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July is Disability Pride Month!

There are many ways to celebrate and learn about Disability Pride Month! 

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) was passed on July 26, 1990 and in celebration Boston held the first Disability Pride Day event in July 1990, which helped to establish Disability Pride Month. 
Disability Pride Flag on black background with blue, yellow, white, red, and green zigzags
One way to celebrate is Disability Pride Pittsburgh on July 23rd, 2022. Learn more here

Also check out Disability Pride PA Facebook Page for more resources and opportunities.

Additional Resources:  
Read more about the Disability Pride flag

Check out "11 Ways to Celebrate Disability Pride Month - 2022"

Additional Year of School for PA Students with Disabilities

Parents/guardians and students who wish to take advantage of Act 55 must complete, sign, and submit the Act 55 of 2022 Student Enrollment Notification Form to the student’s school entity on or before August 1, 2022.

Learn more about Act 55 of 2022 and who is eligible on PEAL's website

Summer Institute: Virtual Training Sessions

Check out the recording for our first session, IEP: Knowing Your Rights, on our website. 

Our next English Session is Section 504 Basics on Friday, July 22nd at noon. 

Learn more about our Summer Institute and the other sessions offered this summer below. 

Learn More About PEAL's Summer Institute

Queremos que éstas oportunidades sean accesibles para todas las familias que hablan español. ¡Únase en vivo por zoom o en vivo por Facebook! Para poder servirles mejor y ofrecer las mejores capacitaciones, les invitamos a inscribirse a nuestras sesiones educativas virtuales de la Feria de Verano por medio del enlace en nuestro sitio web. Pero igualmente, si se les dificulta la inscripción, les informamos que estaremos transmitiendo las sesiones en vivo desde nuestra página de Facebook para que se unan más fácilmente. ¡Los esperamos! Siga nuestra página de Facebook aquí:

Inscríbase aquí:

Join PEAL for a Listening & Learning Session with Superintendent Dr. Watlington

Over the course of his first 100 days, new School District of Philadelphia Superintendent Dr. Tony Watlington Sr. will host 80 Listening & Learning Sessions where he will meet students, families, District staff, and community members invested in our student’s achievement. And that means he needs to hear from you. Before our children return to school on August 29, Dr. Watlington needs to hear your concerns, your hopes, and your desires for the School District of Philadelphia.    The PEAL Center is proud to partner with Dr. Watlington on a 90min virtual Listening & Learning Session, taking place on Tuesday, August 2nd at NoonRegister here and choose the PEAL Center, August 2nd option by Sunday, July 31 at Noon. Dr. Watlington wants to hear from families of students with disabilities and special healthcare needs attending school in the School District of Philadelphia. We hope you will join us. All are welcome! The Zoom link will be provided 24hrs in advance of the session. Register now:  

COVID Vaccination Now Recommended for Children 4 years to 6 months old

What should parents know about the COVID vaccine for kids under 5?

COVID-19 vaccines for babies age 6 months through 4 years are now recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and authorized by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommends the COVID-19 vaccine for children in this age group.
¿Qué deben saber los padres sobre la vacuna contra el COVID para menores de 5 años?

COVID-19 para bebés de 6 meses a 4 años han sido recomendadas por los Centros para el Control y la Prevención de Enfermedades (CDC, por sus siglas en inglés) y autorizadas por la Administración de Alimentos y Medicamentos (FDA, por sus siglas en inglés). La American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recomienda la vacuna contra COVID-19 para los niños de este grupo de edad. 

PA Legislators Set Precedence for Inclusion of Disabled People’s History, Culture & Contributions in the Curriculum

The Disability Inclusive Curriculum was included in the education code and was overwhelmingly passed by the House and Senate on Friday and is on the Governor's desk for signing.

The legislation sets up a 3 year pilot in schools to test out the curriculum followed by a statewide rollout once approved by the state and disabled people. It promises that the curriculum will be created by organizations at least 50% controlled by disabled people.

Pennsylvania will be the first state to introduce disability into the curriculum in this comprehensive way.

View the complete wording of the legislation 

Expanded Food Assistance Eligibility for Families Facing Food Insecurity

More Pennsylvanians experiencing food insecurity are now eligible for support from Pennsylvania’s network of food banks and pantries. Learn more from Trying Together

Fast Facts on School Safety: The Research From the ACLU Pennsylvania

It explores the research on school safety, making an argument against the effectiveness of hardening of schools as a solution to school shootings. Their resource also provides an up-to-date summary of what the research shows about school shootings, prevention, averted violence (major violent acts that have been prevented), the use of "threat assessment" in schools, the race/disability impact of school hardening, and alternative strategies.
Learn More

Peer Generation Youth Empowerment Training

Doors to Wellbeing, Youth MOVE PA, and PMHCA are offering Peer Generation: Youth Empowerment Training for FREE to Youth in Pennsylvania. This includes Youth and Young Adults ages 29 and younger.

Peer Generation: Youth Empowerment is a youth led and youth developed curriculum that offers an experiential introduction to youth peer support. Starting August 3rd, the training focuses on strategies for resiliency and offers pathways for individuals to get in touch with their unique and authentic selves. Participants will experience an environment that is culturally grounded and focuses on practical ways to be inclusive toward the diversity of all communities and experiences. Individuals will be better equipped to practice peer support in real life situations that could be easily implemented. Personal sharing and mutual learning are at the core of this curriculum.
Register Here
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