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    Abilities in Motion - Independent Living ServicesServices include: -Personal Centered Counseling - Home Modifications -Medical equipment - resale and donations taken in - Assistance with voter registration -Parent Connections: teach parents of children with disabilities how to empower their youth to live independent lives -CAG: Consumer Action Group Advocacy -Independent living skills -Information and referral -Emergency preparednessBerksAbilities in MotionAbilities in Motion
    Adult Developmental TrainingSelf-help and developmental training around activities of daily living.DauphinGoodwill Keystone Area, HarrisburgGoodwill Industries International
    Arc of Chester County - Information LineThe 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
    Berks County LINK to Aging and Disability ResourcesProvides information on long-term supports and supports to help persons age 60 and over, persons with a disability, veterans, family members and care givers to maintain their independence, dignity and quality of life. Services include: information and referral, eligibility screening, options counseling and application assistance. Partner in Berks-Lancaster-Lebanon LINK to Aging and Disability ResourcesBerksBerks County LINK to Aging and Disability ResourcesPennsylvania Link to Aging and Disability Resources
    Bradford-Sullivan-Susquehanna-Tioga LINK to Aging and Disability ResourcesImproves access to supports and resources for long-term care through a network of local partners committed to expanding the use of community-based solutions, to promote decision making suggested by the consumer, and improving the quality of services regardless of age, physical or developmental disability or ability to pay. Through collaborations with the LINKS of Pennsylvania, the associated agencies are assisting people in a more effective and efficient way to navigate a complex system of federal, state and local services. Bradford-Sullivan-Susquehanna-Tioga LINK to Aging and Disability ResourcesPennsylvania Link to Aging and Disability Resources
    BRIDGE (Bringing Resources to Include Diverse Groups in Employment) Program - The ARC Susquehanna ValleyA free work preparatory program for individuals, 18 to 30 years old, with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities. Program last for one year and assists individuals in preparing for and finding employment.NorthumberlandThe ARC Susquehanna ValleyThe ARC Susquehanna Valley
    Carousel House - After School ProgramProgram is run in conjunction with the Variety Club and Widener Memorial School. The program includes homework help, snacks, music, arts & crafts, trips and socials.PhiladelphiaCarousel House @ Department of Recreation - Philadelphia; West PhiladelphiaCarousel House @ Department of Recreation
    Carousel House - AquaticsThe Carousel House swimming pool provides both recreational and instructional programs. The pool is heated at an average temperature between 86 and 88 degrees with the air temperature between 88 and 90 degrees. The pool is available to special education classes, individuals with various disabilities, group homes and organizations which represent people with disabilities.PhiladelphiaCarousel House @ Department of Recreation - Philadelphia; West PhiladelphiaCarousel House @ Department of Recreation
    Carousel House - Arts/ Cultural ActivitiesA variety of cultural activities are offered in ceramics and other arts and crafts. The arts and crafts/ceramics room is available for group usage. The music and choral programs are coordinated through the Kardon Institute of Music.PhiladelphiaCarousel House @ Department of Recreation - Philadelphia; West PhiladelphiaCarousel House @ Department of Recreation
    Carousel House - Exercise RoomAll universal type equipment is wheelchair accessible. Other exercise equipment includes free weights, rowing machine, exercise bike and stair climber. A medical release is needed for use of the exercise room.PhiladelphiaCarousel House @ Department of Recreation - Philadelphia; West PhiladelphiaCarousel House @ Department of Recreation
    Center in the Park - Senior Companion ProgramThe Senior Companion Program links volunteer companions with older adults who need assistance in order to remain in their homes. The Senior Companion’s goal is to increase socialization and decrease isolation in older adults by doing mutually enjoyed activities in the home. The Senior Companion Program is administered by the Philadelphia Corporation for Aging.PhiladelphiaCenter in the Park - Philadelphia; GermantownCenter in the Park
    Centre-Columbia-Montour-Lycoming-Clinton-Northumberland-Union-Snyder-Schuylkill LINK to Aging and Disability ResourcesImproves access to supports and resources for long-term care through a network of local partners committed to expanding the use of community-based solutions, to promote decision making suggested by the consumer, and improving the quality of services regardless of age, physical or developmental disability or ability to pay. Through collaborations with the LINKS of Pennsylvania, the associated agencies are assisting people in a more effective and efficient way to navigate a complex system of federal, state and local services. Centre-Columbia-Montour-Lycoming-Clinton-Northumberland-Union-Snyder-Schuylkill LINK to Aging and Disability ResourcesPennsylvania Link to Aging and Disability Resources
