Education and Family Support
Information and Referral Services are available for assistance with understanding information or identifying additional resources, and can be related to heath care services or resources, special education, family support, income maintenance, disabilities, and basic human needs.
Advisory Board on Autism & Related Disorders provides information and guidance relating to diagnosis, treatment, educational and vocational needs, medical assistance and family support. ABOARD's Family Support Services provide administrative and financial support to 66 family support groups in 36 Pennsylvania counties, including a "parent to parent" network linking experienced families with those whose family members have been recently diagnosed.
Toll Free: 800-827-9385
Achieva commits to excellence in lifelong services for people with disabilities and their families. Achieva envisions the day when people with disabilities fully participate in their communities.
Allegheny Intermediate Unit 3 (IU3) DART Program
Early Intervention services for ages 3-5 in preschool settings. Includes Occupational, Physical, and Speech and Language Therapies and family services. (Allegheny County outside the city of Pittsburgh)
Alliance for Infants and Toddlers
Developmental assessment, coordination of Early Intervention services for children with developmental delays, high risk infants, and premature babies. Family support and resource coordination.
Applied Behavior Consulting for Autism, LLC
Applied behavior analysis programs in home or schools for children from birth to age 10.
The Autism Center of Pittsburgh
Evaluates children for delays, disabilities, Autism Spectrum Disorders, offers therapies, including Therapeutic Listening.
Information and Support for Autism Spectrum Disorder. Autism Link's mission is to provide opportunities for inclusion, information, and support; to keep parents, family members of individuals with autism spectrum disorders and autistic individuals apprised of news and information, help them in their quest for services, and also in their quest for camaraderie with others in the autism community.
Phone: (412) 377-8778
The Children's Home of Pittsburgh and Lemieux Family Center
Child's Way - provides day care for medically fragile children, ages birth to eight.
Pediatric Specialty Hospital - provides acute care for children birth to 21, transitioning from hospital to home.
Adoption program - offers free birthparent counseling, interim foster care, and other services, including research and reunion, and infertility counseling.
Child's Way - 412-441-4884/412-365-6065
Pediatric Specialty Hospital - 412-441-7000
Adoption program – hotline - 800-961-7704
Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC
Services through a large number of departments (including Autism Center, Child Development Unit, Neonatal and Pediatric Intensive Care Units) and programs (including Behavioral Support, Counseling, Fetal Diagnosis and Treatment, Nutrition Support and Feeding, Occupational and Physical Therapies, Respiratory Therapy).
The Children's Institute
Wide range of outpatient therapy.
Functional Feeding program - teaches techniques for children who have difficulties eating due to physical or behavioral conditions. Hospital provides 24-hour nursing care and therapies for patients in need of pediatric rehabilitation and for children with Prader-Willi Syndrome. The Day School is an approved private school for ages 2-21.
Functional Feeding program - 412-420-2362
The Children's Therapy Center of Washington Hospital
Services to young children, including Behavior Support, Occupational, Physical, and Speech and Language Therapies.
Non-profit coalition of child advocates. Publisher of "Every Step Counts: Guide for Parents and Caregivers of Young Children"-- online and print guide for parents of children ages birth-5.
Community Care Behavioral Health Organization
Manages behavioral health services for Allegheny County.
Consortium for Appropriate Dispute Resolution in Special Education (CADRE)
CADRE, the National Center on Dispute Resolution, encourages the use of mediation and other collaborative strategies to resolve disagreements about special education and early intervention programs.
Evaluation and treatment for children who have behavioral health needs.
DePaul School for Hearing and Speech
Specializes in teaching children who are deaf or hard of hearing to learn to speak and listen without sign language. Offers baby-parent and toddler-play groups.
Disability Rights Network of Pennsylvania
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.
Down Syndrome Associaton of Pittsburgh
The Down Syndrome Association of Pittsburgh (formally known as the Down Syndrome Group of Western Pennsylvania) is an organization created for individuals and families affected by Down syndrome to offer assistance, create awareness and gain acceptance of Down syndrome throughout our communities.
Early Intervention Specialists (EIS)
Offers nutrition support, Occupational, Physical and Speech and Language Therapies and a vision specialist.
The Early Learning Institute (TELI)
Early Intervention services for infants and toddlers to age 3 and early childhood education programs for children ages 2 to young school age. Offers Social Butterflies and Baby Butterflies play groups.
Easter Seals Western Pennsylvania
Provides Early Intervention services for young children and Therapeutic Feeding Program.
Education Law Center of Pennsylvania
Since 1975, the Education Law Center of Pennsylvania (ELC) has worked to make good public education a reality for Pennsylvania’s most vulnerable children – poor children, children of color, children with disabilities, English language learners, children in foster homes and institutions, and others. Strategies include not only “traditional” legal work, but also training and information-sharing; advocating for new laws and policies in Harrisburg and Washington; and working with organizations and media. We’re especially proud of our many collaborations with citizen groups around the state.
