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Assistive Technology

AbleData provides objective information about assistive technology products and rehabilitation equipment.

AbleLink Technologies focuses on research and development of innovative cognitive support technologies that enable people with cognitive limitations to live more independent and self-determined lives.

Assistive Technology for Children with Autism written by Susan Stokes under a contract with CESA 7 and funded by a discretionary grant from the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction provides an overview of how assistive technology can help individuals communicate expressively.

Accessible Transportation Technologies Research Initiative (ATTRI) provides research, development, and implementation of solutions and applications so that those with disabilities can effectively plan their travel.

Association on Higher Education and Disability® (AHEAD) supports the full participation of people with disabilities in postsecondary education, facilitating collaboration and connections for those working on accessible technology through its Special Interest Group (SIG) on Technology and its Accessible Instructional Materials and Technology Summit.

Autism Community demonstrates how assistive technology can help individuals with disabilities.

AutismSpeaks has a list of assistive technology resources and devices.

Center on Technology and Disability (CTD) mission is to increase the capacity of families and providers to advocate for, acquire, and implement assistive and instructional technology supporting learners with disabilities.

Collaborative Innovation Center on Accessibility is a partnership between IBM and the University of Massachusetts’ Institute for Community Inclusion, working to advance accessible technology solutions for people with disabilities, the elderly, people with low literacy, and novice technology users.

Disability.gov provides links to AT resources within disability.gov and elsewhere.

The Family Information Guide to Assistive Technology and Transition Planning provides informational resources on the subjective of assistive and instructional technologies.

The Guide to Visual Impairment in Education explores how visual impairments impact the educational experience, what colleges are doing for the visually impaired, and includes numerous resources, as well insight and tips from experts and a list of scholarships and grants.

Leveling the Playing Field: Improving Technology Access and Design for People with Intellectual Disabilities describes the critical and increasing role of technology in enabling individuals with intellectual disabilities (ID) to have greater control over their own lives and to experience the full benefits of citizenship.

National Center on Accessible Educational Materials addresses the use of accessible educational materials in early learning, higher education, and workplace settings.

Partnership on Employment and Accessible Technology addresses tools and resources for promoting the employment, retention, and career advancement of people with disabilities through the development, adoption, and promotion of accessible technology.

Pennsylvania Assistive Technology Foundation provides financing opportunities for older Pennsylvanians and people with disabilities, helping them acquire assistive technology devices and services that improve the quality of their lives.

The Pennsylvania Department of Public Welfare has a list of products and equipment that may aid in the assistance of children and adults with disabilities and functional limitations.

Rehabilitation Engineering and Assistive Technology Society of North America (RESNA) promotes the health and well-being of people with disabilities by increasing access to technology solutions.

Tech Toolbox is the Arc’s place to find, share, rate, and review technology for people with intellectual or developmental disabilities.

UNH Institute on Disability provides instructional information and video demonstrations on how to use assistive technology.

VCU Autism Center for Excellence provides helpful information, videos, and podcasts on assistive technology.

Laws and Regulations

American Bar Association, Robert D. Evans, Director, Washington Office, American Bar Association, Voice: 202-662-1765, http://www.abanet.org information on and lists of low cost or pro bono lawyers.

Americans with Disabilities Act Home Page. US Department of Justice, 950 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, Civil Rights Division, Disability Rights Section – NYAVE, Washington, D.C. 20530, http://www.usdoj.gov/crt/ada/adahom1.htm, or call Voice: 800-514-0301 or (TTY) 800-514-0383 with questions or concerns.Autism Living and Working.

AZ Lawyers Impacted by Autism's A Special Needs Timeline of Legal Issues, Rights, and Best Practices is a planning timeline for parents, which provides information and links on laws that protect a child's rights (ADA, FAPE, Section 504, IDEA), Social Security benefits, life care planning and special needs trusts, and guardianship/conservatorship.

Bureau of Special Education Consult Line will put you in touch with a PA Department of Education special education specialist who will explain federal and state laws relating to special education, describe the options that are available to parents, inform parents of procedural safeguards, identify other agencies and support services, and describe available remedies and how parents can proceed." The ConsultLine is designed to be used by parents and parent/advocacy organizations. 1-800-879-2301 (Voice/TTY/TDD).

Center for Law and Education, Educational Rights of Students with Disabilities Project, 1875 Connecticut Avenue, NW, Suite 510, Washington, D.C. 20009, Voice: 202-986-3000.

Disability Rights Network of Pennsylvania  Federally funded non-profit organization mandated to ensure that the civil rights of adults and children with disabilities are protected. "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."

The Education Law Center The mission of this organization is to ensure that all of Pennsylvania's children have access to a quality public education. . The Website includes resources, litigation, publications and ways to get involved. www.elc-pa.org. The Education Law Center, The Philadelphia Building, 1315 Walnut Street, 4th Floor, Philadelphia, PA 19107-4717, Phone: 215-238-6970, Fax: 215-772-3125. Pittsburgh location: 702 Law & Finance Building, 429 Fourth Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15219
Phone: 412-258-2120, Fax: 412-391-4496.

The Families and Advocates Partnership for Education (FAPE) project is a partnership that aims to improve the educational outcomes for children with disabilities.

Federal Communications Commission Disability Rights Office Addresses rights for individuals with hearing, speech and other disabilities. Phone 1-888-225-5322 website: www.fcc.gov/cgb/dro

The IDEA Partnership Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) Collection The IDEA Partnership is dedicated to improving outcomes for students and youth with disabilities by joining state agencies and stakeholders through shared work and learning. This dedication has been operationalized in the collaborative work on Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) of 12 partner organization representatives, nine national and state technical assistance providers, and a number of state and local organizations and agencies.

Individuals with Disabilities Education Act(IDEA) information at http://idea.ed.gov/ or call Voice: 900-IDEAINFO.

National Dissemination Center for Children with Disabilities (NICHCY) central source of information on disabilities in children, and youth, IDEA, No Child Left Behind (as it relates to children with disabilities), and research-based information on effective educational practices.

