Parent to Parent of Pennsylvania

Parent to Parent of Pennsylvania Parent to Parent of Pennsylvania connects families of children with disabilities or special needs on a one to one basis according to conditions or concerns.
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Established in 1996, Parent to Parent of PA is a statewide agency that links families of children with disabilities or special needs for the purposes of support and information. Our regional offices are located throughout the state of Pennsylvania. Requests for matches can be made via phone, email, or our website. Based on your individual needs, we will link you to a volunteer peer supporter. They are the lifeline of the program. They have experienced the joys and challenges of living with individuals with a disability or special need. Currently, we have 1,365 ready to share their stories.

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2021 International Respite (Short Break) Conference VIRTUALLY from June 22 -25, 2021This virtual conference is focused o...
05/05/2021
Caregiver Registration

2021 International Respite (Short Break) Conference VIRTUALLY from June 22 -25, 2021

This virtual conference is focused on Respite Care and is offering scholarships to individuals with disabilities and family members. https://www.isba.me/

(Information from conference organizers): We are pleased to announce that, as a result of the generosity of the ISBA community, we have received enough donated funds to support 40 FREE registrations for Family Caregivers and Individuals with Disabilities. If you know anyone who may be interested in attending, please share the following registration link with them:

https://uwmadison.eventsair.com/isba/carereg


Please note this link is ONLY for family caregivers and individuals with disabilities. Registration is on a first-come, first-served basis.

This site requires a temporary cookie to streamline your experience. No personal data is stored and the cookie will be removed once you complete your registration. Please enable cookies in your browser and refresh this page.

Check out this wonderful opportunity for adults with special needs!
05/02/2021

Check out this wonderful opportunity for adults with special needs!

INTRODUCING All Access Acting!!! Taught by our exceptional teacher Katie Foley, All Access Acting is a class for adults with special needs, to explore theater and self expression in a safe, calm and welcoming environment! Family and support teams are welcome to attend as well! Check out this link for more information: https://imagine-nepa.jumbula.com/#/all-access-acting-adult-class

#imaginenepa #acting #theater #specialneedsadults #specialneedsmom #scranton #clarkssummit #tunkhannock

04/23/2021

27th Annual Fred Ciotti Memorial Color Run/Walk for Autism Awareness!

Join us on Saturday, May 1st for this awesome event as we run through downtown Carbondale over to the Lackawanna River Heritage Trail and end up at the Greater Carbondale YMCA Community Park.

First 300 Participants will receive a shirt, sunglasses and race packet.
$20/per runner with family discounts over 3 family runners.

All races start at 9:00am

All proceeds raised fund the YMCA Autism Support Groups.

Visit our website www.greatercarbondaleymca.org or call us at 570-282-2210.

Biden Urged To Back Broad Changes To SSI
04/22/2021
Biden Urged To Back Broad Changes To SSI

Biden Urged To Back Broad Changes To SSI

Dozens of federal lawmakers are calling on the Biden administration to support increasing SSI benefits, growing the asset limit, doing away with the marriage penalty and other changes.

Photos from Philadelphia Autism Project's post
04/22/2021

Photos from Philadelphia Autism Project's post

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04/20/2021

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Control over your life and finances involves making many decisions, but you don’t have to make those decisions alone. Adults with disabilities, join #MoneyTalks TOMORROW to learn your options to get the support you need while also maintaining your autonomy: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_YuDrAGRrR6SpGem-m7JcbQ
Pennsylvania Assistive Technology Foundation PATF

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04/20/2021

Timeline Photos

Respond with respect and compassion.

#WorldAutismMonth

White House Virtual Forum on Breaking Down Barriers for People Who Have Challenges Accessing COVID-19 Vaccination
04/20/2021
White House Virtual Forum on Breaking Down Barriers for People Who Have Challenges Accessing COVID-19 Vaccination

White House Virtual Forum on Breaking Down Barriers for People Who Have Challenges Accessing COVID-19 Vaccination

The White House COVID-19 Response Team and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, is hosting a virtual forum – Breaking Down Barriers for People Who Have Challenges Accessing COVID-19 Vaccination. This event is an opportunity to share best practices and lessons learned from public health ...

Welcome! You are invited to join a webinar: Let's Talk: "All In" Creating Belonging at Jefferson for Autism and Neurodiv...
04/08/2021
Welcome! You are invited to join a webinar: Let's Talk: "All In" Creating Belonging at Jefferson for Autism and Neurodiversity. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email about joining the webinar.

