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PaTTAN Job Coach Training

The Nuts and Bolts of Job Coaching Online Course: Summer 2023: July 5 – August 16, 2023 Fall 2023: October 10 – December 5, 2023 Spring 2024: March 12 – April 23, 2024 The Pennsylvania Training and Technical Assistance Network (PaTTAN) is hosting a self-paced online course for those interested in learning

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Save the Date for the 11th Annual Lifesharing Conference

October 23 and October 24, 2023 The Pennsylvania Lifesharing Coalition invites you to save the date for the 11th Annual Lifesharing Conference - October 23rd and 24th, 2023. The family friendly event will feature presentations, exhibitors, and the Excellence in Lifesharing Award Ceremony. The event will offer training hours. $200 early bird

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Pennsylvania Recognized During National 2023 Charting The LifeCourse Showcase

During the 2023 Charting The LifeCourse Showcase held in Kansas City, Missouri, two representatives of Pennsylvania's support professional cohort were recognized for their work. Francine Hogan, Director of PA Family Network, and Christine Breakstone, Western Coordinator for Self Advocates United as 1 (SAU1) each received awards at the national conference recognizing their

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Affordable Connectivity Program 

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has launched a new landing page at for its Affordable Connectivity Program. will still exist as a resource for consumers and digital navigators with more detailed information about the program. The FCC is continuing its efforts to promote the program by providing grants to community

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Communication Corner – May is Mental Health Awareness Month!

Research has shown that effective communication is key to positive mental health. Communication drives our ability to form relationships and share our wants and needs with another person. It also allows us to discuss our deeper thoughts and feelings as we build relationships. In fact, a Harvard study showed that the people

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Tech Owl Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) Webinar Series

Throughout May 2023, the TechOWL is hosting several learning opportunities about alternative and augmentative communication (AAC) and related topics. Speech, Language, and Communication:When to Consider AAC? May 17—Wednesday 10:00 a.m. Better understand speech, language, and communication with a focus on supports for individuals with intellectual/developmental disabilities and when intervention may be considered.REGISTRATION FOR MAY

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PATC Call For Personal Stories

Each of us has a story to tell. This is an opportunity for you to share yours. Showcase your own Personal Story at the 2023 PA Autism Training Conference (PATC)! We’re looking for both written and video stories from individuals with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) to showcase at the statewide conference, held

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ODP 2023 Supporting Families Survey

The Office of Developmental Programs (ODP) wants your feedback! The anonymous Supporting Families Survey seeks input from individuals who receive support from a Supports Coordinator (SC also known as a case manager or case worker), and family members of people who receive support through an SC. The survey helps ODP learn whether

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Technology Task Force Newsletter: Technology Today

ODP's Technology Taskforce has published its Technology Today newsletter for April. The purpose of the newsletter is to seek out methods of supporting individuals with disabilities, family members, and providers with resources, events, and other important updates in the assistive technology world. This includes compilations of resources that support individuals through technology