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Due to the holidays our next update will be December 3, 2021.

New Happenings

NEPA Inclusive SMART Technology
November 24th 10 am EST
  • Using smart speakers to handle scheduling, communication, reminders, and more!
  • How to operate devices
  • A live demonstration of devices like smart locks, cameras, doorbell, and more
  • How to design, purchase, configure and install devices
  • Ways to receive funding and loans to purchase these devices

Register Today!

Family & Caregiver Support Meeting
Monday November 22 6-7PM
Parents and their families are welcome to join the Autism Center to chat about the upcoming holiday stressors.
  • Open discussion among parents/caregivers
  • Opportunities for children to engage and socialize with each other
  • Share tips to ease worries regarding the season

In partnership with Parenting Autism United.

The Autism Center at Misercordia November Newsletter
The Autism Center at Misericordia University November Newsletter
Our hub at the Autism Center at Misericordia has a lot of exciting things going on. Check out their November Newsletter! To sign up for the newsletter or for technological issues with opening the newsletter please contact 

Misericordia University Art Classes


Sponsored program

Art Class 

with Jeannine

Beginning October 14, 2021 

Thursday nights from 7PM-8PM

Projects will include seasonal crafts 

At the Autism Center at

Misericordia University


Respite Care Parent's Day Out-Camp Orchard Hill

Last One for the year--Dec 4th 9-4PM


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!



Community Happenings
These events are outside the ACCE group and are provided for informational purposes.
Hand in Hand: Sensory Santa
Family with Santa Outdoors with books boy next to Santa is in a wheelchair
It's time for Sensory Santa! He will be in four locations and we have our Traveling Santa for kiddos that may need Santa to come to them.
For Traveling Santa contact Jennifer at or 717-887-6609 for familys in Columbia, Montour, and lower Luzerne Counties.

Community Holiday Networking Event
Community holiday networking event 12/5/21 2-6PM
510 Route 6 and 209
Milford, PA 18337
Thank you so much for your interest in participating and co-creating a fun Holiday Event! This is a great opportunity for local businesses to come together and create a pretty awesome event that had the goal of providing
  • community event for the kids
  • giving families information, resources, services, products and within the community and surrounding areas.
The Event starts at 2:00 pm and will end at 6:00 pm
Welcome Winter with the State Interagency Coordinating Council!
Family Meet & Greet
intragency-coordinating-council-family-meet--greet-12.2.21 mug with candy cane
Join us Virtually December 2, 2021
11:30-12:15 PM  Register 
  • Meet, Network, and Share Resources with other families
  • Understand key policy issues discussed at the SICC meeting
  • Consider ways to participate in the SICC meeting
  • Learn about the purpose of the SICC

Questions? For more info contact:

Lisa Snyder at

Reimbursement for childcar is available 

Language or ADA accommodations must be requested two weeks in advance

Families: We Need Your Input! Early Intervention State Performance Plan
PA Office of Child Development and Early Learning
Flyer Children Smiling
Pennsylvania's Bureau of Early Intervention Services and Family Supports needs your ideas on improving our Infant Toddler and Preschool Early Intervention Program.
  • Join us virtually. Learn how progress is measured and provide your feedback as we set targets and develop the State Performance Plan.
Date/Time Discussion Topic
Dec 9th 10-11:30 am ET Engaging families in Early Intervention
Dec 9th 6-7:30 pm ET Enrolling children in Early Intervention as Early as Possible
Dec 15th 12:30-2 pm ET Settings where preschoolers in Early Intervention receive services
December 15th 6-7:30 pm ET Engaging Families in Early Intervention 


*Childcare reimbursement offerred (per guidelines) for families of children receiving EI services.