    Children's Developmental Program - Early Childhood Education CenterA community preschool and early intervention center.BucksChildren's Developmental Program - Bucks; QuakertownChildren's Developmental Program
    Deafcan Deaf Community Action Network - Information and Referral ProgramInformation and Referral Program provides information and referrals to deaf and hard of hearing individuals.ChesterDeafcan! Deaf Community Action Network - Chester; West ChesterDeafcan Deaf Community Action Network
    Deafcan Deaf Community Action Network - Mental Health Case ManagementMental Health Case Management, Delaware County provides social rehabilitation and case management to interested deaf or hard of hearing individuals.ChesterDeafcan! Deaf Community Action Network - Chester; West ChesterDeafcan Deaf Community Action Network
    Deafcan Deaf Community Action Network - Sign Language InstructionSign Language Instruction offers services for deaf and hard of hearing individuals on a variety of language related issues. Services available include: - Beginner, Intermediate and Advanced ASL Classes - Coordination of the Deaf Women Connection - Prisoner Advocacy and Visitation - Literacy Classes for Intellectually & Developmentally Disabled Deaf AdultsChesterDeafcan! Deaf Community Action Network - Chester; West ChesterDeafcan Deaf Community Action Network
    Developmental Enterprises Corporation - Work Activities Centers - NorristownWork Activity Center involves DEC's innovative Contract Packaging and Assemble program. Individuals are trained by skilled professionals on a continual basis to comfortably handle a wide variety of contracts, and to cost-effectively provide business customers with a quality job that is delivered on time and on budget.MontgomeryDEC- Norristown Training CenterDevelopmental Enterprises Corporation
    Developmental Enterprises Corporation - Work Activities Centers - North PennWork Activity Center involves DEC's innovative Contract Packaging and Assemble program. Individuals are trained by skilled professionals on a continual basis to comfortably handle a wide variety of contracts, and to cost-effectively provide business customers with a quality job that is delivered on time and on budget.MontgomeryDEC- North Penn Training CenterDevelopmental Enterprises Corporation
    Developmental Enterprises Corporation - Work Activities Centers - PottstownWork Activity Center involves DEC's innovative Contract Packaging and Assemble program. Individuals are trained by skilled professionals on a continual basis to comfortably handle a wide variety of contracts, and to cost-effectively provide business customers with a quality job that is delivered on time and on budget.MontgomeryDEC- Pottstown Training CenterDevelopmental Enterprises Corporation
    Developmental Enterprises Corporation - Work Activities Centers - Willow GroveWork Activity Center involves DEC's innovative Contract Packaging and Assemble program. Individuals are trained by skilled professionals on a continual basis to comfortably handle a wide variety of contracts, and to cost-effectively provide business customers with a quality job that is delivered on time and on budget.MontgomeryDEC Willow Grove Training CenterDevelopmental Enterprises Corporation
    Disability Empowerment Center - LancasterNo financial assistance provided Provides the following services: - Information and referral - Peer support - Independent living skills training - Advocacy - Service coordination for individuals who are on waiversLancasterDisability Empowerment Center - LancasterDisability Empowerment Center
    Disability Empowerment Center - LebanonNo financial assistance provided Provides the following services: - Information and referral - Peer support - Independent living skills training - Advocacy - Service coordination for individuals who are on waiversLebanonDisability Empowerment Center - LebanonDisability Empowerment Center
    Erie County Care Management - Erie Office - Intellectual DisabilitiesA supports coordinator is responsible for the development of a comprehensive Individual Support Plan (ISP). This plan is updated annually and/or when an individual's needs change. Provides ongoing oversight to ensure that desired outcomes are met, as well as monitoring services, and support to ensure health and safety.ErieErie County Care Management - Erie OfficeErie County Care Management
    Families Forward Philadelphia - Permanent HousingProvides permanent supportive housing to persons with medical disabilities, and RSVP, which serves chronically homeless families. Both offer intensive weekly case management and monthly workshops.PhiladelphiaFamilies Forward Philadelphia - Philadelphia; West PhiladelphiaFamilies Forward Philadelphia
    Information LineAMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT ADA INFORMATION LINEAmericans With Disabilities Act ADA Information Line
    Intercommunity Action - IDD Day ServicesHelps people with intellectual and developmental disabilities develop the skills necessary for daily life. Programs and services include: - Arts and crafts; - Self-care classes; - Recreational outingsPhiladelphiaIntellectual & Developmental Disability ServicesIntercommunity Action
    Ivy Hill Therapeutic Equestrian Center - HippotherapyTrained therapist works with students in a controlled environment. Therapist modifies the horse's movement and carefully gives sensory input. Foundation is established to improve neurological and sensory processing.BucksIvy Hill Therapeutic Equestrian Center - Bucks; PerkasieIvy Hill Therapeutic Equestrian Center
