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Band Together Pittsburgh Events


Thu. 4/18 – Rep. Dan Miller Disability & Mental Health Summit @ Beth El Congregation

Sun. 4/21 – Emma Perman’s Variety Concert Fundraiser @ Glenshaw Valley Presbyterian Church


Thu. 4/25 – Sun. 4/28 – Yinzerfest @ Convention Center – Get tix now -



Tue. 4/30 –  Drum Circle @ CCAC Monroeville






The Arc of PA Spring ACRE Training 
The Arc of Pennsylvania offers online certification courses in ACRE, Customized Employment and Intentional Teaching. Here are our upcoming training dates for spring!
April 17-19
May 15-17
June 10-12




Studio Forget-Me-Not!

Our mission at Studio Forget-Me-Not! is to actively cultivate perspectives, both within ourselves and within our community, by fostering artistic expression and growth.


We provide an inclusive art space where individuals with diverse abilities can engage in boundless artistic exploration through a wide array of classes.


At Studio Forget-Me-Not!, we prioritize celebrating abilities over limitations, offering the necessary support for everyone to thrive.


Dedicated to surpassing traditional artistic norms, we embark on vibrant and joyful explorations across various mediums, ensuring a dynamic and enriching experience for all.




April 17th & April 24th 10am – 12pm

A Vision for Families: Social Value & Inclusion for People with Disabilities (Free 2-part webinar series) – Western Pennsylvania Disability History & Action Consortium

Many of us who have family members with a disability are only too aware of the common reality that our family members are marginalized and often excluded by society. This reality springs, in part, from processes of social devaluation. Society often views persons with disabilities more as a burden and drain on public resources than as important and contributing citizens. These negative attitudes express themselves in many ways which hurt and disadvantage our loved ones and become obstacles to achieving full, meaningful lives as contributing members of their community.


Drawing on the work of Wolf Wolfensberger, the first part of this workshop will focus on the dynamics of social devaluation such as how it happens and what the consequences of it are. The second part of the workshop will present concrete strategies which can be used to assist people who have been devalued to mitigate against their devalued status, move toward valued status, attain community membership and have a full meaningful life.


Please note: this is a two-part webinar. Attendance at Part 1 is necessary in order to understand the material covered in Part 2.


Captioned and ASL interpretation will be provided for this webinar. Please email   if you require any additional accommodations.


Register here:





April 18th & 19th

Rep. Dan Miller Disability & Mental Health Summit

We want to invite you to join us for the 2024 Disability & Mental Health Summit at Beth El Congregation of the South Hills in Pittsburgh. Now in its 11th year, our free summit has touched thousands of lives and educated legislators from both sides of the aisle, while helping to inform families and working to increase opportunities for self-advocates across the board.  

In addition to our events and panels, we are excited to once again be offering free consultations (both virtual and in person) with special education attorneys to provide insights into the rights that all students have under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act.  

Also back this year are continuing education credits! We have been approved to offer credits for teachers and attorneys and have applied for continuing ed credits for social workers and rehabilitation counselors!   

Information on all these programs, the latest schedule and registration are available at!



April 23rd 10:00am-12:00pm

Understanding the Basics of SSI and SSDI

In this webinar, PHLP’s Janice Meinert will cover introductory information to help people with disabilities better understand Medicaid and Home and Community-Based Services (HCBS) Waiver programs in Pennsylvania. Attendees will gain an understanding of the financial and clinical eligibility requirements for these programs, how to apply for them and what services they cover, as well as common issues related to Medicaid and HCBS eligibility.  Topics to be covered include:

  • How to qualify for Medicaid & Waiver programs

  • The application process to apply for Medicaid & Waivers

  • Available services in Waiver programs

  • Annual waiver clinical eligibility redeterminations

Presenter: Janice Meinert, MSW, Paralegal, Pennsylvania Health Law Project

Hosted by Achieva Family Trust and The Pennsylvania Health Law Project

This project is funded by the Pennsylvania Developmental Disabilities Council.



April 24th 9:00am-3:00pm

Holistic Approaches to Autism, ADHD, and Behavior (FREE)

Join us for a day of excitement, engagement, and learning! We will gather to learn about holistic approaches to autism, ADHD, and behavior. If you are a parent to a child with autism, a daycare provider or teacher, or care for someone with autism, this event is for YOU!

Dr. Kristan Weisdack, (724) 562-5302,




Thursday, April 25th 1:30pm and 8pm

Two LIVE webinar events – Sensory Processing and the Brain


Register Here: https://www


Are you ever puzzled by your child's reactions to everyday things like clothing, sounds, or food textures? Do you wonder why they sometimes love to spin around and jump off furniture? You're not alone! From sensitivity to sound and touch to struggles with self-regulation and behavior, the wide-ranging effects of sensory challenges impact many families. Join us for a captivating webinar where we explore the intricate connection between sensory processing and brain connectivity.


In this webinar, we'll discuss:

- What processing disorders are and

- How they impact learning and daily life

- How sensory processing skills are developed and refined

- The underlying link between sensory processing difficulties and disrupted brain development

- The latest research findings and practical strategies for addressing sensory processing difficulties


Whether you're a parent, educator, or healthcare professional, this webinar is your gateway to understanding and addressing sensory challenges from a brain connectivity perspective. Don't miss this opportunity to deepen your knowledge and empower yourself to make a positive impact.


Registrants will receive a free resource guide! 




May 10th 11:00am-2:00pm

Breaking Barriers The Employment Journey – VENDORS WANTED!

