2017

ABLE Accounts: A new savings program for people with disabilities

The ABLE Act created a new type of savings account for people with disabilities.  Similar to a 529 account for college savings, ABLE Accounts allow individuals with disabilities and their families to save money for a range of future uses, without jeopardizing continued benefits and services because these funds are … Read More >

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University Presidents speak out against campus sexual violence

Sexual assault against college women (and men) has been in the news in recent years, with good reason: research consistently finds that about 1 in 5 college women and 1 in 16 college men experience some form of sexual violence.  In southwest Pennsylvania, we have an important story to tell … Read More >

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A Silent Majority Helps No One

Just a few weeks ago, FISA held a focus group of local high school girls to ask them about sexual harassment at school. These are things they reported happening every day: catcalling, spreading of sexual rumors, jokes and comments about girls’ appearance, being touched inappropriately, sexting. In their high schools (public, private and parochial), there is a culture where young men get laughs and approval from their friends for treating girls like objects, or worse. The comment that stayed with me the most was, “Guys trade nude photos of girls like Pokemon cards.” Read More >

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Healthcare Reform and People with Disabilities

FISA's executive director, Kristy Trautmann, was invited by the Pennsylvania House Democratic Policy Committee to testify about the importance of the Affordable Care Act and Medicaid on the 1.7 million PA residents with disabilities. She began with this: The Disability Rights Network of Pennsylvania and numerous other advocacy groups agree that “the Affordable Care Act has been the most significant law to promote health and well-being of people with disabilities since the Americans with Disabilities Act.” Read More >

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