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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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Point Park University to Host Coaching Boys Into Men Summit

The Coaching Boys into Men program exists to help coaches build respectful behavior among players and help prevent sexual harassment, sexual assault and relationship abuse. This evidence-based leadership program is specifically developed for coaches to be easily incorporated into regular coaching strategy and sessions. To learn more about this program … Read More >

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See powerful new documentary: Audrie & Daisy on November 10

This nightmare scenario has become all too real in today’s world: A fourteen year old girl who really wants to appear grown up responds to the invitation of an older high school student she thought was a friend to come to a party, drink and have fun.  When she wakes … Read More >

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Addressing Abuse of Individuals with Disabilities

People with disabilities experience violent victimization at alarming rates—making them one of the most harmed groups in our country. These crimes, however, are not widely reported or addressed, and survivors are often unable to access appropriate supports and services.  In an effort to address this hidden epidemic, FISA Foundation has … Read More >

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New Toolkit Will Help Organizations Hire People with Disabilities

With support from FISA Foundation, Goodwill of Southwestern PA has undertaken an initiative to increase employment of people with disabilities by promoting employers’ compliance with Section 503 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. Section 503 mandates that employers with federal contracts or subcontracts that exceed $10,000 take affirmative steps to … Read More >

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New Effort to Improve Accessibility in Pittsburgh’s Arts Organizations

For nearly a decade, FISA Foundation has been proud to promote, support, and lead efforts to improve accessibility and inclusion of people with disabilities in Pittsburgh’s vibrant arts and culture scene. This movement has grown and evolved over the years, and it is now common for local theaters, museums and … Read More >

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FISA Foundation Announces New Strategic Priorities

FISA Foundation’s Board of Directors recently approved a new strategic plan which will guide our focus and grantmaking for the next five years. Board members and staff spent the last year seeking input from grantees, partners, and stakeholders throughout southwestern Pennsylvania on the needs and opportunities in the community. While … Read More >

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An Update on the Father’s Day Pledge to End Gender Violence

Three years ago, FISA Foundation partnered with the Heinz Endowments and PA Coalition Against Domestic Violence to bring the Father’s Day Pledge to End Gender Violence to Pittsburgh. Men are invited to take an active role in addressing and preventing domestic and sexual violence by signing a Pledge to take … Read More >

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