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SERVICES FOR CHILDREN WITH DISABILITIES AND SPECIAL NEEDS

Adoption & Foster Care

Children’s Home and Lemieux Family Center  
412-441-4884
www.childrenshomepgh.org

Every Child, Inc.
412-665-0600
www.everychildinc.org

Jewish Family and Children’s Service of Pittsburgh
412-422-7200
www.jfcspgh.org

Three Rivers Adoption Council
412-471-8722
www.3riversadopt.org

Autism

Autism Connection of Pennsylvania
412-781-4116
800-827-938
www.autismofpa.org

Every Child, Inc. 
412-665-0600  
www.everychild.org

Watson Institute
412-914-8800
www.thewatsoninstitute.org

Highlands Hospital Regional Center for Autism
724-603-3360
www.highlandhospital.org/services/
autism

Research Programs for Adults, Children and Teens
If you would like to help make miracles for individuals with ASD by participating in research studies, or for more information, contact (412) 246-5485, 1-866-647-3436, or autismrecruiter@pitt.edu.
To contact Carla Mazefsky, Ph.D., email mazefskyca@upmc.edu.

The Children’s Institute
412-420-2362
www.amazingkids.org

The Early Learning Institute
412-922-8322 
www.telipa.org

Wesley Spectrum Services
724-443-4888
www.wesleyspectrum.org

Hearing Loss

WESTERN PA School for the Deaf
412-244-4269
www.wpsd.org

Home Healthcare

Next Evolution Healthcare
724-201-1487
www.nextevolutionhealthcare.com

Development and Early intervention

Achieva
412-995-5000
www.achievaearlyintervention.org

Children’s Therapy Center of Washington Health System
www.whs.org/ctc

TEIS Early Intervention Provider
412-271-8347
www.teisinc.com

The Alliance for Infants and Toddlers
412-885-6000
www.afit.org

The Early Learning Institute
412-822-8322
www.telipa.org

Blindness / Vision Loss

Western PA School for Blind Children
1-800-444-1897
www.wpsbc.org

Behavior

PACE School
412-244-1900
www.paceschool.org

Camps and recreation

Camp Laughalot
724-222-6960 x225
www.aadvantageinc.org

Woodlands 
724-935-5470

Food insecurity

Greater Pittsburgh
Community Food Bank
www.pittsburghfoodbank.org

Living with a Disability

ACHIEVA FAMILY TRUST
ww.achievafamilytrust.org
Trust administration for Special Needs Trusts for persons with disabilities. In addition, AFT provides no-cost Future Planning Services for families who are trying to plan for the future of their children.

Schools

Watson Institute  
412 914-8800
www.thewatsoninstitute.org

Western Pennsylvania School for Blind Children
1-800-444-1897 
www.wpsbc.org

Day School at The Children's Institute
412-420-2222
www.amazingkids.org

Special Needs Day Care

Childs Way 412-441-4884

Special Needs Trust

ACHIEVA FAMILY TRUST
ww.achievafamilytrust.org
Trust administration for Special Needs Trusts for persons with disabilities. In addition, AFT provides no-cost Future Planning Services for families who are trying to plan for the future of their children.

 

SERVICES FOR ADULTS WITH DISABILITIES

Access Products

Independent Mobility
412-449-0013
Access Ramps, Stair Glides, Residential and Commercial Platform Lifts and Elevators

Adult Day Programs

PACC (Pa Connecting Community)
412-621-6151

Advocacy

  • Achieva
    412-995-5000
  • ARC Human Services
    724-222-6960
    www.aadvantageinc.org
  • PEAL Center (parent education and advocacy)
    412-281-4404

Employment/Job Training

  • AHEDD (job placement)
    412-381-3313
  • Achieva/ARC Bidwell Training Center
    412-322-1773
  • Blind and Vision Rehab
    412-368-4400
  • Goodwill Job Training
    412-632-1706
  • Life’s Work
    412-471-2600
  • CLASS
    412-683-7100
  • Mainstay Life Services
    mainstaylifeservices.org
    (412) 477-7785
    Mainstay Life Services offers compassionate, specialized support that helps people with developmental disabilities achieve their greatest life goals.
  • PACC
    412-621-6151
  • Project Freedom (technology skills training)
    412-246-4434

