vital.

When building a person-centered culture, we view one another as individuals who are greater than the sum of their individual experiences.

Equity

Equity happens when we level the playing field so everyone can take advantage of resources and opportunities. 

At Achieva, we understand that barriers can exist that prevent many people, and certainly people with disabilities, from having the same opportunities as others. We are committed to recognize and remove these obstacles so the people we serve, our team, and our communities feel they are treated fairly and are free to thrive.

Inclusion

Inclusion happens when we grant and accept inclusion from others, so every person feels safe, respected, connected, and valued for who they are.

At Achieva, we believe that inclusion is more than just representation. We cultivate an evolving culture where we are encouraged to take and make space with our authentic, whole selves resulting in a community where we ALL feel mutually connected to one another.

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Mission

Achieva aspires to build an inclusive and equitable world for every person we serve from every type of diverse background. In order to facilitate this, we must understand the people we serve by reflecting their diversity and ensure our team and Board feel the Achieva culture is inclusive and equitable. We do this with the recognition that a truly inclusive culture is possible only when we remove obstacles to resources and opportunities for everyone.  When people on a diverse team feel included, they feel respected, work better, are more creative, and will contribute toward our common goal.

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Vision

Achieva works every day to make the world inclusive and equitable for people with disabilities. We will only be truly serving our community when we reflect the community; we must ensure that the makeup of the people we serve is representative of all diverse backgrounds within our communities. With this in mind, we aim to meet the following goals:

  • Goal 1: Evolve our base of people we serve to reflect the demographics of our community
  • Goal 2: Evolve our Board and staff at all levels to reflect the demographics of our community
  • Goal 3: Every client, staff member and board member feel included
  • Goal 4: Every obstacle to resources and opportunities is removed for every person we serve, staff member and board member

 
Also, as a chapter of The Arc, Achieva supports the diversity vision of The Arc of the United States.