CLASS invites people with disabilities, family members, professionals, employers and students to participate in discussions, gain resources which support healthy living and build a foundation for success in employment.  If you would like to be a vendor at this event, please contact Alissa Freese at or 412-683-7100x2151



May 10th  12:00pm

Learn about the PA ABLE Savings Program!

PA ABLE Savings Program accounts give people with qualified disabilities and their families a tax-free way to save and pay for disability-related expenses while maintaining important benefits. PA ABLE accounts help people save private funds to support health, independence, and quality of life.  Webinar topics will include PA ABLE’s eligibility requirements, federal and state tax benefits, and interaction with means-tested benefits.

Click on dates to register.

PA ABLE and Social Security Disability Programs: Working Together to Help Individuals With Disabilities

May 10, 2024 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM




Sunday, May 19th

Register for A Night to Remember




May 24th 6:00-8:00pm

Summer Kick-Off Dance – Recreation Alliance of North Pittsburgh

Elias Fry Barn, Knob Hill Community Center, 415 Knob Road, Wexford.  Music and light refreshment will be provided.  The dances are open to all ages but recommend that young participants are accompanied by an adult.  If you are interested in attending or volunteering contact RANP at




Do you or someone in your family have Tourette or a Tic Disorder? Join us at PA Tourette Syndrome Alliance's annual TS Family Camp June 7-9, 2024! 


Registration is open now! To register or for more information go to


Please also know that finances should never be a reason to miss TS Family Camp! We want everyone who needs support to be with us at this life changing event. Thanks to the generosity of others, who know the value of the camp experience, we have Scholarships - full and partial - available to those who need them.




June 16th – 22nd


Registration is now open for Camp Frog, a specially designed overnight summer camp experience for children and teens with epilepsy. This year, all camp activities will take place during June 16-22, 2024 at Camp Fitch in North Springfield, PA (near Erie). Campers ages 8-18 are encouraged to register. 


For more information or to pre-register, please contact: Brooke at for more information.






June 25th – 27th




Includi-Con returns June 25-27th and you won’t want to miss what we’ve got planned this year! This year’s Includi-Con is designed to provide opportunities for you to Energizing Engagement for Everyone! Life in schools and their respective communities has been difficult and more challenging than ever, as the impact of the pandemic for students, families and schools was fully understood and felt. We’ve put together a program and speakers that we believe can help all to remember our “why”, to forge positive pathways for students and ourselves; learn new strategies; and expand our circles of connection with others who embrace inclusive education. And we will also have some fun (prizes will be involved)! Registration is closing 5/24/2024 so don’t delay, save your spot now!  


Scholarships are available for families, email for more information. You can find more information and registration here:



July 29th -August 9th

EVOLVE Future Camp

Our annual two-week summer arts camp hosts neurodiverse and neurotypical learners ages 12 and up for a series of classes including writing, visual arts, animation, music, and more. In addition to classes led by teaching artists, Future Camp wraps with a celebration called “Future Fest” which features local arts programming vendors, college resource booths, and more.  Winchester Thurston School (Shadyside neighborhood of Pittsburgh) For neurodivergent and neurotypical learners alike - ages 12 and up.





GLADE RUN I.L.E. (Independent Living Experience)

Summer 2024


The Glade Run Independent Living Experience (ILE) is available this summer 2024. The cost for ILE is $2,000 per week. Glade Run Lutheran Services is offering an innovative opportunity for adults ages 18 to 35 years old with autism and/or intellectual disabilities to experience living away from home for six days. These individuals will gain confidence and an understanding of their true abilities. 


ILE Cost is $2000 for 5 days 

I.L.E. is a RESPITE CAMP, 24 hrs., CODE W7285 

Glade Run Lutheran Services 100754254  

ISP / Waiver Funding: Divide $2000/5 to get a daily rate = $400/day for a total of $2,000





Art & Zumba brought to you by Not Forgotten Home and Community Services (Studio Forget-Me-Not!) in partnership with the Baierl Family YMCA.

Fridays at 1:00pm - C-Art with Kristen –Join us each Friday for fresh, fun, art that will inspire you to keep creating! Free but you must sign up!

Fridays at 3pm - Zumba with Maryanne - After art class, stick around for our fun exercise program! Free but you must sign up!

Located at the Baierl Family YMCA, 2565 Nicholson Road, Sewickley, PA 15143

All classes are free, but donations are happily accepted.  Please Register at




Creative Citizen Studios offers FREE mixed ability outreach workshops all throughout Pittsburgh. Join us for an introductory art project at a library or a community space to get your creative juices flowing. Registration required in most spaces. Caregivers & Support staff are welcome to attend. Join us, we're in your neighborhood!

CLICK HERE for more info - Contact for more information or to bring CCS art workshops to you.



Supporting Wellbeing with Autistic Adults through Yoga “SWAY”


Open Up yoga studio and the University of Pittsburgh are collaborating to examine the potential benefits of a community-based yoga program in enhancing mental, emotional, and physical wellbeing for autistic adults.  As part of our outreach efforts, we are actively searching for individuals interested in participating in the SWAY program. For more information call Rachel Robertson at 412-648-3137 or email  To register your interest go to:




Disability Mentoring Day


Bender Leadership Academy seeks high schoolers with disabilities who would be interested in participating in Disability Mentoring Day within the greater Pittsburgh metro area. This is a national program, coordinated by Bender Leadership Academy locally, to promote career development for high school students with disabilities through job shadowing and hands on career exploration. DMD falls on October 16, 2024 this year. *All participating students are elgible to apply for a $1,000 Linda Dickerson Scholarship.


If interested in bringing this program to your student, or your school, contact Scott Hammerstrom at


If you know of a company that would be interested in hosting students, or for more information,




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