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Exceptional Adventures 2011 Winter Dances for Teens with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (1/28, 3/11)

Enjoy soft drinks, cookies, cheese and pepperoni, and chips, take home your own party favor, get a chance to win door prizes, receive 3 tickets for our special drawing and enjoy music from our professional DJ. We have a Chinese Auction raffle and we have friendly volunteers to get everyone up and dancing! These dances are a fun way to help teens develop social skills and healthy friendships with their peers.

Hollywood Night

(Music Of The Movies)

Friday, January 28, 2011

Luck Of The Irish

(St Paddy’s Day Dance)

Friday, March 11, 2011

7:00 PM-10:00 PM    $10.00 Per Person

Pre registration is required!

The dances listed above will be held at Peters Place Restaurant, 1199 Washington Pike Bridgeville, PA 15017, Kirwin Heights – Exit 55 (Old Exit 12) off I-79.

You must between ages 13-21 to attend.


ALL cancellations must be in writing and sent to Exceptional Adventures (certified mail / faxed / email). Please note: Voicemails left on answering machines are not acceptable. A follow-up phone call by the person / parents or guardians submitting the cancellation is required to confirm the receipt of the written notice of cancellation. No-shows or

cancellations less than 14 days before the event / dance are  non-refundable. At times, substitutions (without penalty) may be made for individuals who have cancelled. Contact Exceptional Adventures to discuss this process.

Pre registration is required!

To register please fill out the form below and mail or fax it back to Exceptional Adventures! You may also register by

phone by calling 412-446-0713!

registration form :

Please check off what dance(s) you wish to attend.

Hollywood Night ____   Luck Of The Irish____

____(I cannot attend either of these dances but please add me to your mailing list.)

NAME OF GUEST(S)____________________________________________________________


CITY__________________STATE_______ZIP CODE________

EMAIL: _______________________________

PHONE______________________ FAX_____________________________________________

Medical Concerns:__________________________________

AGE: ______  BIRTH DATE:___________

Will a parent(s ) ,TSS / Staff or sibling(s) BE ACCOMPANYING or attending with

you? _________  IF YES HOW MANY? ________

NAME(S): _____________________________________________________________________


Name of Person Registering Guest______________________________________

Relationship____________________ PHONE: __________________________________

Exceptional Adventures


PHONE: 412-446-0713    FAX: 412-446-0724

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Childhood Behavioral Disorder Experts Panel (2/8)

On Tuesday, February 8, 2011, five nationally renowned childhood behavioral
 disorder experts will provide a comprehensive and holistic overview in areas
 ranging from social emotional development, evidence-based interventions,
assessment and treatments options, and positive behavioral supports. The 
evening presentation will be moderated by Lehigh’s Dr. Gary M. Sasso, Dean
of the College of Education at Lehigh University. This never before 
assembled panel of experts provides a rare opportunity to look at childhood
 behavioral disorders from multiple perspectives leading to better 
understanding and preventative strategies and solutions. The discussions,
which will be presented in a conversation style similar to those of The
 Writer Guild discussions. This promises to be an informative and
 thought-provoking evening with a some of the country’s leading experts in
the area of transforming young children with challenging behavior.

Panelists include:

~ George J. DuPaul, Ph.D. is the Chair of the Department of Education and
Human Services and a professor of school psychology at Lehigh University’s
College of Education. Dr. DuPaul’s primary research interest is the
treatment of individuals with (ADHD) attention-deficit/hyperactivity
disorder and related behavior disorders.  Specifically, he conducts research
on school-based academic and behavioral interventions for youth in K-12
settings; early intervention for young children at-risk for ADHD; and the
assessment and treatment of college students with significant ADHD symptoms.
He also has interests in health promotion and pediatric psychology; having
directed student-led studies related to nutrition education, asthma, and

~ Edward G. Feil, Ph.D., is currently a Senior Research Scientist at Oregon
Research Institute. His research has focused on incorporating Internet
technology into the delivery of evidence-based interventions to
hard-to-reach populations.

~ Mary Louise Hemmeter, Ph.D. is an associate professor in the Department of
Special Education at Vanderbilt University. Her research focuses on
effective instruction, social emotional development and challenging
behavior, and translating research to practice.

