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Disability Rights and Special Needs Resources

Disability Rights and Special Needs Resources (20)

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Pennsylvania Families Incorporated

Services: PFI is a resource database that that empowers PA families of children with special needs by linking them to support and information.

Social Security Administration

Services: Local office where individuals can apply for Social Security benefits

Bureau of Blindness and Visual Services

Services: Provides services to to assist individuals who are blind or visually impaired in areas of specialized children services, finding employment, starting a business, gaining independent living skills

Bureau of Autism Services

Services: Bureau of Autism Services is a department within the Department of Public Welfare specifically addressing the needs, issues and concerns of people with Autism Spectrum Disorders in Pennsylvania. BAS provides information on available services and waiver funding.

County MH/MR/DS

Services: The Home and Community Services Information Systems offers a directory of all of PA's county MH/MR/DS. The Office of Mental Health/Mental Retardation/Mental Development administers services and programs for individuals with mental and developmental disabilities

Northwest Human Services

Services: NHS provides residential living options, case/care management, and therapeutic services for individuals with disabilities.

Good Will Industries

Services: Good will Industries provides supported employment program for adults with disabilities.

Lifesteps, Inc.

Services: Lifesteps provides services such as residential living and day programs for adults with developmental disabilities with community homes and life sharing in seven counties

Community Resources For Independence, Inc

Services: Offers independent living services to people with disabilities along with accessibility education, waiver information, independent living services, attendant care service coordination, assisting technology, and information and referral

Supportive Services, Inc..

Services: Supportive Services, Inc. offers supportive housing program for mental health consumers.

Disability Options Network

Services: DON provides services for individuals with physical disabilities such as independent living skills training, peer support, advocacy, information and referral

Office Of Vocational Rehabilitation

Services: OVR provides assistance with obtaining and maintaining employment to individuals with disabilities.

Beaver County Rehabilitation Center (BCRC)

Services: Prepares individuals with disabilities (physical, mental,co-occuring) for the workforce. Also, has services specially designed for those who are deaf and hard of hearing.

Harbor Point Housing

Services: Harbor Point Housing enables persons with mental health issues to live on their own by providing help with finding housing and by assisting with basic tasks such as grocery shopping. Programs include Community Residential Rehabilitation, Young Consumer, Melrose Place, Stone Harbour

Special Kids Network

Services: Statewide referral service designed to serve families of children with chronic health of disabling conditions through information and service coordination

Disability Rights Network Of Pennsylvania

Services: Provide legal consultation and representation for individuals with disabilities and their families who are facing discrimination on the basis of disability and access to needed services along with providing information, referral and technical assistance to Pennsylvania residents with disability issues.

Pennsylvania Association For The Blind

Services: Providing services to prevent, prepare for, and manage vision loss with programs and services for both children and adults such as vision screenings, residential and vocational rehabilitation, transportation, transitional and Braille instruction, information and referral, support and advocacy

Developmental Disabilities Advocacy Network


The Developmental Disabilities Advocacy Network provides information on disability programs and services in communities nationwide. 

PA Client Assistance Program


PA's Client Assistance Program is an advocacy program for people with disabilities seeking services in employment and housing

Northwestern Human Services

Services: NHS is a community-based, nonprofit, human services provider offering social services to individuals with mental, developmental and intellectual disabilities, individuals dealing with addiction, seniors and juveniles. Residential services for individuals with mental, developmental and intellectual disabilities include Community Homes, Life Sharing, Transitional Housing, Supported Living

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