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Community Mobility and Participation of Autistic Adults Study (COMPAAS)

Drexel University is conducting a study on the community mobility and participation of autistic adults (COMPAAS). COMPAAS is seeking autistic adults who live in the Philadelphia area to help researchers learn about how often people leave their homes, the amount of time they spend in the community, the places they go, and other factors

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ASERT Survey

ASERT would like to hear from you! Click here to take a brief survey to help ASERT gain a better understanding of their current reach across the state of Pennsylvania. Never heard of them? Take the survey! Talk to them monthly? Take the survey! The information you provide will help them move


PADDC Self Advocate Survey

The Pennsylvania Developmental Disabilities Council (PADDC) is working on a project to enhance Pennsylvania’s self advocate leadership to focus on system and policy change. PADDC invites people with developmental and intellectual disabilities (I/DD) and providers or organizations to connect The Council to self advocates who may want to be part of the

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Pennsylvania DSP recognized as NADSP E-Badge Earner of the Month: Patrick Sgro

A Pennsylvania direct support professional (DSP) from York County has been recognized for his NADSP E-Badge submission. The full article published on the NADSP website, including an interview with Patrick, is below. _________________________________ Congratulations to Patrick Sgro,​ who has been selected as the March 2024 NADSP E-Badge Academy Earner of the Month. The National

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AID in PA Accepting TRAIN Applications

AID In PA is accepting applicants for its April 2024 TRAIN program. This free training program was developed for therapists, counselors, and clinical social workers who already have experience working with clients who have an ID/A diagnosis and are looking to gain knowledge and skills related to trauma therapy. Individuals with intellectual

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March is Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month

March is Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month. Please help the Office of Developmental Programs (ODP) share the proclamation signed by Governor Josh Shapiro that celebrates the many accomplishments and contributions of people with developmental disabilities. Governor Shapiro highlights the Commonwealth's commitment to supporting individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities in the proclamation, stating:

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Communication Corner – Celebrating Black American Sign Language

February is recognized across the United States as Black History Month. Did you know American Sign Language, like any language, has variations by culture? Deaf African Americans faced not only the typical exclusion of those in Deaf culture but historical segregation as well. As a result, this group developed their own dialect

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Aging Our Way, PA – Public Comment Requested

In January of 2023, Governor Josh Shapiro assumed office and introduced the initiative of developing a Master Plan for Older Adults to respond to emergent trends in aging as part of his first budget address. Executive Order 2023-09 (EO 2023-09), signed on May 25, 2023, by Governor Shapiro, formalized the project by

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Technology Task Force Newsletter: Technology Today Volume 7

ODP's Technology Taskforce has published its Technology Today: Volume 7 January 2024 Newsletter. 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