Epilepsy Foundation Western/Central/ PA (EFWCPO)
A private, non-profit service organization providing public education and supportive services to individuals and families affected by epilepsy/seizure disorders.
Pittsburgh: 412-261-5880 or 800-361-5885
A new choice for pediatric home health care with a special focus on pediatrics. eKidzCare uses a family-centered care approach with a focus on extraordinary service and compassionate care enhancing the delivery of the clinical excellence. eKidsCare nurses and case managers work closely with the family and their physician to build confidence and develop and implrement an appropriate plan of care.
Family Behavioral Resource
Family-focused services for children in the areas of mental health, behavioral health and autism. Offers playgroups for children with autism and their siblings. Fourteen locations, including nine in Allegheny County.
Family Foundations Early Head Start, Office of Child Development, University of Pittsburgh
Federally funded program of early, intensive child development and family support services for low-income families with children from birth to age 3.
Works to prevent child abuse.
Heritage Valley Health System (Sewickley Valley Hospital)
Behavioral Support services, case management; Staunton Clinic.
Offers childhood counseling, mental health/intellectual disabilities services, and resource center.
Holy Family Institute
Offers Family Group Decision Making for families of children with behavior problems or who have been abused.
The Integrated Care Corporation (The I. Care Corp)
Developmental, Hearing, Occupational, Physical, Speech and Vision Therapies.
Jefferson Regional Medical Center
Aquatic, Physical and Speech Therapies.
Speech and language, psychological and early childhood services, including The Village Preschool, for children, starting at preschool age.
Magee-Women’s Hospital of UPMC
Services for women, including prenatal care and high-risk pregnancy care, fetal diagnosis and treatment in partnership with Children's Hospital, infertility services, lactation support, genetic counseling, delivery and Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU).
March of Dimes Pennsylvania Chapter
Information on maternal health, preterm infants, genetic testing, perinatology, and signs of high-risk pregnancy.
Maternal and Child Health Program, Allegheny County Health Department
Home-based public health nursing services that include education and support to at-risk pregnant women and families; breastfeeding support; program for special needs children starting at birth, including arranging for needed services; Project Lamb -- postpartum and continuing pediatric care for mothers who had little or no prenatal care; Nurse-Family Partnership Program -- intensive home visits to first-time pregnant and postpartum women and their children up to age 2; Resource Mothers Project -- community-oriented program aimed at reducing infant mortality, low birth weight, starting early in pregnancy until the child is age 2. To qualify for some of these programs, the recipient must meet income guidelines and live in certain communities in the county.
MENTAL HEALTH ASSOC. (MHA) of Allegheny County
MHA works on behalf of mental health through advocacy, education and public policy.
National Rehab (NR) supplies medical products that help people lead healthier, happier lives. They are a provider of wound care, urological, ostomy and incontinence supplies as well as orthopedic and prosthetic products. National Rehab views itself as much more than a supplier of medical products. They think of themselves as a partner in patient care. As such, they believe that they have an obligation to ensure patients receive the best service possible.
Phone: 1-800-451-6510 or 1-800-813-6080
PA Elks Home Service Program
Since 1963, the PA Elks Home Service Program has been helping to improve the quality of life for thousands of children and adults throughout Pennsylvania. We provide support and advocacy services to individuals of any age who have a developmental disability. Services are provided at NO CHARGE. (Provide information regarding resources and services available, Assess needs and help to access equipment, Provide referrals to appropriate agencies in the community, Provide in-home medical care coordination services, Advocate for an individual's legal and human rights, Advocate for appropriate educational services, Assist with finding activities within the community, Offer instruction regarding home care, Provide emotional support, Help with vocational goals, Assist with residential options, Interpret clinical findings and act as a liaison between health care providers).
PA Families, Inc. (PFI)
PFI is a Statewide Family Network funded by the Substance Abuse/Mental Health Services Administration. The goal is to network support groups, advocates, parent mentors and organizations that assist families who are raising children with emotional or behavioral disorders. We identify issues that are common to families and raise awareness about supports and unmet need. We provide lists of supports for parents and providers available in county/region/state.
Toll Free: 1-800-947-4941
Parent to Parent of Pennsylvania
Parent to Parent of Pennsylvania is a network created by families for families of children and adults with special needs. We connect families in similar situations with one another so that they may share experiences, offer practical information and/or support.
Pediatric Therapy Professionals, Inc.
Speech, Physical and Occupational therapies for young children.
Pennsylvania Assistive Technology Foundation (PATF)
The Pennsylvania Assistive Technology Foundation (PATF) is a non-profit organization that provides low-interest loans to people with disabilities and older adults so that they can buy the assistive technology devices and services they need.
Pennsylvania Statewide Independent Living Council (PASILC)
The Pennsylvania Statewide Independent Living Council exists to use its collective power and legal mandate to develop and secure public policies that ensure civil rights and expand options for all people with disabilities in all aspects of life.
Pittsburgh Board of Education Program for Students with Exceptionalities - 9Pittsburgh-Mt. Oliver)
Autism, emotional, life skills, speech and language, vision, hearing and learning supports for students in preschool though age 21.
