Please check out PEAC's Educational Rights Training Series for additional resources.Achieva
“ACHIEVA, formerly Arc Allegheny, is western Pennsylvania's largest provider of comprehensive services and supports for children and adults with disabilities and their families.”
The Arc of Pennsylvania
“The Arc is the largest advocacy organization in the United States for citizens with cognitive, intellectual, and developmental disabilities, and their families. The Arc of Pennsylvania is the state chapter of The Arc.
“The Arc’s mission is to work to include all children and adults with cognitive, intellectual, and developmental disabilities in every community. We promote active citizenship and inclusion in every community.”
Arcadia is one of PEAC’s university partners and does excellent work in the field of inclusion and educating our future teachers. Follow the links through the Academic Programs tab to the Graduate, Education, and Special Education degree pages.
Coalition of Inclusion Advocates
Consultline is a toll-free help line for parents with questions or concerns about special education regulations, school related concerns, and procedural safeguards. The number is a direct line to a special education specialist.
Disability Rights Network
“Disability Rights Network of Pennsylvania (DRN) is a statewide, non–profit corporation designated as the federally–mandated organization to advance and protect the civil rights of adults and children with disabilities. DRN 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.”
Education Law Center
“ELC is a non-profit legal advocacy and educational organization, dedicated to ensuring that all of Pennsylvania's children have access to a quality public education.
“ELC's mission is to ensure that all children with disabilities get the quality education critical for them to become independent and self-supporting adults.”
Holy Family University
Holy Family University is located in Philadelphia and is one of PEAC’s university partners. They offer dual certification in elementary and special education. Follow the links through Academics and Undergraduate Programs to get more information on their School of Education and special education programs.
“HUNE is a not for profit organization established in 1998. We provide free bilingual English and Spanish training, technical assistance and individual assistance to parents of infants, toddlers, children, and youth with disabilities and to professionals who work with children. This assistance helps parents to participate more effectively with professionals in meeting the educational needs of children and youth with disabilities. HUNE works to improve educational outcomes for children and youth with all disabilities (emotional, learning, mental, and physical) from 0-21 years of age.”
Inclusion.com is a website with extensive resources for inclusive education, including the Inclusion Press, the Inclusion Network, and the Marsha Forest Centre.
Institute on Disabilities at Temple University
“The Institute on Disabilities supports people with disabilities in their pursuit of interdependence, contribution, and inclusion through training, technical assistance, services and supports, research, dissemination, and advocacy. Changing systems, so that Pennsylvanians with developmental and other disabilities can live, work, learn and play in the communities of their choice.”
Kids Together is a parent-run all volunteer organization and website. “The goals of Kids Together, Inc. include a desire to remove barriers that exclude people with disabilities. They support the belief that children with disabilities, like all children, have the need to be welcomed, cherished and embraced in our communities.”
Lehigh University is an excellent resource and conducts important research in the field of special and inclusive education. Lehigh is one of PEAC’s university partners, and you can get more information about their programs by following the Academics, Departments, and School of Education links on their website.
The Mentor Parent Program, Inc.
“The Mentor Parent Program is a community-based parent project created in 1989 by parents of children with special needs to support, assist and provide expertise to parents in rural northwest Pennsylvania.”
Networks for Training
“Networks for Training and Development, Inc. is a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting inclusive communities through quality training, technical assistance, and demonstration for individuals with disabilities, families, businesses, and neighborhoods.”
Norristown Education and Advocacy for Children with Differing Abilities (NEACDA)
NEACDA is a parent-run, non-profit organization in the Norristown Area School District. Their regular monthly speaker meetings are held the third Tuesday evening and the first Friday afternoon of every month. NEACDA seeks to provide training, resources and networking to students, parents, educators, and community stakeholders in order to provide meaningful social and educational opportunities for children with differing abilities. They work collaboratively with the Norristown Area School District and community organizations.
Pennsylvania Association for Gifted Education (PAGE)
“The Pennsylvania Association for Gifted Education is an IRS approved 501(c) 3 non-profit organization that advocates for gifted students, their teachers, and their parents throughout the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.”
Pennsylvania Developmental Disabilities Council
The Pennsylvania Developmental Disabilities Council is a group made up of people with disabilities, family members, advocates, and state department representatives who work to create favorable conditions for people with developmental disabilities and their families in the Commonwealth. Created under a federal act and Governor’s Executive Order, the Council is both a planning group and a funding body.
Parent Education Network
“PEN is Pennsylvania's statewide Parent Training and Information Center.” They provide information that is “designed to support Pennsylvania parents of children with special needs,” but also provide information on Federal Special Education, National Disability Issues and Resources, Special Education Legal Links, Transportation, and Travel that will also pertain to parents and individuals with disabilities in other states.
Parent to Parent of Pennsylvania
Parent to Parent connects the families of children and adults with disabilities and special needs through peer to peer supporters.
“The Partnership makes available training and technical assistance, developed and provided by people with disabilities and families.” The Partnership is comprised of these agencies: ACHIEVA, Institute on Disabilities, Mentors for Self Determination, Self-Advocates United as 1, and Vision for Equality.
“The mission of Pennsylvania Training and Technical Assistance Network is to support the efforts and initiatives of the Bureau of Special Education, and to build the capacity of local educational agencies to serve students who receive special education services.”
The PEAL Center is Pennsylvania's parent training and information center serving Western and Central Pennsylvania. The mission of the PEAL Center is to ensure that children, youth, and adults with disabilities lead rich, active lives and participate as full members of their schools and communities by providing training, information, and technical assistance based on best practices to individuals, families and all people who support them.
Pennsylvania's Initiative on Assistive Technology (PIAT) strives to enhance the lives of all Pennsylvanians with disabilities, older Pennsylvanians, and their families, through access to and acquisition of assistive technology devices and services, which allow for choice, control and independence at home, work, school, play, and in their neighborhoods.
Special Education Advisory Council of Upper Dublin (SPEAC)
“Special Education Advisory Council (SPEAC) of Upper Dublin in Montgomery County, PA, is a grassroots parent organization which works in partnership with the Upper Dublin School District to provide information and support to parents and teachers of special education and gifted students; to increase awareness of the needs of special education students; to promote inclusion and accommodations for these students; and to support the school district’s effort to meet the needs of all students.”
Vision for Equality
The mission of Vision for Equality is “To assist and empower people with disabilities and their families to seek quality and satisfaction in their lives as well as equal access to supports and services… We seek to bring people to full empowerment and to advance the ideal of services that highlight accountability, quality & equal availability for all.”
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