Pittsburgh Pioneer students attend Ability Pittsburgh at John Heinz History Center
On Thursday, April 16, students from Pittsburgh Pioneer attended “Ability Pittsburgh” at the John Heinz History Center. “Ability Pittsburgh” is an event for local students with disabilities. Students are provided the opportunity to explore the Heinz History Center’s collections and exhibitions. Additionally, students participate in four distinct interactive modules. The modules are:
- Transitions, Advisors, Leadership and Employment – a resource exchange offering information on internships and employment, as well as resume writing and mock interview activities.
- Assistive Technologies – an interactive demonstration of assistive technologies, ranging from the simple to complex, designed to enhance school, work and home life.
- Advocacy and History – disability community leaders shared their history and accomplishments through examples of advocacy, networks, and leadership.
- Healthy Lifestyles and Nutrition – engaged students in participating in a variety of recreational activities and learning more about physical fitness and living a healthy lifestyle.
“Ability Pittsburgh” is modeled after the Smithsonian’s IDEA Celebration, which recognized the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act and included activities that supported youths by building awareness, creating networks, providing resources and encouraging them to take an assertive role in achieving success. The Smithsonian plans to offer this event to Affiliate partners across the nation. The Heinz History Center will make this an annual event for the disability community in Pittsburgh.