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Disability Rights and Special Needs Resources (31)

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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

Liberty Resources

Services: Liberty Resources Home Choices provides home care services such as Personal Care, Homemaking/Light Housekeeping and Companionship to individuals with physical disabilities

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.

The ARC of Pennsylvania

Services: Offers services for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities such as early intervention, supported employment, job training, transition planning, respite care, supported living and transportation

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

The Advocacy Alliance

Services: Community-based supportive services for individuals with intellectual disabilities or mental illness.

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.

LifePath, Inc.

Services: Services for individuals with developmental disabilities including residential programs, day programs and outpatient psychiatric services. Residential services include Community homes (for residents from Berks, Bucks, Delaware, Lehigh, Montgomery and Northampton counties), Lifesharing, Supported Living and In Home Support

Step By Step, Inc.

Services: Step by Step, Inc provides intensive case management and supportive living services for mentally ill and developmentally disabled individuals. Residential living options include Lifesharing, Community Homes, Supportive Living and more.


Services: Customized employment for people with developmental disabilities. Also services for youth in their transition from school to careers & work.

School 2 Life

Services: The Lehigh Valley Center for Independent Living offers School 2 Life, a program for youth ages 14-21 with any type of disability who want to learn skills so that they can live independently in the community of their choice. Independent living skills, peer support, information and referral, recreation activities

VIA Of The Lehigh Valley

Services: Services for individuals with developmental and physical disabilities such as Adult Basic Education and Computer Education, Vocational Education, Career Development and Job search, Independent Living Skills

Office Of Vocational Rehabilitation

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

Visual Impairment And Blindness Service (for Northampton County Residents)

Services: Free eye screenings at community sites. Assistance for eye exams and glasses by appointment. Children

Mercy Special Learning Center

Services: Mercy Special Learning Center is an accredited day school for mentally handicapped individuals age infant to 21. Now also state licensed for over 21 year old program services: education and safe adult day care.

Good Shepherd

Services: A variety of medical evaluations and therapy services for those with physical or mental disability.

Early Intervention Preschool

Services: An early intervention program offered to preschool children with developmental delays. Occupational therapy, physical therapy and speech therapy are available.

Connect Info Service For Early Intervention (Project Connect)

Services: Will assist in locating local, state and national resources for children with disabilities; refer to local services and information; direct referrals for ages 0 to 3 years who may have developmental delays or disabilities.

Center For Independent Living

Services: Helps individuals with physical and mental disabilities to find housing; helps qualify people for Section 8 housing. Assists individuals to make home handicapped-accessible (known as Access Lehigh Valley). Provides sign language interpreter services. C

Association For The Blind And Visually Impaired For Lehigh County Residents (also Palmerton Area)

Services: Assists blind and visually impaired to handle challenges of daily living and working. Free screenings at schools and other locations. Possible assistance for eye exams and glasses. Children

Lehigh-Northampton Counseling Service For The Deaf

Services: The Counseling Service for the Deaf offers supportive services such as sign language classes, interpreters, and information and referral services for the hearing impaired.

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

Center for Vision Loss

Services: The Center for Vision Loss is a nonprofit organization aimed at providing preventative, rehabilitative, support and social services to visually impaired individuals.

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