Office for Civil Rights. According to the agency, "We serve student populations facing discrimination and the advocates and institutions promoting systemic solutions to civil rights problems. An important responsibility is resolving complaints of discrimination. Agency-initiated cases, typically called compliance reviews, permit OCR to target resources on compliance problems that appear particularly acute. OCR also provides technical assistance to help institutions achieve voluntary compliance with the civil rights laws that OCR enforces. An important part of OCR's technical assistance is partnerships designed to develop creative approaches to preventing and addressing discrimination."Customer Service Team,Office of Civil Rights, US Department of Education, 400 Maryland Avenue, SW, Washington, DC 20202-1100, http://www.ed.gov/ocr.

Parent Education Network PEN is part of a national system of Parent Training and Information Centers (PTIs), serving South Central, Northeast, Southeast and Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, funded by the US Department of Education and the Pennsylvania Department of Education.

Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission, Riverfront Office Center, 1101-1125 S. Front Street, 5th Floor, Harrisburg, PA 17104-2515. Voice: 717-787-9784, Text Telephone: 717- 787-7279, or other offices throughout Pennsylvania see the web page or telephone book, http://www.phrc.state.pa.us: deals with complaints of discrimination, prejudice and bias.

Pennsylvania Client Assistance Program(CAP) is an advocacy program for people with disabilities administered by the Center for Disability Law & Policy. East 1617 JFK Blvd, Suite 800, Philadelphia, PA 19103, 215-557-7112, www.equalemployment.org.

General Information on Support Services

State of the States Supports and Services for People with ASD The L&M team collected data on existing programs and policies in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. The report addresses what states and/or local government are doing to provide services for people with ASD, the types of services and supports that a person with ASD can access, and how these supports and services funded.

Transition Planning during the School Years

AbilityPath's The Journey to Life After High School. This 81 page resource provides a road map for parents of children with special needs.

Autism After 16 is dedicated to providing information and analysis of adult autism issues, with the emphasis on analysis.

Autism and the Transition to Adulthood. Success Beyond the Classroom Wehman, P, Smith, M. D., & Schall, C. Baltimore:Brookes Publishing.

Autism Speaks Autism Speaks Family Services Transition Tool Kit: A guide to assist families on the journey from adolescence to adulthood

Guidance and Career Counselors' Toolkit: Advising High School Students with Disabilities on Postsecondary Options provides a comprehensive Toolkit for counselors.

Indiana Resource Center for Autism includes several articles on transition to adulthood for individuals with autism.

Life Journey through Autism: A Guide to Transition to Adulthood.  This guide, published by the Organization for Autism Research in collaboration with the Southwest Autism Research and Resource Center and Danya International, is designed to give parents, teachers, and other education professionals an introduction to the transition to adulthood process.

National Community of Practice on Transition This is a national community of practice on transition, a combined effort of federal, state and local agencies who have come together to improve school and post-school outcomes for youth, with information on: Meaningful Youth Role; Increasing Accessible Transportation; Outreach to Child Welfare, Juvenile Justice, and Mental Health; Employment; and Post-secondary Options.

National Dissemination Center for Children with Disabilities Transition to Adulthood web pages provide an excellent overview of the transition planning process.

National Secondary Transition Technical Assistance Center NSTTAC supports states in their efforts to build capacity around transition planning, services, and outcomes for youth with disabilities. It also has extensive information on scientifically-based research practices, for youth with disabilities. While this site is largely geared towards transition professionals you may find some of the newsletters, and materials useful during the development of your son or daughter's IEP.

PATTAN Secondary Transition Resources and PATTAN Secondary Transition Publications

Pennsylvania Department of Health, Special Kids Network has an excellent handbook on transition health care.

Pennsylvania Youth Leadership Network Secondary Transition Toolkit The PYLN has created a secondary transition toolkit to assist youth in their transition into the adult world. This toolkit was written and designed by youth with disabilities who are members of the Pennsylvania Youth Leadership Network (PYLN) for youth.

Project Forum The Project Forum has just prepared a report Preparation for Postsecondary Life for Students with Disabilities.

Thinking Person's Guide to Autism The goal of TPGA is to help readers fast-forward past society’s rampant autism fabrications and negativity, by providing clear, thoughtfully presented, balanced, and referenced information.

Vision for Equality's Understanding the Office of Developmental Programs in Pennsylvania: Mental Retardation and Autism Services:ODP Gold Book which is a revised and updated manual that introduces you to the Mental Retardation system and Autism Services. You'll learn how to register, what the waivers are, different service models and what to do if you have a problem. Also featured: commonly needed forms, lists of resources, contacts, and advocacy organizations, and a glossary of terms.

Pennsylvania Support Services

ACAP Program Information on the Bureau of Autism Services ACAP Program can be found by visiting the BAS homepage or the Keystone Autism Services website linked here. Keystone Autism Services was selected by the Bureau of Autism Services as the first ACAP provider in Pennsylvania.

ASERT Autism Resource Guide has general information on autism, an intervention guide, and a comprehensive list of peer support groups across the state. Site is collaboration of Bureau of Autism Services and three consortia of universities, hospitals, and autism service providers across the Commonwealth.

Bureau of Autism Services  Mission is to "develop and manage services to enhance the quality of life and independence of Pennsylvanians living with Autism Spectrum Disorders and to support their families and caregivers." Department of Public Welfare, Bureau of Autism Services, P.O. Box 2675, Harrisburg, PA 17105, 1-866-539-7689, www.autisminpa.org/

The Bureau of Autism Services Virtual Training Center (BASVTC) was developed to enable professionals and families to easily access trainings, documents, and other resources in one convenient location. The website includes links to virtual resources and courses that you can take online and print at your convenience. Among the resources and training topics included are: PA Census Report, General introductory courses on Autism, Conference sessions, Best Practice Guidelines, Supports Coordination, and Functional Behavioral Assessment.

Bureau of Special Education Department oversees administration and management of the Commonwealth's resources dedicated to enabling school districts to maintain high standards in their delivery of a Free and Appropriate Education to exceptional students. Department of Education, 333 Market Street, Harrisburg, PA 17126 717-783-6913.

Bureau of Supports for People with Intellectual Disabilities oversees the state's mental retardation program operations including state operated facilities and community mental retardation programs.

Community Services Program for Persons with Physical Disabilities (CSPPPD) Oversees OBRA, COMMCARE and Independence Waivers. Information and contact by county.

County MH/MR Offices with contact information.

