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Last Updated 11/14/23

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Pennsylvania Forum: #NextGenInclusion

Toward Increasing Inclusion in Schools


November 30th, 2023

9:30 am to 4:30 pm

Harrisburg Hilton

For: Pennsylvania Self-Advocates and Family Leaders


Join us Mondays and Wednesdays!


Register today!

 PA ABLE Programming


Join us for free webinars for individuals with disabilities, families and professionals to learn more about the PA ABLE Savings Program.


Learn about the PA ABLE Savings Program!

A PA ABLE Savings Program account gives individuals with qualified disabilities (Eligible Individuals), and their families and friends a tax-free way to save for a wide range of disability-related expenses while maintaining government benefits. The state and federal tax-free investment options are offered to encourage Eligible Individuals and their families to save private funds to support health, independence, and quality of life.

To help you learn about the important features and benefits of PA ABLE, the Pennsylvania Treasury Department is hosting free webinars.

Some of the topics that we will discuss include: eligibility requirements for opening a PA ABLE account, the federal and state tax benefits of PA ABLE, and how PA ABLE account interacts with current benefits.


Nov. 14, 2023 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

Sib Shop Project





Proud to be me dance


Where: Online (Zoom)

When: Mondays 7 – 7:30pm and Saturdays 5:30 – 6:00 pm

This virtual dance class is for children of preschool to middle school age who have disabilities. The class is designed to assist with refining motor, communication, concentration, social skills and provide a positive environment to have fun.

Register today!



Free training for Conflict Resolution for Families and Schools


Contact us to learn more about scheduling a conflict resolution skills session. These virtual trainings are free for schools and families. Learn more

Include Me

We love our work helping Pennsylvania School Districts to expand effective inclusive practices for educating students with significant disabilities in general education classrooms and the school community. Contact us if you are interested in bringing this free program to YOUR school district! Learn more

Self Advocates Power Events


We say self advocate a lot, but do you know what a self advocate is?

A self advocate is a person who speaks up for themselves and the things that are important to them!

Here at SAU1, all things are done to support the self advocacy of people with disabilities for positive impact in our communities and in people’s lives.

Do you or someone you know or love have a disability?

Join us at a power event! Learn about power events!

Free Sign Language Classes


Oklahoma School for the Deaf is offering free online ASL classes.  If you have always wanted to learn ASL but cost has prevented you, this is a great opportunity. 

Access the courses

ASL 1 and ASL 2 pre recorded self guided classes.  Great resource for parents and teachers wanting to learn ASL.

Early Intervention Survey


 The 2023 EI Family Survey is now open through June 30, 2023.

Please share with families of children receiving services in the infant toddler and 3-5 EI programs.

There are 20 questions that can be completed in 5-10 minutes online. The survey is available in English and Spanish

 Hand in Hand Family Resource Center



A Sibling Support Program for the siblings (age 6 - 14) of individuals with disabilities. 

Fun activities and snacks! What else do you need?


Variety Children's Charity


Waymart Church Sensory Rooms 1:1 Support


Resource Corner
These resources are provided for informational purposes  

  PA Developmental Disabilities Council: Disability Inclusive Curriculum


DISABILITY INCLUSIVE CRRICULUM - The Pennsylvania House & Senate, concurred, and included "providing for disability inclusive curriculum and establishing the Disability Inclusive Curriculum Pilot Program" in the PA Education code. We are very proud of the hard work of our Stigma project grantee Disability Equality in Education & everyone who worked to accomplish this! Learn about Disability Inclusive Curriculum.

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ACCESS National Parks 

bird, wheat, accessibility symbol America the beautiful the national parks and federal recreation lands pass Access

A free, lifetime pass - available to U.S. citizens or permanent residents of the United States that have been medically determined to have a permanent disability (does not have to be a 100% disability) - that provides admittance to more than 2,000 recreation sites managed by five Federal agencies.

At many sites the Access Pass provides the pass owner a discount on Expanded Amenity Fees (such as camping, swimming, boat launching, and guided tours).

