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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

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Disability Pride PA – Upcoming Events in Philadelphia

Disability Pride PA is hosting a series of events in the Philadelphia region for self-advocates, family advocates, and other disability community allies. April 19, 2023 - Philadelphia's Mayoral Candidates Town Hall on Disability, 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm, in-person tickets are sold out but registration is still available for livestream tickets. Register.

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Communication Corner – April is Autism Acceptance Month!

Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is now the fastest growing developmental disorder impacting 1 in 36 people.  Additionally, 40% of those with ASD have limited speech or do not communicate through speech. Communication is how we connect and build relationships as well as meet our own needs.  Communication, however, it is done, is


Pennsylvania Developmental Disabilities Council Seeking Grant Applications

The Pennsylvania Developmental Disabilities Council (PADDC) is seeking grant applicants for its 2023 application period. Applications are due Wednesday, May 3, 2023. PADDC provides funding for programs that align with its vision of a commonwealth where all people are valued and thrive. Specifically, PADDC is looking to fund programs that: Create learning

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Beyond Autism Awareness: What’s Next?

April 19th from 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm The ASERT Collaborative (Autism Services, Education, Resources and Training), The Philadelphia Autism Project, and The Policy Impact Project will be hosting a webinar to provide a platform for autistic self-advocates, family members, and others in the autism community to discuss what comes next after

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April is Workplace Violence Awareness Month

April is recognized as Workplace Violence Awareness Month by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH). Workplace violence is the act or threat of violence, ranging from verbal abuse to physical assaults directed toward persons at work or on duty. 76% of workplace violence

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April is Autism Acceptance Month

April is Autism Acceptance Month. Please help the Office of Developmental Programs (ODP) share the proclamation signed by Governor Josh Shapiro that celebrates the contributions of Pennsylvanians with autism. Governor Shapiro highlights the Commonwealth’s commitment to supporting individuals with autism in the proclamation, stating: WHERAS, there are more than 55,000 children and adults