Department of Public Welfare Mission is to "Promote, improve and sustain the quality of family life; Break the cycle of dependency; Promote respect for employees; Protect and serve Pennsylvania’s most vulnerable citizens; andManage our resources effectively."

Office of Developmental Programs (ODP)  Formerly the Office of Mental Retardation (OMR) whose mission is to "provide individuals with mental retardation, autism, and their families the services and supports they need and the opportunity to make real choices about living, working and options for social activities to enable them to live in and participate fully in the life of their communities."

Office of Developmental Programs Consulting System Website is is designed to provide information about the supports and services administered by the PA Department of Public Welfare, Office of Developmental Programs (ODP).

ODP Gold Book Understanding the ODP in PA: Mental Retardation and Autism Services

PaTTAN is the Pennsylvania Department of Education’s Bureau for Special Education Pennsylvania Training and Technical Assistance Network, www.pattan.net/teachlead/autism.aspx. The website has helpful resources to learn more about autism, or call the local office in King of Prussia at 1-800-441-3215, 610-265-7321.

Pennsylvania Services and Supports Directory The HCSIS Services and Supports Directory is a tool for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities, their families, and circle of support to locate services and service providers in the Commonwealth of PA.

Pennsylvania Support Services Waivers Information on each waiver available in Pennsylvania.

Vision for Equality's Understanding the Office of Developmental Programs in Pennsylvania: Mental Retardation and Autism Services:ODP Gold Book which is a revised and updated manual that introduces you to the Mental Retardation system and Autism Services. You'll learn how to register, what the waivers are, different service models and what to do if you have a problem. Also featured: commonly needed forms, lists of resources, contacts, and advocacy organizations, and a glossary of terms.

Social Security, Medicaid and Health Care

AASPIRE Healthcare Toolkit has primary care resources for adults on the autism spectrum and their primary care providers.

AutismVotes.org provides information on autism insurance reform.

ACCESS PLUS is for recipients who get their health care through the ACCESS/EBT card. ACCESS Plus Enrollees will receive all medically necessary services for which they are currently eligible for through their medical assistance benefits. ACCESS Plus will offer enrollees two additional services – case management and disease management.

Bureau of Disability Determination provides information on disability determination process.

HealthCare.gov is a new site launched by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. This new tool lets consumers take control of their health care by connecting them to information about quality, affordable health care coverage. HealthCare.gov is the first central database of health coverage options--from Medicare to the new Pre-Existing Conditions Insurance Plan, with information from more than 1,000 private insurance plans. HealthCare.gov answers questions that relate to people with disabilities and health care, and also has information about insurance plans and community services in every state.

HealthChoices enrollment portal for individuals in counties served by the HealthChoices MCO program.

Medicaid and the Uninsured. Holding steady, looking ahead.  Annual findings of a 50-state survey of eligibility rules, enrollment and renewal procedures, and cost sharing practices, 2010-2011, prepared by Georgetown University Center for Children and Families and the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation.

National Council on Disability Living, Learning and Earning is an independent federal agency charged with advising the President, Congress, and other federal agencies regarding policies, programs, practices, and procedures that affect people with disabilities. NCD is comprised of a team of fifteen Senate-confirmed Presidential appointees, an Executive Director appointed by the Chairman, and eleven, full-time professional staff. Site covers the following areas: civil rights, cultural diversity, education, emergency management, employment, financial assistance and incentives, health care, housing, international, long terms services and supports, technology, transportation and youth perspectives.

Pennsylvania Department of Health, Special Kids Network has an excellent handbook on transition health care.

Pennsylvania Health Insurance Information on recently passed health insurance legislation for individuals with autism.
Philadelphia Coordinated Health Care assists individuals and families in getting access to health care. 215-546-0300.

Pennsylvania Children's Health Insurance Program Provides information on CHIP program.

Pennsylvania Health Law Project provides free legal services and advocacy to Pennsylvanians having trouble getting publicly funded health care coverage or services. The phone number is 1-800-274-3258. Their email is staff@phlp.org.

Primary Care for Adults on the Autism Spectrum is a helpful publication with information on the identification of ASD in adults, referrals for services, associated conditions, strategies and accommodations to facilitate primary care services, and ethical issues related to caring for adults with autism.

Social Security Benefit Screening Tool The Benefit Eligibility Screening Tool (BEST) helps you find out if you could get benefits that Social Security administers.

Social Security Disability Information: The SSA offers a “Disability Starter Kit,” that provides information about the specific documents and the information that SSA requests from its beneficiaries. Also provides general information about the disability programs and the SSA decision-making process. Social Security Administration: www.ssa.gov, online site which provides links to information about Disability and SSI, phone 1-800-772-1214. Also see SSA Benefits for Children with Disabilities and to apply for disability benefits click here.


Behavioral Health Care Providers

Access Services Non-profit service provider in ten counties including Berks, Bucks, Carbon-Monroe-Pike, Chester, Delaware, Lehigh, Montgomery, Northampton, Philadelphia and Schuylkill. 500 Office Center Drive, Suite 100 Fort Washington, PA 19034-3234 215-540-2150.

ARC of Chester County provides programs and services for people with disabilities in Chester County.  900 Lawrence Drive West Chester, PA 19380 610-696-8090.

Chester County Respite Network The Chester County Respite Network facilitates the provision of respite services, behavioral health supports, and resource coordination to families with special needs children.  CCRN, PO Box 47, Christiana, PA 17509, 484-879-2222, www.chestercountyrespitenetwork.com

Child and Family Focus offers Family-Based Services, Respite Care and Therapeutic Foster Care Services to children and youth with mental and behavioral challenges. P.O. Box 365 Valley Forge, PA 19481. 610-783-1788.

Child Guidance Resource Centers  provides "community-based therapeutic, supportive, and preventive behavioral healthcare services for children, adolescents and families with mental health, developmental disability, and residential needs."  CGRC, 2000 Old West Chester Pike, Havertown, PA 19083, 484-454-8700, www.cgrc.org

Devereux is a non-profit organization providing services around the nation for persons with emotional, developmental & educational disabilities.

Human Services, Inc. offers Wrap-around services, Family Based Program, Child and Family Outpatient Therapy, MH Student Assistance Program, Summer Therapeutic Activities Program.  Human Services, Inc., 520 East Lancaster Avenue, Downingtown, PA 19335, 610-873-1010

Transition to Work

Adult Autism & Employmentby Scott Standifer, Ph.D. of the University of Missouri. This guide was developed for vocational rehabilitation professionals but families may also find it of great value.

