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Starting with the End in Mind

The PEAL Center and PEAL's 21 and Able Project in conjunction with the PA Inclusion Collective is excited to present "Starting with the End in Mind", a 4-part online series on building an inclusive life for students with disabilities, starting in February.

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Award-winning filmmaker Dan Habib will join us for three nights with his son Samuel Habib co-presenting one evening to discuss how an inclusive education starting in the earliest grades will prepare students with disabilities for transition to higher education and integrated employment as adults.
We'll kick off the series on the first night of February with a virtual screening of "Including Samuel," Dan's first film documenting Sam's earliest years in elementary school. This film is a great way to set the framework for the three evenings that follow that will dig deeper into how to include all students and why an inclusive education leads to an inclusive adulthood, such as integrated employment and independent living, for people with disabilities.
SESSIONS: (all sessions will be held virtually from 6-8 p.m. EST)
  • 2/1/23 "Including Samuel" Virtual Film Screening and Self-Advocate Panel Discussion
  • 2/8/23 Disabling Segregation and screening of "My Disability Roadmap"
  • 2/15/23 Starting Early: Creating a Roadmap for Inclusive IEPs and Transition Plans
  • 2/22/23 Action! Effective Practices in Transition to Adulthood
For more detailed information on the sessions click here.
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Health Matters: Supporting Children & Youth with Disabilities 

March 23, 2023, 9:00am -3:30pm
Lancaster and Online

A one-day conference for parents and professionals, with a unique leadership strand for youth.  Event is focused on families living in Adams, Berks, Cumberland, Dauphin, Franklin, Fulton, Huntington, Lancaster, Lebanon, Lehigh, Northampton, Perry, and York Counties, but all are welcome to attend. (Spanish interpretation and open captioning will be provided).
Learn More and Register
Keynote Speaker: Guy Stephens, Executive Director, Alliance Against Restraint and Seclusion

How Systems Fail Children with Disabilities and What You Can Do to Change It

NEW Update to Resolution Sessions in PA

Update on Resolution Meeting Data processes
Beginning on January 15, 2023, and in accordance with guidance from the federal Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP), the Office for Dispute Resolution (ODR) will no longer be calculating the 15-day resolution meeting timeframe and the 30-day resolution period for the parties. Local Education Agencies (LEAs or schools) will be asked to provide the hearing officer with the date it received parent’s due process complaint notice. The hearing officer will use this date to calculate the decision due date. The LEA will be responsible for calculating the 15-30 day time frames based upon the date it received parent’s due process complaint notice, and providing this information in the Resolution Meeting Data Form, which the Bureau of Special Education uses for its compliance obligations.

From SaS to FAB: Introducing the Framework for Access and Belonging to Families 

Thursday January 26, 2023 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM 

Spend an hour learning about The Framework for Access and Belonging (FAB). The FAB process is used to address a student’s access to instruction and/or social interactions. Sound familiar? It is a “renovation” of the Supplementary Aids and Services Consideration Toolkit (SaS Toolkit) with an emphasis on collaboration, improved technology, Universal Design for Learning (UDL), and follow up planning and evaluation.

During this session, families will learn about each phase of the FAB process, and the important collaborative role they play from completing the survey, brainstorming, and planning. Information about how families can access the FAB tools will also be highlighted. The session will be recorded and made available on the PaTTAN website.

Winter Lunch Bites Series

Improve your skills and add to your advocacy toolbox. This winter, PEAL is offering a series of condensed, but insightful sessions great topics during lunch time.  All sessions will be offered virtually. Each session offered from 12-1PM. Register for one or for all:
  • February 2 IEP Essentials
  • February 15 IEP: Knowing Your Rights
  • February 22 Making Inclusion a Reality 
  • March 10 504 Basics

3 Tips to Improve Communication with Your Youth & Young Adults

This tip sheet provides parents and allies of youth and young adults with lived experience of a mental health condition tips be able to improve their connection with them. This tip sheet was developed as a collaboration between the family member and young adult advisory boards that work with the Transitions to Adulthood Center for Research. The tips are based on advisory board members’ real experiences.
Check out the Tip Sheet

REAL January 2023 News & Resources

The REAL Newsletter offers great articles and resources around transition. Including a guide to transition planning from the National Center for Learning Disabilities, a podcast supporting transition-youth with mental health conditions, and resources for job seekers and employees with disabilities. 

Smart Home Technology: Leading to Independence

Monday, Jan 23, 2023 at 2pm ET

This webinar will introduce the power of Smart Home technology. Assistive technology does not need to be specialized or costly to be life-changing for students with disabilities and their families. In fact, generic, off-the-shelf, smart home devices can make it possible to live with greater independence, autonomy, safety, security, and joy!

Please join the RAISE Center for a “Smart Homes" webinar presented by Pennsylvania Assistive Technology Foundation (PATF) on Monday, January 23, 2023, at 2:00 pm. The webinar will walk through PATF's new publication (English/Spanish) and corresponding Smart Homes website. It will provide you with the information you’ll need to help your community explore the most current smart home technology, create a framework to choose technology, and how to build a team to support this technology.

It will provide you with the information you'll need to help students, families, and teachers learn about smart home devices, create a framework to match goals with devices, learn how to build a team to support this technology, and find additional resources. 

ASL interpretation & Spanish interpretation will be offered!

Tecnología de Hogar Inteligente: Hacia la Vida Independiente

Este seminario web presentará el poder de la tecnología de hogar inteligente (Smart Home). La tecnología de asistencia no necesita ser especializada o costosa para cambiar la vida de los estudiantes con discapacidades y sus familias. De hecho, los dispositivos domésticos inteligentes genéricos y existentes hacen posible vivir con mayor independencia, autonomía, seguridad y alegría.

lunes 23 de enero de 2022 Hora: 2pm ET

Se ofrecerá interpretación al español y ASL (lenguaje de señas americano)

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