Walk with Us

February 26, 2012 by ABOARD · Comments Off
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It’s time to start thinking about supporting ABOARD’s Autism Connection of PA at the 10th annual Highmark Walk for a Healthy Community.  Since Highmark underwrites all costs, ABOARD’s Autism Connection of PA, receives 100% of the money that is collected.  Here are the details:

WHERE:  Stage AE, Pittsburgh

WHEN:  Saturday May 19, 2012

REGISTRATION:  starts at 7:15am

5K WALK START:  9:00am


To register go to www.walkforahealthycommunity.org

The on line registration system offers the option to register as an individual, group/family, or as a “virtual walker!

“Virtual walkers” are those who want to raise funds and be a part of your team but are not able to walk with you on walk day.  Once you are registered, you can then form a team.  The on line resources that the Highmark site provides, make it easy to invite others to join your team, and to ask for support from family and friends.

To get everyone ready to participate in the walk, Highmark and ABOARD’s Autism Connection of PA are offering the following incentives:

From Highmark

All registrants who make a $25 donation, completed (paid for) in the DonorPro system, in the month of February will be eligible for a raffle to win a $50 Visa Gift Card.  Registrants can be individual, group/family, or virtual walkers.  You can also send a check to the ABOARD office and the donation will be entered into the system for you.

From ABOARD’s Autism Connection of PA

Be one of the first 25 people to register for the walk, and you will be entered into a raffle for a $50 Olive Garden gift card.

Please plan to support ABOARD’s Autism Connection of PA at this year’s Walk for a Healthy Community!

Click HERE for the Brochure!

2nd Annual Masquerade Bowl

January 31, 2012 by ABOARD · Comments Off
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Click HERE to order tickets!

The Masquerade Bowl for Autism is an annual fundraiser at Princess Lanes to benefit ABOARD’s Autism Connection of PA and the Caste Family Fund. Both are local non-profits and working to help families in the Pittsburgh area with autism. The event includes unlimited bowling, drink tickets, light appetizers,  a chance to bid on various prizes and a 50/50 raffle.

Cocktail attire is suggested, but not required!

Masks are also welcome, but feel free to do up the masquerade theme or ignore it completely!

Click HERE to be a sponsor!

Our auction is a fun and important part of each year’s fundraiser.  Your donations are critical to our success.  Dinners, event tickets, jewelry, spa certificates, retail gift cards, or your other creative prize ideas are needed.  Small things may be mailed to our office.  If you decide to put together a larger basket or other collection of gifts, we will arrange to pick them up from you. Our name has changed but our address remains the same!  Please mail or bring items to:  Autism Connection of PA, 35 Wilson Street, Suite 100, Pittsburgh, PA 15223.

Click Here for the Auction Donation Package!

Thank you in advance for your tax-deductible generosity!


January 30, 2012 by ABOARD · Comments Off
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Free Seminar for parents and professionals in and around Cambria County.

Sponsored by the 2nd Annual Moxham Street Hockey Turkey Cup Reunion Game!

Shawn McGill, MSW

March 31. 2012

1:00 -4:00 pm

University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown

The Living/Learning Center

450 Schoolhouse Rd. Johnstown, PA 15904


Program Description

Parent and clinical consultant in the field of intellectual and developmental disabilities since 1998, Shawn McGill will present a lecture that addresses how we can best support persons on the spectrum to understand and safely express their sexuality.  This comprehensive and unique training increases one’s knowledge and awareness on how to best prepare your child for puberty, and how to best support them in navigating the many aspects of sexuality.  You will learn educational and supportive methods to explain sexual feelings and body changes and to teach about legal and safe sexual expression.

At the conclusion of this program, participants should be able to:

  • Describe brief overview on sexuality and sexual development
  • Gain proactive measures with to teach about puberty, dating and sexuality
  • Understand challenging behaviors that may be associated with sexual expression, sexual frustration or lack of understanding.



January 30, 2012 by ABOARD · Comments Off
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Helping Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders

Presented by Candace Robick

April 14, 2012

9 a.m. – 12 p.m.

ABOARD’s Autism Connection of PA

35 Wilson St. #100

Pgh, PA 15223


Participants will become familiar with the five essential components of reading to include:  phonics, phonemic awareness, vocabulary, fluency, and comprehension.  A thorough description of each essential reading component will be reviewed and individual reading strategies will be presented and integrated to encourage and promote the most fluent reading practice in students.

Click HERE for the brochure!

Click HERE to Register!


Spring ABA Conference 2012

January 15, 2012 by ABOARD · Comments Off
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ALL Parents and Individuals with ASD Can Attend for $35.00 Thanks to the Caste Family Fund
ABA Spring Updated


Doubletree Hotel – Monroeville

Friday, March 23, 2012

8:30 a.m. until 4:00 p.m.

Speaker: Wayne W. Fisher, Ph.D., BCBA-D

H.B. Munroe Professor of Behavioral Research, University of Nebraska Medical Center;
Director of Center for Autism Spectrum Disorders, Munroe-Meyer Institute

Morning Session: Early Intervention for the Core and Associated Symptoms of Autism

Participants will be able to:

  • describe the defining characteristics of autism, Asperger syndrome, and other autism spectrum disorders;
  • define the components of early intensive behavior intervention for autism;
  • explain the relative costs and benefits of early intensive behavior intervention for children with autism spectrum disorder;
  • Understand the basic principles and procedures of applied behavior analysis involved in the treatment young children with autism
  • Identify critical skills that may facilitate the development of a wide array of additional skills.
Afternoon Session: Functional Analysis and Treatment of Aberrant Behavior in Autism

Participants will be able to:

  • Distinguish between topographical and functional approaches to categorizing aberrant behavior
  • Identify the strengths and limitations of indirect and direct functional assessments and formal functional analyses
  • Identify potentially effective behavioral interventions based on the results of a formal functional analysis


Parent Special Rate – Thanks to Caste Family Fund  -  $35

Student or Individual with Autism Spectrum Disorder

Reduce Rate – Thanks to Caste Family Fund                -  $35

Family Member or Individual                                     –  $70

Professional (including credits)                                  - $140


CEU’s provided for:   Psychologists, Counselors, (AOTA) American Occupational Therapy Association, PA Educators Act 48, Social Workers, (ASHA) American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, (BCBA) Board Certified Behavioral Analysts

Click HERE to register!

Click HERE to view the conference brochure!

(Please note special Parent Rate not reflected in brochure.)

Conference Sponsorship, Exhibiting, and Advertising Opportunities Form Click Here

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