$10 document processing fee

Visit USGS Store to learn more and apply



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 Visit Art-Reach to learn more about this wonderful program and 

how individuals with disabilities can get discounted tickets to 60+ museums, gardens, theaters, and cultural sites through the ACCESS program. 

Have a child over 3 who is not potty-trained? You could get diapers through Medical Assistance.

The Pennsylvania Department of Human Services reports that if your child is over the age of 3 and is still not potty trained, you may be eligible to obtain free diapers through Medical Assistance.

 ​Medicaid and Medicaid HMO’s will only cover the supplies if the child is older than 3 years of age and if a physician deems them medically necessary. You will be required to obtain a prescription, authorization, or a referral, in lieu of a prescription from your primary care physician. Contact your managed care organization for specific information.

LFT Meeting schedule and Brochure



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Hazleton Autism Family Support Hub: Adult Testing

Do you know an adult wondering if they, themselves have autism, but don't know where to go to be tested?

 Check out this video detailing the experience!

Learn more about Hazleton Autism Family Supoort Hub.

Inclusive Community Advocates

Are you a part of a group that wants to be more aware and accepting of autism, but you don't know where to go for training, it's too expensive, or the offerings do not quite fit your needs? Check out our partnership within the ACCE between Goodwill Industries, Children's Service Center, and Misericordia UniversityThey offer a free, customized training to fit your group or organization's needs. Virtual and in-person options available!


 Email Ann Gillerlane to ask questions or schedule your training today!

  Autism and Neurodiversity First Responder training program

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The Mansfield University Autism Resource Center is pleased to work with the Mansfield University Municipal Police Academy to integrate training related to working with neurodiverse populations to enhance community relations and experiences.

Learn more about the Autism and Neurodiversity First Responder Training Program

Dragon Tales Reading and Art Program

Parenting Autism United
Storytime run by dragons, superheroes and monsters.
Engaging and vibrant readers host a book reading with a matching craft for your class, group, or location.
Crafts and art projects will be part of each Dragon Tales event.
Volunteers can always be helpful in readings, crafts, and setup/cleanup.
This program is designed for families with a child on the Autism Spectrum but is inclusive to help our community learn about awareness, acceptance, inclusion and education!

Check Out All the Wonderful Happenings at The Y! 

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The Greater Scranton YMCA 

We Are Y is an inclusive community outreach program that provides individuals with intellectual or developmental disabilities access to recreational activities that encourage staying active, building interpersonal relationships, self-sufficiency, and aid in developing cognitive abilities. Activities Rotate Weekly! 

Free and open to Greater Scranton YMCA members and non-members ages 10 and up, who have developmental disabilities. 

When: Every Wednesday, 5:30-6:30pm 

Where: Greater Scranton YMCA - 706 N. Blakely Street, Dunmore, pa 18512 

For more information, please contact Natalie at 

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Wayne County YMCA 

The "A-Team" Wayne County YMCA seeks to provide opportunities on the Autism Spectrum to gather in a non-threatening environment. 

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Greater Carbondale YMCA 

A Spectrum of Fun Autism Family Nights 

Swimming, pizza, socialization, and understanding! 

Please call 570-282-2210 for a schedule of dates & times - a $10 donation per family. 

Where: Greater Carbondale YMCA - 82 N. Main St. Carbondale 

Brighter Jouneys Going the Extra Mile
Flyer Brighter Journeys Going the Extra Mile Program
Check out this amazing program to help families obtain items out of reach and not covered by insurance!

ACCE Executive Hub

The University of Scranton has amazing programs. Want to learn more about them, check out our video!

Parent/Caregiver Interest Group 

Come Join Us!

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What is it?

A group where parents and caregivers can meet to share ideas, interests, and meet new people.

When do you meet?

We meet on Zoom every Thursday from 6:30-7:30PM Eastern time except holidays. Register

Therapeutic Tabletop Role Playing Group (TTRPG) Join now!
TTRPG uses role playing game as therapeutic and clinical practice to benefit
  • personal growth
  • social development
  • self-advocacy skills

Free, grant-funded groups available virtually and in-person group (Hazleton)

10 to adult with autism and/or related soical or communication impairments

Call 570-861-8311 or email 

 Learn about the TTRPG program

Watch a Video about our TTRPG Program

 Check out the brochure!


