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Articles Posted October 2016

Community Health Choices

posted October 13, 2016
ACHIEVA is sponsoring several programs in the very near future that can be attended in Person or via a Webinar. Listed below are the dates, subject matter and speakers.

Community HealthChoices – Registration open
Wednesday, October 26, 2016 Attend in Person
6:30 - 8:30 PM – Allegheny Attend Via Live Webinar

Janice Meinert, MSW - Pennsylvania Health Law Project
What consumers and providers need to know about changes to home and community based waiver services and access to care for those with Medicare and Medicaid.

A Home of My Own – Planning for the Future
Tuesday, November 8, 2016
6:30 – 7:30 PM – New Horizon School, Beaver

Michelle Stockunas. Manager of ACHIEVA’s A Home of My Own
Learn how to plan ‘A Home of My Own’ for people with disabilities to move out of their family's homes and into homes of their own.

Discovery and Customized Employment Job Development - A Path to a Job that Works
Friday November 18, 2016
9:00 - 11:00 AM - Allegheny

Nicole Turman, Discovery Program Specialist/Consultant, Include Me, The Arc of Pennsylvania
Customized Supported Employment is a preferred service delivery model that is individualized and has an intended outcome of competitive, integrated employment. Currently, both Discovery and Customized Supported Employment can be provided as Supported Employment through the Office of Developmental Programs waiver services. The audience will have an opportunity to discuss and consider how Discovery can impact employment options for individuals with disabilities. The presenters will outline the process of Discovery and how it directs individualized Customized Employment for individuals with significant impact of disability.

A Home of My Own – Planning for the Future
Tuesday, December 6, 2016
6:30 – 8:00 PM – Westmoreland

Michelle Stockunas. Manager of ACHIEVA’s A Home of My Own
Learn how to plan ‘A Home of My Own’ for people with disabilities to move out of their family's homes and into homes of their own.

Person Centered Thinking (PCT)
Wednesday, January 25, 2017
6:00 – 7:30 PM - Allegheny

Lisa Meyer, Tuscarora Intermediate Unit 11, Program Director
​Person Centered Planning is a plan that is developed by a person with a disability and their team. It allows the person, of any age, their families, and school personnel to identify strengths and gifts as well as dreams and goals when planning for an 'Everyday Life'. PCT focuses on future opportunities and can encompass school, work and recreation within an Individual Education Plan (IEP) or Individual Support Plan (ISP). The plan will help identify supports and services as well as problem areas that may need addressed.
A Home of My Own – Planning for the Future
Tuesday, February 7, 2017
6:30 – 8:00 PM – Allegheny

Michelle Stockunas. Manager of ACHIEVA’s A Home of My Own
Learn how to plan ‘A Home of My Own’ for people with disabilities to move out of their family's homes and into homes of their own.

Basics of Special Ed Law
Wednesday, February 15, 2017
6:00 – 8:00 PM – Westmoreland

Jeffrey Ruder, founder and principal of Ruder Law, specializing in Special Education Law
Special Education is free and appropriate services and supports that your child is entitled to in the Public School System. Join us and learn about the Basics of Special Education, Individual Education Plans (IEP) and 504 plans.

PA ABLE Act – Achieving a Better Life Experience
Nancy Murray, President of The Arc of Greater Pittsburgh
You will leave this session with a clearer understanding of the ABLE Act, how it may benefit your family member’s financial needs while protecting their benefits and assets.

Monday, March 27, 2017 Thursday, March 30, 2017 Tuesday, April 4, 2017
6:30 – 8:00 PM – Allegheny 6:30 – 8:00 PM – Westmoreland 6:00 – 7:30 PM - Beaver

ACHIEVA’s Pathway to Employment
Tuesday, May 9, 2017
6:30 – 8:00 PM - Westmoreland

Patrick Joyce, Employment Manager ACHIEVA Pathway to Employment
The Pathway to Employment is a program designed to help people explore Community Employment possibilities and develop skills leading to Community Employment success. You will learn how the program is designed to expand employment choices and opportunities for people receiving services through ACHIEVA’s pre-vocational programs.

Bullying in the Workplace & Community
Tuesday, June 27, 2017
6:30 – 8:00 PM - Westmoreland

Sharon Greene, Executive Administrator, ACHIEVA at The Arc of Westmoreland, Nationally Certified Trainer and Olweus Technical Assistant Consultant for the Olweus Bullying Prevention Program
Bullying is a repeated, health-harming mistreatment of one or more persons (the targets) by one or more perpetrators. It is abusive conduct. As we are focusing on community based experiences, how do we guide people with disabilities to recognize a bully and bullying behaviors, how to react and respond? Join us to discuss how bullying effects jobs, personal lives and our health.

Act 48 hours provided by Westmoreland Intermediate Unit.
Please bring your PPID # to the training for documentation on the ACT 48 form.

Live sessions (as listed above) are held at the following locations:

Allegheny Beaver Westmoreland
ACHIEVA New Horizon School ACHIEVA/The Arc of Westmoreland
711 Bingham Street 128 Friendship Circle 316 Donohoe Road
Pittsburgh, PA 15203 Beaver, PA 15009 Greensburg, PA 15601

Each session will be streamed live via webinar so that you can either attend in person at the location listed
or view the live webinar from your home computer. RSVP will open soon.

Regina Sciullo
Advocacy and Family Supports
The Arc of Westmoreland/ACHIEVA
316 Donohoe Road
Greensburg, PA 15601

phone 724-837-8159 x 164
fax 724-837-7453

Direct Dial Wednesday

posted October 12, 2016
Direct Dial Wednesday

We are trying to restore funding for those on the PA Waiting List

There is no funding for High School Graduates

There is no funding for people on the Emergency List

We need you to be loud! We need you to be persistent! We can't give up!

Your support at this time is critical. We know you lead busy lives. We know you don't or can't spend time visiting legislators you have responsibilities at home. We are however asking you to support the PA Waiting List Campaign and together, help us find that funding for our High School Graduates and people on the emergency waiting list. We are asking you to make three simple phone calls. Ask your significant other, adult children, relatives and neighbors to make calls. Let's get those phones ringing!

If you have been following our work over the past several weeks, you know that we gave testimony at the PA House of Representatives Appropriations Hearing and families met directly with Governor Tom Wolf on September 29, 2016. Now we need to make everyone aware how much that funding is needed. We have heard so many different numbers of how much funding is needed from the Budget Office, Office of Human Services and the legislators that we are not sure exactly what those numbers are. As parents, we just want all the offices mentioned to simply "FIX IT!"

Our High School Graduates have benefited from the funding we have been able to secure in the past years. People have come off emergency waiting list because of our work. This year, Funding was pulled from these two categories by the Office of Developmental Programs. However, it was put there by the legislators, specifically for the waiting list purpose. We need your help to have these funds restored and make this issue right.

We need you to call your own House of Representative Member - If you don't know who your legislator is you can find it here:
Find Your House of Representative Member

You need to call your own Senator: If you are unsure, you can find out the information here: Find Your Senator

Please call the Governor at 1-717-787-2500. If you are directed by the Governor's Office to contact the Office of Human Services, please tell them that you want the Governor to be aware of your message.

Here's what you say:

* Hello my name is

* I live in county

* Please restore and fix funding for the waiting list for people with intellectual disabilities and autism.


End the Wait for Intellectual Disabilities and Autism Services.

For more information on the PA Waiting List Campaign please contact:
Sheila Stasko, Director - PA Waiting List Campaign
4540 Best Station Rd. - Slatington, PA 18080
sstasko@pawaitinglistcampaign.org - 267-765-0301