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Articles Posted January 2017

FR Hosts Clelian Heights Basketball Game

posted January 31, 2017
FR Hosts Clelian Heights Basketball GameFranklin Regional High School hosted the annual Clelian Heights Basketball game on January 31, 2017. The game was very exciting and TV cameras from WTAE Channel 4 were on hand to film the game for their news coverage. Special Thanks to the Franklin Regional Boys and Girls Basketball Teams who provided encouragement and assistance to the Clelian Heights Players.

Also much Thanks goes to the FR Band, Cheerleaders, Faculty, and Student Body who cheered the Clelian Heights teams onto Victory.

The Franklin Regional Basketball Boosters donated a $500 check to Clelian Heights to further their initiatives.

PA ABLE Savings Program for Disability-Related Expenses

posted January 24, 2017
PA ABLE Savings Program for Disability-Related Expenses

A PA ABLE account gives individuals with qualified disabilities (Eligible Individuals), and their families and friends, a tax-free way to save for disability-related expenses, while maintaining government benefits. Federal and state law authorized the creation of PA ABLE accounts.


Contribute up to $14,000 each year. This federal limit may be adjusted each year based on inflation.
Families and friends can contribute to an account. The account limit applies to total contributions and is not per contributor.
Account maximum of $511,758. Once limit is reached, no additional contributions can be made. Interest can still be earned.

Chose Your Investment Options

Contributions to your account are invested in your choice of several options the PA ABLE Savings Program offers. Choose from several mutual-fund type options with different mixes of stocks and bonds from conservative to aggressive strategies. Additionally, an interest bearing checking account with debit card will be offered.

Account Control

As long as the Eligible Individual opening an account is an adult who can enter into contracts, they have complete control over the account - a trustee or other representative is not needed.

For a minor or adult who lacks the capacity to contract, a parent, guardian or person with a Power of Attorney can open the account and maintain control.

The Pennsylvania ABLE Act

The Pennsylvania Achieving a Better Life Experience (ABLE) Act follows federal legislation that authorizes states to create ABLE programs. Modeled after college savings accounts, ABLE accounts allow individuals with qualifying disabilities and their families to save for a wide range of disability-related expenses. The federal tax-free savings and investment options are offered to encourage individuals with a disability and their families to save private funds to support health, independence and quality of life.

For more information, click on the link www.paable.gov

Greensburg Art Center - Saturday Art Class

posted January 17, 2017
The Greensburg Art Center has offered to do a one-time only Saturday Art class with a morning (10-12) and afternoon (1-3) session for the individual’s that we serve. It is scheduled for February 11, 2017. There will be a different project at each session. In the morning there will be a Mixed Media Frame and Picture Project. The afternoon session will be a painting project. Individuals may register for one or both and should have the necessary staff/family support present! A small donation is requested.

o Class(es) will be one day: Saturday, February 11, 2017.

o Two sessions ---- Morning session (10:00 am to 12:00 pm ) and Afternoon session ( 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm ).
Class(es) will be held at The Greensburg Art Center –
230 Todd School Road, Greensburg, PA 15601

o You can attend one or both, the choice is yours! Morning Activity will be Mixed Media Frame and Picture Project. Afternoon Activity will be a painting project.

o If you are planning on staying for both sessions, it is recommend that bring a bagged lunch and beverage (lunch will be between 12:00 and 1:00). Lunch and drinks will NOT be provided.

o Each participant is expected to arrive accompanied by someone who will stay and be involved in the activity.

o Participants will be asked to consider a small donation to cover material and other fees – Donation presented at the art center when you arrive.

o Space is limited so Participants must ‘register’ by February 3, 2017 – you can contact: Alison Relick at 724-613-5260 Ext. 224 – if you leave a message be sure to include:
• First and last name of EACH participant – a phone number where you can be reached - which session(s) you plan to attend: morning / afternoon or both.

o Our committee is planning to display art at the “IDD Awareness/End the R-Word” mall event on March 4, 2017… Put this date on your calendar… EVERYONE is invited: Participants who are willing to have their artwork displayed will need to sign a release and allow us to keep your creation until the event. Art displayed at the Mall event will be returned to the artists after.

Bottom Dollars | An Original Documentary

posted January 04, 2017
Bottom Dollars | An Original Documentary

Join ACHIEVA for a screening of Bottom Dollars, a Rooted in Rights original documentary about advocating for fair pay for people with disabilities.

WHEN: Friday, February 17, 2017 from 12:30-3:00 PM
WHERE: Bell Room, 711 Bingham Street, Pittsburgh PA

For More Information and Registration, contact the following:
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
www.achieva.infoRSVP HERE

About the Film

When the Fair Labor Standards Act passed in 1938, it included a revolutionary civil rights protection: a minimum wage. American workers could no longer be exploited for their hard work - with one huge exception. Section 14(c) of the Act included an exemption allowing some workers, people with disabilities, to be paid less than minimum wage.

This provision was originally designed to persuade employers to hire people with disabilities and open up opportunities. Instead, people with disabilities were often employed in "sheltered workshops," segregated workplaces away from their communities, earning sub-minimum wage. 78 years later, 14(c) remains in effect.

In 2016, nearly 250,000 people are legally paid less than the minimum wage, on average, less than $2 an hour. "Bottom Dollars" is an hour long documentary that exposes the exploitation of people with disabilities through personal stories and expert interviews. It also presents clear employment alternatives with competitive wages and community inclusion.

Do we want all people to have a shot at a job for fair pay in their own communities, or do we want some people to be separated, exploited and robbed of their chance to seize the American dream for themselves?