Geisinger ADMI Professional Training Program--ACT 48 Credits Now AVAILABLE
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University of Scranton Applied Behavior Analysis, MS
Take your education  to the next level. Apply Now!
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Misericordia University: Integrated Studies Program for Students with Autism
Misericordia is offering a new, inclusive, post-secondary certificate program designed specifically for students with moderate Autism, with or without co-morbid disorders, and Intellectual Disability.

Integrated Studies is a full-time, college-based, 2-year program specifically designed for students between the ages of 18-26 and gives prospective students access to a full-time inclusive and supported program of study.

Greater Carbondale YMCA 

Autism Swim Nights and Outings  

  • 82 N. Street Carbondale, PA 18407
  • Call 570-282-2210 for details! 

SAFE Piano Lessons


Piano Lessons! Lessons are available in the Wilkes-Barre Area

Members Only!

Call (570)822-7259



 Turn to Us: SPECTRUM Sensory GYM

Our Gym is made possible by St. Luke's Miners Campus and AllOne Foundation
A sensory gym is a specialized designed space to help an individual with sensory issues learn to regulate their brain’s negative reactions to external stimuli by developing coping skills for these experiences.  The gym offers a variety of benefits: calming effects, stimulation, socialization, improved focus, motor skills development, cognitive development, and sensory development.

 Check back soon for updates!

 Parent/Caregiver Interest Group 

Come Join Us!

 couch night stand rug

What is it?

A group where parents and caregivers can meet to share ideas, interests, and meet new people.

When do you meet?

We meet on Zoom every Thursday from 6:30-7:30PM Eastern time except holidays. Register

 Safe Care


Parent Support Group Make yourself a priority!



PA Parent and Family Alliance

We’ve got a lot coming up this month! Register for this weeks support groups and learn about what else we’ve got coming up at the link below.

Register today!


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Parent to Parent of Pennsylvania is a one-to-one match between peer support parent and a parent seeking individualized support from a parent with similar experiences. Connect parents who have children with similar disabilties within the community!


If you are interested in a match, or simply learning more, please contact your regional coordinator at the phone number or email listed below!


Nicole Lindsay

NE Regional Office

(570) 780-0109

Start the match process


SASSY Autism Support Group

Now in Collaboration with the Autism Collaborative Centers of Excellence and UPMC

SASSY Autism Support Group

  • Focused discussion with montly topics
  • All ages welcome
  • Child care provided for RSVPs
  • Light Refreshments

First Thursday of each Month


River Valley Regional YMCA

641 Walnut Street, Williamsport PA

RSVP Esther Brennan



 Peal Center Trainings

  The Nuts and Bolts of Job Coaching


The Pennsylvania Department of Education, Bureau of Special Education is pleased to announce the following training opportunity.

This self-paced five-module online course provides participants with relevant information regarding the role of a Job Coach to support students in community-based work settings.

  • Target Audience: Paraprofessionals, other support staff, teachers, transition coordinators, special education directors, or anyone interested in this topic.
  • Registration Information Please register online by visiting the PaTTAN website at
  • For registration questions, contact: Kristen Olszyk,, 800-446-5607 x6848
  • For content related questions, contact: Kaylee Wynkoop,, 800-446-5607 x6888
  • Continuing Education Credit: Act 48 Clock Hours, Paraeducator Professional Development Hours/ Individuals participating in this course must successfully complete and submit all required coursework before the end date of this course to receive Act 48 Professional Education hours and Paraeducator Professional Development hours.

Location: Online







 Lots of happenings at SAFE


Parent Support Group Meeting

Speaker Dr. Sandra Kirchner PhD, BCBA

Dr. Kirchner will be having an open discussion on autism and mental health, providing information and resources for our families and individuals. This area is often hard to discuss and navigate for families, so we're bringin the resources to you. This is a safe space for discussion of difficult to discuss topics.

November 15th 6pm

The Graham Academy

1 institute Lane Kingston, PA


No child care? No worries-your children will have activities and pizza in the gyn with qualified Graham Staff.

