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Virtual Family Leadership Institute: Winter 2023

Apply to PEAL's Virtual Winter 2023 Virtual Family Leadership Institute

PEAL is excited to announce our Winter 2023 Virtual Family Leadership Institute (FLI)! Join us to enhance your advocacy and leadership skills! PEAL's FLI will help parents and caregivers of children and young people with disabilities and special healthcare needs to develop an understanding of healthcare, education, and disability policies. Tools will be used to increase the impact of your voice to promote change beneficial to children, young people, and families across Pennsylvania.

Virtual sessions will be held on Zoom every Tuesday evening, from 5:00-6:30 pm, for 7 weeks between January 10th and February 21st, 2023. PEAL's FLI is offered at no cost to families by the PEAL Center and our partners.

Participants MUST COMMIT to attending all live virtual sessions, in addition to completing "Learning On Your Own" (LOYO) assignments in between.

Applications are due December 9th, 2022

Apply Now!
¿Cuida usted a un niño o niña con alguna discapacidad y necesidad especial de atención medica?  ¿Desea desarrollar y mejorar sus habilidades de defensa y liderazgo? El Instituto de Liderazgo Familiar (ILF) le ofrecerá herramientas para aumentar el impacto de su voz para hacer un cambio que beneficie los niños(as), jóvenes y las familias en todo el estado de Pensilvania.  ¡Únase a este entrenamiento exclusivamente en español próximamente en la Primavera del 2023!! ¡Este atento a la invitación! 
Giving Tuesday header
On Tuesday November 29th, you can support the PEAL Center through Giving Tuesday and help us empower youth with disabilities and their families so they can access much needed education and healthcare services. With your help, we can reach more families and provide the support needed in training and information, and resources!

By joining the movement and donating to the PEAL Center, you're providing youth and their families with tools to become lifelong advocates.
Donate Here

Join the PEAL Center's 21 and Able Project, Powered by United Way for Important Transition to Adulthood Information

Saturday, 11/19/22, 12-1:30 pm
“Learning about different waivers”

With Ned Whitehead, Community Advisor PA Waiting List Campaign

Thursday, 12/1/22, 11:45am-1:00pm
Youth & Families – Questions & Ideas about Waivers!

Youth and parents will gather with PEAL staff and experts to discuss all aspects of Waivers and work together to get you the answers you need and support your ideas.
Register now for one or all events

You Can Still Get This Information! Check out PEAL's Recorded Webinars 

If you were not able to attend PEAL's recent webinars on Accessing Communication in School and Guardianship: A Last Resort, you can find the recordings on our website, along with many other webinars that PEAL has offered. 

Voices From the Field Interview: Interview with Sadia Batool

Sadia's family
Check out this great article about Sadia Batool, former PEAL Board member. She is a physician with a current focus on supporting families and professionals in Early Childhood Systems. Her passion for Early Childhood systems stems from her personal experience of receiving life changing early intervention services for her daughter with autism.
Read Sadia's Interview

REAL Transition

Check November's resources and news from the REAL Transition Partners. Including resources about education, disability and culture, independent living, and more!
REAL Transition Resources

Culturally Competent Transition Planning

There is a growing acknowledgement – and body of research – showing that culturally responsive practices play a significant role in improving post-school outcomes for youth with disabilities. It is important that students and their families have equal access to culturally and linguistically diverse information, resources, services, and knowledgeable personnel when transition planning is taking place. In this issue of RAISE The Standard, RAISE explores what it means to bring a culturally competent approach to transition planning and why it is vital to do so.
RAISE The Standard
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