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What can we do to increase early identification and referrals for autism spectrum disorder (ASD)

in the Black community? 

Take Charge of Your Health Today: Autism and Early Identification

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Photo of article author, Carlos T. Carter, President and CEO of the Urban League of Greater Pittsburgh

Read More Here


Changing the Narrative Around Autism and the Media

Preventing Crises Through Pediatric Behavioral Health Urgent Care

15 Activities and Teaching Strategies for Autistic Children


DNA May Hold Clues to Oxytocin Levels in Autistic People

Learning and Remembering Movement

Workshops and Webinars
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Integrating Social Skills into Criminal Justice Interactions: Case Studies

This webinar will provide a detailed breakdown of several cases of the integration of social skills instruction into daily interactions of justice professionals with their clients and colleagues. 

Date/Time by Time Zone

Thu, Jul 14th, 2022 1:00 PM - 2:15 PM ET

Thu, Jul 14th, 2022 12:00 PM - 1:15 PM CT

Thu, Jul 14th, 2022 11:00 AM - 12:15 PM MT

Thu, Jul 14th, 2022 10:00 AM - 11:15 AM PT

More information here

Register Here
Events and Activities

Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh Sensory Friendly Afternoons

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Sensory Friendly afternoons take place on the second Tuesday of every month from 1-5pm
Children and families with autism spectrum disorders and sensory sensitivities can enjoy a fun, friendly experience in a comfortable and accepting environment.
  • Lights and sounds in spaces throughout the museum are adjusted
  • Designated Quiet Areas offer spaces to take a break
  • Sensory Kits with noise-canceling headphones, sunglasses, an assortment of fidgets, and other items are available.
 Regular admission rates apply.
Please contact for more information.

Visit the Children's Museum Website for More Information

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We Need Your Help!!

From The Provider Alliance


Dear Friends and Colleagues,

The final negotiations for the Pennsylvania budget continue. Our legislators are now determining whether to invest in DSP wages or place these funds as part of a $5 billion allocation to the Rainy Day Fund. We still need your help as we fight for DSP wages! 

We ask that you keep sending messages to your Senators and Representatives and tell them to actively support $65 million in DSP wages. We have consistently requested a total investment of $541 million for our DSP workforce. The Governor has already proposed $405 million in funding and we need the $65 million additional state dollars, matched by $71 million in federal funds, to accomplish this goal. 

Please click the link below and revisit our Action Center TODAY and urge your Senator and Representative to support DSP wages. Please share this link widely across your organizations and stakeholder communities.

Thank you for your advocacy.

Call To Action Click here the House and Senate are finalizing the budget
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Upcoming Support Group


Achieva’s Empowered Voices Leadership Group is comprised of self-advocates from around the Pittsburgh area. Driven by the voices and interests of the members, participants meet for opportunities to learn new things, have fun, and meet new people. 

Former topics covered during group meetings include Able Accounts, Grief and Loss, and Public Speaking.

Empowered Voices meet virtually on the first and third Thursday of each month from 6 - 8 p.m.

Meeting Link 

Or dial: (US) 1 617-675-4444 

and enter PIN: 955 107 492 6951#

More phone numbers:

Please contact Melissa Skiffen, Achieva Advocacy and Family Supports, at or 724-837-8159 x 114 with any questions.

Participants Needed


PSU Lab of Developmental Neuroscience

Participate in a computer game intervention designed to alleviate social symptoms and foster more independence in autistic adolescents (10-18 years). Families come to Penn State Univ. 3 times over 6 months to play computer games, answer survey questions, and have eye movements observed. Adolescents play a computer game at home 3 times/week for 3 of the months.

Families are paid for lab visits and game play time and reimbursed for travel costs. Scheduling is flexible. For more information go to or email:


Researchers at the University of Pittsburgh Department of Psychiatry are seeking volunteers aged 18 and older diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and/or caregivers of adults with ASD to participate in a study. The purpose of this study is to create a reliable and valid measure of adult functioning in adults with ASD.

  • Online surveys
  • Complete on your own time
  • $80 compensation provided

If you are interested, please contact 412-260-6593 or

Autism Connection of PA disclaims and does not endorse or support any individual or entity included in this publication, makes no representations, warranties, guarantees or promises on behalf of or for those listed, and assumes no liability nor responsibility for any service or product provided or advertised. We strongly recommend that readers of this e-blast and related publications such as newsletters, exercise their own best judgment when making the decision to use the services, products, interventions or advice from any entity listed herein. 

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