 SAFE Autistic Artists @ The Graham


Teen Group 13-17

Fall Scenes

Using paint, pastels or colored pencils

Nov 21st @ 6:00-7:30pm

1 Institute Lane, Kingston PA


SAFE Teen Social Group 13-17



 Calling adventurers! Let the quest begin.

Play th E Dungeons and Dragon with our Dragon Master Janessa

Players of all skill levels welcome

Meet and greet will include character building and social time with your host and fellow adventurers.

Limited spots


Want to learn more about SAFE check out their Newsletter.

PAU Happenings


Santa's Workshop


Gifts for family, teachers, aides, behavior techs, friends, and more!

Grab-n-Go options! Choose gifts available at extremely low prices. $5 to make decorations at all 5 craft stations or mix & match! Snacks & light refreshments. MAYBE we’ll see some elves!

Winter Wonderland


Enjoy this family friendly activity while experiencing acceptance, awareness, inclusion, & education. Tailored to families with a child on the Autism Spectrum, but open to all ages & abilities.

LOCATED AT Parenting Autism United 313 Wyoming Ave, Wyoming, PA 18644 REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED

ARC Medicaid


🦠Pandemic-related protections for Medicaid coverage have ended & states across the country are re-determining the eligibility of all persons enrolled in Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP!

JOIN US on Tuesday, November 14th at 12:30PM for this FREE lunch & learn event!

This webinar will cover:

✔What the “unwinding” process to Medicaid & CHIP renewals was;

✔The current renewal process for Medicaid & CHIP coverage;

✔Overview of Medicare Open Enrollment and key actions for enrollees.

Special Education Alliance


𝐈𝐭'𝐬 𝐧𝐨𝐭 𝐭𝐨 𝐥𝐚𝐭𝐞 𝐭𝐨 𝐫𝐞𝐠𝐢𝐬𝐭𝐞𝐫 𝐟𝐨𝐫 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐟𝐢𝐫𝐬𝐭 𝐌𝐞𝐭𝐡𝐚𝐜𝐭𝐨𝐧 𝐒𝐄𝐀 𝐩𝐫𝐞𝐬𝐞𝐧𝐭𝐚𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧 𝐨𝐟 𝐭𝐡𝐢𝐬 𝐬𝐜𝐡𝐨𝐨𝐥 𝐲𝐞𝐚𝐫 𝐟𝐞𝐚𝐭𝐮𝐫𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐂𝐢𝐧𝐝𝐲 𝐃𝐮𝐜𝐡, 𝐟𝐫𝐨𝐦 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐏𝐄𝐀𝐋 𝐂𝐞𝐧𝐭𝐞𝐫. 𝐉𝐨𝐢𝐧 𝐮𝐬 𝐨𝐧 𝐙𝐨𝐨𝐦 𝐍𝐨𝐯𝐞𝐦𝐛𝐞𝐫 𝟏𝟓𝐭𝐡 𝐟𝐨𝐫 𝐂𝐢𝐧𝐝𝐲'𝐬 𝐩𝐫𝐞𝐬𝐞𝐧𝐭𝐚𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧 𝐨𝐧 “𝐁𝐮𝐢𝐥𝐝𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐀 𝐒𝐭𝐫𝐨𝐧𝐠 𝐈𝐄𝐏”.

Cindy is the Director of Individual Assistance at the PEAL Center. In addition to her work at the PEAL Center, Cindy is a 20-year member of the Local Task Force 3 (LTF3) for the Right to Education.  Cindy is a former member of the PA Rehabilitation Council and a current member of the OVR- Pittsburgh District Office Citizen Advisory Council. She is a Commissioner on the PA Employment First Oversight Commission. She also serves as a peer monitor assisting the PA Department of Education/Bureau of Special Education in monitoring the Special Education Departments of School Districts in Pennsylvania. Additionally, she represents PEAL on the Office for Dispute Resolution Stakeholder Council. Cindy lives in Allegheny County with her husband Jim and their two sons. She has a B.S.B.A. in Economics from Robert Morris University.

