Autism Collaborative Centers of Excellence

ACCE Happenings banner ACCE Happenings mobile banner

ACCE Happenings

Inspirational quote

Advice from a Tree

"Stand Tall and Proud

Sink your roots deeply into the Earth

Reflect the light of a greater source

Think long term

Go out on a limb . . .

Be flexible.

Remember your roots

Enjoy the view!"-Ilan Shamir

Join our mail list to keep up to date on the latest happenings.

All happenings are included for informational purposes.

Last updated 2/18/24

Check back soon!

Free training for Conflict Resolution for Families and Schools


Contact us to learn more about scheduling a conflict resolution skills session. These virtual trainings are free for schools and families. Learn more

Include Me

We love our work helping Pennsylvania School Districts to expand effective inclusive practices for educating students with significant disabilities in general education classrooms and the school community. Contact us if you are interested in bringing this free program to YOUR school district! Learn more

Self Advocates Power Events


We say self advocate a lot, but do you know what a self advocate is?

A self advocate is a person who speaks up for themselves and the things that are important to them!

Here at SAU1, all things are done to support the self advocacy of people with disabilities for positive impact in our communities and in people’s lives.

Do you or someone you know or love have a disability?

Join us at a power event! Learn about power events!

Free Sign Language Classes


Oklahoma School for the Deaf is offering free online ASL classes.  If you have always wanted to learn ASL but cost has prevented you, this is a great opportunity. 

Access the courses

ASL 1 and ASL 2 pre recorded self guided classes.  Great resource for parents and teachers wanting to learn ASL.

Early Intervention Survey


 The 2023 EI Family Survey is now open through June 30, 2023.

Please share with families of children receiving services in the infant toddler and 3-5 EI programs.

There are 20 questions that can be completed in 5-10 minutes online. The survey is available in English and Spanish

 Hand in Hand Family Resource Center



A Sibling Support Program for the siblings (age 6 - 14) of individuals with disabilities. 

Fun activities and snacks! What else do you need?


Variety Children's Charity


Waymart Church Sensory Rooms 1:1 Support


Resource Corner
These resources are provided for informational purposes  

  PA Developmental Disabilities Council: Disability Inclusive Curriculum


DISABILITY INCLUSIVE CRRICULUM - The Pennsylvania House & Senate, concurred, and included "providing for disability inclusive curriculum and establishing the Disability Inclusive Curriculum Pilot Program" in the PA Education code. We are very proud of the hard work of our Stigma project grantee Disability Equality in Education & everyone who worked to accomplish this! Learn about Disability Inclusive Curriculum.

Find my ride-Transportation Assistance

About Programs

Apply for a program

ACCESS National Parks 

bird, wheat, accessibility symbol America the beautiful the national parks and federal recreation lands pass Access

A free, lifetime pass - available to U.S. citizens or permanent residents of the United States that have been medically determined to have a permanent disability (does not have to be a 100% disability) - that provides admittance to more than 2,000 recreation sites managed by five Federal agencies.

At many sites the Access Pass provides the pass owner a discount on Expanded Amenity Fees (such as camping, swimming, boat launching, and guided tours).

$10 document processing fee

Visit USGS Store to learn more and apply



Image description: News story headline reading “how to get $2 museum admission with your ACCESS or Art-Reach ACCESS Card”. Underneath the headline is an illustration of different colored hands reaching for a green-blue ACCESS Card. See less


 Visit Art-Reach to learn more about this wonderful program and 

how individuals with disabilities can get discounted tickets to 60+ museums, gardens, theaters, and cultural sites through the ACCESS program. 

Have a child over 3 who is not potty-trained? You could get diapers through Medical Assistance.

The Pennsylvania Department of Human Services reports that if your child is over the age of 3 and is still not potty trained, you may be eligible to obtain free diapers through Medical Assistance.

 ​Medicaid and Medicaid HMO’s will only cover the supplies if the child is older than 3 years of age and if a physician deems them medically necessary. You will be required to obtain a prescription, authorization, or a referral, in lieu of a prescription from your primary care physician. Contact your managed care organization for specific information.


SAFE is starting a Bi-Weekly Newsletter


Bi-weekly newsletters providing information on:

  • SAFE Events and programs
  • SAFE's What's new on the Spectrum

Sign up

Hazleton Autism Family Support Hub: Adult Testing

Do you know an adult wondering if they, themselves have autism, but don't know where to go to be tested?

 Check out this video detailing the experience!

Learn more about Hazleton Autism Family Supoort Hub.

Inclusive Community Advocates

Are you a part of a group that wants to be more aware and accepting of autism, but you don't know where to go for training, it's too expensive, or the offerings do not quite fit your needs? Check out our partnership within the ACCE between Goodwill Industries, Children's Service Center, and Misericordia UniversityThey offer a free, customized training to fit your group or organization's needs. Virtual and in-person options available!