Need more information contact Sarah Holland


PEAL Center -Virtual Family Leadership Institute
You're invited to apply to participate in a Family Leadership Institute (FLI), a multi-session, in-depth training for families to
  • build knowledge and leadership skills related to inclusive special education and health care, offered at no cost to families by the PEAL Center and our partners!
This is a unique opportunity, as we have not offered a virtual FLI before!
Live sessions will be held on Zoom every Tuesday evening, from 5:00-6:30 pm, for 7 weeks between January 11th and February 22nd, 2022. Participants MUST COMMIT to attending all live sessions, in addition to completing "Learning On Your Own" (LOYO) assignments in between.
  • Participation is by application only, which must be completed and submitted by December 3rd, 2021. Complete the online application at: Apply Now!.
    • Space is limited, please apply early! If you have been selected for this FLI, we will let you know by December 10th.
Está invitado a postularse para participar en un Instituto de Liderazgo Familiar (FLI), ofrecido sin costo a las familias por el Centro PEAL y nuestros socios.
¿Qué es un Instituto de Liderazgo Familiar (FLI)?
  • Una capacitación en profundidad de varias sesiones para que las familias desarrollen conocimientos y habilidades de liderazgo relacionadas con la educación especial inclusiva y la atención médica.
Las sesiones en vivo se llevarán a cabo en Zoom todos los martes por la noche, de 5: 00-6: 30 pm, durante 7 semanas entre el 11 de enero y el 22 de febrero de 2022. Los participantes DEBEN COMPROMETERSE a asistir a todas las sesiones en vivo, además de completar las asignaciones de "Aprendizaje por su cuenta" (LOYO) en el medio.
La participación es solo por solicitud. Las solicitudes deben completarse y enviarse antes del 3 de diciembre de 2021. Complete la solicitud en línea en
Espacio es limitado, por favor aplique pronto! Si ha sido seleccionado para este FLI, se lo haremos saber antes del 10 de diciembre.
Parent Discussion Group-Affordable Childcare
Parent Discussion Group Flyer
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Also available in Spanish

Virtual Parent Cafes
The Bureau of Early Intervention Services and Family Supports is excited to announce three virtual Parent Cafés for families of children receiving Early Intervention Services and/or Family Support Services. Childcare reimbursement will be provided to families of children in Early Intervention.
Not all superheroes wear capes: find your superpower 3 Virtual parent cafe sessions
Dec 16th 12-2pm EST

PA Family Network November Events
Workshops are in Eastern Time
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Supporting Families Throughout the lifespan
The Office of Developmental Programs (ODP) provides services for individuals with intellectual disabilities and/or autism through the Person/Family Directed Supports, Community Living and Consolidated Waivers. Join the PA Family Network in this 2-part workshop to learn how waivers can support your loved one:

Waiver Basics (101) Part 1 Workshop:

• Address the importance of having a vision of your loved one’s needs to live a good life
• Basic information of how to register, apply and access waiver services

Follow the links below for the flyers and registration information:

November 22, 2021 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

November 29, 2021 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

 Waiver Basics (101) Part 2 Workshop:

• Individual Services Plan (ISP) Basics
• Overview of waiver services

Follow the links below for the flyers and registration information:

November 22, 2021 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

November 29, 2021 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Join PA Family Network Advisors as we plan and problem solve for your loved one with intellectual disabilities and/or autism to have successful relationships by:
• identifying possible ways to apply LifeCourse Framework and Tools in useful, flexible, and simple ways;
• discussing strategies on how to define a friend and establish appropriate boundaries in relationships;
• introducing consent and sharing steps to help mitigate their risk of being taken advantage of;
• suggesting information to adapt our loved one’s level of understanding and ideas for application in real life.

L.E.A.D. the Way to Healthy Relationships:

Follow the links below for the flyers and registration information:

November 30, 2021 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

 A Vision for Equality and Pennsylvania Health Law Project Presentation by David Gates: Intellectual Disabilities/Autism Waiver or Community Health Choices Which Will Meet Your Needs?

Follow the links below for the flyers and registration information:

Long Term Planning Workshop:

Join the PA Family Network in this workshop to plan and problem solve if/when we cannot support our loved one with intellectual disabilities and/or autism:
• Connect and network with other families.
• Get information and strategies on handling Long Term Planning*.
• Discuss and receive guidance on how to identify and share what is most important to our loved ones to live a meaningful and good life.
*We cannot offer legal or financial advice

November 23, 2021 6:00 pm -8:00 pm

Sibling Good Life Group:

This group of adult siblings will have the opportunity guide the group's direction,
network with other siblings, talk about your lived experience, hear from experts on
topics relevant to sibling life, have open and informative discussions, and plan for a
future that holds true potential for you and your family.

November 22, 2021 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Includi-CON SAVE the Date June 21-23 Virtual Gathering

Includi-CON A virtual gathering on Inclusion and Accessibility #empoweringALL Book with hand raised wheelchair service dog headphones fidget toy

Resource Corner

Sessions available from the 20th Annual disABILITY Conference

The University of Scranton is excited to be able to offer families and professionals who did not have the opportunity to attend the disABILITY conference the chance to watch sessions. Check out our playlist on Youtube!


Check out a couple of the featured presentations from the conference. 

