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.”

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.”

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