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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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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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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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Disability Providers Get Reprieve From New Wage Rule

Disability Scoop by Michelle Diament May 19, 2016 Disability providers are getting extra leeway as the Obama administration moves forward with a new rule that many worried could force service cuts for people with special needs. The U.S. Department of Labor said this week that it’s finalizing […]

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