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

Join us to enhance your advocacy and leadership skills! PEAL's Winter 2023 Virtual Family Leadership Institute (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.

Applications are due December 9th, 2022:
Apply for PEAL's Virtual FLI

Neuropsychological Evaluations: Information for Families

Tuesday, December 6th, 2022 at 12:00 - 1:00 PM
A pediatric neuropsychological evaluation is done with children, teens, and young adults to find out information about how the brain is functioning as they learn and grow – for example, how they process information, make choices and solve problems, how they engage in everyday routines, how they get along with others, and how they are able to regulate their emotions. Results are used to get a picture of a child’s own strength/challenges, individualize treatment plans, and promote success and access to services. These types of evaluations are best done when families, educators, psychologists and doctors are all working together.

This seminar will focus on the uses of pediatric neuropsychological evaluation in schools, explore challenges and successes when systems are coming together to make decisions (school, healthcare, family), and includes the perspective of families.

Presented by: Sarah Laughlin, PhD & Rachel Robertson, PhD, BCBA-D

View the flyer for this training


Children and the Holidays

Understanding that holidays and family get-togethers can be challenging for many children, the Child Mind Institute offers a series of articles (in English and in Spanish) that include such titles as: Enjoying the holidays more with mindfulness; How to take the stress out of family gatherings; Tips for traveling; How to handle holidays after a death in the family; and 4 ways to make the holidays better for kids.

Looking for Parents of High School Students with IEPs

Are you a parent or legal guardian of a high school student who has an IEP and is about two years away from finishing high school?  NTACT:C is looking for a few such parents/guardians to read and answer some simple questions about a short description of a research project and a participation consent form. The purpose is to help them ensure that the project description and consent form are clear and easy to read. This is part of a study sponsored by the U.S. Department of Education and being conducted by the American Institutes for Research (AIR) with the University of North Carolina at Charlotte (UNC Charlotte) as a partner.
They will arrange a day and time to meet virtually with each selected parent individually, sometime in December. During this virtual session, they will share and discuss the document, which is about 3 pages long. The session will take approximately one hour.
If you are interested, please complete this short form. Parents who are selected and who complete the activity will be given a $50 gift card. They may not be able to select every interested parent.
Questions may be directed to

In-Person Youth Leadership Academy 

4 Monday Evenings 5-7 pm, Dinner Included

Participate in PEAL's upcoming Youth Leadership Academy (YLA) in Sewickley! Our YLA is for Teens and Young Adults with a disability and/or special healthcare need (16-21 years old) who have demonstrated self-advocacy and/or leadership potential in school or the community. 

The YLA focuses on gaining self-awareness and confidence, learning how to become a leader, connecting with peers and community leaders, and learning about resources. 

Where: North Way Christian Community – Sewickley Valley
200 Deer Run Road Sewickley, PA 15144

When: December 12th, December 19th , January 9th (2023), and January 16th from 5pm to 7pm

Email questions to Hunter Steinitz at 

Register below by December 11th


PA Transition Tidbits
Updates and Events - December 2022

Check out this month's PA Transition Tidbits! Including information about Youth Ambassadors, transition tips, and resource spotlights. 

Inclusive Apprenticeship Programs 

This toolkit connects students to career experts, builds job skills, and provides information on creating apprenticeship programs. Check it out on PEAT's (Partnership on Employment & Accessible Technology) Website 
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