 Presentation Topics:

Identify the parts of the IEP and the importance of each one

List and define the key principles of IDEA

Discuss ways that families can provide meaningful input throughout the IEP process

Discuss how to prepare a "snapshot" of their child

Register today



Pennsylvania State Interagency Coordinating Council (SICC) invites families of children currently receiving Early Intervention (EI) services and parent co-chairs of the Local Interagency Coordinating Councils (LICC) to join the SICC Family Meet and Greet on Thursday, December 7th, 11:30am -12:15pm. This event takes place virtually through Zoom.

Register Today

The SICC Meet and Greet is an opportunity to connect with other EI families, learn more about the purpose of the State Interagency Coordinating Council and how families can be involved. The SICC meeting will follow at 12:30 pm, and participation is highly welcomed and encouraged but not required.

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 Virtual Events Schedule


🗓️We need YOUR help getting word out for our virtual events calendar for November!🗓️

Help get the word out by:

📣sharing this to your social feed, friends, and family.

❤️tagging someone in the comments that might like to attend

This month we are bringing you some of your favorite events, we have scheduled:

⚡ All About Jobs on Tues. Nov. 14, 10 - 11:30am & Thurs. Nov. 16, 1 - 2:30pm

⚡ All About Our Wellness on Tues. Nov. 28, 10 - 11:30am & Thurs. Nov. 30, 1 - 2:30pm

Stay up to date on all of our events and disability news is easy:

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⭐Subscribe to our newsletter at

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How to talk to your Kids about Money


New Free Webinar from Pennsylvania Assistive Technology Foundation PATF.

Developed for families of children with disabilities.

How to Talk to Your Children About Money

Date & Time:

November 15, 2023 06:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

Webinar Registration - Zoom


Hear from parents who have children with disabilities about when or how to have money conversations with their children. PATF's "Family Companion" is a guide for parents, created by parents, that includes resources, practical tips, activities, and more to help families introduce financial topics to their children. This webinar will be recorded and emailed after the event to all who registered. If you have any questions or need assistance registering, please contact PATF at 484-675-0506 or

Registration is required.

ASL, CART, and Spanish interpretation will be provided for the webinar.

Virtual Family Leadership Institute Level 2


Virtual Family Leadership Institute Level 2: Serving on Groups Series

6:30 – 8:00 PM on Wednesday evenings

January 10th through February 14th, 2024


For Family Leaders who have already completed a PEAL Family Leadership Institute, or for those family members who have already taken a first step towards Advocacy Leadership, this Serving on Groups workshop Series is an important next step!

This series is designed to support and increase participation of families on decision-making groups.

Do you want to be more involved in a decision-making group but not sure where to begin?

Are you tired of feeling like the token parent representative instead of an active member of a decision-making group?

So many times, we are on committees or in meetings but don't know what the process is or how to fully participate. This workshop will introduce you to a resource to help you navigate decision-making groups.

 LTF IU 19 Meeting


IEP Mini Series


Abilities 21 


Join us for our annual Holiday party 

Saturday, Dec 2nd 5:00 PM 100 Tigue St. Dunmore

Music provided by DJ MPower

Dinner provided by Holiday Inn

RSVP Kimberly 570-840-6961

$20 per person

Due Nov 20, 2023

Venmo: @khart-105

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 Sensory Hair Cuts


Come get spiffy for the Holidays! 

CAM is partnering with LVHN for the next sensory haircuts at the Health and Wellness Center, just in time for the holidays!!!!


FairHill Farms

Stable Moments is a mentorship program that matches

  • 1 community mentor, with
  • 1 foster or adopted child and
  • 1 horse for
  • 1 hour per week for 10 months (out pilot program will run 6 months from Jan.-June 2024)

The goal is to develop life skills for healthy transitions into adulthood.

Each child is given a plan of care that is color coded for the life skill areas they are working on. Community mentors then choose activities based on those colors.

To track progress, mentors complete activity logs at the end of each session. We also collect pre and post test data for life skill improvement and complete progress summaries at the mid-point and end of session the year.

Check us out on Youtube