~ Phil Strain, Ph.D. is a professor of educational psychology and psychiatry
at the University of Colorado Denver. His primary research interests
include: a) intervention for young children with early onset conduct
disorders; b) remediation of social behavior deficits in young children with
autism; c) design and delivery of community-based, comprehensive early
intervention for children with autism; and d) analysis of individual and
systemic variables affecting the adoption and sustained use of
evidence-based practices for children with severe behavior disorders.

~ Brenna Wood, Ph.D. is an assistant professor in the special education
program at Lehigh University’s College of Education. Dr. Wood’s research is
in the area of early childhood special education. Her current interests
include positive behavior supports in home and early childhood settings. In
particular, she is interested in function-based interventions that include
elements to address language delays or deficits in early academic skills.

The cost to attend is $10.00/seat. The program will be held from 6:00 – 8:00
p.m. including 30 minutes for a Q&A session with the audience.

Call the Zoellner Arts Center for your tickets: 610-758-2787 or order

ACT 48 credits will be offered (2 hours).  A registration table will be set
up in the lobby outside of Baker Hall. You must sign-in and sign-out as well
as fill out an evaluation sheet (and return) in order to receive the
credits. YOU MUST HAVE YOUR PD ID# in order to receive the credits – NO

For more information contact Tammy Bartolet 610/758/3226 or or visit the lecture website

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7th Annual All Abilities Camp Fair (1/22)

Come See What Your Child Can Do This Summer!

•    Camps and programs for school and preschool age children with disabilities
•    Inclusion friendly camps and programs
•    Full and half day programs
•    Information regarding extended school year (ESY)
•    Transition to College Camps and Programs

Saturday, January 22, 2011
10:00 am – 3:00 pm

Shoppes at NORTHWAY
Upper Level
8000 McKnight Road
(McKnight @ Babcock, North Hills)
Pittsburgh, PA  15237

Shoppes at Northway (formerly Northway Mall) is located in the heart of the North Hills of Pittsburgh.  Twenty minutes from downtown and is easily accessible from 279 North and the PA Turnpike.

Some of our exhibitors:

AOT, Inc.
Baierl Family YMCA
Carnegie Museum of Natural History
Family Behavioral Resources
InVision Human Services
NHS Human Services
Pressley Ridge Autism Program
New Story
Slippery Rock University
Steps to  Independence
The Watson Institute
Wesley Spectrum Services
Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic
Woodlands Foundation
Sponsored by:

Contact info.

Advisory Board on Autism & Related Disorders
35 Wilson Street, Suite 100
Pittsburgh, PA  15223
(412) 781-4116

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An Evening with Dr. Linda Lane (1/10)



c/o The Hill House Assn. 1835 Centre Avenue Pittsburgh, PA 15219 412.758.7898


Hosted by Lynn Hayes-Freeland Reporter & Talk Show Host, KDKA TV


Monday, January 10, 2011

(Doors open at 5 PM)

Pittsburgh CAPA 111 Ninth Street Pittsburgh, PA 15222

Meet & Greet—5:30 – 6:15 PM Light refreshments will be served

Dialogue with Dr. Lane 6:30-7:30 PM

Her History and Her Vision for the Pittsburgh Public Schools


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KaleidAScope Sponsors Snow Tubing Time (1/15)

KaleidAScope is sponsoring snow tubing time for young adults 15 and older with Autism Spectrum Disorder.

When: January 15, 2011 2:00 – 4:00pm
Where: Mount Pleasant ski resort 14510 Mt. Pleasant Rd. Cambridge Springs, Pa. For directions go to
Cost: $5.00 for KAS participant, friends and family can come at a discounted rate of $10.20.
RSVP: To KAS by 1/5/11 at: 824-4515

Dress for Outdoor Snow Play!

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Lecture by the Barber National Institute on Autism Spectrum Disorders (3/29)

The Barber National Institute welcomes Dr. Joshua Diehl, Assistant Professor of Psychology at the University of Notre Dame, on Tuesday, March 29, at 6 p.m. He will present research and analyses on treatment options for children with autism spectrum disorders. It will be held in the Institute’s Forum, located off the north lobby (see full address below). All are welcome to attend this free event.

