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Stand up for Yourself! Assertiveness Training for Individuals with Special Needs & Family Members
Monday, April 11, 2016, 6-8 PM at Jewish Family and Children’s Service.
Linda Marino, Resource Coordinator & Special Needs Advocate at Jewish Family & Children’s Service of Pittsburgh (JF&CS), presented tips for getting your point across and answered questions.

Waiver Funding for Individuals with Special Needs
The presentation “Waiver Funding: Who, What, Where, When, Why?” will be held on Monday, February 1, 2016 from 6 p.m. - 8 p.m. in Rodef Shalom Congregation’s Falk Library in Shadyside (4905 Fifth Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15213). Home and Community-Based Services (HCBS) Waiver Programs are available in Pennsylvania to provide the necessary supportive services to qualified individuals who wish to remain in their home and/or community. Featured speakers include Mary Figlar, County Liaison Supervisor, Allegheny County Office of Intellectual Disability and Matt Perkins, CEO, Service Coordination Unlimited, Inc. The presentation is free and open to the community and includes a light kosher meal at 6 p.m. Registration is required. For more information or to register, call 412-325-0039 or email akarabin@jrspgh.org.

Transportation Options for Individuals with Special Needs
Date: October 26. 2015, 6-8 PM at Jewish Family and Children’s Service.
Karen Hoesch, Executive Director of ACCESS Transportation Systems will discuss eligibility and services provided for those with special needs through all the Port Authority systems, including the Medical Assistance Transportation Program (MATP). Madonna Long, Star Transportation Group will discuss how Star Transportation Group provides accessible transportation for those with special needs. A light kosher meal will be provided at no charge. Metered parking will be available in the lot across the street. This program is free and open to the public but registration is required. For more information or to register please contact Linda Marino at lmarino@jfcspgh.org or 412.422‐7200

Housing Choice Vouchers for Adults with Disabilities
Monday, April 20, 2015, 6-8PM at Jewish Residential Services
Rodef Shalom Synagogue, 4905 Fifth Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15213
Charles Keenan, Housing Coordinator at Allegheny County Department of Human Services, will share information and answer questions. A light kosher meal will be provided at no charge and free parking will be available in the lot behind the synagogue. This program is free and open to the public but registration is required. To register, send an email to info@jrspgh.org or call 412.325.0039.
Program Notes (PDF)

Working While On Disability: The Impact of Wages on Benefits
Monday, January 26, 2015, 6-8PM at Jewish Family & Children's Service
5743 Bartlett Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15217
Anthony Bibbo, Community Work Incentive Coordinator at AHEDD, will share information and answer questions. A light kosher meal will be provided at no charge. Metered parking will be available in the lot across the street. This program is free and open to the public but registration is required. To register, send an email to info@jrspgh.org or call 412.325.0039.

Inclusion in the Workplace: Employment Suppport for Individuals with Disabilities
Tuesday, November 18, 2014, 6-8 PM at The Children's Institute
1405 Shady Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15217
Keynote speaker Jeremy Shapira, Senior Director and HR Business Partner, Market District and GetGo, discussed Giant Eagle’s inclusion strategies, including hiring career transition liaisons to work directly with human resources personnel, trainers, supervisors and others to create a supportive culture and identify new opportunities for job candidates with disabilities. After his remarks, professionals from local agencies that provide employment and training services staffed information tables during a resource fair.
Agenda (PDF)

Video of opening remarks and keynote address (YouTube)

Resource Fair Guidebook, with contact information of agency representatives (PDF)

Sibling Perspectives
Monday, September 8, 2014, 6-8 PM at Jewish Family & Children's Service
5743 Bartlett Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15217
A panel of adult siblings of individuals with special needs answered questions during a discussion moderated by Linda Marino, Critical Care Specialist at Jewish Family & Children's Service.
Notes (PDF)

The Transition From Pediatric to Adult Care
Monday, May 19, 2014, 6-8PM at Jewish Family & Children's Service
5743 Bartlett Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15217
Dr. Jonathan Pletcher (Clinical Director, Division of Adolescent Medicine, Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh) and Nancy Murray (President, The Arc of Greater Pittsburgh, ACHIEVA) presented information and answered questions.
Transition from Pediatrics to Adult Medical Systems for Young Adults with Disabilities or Special Health Care Needs, a report published by ACHIEVA with a grant from the FISA Foundation (PDF)

Housing Options
Tuesday, March 4, 2014, 6-8PM at Jewish Residential Services
4905 Fifth Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15213
A panel of housing advocates presented information and answered questions. Speakers included Deborah Friedman, Executive director, Jewish Residential Services; Nancy Murray, President, the Arc of Greater Pittsburgh, ACHIEVA; Elliot Frank President, Autism Housing Development Corporation of Pittsburgh; Robert L. Garber Parent and court-appointed co-guardian; and Mary Hartley Consultant, United Way’s 21 and Able Initiative.
Presenters' slides (PDF)

