7th Annual Charting the Lifecourse Showcase 2023 Early Bird Registration now open!

7th Annual Charting the LifeCourse Showcase

The LifeCourse Nexus will be hosting its annual Charting The LifeCourse Showcase from May 2nd to May 4th, 2023 in Kansas City. The LifeCourse Nexus is a national training and technical assistance center housed at the University of Missouri Kansas Institute for Human Development. The Charting the LifeCourse framework is a pillar

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Nour Coffee Shop Grand Opening On World Down Syndrome Day

Nour Coffee Shop in Camp Hill, PA celebrated its grand opening on Tuesday, March 21, 2023 to mark World Down Syndrome Day. Nour was created with competitive integrated employment in mind, meaning workers of all ability levels work together. “We want people of all abilities working side by side in the same

Calling All Writers

ASDNext Looking For Self-Advocate Writers

ASDNext is looking for self-advocates on the autism spectrum who are interested in writing blogs for its website and social media pages. Writers can write about themselves, their lives with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), their hobbies, and other important areas in their lives. ASDNext is a collaborative run by The Autism Services,


Pennsylvania Developmental Disabilities Council (PADDC) Outlooks Newsletter

The Pennsylvania Developmental Disabilities Council (PADDC) has released its Outlooks Newsletter and Impact Report. The newsletter features a forward from Executive Director Lisa Tesler highlighting the importance of March as disability awareness month, and the Council's mission of "achieving full integration and inclusion in society for all people with developmental disabilities." The


TRAIN Spring 2023

Aid in PA has six spots remaining for its Spring 2023 TRAIN class beginning in April. Below is a refresher of course information and important dates: TRAIN (Trauma Recovery for Autistic, Intellectually Disabled and Neurodiverse Individuals): Individuals with intellectual disabilities or autism are at an increased risk of experiencing trauma, however few therapists are

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Communication Corner – March is Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month!

To celebrate this important month, we wanted to share tips for encouraging inclusive communication environments.  Our access to communication is the backbone of our connection to one another.  By ensuring that all people have the opportunity to engage in communication in any environment, we promote equality, understanding, and engagement.  Be aware of

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Integrated Transportation Resource Guide

The Office of Developmental Programs (ODP) has released its newly developed Integrated Transportation Guide as a resource to assist individuals in developing reliable transportation routes. Transportation continues to be a barrier to people finding and maintaining competitive-integrated employment. In response, ODP's Employment Innovation Area Work Group developed the guide, which utilizes the

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Center on Intellectual/Developmental Disabilities and Mental Health Conditions Seeks Steering Committee

Through a cooperative agreement with the National Association of State Directors of Developmental Disabilities Services (NASDDDS), ACL has launched a new center to improve support for people with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities (I/DD) who have mental health conditions. This center will focus on capacity building by supporting state agencies with policy development,