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Volume #15 | Issue #18
September 9, 2021

We're Thankful For Direct Support Professionals

Thank You Achieva DSPsEvery day, Direct Support Professionals (DSPs) impact the lives of the people they support. During Direct Support Professional Recognition Week (September 12-18, 2021), Intellectual and Developmental Disability (IDD) providers across the nation are given the opportunity to acknowledge and highlight the direct support workforce.

Achieva is fortunate for the many DSP's who make working, living, and having fun in the community a reality for people with disabilities. They help the most vulnerable among us with both simple and complex issues, like navigating the COVID-19 pandemic. Their duties support each person's needs for personal care, transportation, medication management, leisure, and so much more. 

Thank you to each DSP at Achieva and beyond who commits to making a difference. Through the support of DSPs, more and more people with IDD are leading lives of personal significance.
Commonwealth of PA DSP Proclamation
Golf Course

We hope to see you on the green!

There is still time to register as a golfer or sponsor for Achieva’s 23rd Annual Million Dollar Golf Outing! On September 20, 2021, family and friends will gather for a wonderful day of golf, food, and prizes at Valley Brook Country Club's beautiful 27-hole course. All proceeds benefit people with disabilities and their families.

Can't attend? Please consider making a donation to this year's Family and Friends Appeal. All proceeds from this appeal will benefit the Cecil and David Rosenthal Memorial Fund, which is used to support community engagement activities pursued by people with intellectual or developmental disabilities. 

For more information, please contact Jodie Tabano at or 412.995.5000 x526.

Join our 70th Anniversary Giving Club!

What Impact Will My Donation Make?

$100 - Help a person celebrate her abilities!

$70 - Help a person find a home of his own!

$50 - Help an advocate fight for change!

$25 - Help a child prepare for preschool!

$10 - Help a young adult succeed at work!

You can make an impact! Join the Giving Club.

Additional News of Interest

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Hands holding a I Voted - Disability Vote Summit.

2021 Disability Vote Summit on Tuesday, September 14, 2021, from 1 - 4 p.m.

Man in a wheelchair washing dishes. PA ABLE helps Pennsylvanians with disabilities live more independently.

Are You Eligible?: You Must Have a Qualifying Disability that Started Prior to Age 26

CDC Rolls Out New COVID-19 Resources For People With IDD

2021 Back-to-School Guide for Pennsylvania Public School Students

Achieva Family Trust Webinars

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Charting the Life Course

Thursday, September 23, 2021
10 a.m. - 12 p.m

The intent of this webinar is to provide an overview of the human-centric, LifeCourse principles that are designed to reflect the strengths and needs of people. The webinar will provide examples of how LifeCourse principles are being utilized to drive person-centered change for people with disabilities, their families, and organizations. This will be the first of a series of learning opportunities to help people use the LifeCourse framework and tools.

Presenters: Jack W. Butler, Director of Person-Centered Supports, Achieva; Anne-Marie Quealy, Priority Planning Supervisor, Allegheny County DHS, Office of Developmental Supports; Kathy Davis, Promising Practice Team Supervisor, Allegheny County DHS, Office of Developmental Supports; Lynn Pugliano, Eligibility Supervisor, Allegheny County DHS, Office of Developmental Supports; and Candida Walton, Supporting Families Statewide Initiative Coordinator, Department of Human Services Office of Developmental Programs




Successful Strategies for Self-Advocacy Part 1

Tuesday, October 5, 2021
10 a.m. - 12 p.m.

The target audiences for this webinar are providers, family members, and people with disabilities. The purpose of this webinar is to provide an overview of the basics for successful strategies when advocating for issues of importance for people with disabilities. The basic strategies relate to advocating across disability groups.

Presenters: Nancy Murray, Senior Vice President of Achieva and President, The Arc of Greater Pittsburgh; Luciana Randall, President, Autism Connection of PA; Nikki Dawson, MSW, Advocacy Director, and Aleta Barnett, Adult Mental Health Advocate, both with NAMI Keystone PA; and Katie Smith, Independent Living Coordinator, Disability Options Network



Successful Strategies for Self-Advocacy Part 2

Date in November and panel to be determined

Come hear this panel of self-advocates discuss the importance of the involvement and support for self-advocates in advocacy efforts. They will review the principles of self-awareness, self-advocacy, and self-determination for optimal outcomes.

More information to follow.

Previously recorded webinars.

Raise Center Accessibility 101 Webinars

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Technical Assistance & Resources for RSA-funded Parent Training and Information Centers

Accessibility 101 Webinar Synopsis - introduction to Accessibility and Implementing an Accessible Site

Monday, September 20, 2021
2 - 3:30 p.m. ET




Tips, Tools, and Techniques for Accessibility

Monday, September 27, 2021
2 -3:30 p.m. ET



FISA Foundation Webinars

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FISA Foundation and Southwest PA Says No More are partnering with the Vera Institute of Justice's End Abuse of People with Disabilities initiative.

Meeting the Needs of Human Trafficking Victims with Disabilities

Tuesday, September 28, 2021
1 - 2:30 p.m. ET




From Classroom to Dorm Room: Serving Survivors with Disabilities on Campus

Wednesday, October 20, 2021
2 -3:30 p.m. ET


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