|Allegheny County DHS - Office of Intellectual Disability Outreach and Education||Office of Intellectual Disability provides intake and registration for supports coordination to eligible individuals with intellectual disability and/or autism. Questions can be answered about available services and supports regarding assistance for families of children age 0-9 with developmental disability.
Staff is available to provide presentations or host information tables for schools and community events, parent and professional groups. Printed information can also be provided.
Fact Sheets, available online, are brief explanations of important subjects regarding the Office of Intellectual Disability and the service system. Fact Sheets include: How to Register and Eligibility and Supports Coordination.||Allegheny||Office of Intellectual Disability||Allegheny County Department of Human Services|
|American Diabetes Association - Step-Out: Walk to Fight Diabetes||Step Out: Walk to Fight Diabetes, formerly America’s Walk for Diabetes, is about changing the face of diabetes in our country by raising funds to help find a cure and walking a few miles for greater awareness to this devastating disease.
Step Out: Walk to Fight Diabetes is a whirlwind day packed with energy, fun, support for others and a perfect amount of selfless dedication. Anyone can take part in Step Out: Walk to Fight Diabetes; your participation isn’t measured by the dexterity or the speed you walk, but by the level of your enthusiasm and your commitment to ending diabetes.
Step Out: Walk to Fight Diabetes was born as the result of the need to take greater action in the fight against diabetes. More than 20.8 million Americans have diabetes, with another 54-million at risk and ADA is taking steps to attack this epidemic aggressively.||Montgomery||American Diabetes Association - Montgomery; Bala Cynwyd||American Diabetes Association|
|Arc of Lancaster Lebanon||Supports individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities of all ages and their families in reaching their fullest potential as community members.
Upon request, advocates attend meetings for school-aged children ensuring a child receives free and appropriate education under the law. Support for individuals of all ages and families as they navigate the disability system.
- Community education
- Sibling support group
- Independent Monitoring for Quality: The IM4Q project collects information to improve the quality of life of people served and supported by the intellectual disability system
||Lancaster||Arc of Lancaster Lebanon||Arc of Lancaster Lebanon|
|BCAB Supportive Services||Offers a variety of services to visually impaired and blind individuals. Increases independence and improves the quality of life. Educates the public about the causes, symptoms, and prevention of blindness. Offers technology information and assistive technology classes.||Beaver||Beaver County Association for the Blind||Beaver County Association for the Blind|
|Blind Association of Butler and Armstrong||Provides services for the blind and visually impaired citizens of Armstrong and Butler Counties.||Butler||Blind Association of Butler and Armstrong||Blind Association of Butler and Armstrong|
|Brain Injury Association of Pennsylvania||Raises awareness of brain safety through education and advocacy. Provides education and training about brain injury to medical personnel, police officers and social service agencies. Hosts educational brain safety fairs at various locations throughout the state.
The Brain Injury Resource Line (BIRL) is a toll free number which provides support, compassion, and information about brain injury resources available in the caller's area (leave a message if no answer). Maintains a listing of brain injury support groups around the state.
Brain STEPS school re-entry program provides training to educators and parents to make sure they understand the effects of brain injury, the resulting challenges, and the supports and interventions that will help students with brain injuries be successful in school.
||Cumberland||Brain Injury Association of Pennsylvania||Brain Injury Association of America|
|Bucks County Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired - Adult Services||BCABVI offers a range of adult services to meet the evolving needs of its clients. Services include, Case Management, In-Home Services, Skill Sessions, Transportation, Tech Groups, Support Groups, Volunteer Opportunities and Social Programs||Bucks||Bucks County Association for the Bind and Visually Impaired -Bucks||Bucks County Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired |
|Bucks County Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired -Children's Services||Provides preschool vision screening services, support and resources to families with a child with impaired vision.||Bucks||Bucks County Association for the Bind and Visually Impaired -Bucks||Bucks County Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired |
|Case Management And Community Support Services, The Arc of York County||Our dedicated case managers make community living a possibility for the people we serve. We empower these individuals to enjoy a fulfilling life. We strive to protect their rights and pave the way for their acceptance and success in the community. Our case managers educate the York County community about intellectual disabilities and work to improve the quality and accessibility of the full range of services and supports available. We provide educational advocacy to parents to help to better address special educational needs and services for their children with intellectual disabilities.
||York||The Arc of York County||The Arc of York County|
|Central Susquehanna Sight Services - Disability Awareness Programs||Promotes public education through press releases and public service announcements. Provides educational materials on a variety of eye conditions, and prepares presentations on a variety of topics related to blindness and vision loss.