    Ivy Hill Therapeutic Equestrian Center - Therapeutic DrivingProvides alternative horse-riding activity. Improves upper body strength and balance, hand-eye-coordination, attention span, spatial awareness, and sequencing skills. BucksIvy Hill Therapeutic Equestrian Center - Bucks; PerkasieIvy Hill Therapeutic Equestrian Center
    Ivy Hill Therapeutic Equestrian Center - Therapeutic RidingFocuses on forming a partnership with the horse. Allows client's brain to practice correct walking movement patterns, giving not only the muscles an opportunity to experience the motion, but also the vestibular system as well.BucksIvy Hill Therapeutic Equestrian Center - Bucks; PerkasieIvy Hill Therapeutic Equestrian Center
    Jewish Family and Children's Service of Greater Philadelphia - Service for Individuals with Special Needs/ their FamiliesService for Individuals with Special Needs/their Families provides counseling, care management, navigation and referral to community resources, and future planning for special needs individuals and their families, help for teens and adults with life skills, socialization, healthy relationships, and sexuality groups, as well as parent support groups, educational workshops, and ReelAbilities Film Festival to raise awareness in the community about special needs.PhiladelphiaJFCS - NE PhiladelphiaJewish Family and Children's Service of Greater Philadelphia
    Kiwanis Club - K-Family Sponsored ProgramsK-Family Sponsored Programs offers a variety services that serves the children, challenged individuals, needy families, and community needs.MontgomeryKiwanis Club of Glenside - Montgomery; GlensideKiwanis Club
    Lancaster County LINK to Aging and Disability ResourcesProvides information on long-term supports and supports to help persons age 60 and over, persons with a disability, veterans, family members and care givers to maintain their independence, dignity and quality of life. Services include: information and referral, eligibility screening, options counseling and application assistance. Partner in Berks-Lancaster-Lebanon LINK to Aging and Disability ResourcesLancasterLancaster County LINK to Aging and Disability ResourcesPennsylvania Link to Aging and Disability Resources
    Lebanon County LINK to Aging and Disability ResourcesProvides information on services available to help older adults, people with disabilities, veterans, family members and caregivers to maintain their independence, dignity and quality of life. Services include: - information and referral - eligibility screening - options counseling and application assistance Partner in Berks-Lancaster-Lebanon LINK to Aging and Disability Resources.LancasterLebanon County LINK to Aging and Disability ResourcesPennsylvania Link to Aging and Disability Resources
    Lehigh County MH/MR - Intellectual DisabilitiesProvides information and referral services for adults with intellectual disabilities. Provides support coordination, in-home supportive services, out of home placement assistance and groups homes.LehighLehigh County MH/MR - Intellectual DisabilitiesLehigh County MH/MR
    Lehigh-Northampton LINK to Aging and Disability ResourcesLehigh-Northampton LINK partners work together to help seniors and adults with disabilities get connected to the closest agency or service to help them sustain their independence. 610-770-9781 Lehigh Valley Center for Independent Living 610-782-3200 Lehigh County Office of Aging and Adult Services 610-559-3270 Northampton County Area Agency on AgingLehighLehigh-Northampton LINK to Aging and Disability ResourcesPennsylvania Link to Aging and Disability Resources
    Lenape Valley Foundation - Behavioral Health Rehabilitation Services (BHRS)Behavioral Health Rehabilitation Services (BHRS) provides therapeutic and behavioral treatment interventions for children between the ages of 0 - 21 years of age. All services, with the exception of the evaluation process, are provided in the home and community. Community settings include: - School - Day Programs - After School Programs - CampsBucksLenape Valley Foundation - Bucks; DoylestownLenape Valley Foundation
    Lenape Valley Foundation - Early Intervention ServicesEarly Intervention Services provides supports and services to infants/toddlers and young children with disabilities and caregivers so that the child receives the help needed in order to properly grow and develop. Early intervention support and services are embedded within learning opportunities that exist in the child's typical routines, within the home and community activities and or early education programs. Early intervention supports and services build on the existing family, community, and early education resources. Early intervention personnel work collaboratively with the family and each other to provide coordinated, flexible, early intervention supports and services.BucksLenape Valley Foundation - Bucks; DoylestownLenape Valley Foundation
    Long-Term Living Information Line, WormleysburgPennsylvania Link to Aging and Disability ResourcesPennsylvania Link to Aging and Disability Resources
    Luzerne-Wyoming-Lackawanna-Carbon LINK to Aging and Disability ResourcesImproves access to supports and resources for long-term care through a network of local partners committed to expanding the use of community-based solutions, to promote decision making suggested by the consumer, and improving the quality of services regardless of age, physical or developmental disability or ability to pay. Through collaborations with the LINKS of Pennsylvania, the associated agencies are assisting people in a more effective and efficient way to navigate a complex system of federal, state and local services. Luzerne-Wyoming-Lackawanna-Carbon LINK to Aging and Disability ResourcesPennsylvania Link to Aging and Disability Resources
