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Getting ready for work: Programs aid transition for young adults with autism
Pittsburgh Post Gazette

Getting ready for work: Programs aid transition for young adults with autism

The key takeaway from this article is not that we need some specific therapy in order to be employable, but that our value is independent of our ability to work. It is NOT that Autistic people must change in order to work, but rather that society should be more accepting of what an Autistic at work looks like.
Pittsburgh Post Gazette

Making life better? Denying rights won’t help Pennsylvanians with disabilities

“If members of the General Assembly want to make life better in Pennsylvania for people with Down syndrome, they can start by ensuring that people with intellectual and developmental disabilities get the services they need to be fully included in our communities.”
WHYY

Philly Disability Day of Mourning a step toward honoring those killed by caregivers

“Jessica Benham, director of public policy at the center, said that it’s ‘a day to bring awareness to the alarming number of these tragedies in recent years, and to demand justice for all people with disabilities. We’re holding this vigil to say no. It is never justifiable to kill.’”
Students Cope with Invisible Illnesses
The Pitt News

Students Cope with Invisible Illnesses

“When I’m using a cane, people are quick to offer me a seat at the front of the bus, or they apologize if there isn’t a ramp to where I need to go,” Benham said. “When it comes to anxiety and autism, people tend to be less understanding. They don’t realize that offering the support I need because of those experiences is similar to providing a ramp.”
4 Pittsburgh leaders on inclusion, and not leaving anyone behind
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.”
Science Center holds night for sensory sensitive adults
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.”
People with Disabilities who Need Organ Transplants Deserve Parity
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.”

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