Join Achieva on September 20, 2021 for a wonderful day of golf, food, and prizes at Valley Brook Country Club's beautiful 27-hole course. 

Proceeds from the 23rd Annual Million Dollar Golf Outing benefit Achieva's mission to support and empower individuals with disabilities and their families.

To register as a golfer or sponsor, please visit: www.achieva.info/achievagolf2021.

For more information, please contact Jodie Tabano at 412.995.5000 ext. 526 or jtabano@achieva.info.
Thank you to our 2021 e-news underwriter:
Unusual Animal Models Of Autism
In the past two decades, some autism researchers have turned to simple animals, such as roundworms, fruit flies and zebrafish, for their investigations. Others have sought answers from experiments with frogs, birds and even octopuses. In this special report, the authors describe these discoveries and the impact that alternative animal models have had on autism research.

Autism In The News
Research Developments
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Upcoming Events
WEBINAR SERIES: ABUSE OF PEOPLE OF COLOR WITH DISABILITIES

FISA Foundation and Southwest PA Says No More are partnering with The Vera Institute of Justice's End Abuse of People with Disabilities initiative on a three-session interactive webinar series to bring together experts at the intersections of disability, domestic and sexual violence, campus violence, human trafficking, and racial justice. 

Session 1 - Meeting the Needs of Human Trafficking Victims with Disabilities
 
People with disabilities (including autism and intellectual disabilities) are at high risk for both sex and labor trafficking, with many cases including an element that is unique to people with disabilities: traffickers stealing their government benefits, such as Supplemental Security Income or Social Security Disability Insurance. This session will explore the issues facing victims of trafficking who have disabilities, including the unique ways they are trafficked and implications for service providers.

September 28, 2021, 1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.

Participants Needed
EXPLORING POSITIVE AND NEGATIVE DIMENSIONS IN AUTISM SPECTRUM DISORDERS (EXPAND)

The University of Pittsburgh is seeking individuals ages 3 to 11 to participate in exciting research to help create a new assessment for autism spectrum. For this study, researchers are looking for participants with autism spectrum disorders who are willing to come to our center and participate in various assessments, and whose parents will complete questionnaires and interviews. Some testing can be completed remotely, over the phone and/or by Zoom.

If you are interested in participating, or know someone who might be interested, please contact: autismrecruiter@upmc.edu, or call 1-866-647-3436 
 
Participants will be compensated for their time.
EASE: EMOTIONAL AWARENESS AND SKILLS ENHANCEMENT STUDY FOR ASD

The University of Pittsburgh is conducting a research study to evaluate a treatment for adolescents and young adults with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) who struggle with handling their emotions. We are enrolling 12-21 year old individuals with an ASD diagnosis and IQ of 75 or higher who also have difficulties with their emotions.
Participants will be randomized to either EASE Therapy or Supportive Therapy. Each therapy involves 16 weekly sessions, which can be completed in-person following all Covid-19 safety guidelines. There is no cost for this program and we offer payments for completing assessments.

If you would like more information concerning the research, please email: autismrecruiter@upmc.edu or phone toll free 1-866-647-3436.

Upcoming Support Group
ACHIEVA'S EMPOWERED VOICES LEADERSHIP GROUP

A group comprised of self-advocates learning new things, have fun, and meet new people. Future topics will include Person-Centered Planning, Self-Advocacy Skills, and Overall Wellness.

These Zoom groups will meet on the 1st and 3rd Thursdays of each month from 6:00 p.m.- 8:00 p.m., beginning September 2nd.

More information can be found HERE
Contact Julie Trbovich at jtrbovich@achieva.info or 412-995-5000 x579 with any questions

READY SET FAMILY WORKGROUP

Are you a family member with experience raising a child involved in the Child Welfare or Behavioral/Mental Health systems? If you are currently receiving services or have in the last 3 years, you meet the criteria.

Ready Set is a family workgroup that focuses on preparing families by enhancing and building skills needed to participate in a meaningful way on workgroups, boards, and focus groups. The goal is to create family leaders that will help work with providers to promote positive system change and help create other family leaders.

This is a monthly group, and consistent attendance with focuses participation once a month is expected. Ongoing coaching in partnership with Allegheny Family Network and the Department of Human Services will be available.

September 23, 2021, 6:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m., virtually on Zoom

For questions or to RSVP please contact Michelle Hill: 412-350-7335 or michelle.hill@alleghenycounty.us