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Swim Team The Film

Join us at the Hollywood Theater in Dormont on April 25 at 7 p.m. for a free screening of the award-winning documentary, “Swim Team.” What would you do if your community gave up on your child? In New Jersey, the parents of one autistic boy take matters […]

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Faith-Based Guidance and Instruction for Special Needs

Chapter 4

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Pennsylvania’s Ongoing Assault on Institutions!

              Governor Wolf has announced the forced closure of Hamburg State Center.  His Department of Human Services is following the same compulsory involuntary procedure employed in the systematic elimination of the Western Center in Canonsburg, PA in 1992-2001 – the result […]

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Faith-Based Guidance and Instruction for Special Needs

Chapter 3

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S.P.E.A.K. Applications Coming Soon!

The Autism Society of Pittsburgh will mail S.P.E.A.K. applications to prior year students no later than February 17th! S.P.E.A.K. is an Extended School Year (ESY) program founded by the Autism Society of Pittsburgh in 1974 to ease transitioning between school years by preventing or reducing learning regression […]

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Faith-Based Guidance and Instruction for Special Needs

Sutton – Chapter 2

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A Father’s Perspective

Mr. F. Kennedy Jr., I am a parent, an original member of the Autism Society of America, on its board for over 35 years and one of its past national presidents.  I was a “disciple” of our autism society founder, the late Dr. Bernard Rimland, who literally […]

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A TROUBLED TRANSITION: In the rush to close institutions, Illinois ignored serious problems in group homes.

Mark Winkeler needs 24-hour care and has lived his entire adult life at Murray Developmental Center. His mother, Rita, and others sued when the Quinn administration sought to close Murray and move residents into group homes.  (John J. Kim / Chicago Tribune) By Michael J. Berens and […]

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To build a future for their son, Dallas couple plan $12 million community for young adults with autism 

  A Dallas couple is planning to construct a $12 million community for people with autism on nearly 29 acres of land that was formerly a polo ranch in the Denton County town of Cross Roads. It will include 15 homes, a community center and access to a […]

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From a Mother’s Perspective

The Appointment of Robert Kennedy, Jr. to Chair a Commission on Vaccine Safety from a Mother’s Perspective by Mary Wildman Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. has been asked by President-elect Donald Trump to chair a one-year commission on vaccine safety and scientific integrity. This was the best news […]

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Autism Society of Pittsburgh Participates in Forensics Science Symposium

  On October 20, 2016, Jesse Torisky co-presented an Autism and Juvenile Justice program with Dr. Tammy Hughes at the Forensic Science & Law Symposium at Duquesne University. Jesse and Tammy provided instruction to fellow attorneys and educators on the traits and characteristics of autism and the […]

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Autism Society of Pittsburgh Presents Training at Western Area Tech

  In November 4, 2016, Jesse Torisky was invited to provide in-service training for teachers at the Western Area Career and Technology Center in Canonsburg, PA. Jesse conducted a three hour presentation, focusing on challenges in school settings that are unique to persons on the autism spectrum, […]

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Autism Society of Pittsburgh Assists in K-9 and First Responder Training

On October 19, 2016, Jesse Torisky and Heidi Buckley co-presented autism-specific training to the Fayette County Sheriff’s Tactical Search and Rescue team at the Fayette County Fairgrounds. The purpose of the training was to educate K-9 handlers and first responders on traits and characteristics of autistic persons, in […]

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Walk for Autism – 40 years and counting!

More than sixty members of the Alpha Phi Omega Service Fraternity’s Lambda Omicron Chapter of West Virginia University gathered at 6:30 a.m. in the Crown Plaza Hotel parking lot in Bethel Park and began a 78-mile trek down Rout 19 to Morgantown. With the support of sponsors […]

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Adults with Autism to Share Housing

Adults with autism soon will be able to move  into new apartments where they can live independently, and where half of their neighbors will be people who do not have autism.   Read the Article. Housing Application

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Autism Drug Trail Underway

Researchers are hopeful that a new clinical drug trial based on research linking diet and brain development could yield a treatment that addresses core symptoms of autism. Read the Article.   Read the article.  

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Mazda Drive for Good

  “Mazda Drive for Good” is our unique way of supporting local and national charity organizations. By donating money and giving what’s most important – our time, we are able to make a difference in the lives of those around us. It’s our way of ensuring that […]

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Parent -Led Intervention May reduce Autism Severity

            Really?  This was the reason why it was WE PARENTS in 1965 who joined Bernard Rimland, also a parent, when he founded the Autism Society of America.  Even before “autism” was used to describe this puzzling syndrome, we parents knew that our intervention, and not overcoming […]

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Faith-Based Guidance and Instruction for Special Needs

Beginning with this newsletter, we will begin printing successive chapters of Dr. Sutton’s book, How to Welcome, Include, and Catechize Children with Developmental Disabilities, released this month by Loyola Press. Dr. Sutton is the former director of the Western Pennsylvania Office of Autism Services and is currently […]

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Happy Outcome!

Dear Autism Society of Pittsburgh, I wish to thank you very much for your time in trying to assist me with the help of my sister whom I haven’t seen in ten years. Although you could only do so much, your time is very special to me, because […]

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AmazonSmile Purchases Benefit Our Work; Simply Click This Link!

Click here or on the logo above, shop at Amazon, and a portion of the proceeds helps support our community! For details on how this works, read the following (from Amazon’s website): What is AmazonSmile? AmazonSmile is a simple and automatic way for you to support your […]

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The “Right” to Live Where You Want … HUH?

#Aut2know – Opinion – Dan Torisky The following commentary applies to children and adult-age individuals on the autism spectrum who do not possess the mental capacity to make informed decisions regarding their short and long-term welfare, and hence must rely on their caring parents or guardians to make […]

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Pennsylvania Implementing ABLE Act – Finally!

The PA Treasury Department took action to implement the ABLE Act. The Act will establish 529-like savings accounts for people with disabilities who acquired their disability before age 26. An advisory group that includes people with disabilities and their allies has given input on the Pennsylvania program […]

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First ABLE Accounts Expected This Summer

Disability Scoop By Michelle Diament May 10, 2016 A year and a half after legislation paved the way for people with disabilities to save without jeopardizing their government benefits, the first accounts are poised to become available. A handful of states are expected to open their so-called […]

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ABA Coverage Mandates May Be Falling Short

Kaiser Health News by Shefali Luthra May 18, 2016 Forty-four states and the District of Columbia have laws on the books requiring health insurers to cover autism treatments. But new research evaluating the so-called “insurance mandates” suggests these efforts are failing in key ways to help people […]

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