Welcome! You are invited to join a webinar: Let's Talk: "All In" Creating Belonging at Jefferson for Autism and Neurodiversity. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email about joining the webinar.

Speakers: Wendy Ross, MD- Director of the Jefferson Center for Autism and Neurodiversity, Caroline Borgia- College Student and Self-Advocate, Susan Rzucidlo- Founder- SPEAK Unlimited Inc., Lonnie Smith- CEO of Autisarian, Sabra Townsend- Director of Operations for the Center for Autism and Neurodive...

“Navigating Transitions Related to COVID Restrictions and Preparing for a Post-COVID Environment”.AMCHP’s Family LEAD Co...
04/07/2021

“Navigating Transitions Related to COVID Restrictions and Preparing for a Post-COVID Environment”.

AMCHP’s Family LEAD Committee will be hosting a forum for discussion, via webinar, for families on April 13, 2021 from 3 - 4 pm ET. The focus of the forum is “Navigating Transitions Related to COVID Restrictions and Preparing for a Post-COVID Environment”.

NOTE: We are hosting this for families exclusively as a safe space for them to share their stories, experiences, challenges, and needs. Based on that, we are not able to invite other participants.

If you are a family member and interested in joining us, please complete the brief registration here, no later than Friday, April 9. We also encourage you to share this opportunity with families and disseminate within your networks.
https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/76D79N2

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Michelle Crawford: [email protected]

“Navigating Transitions Related to COVID Restrictions and Preparing for a Post-COVID Environment”.

AMCHP’s Family LEAD Committee will be hosting a forum for discussion, via webinar, for families on April 13, 2021 from 3 - 4 pm ET. The focus of the forum is “Navigating Transitions Related to COVID Restrictions and Preparing for a Post-COVID Environment”.

NOTE: We are hosting this for families exclusively as a safe space for them to share their stories, experiences, challenges, and needs. Based on that, we are not able to invite other participants.

If you are a family member and interested in joining us, please complete the brief registration here, no later than Friday, April 9. We also encourage you to share this opportunity with families and disseminate within your networks.
https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/76D79N2

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Michelle Crawford: [email protected]

03/31/2021
03/30/2021
Panel: International Transgender Day of Visibility | San Francisco Public Library
03/30/2021
Panel: International Transgender Day of Visibility | San Francisco Public Library

Panel: International Transgender Day of Visibility | San Francisco Public Library

In honor of International Transgender Day of Visibility, Mirror Memoirs is hosting a panel of transgender, non-binary and intersex child sexual abuse survivors of color. Amita Swadhin, the Founding Co-Director, will moderate a conversation between three Mirror Memoirs survivor storytellers on how ou...

Run For Autism Connection of PA
03/30/2021
Run For Autism Connection of PA

Run For Autism Connection of PA

Pittsburgh Marathon registration closing soon Registration for this year's Pittsburgh Marathon events closes TOMORROW Wednesday, March 31st! How the virtual run will work The virtual marathon is a re

03/29/2021
register.gotowebinar.com

You are invited to join these webinars to learn how PA Treasury is helping PA families build a brighter future for their children through its savings programs!

Keystone Scholars https://www.pa529.com/keystone/ provides Pennsylvania babies with a $100 investment that can help jump start your family’s savings for future higher education.*

The Bright Future Booster https://www.pa529.com/keystone/bfb provides an additional one-time $50 deposit to Keystone Scholars babies whose parent(s) are PA WIC participants and who give birth between January 1 and June 30, 2021.

The PA Savings Pledge offers PA residents incentives to save for a child aged 0-18. Take the pledge to save and you’ll be entered in monthly drawings with more than $5,000 in prizes up for grabs.

The PA 529 College and Career Savings Programhttps://www.pa529.com/pasaves/ helps thousands of Pennsylvania families save for a child’s future education while providing great tax benefits. PA 529 plans may be used at most colleges and universities, many technical, career and vocational schools and even for K-12 tuition.

Register below for a webinar to learn about eligibility for these programs and much more.
Tuesday, Apr 6, 2021 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM:
https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/1865385661274190607
Tuesday, May 18, 2021 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/6743452560786131983

03/29/2021
register.gotowebinar.com

Learn about the PA ABLE Savings Program!
Free webinar for individuals with disabilities, families and professionals.