Gently Shaking the World: 3 Dads Making a Difference

Jose Velasco, Program Director, Business Process Intelligence & SAP Autism at Work Ambassador V. R. Ferose, Senior Vice President and Head of SAP Engineering Academy, Palo Alto Thorkil Sonne, Specialisterne & Specialisterne Foundation Founder The journeys of three parents from very different backgrounds converged to support the transformation of the labor market for people on the autism spectrum in three continents, gently shaking the status quo, demolishing myths and helping ignite a movement that continues to transform corporate hiring practices. Join us and hear first-hand about the origins, motivations and intersection of these journeys and the world-changing outcomes the resulted.
The Black Side of Autism

 This workshop will highlight the importance of cultural awareness when working with Black families with disabled children. Beginning with a detailed analysis and explanation of culture broadly, the presenter will lead the conversation toward helping attendees understand their cultural development and biases. Attendees will learn why cultural sensitivity is important in identifying, assessing, and providing services to autistic children and their families. The workshop will continue with the theoretical understanding of Black culture in relation to family beliefs, values, religion, and economic status and its implications for treatment. The presenter will also discuss the methods used to support parents, caregivers, and program leaders in the understanding of culture and shift their practice to be more culturally responsible. The aim of this presentation will illustrate the current state of the field in the area of cultural competence when servicing diverse communities as well as opening the door to having more providers incorporate the discussion of culture into treatment.


Ongoing ACCE Happenings

Brighter Jouneys Going the Extra Mile
Flyer Brighter Journeys Going the Extra Mile Program
Check out this amazing program to help families obtain items out of reach and not covered by insurance!

ACCE Executive Hub

The University of Scranton has amazing programs. Want to learn more about them, check out our video!

Learn to Dance Step by Step with The University of Scranton!

Virtually on Mondays!

Step by Step Dance Program

The Step by Step Dance Program is for students ages 5 and up who are interested in learning and exploring hip-hop style of dance. Classes are designed for beginner students to learn a curriculum of basic hip-hop dance steps and creative movement routines accompanied with upbeat music in a high energy, fun, and inclusive atmosphere.  Students will enhance their coordination, social skills, balance, memory, and general well-being. 

Dance classes for fall 2021 are held on Mondays at the University of Scranton. Classes begin Monday, September 13th and continue for 12 weeks. The last day of class is Monday, November 29th. The fall 2021 dance recital is TBD in early December. Students enrolled in this program will attend dance class for 30 minutes each week. Each class begins and ends with a stretching routine and consists of a combination of hip-hop routines. Students will be assigned a specific time for class based on their age.  

 The following class times and age groups include:  

  •  4:00pm – 4:30pm: ages 5 – 8 
  •  4:30pm – 5:00pm: ages 9 - 12 
  •  5:00pm – 5:30pm: ages 13 - 15 
  •  5:30pm – 6:00pm: ages 16 – up 


*Please note, depending on the total number of students enrolled, age groups per class times may be reassigned

Caregiver Support Group


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

Tuesdays 6-7 on Zoom. Information will be shared after completion of an informed consent.

  • October 26th
  • November 2nd
  • November 9th
  • November 16th
  • November 23rd
  • November 30th

We have still have room!

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. 

Wednesdays from 6-7 and Thursdays from 5-6 Virtual


Parent/Caregiver Support Group 

Come Join Us!


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 (TTRPG) Join now!
TTRPG uses role playing game as therapeutic and clinical practice to benefit
  • personal growth
  • social development
  • self-advocacy skills

Free, grant-funded groups available virtually and in-person group (Hazleton)

10 to adult with autism and/or related soical or communication impairments

Call 570-861-8311 or email 


Watch a Video about our TTRPG Program

 Check out the brochure!


Geisinger ADMI Professional Training Program--ACT 48 Credits Now AVAILABLE
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University of Scranton Applied Behavior Analysis, MS

Take your education  to the next level. Apply Now!
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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

  Adult Testing Available at CSC!


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
  • 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

Ongoing Community Happenings

These are ongoing events in the community provided for informational purposes


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

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,

Adapted Toy Drive for the Holidays!--TechOwl Institute
TechOWL's Adapted Toy Drive

We are making and giving 100 switch-adapted toys to 100 children with disabilities in Pennsylvania

TechOWL, Pennsylvania’s Assistive Technology Act program, is once again partnering with TemPO, the Temple University prosthetics and orthotics club, to adapt toys for the holidays!

100 children will each receive one battery-operated toy with a 3D-printed switch to activate it.

Information about How Request a Toy, Volunteer, or Donate