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    Programs that work to ensure that children and youth with disabilities receive a free, appropriate, public education often by providing assistance for parents who need support in seeking and obtaining needed early intervention, educational, medical or therapeutic services for their children.

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    AdvocacyThe federal and state laws governing the rights of students with disabilities can seem overwhelming and complex at first; however, understanding the special education process and knowing how to utilize the laws as they were meant to be utilized is important in achieving educational success. While education in and of itself is an important component in the life of a student with learning disabilities, it is the purpose of the education and the eventual outcome that needs to be remembered . . . developing the tools to lead a productive, independent, and fulfilling life. The Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act of 2004, commonly referred to as the IDEA, is the federal law governing special education. Chapter 14 of the PA School Code is the state regulation mirroring the IDEA. Although state regulations and laws do not override federal law, Chapter 14 can provide protections above and beyond what the IDEA mandates. To be eligible for special education services and programs, a student must be evaluated and found to be a student with one or more of the 13 disabilities noted in the IDEA and be in need of special education programs and related services. The Rehabilitation Act of 1973 is a federal, civil rights law. Section 504 of the "Rehab Act" provides accommodations to students who have been deemed students with a handicapping condition. Chapter 15 of the PA School Code addresses the rights afforded under the Rehabilitation Act. Students receiving protection under this Act are provided a 504 service agreement. Dauphin*Main Site (Learning Disabilities Association of PA)Learning Disabilities Association of PA
    Alexander Graham Bell Association for the DeafHelps families, health care providers and education professionals understand childhood hearing loss and the importance of early diagnosis and intervention. Through advocacy, education, research and financial aid, AG Bell helps to ensure that every child and adult with hearing loss has the opportunity to fully participate in mainstream society. Alexander Graham Bell Association for the DeafAlexander Graham Bell Association for the Deaf
    Arc of Chester County - AdvocacyAdvocacy services help families and self-advocates understand and navigate the mental health/intellectual and developmental disability service systems. Our advocates safeguard individual rights and promote self-determination and inclusion. The Arc's advocates provide one-to-one support and mentoring services, help parents effectively plan for their adult childs future and effectively participate in planning meetings, accompany families and self-advocates to meetings as needed, provide ongoing support for self-advocates with limited family involvement, initiate, promote, and support individual and county-wide self-determination and self-advocacy efforts, provide training for self-advocates, monitor progress made in the areas of inclusion, self-determination, employment, habilitation, and recreation, and actively promote systems change and improvement through state and national lobbying. The Arc's education advocacy services help parents, guardians, and students develop a plan of action for obtaining a free and appropriate education and helping students make meaningful progress on their educational goals.ChesterArc of Chester County, The - Chester; West ChesterArc of Chester County
    Arc of Chester County - Special Education AdvocacyThe Arc of Chester Countys advocacy services help families and self-advocates understand and navigate the mental health/intellectual and developmental disability service systems. Our advocates safeguard individual rights and promote self-determination and inclusion. The Arcs advocates: provide one-to-one support and mentoring services, help parents effectively plan for their adult childs future and effectively participate in planning meetings, accompany families and self-advocates to meetings as needed, provide ongoing support for self-advocates with limited family involvement, initiate, promote, and support individual and county-wide self-determination and self-advocacy efforts, provide training for self-advocates, monitor progress made in the areas of inclusion, self-determination, employment, habilitation, and recreation, and actively promote systems change and improvement through state and national lobbying. The Arcs education advocacy services help parents, guardians, and students develop a plan of action for obtaining a free and appropriate education and helping students make meaningful progress on their educational goals. All children and students from birth to 21 who are eligible or suspected of being eligible for specialized education services under the Individuals with Disabilities Improvement Act IDEIA, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, or the Americans with Disabilities Act ADA can access The Arc of Chester Countys education advocacy services.ChesterARC OF CHESTER COUNTY, THEArc of Chester County
    Arc of Delaware County - Education Advocacy ProgramServices provide information & referral, educational advocacy services, and systems advocacy services for children with developmental disabilities and their families.DelawareArc of Delaware County - Delaware; SwarthmoreArc of Delaware County
    Arc of Erie CountyProvides advocacy and support for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families. They provide free educational advocacy, monitor relevant legislation and support programs that highlight current research.ErieArc of Erie CountyArc of Erie County
    Arc of Lehigh and Northampton CountiesAdvocates for the rights of children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Specific services include adult day services, recreational programs, family support services and a family resource center/lending library. Also offers assistance with hiring personal care attendants through the Agency with Choice Program. NorthamptonArc of Lehigh and Northampton CountiesArc of Lehigh and Northampton Counties
    Arc of Northeastern Pennsylvania, TheAdvocates and provides services for the rights of children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities/Autism. Specific services include adult day services, vocational services, community residential services and recreational programs.LackawannaArc of Northeastern Pennsylvania, TheArc of Northeastern Pennsylvania
    CATCH CMH/MRC - Consultation & Education ServicesProvides outreach services to children and their families with emphasis on individualized plans than are bio-psych-socially appropriate and culturally competent. The program design ensures that a child at risk for behavioral health issues gain access to necessary community based agencies. In addition to service acquisition, the program facilitates workshops for parents/caregivers and educators. The focal point of these workshops is to educate school staff and families about the child's system of care, resource development and behavior management.Philadelphia1227 South 15th St Philadelphia, PA (Consultation & Education Services)CATCH, Inc.