Resilience and Coping Strategies Among Family Members
Monday, January 13, 2014, 6-8PM at Jewish Family & Children's Service
5743 Bartlett Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15217
Attendees engaged in an informal discussion, facilitated by Wendy Levin-Shaw, a licensed social worker at JF&CS. Topics included causes of stress; physical responses to stress; qualities of resilience; and effective strategies, including exercise, conscious breathing, socializing with friends, prayer, meditation, music, hobbies, and laughter. Attendees reflected on relationships with children, spouses, other family members, friends and caregivers and shared resources that have been helpful to them.
Self-Assessment form developed by Squirrel Hill Psychological Services (PDF)

Psychiatric Support for Young Adults in Transition
Tuesday, November 12, 2013, 6-8PM at Jewish Residential Services
4905 Fifth Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15217
Dr. Vered Birmaher Cohen, a psychiatrist at Allegheny General Hospital who sees children, adolescents and adults for psychiatric care, presented information and answered questions. Topics included the role of a psychiatrist in facilitating the transition to independence, where to find reliable information about psychotropic medications and non-pharmacological interventions, and how to overcome roadblocks to obtaining good care.
Mental Health Resources, compiled by Dr. Cohen (PDF)
Health Care Transition Transfer of Care Check List, developed by the Center for Health Care Transition Improvement (PDF)

The Affordable Care Act
Monday, September 9, 2013, 6-8PM at Jewish Residential Services
4905 Fifth Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15213
Guest speaker Leslie Bachurski, Director of Consumer Navigation and Organizational Development for the Consumer Health Coalition, discussed the new health insurance marketplace and how to apply when open enrollment begins, subsidies available to make health insurance more affordable, new rules for plans provided by employers, and other sources of information to help individuals and families make decisions. Her presentation was followed by a question and answer session.

A Home of My Own
Tuesday, December 4, 6-8PM at Jewish Residential Services
4905 Fifth Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15213
Nancy Murray, president of the Arc of Greater Pittsburgh, ACHIEVA, led a workshop on housing options for families of individuals with disabilities who don't have consolidated waiver funding and/or aren't interested in group homes.

What to do While You Wait*
Wednesday, November 7, 2012, 6:30 PM-8:30 PM at Jewish Family & Children's Service
5743 Bartlett Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15217
This program presented strategies to help families build and maintain natural supports in the community, when funding is not available for paid supports.

Self Determination and the Transition to Adult Healthcare
Wednesday, September 5, 2012, 6-8PM at Jewish Family & Children's Service
5743 Bartlett Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15217
This workshop featured Dr. Jonathan Pletcher, a pediatrician and adolescent medicine specialist who has worked extensively on ways to prepare and support individuals with disabilities and their families before, during and after the transition to adult-oriented healthcare systems. Dr. Pletcher shared insights about identifying the "right" provider and managing changes in insurance.

Updates You Can Use*
Monday, May 14, 2012, 6-8PM at Jewish Residential Services
4905 Fifth Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15213
This workshop covered new developments at the PA Office of Developmental Programs (ODP), including a pilot program for employing young adults with disabilities, lifesharing as an alternative to group homes, and waiver enrollment and the waiting list.

Spring into Action: A Special-Needs Conference & Resource Fair for the Community
Friday, April 27, 2012, 8AM-2PM at Rodef Shalom Congregation
4905 Fifth Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15213
This day-long conference opened with a keynote address by Laura Marshak, PhD, a licensed psychologist, professor of counseling at Indiana University of Pennsylvania, and co-author of Married with Special-Needs Children, A Couple's Guide to Keeping Connected as well as other books that focus on disabilities and families. Following Dr. Marshak's remarks, four breakout sessions were offered: "Let's Get to Work," employment strategies for teens and adults with disabilities; "Inclusion in the Jewish Faith Community," strategies for facilitating inclusion in faith-based communities; "Becoming an Effective Advocate," tricks of the trade shared by parents who have been successful in getting appropriate education and needed services for their loved ones; and "Siblings Matter, Too," a panel discussion about what it's like to grow up with a brother or sister who has a disability. The conference was presented by Jewish Residential Services, the Agency for Jewish Learning, the Friendship Circle, the Jewish Community Center, Jewish Family & Children's Service, and Rodef Shalom Congregation, with funding from the Herbert G. Feldman Jewish Inclusion Project of the Agency for Jewish Learning, the Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh, and Jewish Healthcare Foundation.

Sexual Abuse Awareness Training*
Monday, March 19, 2012, 6-8PM at Jewish Residential Services
4905 Fifth Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15213
This workshop focused on unique and complex issues regarding disabilities, sexuality and abuse, and strategies for enhancing supports to reduce the risk of abuse.

Long-Term Planning for Family Members*
Monday, January 23, 2012, 6-8PM at Jewish Residential Services
4905 Fifth Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15213
Estate Planning for Families of Persons with Disabilities, published by the Disabilities Rights Network of Pennsylvania

Life After Graduation*
Monday, November 14, 2011, 6-9PM at Jewish Residential Services
4905 Fifth Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15213
Transition to Adult Life for Students with Disabilities, published by the Education Law Center
Transition to Adult Living in Pennsylvania, published by the PA Department of Health (PDF)

* Presented by the Pennsylvania Training Partnership for People with Disabilities And Families and sponsored by Jewish Residential Services, Jewish Family & Children's Service, and ACHIEVA

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