Spina Bifida Highlights

2016 Highmark Walk for a Healthy Community

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SBAWP made the top 10 for the Highmark Walk for a Healthy Community – Pittsburgh! Thank You, Thank You, Thank You to each of you who helped us towards our goal!! 1. Autism Connection of PA-$31,661 2. Sarah Heinz House-$25,638 3. Presbyterian SeniorCare-$25,370 4. Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank-$17,666 5. The Community at Holy Family Manor-$14,485 6. Pittsburgh Mercy-$14,270 7. Southwinds, Inc.-$13,565 8. Pennsylvania Women Work-$13,000 (First year in the Walk!) 9. Spina Bifida Association of Western PA-$12,842 10. YWCA of Greater Pittsburgh-$12,350

EITC check from FifthThird Bank

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On March 29, 2016, Fifth Third Bank presented the Spina Bifida Association of Western PA a check for the EITC program.  Through the EITC (Educational Improvement Tax Credit) program, qualified businesses can make a donation to the Spina Bifida Assocation of Western PA (SBAWP) and receive tax credits equal to a percentage of their gift. The Spina Bifida Association of Western PA is an approved Educational Improvement Organization (EIO) in the EITC program. Gifts through the EIO program enable the SBAWP to provide essential programming to individuals with spina bifida and related disabilities throughout Western PA. SBAWP is thankful for the support … Read More

The Gatehouse Attends a Mighty Penguins Practice


On Tuesday March 22, 2016, the Gatehouse residents were treated to a visit to the new UPMC Lemieux Sports Complex to watch a VIP Training of the Pittsburgh Penguins by invitation from the Mighty Penguins, one of the Pittsburgh area’s hockey teams for disabled players. Eleven of the current Gatehouse residents were in attendance as well as two staff persons.  We were able to watch both the Pittsburgh Penguins practice and play a scrimmage with each other and then a practice by the Mighty Penguins!  It was an exciting day and everyone had a great time! Many thanks go out … Read More

Mark Your Calendars for the Highmark Walk!


Now is the time to register to participate with the Spina Bifida Association of Western PA (SBAWP) in the Highmark Walk for a Healthy Community on May 14, 2016 at Stage AE in Pittsburgh.  All money raised helps the SBAWP programs and services for individuals with disabilities. – Register to be a walker or start a team at: http://hcf.convio.net/sbawp – Personalize your page. What does SBAWP mean to you?! – Make a self donation. Invite family and friends to follow your lead in donating! – Invite others to join you in walking or rolling for SBAWP. – Fund-raise with social … Read More

October is Spina Bifida Awareness Month!

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OCTOBER IS SPINA BIFIDA AWARENESS MONTH HELP US RAISE AWARENESS ABOUT THE MOST COMMON, PERMANENTLY DISABLING BIRTH DEFECT IN THE UNITED STATES… BUY AN AWARENESS T-SHIRT TODAY!!  |  DEADLINE TO ORDER IS OCTOBER 9, 2015 Did you know that more people are born with Spina Bifida than cerebral palsy, muscular dystrophy and cystic fibrosis combined, yet most people are unfamiliar with this disability? This month, is the perfect opportunity to learn about spina bifida, to spread awareness about spina bifida, and to support the organizations, like the SBAWP, that work to improve the quality of life for people living with spina bifida. The most effective … Read More

International Day of Acceptance

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International Day of Acceptance What is Acceptance? Acceptance is created from an Empowered movement that Educates others to Embracediversity and Love Life by seeing beyond abilities Friends, tell the world you embrace who you are; a person with social rights, who has an opinion, who has interests, who has goals and who loves life. You are a person who is empowered to make a difference in the world and not be without a voice in society. You are not living disabled, you are living. To our supporters, join us in telling the world that you are accepting of people with disabilities. … Read More

OT students at SBAWP


OT Students at SBAWP Julie and Jessica are students in the occupational therapy program at the University of Pittsburgh. They began coming to the Fithian House January for fieldwork.  Both Julie and Jessica have stated, “It has been a wonderful opportunity and we have enjoyed spending our Tuesdays with the residents and staff. ” This experience has given them the opportunity to go on many fun community outings with the residents including a trip to The National Aviary (pictured).  Others have included going to the Ross Park Mall, Wal-Mart, and Giant Eagle.  In addition to the outings, Julie and Jessica … Read More