||Northumberland||Central Susquehanna Sight Services - Social Services||Central Susquehanna Sight Services|
|Community Programming - Growing Awareness, Inc.||A non-profit foundation established in 2019 by a group of special educators. Foundation holds events in the community to increase awareness and raise money to help and provide services and products etc. to local kids and adults with disabilities. Contact the foundation for a list of current community programs.||Lycoming||Growing Awareness, Inc.||Growing Awareness, Inc. |
|Compass Community Connections - Disability Awareness Program||Programs created to raise awareness of various disabilities and conditions.||Mifflin||Compass Community Connections||Compass Community Connections|
|Disability Awareness Training - Anthracite CIL||ARCIL staff and volunteers are available to conduct disability awareness training for schools, businesses, hospitals and civic organizations.||Luzerne||Anthracite Region Center for Independent Living||Anthracite Region Center for Independent Living|
|Family Voices - Kids as Self Advocates (KASA)||Representing the voice of youth living with disabilities and chronic health conditions by speaking to policy makers at public events and hearings.
Educating communities, including students, teachers and administrators at our schools; medical students and physicians; and federally funded cafe and agencies and state programs.
Serving as advisers to the over 40,000 members of Family Voices across the country and organizations and agencies interested in promoting youth involvement and leadership.||Family Voices - Kids as Self Advocates (KASA)||Family Voices|
|Joni and Friends Eastern PA||Services include:
-Wives Club, for women whose husbands are affected with a disability
-Parents with children with disabilities
-Singles with disabilities
-Couples with children with disabilities
-Wheels for the World, collects and refurbishes old wheelchairs and distributes them worldwide
-Special Delivery, gift packages of institutionalized materials delivered to people with disabilities who are hospitalized, homebound or institutionalized
-Holds 3 one-week retreats per year for families with a disabled family member
-Works with local congregations helping them develop programs for people affected by disability||Lancaster||Joni and Friends Eastern PA||Joni and Friends Eastern PA|
|Liberty Resources - Advocacy||Independent Living Centers (ILCs) enable individuals with disabilities to have the same life choices as non-disabled persons. Liberty Resources commitment is to work continually to advocate for the rights of individuals with disabilities.||Philadelphia||Liberty Resources Inc. - Philadelphia; Chinatown||Liberty Resources|
|Nat`l Assoc For Parents of Children with Visual Impairments||Offers support group for parents through their database. Information packet and an "Awareness" newsletter available. Various publications for parents available.
||1 N Lexington Ave, 8th Floor, White Plains NY (Nat`l Assoc For Parents of Children with Visual Impairments)||National Association for Parents of Children with Visual Impairments|
|Variety - The Children's Charity - Autism Initiative||The Autism Initiative works to meet the needs of the community by connecting parents to resources and offering guidance to families on the “autism journey.”
The Initiative provides a comprehensive region specific eNewsletter and implemented “Autism Ambassadors,” a peer-mentoring program in school districts across the region. Variety staff trains teachers on teaching students about autism and guides the Ambassador clubs to mentor their peers. This program is now known as “Kids with Heart” and includes training for children for all disabilities.
In 2012, the members of The Initiative designed and outfitted the Autism Resource Center at the Variety Club Camp and Developmental Center with Multi-Sensory Environment (MSE). The MSE is available for children who attend programs at the camp and helps children maintain their “sensory diets.”
The Autism Initiative also oversees Variety’s Cool Kids Meet Up, a social skills training program for children with autism spectrum disorders. Cool Kids programs operate alongside the academic year. The Philadelphia program works in conjunction with SPIN and meets weekly at the SPIN center located at 10521 Dummond Rd. Cool Kids also meet at the camp in Worcester.
The Initiative also runs family weekend retreats or “Autism Family Weekend Getaways” at Variety’s 80 acre Camp and Developmental Center. 2013’s Autism Family Camp Getaway will be held Friday, August 23 – Sunday, August 25th and will be hosted by autism advocate and Temple Grandin’s mother, Eustacia Cutler.
Variety Club Camp Family Weekend Getaways provide families with recreational activities and learning workshops that include swimming, hiking, horseback riding, karaoke and yoga so families can enjoy a camping experience where they feel safe, accepted and supported. The activities during this weekend aim to benefit all family members and strengthen the family unit by providing each member with support, information and family enrichment activities while feeling like a vacation!
||Philadelphia||Variety - The Children's Charity - Philadelphia; Center City||Variety-The Children's Charity|