Archive | December, 2011

2011 Ronald Cowell Award

For Excellence in Service to Young Children with Disabilities and their Families

ELIGIBILITY:  an individual who has had a significant impact on Early Intervention public policy development, Early Intervention practices or staff development.  Priority will be given to individuals whose influence had a statewide effect.

PERSONS ELIGIBLE: Parents, Providers of Early Intervention Services, Higher Education Personnel, Public Policy Makers, Philanthropists, and Others dedicated to EI.

The following documentation should be submitted for each nominee:

1.)     Attached nomination form

2.)     An essay explaining why the individual is deserving of the recognition

3.)     Three letters of recommendation

4.)     Other forms of substantiation of accomplishments

Nomination Information AND questions should be sent to: Ms. Andrea Algatt at:

By: Friday, January 20, 2012.


Name of Nominee______________________________________



Telephone Number______________________________________

Program Affiliation______________________________________

Number of Years Involved in Early Intervention_______________

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Public Education in Allegheny County

Across The County

Allegheny Intermediate Unit – A Newsmaker You Should Know: Educator’s Reading Disability Motivates Her to Help Children

North News

Avonworth – Indonesian and Avonworth Student Delegation

Avonworth – Avonworth’s 2011 Children’s Hospital Fundraiser

Deer Lakes – East Union Garden Built with Grant from The Home Depot Foundation

Deer Lakes – Welcome to Lancer Academy

Hampton – Students Working to Brighten Christmas for Others

Highlands – Scanner Ramps Up School Security

Highlands – Highlands’ Toy Drives to Help Kids in Need

Highlands – From Classroom to Chemist

North Allegheny – NA Students Selected to Present at “TEDxYouthDay @ Pittsburgh” Event

North Allegheny – Videoconference with Oxford University

North Hills – Award-Winning Student Artwork Featured on Holiday Card

North Hills – 69 students named AP Scholars

Pine-Richland – PR Named to AP College Honor Roll for Second Year in Row

Pine-Richland – Wexford Elementary Raises $18,000 Plus for KD-Turkey Fund

Shaler Area – Shaler Area Mentoring Program Grows to Include Primary Grades

Shaler Area – Shaler Area School District School Counseling Corner

Shaler Area – Offer to Skate on Home Turf Too Good to Pass Up

South News

Bethel Park – Extra Effort: Kelsey Metheny

Chartiers Valley – Mucha Honored for Academic Excellence

Chartiers Valley – Honors Geometry Students Calculate Cost of a New Track

Chartiers Valley – Third Grade Class Gets an Inside Look at Radio Broadcasting

Mt. Lebanon – Mt. Lebanon Students Learn Catering from a Classroom

Mt. Lebanon – Tote Bags Needed for Food Pantries

Mt. Lebanon – Newsmaker: Pete DiNardo

Mt. Lebanon – Young Achiever: Caroline Saunders

South Allegheny – Teens Offer Hunting Safety Tips to Peers

South Allegheny – South Allegheny Football Player Invited to Semper Fidelis All-American Bowl

South Allegheny – Zoo Visitors Bring Climate Change Issue to SA Middle School

South Fayette – District Breaks Ground for New Intermediate School Complex

South Fayette – Study Says South Fayette to Add 500 Students in Next Decade

South Park – Pennsylvania Secretary of the Commonwealth Visits South Park High School

East News

Allegheny Valley – Schools Put New Emphasis on Getting, Staying Fit

Allegheny Valley – School Districts Revamp Ways to Evaluate Teachers

Allegheny Valley – Interactive Approach to Literacy Gets Tryout in Alle-Kiski Valley

Fox Chapel – Young Indiana Township Candidate Loses Race, Gains Valuable Insight

Fox Chapel – Students Place at Pitt Model UN Conference

Fox Chapel – Fox Chapel Area Third-Graders Learn to Use Tried and True Reference — The Dictionary

Fox Chapel – Fox Chapel Senior Plays 18 Holes with Shark

McKeesport Area –Dennis Bowman Visits White Oak Elementary

McKeesport Area – McKeesport Area Host Annual Education & Community Expo

McKeesport Area – White Oak Elementary Snowmen Display to Aid Food Bank

Plum Borough – Robotics

Woodland Hills – Dreaming of a Green Holiday Season

West News

Moon Area – MAHS Athlete Overcomes Visual Disability

Moon Area – Young Achiever: Sarah Ross

Moon Area – Zurchin Brings ‘Whale Done’ Way of Thinking to Moon

Moon Area and Quaker Valley – QV & Moon Collaborate to Offer Robotics Program

Quaker Valley – District Announces Winter Photo Contest Winners

Quaker Valley – Quaker Valley Students Help Neighboring Town

West Allegheny – Community Invited to Celebrate Holidays Past at Historic Log House

West Allegheny – Gold Card Club Members Invited to Holiday Breakfast

West Allegheny – West Allegheny Show Choir Performs During Holidays

West Allegheny –Middle School Shares First Place at Heinz History Bowl

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8th Annual – All Abilities Camp Fair

Come See What Your Child Can Do This Summer!

  • Camps and programs for typical children and those with disabilities
  • Inclusion friendly camps and programs
  • Full and half day programs
  • School and preschool age camps
  • Information regarding extended school year (ESY)

Saturday, February 4, 2012

10:00 am – 3:00 pm

The Mall at Robinson
100 Robinson Centre Drive
Pittsburgh, PA  15205

For more information contact info:

Advisory Board on Autism & Related Disorders
35 Wilson Street, Suite 100
Pittsburgh, PA  15223
Phone: (412) 781-4116 or 1-800827-9385
Fax: 412-781-4122

Organizations offering summer programs geared for special needs or is special-needs friendly are welcome to exhibit.  Please contact ABOARD for information.

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Affordable Care Act Forum

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, Philadelphia Regional Office, is pleased to present this information on health care reform. Mark your calendar:

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Allegheny Center Alliance Church
Union Place Chapel
801 Union Place
Pittsburgh, PA

You will receive a formal invitation in the near future.

Topics include:

  • Medicare Preventive Services
  • Parental Coverage of Children up to Age 26
  • Pre-Existing Condition Insurance Plan (PCIP)
  • MA Disenrollment Period

For more information, please contact:

Loleda Moman
Director of Community Resource Ministry
412-321-4333 ext. 124

Melissa Herd
CMS at 215-861-4165 or email:

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Caregivers of Children with Special Needs Support Group

A support group for parents, guardians and/or caregivers of children with any type of special need is now being formed. The format of the group will allow for discussion to help cope with stress in dealing with issues related to raising a child with special needs, issues surrounding the systems you may deal with such as the educational system, and to help locate resources in the community. As the group continues to meet and issues arise, a speaker will be scheduled to cover these needs of the group. The details of the meeting are:

Towanda Location
Main Link
17 Pine St
Towanda, PA 18848
2nd Monday of the odd numbered months
(Jan, Mar, May, Jul, Sept, Nov)
6:30 PM to 8 PM

Sayre Location
Main Link
118 Desmond St
Sayre, PA 18840
2nd Monday of the even numbered months
(Feb, Apr, Jun, Aug, Oct, Dec)
6:30 PM to 8 PM

Format: Parent discussion

Contact: Candy Likins at 607-857-0584 or

We would appreciate your referrals to this group. If you or anyone would like more information about the group, please call Candy Likins at 607-857-0584 or email her at An RSVP will be greatly appreciated.

Thank you so much for your cooperation. With your help we will be able to reach many more people

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