$150 for every Mazda Sold Before January 2, 2015 Could Benefit Those We Serve!
If you or anyone you know intends to, or is thinking of, buying a new automobile, it is suggested that they do so during the holiday season – and that special consideration be given to the purchase of a Mazda.
For every Mazda purchased between Friday, November 21st through Friday, January 2nd, our good friends at Mazda Motor of America will donate $150 for each new vehicle sold to one of five charities the buyer selects. Four of the charities are national organizations. The 5th is the Autism Society of Pittsburgh.
It bears repeating that only the buyer will specify which charity gets the money. What a wonderful initiative – let’s hope it goes viral!
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Making the Most of the Holidays for Your Family and Your Son/Daughter on the Autism Spectrum
Contributed by Cathy Pratt, Ph.D., BCBA-D
Director, Indiana Resource Center for Autism
"Eminently worth reading!" — the Autism Society of Pittsburgh
While many happily anticipate the coming holiday season, families of sons/daughters on the autism spectrum also understand the special challenges that may occur when schedules are disrupted and routines broken. Our hope is that by following these few helpful tips, families may lessen the stress and anxiety created by the holiday season and make it a more enjoyable experience for everyone involved. The following tips were developed with input from the Autism Society of America, the Indiana Resource Center for Autism, Easter Seals Crossroads, Sonya Ansari Center for Autism at LOGAN, and the Indiana Autism Leadership Network and are updated annually. Read the rest of the article.
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“System 1-2-3” Addresses Severe Behaviors
Sharon Rupert, recently retired from Westmoreland Intermediate Unit 7, Supervisor for early intervention, was awarded a grant to fund a two-year project with “System 1-2-3” that provides intensive professional development in the form of a workshop series, in-services, and ongoing supportive services in individual classroom settings.
All staff members are included in the process of building teams that meet and deal effectively with the social-emotional needs of students with even the most challenging behaviors.
Head of the innovative System 1-2-3 is Dan Richardson, behavior analyst who has been providing services related to the social and emotional development of preschool children in the Pittsburgh City Schools early intervention program for a number of years. In doing so he has become highly regarded by the district’s early intervention administration.
WIU #7 staff has been highly responsive to the first year of Ms. Rupert’s highly sustainable and capacity building effort. Recently, Dr. Richardson’s group provided presentations for the Building Blocks Conference in Westmoreland County and the Early Childhood Conference for ARIN (Armstrong/Indiana Counties) IU. Additionally, he and his staff are in the process of developing a year-long social skills training program that provides teachers with 20 minute daily activities.
Further information may be obtained from Sharon Rupert at
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