 Email Ann Gillerlane to ask questions or schedule your training today!

  Autism and Neurodiversity First Responder training program

graphic police car

The Mansfield University Autism Resource Center is pleased to work with the Mansfield University Municipal Police Academy to integrate training related to working with neurodiverse populations to enhance community relations and experiences.

Learn more about the Autism and Neurodiversity First Responder Training Program

Dragon Tales Reading and Art Program

Parenting Autism United
Storytime run by dragons, superheroes and monsters.
Engaging and vibrant readers host a book reading with a matching craft for your class, group, or location.
Crafts and art projects will be part of each Dragon Tales event.
Volunteers can always be helpful in readings, crafts, and setup/cleanup.
This program is designed for families with a child on the Autism Spectrum but is inclusive to help our community learn about awareness, acceptance, inclusion and education!

Check Out All the Wonderful Happenings at The Y! 

we are y 

The Greater Scranton YMCA 

We Are Y is an inclusive community outreach program that provides individuals with intellectual or developmental disabilities access to recreational activities that encourage staying active, building interpersonal relationships, self-sufficiency, and aid in developing cognitive abilities. Activities Rotate Weekly! 

Free and open to Greater Scranton YMCA members and non-members ages 10 and up, who have developmental disabilities. 

When: Every Wednesday, 5:30-6:30pm 

Where: Greater Scranton YMCA - 706 N. Blakely Street, Dunmore, pa 18512 

For more information, please contact Natalie at 

man jumping on white background  

Wayne County YMCA 

The "A-Team" Wayne County YMCA seeks to provide opportunities on the Autism Spectrum to gather in a non-threatening environment. 

blue and purple words on white background 

Greater Carbondale YMCA 

A Spectrum of Fun Autism Family Nights 

Swimming, pizza, socialization, and understanding! 

Please call 570-282-2210 for a schedule of dates & times - a $10 donation per family. 

Where: Greater Carbondale YMCA - 82 N. Main St. Carbondale 

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!

Parent/Caregiver Interest Group 

Come Join Us!

 couch night stand rug

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. Register

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 

 Learn about the TTRPG program

Watch a Video about our TTRPG Program

 Check out the brochure!


Geisinger ADMI Professional Training Program--ACT 48 Credits Now AVAILABLE
To see information full size please select the image
University of Scranton Applied Behavior Analysis, MS
Take your education  to the next level. Apply Now!
  • Select the image to see it full size and access links.

Misericordia 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! 



 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.

 Check back soon for updates!

 Parent/Caregiver Interest Group 

Come Join Us!

 couch night stand rug

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. Register

 Safe Care


Parent Support Group Make yourself a priority!



PA Parent and Family Alliance

We’ve got a lot coming up this month! Register for this weeks support groups and learn about what else we’ve got coming up at the link below.

Register today!


parent-to-parent-of-pennsylvania logo

Parent to Parent of Pennsylvania is a one-to-one match between peer support parent and a parent seeking individualized support from a parent with similar experiences. Connect parents who have children with similar disabilties within the community!


If you are interested in a match, or simply learning more, please contact your regional coordinator at the phone number or email listed below!


Nicole Lindsay

NE Regional Office

(570) 780-0109

Start the match process


SASSY Autism Support Group

Now in Collaboration with the Autism Collaborative Centers of Excellence and UPMC

SASSY Autism Support Group

  • Focused discussion with montly topics
  • All ages welcome
  • Child care provided for RSVPs
  • Light Refreshments

First Thursday of each Month


River Valley Regional YMCA

641 Walnut Street, Williamsport PA

RSVP Esther Brennan



 Peal Center Trainings

  The Nuts and Bolts of Job Coaching


The Pennsylvania Department of Education, Bureau of Special Education is pleased to announce the following training opportunity.

This self-paced five-module online course provides participants with relevant information regarding the role of a Job Coach to support students in community-based work settings.

  • Target Audience: Paraprofessionals, other support staff, teachers, transition coordinators, special education directors, or anyone interested in this topic.
  • Registration Information Please register online by visiting the PaTTAN website at
  • For registration questions, contact: Kristen Olszyk,, 800-446-5607 x6848
  • For content related questions, contact: Kaylee Wynkoop,, 800-446-5607 x6888
  • Continuing Education Credit: Act 48 Clock Hours, Paraeducator Professional Development Hours/ Individuals participating in this course must successfully complete and submit all required coursework before the end date of this course to receive Act 48 Professional Education hours and Paraeducator Professional Development hours.

Location: Online







Lots of Happenings at The University of Scranton

Go Baby Go


Fitness Program is back!


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. 

Our classes will be coming back in Spring! Check back for more information or sign up and be informed when classes will be back. 

