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Abilities In Motion
The mission of ABILITIES IN MOTION the Berks County Center for Independent Living (BCCIL) is to help people determine their own individual lifestyle, based on personal choice, from a wide spectrum of acceptable alternatives.

Access Home Modification – PHFA
The Access Home Modification Program provides mortgage loans to assist persons with disabilities or who have a family member(s) living in the household with disabilities who are purchasing a home that needs accessibility modifications.

"Serving the Community as a Catalyst in the Employment and Development of Persons with a Disability."

ARC of Pennsylvania
Works toward Service, Advocacy, Quality and Leadership for persons with mental retardation.

Assistive Technology In Pennsylvania Schools
from The Pennsylvania Training and Technical Assistance Network

Bayer Center for Nonprofit Management at Robert Morris University
The Bayer Center for Nonprofit Management at Robert Morris University provides affordable, practical and effective management and governance tools, information, education & research that strengthen nonprofit missions and capitalize on all investments of time, talent and money made in regional nonprofit organizations.

Building Inclusive Childcare Program
The Building Inclusive Childcare Program at Northampton Community College in Bethlehem, PA.

Business Leaders Network of Pennsylvania
The Pennsylvania Business Leadership Network (BLN) is a statewide, employer-driven program designed for business leaders to promote hiring practices that enable qualified people with disabilities to enter and succeed in the workplace.

Center for Disability and Law Policy/Client Assistance Program
You Can Count on The Client Assistance Program… To provide you with information and advice about rehabilitation programs. To advise you of your legal rights and responsibilities. To Help you resolve problems that may arise while you are seeking services from rehabilitation programs. To help you pursue administrative and legal remedies to protect your rights.

Center on Inclusion for Early Childhood
Promotes quality inclusive practices; offers a variety of products for early child care providers.

Center for Independent Living of Central Pennsylvania

Collaborative Teaching: Special Education for Inclusive Classrooms
This site offers an online "text book". Ten chapters of good background on the ideal of inclusive education, the law, and practically making inclusion work.

Community Resources for Independence
A Center for Independent Living in the Erie Area

D.R.E.A.M. Partnership
The Mission of the D.R.E.A.M. Partnership is to develop a selection of postsecondary educational opportunities for students with intellectual disabilities in Pennsylvania that includes independent and supported dormitory options.

DASH – Disability Advocacy Support Hub
Disability Advocacy Support Hub (DASH) is a project of the Disability Rights Network of PA, funded by the Pennsylvania Developmental Disabilities Council, to assist disability advocacy groups make positive change in their communities across Pennsylvania.

Disability Law Handbook
This handbook, created by the Disability and Business Technical Assistance Center Southwest ADA Center, is a broad overview of rights and obligations under federal disability laws. Individual state laws may impose more stringent obligations. This handbook is intended to inform rather than to advise, and the information provided is of a general nature.

Disability Rights Advocacy Group (DRAG)
A Philadelphia based advocacy group monitoring the private sector to upgrade their building facilities and make them accessible and more user friendly to people with disabilities.

Disability Rights Network of PA
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.

Emergency Preparedness Fact Sheets
Special Populations Emergency Preparedness from the PA Dept. of Health. Emergency tip sheets for special population groups are available.

Equal Justice for People with Mental Retardation, Temple University

Gaskin Settlement
The Gaskin Settlement Agreement addresses inclusive educational practices for students with disabilities and articulates the establishment of an advisory group to the Department of Education to address such issues. This agreement mandates training and technical assistance, as well as monitoring and compliance regulations requiring local schools and school districts to offer a full continuum of support services allowing children with disabilities to be educated in regular classrooms.

This website contains information about living college life with a disability and is designed for high school students. The site provides video clips, activities, and resources that can help them get a head start in planning for college. Video interviews with college students with disabilities offer a way to hear firsthand from students with disabilities who have been successful.

Goodwill Industries of Mid-eastern Pennsylvania
"Provides employment training, coaching, placement, and support for persons with physical, mental, and social disabilities."

Governor’s Advisory Commission on African American Affairs

Governor’s Advisory Commission on Asian American Affairs

Governor’s Advisory Commission on Latino Affairs

Greater Philadelphia Cultural Alliance
Focuses on helping people to understand their own culture, understand others, develop positive intergroup relations, and build communities.

