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SERVICES FOR CHILDREN WITH DISABILITIES AND SPECIAL NEEDS

Adoption & Foster Care

Autism

  • Autism Connection of Pennsylvania
    412-781-4116
    800-827-938
    www.autismofpa.org
  • Highlands Hospital Regional Center for Autism
    724-603-3360
    www.highlandhospital.org/services/
    autism
  • Pace School
    www.paceschool.org 
    412-244-1900
    Every child with ASD is an individual, and like all individuals, has a unique personality and combination of characteristics that Pace School considers in the learning process.
  • Pathways
    724-229-0851
    www.yourpathways.org
  • 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.
  • University of Pittsburgh REAACT Program  (Regulation of Emotion in ASD Adults, Children and Teens)
    1-866-647-3436
    REAACT.pit.edu
    The REAACT lab currently has seven ongoing research studies and is recruiting participants from the community for all of them.

Behavior Support

Blindness / Vision Loss

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

Camps and Recreation

Day Program

Dentistry

  • Pitt School of Dental Medicine
    412-648-3039

Development and Early Intervention

  • Children’s Therapy Center of Washington Health System
    www.whs.org/ctc
  • Pace School
    www.paceschool.org 
    412-244-1900
    Every child with ASD is an individual, and like all individuals, has a unique personality and combination of characteristics that Pace School considers in the learning process.
  • Pathways
    724-229-0851
    www.yourpathways.org
  • The Alliance for Infants and Toddlers
    412-885-6000
    www.afit.org

Extended School Year Programs

  • Pace School
    412-244-1900
    www.paceschool.org
    Pace School’s Extended School Year (ESY) Program educational supports and services based on each eligible student’s Individualized Education Plan (IEP) to assist them with maintaining skills acquired during the regular school year.

Food Insecurity

Home Healthcare

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.

Recreation and Socialization

Schools

  • Pace School
    412-244-1900
    www.paceschool.org
    Pace School’s Extended School Year (ESY) Program educational supports and services based on each eligible student’s Individualized Education Plan (IEP) to assist them with maintaining skills acquired during the regular school year.

Special Needs Day Care

  • Childs Way
    412-441-4884

Trusts and Future Planning Services

  • ACHIEVA FAMILY TRUST
    412-995-5000 x565
    www.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

  • Voices for Independence
    724-223-5115 • TTY: 724-228-4028
    Toll-Free: 1-866-407-0064
    www.vficil.org

Adult Day Programs

  • PACC (Pa Connecting Community)
    412-621-6151

Advocacy

Education – College Bound

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

Employment/Job Training

  • Achieva/ARC Bidwell Training Center
    412-322-1773
  • 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
  • Pathways
    724-229-0851
    www.yourpathways.org
  • Project Freedom (technology skills training)
    412-246-4434
  • TRPIL (Transitional Paths to Independent Living)
    724-223-5115 • TTY: 724-228-4028
    Toll-Free: 1-877-889-0965
    www.trpil.com

General Resources

Human Services and Disabilities

  • 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.

Independent Living

  • 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
  • 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.
  • Pathways
    724-229-0851
    www.yourpathways.org
  • TRPIL (Transitional Paths to Independent Living)
    724-223-5115 • TTY: 724-228-4028
    Toll-Free: 1-877-889-0965
    www.trpil.com
  • Voices for Independence
    724-223-5115
    TTY: 724-228-4028
    Toll-Free: 1-866-407-0064
    www.vficil.org

Recreation and Socialization

  • Camp Laugh-A-Lot
    724-624-7472
    mccloskey.amanda@archumanservices.org
  • Dis+Abilities Connection - Networking events for adults with disabilities
    724-219-3290
  • The 24-Hour Friendship Line
    800-971-0016
    www.ioaging.org
  • TRPIL (Transitional Paths to Independent Living)
    724-223-5115 • TTY: 724-228-4028
    Toll-Free: 1-877-889-0965
    www.trpil.com
  • Wilfred R. Cameron Wellness Center Summer Camp Woodlands
    724-935-5470

Residential Services

Special Needs Dentistry

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

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
  • TRPIL (Transitional Paths to Independent Living)
    724-223-5115 • TTY: 724-228-4028
    Toll-Free: 1-877-889-0965
    www.trpil.com

Transportation

  • ACCESS Shared Ride Service
    412-562-5353
  • Community Living Care
    724-836-8747
    www.communitylivingcare.com
  • MATP
    888-547-6287
  • Travel Training - Allegheny Intermediate Unit 3
    412-394-5700

Wheelchair Accessible Vehicles

  • Drivers Education – Special Needs
    866-672-9466
  • Port Authority of Allegheny County
    412-442-2000
  • Wheelchair Getaways (van rental)
    800-642-2042

CAMPS AND ACTIVITIES

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 Laugh-A-Lot
Camp Laugh-A-Lot, 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 Laugh-A-Lot 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 2021 summer camp begins June 18 and ends on August 3, with an agency-wide carnival which the public can attend. Amanda McCloskey, Activities Coordinator for Arc Human Serv­ices, manages Camp Laugh-A-Lot, 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 Laugh-A-Lot, go to archumanservices.org/camp-laughalot. To contact Amanda McCloskey, call 724-624-74725, or email mccloskey.amanda@archumanservices.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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