Questions? Check out our FAQ's or contact Erin Dunleavy at 570-941-7000 ext. 6, or

Sign Up Today!


Research Opportunity


  • Comparison of Social and Play Skills and Self-perceived Sibling Relationship Quality when one Child has Autism
  • Who is doing the research? Occupational therapy graduate students from The University of Scranton and their licensed occupational therapy professor.
  • What is the research? The purpose of this research is to describe the social and play skills of siblings where one child has ASD while playing together and find out how the children value their sibling relationship.
  • How long is this research? 3-4 scheduled meetings. 
  • Ages of the children: 6-12 years old
  • Parent, child with Autism, and child with typical development will be involved the study.
  • Where will the research be? The University of Scranton, Leahy Hall (Jefferson & Linden St.)
  • Questions:  570-941-4002
  • How this research benefits my family: you will learn about the play skills each of your children have and how they play together

Sign up Today!

Wyoming Valley Children's Association (WVCA)

100th Blue and Gold Gala



Parenting Autism United Honoring Rock Stars in our community


We're so excited to begin taking nominations for our Community Rockstars!!! It can be parents, service providers, teachers, volunteers, and organizations. Whoever you think deserves some recognition and to know that they are seen, share your nomination today!! 👏👏👏

Every day in April, Parenting Autism United will be featuring one of our nominees. We will continue to honor our favorite peeps in our monthly newsletter! 💙

Honor someone today!

Arc of NEPA: Intellegient Lives


The Arc of Northeastern Pennsylvania and Lackawanna/Susquehanna County Office of Behavioral Health/Intellectual Disabilities/Early Intervention would like to invite you to our upcoming community event in honor of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month at the beautiful Goodwill Theater at North 1539 N Main Ave in Scranton on Wednesday March 20, 2024 from 5-8 pm.


The free event will begin with refreshments at 5 pm featuring music, artwork and provider information, followed by a screening of the documentary film by Dan Habib titled “Intelligent Lives” at 6 pm and a Panel Q&A made up of local self-advocates, individuals, families, and professionals in the field of education, supports and services.


"The film Intelligent Lives from award-winning filmmaker Dan Habib, strives to transform the label of intellectual disability from a life sentence of isolation into a life of possibility for the most systematically segregated people in America. INTELLIGENT LIVES stars three pioneering young American adults with intellectual disabilities– Micah, Naieer, and Naomie – who challenge perceptions of intelligence as they navigate high school, college, and the workforce. Academy Award-winning actor and narrator Chris Cooper contextualizes the lives of these central characters through the emotional personal story of his son Jesse, as the film unpacks the shameful and ongoing track record of intelligence testing in the U.S. INTELLIGENT LIVES challenges what it means to be intelligent, and points to a future in which people of all abilities can fully participate in higher education, meaningful employment and intimate relationships."


We hope you can join us for this free event to showcase all that is possible!

Please get your FREE tickets online


Over the phone via (570) 800-5020


In person at the box office Tuesdays 11am-2pm, Wednesdays 11am-2pm, Thursdays 3pm-6pm, and on the day of the event starting at 3pm

Check out tickets At The Theather at North 

For any questions please contact:

Roseann Polishan at 


Eileen Rempe at 

Abilities 21 Social Club


March 15th @ 5:00pm

Duration: 1 hr 30 min

Group  · Members of Abilities21: Special Needs Support Group of NEPA

Come join us for a Get Together at Kids VIP in Honesdale

Only $10 per child

($12 if using PayPal)

Head count and payment due by March 10th

Open to all ages!!

The younger ones have plenty of open gym space to play on all equipment

And even better for the older kids is a dance party!

Please pay $10 via Venmo

Be sure to send to family and friends when asked


 Or PayPal $12 to


IDD Community Summits


IEP Mini Series-

Related Services March 7th


Registration Now Open: ODP Policy Division's Virtual Meeting & Conversation wit Individuals and Families 

Session 3 Navigating ODP Resources


The next session will be held Thursday, February 22, 2024, from 5:30 PM -7:00 PM.

Register today!


The FRC Family Engagement Series Presents:

Time to Ditch the Diapers


Thursday Feb 22nd 12:30 PM ET Join Virtually on Microsoft Teams

Free toilet training for families raising individuals of all ages, abilities, and communication levels welcome!

  • Proven techniques and skills for toilet training tailored to your child
  • How structures and routines will increase success
  • To identify your child's strenghts to enhance motivation


Parent Educator Icylee L. Basketbill

Icylee is a parent of a child with ASD and has been training families and professionals on toliet training strategies for over a decade.

Jen Fischer

Jen Fischer is a parent and an advocate for children with disabilities. Her 3d child brought her into the field of Early Intervention over 16 years ago. She is a Family Educator to Elywyn ELS. She has been collaborating with Icylee Basketbill to train families on various topics over a decade.

Questions contact