Offers Behavior Support and respite. Operates a licensed Partial Psychiatric Hospitalization Program for children ages 3-14.
Information on preterm births, smoking cessation programs.
Special Kids Network
The mission of the Special Kids Network is to improve access to services, provide comprehensive information for those seeking to identify services, and to foster the improvement or development of local services for children with special health care needs and their families. Children and youth identified with a special health care need are at increased risk for chronic physical, developmental, behavioral, and emotional conditions that require services beyond what is required by children in general. The Special Kids Network (SKN), Information and Referral (I&R) service connects individuals to resources and programs specific to their needs by making access to these resources easier for Pennsylvania families and providers.
Spina Bifida Association of Western Pennsylvania
Wide range of services to those with Spina Bifida. BluePrints Program is a play group that helps children with any type of disability , ages 2-5, develop social, motor, sensory and cognitive skills.
(see Heritage Valley Health System)
The Center for Assistive Technology (CAT)
A joint program of UPMC and the University of Pittsburgh, The Center for Assistive Technology (CAT) has emerged as a leader and innovator in the assistive technology field. Specific products and services, based on the client’s individual needs and goals, include: Personal mobility seating and positioning systems, augmentative communication devices, audiology services, aural rehabilitation assistive listening and alerting devices, and hearing aid dispensing, specialized computer equipment and software, such as adaptive keyboards, monitors, and voice recognition programs, ergonomic workstation designs workplace modifications, environmental control units for home, work, or school, recreational devices such as cycles and skis, on-the-road evaluations of vehicle modifications and adaptive driving evaluation and training.
The Family Advocacy Network (FAN)
FAN provides information, resources and referrals to individuals with disabilities. FAN gives families the opportunity to network and exchange ideas on how to become effective advocates. FAN also assists families, caregivers and professionals to make effective decisions regarding technology, medical intervention, education, community inclusion and other related issues pertaining to children and families.
412-683-7100 ext. 303
412-697-7434 ext. 111
The Thrive Place Child Development Center
specializes in nutrition, feeding and sensory therapy for children birth to age eight. Offers parent-child play groups.
UCP of Pennsylvania
UCP of Pennsylvania is committed to advocating for the independence, productivity, and full citizenship of people with cerebral palsy and other disabilities.
UPKIDS of Lawrence County
Community organization in New Castle, PA, that provides support and education to families who have a member with Down syndrome.
UPMC – University of Pittsburgh Medical Center
Numerous programs for children. The Western Pennsylvania Regional Center for Autism coordinates a number of programs for children with autism spectrum and pervasive development disorders, including:
Early Intensive Behavioral Integration (EIBI) - for children as young as 18 months old
Merck Child and Adolescent Outpatient Clinic - autism assessments and services for children who have developmental disabilities and psychiatric or behavioral disorders.
Theiss Child Development Center Early Autism Program - intensive early intervention in a preschool setting.
Early Intensive Behavioral Integration - 412-235-5315
Merck Child and Adolescent Outpatient Clinic- - 412-624-1000
Theiss Child Development Center Early Autism Program - 412-281-1269
The Watson Institute
The Watson Institute, through its family of schools and services, helps children and youth with special needs to achieve their fullest potential in all aspects of their lives. Watson strives to provide programs that serve the needs of children with autism spectrum disorders, neurological impairments or serious emotional challenges with diagnostic, educational and therapeutic support; support to the families of these children through education, counseling, wraparound, outpatient services and respite programs; and training and technical support to educators, psychologists, therapists and others working in this field.
Western Pennsylvania School for Blind Children (WPSBC)
Approved private school and services for students 2 to 21 with vision impairment, with or without additional challenges. Residential facilities available for those who live in outlying areas.
Play, Achieve, Learn, Socialize (PALS) playgroup - for visually impaired children, ages 18 months to 3 years, and their parents.
PALS - 412-621-6028
Western Pennsylvania School for the Deaf (WPSD)
Approved private school for deaf and hard-of-hearing students from birth through grade 12.
Choices for Children - 412-244-4261 - offers Early Intervention services through home visits to deaf and hard-of-hearing infants and toddlers.
WIC – Women, Infants and Children Program
Federally funded program provides healthy supplemental food and nutrition services for pregnant women, postpartum and breastfeeding women, infants, and children under age 5.
Yellow Pages for Kids with Disabilities
A Wright's Law website with lots of information. Find educational consultants, psychologists, educational diagnosticians, health care providers, academic therapists, tutors, speech language therapists, occupational therapists, coaches, advocates, and attorneys for children with disabilities on the Yellow Pages for Kids for your state. You will also find special education schools, learning centers, treatment programs, parent groups, respite care, community centers, grassroots organizations, and government programs for children with disabilities.
Zoe's New Beginnings
Complementary baskets to parents of preemies to make transition from hospital to home a smooth one. Baskets include clothing, diapers, hand sanitizer and information handouts provided by MedImmune regarding RSV and how to keep the preemie healthy.