Parent Resources - an alphabetical listing of possible parent resources:
    Anxiety Clinic: The Psychological Clinic at Penn State  - offers an Anxiety Clinic; serving children, adolescents and adults providing assessment & treatment services for the entire range of Anxiety Disorders, using evidence-based cognitive-behavioral models of assessment and intervention, short term, skills based, individually tailored sessions - 814-865-2191 

    Bureau of Special Education's Consult Line, A Parent Helpline - 800-879-2301 

    Centre County Down Syndrome SocietyThe mission of the Centre County Down Syndrome Society is to provide information, support, and advocacy for individuals with Down syndrome and their families in the Centre County area. We also seek to provide information and education to local healthcare professionals, educators, business people, and the community at large so as to increase understanding and awareness that will enhance the lives of individuals with Down syndrome. Online Articles, Newsletters,and Blogs; National Organizations; PA Sites; Medical Resource Links; Other Parent Resources; Non-Profit Foundations; Camps in PA; Other Notable Sites; Mailing Lists/Newsletters

    Cerebral Palsy Guidance is a comprehensive informational website created to provide answers and assistance to parents of a child with cerebral palsy. Our goal is to reach as many members of the cerebral palsy community as possible, building up a network of support, as well as providing necessary assistance. We cover cerebral palsy from all angles–from symptoms, causes, and treatment, to daily living information, such as communication and transitioning to adulthood articles. Our information is provided by expert writers and is thoroughly researched and cited. 

    Parents and Caregivers Support for Cerebral Palsy Raising and caring for a child with cerebral palsy takes patience and understanding. Here are some tips that can make you a successful caregiver.

    The Cerebral Palsy Group is dedicated to providing information, materials, and resources that are available to parents with children who have been diagnosed with cerebral palsy. 

    Disabilities Rights Network - Consult Line personnel are available to parents and advocates of children with disabilities or children thought to be disabled to explain federal and state laws relating to special education; describe the options that are available to parents; inform the parents of procedural safeguards; identify other agencies and support services; and describe available remedies and how the parents can proceed.
    - 1414 North Cameron Street, Suite C, Harrisburg, PA 17103
    800-692-7743 (Toll-Free voice); 877-375-7139 (TDD); 717-236-8110 (Voice); 717-346-0293 (TDD); 717-236-0192 

    The Gold Book (2013 Edition) is available on-line
    Understanding the Office of Intellectual Disability Programs in Pennsylvania:  Intellectual Disability and Autism Services, "The Gold Book", is the revised and updated manual that introduces you to the Intellectual Disability system and Autism Services.  You'll learn how to register, what the waivers are, different service models and what to do if you have a problem.  Also featured: commonly needed forms; lists of resources, contacts, and advocacy organizations: and a glossary of terms.  You can download the book from the Partnership website:  http://www.temple.edu/thetrainingpartnership/pub

    202 West Cecil B Moore Avenue,
    Philadelphia, PA 19122215-425-6203 (Voice); 215-425-6204 (Fax)

    Kid Break - Does your special needs child need a kid break from you? Do you need to go shopping, take a day trip or have an emergency? Would you like to get to know other special needs parents or caregivers so that you have someone safe to leave your child with occasionally? Perhaps you'd like to swap experiences, medical issues, give support? KID BREAK is designed to provide a forum for people just like you to to get to know each other.

    National Center for Learning Disabilities The National Center for Learning Disabilities (NCLD) is committed to ensuring that all students with learning disabilities graduate from high school with a standard diploma—prepared for college and the workplace.
    Videos - NCLD's videos on learning disabilities (LD) will inform and inspire you to make smart decisions about your or your child's education and everyday lives. Get details on the basics of LD, or learn more about NCLD's work and mission.

    Parent Education Network - PEN is part of a national system of Parent Training and Information Centers (PTIs), serving South Central, Northeast, Southeast and Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. We are a non-profit funded by the US Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs and the Pennsylvania Department of Education. 2009 marked our 25 year anniversary of service to parents of children with disabilities. PEN is a coalition of professionals and parents of children representing a range of disabilities and ages. We are committed to serving parents of all special needs children birth to adulthood; including parents of children in general education classes, educational/residential placement, adult systems and those children not yet identified as needing service.

    2107 Industrial Highway, York, PA 17402-2223

    717-600-0100 (Voice/TTY) ; 800-522-5827 (Voice/TTY) ; 800-441-5028 (Spanish in PA) ; 717-600-8101 (Fax)

    PATTAN - The Pennsylvania Training and Technical Assistance Network - The mission of the 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.

    Harrisburg: 800-360-7282; King of Prussia: 800-441-3215; Pittsburgh: 800-446-5607

    An organization of parents of children with disabilities reaching out to assist other parents and professionals Serving Western and Central Pennsylvania.The PEAL Center is seeking parents who are interested in becoming more informed and active in educational issues in Pennsylvania.

    Parent Education & Advocacy Leadership Center - 1119 Penn Ave, Suite 400, Pittsburgh, PA 15222
    412-281-4404 (Voice); 866-950-1040 (Voice); 412-281-4409 (TTY); 412-281-4408 (Fax) 


    Pennsylvania Elks Home Service Program - To support and promote the independence of individuals with developmental disabilities, by providing advocacy services in their home environment.
    814-781-7860 or 724-225-1395

    Pennsylvania Parent Guide to Special Education for School-Age Children - Parents know their child better than anyone else and have valuable information to contribute about the kinds of programs and services that are needed for their child’s success in school. To ensure the rights of children with a disability, additional laws have been enacted. In this guide we use the terms “rules” and “regulations.” This booklet has been written to explain these rules so parents will feel comfortable and can better participate in the educational decision-making process for their child. The chapters that follow address questions that parents may have about special education, relating to their child who is thought to have, or may have, a disability.


    "What Families Need to Know - Transitions" (pdf)

    Your Special Chef is a collection of resources to help teach cooking skills to individuals with special needs. Created by Anna Moyer as her Girl Scout Gold Award project and Senior project. She, " I am passionate about helping those with special needs after helping my brother Sam, who has Down Syndrome, and volunteering in a life skills room. This project is especially dear to me as it combines my love for design, cooking, and helping those with special needs."Click around the site to find cue-card recipes, lesson plans for life skills teachers, video tips, and more! It features very simple picture menus, some videos and resources for teaching kids with disabilities to cook (including one featuring Sam making ovaltine...in FAST MODE!).
Last Modified on February 5, 2018