Late Diagnosis of Autism


Sharon Janosik brings her lived experience as an Autistic adult, parent of two children with disabilities, and a volunteer advocate for Special Education and disability issues to her role as the Western Coordinator for PEAL’s Families 2 the Max and Path to Graduation programs. She is a graduate of Duquesne University and Temple University Institute on Disability’s C2P2 program. Sharon also serves as a School Director for her local school district and on Pennsylvania’s Special Education Advisory Panel. Register here &hellip read more

Run for Autism Labor Day Half Marathon/10k/5k presented by Gingerbread Man Running Company

104 S. 2nd St Youngwood, PA US 15697 104 S. 2nd St Youngwood, PA US 15697, PA

Gingerbread Man Running Company presents the Labor Day Half Marathon on MONDAY September 5, 2022, that will benefit Autism Connection of Pennsylvania.  Learn more about them at A portion of the race proceeds will benefit ACOP. We have events for the whole family.  Runners can take on our half marathon course, 10k, or 5k.   Registration and parking will take place at the Youngwood Fire Department, with a short walk to the race start. Please consider donating to our local fire department, &hellip read more

Waiting Room Conversations


Dionna Rojas shares the journey that both she and her husband went on to find the answers to support their son when he was a toddler. Dionna shares how she had to humble herself and be open to creative ways to advocate for her son to finally achieve the goal of getting his diagnosis to ensure he had access to the correct supports. Take Away Identify the steps in early diagnosis Learn how to become self-aware and okay with not &hellip read more

Introduction to Autism Virtual Workshop


Getting any new diagnosis comes with the need to understand it. Learn the basics about autism, and get some take-home tips, from people who understand and have worked in this field for 20+ years.

We will explain the details about autism and how brain differences help shape personality, likes, dislikes, fears, eating, sleeping, the senses, and communication. Please come and ask your questions, meet others with similar concerns and learn what to do at home and in the community!

This is a free workshop, but pre-registration is required.

September 14, 2022

6:30pm - 8:00pm

Empowered Voices Leadership Meeting Series

The Empowered Voices Leadership Group is comprised of self advocates who are interested in meeting new people, sharing their stories, and developing self-advocacy and leadership skills. Members of the group plan the meeting agendas, speakers, and outreach activities. The group meets on the 1st and 3rd Thursday of every month via Google Meets from 6pm to 8pm ET. Topics include Person-Centered Planning, Self-Advocacy Skills, and Public Speaking. This week's topic is Healthy Eating. Google Meets Joining Information: Video call link: &hellip read more

Why Paid Work Experience is Important to Students with Disabilities


Presentation by Mary Hartley, Executive Director of the Parent Education & Advocacy Leadership (PEAL) Center Thursday, October 13 · 6:30 – 8:00 p.m. During this presentation, we will discuss: Your seamless transition to adulthood – planning for transition led by students The proof - students who work before they leave high school; inclusion in school and community, and impact on employment Letting Go - Start as early as possible letting go (for parents); independent (supported) transportation, volunteerism, work-based learning & most &hellip read more

Future Planning Conference

Allegheny Intermediate Unit 475 E Waterfront Dr., Homestead, PA

Sessions: Keynote Presentation: National Study “Future Financial Planning for People with Disabilities - What’s Working and What’s Not” Special Needs Trusts and ABLE Accounts- Savings Options for Future Planning Decision-Making Options - Guardianship, Power of Attorney, Supported Decision-Making Charting the LifeCourse as a Model for Future Planning Life Beyond High School - Planning for Transition from School The Financial Empowerment Center - A Resource to Empower Families to Plan for Their Financial Future October 25, 2022 8:00 AM - 3:45 PM ALLEGHENY INTERMEDIATE UNIT 475 &hellip read more

Sensory Friendly Hour at Phipps Conservatory

Phipps Conservatory & Botanical Gardens 700 Frank Curto Drive, Pittsburgh, PA

Families are invited to enjoy a peaceful walk through the Conservatory with sensory-friendly activities.