The Asperger Syndrome Training and Employment Partnership promotes the inclusion of individuals with Asperger Syndrome and similar autism spectrum profiles in competitive employment through awareness and training campaigns aimed at Fortune 1000 companies; establishing relationships between high quality support programs for adults with Asperger’s throughout the US and national employers; and developing Corporate Partners to implement integrated employment programs for adults with Asperger Syndrome.

Association for Persons in Supported Employment ASPE focuses on integrated employment and career advancement opportunities for individuals with disabilities. Their new initiative, HR Connect, offers consultation services to help businesses reach out to and partner with the disability community.

Autism Living and Working(ALAW): ALAW is a Greater Philadelphia resource for people with autism and their families. Their goal is to help adults with autism by providing support and accommodations so they may contribute to the community, hold jobs, and strengthen and sustain households. The website offers many links to current laws, and assistance with autism concerns.

AutismSpeaks lists a variety of employment options for individuals with autism.

Disability.gov includes job and career planning, employing people with disabilities, workplace accommodations and supports, self-employment and entrepreneurship, work incentives, youth programs, laws & regulations, and research.

Federal Communications Commission Disability Rights Office Addresses rights for individuals with hearing, speech and other disabilities. Phone 1-888-225-5322 website: www.fcc.gov/cgb/dro

GoWise promotes equitable employment for people with developmental disabilities through innovation, training, and technical assistance.

Through Innovation, Training And Technical Assistance

Institute for Community Inclusion offers training, clinical, and employment services, conducts research, and provides assistance to organizations to promote inclusion of people with disabilities in school, work, and community activities.

Job Accommodation Network Resource for workplace productivity enhancements and reasonable accommodation solutions, a service of the US Department of Labor, Office of Disability Employment Policy.

Jobs4Autism is a resource of job success and job failure stories for individuals with autism, their family members, job coaches and caregivers. It provides a forum for sharing job ideas and help in finding long-term employment opportunities for those with autism.

JobTIPS is a free website designed to help individuals with disabilities such as autism spectrum disorder explore career interests, seek and obtain employment, and successfully maintain employment.

National Council on Disability Living, Learning and Earning is an independent federal agency charged with advising the President, Congress, and other federal agencies regarding policies, programs, practices, and procedures that affect people with disabilities. NCD is comprised of a team of fifteen Senate-confirmed Presidential appointees, an Executive Director appointed by the Chairman, and eleven, full-time professional staff. Site covers the following areas: civil rights, cultural diversity, education, emergency management, employment, financial assistance and incentives, health care, housing, international, long terms services and supports, technology, transportation and youth perspectives.

National Collaborative on Workforce and Disability Funded by a grant from the U.S. Department of Labor's Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP), the National Collaborative on Workforce and Disability for Youth (NCWD/Youth) assists state and local workforce development systems to better serve all youth, including youth with disabilities and is housed at the Institute for Educational Leadership in Washington, D.C. See also: Transition Information from NCWD.

OneStops, a service of the National Center on Workforce and Disability/Adult (NCWD), which provides training, technical assistance, policy analysis, and information to improve access for all in the workforce development system. This website provides information on disability basics, laws and policies, services for youth, job search, customized employment and success stories.

Pennsylvania Career Education and Work Standards contains the official Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Department of Education toolkit to support the implementation of the Career Education and Work Standards.

Pennsylvania Career Link, Commonwealth Workforce Development System (CWDS) may be used for career assistance (finding a job, looking for a better job, improving job skills) or seeking vocational rehabilitation services. CWDS enables individuals to search for job openings, create a résumé, apply for jobs online, research career information or request vocational rehabilitation services.

Pennsylvania Career Zone is a joint project of the Pennsylvania Department of Education and the Department of Labor & Industry. It is a career exploration and planning system designed especially for students, and includes information on 900 occupations from the Occupational Information Network (O*Net) database. It also includes 300 career videos that give users a snap shot of the featured occupation. Each occupations profile offers access to job openings on Americas Job Exchange.

Pennsylvania Client Assistance Program(CAP) is an advocacy program for people with disabilities administered by the Center for Disability Law & Policy. East 1617 JFK Blvd, Suite 800, Philadelphia, PA 19103, 215-557-7112.

Pennsylvania Council for Exceptional Children Division on Career Development and Transition. The mission of the DCDT is to encourage, nurture, and advance efficient and effective programs of career awareness, exploration, preparation, and transition for all exceptionalities from early childhood through adulthood.

Pennsylvania Department of Education Bureau of Career and Technical Education

Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry - Office of Vocational Rehabilitation OVR is a Pennsylvania Agency that provides services that enable an individual to become employable. They provide services such as diagnostic, vocational evaluations, vocational counseling, training, placement assistance, assistive technology and support services.

RecruitDisability Job Board is designed to help individuals with disabilities gain employment opportunities.

USA JOBS Jobs within the federal government for individuals with disabilities.

US Department of Education’s National Network of ADA Centers Phone 1-800-949-4232.

U.S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (OSERS) Provides support to parents, school districts and states, in the areas of special education, vocational rehabilitation and research. OSERS also provides funds to programs that offer “information and technical assistance” to parents of infants, toddlers and children with disabilities, as well as members of the learning community who serve these individuals. Provides information on IDEA and no child left behind. Can be found on the U.S. Department of Education’s website at www.ed.gov and by mail.

U.S. Department of Justice Americans with Disabilities Act Information Line Phone 1-800-514-0301

U.S. Department of Labor’s Job Accommodation Network ODEP, Office of Disability Employment Policy, Phone 1-800-526-7234

U.S. Department of Labor, ODEP Integrated Employment Toolkit for employers, community employment agencies, individuals & family members, policymakers, and researchers.

Transition to Work Providers

Ascent Program from Devereux CAAPP
Brian’s House, Inc.
Developmental Enterprises Corporation
Devereux CARES Employment Programs
Devereux CARES CAAPP Program
Devereux Whitlock
Elwyn
HandiCrafters
Networks for Training and Development
The Sierra Group
St. Michael’s Harbour

Post-Secondary Education

AHEADD Achieving Higher Education with Autism/Developmental Disabilities AHEADD is a private, community organization that provides support for students in higher education with learning disabilities, high-fnctioning autism, Asperger's Syndrome, Non-Verbal Learning Disorder and Attention Deficit Disorder.