A PA ABLE Savings Program account gives individuals with qualified disabilities (Eligible Individuals), and their families and friends a tax-free way to save for a wide range of disability-related expenses while maintaining government benefits. The state and federal tax-free investment options are offered to encourage Eligible Individuals and their families to save private funds to support health, independence, and quality of life.

To help you learn about the important features and benefits of PA ABLE, the Pennsylvania Treasury Department is hosting free webinars.

Some of the topics that we will discuss include: eligibility requirements for opening a PA ABLE account, the federal and state tax benefits of PA ABLE, and how PA ABLE account interacts with current benefits.

· Thursday, May 13, 2021 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM With ASL Interpreter
https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/6352180352945073163

Hello to you!  I know you have all faced unexpected challenges over the past year and are looking forward to hopeful thi...
03/19/2021

Hello to you!
I know you have all faced unexpected challenges over the past year and are looking forward to hopeful things in the year 2021!
As always, we hope Rohrbach's is a place where everyone and anyone feels welcome to come at any time!!
We do know some of our precious families need a little different experience and so I am sharing this summer event with each of you!

Jen Billig at Hand in Hand Family Resource Center and her team and our team will be working together to provide a wonderful, outdoor activity! Here are the details and you can find this on our facebook as well!

June 19th
Noon to 2:00
In partnership with Hand in Hand Family Resource Center enjoy our spacious outdoor field for reptile games & sensory exploring! Starting at Noon come and explore sensory activities. At 1:00 meet Braiden and his creepy crawly critters to learn & engage during a live presentation! The Scalysites swag shop will be open ($). Free event, however, donations accepted that will be given to Scalysites to cover food costs for the animals.

There will be a second reptile encounter beginning at 2:00, open to the public. You are welcome to stay and enjoy more creepy crawlies if you wish!

Denise Bosworth
Rohrbach's Farm Market, Bakery & Gift Shop
www.rohrbachsfarm.net
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570-356-7

Hello to you!
I know you have all faced unexpected challenges over the past year and are looking forward to hopeful things in the year 2021!
As always, we hope Rohrbach's is a place where everyone and anyone feels welcome to come at any time!!
We do know some of our precious families need a little different experience and so I am sharing this summer event with each of you!

Jen Billig at Hand in Hand Family Resource Center and her team and our team will be working together to provide a wonderful, outdoor activity! Here are the details and you can find this on our facebook as well!

June 19th
Noon to 2:00
In partnership with Hand in Hand Family Resource Center enjoy our spacious outdoor field for reptile games & sensory exploring! Starting at Noon come and explore sensory activities. At 1:00 meet Braiden and his creepy crawly critters to learn & engage during a live presentation! The Scalysites swag shop will be open ($). Free event, however, donations accepted that will be given to Scalysites to cover food costs for the animals.

There will be a second reptile encounter beginning at 2:00, open to the public. You are welcome to stay and enjoy more creepy crawlies if you wish!

Denise Bosworth
Rohrbach's Farm Market, Bakery & Gift Shop
www.rohrbachsfarm.net
Facebook Instagram Twitter
570-356-7

03/19/2021
03/11/2021

During Give Kids a Smile Week, Public Citizens for Children and Youth (PCCY) and their volunteers are connecting local kids to free dental care, no health coverage required. 🪥 Call PCCY at 215-563-5848 x21 starting on Monday, March 15 and they will make an appointment for your kids at a nearby dentist.

🦷 More details: https://www.pccy.org/event/give-kids-a-smile-week-2021/?fbclid=IwAR3V2WUzTuxoJc2bBsEdlc6frApwHhlFP7evqV5cTtwq9UUByeUyavMi75g

🦷 Volunteers are needed to answer calls! Sign up here: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/4090849aaaa22aaff2-give4

AID in PA: Resource Collection for Autism & Intellectual Disabilities https://aidinpa.org/A new resource collection webs...
03/05/2021

AID in PA: Resource Collection for Autism & Intellectual Disabilities
https://aidinpa.org/

A new resource collection website, AID in PA, has recently launched. The site was created in partnership with the Department of Human Services Office of Developmental Programs, PA HCQUs, ASERT, and Temple University. The site provides resource collections designed specifically for the ID/A communities, their parents and caregivers, professionals and the communities across Pennsylvania. The site is home to a variety of topics.

AID in PA began in response to the COVID-19 pandemic of 2020. ODP knew it was a time of particular need for the ID/DD/A communities of Pennsylvania. The original goal was to arm self-advocates and those who support them with the necessary information to navigate and cope with a global health crisis, but has since grown to offering guidance and support through a multitude of challenges facing the ID/DD/A communities such as healthy sexuality and trauma support and recovery.