Greater Pittsburgh Supported Employment Association, Inc. (GPSEA)
The mission of GPSEA is to advocate, promote and practice the principles of community employment for persons with disabilities.

A practice guide from The What Works Clearinghouse (WWC) recommends five specific steps that educators, administrators and policy makers can take, beginning in 9th grade, as well as the research evidence that supports these recommendations. It targets high schools and school districts, and focuses on effective practices that prepare students academically for college, assist them in completing the steps to college entry, and improve their likelihood of enrolling in college.

Home and Community Based Services
From the PA Dept. of Public Welfare

The U.S. Department of Education offers Preparacion Para La Educacion Postsecundaria Para Los Estudiantes Con Discapacidades: Conozca Sus Derechos Y Responsabilidades (Students With Disabilities Preparing For Postsecondary Education: Know Your Rights and Responsibilities).

Individualized Learning Plans How-to Guide
This guide is designed for schools, educators, and other professionals who assist youth with college and career readiness and transition planning. This guide was developed in response to feedback from schools indicating a need for curriculum and implementation guidelines to support whole-school buy-in for implementing individualized learning plans (ILPs).

Kids Together, Inc.

Kids Together, Incorporated
"Supporting the belief that children with disabilities, like all children, have the need to be welcomed, cherished and embraced in our communities."

Kids Together, Incorporated
"Supporting the belief that children with disabilities, like all children, have the need to be welcomed, cherished and embraced in our communities."

Liberty Resources
A Center for Independent Living in the Philadelphia Area

My Plan – Online Person-Centered Planning Tool

NAMI – Pennsylvania
Advocates for individuals with mental illness in Pennsylvania

National Early Childhood Technical Assistance Center
Supports the implementation of the early childhood provisions of IDEA. Its mission is to strengthen service systems to ensure that children with disabiltiies and their families receive and benefit from high quality, culturally appropriate and family-centered supports and services.

Nonprofit Resource Network (Millersville University)
The Nonprofit Resource Network serves South Central Pennsylvania providing professional training and information resources for employees working in the not-for-profit sector. The Network offers an enewsletter called the Not-for-Profit ChatterBox.

Office of Vocational Rehabilitation

PA Bureau of Autism Services Virtual Training Center
This comprehensive resource center has been designed to enable professionals and families to easily access trainings, documents, and other resources in one convenient location.

PA Premise Alert
The Premise Alert Program gives families the opportunity to provide critical medical information to first responders before a crisis. Families can have a difficult time relating necessary information in times of extreme stress. This program also gives first responders advanced knowledge of special needs individuals in their community allowing them to respond with greater accuracy which increases positive outcomes.

Parent-to-Parent of Pennsylvania
"Connecting families in similar situations with one another."

Parent’s Exchange
"'Information is power' is the motto of the Parent's Exchange, who offers support, information and training to parents in Southeastern Pennsylvania and elsewhere."

Pennsylvania Assistive Technology Foundation
Non-profit organization that provides low-interest loans to people with disabilities and older Pennsylvanians so that they can buy the assistive technology devices and services they need.

Pennsylvania Assistive Technology Lending Library

Pennsylvania Center for Adapted Sports

Pennsylvania Chapter of the National Rehabilitation Association

Pennsylvania Community Providers Association
Trade association whose members are community agencies serving persons with mental illness, mental retardation, or substance abuse.

Pennsylvania Council of Churches

Pennsylvania Department of Education

Pennsylvania Head Start Association

Pennsylvania Housing Finance Administration
Provides capital for decent, safe and affordable homes and apartments for older adults, persons of modest means and those persons with special housing needs.

Pennsylvania Journal on Positive Approaches
"A quarterly publication dedicated to helping people with developmental disabilities and challenging behaviors live fulfilling Everyday Lives."

Pennsylvania Legal Research Web Sites

Pennsylvania Office of Vocational Rehabilitation – Transition
Any high school student with a disability who may need vocational guidance and assistance in pursuing employment should be considered for referral to the Pennsylvania Office of Vocational Rehabilitation.