Americans with Disabilities Act Home Page. US Department of Justice, 950 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, Civil Rights Division, Disability Rights Section – NYAVE, Washington, D.C. 20530, http://www.usdoj.gov/crt/ada/adahom1.htm, or call Voice: 800-514-0301 or (TTY) 800-514-0383 with questions or concerns.Autism Living and Working

Asperger Foundation International has an ongoing project listing colleges and universities with specialized programs for students with autism/asperger's.

Best Buddies Pennsylvania has programs that pair students with peer mentors.

Center for Law and Education, Educational Rights of Students with Disabilities Project, 1875 Connecticut Avenue, NW, Suite 510, Washington, D.C. 20009, Voice: 202-986-3000, http://www.cleweb.org.

CollegeAutismSpectrum help students with ASD explore and navigate college options before, during and through the college process.

College Resources for Students with Disabilities provides information on legal rights, campus life and resources for students with disabilities.

Disabilities Law Project provides free legal assistance to people with disabilities, their families, and organizations and advocates on their behalf. Contact: www.uclid.org, voice: 412-692-6300, or write The UCLID Center at the University of Pittsburgh, 3414 Fifth Avenue, 2nd Floor, Children's Hospital Office Building, Pittsburgh, PA 15213.

Disability Rights Network of Pennsylvania  Federally funded non-profit organization with mandate to ensure that the civil rights of adults and children with disabilities are protected. "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."

DMOZ listing of colleges and universities with programs that support students with disabilities.

The Education Law Center The mission of this organization is to ensure all children with disabilities get a quality education. The Website includes resources, litigation, publications and ways to get involved. www.elc-pa.org.The Education Law Center, The Philadelphia Building, 1315 Walnut Street, 4th Floor, Philadelphia, PA 19107-4717, Phone: 215-238-6970, Fax: 215-772-3125

The FAPE (Free and Appropriate Education ProjectThe Families and Advocates Partnership for Education (FAPE) project is a partnership that aims to improve the educational outcomes for children with disabilities.

Guidance and Career Counselors' Toolkit: Advising High School Students with Disabilities on Postsecondary Options provides a comprehensive Toolkit for counselors.

The Guide to Visual Impairment in Education explores how visual impairments impact the educational experience, what colleges are doing for the visually impaired, and includes numerous resources, as well insight and tips from experts and a list of scholarships and grants.

The HEATH Resource Center is an online clearinghouse on postsecondary education for individuals with disabilities.

Individuals with Disabilities Education Act(IDEA) information at http://idea.ed.gov/ or call Voice: 900-IDEAINFO.

Navigating College: A Handbook on Self Advocacy Written for Autistic Students from Autistic Adults, The Autistic Self Advocacy Network, October 2011. Free download.

National Council on Disability Living, Learning and Earning is an independent federal agency charged with advising the President, Congress, and other federal agencies regarding policies, programs, practices, and procedures that affect people with disabilities. NCD is comprised of a team of fifteen Senate-confirmed Presidential appointees, an Executive Director appointed by the Chairman, and eleven, full-time professional staff. Site covers the following areas: civil rights, cultural diversity, education, emergency management, employment, financial assistance and incentives, health care, housing, international, long terms services and supports, technology, transportation and youth perspectives.

Office of Civil Rights. According to the agency, "We serve student populations facing discrimination and the advocates and institutions promoting systemic solutions to civil rights problems. An important responsibility is resolving complaints of discrimination. Agency-initiated cases, typically called compliance reviews, permit OCR to target resources on compliance problems that appear particularly acute. OCR also provides technical assistance to help institutions achieve voluntary compliance with the civil rights laws that OCR enforces. An important part of OCR's technical assistance is partnerships designed to develop creative approaches to preventing and addressing discrimination."Customer Service Team,Office of Civil Rights, US Department of Education, 400 Maryland Avenue, SW, Washington, DC 20202-1100, http://www.ed.gov/ocr.

Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (OSERS)
Provides support to parents, school districts and states, in the areas of special education, vocational rehabilitation and research. OSERS also provides funds to programs that offer “information and technical assistance” to parents of infants, toddlers and children with disabilities, as well as members of the learning community who serve these individuals. Provides information on IDEA and no child left behind. Can be found on the U.S. Department of Education’s website at www.ed.gov and by mail.

Pennsylvania Department of Education Resources for Post-Secondary Students with Disabilities 333 Market Street, Harrisburg, PA 17126, 717-787-5820.

PaTTAN PaTTAN is the Pennsylvania Department of Education’s Bureau for Special Education Pennsylvania Training and Technical Assistance Network, www.pattan.net/teachlead/autism.aspx. The website has helpful resources to learn more about autism, or call the local office in King of Prussia at 1-800-441-3215, 610-265-7321.

Preparing Students with Autism for College and Preparing Colleges for Students with Autism, by Felicia Hurewitz, Drexel University and Pamela Berger, Esq.

Think CollegeThink college is a resource for students, parents and professionals and provides a variety of information for students with intellectual disabilities that are interested in pursuing a post-secondary education

VCU Center for Autism Resources: Transition to College for Students with Autism Spectrum Disorders This training is for students who want to know how to get ready to go to college. This series includes 3 sections to help students through the transition process. Each section has a brief video that will guide the student through the transition process. At the end of the training series, students will have a completed transition portfolio that may help them understand their strengths and challenges. Strategies are provided to help choose a college, complete applications, and make the transition to college.

Living in the Community

Autism Housing Network is a platform for sharing great housing options and resources for autistic adults and others with intellectual or developmental disabilities.

Autism Living and Working(ALAW): ALAW is a Greater Philadelphia resource for people with autism and their families. Their goal is to help adults with autism by providing support and accommodations so they may contribute to the community, hold jobs, and strengthen and sustain households. The website offers many links to current laws, and assistance with autism concerns. www.autismlivingworking.org.

Centers for Independent Living Federal agency that provides grants for consumer-controlled, community-based, cross-disability, nonresidential, private nonprofit agencies that are designed and operated within a local community by individuals with disabilities and provide an array of independent living services.

