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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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Documenting impact: The first year of Southwest PA Says No More

In March, 2015, FISA Foundation, in partnership with United Way of Southwest PA, The Heinz Endowments, and twenty-five nonprofit partners launched Southwest PA Says No More – a regional initiative focused on ending domestic and sexual violence. We’re making real progress! Men and women are demanding that abusers be held … Read More >

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ReelAbilities Film Festival Returns to Pittsburgh

FISA Foundation and JFilm are proud to co-present the 4th annual ReelAbilities Film Festival which showcases films about the lives, stories, and artistic expression of people with different disabilities. The Festival, which takes place in October every year, features films that have been selected for their quality, diversity and for … Read More >

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Southwest PA Says NO MORE: More than twenty-five groups collaborate to end domestic and sexual violence

A diverse array of 25 organizations from across the region have joined together with a singular focus: to end violence against women. Partners include domestic violence shelters, rape crisis programs and human service organizations like the Jewish Community Center of Greater Pittsburgh, the YMCA of Greater Pittsburgh, and Children’s Hospital of … Read More >

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Pittsburgh-area CEOs Speak out Against Domestic Violence

FISA Foundation is so proud of the Southwest PA Says No More initiative, c0-sponsored by The Heinz Endowments and United Way of Allegheny County. Earlier this month, Southwest PA Says No More released a call-to-action video, local corporate and civic leaders urging their peers to take action to end domestic … Read More >

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ADA National Network Releases Updated Events Planning Guide

The NIDILRR-funded ADA National Network has updated and redesigned A Planning Guide for Making Temporary Events Accessible to People with Disabilities. The 58-page guide provides information from industry experts to assist planners, managers, operators, and building owners in making temporary events, such as festivals, concerts, and sporting events, accessible to … Read More >

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Pittsburgh and Allegheny County Celebrate the 25th Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)

“Let the shameful wall of exclusion finally come tumbling down.” President George Bush, proclaimed these words when the Americans with Disabilities Act was signed in to law on July 26, 1990. This landmark law has transformed the lives of people with disabilities, their families, and the community. The Americans with … Read More >

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The ABLE Act: A new type of savings vehicle for the first time offers the disabled and their families the benefits of tax-free growth.

This new savings plan for individuals with disabilities (called 529 ABLE) was authorized by Congress in late 2014. It is similar to 529 college plans, but it allows people with disabilities and their families to establish tax free savings for “qualified expenses” that include education, housing, transportation, employment training, legal … Read More >

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