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  • Parent Support Group and Discussion

    Cindy Duch of the Peal Center will discuss
    School Issues, Autism and the IEP

    7:00 p.m., Tuesday, September 2, 2014
    Whitehall Public Library, 100 Borough Park Drive, Pittsburgh, PA 15236

    Please join us!
    The discussion is free and open to all who are interested in autism.
  • For more information on our "Autism Takes Flight" airport training program, click on this slide.

  • Run for Autism

    WVU's Alpha Phi Omega undertook the 43rd Annual Run for Autism on
    Saturday, November 2, 2013.

  • The Autism Society of Pittsburgh is the local chapter of the Autism Society of America.
    Our objective is to improve the lives of those struggling with autism.

  • S.P.E.A.K. Summer Programs begin each July.

  • 2013 Cope Fazio Memorial Golf Tournament Winners

  • Myron Cope (1929–2008) — parent, writer, broadcaster, Autism Society of Pittsburgh charter board member, booster, fundraiser since 1967.

  • S.P.E.A.K. Family Day 2012 Performance

  • The proceeds from the Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix benefit the Autism Society of Pittsburgh and Allegheny Valley School. Courtesy Matthew Little Photography

  • Serafino "Foge" Fazio — (1938–2009).
    Accomplished football player, coach,
    parent, autism fundraiser, founder (with Myron Cope) —
    longest running charity golf event in Pennsylvania.

Of Immediate Interest:

Does Your Family Member with Autism Now — or Perhaps Could — Receive Medicaid-Reimbursed Services?

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services have released a notice clarifying the rules on Medicaid autism coverage for children and adolescents. This CMS bulletin, released Monday, has information about the services covered by the Medicaid state plan and how to qualify for coverage. It may also affect individuals’ eligibility for Medicaid waivers.

“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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