Corporation for Supportive Housing CSH CSH's mission is to advance solutions that use housing as a platform for services to improve the lives of the most vulnerable people, maximize public resources and build healthy communities.

Disability Rights Network of Pennsylvania  Federally funded non-profit organization with mandate to ensure that the civil rights of adults and children with disabilities are protected. "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."

National Council on Disability Living, Learning and Earning is an independent federal agency charged with advising the President, Congress, and other federal agencies regarding policies, programs, practices, and procedures that affect people with disabilities. NCD is comprised of a team of fifteen Senate-confirmed Presidential appointees, an Executive Director appointed by the Chairman, and eleven, full-time professional staff. Site covers the following areas: civil rights, cultural diversity, education, emergency management, employment, financial assistance and incentives, health care, housing, international, long terms services and supports, technology, transportation and youth perspectives.

Opening Doors: A Discussion of Residential Options for Adults Living with Autism and Related Disorders is a collaborative study by the Urban Land Institute (ULI) Arizona, Southwest Autism Research & Resource Center (SARRC), the Arizona State University (ASU) Stardust Center for Affordable Homes and the Family and the ASU Herberger Institute School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture.

Pennsylvania Assistive Technology Foundation provides financing opportunities for older Pennsylvanians and people with disabilities, helping them to acquire assistive technology devices and services that improve the quality of their lives.

Pennyslvania Housing Finance Agency Website has extensive information on housing resources.

Pennsylvania Independent Living Council provides statewide advocacy, technical assistance, training, and statewide collaborations designed to engage in collective systems change, promote the availability of independent living options, and to provide outreach to unserved or underserved areas. For local CIL's, see map in Education and Advocacy section below.

Pennsylvania Photo ID Cards are issued at PennDOT driver’s licensing centers to those who are age 10 and older.

Pennsylvania Premise Alert was created to assist individuals with special needs and first responders during a crisis. This voluntary program allows individuals with any special need, developmental disability or health challenge, to alert First Responders to their needs. Prior to entering a crisis situation, the first responder will be given information about the person with special needs. Non-verbal Communication Boards. A non-profit organization entitled SPEAK Unlimited Inc, was created in 2003 by Susan Rzucidlo to produce safety tools to police and emergency professionals. The organization also provides premise alert forms, training and support, a series of Autism 101 informational sheets, medical information forms, police training tools, consultation services, and presentations. For more information about Speak Unlimited and their services, visit the PA Premise alert website, or write to SPEAK Unlimited, Inc., P.O. Box 98, Landenberg, PA 19350, 610-274-2364.

Pennsylvania Statewide Independent Living Council is a nonprofit, cross-disability, consumer-controlled advisory committee to the Office of Vocational Rehabilitation's Independent Living Program. PA SILC focuses on issues of importance to all Pennsylvanians with disabilities and holds public meetings quarterly.

Residential Living Options assists people with disabilities and their families in the pursuit of self-determined housing by providing creative options, education, and community collaboration.

SDHP, Inc. Self Determination Housing Project is a statewide non-profit organization that works to expand housing options for people with disabilities in Pennsylvania. SDHP was founded in 1994 and incorporated in 1998. The mission of SDHP is to promote self-determination and control in housing for people with disabilities in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

Living in the Community Providers

Pennsylvania Association of Resources: Autism/Intellectual Disabilities (PAR) is a statewide providers association dedicated to individuals with intellectual disabilities. PAR has an extensive listing of providers who serve individuals with Autism.

Family Support, Education and Advocacy

Arc of Pennsylvania:  Suite 8 – Executive House, 101 South Second Street, Harrisburg, PA 17101, 717-234-2621 or 1-800-692-7258, www.thearcpa.org. The Arc of Pennsylvania is the state chapter of The Arc, the country's largest organization in the United States for citizens with intellectual and developmental disabilities, and their families. The ARC has 36 local chapters across the state. See Pennsylvania local chapters for more information.

ARCH National Respite Network and Reseource Center assists and promotes the development of quality respite and crisis care programs; helps families locate respite and crisis care services in their communities; and serves as a strong voice for respite in all forums. The ARCH National Respite Network includes the National Respite Locator, a service to help caregivers and professionals locate respite services in their community, the National Respite Coalition, a service that advocates for preserving and promoting respite in policy and programs at the national, state, and local levels, and the Center for Lifespan Respite T/TA which is funded by the Administration on Aging (AoA) in the US Department of Health and Human Services.

ASERT Autism Resource Guide has general information on autism, an intervention guide, and a comprehensive list of peer support groups across the state. Site is collaboration of Bureau of Autism Services and three consortia of universities, hospitals, and autism service providers across the Commonwealth.

A.S.P.I.R.E.(Asperger’s Syndrome Parents Interested in Resources and Education) The Reading Hospital and Medical Center, Reading, PA 610-670-1053
Association for Science in Autism Treatment Information for Parents on Autism.
Autism Living and Working(ALAW): ALAW is a Greater Philadelphia resource for people with autism and their families. Their goal is to help adults with autism by providing support and accommodations so they may contribute to the community, hold jobs, and strengthen and sustain households. The website offers many links to current laws, and assistance with autism concerns. www.autismlivingworking.org.
Autism Network International A self-help and advocacy organization run by and for people with autism.
Autism Online links parents to autism support, education, research and products.
Autism Society of America: Created to improve the lives of all affected by autism. Their goal is to increase public awareness, advocate for appropriate services, provide the latest information regarding treatment, research and advocacy. There are many related links on their website www.autism-society.org. There are 10 local chapters in Pennsylvania. For a summary description of each chapter refer to the following Local Chapters. To find out information about a specific chapter, click on one of the following links: Berks, Butler, Harrisburg, Philadelphia Region, Lehigh Valley, Midwestern PA, Northwestern Pennsylvania, Pittsburgh, West Central Pennsylvania, Westmoreland County

Autism360 is a tool that can be used to match treatment options with your child's own characteristics and needs.

Autism Speaks Mission: to change the future for all who struggle with autism spectrum disorders by dedicating funding to global biomedical research into causes, prevention, treatment, and cure for autism; to raising the awareness about autism and its effects on individuals, families, and society; and to bringing hope to all who deal with the hardships of this disorder. Their aim is to bring the autism community together as one strong voice to urge government and private sector to take action to address the urgent global health crisis. Autism Speaks also has a local chapter with community postings.