    Disability Rights Pennsylvania - PhiladelphiaProvides advocacy and support to advance, protect, and advocate for the human, civil, and legal rights of Pennsylvanians with disabilities.PhiladelphiaDisability Rights PennsylvaniaDisability Rights Pennsylvania
    Disability Rights Pennsylvania - PittsburghProvides protection and advocacy for the rights of persons with disabilities. Works with people with disabilities and their families to ensure their rights to live in their communities with the services they need, to receive a full and inclusive education, to live free of discrimination, abuse and neglect and to have control and self-determination over their services.AlleghenyDisability Rights PennsylvaniaDisability Rights Pennsylvania
    Disability Rights Pennsylvania - Protection and Advocacy for Individuals with DisabilitiesUnder the Developmental Disabilities Assistance and Bill of Rights Act (DD Act), DRP provides advocacy to adults and children with developmental disabilities, mental illness,Traumatic Brain Injury, etc. DRP focuses on issues such as community integration, protection from abuse and neglect, and access to community services. DRP subcontracts with ELC for all activities concerning early intervention and special education.PhiladelphiaDisability Rights Pennsylvania - Philadelphia; Center CityDisability Rights Pennsylvania
    Educational Advocacy - Parent to Parent Connections, Inc.Offers advocacy and support for parents who are working with school officials to obtain the necessary accomodations for their children via IEPs or behavioral plans.NorthumberlandParent to Parent Connections, Inc.Parent to Parent Connections, Inc.
    Education Law Center - Ensuring That All Children Have Access to SchoolMany children are kept out of school, or endure long delays, because their districts or schools do not understand (or have chosen not to follow) the law. Among those most affected are children in foster and group homes, homeless children, children returning from juvenile placements, and immigrant children. In 2009, ELC seeks to obtain new state policies that will make the rules clear to schools and districts, plus an appeal process that families can use when problems develop. Children in the child welfare system face a host of additional school problems. When their living arrangements change, they may be forced to change schools, even though the law says that they can continue where they are unless their needs require otherwise. County child welfare staff do not routinely monitor these students’ school performance, or seek help for those who are struggling. And while many of these children have disabilities, some do not have parents who can represent them in the special education process. In 2009 ELC will seek new policies from the Department of Public Welfare and the Department of Education aimed at making sure that children in the child welfare system can stay in their school even when their living arrangements change; that their educational progress is monitored and addressed; and that "surrogate parents" are appointed to represent the needs of children with disabilities whose own parents are unavailable.PhiladelphiaEducation Law Center - Philadelphia; Center CityEducation Law Center - PA
    Ensuring That All Children Have Access to SchoolMany children are kept out of school, or endure long delays, because their districts or schools do not understand (or have chosen not to follow) the law. Among those most affected are children in foster and group homes, homeless children, children returning from juvenile placements, and immigrant children. In 2009, ELC seeks to obtain new state policies that will make the rules clear to schools and districts, plus an appeal process that families can use when problems develop. Children in the child welfare system face a host of additional school problems. When their living arrangements change, they may be forced to change schools, even though the law says that they can continue where they are unless their needs require otherwise. County child welfare staff do not routinely monitor these students’ school performance, or seek help for those who are struggling. And while many of these children have disabilities, some do not have parents who can represent them in the special education process. In 2009 ELC will seek new policies from the Department of Public Welfare and the Department of Education aimed at making sure that children in the child welfare system can stay in their school even when their living arrangements change; that their educational progress is monitored and addressed; and that "surrogate parents" are appointed to represent the needs of children with disabilities whose own parents are unavailable.AlleghenyEducation Law Center - PittsburghEducation Law Center - PA
    Freedom Valley Disability Center - Special Education AdvocacyThe Center for Independent Living CIL assist in cutting through the "red tape" that often separates persons with disabilities from benefits, products, or services that best meet their needs.DelawareFreedom Valley Disability CenterFreedom Valley Disability Enablement
    Laurent Clerc National Deaf Education CenterProvides information, training and technical assistance to parents and professionals caring for children who are deaf or hard of hearing. Laurent Clerc National Deaf Education CenterLaurent Clerc National Deaf Education Center
    Local Task Force for the Right to Education in Allegheny CountyProvides a parent assistance line to help parents of children with special needs get information concerning special education issues. Will put together a team to monitor a particular classroom(s) in a school building when a request is made by a parent or task force member. Provides information to the Bureau of Special Education for auditing purposes.AlleghenyLocal Task Force for the Right to Education in Allegheny CountyAllegheny Intermediate Unit
