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New Happenings

 Caregiver Surveys


The University of Scranton Occupational Therapy Department students are conducting surveys to develop a 12 week program. The plan is for these activities to be offered  in person in the spring. They would like input from families about the activities that would be of interest. It should not take more than 5 minutes to complete.

3-10 survey

11 and up survey

Respite Care Parent's Day Out-Camp Orchard Hill


Saturdays 9-4pm

  • September 18
  • October 9
  • November 6
  • December 4

Ages 8 and up with lunch and snack provided

COVID -19 protocols in place

Professional staff and RN

Registration and health form required.

Register Early Space is limited!

SAFE Jim Thorpe Train Ride


Sunday September 26th. Train leaves at 1. Please arrive 1.5 hours early-parking can be difficult.

RSVP or call 570-822-7259.

SAFE and Misericordia University Swim


Session 1: Sept 8-Oct 6th 7:00-7:30 and 7:30-8:00

Session 2: October 20-Nov 17th 7:00-7:30 and 7:30-8:00

Limited space: 8 students per timeslot.  First come first served.

RSVP or 570-822-7259

MyCIL-The Compass Lab


MyCIL's Transitional Skills Center (TSC) is pleased to announce the opening of The Compass Lab, a new program for individual with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), Ages 14-21. The Compass Lab is a computer workshop, featuring a curriculum for young adults with ASD and other disabilities. Focusing on transitional, function and vocational skills-building, The Compass Lab is designed for different ages and levels of functioning. This Pre-Employment Transition Services (Pre-EST) curriculum is research and evidence based.

We can be independent when we do it together.
September 21 – November 18, 2021
Tuesdays and Thursdays, 3:30 – 4:30 p.m.
Open to clients ages 14 – 21 with ASD and other disabilities
The Compass Lab provides three intervals of Pre-ETS curriculum. Each Interval consists of six sessions.

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PAWS for a Cause--SAFE



4 Autism 5k/10k and resource fair

Save the Date Brighter Journeys Annual Fundraiser Celebration
October 22, 2021


Community Happenings
These events are outside the ACCE group and are provided for informational purposes.

ARC of NEPA Bowling League

The Arc of NEPA has started a teen bowling league for those ages 13 to 18 with intellectual and developmental disabilities including autism on Friday nights at Idle Hours.

Please share this opportunity for fun and friendship!

For more details.

Trunk or Treat Drive-Thru Autism Awareness NEPA Sunday, Oct 10th 
Details coming soon!.

Upcoming Virtual Workshops Autism Connection
Introduction to Autism for Parents and Caregivers Wednesday, Sept 22, 2021 6:30-8:30 PM EDT
Getting any new dianosis comes with the need to understand it. Learn the basics about autism, and get some take-home tips from people who understand have have worked in this field for 20+ years.
We will explain the details about autism and how brain differences help shape personality, likes, dislikes, fears, eating, sleeping, the senses, and communication. Please come and ask your questions, meet others with similar concerns and learn what to do at home and in the community!

This is a free workshop, but pre-registration is required.  Register

A Different Approach to Getting a Job  Wednesday October 6, 2021 6:30-8:30 PM EDT

Did you know that there are employers who want to hire more people with disabilities? 

Presenter Bill Frase, Assistant Director of Achieva Business Services, will help you learn how to gain access to employment professionals who help progressive organziations hire, retain, and advance more people with disabilities. 

At the completion of this session, learners will be able to:

  • Access disability employment professionals who are embedded within organizations that want to hire, retain, and advance more people with disabilities.
  • Learn about the specific companies who have these embedded disability employment professionals and how to access them.
  • Know how to get more information.
  • Take the next step.

This workshop is for job seekers with disabilities and those who support them.

Bill Frase is a seasoned disability employment professional. As the Assistant Director of Achieva Business Services, Bill supports businesses and people with disabilities for mutual benefit. Bill's career has included positions as an employment specialist, trainer, and the manager of several different employment programs. Throughout his career, he has helped businesses and individuals with disabilities bridge the gaps between them with creativity and compassion. Bill has several family members who are on the autism spectrum.


IEPs VS 504s-The Arc of NEPA


Understanding the differences and protections between IEP and a 504 program.

Tuesday September 28th at 11am.

To register select the image.

