Advocacy and Support
We help families navigate the cumbersome and complex Special Education, Mental Health/Intellectual & Developmental Disabilities, and/or Medical Assistance systems. More importantly, we guide and empower parents to become effective advocates on behalf of their child. An essential component of this support involves helping parents and guardians understand their parental rights related to early intervention and special education regulations.
This one-stop online source for parents and professionals provides 24/7 access to information about child development, family activities and events, and local resources in Central PA. To learn more, visit: http://www.community-links.net
All families need to have time together, for some it can be challenging given the needs of their child with a disability.We provide you with ongoing informal networking and information sharing opportunities with other families. Plus, we offer social activities that allow your family to relax and unwind in a safe environment. These include pool parties, family movie nights, and an annual Family Fun Fair.
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Information and Referral
Our staff are all parents of a child with a disability, so they have a keen sense of what you are going through. They are familiar with the vast network of human service offerings available in Central PA and have extensive experience coordinating a variety of services. These may be as diverse as special education, family support, disabilities, income maintenance, and basic human needs. We can also help you identify additional resources, as needed.
This unique sibling support forum gives brothers and sisters of a child with a disability the opportunity to give and receive support and information in a fun, recreational setting. We offer eight Sibshop sessions per year for children (ages 6-12).
Workshops & Trainings
We also offer workshops throughout the year on various topics related to raising a child with a disability or other special needs. These workshops allow for knowledge and skill building in a variety of areas, including special education law, estate planning, behavioral intervention, family dynamics, and more!