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House Co-Sponsorship Memoranda

Representatives Harper, Daniel Miller and Ed Gainey intend to introduce legislation that will establish the Ensuring People with Disabilities Can Become Taxpayers Act. Too often, students with disabilities graduate from high school “to the couch” in their parents’ home with little hope of entering the job market, or are placed in segregated settings with other […]

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2014 Pittsburgh Summer Youth Employment Program

Summer employment program for city of Pittsburgh youth only. (Deadline below)   What are the dates of the summer program? First day of employment is June 30, 2014, and the last day of employment is August 8, 2014. Youth are paid $7.25 per hour and may work up to 30 hours per week, 6 hours […]

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Shelly Saves For the Future – A Story of Career Development

Take a look at this Infographic, created by the U.S. Department of Labor, which tells the story of Shelly who seeks her independence by saving for her future through the use of self-exploration, career-exploration, and career planning. Click here to read more… (Adobe PDF Reader necessary for viewing.)

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Car Wash Hires Employees with Autism

John D’Eri co-founded the Rising Tide Car Wash to show what his son and others on the autism spectrum can accomplish.   Read / View More…

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Subminimum Wages For The Disabled: Godsend Or Exploitation?

The president recently signed an raising the minimum hourly wage to $10.10 for workers employed by federal contractors — including those with disabilities.   That’s a victory for disabled workers who can make just pennies per hour at so-called sheltered workplaces.   While some call sheltered workshops a godsend, others say they are examples of […]

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Group Homes’ Decision To Bar Newlyweds From Cohabiting Upheld

A federal judge has thrown out a discrimination claim from a married couple with intellectual disabilities who were denied the opportunity to live together in the same group home.   Paul Forziano, 31, and Hava Samuels, 36, sued the administrators of their group homes last year alleging disability discrimination after they were told that they […]

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Rule would change options for people with disabilities

More than a hundred people gathered at the Embassy Suites in Newark Monday morning to discuss a new federal rule that could dramatically change options in housing, employment and other basics for people with disabilities.   The new rule is meant to signal the government’s intention to support the rights of people with disabilities to […]

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6 by 15 Campaign

During a Monday-night reception at the Disability Policy Seminar, Senator Harkin officially announced the start of the 6 by 15 campaign – an national effort to work on six national goals by the end of 2015, the year that marks the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and 40th anniversary of the […]

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21 and Able Initiative is thrilled to support keynote speaker Michael Callahan at The PEAL Center’s 8th Annual Inclusive Communities Conference

United Way of Allegheny County – 21 and Able Initiative is thrilled to support keynote speaker Michael Callahan at The PEAL Center’s 8th Annual Inclusive Communities Conference. Michael Callahan is a dynamic speaker who illustrates his unique concepts of customized employment and the Discovery method in inclusive settings. Callahan’s keynote presentation will provide an overview […]

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