Special Needs Links
ABOARD's Autism Connection of PA
ABOARD offers autism support to parents, including autism support groups, autism resources, and conferences and events. We offer information on sign and symptoms of autism, getting an autism diagnosis and how to apply for medical assistance; also information on treatments, links to research studies, and support groups for people on the spectrum.
PAautism.org is designed to bring together existing resources for families, providers, and self-advocates, and allow them to access a broad array of information to help meet the needs of those living with or serving people with autism.
Andrew’s Gift is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit publicly supported foundation which provides benefits for individuals of all ages with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) who live in Dauphin, Cumberland and Perry counties.
Helping parents navigate their child's ASD journey, from a mom who has been through it with her own child. AWEnest Advocacy wants to help you advocate for your child and provide you with the resources and information necessary to enable you, the parent, to teach others to look beyond the designer ASD label, to the AWEsome Kid who lies beneath it.
Bayada Pediatric Nurses
At BAYADA Pediatrics, our professionals specialize in caring for children of all ages, from newborns to adolescents, at home and at school. Our compassionate, carefully screened, and experienced BAYADA Pediatric Nurses manage diverse diagnoses and high-tech equipment, while our highly trained and caring BAYADA Pediatric Home Health Aides provide assistive personal care and support services.
CATRA, the Capital Area Therapeutic Riding Association, is a nonprofit organization providing therapeutic horseback riding to people with disabilities. The facility is located near Grantville, PA.
Chasing Rainbows is a nonprofit therapeutic equestrian program serving central Pennsylvania. We are a federally registered 501(c)(3) organization, and provide programs in therapeutic riding, equine facilitated learning, and family lessons, both on and off site. We are a proud member of the Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International.
For information for families and advocates of children with special needs call 1-800-879-2301.
Disability Rights Network of Pennsylvania
The mission of the Disability Rights Network of Pennsylvania is to advance, protect, and advocate for the human, civil, and legal rights of Pennsylvanians with disabilities.
Drayer Physical Therapy
Pediatric physical therapists work with children and their families to assist each child in reaching their maximum potential to function independently. Treatment is focused on enhancing core stability, extremity function, and gross motor ability. Our therapists create individualized therapeutic programs based on evaluation and evidence-based practice and work with family members to support them in the child’s development.
While all children grow and develop in unique ways, some children experience delays in their development. Children with developmental delays and disabilities benefit from The Pennsylvania Early Intervention program, a state supported network of parents, service practitioners, and others which builds upon the natural learning opportunities that occur within the daily routines of a child and their family.
ICAN™ Talk Clinic is a full-service speech and language pathology outpatient center with a specialty in providing professional services to individuals with severe communication disorders, particularly those who rely on Augmentative & Alternative Communication (AAC) systems or benefit from other assistive technology to support treatment.
Keystone Human Services
Keystone Human Services works to support men, women and children with disabilities become valued, fully participating and contributing members of their community. Keystone strives to support each person in a highly individualized manner in all aspects of their life, including home, work, family, school and the community.
KidsPeace is a private charity dedicated to serving the behavioral and mental health needs of children, families and communities.
A Comprehensive Resource Guide about Learning Disabilities for the Pediatric Professional Community and Parents
Leg Up Farm
Leg Up Farm is designed for infants, children, adolescents, and young adults up to the age of 21 with special needs. Leg Up Farm combines a state-of-art medical setting with a child-friendly environment that caters to both children and their families. The distinctive "Circle of Care" program provides comprehensive therapies all under one roof by bringing therapists of different specialties together to create a customized program with a team approach.
Office of Vocational Rehabilitation
OVR provides a wide range of services to eligible applicants. Some services can help you overcome or lessen your disability; others can directly help you prepare for a career. The services you receive will be arranged to meet your individual needs.
PA Health Law Project
PHLP is a nationally recognized expert and consultant on access to health care for low-income consumers, the elderly, and persons with disabilities. For more than two decades, PHLP has engaged in direct advocacy on behalf of individual consumers while working on the kinds of health policy changes that promise the most to the Pennsylvanians in greatest need.
(Parent Education & Advocacy Leadership)
The PEAL Center helps families and individuals with disabilities and special health care needs using a variety of strategies across PEAL Projects. PEAL offers services in six key areas: outreach, individual assistance, resources, trainings, leadership developments, and partnerships.
Pediatria HealthCare For Kids provides center based day health services and home based private duty nursing services for medically complex and fragile children. We utilize caring, skilled professionals in nursing, physical therapy, speech therapy, occupational therapy, and respiratory care to deliver these services.
Pennsylvania 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.
The mission of Service Access & Management, Inc. is to help people throughout our service area enhance the quality of their lives by effectively and efficiently managing and/or providing needed, accessible and individually satisfying human services.
Schreiber Pediatric Rehab Center
Schreiber Pediatric Rehab Center offers premier outpatient physical, occupational and speech-language therapy to children with disabilities, developmental delays and acquired injuries.
Special Kids Network
Special Kids Network is an independent non-profit organization that was created to provide funding for programs that help children and young adults with special needs. Our mission is to create community awareness and raise funds in support of organizations who believe that every child and young adult, regardless of the nature of their background or disability, should be able to enjoy life to its fullest and to participate in the mainstream of their community.
Therabilites has certified occupational, speech, and physical therapists that are experienced with the pediatric population.
UCP (United Cerebral Palsy) of Central PA
UCP Central PA offers both community- and center-based programs and services for children with disabilities as well as typically developing children. We also provide comprehensive services to support family members and caregivers.
Unique Home Care Services
Our mission is to provide the highest quality of unique home care services, by always putting the needs of clients first. We work with families and daycare centers to keep children with disabilities in daycare centers and in after school programs. We offer a range of non-medical services to our pediatric consumers.