Education – College Bound

  • ACCLAIM – Watson Institute
    412-914-8800
  • AHEADD – Achievement in Higher Education with Autism & Devel Disability
    412-856-7223

Independent Living

  • ACTION Housing
    412-281-2102
  • Disability Options Network (Center for Independent Living)
    1-866-652-5121
  • CLASS – Community Living & Support Services
    412-683-7100
  • Transitional Paths to Independent Living
    724-223-5115
  • Emmaus Community
    412-381-2277
  • PACC
    412-621-6151

In-Home & Community Support

Live-in Disability Solutions
412-704-5162 -
www.liveindisabilitysolutions.org

Mainstay Life Services
mainstaylifeservices.org
(412) 477-7785
Mainstay Life Services offers compassionate, specialized support that helps people with developmental disabilities achieve their greatest life goals.

Transportation

  • Travel Training - Allegheny Intermediate Unit 3
    412-394-5700
  • ACCESS shared ride service
    412-562-5353
  • (MATP) –
    888-547-6287

Wheelchair Accessible Vehicles

  • Wheelchair Getaways (van rental)
    800-642-2042
  • Mobility Works
    412-824-8091
  • Port Authority of Allegheny County
    412-442-2000
  • Drivers Education – special needs
    866-672-9466

Recreation and Socialization

  • Dis+Abilities Connection - Networking events for adults with disabilities
    724-219-3290
  • Camp Laughalot
    724-222-6960 x225
  • Wilfred R. Cameron Wellness Center Summer Camp
  • Woodlands
    724-935-5470
  • ACHIEVA
    412-995-5000

Transition to Adult Health Care

  • Children’s Hospital Advisory Network for Guidance and Empowerment
    412-647-2345
  • PA Department of Health Transition Health Care Checklist
    724-830-2701

Special Needs Dentistry

  • Pitt School of Dental Medicine
    412-648-3039
  • Accessible Dentists
    724-775-0448
  • East Liberty Family Health Center
    412-661-2802

General Resources

  • ADA Phone Line
    800-514-0301
  • Allegheny County Family Resource Guide
    412-350-7079
  • Allegheny County Department of Human Services Office of Intellectual Disability (OID) Every person registered for OID services receives Supports Coordination
    412-236-2750
  • Connections Pittsburgh
  • Multicultural Disability Leadership Center
  • Educational Rights Network
  • PA Health Law Project
    http://www.phlp.org
  • UPMC Disability Resource Center- Forbes Tower
    412-605-1483
  • PA Statewide Information and Referral Resources for Persons with Disabilities
    PA 211 or 1-888-553-5778 or 211

CAMPS AND ACTIVITIES

Amazing Bike Camp
ICANSHINE Inc. and The Children’s Institute partner to provide children with special needs a camp to learn how to ride a bike without training wheels! Children attend camp sessions for 5 consecutive days, each session is an hour and fifteen minutes long. Participants must be 8 years of age or older, a minimum height of 40 inches or minimum inseam measurement of 22 inches, and maximum weight of 220lbs. For more information, contact Alyse Roberts at (412) 420-2212 or ayr@the-institute.org or Staci Gratton at (412) 420-2248 or Stg@the-institute.org.

Blind & Vision Rehabilitation Services Summer Camp for Teens
Blind & Vision Rehabilitation Services of Pittsburgh's Summer Youth Program is for students who are blind, deaf blind or visually impaired. This five-week summer Career and Community Adjustment Program helps students ages 16 through 21 transition smoothly into work and adult life. For information, call 412-368-4400 ext. 2246.

Camp Can Do
This special summer camp program sponsored by the Pennsylvania Commonwealth Division of the American Cancer Society provides children with cancer the opportunity to enjoy a traditional summer camp experience. Any child (age eight to 17) who is or has been treated for cancer in Pennsylvania or Delaware, or who lives in Pennsylvania regardless of where they receive treatment, is eligible to attend Camp Can-Do. Two week-long sessions are held each August at beautiful Mt. Gretna in Lebanon County. Camp-Can-Do is provided free of charge to cancer patients. For more information, call (717) 273-6525.