Explore the resources available on the AID in PA site.

AID in PA: Resource Collection for Autism & Intellectual Disabilities
https://aidinpa.org/

A new resource collection website, AID in PA, has recently launched. The site was created in partnership with the Department of Human Services Office of Developmental Programs, PA HCQUs, ASERT, and Temple University. The site provides resource collections designed specifically for the ID/A communities, their parents and caregivers, professionals and the communities across Pennsylvania. The site is home to a variety of topics.

AID in PA began in response to the COVID-19 pandemic of 2020. ODP knew it was a time of particular need for the ID/DD/A communities of Pennsylvania. The original goal was to arm self-advocates and those who support them with the necessary information to navigate and cope with a global health crisis, but has since grown to offering guidance and support through a multitude of challenges facing the ID/DD/A communities such as healthy sexuality and trauma support and recovery.

Explore the resources available on the AID in PA site.

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Hello everyone, My colleague Kim Hager and I are interested in studying the experiences and barriers to accessing mental health services for families. For the purpose of our research, we intend to compare three groups – caregivers of children with one or more mental health conditions (including developmental diagnoses), caregivers of children with mental health conditions and common medical conditions, and caregivers of children with mental health conditions and rare diseases. Caregivers include biological parents, adoptive parents, foster parents, step-parents, guardians and kinship homes with children under the age of 18. The survey is nationwide and open to families who live anywhere within the United States. The hope is the survey results will assist mental health providers in tailoring services to meet families’ needs. The study was approved by the IRB and survey is anonymous. Please help us by filling out the survey and/or sharing it. English survey: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/PQFSMVV Spanish survey:https://es.surveymonkey.com/r/2DXD5TX Thank you and we appreciate all your help.
Parents of children with special needs, please help us learn how employers can be more supportive of employed caregivers by completing a brief, 10-15-minute survey! Remember to share with others who might benefit from this study as well. Follow this link to the survey: https://ecu.az1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_6hPAjYKJhAboA97
Parents of children with special needs, please help us learn how employers can be more supportive of employed caregivers by completing a brief, 10-15-minute survey! Remember to share with others who might benefit from this study as well. Follow this link to the survey: https://ecu.az1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_6hPAjYKJhAboA97
Parents of children with special needs, please help us learn how employers can be more supportive of employed caregivers by completing a brief, 10-15-minute survey! Remember to share with others who might benefit from this study as well. Follow this link to the survey: https://ecu.az1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_6hPAjYKJhAboA97
Hey Everyone, NEPA Inclusive, located in Pittston, PA, is hosting a series of Zoom Webinars explaining how SMART Technology (Amazon Alexa, Google Home etc.) can positively affect and improve the lives of people with disabilities!!!! Our next two webinars are on November 4th and November 12th!!! Sign up and share!!! Thank you!!!   Visit the link to sign up!!!
Hey Everyone, NEPA Inclusive is hosting a series of Zoom Webinars explaining how SMART Technology (Amazon Alexa, Google Home etc.) can positively affect and improve the lives of people with disabilities!!!! Our next two webinars are on November 4th and November 12th!!! Sign up and share!!! Thank you!!!   Visit the link to sign up!!!
The Virtual Pennsylvania Walk4Hearing is Sunday, October 18th. Looking forward to seeing old friends and meeting new ones! Visit www.hearingloss.org to learn more and to register. One lucky child will win the American Girl's 2020 Girl of the Year, Joss Kendrick. Joss is a surfer and a cheerleader. She was born with hearing loss and wears a hearing aid in her right ear. Enter the Walk with Joss Kids Contest soon!
Wanted to share 2 workshops I hosted for Disability Pride Virtual PA. Our 2 children with hearing loss shared their personal experiences in high school, college and now graduate school. Please feel free to contact me if you have questions! Facebook videos Accommodations & Assistive Listening Devices for HoH Students https://www.facebook.com/342739665785204/videos/591091144941383/?__so__=channel_tab&__rv__=all_videos_card CaptionCall Workshop https://www.facebook.com/342739665785204/videos/3199853806737921/?__so__=channel_tab&__rv__=all_videos_card
Links for this previous post are now included.
Pennsylvania Bikers for Justice is working hard to help children with disabilities. Please like our page and send us any information you believe will be helpful with our efforts. https://m.facebook.com/PABIKERS4JUSTICE/