Barber National Institute
100 Barber Place/136 East Ave.
Erie, Pa. 16507

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Barber National Institute Day with the Erie Bayhawks (2/13)

Team up with the Barber National Institute as it hosts a day with the Erie Bayhawks on Sunday, February 13, at 2 p.m., at the Tullio Arena in Erie. Come cheer on our local basketball team while helping to raise funds and appreciation for the Barber National Institute.

Discounted tickets can be purchased through the Institute–a portion of all proceeds benefit services for children and adults with disabilities.
Bring the family to support a great cause and enjoy a game that is sure to be a slam dunk!

For more information, contact

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Sorting Through Autism and Issues of Mental Wellness (1/20)

Oftentimes parents, caregivers and educators are at a loss about how best to support individuals with autism because they are overwhelmed by out-of-control, aggressive “behaviors,” inundated with disrespectful prognoses and clinical jargon, or confused by technical information. This workshop is the perfect introduction for participants to begin to discern the functions of mental health issues from autism. Join William Stillman as he presents: “Sorting Through Autism and Issues of Mental Wellness,” January 20, 2011, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., 8:30 a.m. Registration. (Morning Refreshments Available; 12 p.m. Lunch On Your Own)

FBR Lancaster Office
Sycamore Court; 245 Centerville Road; Suite 11; Lancaster, PA 17603

William Stillman is a nationally-known autism spectrum speaker and author, and has worked in the human services field since 1987. His books include Demystifying the Autistic Experience, The Everything Parent’s Guide to Children with Asperger’s Syndrome, The Everything Parent’s Guide to Children with Bipolar Disorder, and Autism and the God Connection. He also writes for and hosts a column in the national publication, The Autism Perspective magazine. His website is

The event is FREE to all members of the community. Light morning refreshments will be available.

Seating is limited, so register early! Please RSVP to Christy Foote, Central Regional Director of Autism Services, by utilizing the attached registration form. Questions may be sent to 717-295-5500 or

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Champion Awards (Deadline: 1/31/11)

The month of February is filled with hearts, love letters and celebrating special people in our lives. In February, the Pittsburgh Local Task Force on the Right to Education shares that spirit by showing appreciation to special people in the Pittsburgh Public Schools who work day in and day out to make a difference in the lives of children with disabilities.

The Champion Awards recognize outstanding teachers, para-professionals, personal care assistants, principals, therapists, administrators and fellow students who, through their work, support or friendship, ensure that children with disabilities are provided equal opportunity and access to a quality education.

Does your child have a Champion on his/her team; someone who goes above and beyond for students with disabilities and is committed to realizing the Pittsburgh Public Schools promise of Excellence for All?

Here’s what to do:

* Complete the attached nomination form.

* Join us for this celebration: February 22, 6-8 p.m., Pittsburgh Obama at Reizenstein (129 Denniston Ave. Pgh 15206. Parking lot entrance at Penn Ave. and East Liberty Blvd.)

* RSVP: 412-323-3996 by Jan. 31, 2011


Nominee Name/ Position: ____________________________________________

School or Office Location__________________________

Phone number or Email address of nominee____________________________________



(add extra sheet if necessary)












YOUR NAME: _________________________PHONE:__________________________

EMAIL ADDRESS _______________________________________________________

Mail to: ACHIEVA • 711 Bingham St. • Pittsburgh, PA 15203 • c/o Amy Guthrie – or – E-mail to – or -  Fax 412-995-5001

Submissions will be accepted through January 31, 2011. For more information, please leave a message for Aurelia Carter-Scott or Aurora Smith at the Parent-to-Parent Special Education Helpline, (412) 323-3996.

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AIU: College Fair and More (3/8-9)

The Allegheny Intermediate Unit is holding its annual College and More Fair on March 8 & 9, 2011 at the AIU building in the Waterfront.

March 8 Districts and students 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.; Parents and students 5 p.m. – 8 p.m.
March 9 Districts and students 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.

This program is designed for secondary students to explore Disability-Friendly Colleges as well as “alternative” paths to the training and schooling students will need for careers without going the “traditional” college route.

If you have questions, please contact Vivian Suber 412-394-5797.

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