Bureau of Autism Services Virtual Training Center (BASVTC) was developed to enable professionals and families to easily access trainings, documents, and other resources in one convenient location. The website includes links to virtual courses that you can take online at your convenience. Among the training topics included are: General introductory courses on Autism, Waivers, Conferences, Best Practice Guidelines, Supports Coordination, and Functional Behavioral Assessment.

Disability Rights Network of Pennsylvania  Federally funded non-profit organization with mandate to ensure that the civil rights of adults and children with disabilities are protected. "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."

Education Law Center The mission of this organization is to ensure all children with disabilities get a quality education. The Website includes resources, litigation, publications and ways to get involved. www.elc-pa.org.The Education Law Center, The Philadelphia Building, 1315 Walnut Street, 4th Floor, Philadelphia, PA 19107-4717, Phone: 215-238-6970, Fax: 215-772-3125

FAPE (Free and Appropriate Education Project) The Families and Advocates Partnership for Education (FAPE) project is a partnership that aims to improve the educational outcomes for children with disabilities.

Goodtherapy.org presents a study by Sigan L. Hartley of the University of Wisconsin-Madison's Waisman Center and Department of Human Development and Family Studies on how an empty nest can affect the parents of individuals with autism and concludes that interventions aimed at managing individuals' behavior problems may help strengthen parents’ marital relationship.

Kyle’s Treehouse is a clearinghouse that provides a forum for families on the pros and cons of various treatments.  1080 Stackhouse Mill Road, Newtown Square, PA 19073, 718-522-5564, www.kylestreehouse.org.

MAAP Services for Autism and Asperger Syndrome Nonprofit dedicated to providing info and advice to families of more advanced individuals with Autism, Asperger, and PDD. Large link on website to local professional and parent supports in your area.

Mentors for Self-Determination is a self-advocacy and mentoring group that combines the Pennsylvania Self Determination Consumer and Family Group with the Pennsylvania Training Partnership for People with Disabilities and Families (see below)  1414 N. Cameron Street, Harrisburg, PA 17103 814-547-1577.

MyAutismTeam is designed for parents of children with autism to connect with each other. MyAutismTeam officially launched in December 2011, beginning with just 30 parents in the San Francisco Bay Area. Today, the site has some registered 22,000 users.

National Autism Association: Website provides specific safety information for caregivers of children with autism. Entitled Autism Safety Toolkit, and can be found at www.nationalautismassociation.org

National Dissemination Center for Children with Disabilities (NICHY) central source of information on disabilities in children, and youth, IDEA, No Child Left Behind (as it relates to children with disabilities), and research-based information on effective educational practices.

Office of Developmental Programs Consulting System Website is is designed to provide information about the supports and services administered by the PA Department of Public Welfare, Office of Developmental Programs (ODP).

Online Asperger Syndrome Information and Support (O.A.S.I.S.) Extensive list of website links to resources on Asperger's Syndrome compiled by Barbara Kirby, University of Delaware www.udel.edu/bkirby/asperger.

Organization for Autism Research: OAR is an autism organization that focuses on research. Provides family support through research and resources. Organization for Autism Research, 2000 North 14th Street, Suite 710, Arlington, VA 22201.

Parent to Parent: 1-888-727-2706 Offers support groups for parents with children of similar disabilities. Peer supporters who have experienced the joys and challenges of raising a child with a disability or special need. Website offers information on being matched with a group or peer supporter. Parent to Parent is supported by grants from the Depart. Of ED and the Department of Public Welfare.

Parents Involved Network  Parents Involved Network wants parents who have questions about their child, or need to know information about accessing mental health services, to call and speak to someone at PIN. Parent Involved Network, Child, Adolescent and Family Division, is a program of Mental Health Association of Southeastern Pennsylvania Division of Child, Adolescent and Family Services, 1211 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia, PA 19107, www.pinofpa.org, 1-800-688-4226, Chester County 610-692-7134, Delaware County 610-713-9401, Montgomery County 610-279-8511, Philadelphia PIN Hotline 215-751-1800, ext. 513

The Partnership 1-866-865-6170 The Pennsylvania Training Partnership for People With Disabilities and Families Institute on Disabilities, Temple University makes available training and technical assistance, developed and provided by people with disabilities and families. Visit their website at http://disabilities.temple.edu to schedule training, or use the toll free number above.
Training topics include: An Overview of the Mental Retardation System in PA, Developing a Good ISP, Prioritization of the Urgency of Need for Services (puns), Self-Determination: A way to get Power, Choice, and Control in your life, What is a mental Retardation Waiver and How Do I get One?, What I do once I have a Mental Retardation Waiver, Everyone Can Communicate, Long term Planning for your Family Member, Planning for Life after High school, Introduction to Person-centered Thinking.

The PEAL Center The Parent Education and Advocacy Leadership Center provides individual assistance and referral to parents and professionals to help identify needed resources and assistance to parents to resolve disputes with schools; and, training to ensure parents understand and can navigate the special education process and have knowledge of best practices.

Pennsylvania Developmental Disabilities Council Council's mission is to engage in advocacy, systems change and capacity building for people with developmental disabilities and their families Forum Building Room 561, Harrisburg, PA 17120, 717-787-6057, 1-877-685-4452.

The Pennsylvania Youth Leadership Network (PYLN) is a team of youth leaders with disabilities from across Pennsylvania with a purpose to develop the self-determination, empowerment, and leadership of youth that promotes successful post school outcomes in the areas of education, employment, independent living, and health and wellness among youth and young adults throughout Pennsylvania.

The Technical Assistance Center for Parents Centers  is partnership of one national and six regional parent technical assistance centers, each funded by the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Special Education Programs, that provides information to parents of children with disabilites. 

Southwest Research & Resource Center mission is to advance research and provide a lifetime of support for individuals with autism and their families.

Speaking for Ourselves Grassroots advocacy organization run by and for people with disabilities. 714 Market Street, Suite 326, Philadelphia, PA 19106, 215-923-8600, 1-800-867-3330.

