All media inquiries and questions should be sent in writing to Theresa Kinsinger, Director of Organizational Services.

  • Coffee Break Webinars for SLP Professionals and Support Staff

    Apr 28, 2017

    Better Hearing and Speech Month 2017 logo

    Got 15 minutes? You can learn more about assistive technology and the importance of frequent hearing screenings in a series of short Coffee Break Webinars. May is the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association’s Better Hearing and Speech Month and the webinars are designed to support this year’s theme, “Communication: The Key to Connection.

    The webinars will focus on raising awareness about the use of assistive technology and the importance of frequent hearing screenings.  There is no preregistration to join the webinars, just follow the link to join.  

    Tuesday, May 2, 2017, 2-2:15 p.m. 
    Debunking Common Myths about Using Assistive Technology with Young Children

    Bridget Gilormini, Director, Simon Technology enter

    Wednesday, May 3, 2017, 2-2:15 p.m. 
    Don't Wait to Communicate! Augmentative and Alternative Communication
    Jacqueline Hess, Director, Disabilities Studies and Services & Early Care and Education

    Friday, May 5, 2017, 2-2:15 p.m. 
    Quality Hearing Screening Practices for Children Birth to 5 Years of Age

    Will Eiserman, Early Childhood Hearing Outreach (ECHO) Initiative

    Monday, May 8, 2017, 2-2:15 p.m. 
    Using a Multi-Modal Approach to Support Children with Hearing Loss

    Karen Latimer, Assistive Technology Specialist, Delaware Assistive Technology Initiative, Center for Disabilities Studies

    Tuesday, May 9, 2017, 2-2:15 p.m.
    Center on Technology and Disability: Free Resources to Support the Use of Assistive Technology in Young Children with Disabilities

    Jacqueline Hess, Director, Disabilities Studies and Services & Early Care and Education

  • Join the Fun at the Early Intervention Family Carnival

    Apr 21, 2017
    Plan to attend the 2017 Early Intervention Family Carnival! This event is FREE and open to families of children involved in the Early Intervention Infant and Toddler, Preschool CAIU and Head Start programs 1-5 years of age in Dauphin, Cumberland, and Perry counties.

    When:     June 6, 2017, from 5-8 p.m.
    Where:    Adventure Zone Playground

    Click on the link below for more information and how to RSVP.
    Early Intervention Family Carnival Flyer
  • Cedar Cliff High School Academic Quiz Bowl Team Wins Regional Academic Competition, Spot in State Competition

    Mar 24, 2017

    Congratulations to the Cedar Cliff High School academic quiz bowl team, winners of this year’s Regional Academic Competition! Seven teams from area high schools competed in a quiz-bowl style academic competition on Tuesday, March 21, at The Army Heritage Education Center in Carlisle. Cedar Cliff will join other regional winners from across the state for the 26th Annual Pennsylvania State Academic Competition on April 28 in Harrisburg.

    The state championship team will receive a $2,000 scholarship for their high school. Finalists will each receive $500 for their school. Last year’s winner was Lehigh Valley Academy Regional Charter School.

    Cedar Cliff High Quiz Bowl Team

    Pictured is the Cedar Cliff High School academic quiz bowl team and coaches, from left to right: Audrey Plassio; team coach; Nathan Helvy, grade 12; Maxwell Clark, grade 11; Avery Peiffer, grade 12; Thussenthan Walter-Angelo, grade 9; Jonathan Baxley, grade 11; Garrett Helvy, grade 10; and Colonel Frank Hancock, team coach.

  • CAIU Sponsoring Regional Academic Competition on March 14

    Mar 07, 2017

    Capital Area Intermediate Unit is excited to be sponsoring the Regional Academic Competition on Tuesday, March 14. The Army Heritage Education Center in Carlisle will be hosting the event. Fourteen teams from seven area high schools will be competing: Cedar Cliff, Cumberland Valley, Trinity, Dauphin County Technical, Middletown, Boiling Springs, and Susquenita.

