Via Celebrates Autism Acceptance Month

April is Autism Acceptance Month to promote awareness, inclusion and self-determination for people on the autism spectrum. This year’s theme is to Celebrate Differences.

All month-long Via highlighted participants with autism on its social media. One of these participants is Alison, who got her dream job as a baker at Sweet Girlz Bakery in Easton through Via’s Employment Services. Alison has excelled in her position and is now head baker. In honor of Autism Acceptance Month, she created a special cupcake and asked that a portion of the proceeds from its sale be donated to Via. Her story garnered the attention of local media. Click on these links to be inspired by Alison’s story: NBC10, WFMZ and The Morning Call.

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Via Participants Have a New Computer Lab
The Edith Trees Foundation provided a grant for several capital improvements. This includes renovating an area of our workshop for participant computer and technology training. The new area will allow everyone to use their own desk, laptop, tablet and headphones as needed based on the curriculum for the day.

Individuals will learn basic computer skills, typing proficiency, resume creation, applying for jobs, education fundamentals, how to electronically sign documents and more. Staff will also focus on ensuring that participants learn how to stay safe while using the internet and social media.

Via truly appreciates the support it receives from the community for services and programs to help people learn skills to help them reach their personal and vocational goals.
Via is Doing its Part in the "Mask Up Lehigh Valley" Campaign
At this time more than 72% of Via employees and 47% of participants receiving services are fully or partially COVID-19 vaccinated. Until most people are vaccinated, it is important to continue following CDC recommendations to wear a mask, social distance and practice proper hand hygiene.

Individuals with disabilities have an increased risk of severe illness from COVID-19. Wearing a mask can help protect them and everyone in our community. That is why our team is participating in the United Way of the Greater Lehigh Valley’s #MaskUpLV campaign. 
Lisa Walkiewicz, CEO and President, said, “Even though I am fully vaccinated, I can potentially spread COVID-19 to others who aren't. That's why it's so important for us to continue to mask up and social distance.” 
Denise Pioli, Vice President of Services, (pictured with Barry, Via Participant) added: "When I'm out in the community, visiting participants, I want to make sure I'm keeping them and others around us safe. Wearing a mask is a great way to do this." 
Via Welcomes Newest Board Member
Via of the Lehigh Valley is pleased to announce its Board of Directors has elected a new member. Sharon Geroulo of Schnecksville is Vice President, Business Banker at Truist. She is a lifelong resident of the Lehigh Valley with more than twenty years of banking experience. Sharon will bring her passion of identifying and promoting innovative and positive activities to champion disability-friendly practices and inclusion to the Via Board.  
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