    Mental Health Partnerships - Special Education Project of PINSpecial Education Project of PIN works to protect the rights of children and adolescents with emotional and behavioral disorders in the educational system. The program monitors the Philadelphia School District to make sure it is fulfilling its legal obligation to provide both an education and appropriate services to children who have been determined to have special needs and, as a result, have an Individualized Education Program. In addition, the Philadelphia Office of Mental Health (OMH) goes into the public schools to provide support to children in crisis and training for parents, advocates and professionals about the special education rights of children under local, state and federal law.PhiladelphiaMental Health Partnerships (MHP) - Philadelphia; Center CityMental Health Partnerships
    National Center for Learning DisabilitiesProvides essential information to parents, professionals and individuals with learning disabilities, promotes research and programs to foster effective learning and advocates for policies to protect and strengthen educational rights and opportunities. National Center for Learning DisabilitiesNational Center for Learning Disabilities
    PEAL Center (Parent Education & Advocacy Leadership)The PEAL Center is the Parent and Training Information Center for the State of Pennsylvania.The PEAL Center provides Training;information and technical assistance to help parents throughout Pennsylvania become more effective advocates for their children.Services include:information about the special education system,workshops on disability issues and national Conferences,one to one technical assistance.AlleghenyPEAL Center (Parent Education & Advocacy Leadership)PEAL Center (Parent Education & Advocacy Leadership)
    Pennsylvania Training and Technical Assistance Network - HarrisburgOffers a wide range of training courses and continuously collects information on upcoming training opportunities sponsored by other local education agencies (LEAs), including: intermediate units, districts, and charter schools.DauphinPennsylvania Training and Technical Assistance NetworkPennsylvania Training and Technical Assistance Network (PaTTAN)
    Pennsylvania Training and Technical Assistance Network - King of PrussiaOffers a wide range of training courses and continuously collects information on upcoming training opportunities sponsored by other local education agencies (LEAs), including: intermediate units, districts, and charter schools.MontgomeryPennsylvania Training and Technical Assistance NetworkPennsylvania Training and Technical Assistance Network (PaTTAN)
    Pennsylvania Training and Technical Assistance Network - PittsburghOffers a wide range of professional development opportunities in support of the efforts and initiatives of the Bureau of Special Education to build the capacity of local education agencies to serve students who receive special education services.AlleghenyPennsylvania Training and Technical Assistance NetworkPennsylvania Training and Technical Assistance Network (PaTTAN)
    Philadelphia HUNE - Adult and Children ServicesWhat We Do: Provide training sessions for parents of children with disabilities on all aspects of special education, including the Federal Laws (IDEA and NCLB) and the State Law (PA Regulations and Standards) in order to ensure that their children receive a Free Appropriate Public Education. Train parents individually on how to access information on education, disabilities and resources available regarding children with disabilities through on-line services. HUNE assists parents of exceptional children to: - Understand the nature of their children's disabilities and their educational and developmental needs. - Communicate effectively with personnel responsible for providing special education, early intervention, transition and related services. - Participate in the decision making process, the development of the Individualized Education Program (IEP), and the Individualized Family Service Plan (IFSP). - Obtain appropriate information about the range of options, programs, services and resources available to assist exceptional children and their families. - Understand the availability of, and how to effectively use procedural safeguards under the Individual with Disabilities Act (IDEA) including encouraging the use of, and explaining the benefits of alternative methods of dispute resolution, such as mediation. - Understand the provision of IDEA for the education of early intervention services to exceptional children. - Participate in school reform activities. Negotiate for increased availability of interpreters and the development and dissemination of special education forms in Spanish.PhiladelphiaPhiladelphia HUNE, Inc. - Philadelphia; West KensingtonPhiladelphia HUNE
    Public Interest Law Center of Philadelphia - Disability RightsProvides advocacy services for persons with disabilities. The Law Center's mission under this agenda is to end discrimination and abuse against persons with disabilities and secure their inclusion and full participation in all aspects of mainstream society. There are four components to this project including: education, community services, the criminal justice system and advancing the rights of persons with disabilities internationally. PhiladelphiaPublic Interest Law Center of Philadelphia (PILCOP) - Philadelphia; Center CityPublic Interest Law Center of Philadelphia
    Right to Education Local Task ForceThe RIGHT TO EDUCATION Local Task Force LTF is an organization dedicated to improving Special Education in Chester County. We meet monthly with parents, advocates, community service providers, and district and school administrators to discuss how to improve Special Education in Chester County and sharing successes. Training on topics of interest in Special Education and monitoring parent satisfaction are also provided by the LTF. Meetings are held at the Chester County Intermediate Unit on Boot Road in Downingtown the second Thursday of each month from 10:00 AM-Noon and the third Thursday of each month at The ARC of Chester County from 7:00-9:00 PM. All are welcome.ChesterRIGHT TO EDUCATION TASK FORCERight to Education Local Task Force
    Special Education ConsultLineToll free helpline which provides information for families and advocates of children with disabilities about school related concerns, special education regulations, procedural safeguards, and general disability questions.DauphinOffice for Dispute ResolutionOffice for Dispute Resolution

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