Pennsylvania Public Transportation Association

Pennsylvania Rehabilitation Council

Pennsylvania Special Olympics Organization
The mission of Special Olympics is to provide year-round sports training and competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for children and adults with mental retardation.

Pennsylvania Statewide Latino Coallition
Proactively addresses issues and concerns which are negatively impacting the social, economic, educational and political advancement of Pennsylvania's Latino population.

Pennsylvania Training and Technical Assistance Network (PaTTAN)

Pennsylvania Virtual Charter School
Provides special education in accordance with federal and state regulations.

Pittsburgh Wheelchair Exchange

School Days to Pay Days
An Employment Planning Guide for Families of Young Adults with Intellectual Disabilities

Self Determination Housing Project
The mission of SDHP is to promote self-determination and control in housing for all people with disabilities in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

Shared Work – Pennsylvania
The vision of the PA Community on Transition is that all Pennsylvania youth and young adults with disabilities will successfully transition to the role of productive, participating, adult citizens. Youth will be empowered to recognize their talents, strengths and voice and have equal access to resources that promote full participation in the communities of their choice.

Speaking for Ourselves
Speaking For Ourselves helps its members run their organizations, develop leadership skills through real-life experiences, learn to work together collectively to address their own issues, and increase their own self-sufficiency and independence.

The Center For Creative Play
"For children of all abilities and backgrounds, an inclusive play center and family gathering spot in Pittsburgh."

The Education Law Center in Pennsylvania
The Education Law Center is the only statewide legal advocacy group whose mission is to ensure that all of Pennsylvania’s children have access to quality public schools, including poor children, children of color, children with disabilities, children in the foster care system, English Language learners, and other vulnerable children.

The Education Law Center in Pennsylvania
The Education Law Center is the only statewide legal advocacy group whose mission is to ensure that all of Pennsylvania’s children have access to quality public schools, including poor children, children of color, children with disabilities, children in the foster care system, English Language learners, and other vulnerable children.

The Information Collaborative Family Resource Guide
A Guide of Medical, Developmental, Therapeutic, Educational. Support, and Recreational Services in Allegheny County and Southwestern Pennsylvania for Children with Medical and Developmental Needs. The Information Collaborative, a coalition of individuals and representatives of non-profit medical, educational and social service organizations, published The Family Resource Guide in 1999.

The Parent Education Network
"Pennsylvania's statewide Parent Information and Training Center"

The Pennsylvania Health Law Project
"Access to health care for low-income consumers, the elderly, and persons with disabilities. For more than a decade, PHLP has engaged in direct advocacy on behalf of individual consumers while working on the kinds of health policy changes that promise the most to the Pennsylvanians in greatest need."

The Self-determination Housing Project
SDHP, Inc. is a statewide non-profit organization that works to expand housing options for people with disabilities in Pennsylvania.

Three Rivers Center for Independent Living, Pittsburgh

Transition Healthcare Checklist
The Pennsylvania Department of Health Southwest Regional staff and their community partners recognized the need to provide assistance in health care transition to youth with special health care needs and disabilities and their families. This checklist provides an invaluable guide to youth, families, and professionals during this time of change.

Transition Map
A Roadmap from school to the future for students ages 14 to 21 with developmental delay residing in Pennsylvania and receiving special education services. This site is sponsored by Ken-Crest.

Transition to Adulthood for Children with Disabilities
Understanding the New Transition Provisions of IDEA 2004 and the Federal Regulations (From the Education Law Center)

Transportation Advocacy Project

Tri-County Patriots for Independent Living, Washington PA

University, Community, Leaders and Individuals with Disabilities

Universal Design in Early Care and Education
This website addresses questions about how your childcare program can support all children, including children with special needs, or if you have concerns about a child′s behavior, health, communication, social relationships, or development.

Youth on the Move
When youth with intellectual disabilities finish high school, successful transition to adult life depends on high expectations, good planning, and the right resources. The Institute on Community Inclusion’s Youth on the Move website offers information on this crucial transition from high school to the adult world and how to plan comprehensively, support young people to become more independent, and help them use their interests and skills to guide their job search. It includes a Transition Timeline showing what steps are essential between the ages of 14 and 18.