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State Benefit Programs and Federal Benefit Programs
 

Yellow Ribbon Suicide Prevention Program - A comprehensive community-based Suicide Prevention Program. Call 1-800-615-1245 24 hours a day/7 days a week for Community Mental Health or 1-800-SUICIDE (784-2433).

 
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Parents as Teachers (PAT) is an international early childhood parent education and family support program serving families throughout pregnancy until their child enters kindergarten.

 

Parent Reviews Give an Inside View - How does your school do in meeting the needs of its students? Just click on Parent Reviews on any school profile to see personal, up-close comments about schools.

 
Children and Politics in Your State - click here.

 
Find your local Parent Information & Resource Center (PIRC) - click here.

 

Homework Help for Kids & Teens - click here.

 

Fight Crime: Invest in Kids - Law Enforcement support for programs preventing juvenile crime and violence.

 

For the substance abuse treatment facility nearest you, click here 

   

 For the mental health treatment center nearest you, click here.    

 

Find K-12 school information for your state - Visit Standard & Poors, Educational CyberPlayGround, SchoolMatch, or RateMyTeacher.

  

How to volunteer to help a child - click here.

  

Reading & Literacy Help for Children - click here.

  

Reading & Literacy Help for Adults - click here.

 

Find help in your state or region for children with chronic, life-threatening illnesses or disabilities - click here For resources in Spanish, click here

  

U.S. Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (OSERS) 

 

U.S. Department of Education

 

National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (NIDRR)

 

No Child Left Behind

 

U.S. Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP)

 

Rehabilitation Services Administration (RSA)

 

Visit School Websites - links to over 70,000 school websites from around the country. 

 

Covering Kids & Families works to reduce the number of uninsured children and adults who are eligible for public health care coverage programs but not enrolled. To find low-cost and free health care for children call 1-877-KIDS-NOW.

 

Pennsylvania

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  • State Government Website - click here.

  • Agencies & Organizations for Children with Disabilities - click here.

  • Contact List for Early Childhood Programs - click here.

  • Agencies, Organizations, and State Government Contacts for Children At-Risk - click here.

  • Education Resources & Information - click here.

  • Literacy Resources - click here.

  • Articles of Interest - click here.

  • Miscellaneous Information & Resources - click here.

  • Things To Do & Places To See - click here.

  • Support Group Information - click here.

 
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Education Resources & Information

  

Department of Education - http://www.pde.state.pa.us/pde_internet/site/default.asp

   

K-12 Education Information - http://www.pde.state.pa.us/k12/site/default.asp

 

Download your state's educational profile - click here (click on State Profiles)

Special Education Mediation Services - click here.

 

Standard & Poor's School Evaluation Services - Here school administrators, policy makers, parents, educators, and all stakeholders can find:  S&P Written Reports: Read about your school system’s academic results, spending, student population, financial condition, and more. Trends and Benchmarks: Measure progress with up to five years of data. Compare to the state, the county, similar schools, or set up your own comparisons. Better Performers: Identify schools that perform better on any academic indicator, for any student group. Return on ResourcesTM: Understand the relationship between spending and achievement.
 

A description of Inclusion Policy under State and Federal Law from the Pennsylvania Department of Education: "Special education is a service, not a place. The purpose of special education parallels the purpose of elementary and secondary education as a whole: to prepare children to lead productive independent lives as citizens and members of an adult community. Exceptional students often need exceptional interventions, so that they may eventually lead productive lives to the greatest extent possible."

 

PA "Early Intensive Behavioral Intervention Services For Children with Autism-Related Disorders" (pdf version) results from statewide hearings held throughout Pennsylvania to identify areas in which services should focus to bring about positive results for young children with autism-related disorders.

 

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People working together

Agencies, Organizations, and State Government Contacts for Children At-Risk

 

Agencies & Organizations for Children with Disabilities - click here.

 

The Education Policy and Leadership Center (EPLC) is an independent, non-profit, non-partisan organization focused on state-level education policy and educational leadership development.  The mission of The Education Policy and Leadership Center is to encourage and support the use of more effective state-level education policies to improve student learning in grades K-12, increase the effective operation of schools, and enhance educational opportunities for citizens of all ages.
 

stack of books

Literacy Resources

 
Find State & Local Literacy Hotlines - http://www.literacydirectory.org/hotlines.asp

 

Pennsylvania Libraries on the Web

Select a library category to locate the website for a Pennsylvania library or a library organization.

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Articles of Interest

  

PA Pennsylvania Agrees to Changes in Special Ed to Increase Inclusion of Students with Disabilities in Regular Ed Classes - The state of Pennsylvania and the Public Interest Law Center of Philadelphia have concluded an historic settlement of litigation designed to change the quality of special education services throughout the state. Pursuant to the agreement, the state will change how it helps its 501 school districts comply with the federal Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) and how it monitors that compliance. The settlement is designed to increase the inclusion of students with disabilities in regular education classes with non-disabled students.

 

PA What constitutes a dangerous school? - Few schools fit definition, state education board says.

 

PA Einstein Academy Loses Its Charter - A state board upheld findings by Morrisville's school district. The online school will appeal.

 

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puzzle pieces

Miscellaneous Information & Resources

 

Disability News & Views Radio Show: Reaching thousands of listeners across Western New York, from Northern Pennsylvania, and Toronto, Canada. For more information about Disability News Radio visit www.disabilitynewsradio.com or tune in to WXRL 1300 AM Sundays from 5-6 p.m. To make on air comments Sundays between 5- 6pm call (716) 681-1313.

 

Juvenile Law Center - Advancing the rights and well-being of children in jeopardy. A Pennsylvania based site providing national coverage of juvenile justice initiatives and issues as well as excellent summaries of recent court cases.

 

Kids OT - Website created by an Occupational Therapist in Pennsylvania; includes resources related to therapy, training information, updates on IDEA, and more.

 

The Crefeld School
8836 Crefeld St.
Philadelphia PA 19118
Phone: (215) 242-5545

Web: http://www.crefeld.org
The Crefeld School seeks students with a need for a challenging yet supportive environment; students who function best in a personalized setting; students who may be talented in one or more creative areas; students who need to strengthen their learning skills and strategies; and students who appreciate a less formal, nurturing school.  The school does not specifically cater to students with learning or emotional difficulties, but it is especially successful with these students due to its small size, flexible program, and supportive environment.

 

Devereux Foundation: Pocono Center

RR#1, Box 27-A

Newfoundland, PA  18445

Phone:  570-675-4933

Fax:  570-675-4980

Web:  www.devereuxpocono.org

Email:  pocono@devereux.org

For over 90 years, the non-profit Devereux Foundation has been the time-honored residential choice of many special needs planning professionals nationwide.  Our founder, special educator Helena Devereux, said in 1912: “Every person is a program.”  Devereux Pocono Center serves adults with special needs, such as mental retardation, emotional disorders, autism, and dementia. 

 

Comply is an online support group for parents [only] whose children have disabilities.  You can visit them at: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/pa_comply

 

National Centers for Independent Living - Map of U.S. leads to a listing of Centers for Independent Living by state.

 

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Things To Do & Places To See

 

U.S. National Parks - http://www.nps.gov/parks.html

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This page last updated on 01/04/2017

 

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