PEAL News Fall/Winter 2018
10 Sep
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Self-Advocacy with PEAL’s Youth Leadership Coordinator

So how does one come to being a self-advocate? Meet Katie Smith, PEAL’s Youth Leadership Coordinator who coaches youth and young adults towards becoming their own best advocate and live the lives that they create for themselves. Here’s Katie’s story… Hey there! I’m Katie Smith, I work with youth and young adults to help them […]

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PEAL News Fall/Winter 2018
10 Sep
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Pennsylvania Alternate System of Assessment (PASA): Important Information for Families

PSSA and Keystone tests may be familiar to most parents because most students, including students with disabilities, participate in these statewide assessments. It is also important for families of students with disabilities to be aware of another statewide assessment, the Pennsylvania Alternate System of Assessment (PASA). It is critical that parents/guardians are meaningfully involved in […]

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PEAL News Fall/Winter 2018
10 Sep
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When is a Threat a Threat? The Rights of Students with Disabilities in Schools

With the increase in incidents of school violence across the United States, school districts are becoming increasingly vigilant in responding to threats. There are no clear criteria for determining whether or not a statement or behavior by a student with a disability in school is considered to be a threat. It is important not to […]

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PEAL News Fall/Winter 2018
10 Sep
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The Importance of Getting Involved

This article was written by Linda Carmona-Bell and appeared in the FAMILIES TO THE MAX Summer 2018 Newsletter. We as parents and guardians of children with disabilities hear constant appeals to get involved in groups and committees. We hear that more family participation is needed to give a family perspective. But who wants to speak […]

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PEAL News Fall/Winter 2018
10 Sep
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Importance of Family Engagement in Community Groups

Diane Perry, a PEAL Parent Advisor, was recently named Chairperson of the Special Education Advisory Panel (SEAP). This panel works to improve special education in Pennsylvania and serves in an advisory capacity for the PA Department of Education’s Bureau of Special Education and the Office of Child Development and Early Learning. Federal special education regulations […]

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PEAL NEWS 2016
06 Sep
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Voters with Disabilities Guide to Election Day

Before you vote in the next election, learn more about voting in Pennsylvania. This guide will examine the options available to help voters with disabilities vote privately and independently. To vote in the United States you must answer “yes” to three questions: 1) Are you an U.S. citizen? 2)  Will you be 18 years or […]

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PEAL NEWS 2016
06 Sep
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Logan’s Vote | A Mother’s Story of Her Son’s Voting Experience

This article is written by Lorie Brew, PEAL’s Families-to-the-MAX Coordinator in Eastern PA. My son Logan has not missed voting in an election since he registered at the age of eighteen, nine years ago. In the last few years Logan has become increasingly independent; navigating his neighborhood with confidence. Logan takes his right to vote […]

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PEAL NEWS 2016
06 Sep
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Q&A (Dear Cindy) | First Time Voters

Dear Cindy: [For this installment Cindy has tapped our friend Paul O’Hanlon, Esq., an expert in disability rights, who is answering four questions from first-time voters with the hope that by addressing these concerns everyone will feel confident in their right to vote privately and independently in the upcoming election.] Q: I don’t want to vote […]

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