• Next Pittsburgh

    4 Pittsburgh leaders on inclusion, and not leaving anyone behind

    “We want ‘the good life,’ just like everybody else,” she says. “I believe this next generation is much more accepting of that than previous generations have been. This generation has grown up with the Americans with Disabilities Act existing all of their lives. They’ve been in schools with people with disabilities, they have co-workers with disabilities, and that makes a huge difference.”

  • Pittsburgh Post Gazette

    Science Center holds night for sensory sensitive adults

    “To Ms. Benham, who is autistic herself, it was very important that the night be designed in a way that was not condescending to adults with autism. “Regardless of how a person looks, they need to be treated like an adult, because they are,” she said.”

  • Queer PGH

    People’s Pride March Met with Police in Riot Gear

    “After only a few short weeks of organizing, SisTers PGH was able to bring the People’s Pride March to life with a turnout of over 600 people, including various organizations such as FURIA (Fuerza Unida en Resistencia de Inmigrantes en Acción), New Voices Pittsburgh, Proud Haven, The Pittsburgh Center for Autistic Advocacy, Pittsburgh Lesbian Correspondents, THRIVE Southwest PA, 412 Resistance, Queer PGH, and many more.”

  • Pittsburgh Post Gazette

    Families, athletes take to the Open Streets of Pittsburgh

    “For kids and adults who just needed a little quiet time, the Pittsburgh Center for Autistic Advocacy set up a sensory-safe space inside a tent…“As autistic adults, we’ve been trying to make spaces for people like us to get together,”  said Cori Frazer, executive director of Pittsburgh Center for Autistic Advocacy.”

  • Pittsburgh Post Gazette

    People with Disabilities who Need Organ Transplants Deserve Parity

    “Transplant centers must stop sending the message that people with disabilities are less worthy of life, and if they are not able to do it because it is morally right, then the Pennsylvania Legislature must let them know that continued discrimination will not be tolerated.”

  • Observer-Reporter

    Congressman Murphy a no-show for South Hills town hall

    “The ACA’s expansion of Medicaid was a lifeline to people with disabilities, said Cori Frazer of Pittsburgh Center for Autistic Advocacy. The Republican alternative would have cut Medicaid. “For the disabled community, the ACA has not only been life-saving, but life-enabling,” Frazer said.”

  • Pittsburgh City Paper

    Pittsburgh’s Andy Warhol Museum hosts a sensory-friendly disco for autistic individuals

    “When we plan a sensory-friendly event, we want to make the environment comfortable for people, like myself, who are sensitive to light, smell or sound. We alter light levels, lower volume and ask people to avoid perfume,” writes Jess Benham via email. Benham is an autistic doctoral student at the University of Pittsburgh and director of public policy with the Pittsburgh Center for Autistic Advocacy.”

  • The Pitt News

    Magician, advocate takes the stage at the Pittsburgh Fringe Festival

    “I want people to know that our lives aren’t tragedies and that we are worthy of human rights and community living whether or not we graduate high school or use our mouth to speak,” Frazer said. “Whether or not we have an intellectual disability, we are all worthy human beings.”

  • The Pitt News

    TEDx speakers reach out to students in talks

    “Benham, the director of public policy at the Pittsburgh Center for Autistic Advocacy, opened by identifying herself as a person with disabilities including anxiety, depression and mobility impairment. She then spoke about the evil of putting disabled people into institutions, and encouraged the audience to practice their own disability advocacy.”

  • Lifehacker

    How to Get Out of Your Bubble and Start Making Change in Your Community

    “At the meeting, we heard from the Pittsburgh Center for Autistic Advocacy, which both advocates for policy changes (so, encouraging you to call your representatives about relevant laws) as well as putting on events like movie screenings that are accessible and enjoyable by people with autism.”

  • Pittsburgh Post Gazette

    Living with a disability is living nonetheless, advocates say

    “The lives of people with disabilities are worthwhile, and it is our deaths — not our lives — that are the tragedy,” said Jessica Benham, of the Pittsburgh Center for Autistic Advocacy, which hosted the gathering. “Tonight we are asking people to step into the shoes of victims to understand what it would be like to be killed by someone you loved and trusted.”

  • Tribune Review

    Ending Exploitation

    “Our community has been fighting to end our segregation and exploitation since the beginning of the deinstitutionalization and right-to-education movements in the 1960s and ’70s and continuing today as we work to make sure our people have access to the things that nondisabled people take for granted. The phaseout of sheltered workshops is a success of decades of tireless advocacy by disabled activists.

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