    This is the first time that the CAIU is sponsoring a regional competition; in previous years, a team was selected at random from the CAIU service area to participate in the state competition.  

    The teams will be vying for a spot in the 26th Annual Pennsylvania State Academic Competition on April 28 at the Chambers of the House of Representatives and Senate in Harrisburg. The regional event will have a closed audience, but family and school support is encouraged for the qualifying team that moves on to the state finals. Each of Pennsylvania’s 29 intermediate units is permitted to send one high school academic team to participate in the competition. The state championship team will receive a $2,000 scholarship for their high school. Finalists will each receive $500 for their school. Last year’s winner was Lehigh Valley Academy Regional Charter School.

    Good luck to this year’s participants!

  • Nominations Open for the 2016/17 Thomas W. Holtzman, Jr. Educational Leadership Award

    Mar 07, 2017

    Do you know an educator who has a passion for education and demonstrates outstanding leadership within the field and the community? Help the CAIU find this year's Thomas W. Holtzman, Jr. Educational Leadership Award winner!

    Nominees should be:
    • A Lifelong Learner
    • Creative and Innovative
    • Student-Centered
    • A Community Leader
    And should:
    • Build Camaraderie
    • Celebrate Diversity and Unity
    • Exceed Professional Requirements
    • Earn the Respect of Students, Parents and Colleagues

    Nominees must be a public educator, hold PA Level II Certification, and be employed by a school entity within the CAIU service area.

    How do I nominate an educator?
    Simple! Nominations consist of a nomination form and questionnaire prepared by the nominator and one letter of recommendation written by someone other than the nominator. Please see nomination form for further details. Download PDF to fill out form and questionnaire.

    2017 nomination form and questionnaire

    Deadline for nomination is Friday, April 28, 2017

    About Dr. Holtzman
    Dr. Thomas W. Holtzman Jr., served the Susquehanna Township School District for 18 years as principal and superintendent. The Thomas W. Holtzman, Jr., Educational Leadership Award is established to honor an individual who exemplifies his outstanding qualities as a leader in public education in the Capital Region. His passion for learning, positive outlook, sense of humor, and celebration of diversity inspired all who knew him to strive for educational excellence.

  • 18th Annual Champions for Children Bingo, April 7

    Mar 02, 2017

    Champions for Children Bingo
    Champions for Children (C4C) Bingo is back and featuring more prizes than ever. What started 18 years ago as basket bingo with Longaberger baskets, has expanded to include Thirty One and Vera Bradley bags and accessories, themed gift baskets, and gift cards to a variety of businesses. Plus, C4C Bingo features raffles, door prizes, and special games throughout the evening.

    This year's event will be held April 7, at the CAIU Enola Conference Center. Doors open at 5:45 p.m. with Bingo starting at 6:45 p.m. Tickets are $25 for 6 cards, and additional cards will be available for purchase at the door. Food and drinks will be available when the doors open and throughout the night. C4C Bingo is an adults-only event.

    All proceeds go to Champions for Children, a program that offers assistance to children in need within the Capital Area Intermediate Unit's service area. Since 2000, Champions for Children Bingo has helped to raise over $45,000. For more information or tickets, call 717-732-8438. Learn more about Champions for Children at

  • CAEA Announces 2017 Scholarship Program

    Jan 30, 2017

    The Capital Area Education Association is pleased to announce its 2017 Special Education Scholarship Program. This year, one scholarship of $500 will be given to a qualified applicant. 

    Two groups of individuals may apply: seniors currently attending a high school in one of the CAIU member districts or paraprofessionals currently working for the CAIU who are volunteer members of the CAEA. Applicants must plan to enroll or be enrolled in a program of study that leads to a degree in special education, speech and language therapy, occupational therapy, physical therapy, audiology, adaptive physical education, or school psychology. 

    High school seniors may obtain applications from their high school guidance counselors.  Interested paraprofessionals should contact Patricia Benner at to request an application. 