The Essentials of IEP Writing: The Pennsylvania Department of Education, Bureau of Special Education 

  • November 8, 2021 – December 20, 2021
  • January 24, 2022 – March 7, 2022
  • March 28, 2022 – May 9, 2022

This PaTTAN-developed self-paced online course provides instruction on writing an Individualized Education Program (IEP). Through the use of videos, audio PowerPoints and PaTTAN publications, participants will complete modules on

  • common terminology
  • leading IEP team meetings
  • sections I-VIII of the IEP

Target Audience:

  • Special Education
  • Teachers
  • Administrators
  • General Education
  • Teachers
  • Parents


After registering, you will receive directions regarding how to access The Essential of IEP Writing a few days before the course is scheduled to begin.

Participants must complete all twelve modules and complete the quiz in order to receive Act 48 Professional Education hours.

  • There is no cost for this course.
  • For questions about registration, contact: Karen Weaver, PaTTAN Pittsburgh, 412-826-6842,
  • For questions regarding content, contact: Cecil Crouch, PaTTAN Pittsburgh, 412-826-6866,


 Social Security Approaching 18-NEPA ARC


Thursday October 7th, 2021 11am Eastern Time

This presentation will give a basic overview of the disability redetermination process for disabled young adults to help make more informed decisions about the social security program and what role it may play in future planning.

Questions contact: or 

To register select the image.

C2P2 EI—Competence and Confidence Partners in Policymaking for Families of Children in Early Intervention.
C2P2 EI is an innovative free training program providing participants with up-to-date information, leadership development training, resources and skills. Participants learn about the local, state and national issues that affect children with disabilities. C2P2EI offers training to help you learn the Early Intervention System and actively participate in your child's team.
Virtual and in-person sessions are planned starting November 4, 2021. Alternative options and participant supports will be available if COVID-19 restrictions occur.
Deadline: October 8, 2021.

Understanding Autism through the Actually Autistic Lens
A virtual conference dedicated to autistic voices to better provide perspectives to those who serve and advocate for the autistic community.
Join us for this 3-day event hosted by the TRIO Training Academy at Penn State University.
This is a unique event, specifically designed, developed, and facilitated by autistic speakers. You will have the opportunity to hear from experts and advocates through the lens of #actuallyautistic adults.
This event will be recorded and made available after its completion.
Topics include:
An Introduction to Autism from Autistics
Integrating Indigenous Knowledge with Modern Supports
Forget Behavior: Understanding Autistic Cognition
Reframe Your Language, Reframe Your Practice: Autonomous Over Independent
Autism and a Framework for Evolving Empathy
Autistics Parenting Autistics
Autistic Representation in Media
Destigmatizing Stimming: Understanding & Embracing Autistic Self-Regulation
Autistic Communication and Masking
Let Them Be (Autistic) Kids
Autistic People and Addiction
Are Non-Speaking and Not-Thinking Synonyms?

6th Annual Philadelphia Autism Project Conference: Rethinking, Reimagining, Resilience


Translation/Interpretation Available
Complementary continuing education credits (pending)

The 6th Annual Philadelphia Autism Project Conference: Rethinking, Reimagining, Resilience will be held virtually on Wednesday, November 17th -Friday, November 19th, 2021. The Philadelphia Autism Project is excited to bring together members of the Philadelphia community to share and highlight information and resources, learn about community initiatives and discuss experiences in supporting individuals on the autism spectrum.


Updates on the conference

Ongoing ACCE Happenings


 20th Annual DisABILITY Conference Registration Now OPEN!


 Virtual Conference Thursday October 14, 2021

For registration, please select the image above.


Check out some videos from our conference last year.

SAP's Neurodiverse Employment Practices

Federal Laws and Resources to Help Create and/or Expand Respite Care

Helping Different Kinds of Minds Be Successful-Temple Grandin

Check out the full conference playlist from the 19th Annual Conference on youtube

Geisinger ADMI Professional Training Program--ACT 48 Credits Now AVAILABLE
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Free Virtual Playgroups


Dr. Julia M. Guzman, OTD, OTR/L, Occupational Therapy faculty member at Scranton who specializes in pediatrics, will conduct socialization and supervised play group sessions for children ages 2-8 to promote social interaction among younger children with autism. These hour-long sessions will be held in fall 2021.  Sessions will have sensory and motor activities to offer variety. 

Due to COVID-19, we are offering the Fall 2021 playgroups as virtual.

Wednesdays from 4:15-5:00pm

  • September 15
  • September 29
  • October 13
  • October 27
  • Nov. 10
  • Dec. 8

Space is limited to the first ten who sign up. Must reside in one of the following counties: Bradford, Carbon, Clinton, Lackawanna, Luzerne, Lycoming, Monroe, Pike, Sullivan, Susquehanna, Tioga, Wayne, Wyoming.