    LVCIL (Lehigh Valley Center for Independent Living)The only organization in the Lehigh Valley dedicated to assisting persons with all types of disabilities. Provides community outreach and education, independent living skills, information on adaptive technologies/equipment, advocacy, information and referral, peer support, sign language interpreter referral service and specialized housing search and support. Provides information on programs that will pay for home modifications (to increase accessibility). Transportation Connect individuals with disabilities who are homeless to shelters LehighLVCIL (Lehigh Valley Center For Independent Living)LVCIL (Lehigh Valley Center For Independent Living)
    Melmark - Adult ProgramsThe Meadows at Melmark is an innovative, work-centered program for adults with mild-to-moderate disabilities. Participants live with friends in staff-supervised, single-family homes, or in the community with their families. They perform creative, fulfilling work while enjoying a full range of social, recreational, and athletic activities. Adult Day Workshops provide services for adults with moderate-to-profound developmental and physical disabilities, based on individuals’ needs and abilities. For adults with lower cognitive levels or those who are non-ambulatory, activities include multi-sensory stimulation, massage therapy, hand-over-hand training, and personal assistance. Chester*Main Site (Melmark)Melmark
    Melmark - Residential Options and ServicesResidential Options that Build Confidence: Our residential program offers an array of alternatives for living on campus and in the community. This program engages leading therapeutic methods to assist individuals to achieve their maximum potential, and feature a strong multidisciplinary clinical team approach that focuses on individual strengths, interests, needs, and choices. Using consumer choice and preference, treatment goals are linked to assessment and reflect planning for future care. Social, Recreational and Athletic Services: Well equipped for a variety of activities, Melmark offers indoor and outdoor pools, a covered riding arena, gymnasium, multi-service recreation center, and interactive playgrounds. Students visit surrounding communities regularly for shopping, exercise, and entertainment.Chester*Main Site (Melmark)Melmark
    Monroe LINK to Aging and Disability ResourcesImproves access to supports and resources for long-term care through a network of local partners committed to expanding the use of community-based solutions, to promote decision making suggested by the consumer, and improving the quality of services regardless of age, physical or developmental disability or ability to pay. Through collaborations with the LINKS of Pennsylvania, the associated agencies are assisting people in a more effective and efficient way to navigate a complex system of federal, state and local services. MonroeMonroe-Pike-Wayne LINK to Aging and Disability ResourcesPennsylvania Link to Aging and Disability Resources
    National Federation of the BlindA consumer organization of blind people working together to improve opportunities for the blind and the understanding of blindness by the general public. National Federation of the BlindNational Federation of the Blind
    National Rehabilitation Information CenterProviding information services and document delivery to the disability and rehabilitation communities across the United States.National Rehabilitation Information CenterNational Rehabilitation Information Center
    Pennsylvania Mentor - Residential Services - PhiladelphiaProvides residential programming for Adults with Mental Retardation and Developmental Disabilities through Family Living, Home Based Waiver and Supported Living programs.PhiladelphiaPhiladelphia Office (Pennsylvania Mentor)Pennsylvania Mentor
    Pike LINK to Aging and Disability ResourcesImproves access to supports and resources for long-term care through a network of local partners committed to expanding the use of community-based solutions, to promote decision making suggested by the consumer, and improving the quality of services regardless of age, physical or developmental disability or ability to pay. Through collaborations with the LINKS of Pennsylvania, the associated agencies are assisting people in a more effective and efficient way to navigate a complex system of federal, state and local services. PikeMonroe-Pike-Wayne LINK to Aging and Disability ResourcesPennsylvania Link to Aging and Disability Resources
    Planned Lifetime Assistance Network of Pennsylvania - Special Needs Trust ServicesSpecial Needs Trusts allow individuals with lifelong disabilities to set aside resources without impacting their eligibility for government benefits; including SSI and Medicaid. Congress established statutory authority for Special Needs Trusts with the passage of The Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act of 1993. Funds held in trust are used to improve the beneficiary’s quality of life. Common uses of trust funds include transportation costs, counseling/therapy, medical expenses, clothing and computer and electronic equipment.DelawarePlanned Lifetime Assistance Network of Pennsylvania (PLAN of PA) - Delaware; WaynePlanned Lifetime Assistance Network of Pennsylvania (PLAN of PA)