    Completed applications are due by April 15, 2017.  Results will be announced by May 15, 2017. 

  • Dina Duffy Receives the 2016/17 Josephine J. Decima Award for Excellence in the Field of Special Education

    Jan 23, 2017

    The Capital Area Intermediate Unit is proud to announce that Dina Duffy, a speech language clinician at the CAIU, has won the 2016/17 Decima Award. The award was established to honor the life of the late Josephine Decima, a former CAIU educator, who helped pioneer the field of special education in central Pennsylvania. Duffy was nominated by her peers and a parent and named as this year's winner by a panel of experts in the field of special education. She was presented with the award at CAIU’s annual All Staff Day on January 13.

    Duffy’s career path, as so many do, started in one place and landed somewhere completely different. “I started out in school wanting to be a lawyer,” said Duffy. “My mother sent me a US News and World Report and told me the top three upcoming fields were speech therapy, occupational therapy and physical therapy, so I should pick one.” Duffy heeded the advice, chose speech therapy, and earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees at Bloomsburg University. She interned with the CAIU and was offered a job in 1994.

    “The most gratifying thing about working in early intervention is being one of the first people to give children a way to communicate,” said Duffy. “More than that, it's seeing the look on a parent's face when their child communicates with them in some way, and sometimes for the first time.”

    Dina Duffy, Decima Award winner

    Pictured from left to right is Claudia and Dean Decima, daughter-in-law and son of Josephine Decima; Dina Duffy, this year’s award winner; and Alicia McDonald, CAIU director of student services.

    About Josephine Decima

    During her nearly 40 year career in teaching, Josephine J. Decima was a pioneer in the field of special education in central Pennsylvania. She believed that students with special needs were entitled to a strong academic program supplemented by life-skills training. She fought tirelessly to improve instructional programs and experiences for children with physical and mental challenges. Decima was a lifelong advocate for special-needs children, and an inspirational role model for teachers.

    The CAIU proudly established the Josephine J. Decima Award in 2010 to recognize and honor teachers who exemplify her outstanding work on behalf of students with special needs.

  • Spring 2017 Sign Language Classes

    Jan 12, 2017
    Registration is open for the following Sign Language Classes which are scheduled on Tuesdays from 6-8:00pm, February 21 - April 11, 2017.

    Level I - This is a beginner class - no previous experience with sign language is needed. The course will include ABC's and numbers, basic vocabulary, light conversation and an introduction to Deaf Culture.

    Level II - This class assumes that the participant has acquired basic skills taught in an introductory course. The course will continue vocabulary development. Additionally, Level II will teach classifiers and directionality. An introduction to ASL grammar will also be presented.

    Deadline to register is February 10, 2017.

    For more information regarding registration and to view the brochure please Click Here
  • 2017 Google Summit, May 1

    Jan 06, 2017

    Technology plays a vital role in today's classrooms. When used correctly, it makes learning more engaging and planning more efficient. It's also constantly changing. Stay ahead of the curve, attend the 2017 Google Summit on May 1 at the Lincoln Intermediate Unit 12 in New Oxford. This full-day event will show educators and administrators how to effectively utilize Google tools and apps. Space for this popular event is limited, so register early!

    The summit focuses on integrating Google Apps for Education (and other Google tools) to promote student learning. Participants will choose from a variety of sessions provided by Google Certified teachers and trainers, classroom educators, instructional coaches/integrators, and administrators. 

    Visit the site to learn more about this professional development opportunity (check back often for updates) and to register:

    Call for Proposals
    Many of you are doing great things with Google Apps and tools in your districts and classrooms. Share your knowledge by becoming a presenter! The presentations are 50 minutes, and if your proposal is accepted, you get to attend the event free! Presentation notifications will be sent by March 13, 2017. Call for proposals, registration, and additional information is located at

    This year’s summit is hosted by Intermediate Units 12, 13, and 15. The program cost is $99 and includes breakfast and lunch. For more information, contact Karen Ditzler at