 The playgroups will run on Wednesdays from 4:15-5:00 PM. 


Fitness Classes-The University of Scranton

Fitness Classes

Back by popular request

Fitness classes for individuals with ASD aged 12 and older. Under faculty supervision, participants will have the opportunity to engage with University of Scranton students to exercise, socialize and make new friends. 

Tentative Start September 22nd Wednesdays from 6-7 (Virtual) and Thursdays from 5-6 (Outside) at Leahy Hall University of Scranton


University of Scranton Applied Behavior Analysis, MS

Take your education  to the next level. Apply for Fall 2021!
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ESU Fall 2021 Socio-Emotional Learning Groups


SESSION I- September 15th- October 6th(KIT PICKUP SEPT. 9th 530-630p)

SESSION II- October 27th- November 17th(KIT PICKUP TBD) 

Turn to Us: SPECTRUM Sensory GYM

Our Gym is made possible by St. Luke's Miners Campus and AllOne Foundation
A sensory gym is a specialized designed space to help an individual with sensory issues learn to regulate their brain’s negative reactions to external stimuli by developing coping skills for these experiences.  The gym offers a variety of benefits: calming effects, stimulation, socialization, improved focus, motor skills development, cognitive development, and sensory development.

Are you or someone you love with autism interested in a service dog?
  • We are in the beginning stages of the process. This is NOT a binding contract simply an interest form.
    • Paws for a Cause is a 501c3 under the SAFE organization. There are strict guidelines that we must follow. If interested please email the 
  • SAFE Members only
    • Filling out the form does not guarantee the placement of a therapy, service or companion dog


Six week series offered two times in the fall semester. 

Through the use of the “Caring for You, Caring for Me” curriculum from the Rosalynn Carter Institute for Caregiving, these sessions are designed to create a place for caregivers to:

  • learn new coping skills
  • learn about available resources locally, regionally, and nationally
  • work cooperatively with others to build productive relationships
  • learn additional self-care strategies
  • identify ways to prevent and solve problems




Have you had problems with:

  •     social interactions?
  •     employment?
  •    organizing daily activities?
  •    sensory sensitivities?
  •    obsessive interests?

 The Hazleton Autism Family Support Hub now offers neurodevelopmental/Psychological testing for adults evaluating for autism, ADHD, and other neurodiversities.

Accepting a variety of insurances with appointments offered at our Hazleton Office:  20 North Laurel Street, Suite 2E,  Hazleton, PA 18201

Call 570-861-8311 or e-mail for more information.

Autism in the Early Childhood Classroom
A Free Workshop on creating inclusive and supportive early childhood learning experiences.
  • What is Autism Spectrum Disorder
  • Sensory Processing and Self-Regulation in the classroom
  • Incorporating Play-Based Communication and Social Skills
  • Classroom Management and Positive Behavior Supports
  • Visual Learning Supports and Other Strategies to Support learning
  • Authentic Assessment and Data Collection
  • Collaboration with Caregivers and Community Resources
  • Optional Director Training and Technical Assistance Sessions
For more information and to schedule your free virtual or in-person workshop contact us at 570-861-8311 or

Misericodia University: Integrated Studies Program for Students with Autism
Misericordia is offering a new, inclusive, post-secondary certificate program designed specifically for students with moderate Autism, with or without co-morbid disorders, and Intellectual Disability.

Integrated Studies is a full-time, college-based, 2-year program specifically designed for students between the ages of 18-26 and gives prospective students access to a full-time inclusive and supported program of study.

Greater Carbondale YMCA 

Autism Swim Nights and Outings  

  • 82 N. Street Carbondale, PA 18407
  • Call 570-282-2210 for details!


SAFE Piano Lessons


Piano Lessons! Lessons are available in the Wilkes-Barre Area

Members Only!

Call (570)822-7259


Parent/Caregiver Support Group


What is it?

A group where parents and caregivers can meet to share ideas, interests, and meet new people.

When do you meet?

We meet on Zoom every Thursday from 6:30-7:30PM Eastern time except holidays.


 Therapeutic Tabletop Role Playing Group 

A Collaboration between Children's Service Center, Goodwill Industries, Hope Enterprises and Misericordia University


To sign up call 570-861-8311 or email 


Ongoing Community Happenings

These are ongoing events in the community provided for informational purposes


Monday's Support @ 7 Pm PA Parent and Family Alliance

Conferences continued
These are provided for informational purposes only
PATC conference registration open/Conference Oct 5-7

 Free for families and self advocates

$10 for professionals

Select the image to register and learn more.