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ACCE Happenings Newsletter

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"Doubt kills more dreams than failure ever will." -Susy Kassem

New Happenings

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.

All Aboard! Anthracite Model Railroad Tour
July 25th 12-2pm
1056 Hanover CT. Hazle Twp

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.

Autism: Your Questions, Answered Webinar
Join Geisinger ADMI, Mission Autism Clinics, and Emerge for a FREE webinar all about autism on Monday, July 19th at 6pm ET / 5pm CT. Come with questions and our panel of experts will cover all autism related topics, including how and when autism is diagnosed, helpful behavioral interventions, and more. Register

Art Night at the Autism Family Support Hub
Join us to make a free Ocean Sensory Bottle!
  • Tuesday July 27, 2021 1-6:00pm 
  • Due to social distancing RSVP needed for a 30 minute session.
  • Call 570-861-8311


Adult Fun in the Sun at Montage Water Park with SAFE
  • For adults with ASD 18 and older.
  • Includes admission, private cabanas for the group-light refreshments!
  • RSVP to for more information call 570-822-7259


Join us for this exciting Adults Only event in the Railriders Sensory Suite!
First come, first served. Tickets are limited due to Covid restrictions!
Please RSVP by emailing

 Resource Corner

These are some resources included for informational purposes only.

Managing a Crisis with Individuals with ASD and Serious Mental Illness ASERT Resource


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Using Concrete Language in Emergency Situations ASERT Resource


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Ongoing ACCE Happenings


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.

University of Scranton Master of Science in Applied Behavior Analysis



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

CASTLE Summer Program


Skill-building activities will include a combination of group instruction, games, and independent exercises designed to promote:

Social Awareness ♦ Problem Solving ♦ Academic Skills ♦ Self-Esteem ♦ Coping Skills ♦ Team Work

Let’s have fun and make friends!

Pre-teens will learn fun ways to interact using distance education while also learning the social and organizational skills that are critical for school success.

Parent/Caregiver Support Group


This is a group where parents can meet to share ideas, interests, and meet new people almost every Thursday from 6:30-7:30PM

Geisinger ADMI Professional Training Program


 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 


20th Annual DisABILITY Conference



Community Happenings

These events are outside the ACCE group and are provided for informational purposes.
Mental Health Crisis Management: Triaging Risk and De-Escalation Skills
July 27th 2-3:330 Eastern Time
For the recording of the first part Mental Health Crisis Management: Recognizing Warning Signs and Offering Support


TOPIC: Public Well-Being: Being Safe in Your Community

July 22nd  3:00-4:30 Eastern Time

Hosted by: Mike Bomberger & Tom Hassell; Supported by the ASERT Collaborative.

What do you need to know to be safe in your online community and neighborhood, town, or city? How may caregivers such as siblings, parents, extended family, friends, and Direct Support Professionals help you feel safe in the community?


  • People living with autism
  • Families living with autism
  • Providers
  • Professionals
  • Autism organization


Life on the Spectrum: A Workshop Series Developed by and for Autistic People


Navigating Higher Education (workshop developed by Elliot Mumma)

A conversation about the ins and outs of higher education, from both the perspectives of both an Autistic young adult currently in college and a representative from the Drexel Autism Support Program

Wednesday July 28th 7-8PM Eastern Time

Speakers Elliot Mumma, current college student and Amy Edwards, Ed.D Director of Drexel Autism Support program