Unlocking Autism Unlocking Autism is a website only organization which provides help to those on the autism spectrum to reach their greatest potential in leading fulfilling and productive lives in relationships, society and employment. Their goal is to assist parents by providing direction through a parent to parent support hotline. Their site also includes safety information for families with autism. www.unlockingautism.org.

Vela Microboard  A Vela Microboard is formed when a “small group of committed family and friends join together with a person with challenges to create a non-profit society (board).” This group of people address the person’s planning and support needs in an empowering way. A Vela Microboard comes out of a person centered planning philosophy. The process must be focused on the dreams and wishes of the person for whom the board was created.  All members must be in a close, voluntary and committed relationship with the person for whom the board is being created. More information can be found at www.microboard.org.

Recreation

The Green Group: Special Resources is a web-based network of socially enriched services providing programming and recreational activities for special needs children. Provides list of local programs, facilities, and community based programs for children in Chester County, PA. www.thegreengroup.org.

Recreation Providers

Acting Antics in Morgantown, PA offers social cognition instruction for individuals of all ages and abilities through music and theater activity. 610-913-6018

The A'rc of Chester County Recreation Program'Provides recreational activities (Fun Club, Camp Safari, Teens Club and Hub and Canteen) for children ages 4 and up. 610-696-8090.

The Arc of Lehigh and Northampton County Offers evening and recreational activities for adults with disabilities.

Brian’s House Camp Joy for children and adults with mental retardation. 610-399-1175 1300 South Concord Road West Chester, PA 19382.

Chang's School of Martial Arts in King of Prussia. K.A.F.A - Karate Adapted for Autism is a program structured specifically for adults and children (ages 5-17) with autism spectrum disorder, and is designed to benefit each person individually. All classes will be lead by Juliet Cooke, MS, OTR/L (Occupational Therapist & Clinical Specialist in Autism) along with additional support staff. Class size will be limited to ensure appropriate attention to the student's needs.

Doylestown Rock Gym offers adaptive climbing programs for individuals with special needs.

Lisa Rae MusicLisa Rae Music Studios, LLC has been a leading provider of individual and group lessons for youth, adults, and specially capable students. Classes are available in Robinson Township, Moon Township, McKees Rocks, Sewickley, Coraopolis, Bridgeville, Gibsonia, and other nearby communities and counties in Western and Northern Pennsylvania.

Pegasus Riding Academy Pegasus Riding Academy was incorporated in 1982 with the purpose of providing disabled individuals with therapeutic activity and exercise in various forms, while concentrating on ability rather than disability. Pegasus is the only riding therapy program in the City of Philadelphia. We serve clients of all ages, including private referrals, as well as groups from Philadelphia area hospitals, rehab centers, and schools for children with disabilities.

Special Equestrians Special Equestrians provides Therapeutic Riding and Hippotherapy to individuals with disabilities, as well as several other programs.

Special Olympics www.specialolympics.org 610-363-9151.

Special Vacations Provides a variety of vacations for adults 18 and over with special needs throughout PA and beyond. 

Storm Harbor Equestrian Center Storm Harbor Equestrian Center is a non-profit organization that is part of Slippery Rock University. Its focus is on equine assisted activities for individuals with disabilities. It serves over 300 persons with disabilities every year, with the assistance of volunteers, who put in nearly 5000 hours total!

Guardianship and Financial Planning

ARC Community Trust of Pennsylvania
The ARC Community of Trust is a non-profit organization that helps families of a person with a disability make long-term plans. These planning supports are free to people who live in the South East Region of Pennsylvania. They also offer a “Pooled Trust” for families who are looking for an affordable way to set aside assets without losing eligibility for government benefits. The ARC Community Trust of Pennsylvania, Continental Plaza, 1010 West Ninth Avenue, King of Prussia, PA 19460, 610-265-4700, www.arccommunitytrustpa.org

Estate Planning for Families of Persons with Disabilities provides information on estate planning, including special considerations, your relative's abilities and needs, SSI and Medicaid, MH/MR benefits and common estate planning mechanisms and guardianship.

A Family Handbook on Future Planning, Sharon Davis, Editor, December 2003. The Arc of the United States and Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Aging with Developmental Disabilities, Department of Disability and Human Development, College of Applied Health Sciences, University of Illinois at Chicago. This guide is designed to help families develop a future plan for their sons or daughters with cognitive, intellectual or developmental disabilities that provide personal, financial and legal protections for these individuals after the parents either die of can no longer provide care or support.

Guardianship in Pennsylvania from the Disability Rights Network

Legal Considerations in Planning for Individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders: A Guide for Siblings and Other Caregivers in Pennsylvania; Ira M. Fingles, Esq., S. Paul Prior, Esq., and Hillary D. Freeman, Esq.

Power of Attorney prepared by the Disability Rights Network of Pennsylvania explains the key principles of a Power of Attorney.

Supplemental or Special Needs Planning, by MetLife, Spring 2012 provides an overview of financial planning and special needs trusts for individuals with special needs.

Guardianship and Financial Planning Providers

Brumbaugh Wealth Management Group, an office of MetLife. The MetLife Center for Special Needs Planning, formerly MetDESK, was created to serve families that have dependents of all ages with disabilities. MetLife is one of the leading companies with an organization dedicated to the unique circumstances and requirements of individuals with special needs. Contact: Patrick Bergmaier jbergmaier@metlife, 610-458-8423.

Faulkner Financial LLC is a financial services firm that specializes in estate planning strategies for women, families with special needs children, and women business owners.

Herr, Potts & Potts has been serving Southeastern Pennsylvania for decades and specializes in the practice areas of Estate and Trust Planning and Administration, Special Needs Planning, Guardianship, Elder Law, Taxation, Corporation Law, Real Estate, and Family Law.

Hinkle, Fingles and Prior offers a full range of legal services for people with disabilities and their families, and seniors. HF&P authored the Legal Considerations in Planning for Individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders:A Guide for Siblings and Other Caregivers in Pennsylvanianoted above.

McAndrews Law Offices, P.C. has been involved in special education for two decades and in disability law for over 25 years. The services offered by McAndrews Law Offices include special education, Special Needs Trusts, estate planning, estate administration, personal injury, and guardianship matters. McAndrews Law Offices attorneys possess degrees in education, psychology and related fields in addition to law degrees, and their estate planning attorneys possess advance degrees in taxation and related areas.