Camp Discovery
The Western Pennsylvania School for the Deaf is proud to offer a camp experience for Deaf and Hard of Hearing children, between the ages of 7 to 17. WPSD's Camp Discovery offers campers an exciting week of activities and events that will be sure to create life-long memories and friendships. Their are a limited number of slots so be sure to sign up early. Please visit psd.org for more information and to register online.

Camp Frog
At YMCA Camp Fitch, North Springfield, PA (near Erie), Camp Frog is a fully integrated week-long overnight camp for children ages 8-17 (having completed 3rd grade but not yet graduated high school) with a primary diagnosis of epilepsy. Camp Frog staff includes a neurologist, nurse, and specially trained counselors. Please call for more information and eligibility requirements 1-800-361-5885.

Camp Huff-n-Puff
Camp Huff-n-Puff is a four-day overnight camp adventure for children aged 8-13 with asthma. Camp is held each August at the Jumonville Camp and Conference center in Hopwood, PA. A dedicated group of volunteer physicians, nurses, and respiratory therapists work alongside camp counselors to ensure that all campers have a safe and fun experience. To register, visit www.healthylungs.org or call (800) 220-1990.

Camp Laughalot
Camp Laughalot, a popular inclusive day camp for children and adults with developmental, intellectual and physical disabilities, and mental illness, is offered by Arc Human Services. The camp takes place twice each year; there is a seven-week summer camp plus a one-week winter camp, during school break between Christmas and New Year’s Day. Participants must be at least five years old, and there is no upper age limit. Camp Laughalot is in its nineteenth year of operation and is attended by 60 or 70 participants, with a staff of 25. The camp takes place at the Vernon C. Neal Sportsplex, an indoor recreation center in Washington PA, Monday through Friday from 8:30 am to 2:30 pm. The 2018 summer camp begins June 18 and ends on August 3, with an agency-wide carnival which the public can attend. Quimber Nutter, Activities Coordinator for Arc Human Serv­ices, manages Camp Laughalot, which consists of a wide variety of structured, supervised activities: arts and crafts, music, games, swimming, dances, parties and field trips. The registration fee is $100 per week, which covers all activities, the swimming pool, and outings plus lunch. Financial assistance available. To register for Camp Laughalot, go to www.aadvantageinc.org/camp-laughalot.html. To contact Quimber Nutter, call 724 222-6960 ext. 225, or email nutter.quimberkay@ aadvantageinc.org.

Camp Success
Camp Success is a family enrichment program offered by The Children’s Institute of Pittsburgh. It is an accessible, inclusive, non-therapeutic, single-site summer day camp for children with and without disabilities. The camp accommodates children ages 6-12 with physical, sensory, emotional, behavioral and cognitive needs. Often these families struggle to find summer programs for their children because of barriers created by expense, transportation, exclusion of non-disabled siblings, and inability to accommodate children with behavioral problems. Camp Success serves Pittsburgh’s East End and surrounding communities.

For more information, contact Amy Haid at (412) 420-2316 or aeh@the-institute.org.

Chatterbox Express Basic Social Skills Training
Chatterbox Express is a program to help preschoolers through teenagers (ages 6 to 14) build confidence and express themselves effectively when interacting with others. The program is offered by the Department of Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology at Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC. Sessions are held at the Center for Independence in Wexford and at Children's South Communications Disorders in Bethel Park and is open to all children who may be experiencing difficulties with social communication, regardless of diagnosis. More information is available at (412) 692-5580 or www.chp.edu

Summer Therapeutic Activity Program (STAP)
New Story operates therapeutic programs during the summer months throughout Pennsylvania. Our Summer Therapeutic Activity Programs (STAPs) are designed to meet the needs of children with the most serious and/or complex behavioral challenges. New Story provides a day program offering recreational and social activities within a therapeutic environment to support each child’s continued growth and development.


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