    Self-Determination Housing Project of PennsylvaniaSDHP develops and documents projects that test new ideas and approaches to self-determined housing. SDHP initiates programs to address community needs. SDHP Home Modifications Program enables eligible low and moderate-income persons with permanent disabilities to make their current home more accessible. Regional Housing Coordinator Project coordinates and support regional and local housing activities, assists with resource identification and system navigation. Housing Advocacy Coordination Project addresses issues in the area of public and subsidized housing that are important to people with disabilities. SDHP Affiliate Organizations comprise a network of agencies that incorporate self-determination into their activities and provide services in over 50 counties.ChesterSelf-Determination Housing Project of Pennsylvania (SDHP)Self-Determination Housing Project of Pennsylvania (SDHP)
    Self-Determination Housing Project of Pennsylvania - Outreach and EducationSDHP helps bridge the housing and disability communities by encouraging partnerships that help people with disabilities realize housing of their choice. SDHP has developed the following resources to make information accessible: Statewide network of Housing and/or Disability Agencies Toll-free resource telephone line Website - www.sdhp.org Workshops Training Publications Access to disability-related information ChesterSelf-Determination Housing Project of Pennsylvania (SDHP)Self-Determination Housing Project of Pennsylvania (SDHP)
    Service Access and Management - Intellectual Developmental Disability (IDD) Supports CoordinationServices include: Advocacy of Individual rights Development and maintenance of an Individual Support Plan (ISP). Determining the need for services and developing "outcomes." Identifying and locating providers of services. Coordinating waiver services when funding is available. Ensuring services are received as outlined in the ISP. Ensuring health and safety.MontgomeryService Access and Management, Inc - Montgomery; PottstownService Access and Management - Headquarters
    Service Access and Management - Intellectual Developmental Disability Supports CoordinationCoordination of a variety of resources and support networks, professional and social, for individuals with Intellectual Developmental Disabilities and their familiesBerksService Access and Management - BerksService Access and Management - Headquarters
    Special Needs Item Requests - Brighter JourneysAssist in directing caregivers/family to resources for supporting children with special needs. When possible, organization takes requests for items that are deemed beneficial for a child but may not be covered through medical insurance. An application can be completed for the item; which should include insurance denial information as well as supportive documentation from the child's medical doctor when applicable. Applications are available on the website and can be mailed to the organization.LuzerneBrighter JourneysBrighter Journeys
    Variety -The Children's Charity - Golf Buddies ProgramVariety – The Children’s Charity and the Philadelphia Section of the PGA of America collaborated to create the “Buddy Program” to enhance the lives of children with developmental and physical disabilities through the game of golf. Its goal is to create a buddy system between a PGA professional and a child with disabilities. Its main objective is to establish a meaningful friendship between both parties as the child is learning the fundamentals of golf while elevating the child’s self-esteem. The Golf Buddy Program requires the parent(s) to show a strong commitment to the child’s learning process. Once paired with a PGA Professional, it is the responsibility of the parent to arrange the child’s golf lessons unless the professional expresses that he/she would rather take on this responsibility. The Buddy Program will provide the required golfing equipment. All children and professionals enrolled in the program shall be registered and noted for future mailings and group activities through the offices of the Philadelphia Section of the PGA and Variety – The Children’s Charity.MontgomeryVariety Club Camp and Developmental CenterVariety-The Children's Charity
    Wayne LINK to Aging and Disability ResourcesImproves access to supports and resources for long-term care through a network of local partners committed to expanding the use of community-based solutions, to promote decision making suggested by the consumer, and improving the quality of services regardless of age, physical or developmental disability or ability to pay. Through collaborations with the LINKS of Pennsylvania, the associated agencies are assisting people in a more effective and efficient way to navigate a complex system of federal, state and local services. WayneMonroe-Pike-Wayne LINK to Aging and Disability ResourcesPennsylvania Link to Aging and Disability Resources
    Works For MeWorks For ME is a resource that can direct you to agencies and programs that help people with disabilities in Pennsylvania who want to work, and improve their financial security. We will review your specific situation and guide you to resources that will help you find a job, obtain training, keep health insurance, get assistive technology, or find other support you may need.Works For MeWorks For Me

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