Pennsylvania Autism Resources

Each state sets eligibility ages for services to children and youth with disabilities. For current information concerning this state, please contact the office listed under STATE DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION: Special Education Services.

See also Pennsylvania Web Resources

STATE DEPARTMENT OF 
EDUCATION:Special
Education Services.
STATE  VOCATIONAL
Rehabilitation Agency.
DEVELOPMENTAL 
DISABILITIES
Planning Council.
DISABILITY
Organizations
PROGRAMS FOR CHILDREN ages 3 through 5. STATE  VOCATIONAL
Special Needs Programs
DISABILITIES
Advocacy  Program
UNIVERSITY AFFILIATED
Programs
EARLY
Intervention System.
DEPARTMENT OF  MENTAL
HEALTH 
for children and youth.
CLIENT ASSISTANCE
Program.
TECHNOLOGY RELATED
Assistance.
PARENTS Training and
Information Project.
DEPARTMENT OF  MENTAL HEALTH /Retardation PROGRAMS FOR CHILDREN
with Special Health Care
Needs.
PARENT-TEACHER
Association (PTA)

 

 

STATE DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION: SPECIAL EDUCATION

Bureau of Special Education, Department of Education 
333 Market Street, 7th Floor
Harrisburg, PA 17126-0333 
(717) 783-2311

PROGRAMS FOR CHILDREN WITH DISABILITES:
AGES 3 THROUGH 5

Richard Price, Chief
Division of Early Intervention 
Bureau of Special Education, Department of Education 
333 Market Street, 7th Floor
Harrisburg, PA 17126-0333
(717) 783-6879

PROGRAMS FOR INFANTS AND TODDLERS WITH DISABILITIES:
AGES BIRTH THROUGH 2

Jacqueline Epstein, Chief 
Children’s Services Division
Office of Mental Retardation, Department of Public Welfare 
P.O. Box 2675
Harrisburg, PA 17105-2675 
(717) 783-8302

STATE VOCATIONAL REHABILITATION AGENCY

Gil Selders, Executive Director
Office of Voc. Rehab., Department of Labor & Industry 
1300 Labor & industry Bldg., Seventh and Forster Streets 
Harrisburg, PA 17120
(717) 787-5244

OFFICE OF STATE COORDINATOR OF VOCATIONAL
EDUCATION FOR STUDENTS WITH DISABILITIES

Marjorie Lowe Blaze, Supervisor
Special Populations Section, Department of Education, 
Bureau of Vocational-Technical Education 
333 Market Street, 6th Floor 
Harrisburg, PA 17126-0333
(717) 787-5293

STATE MENTAL HEALTH AGENCY

Charles Curie, Deputy Secretary for Mental Health
Office of Mental Health, Department of Public Welfare
Health & Welfare Bldg., Room 502
P.O. Box 2675
Harrisburg, PA 17105-2675 
(717) 787-6443

STATE MENTAL HEALTH REPRESENTATIVE FOR CHILDREN AND YOUTH

Anita K. Thiemann, Director 
Bureau of Children’s Services, 
Office of Mental Health Department of Public Welfare
P.O. Box 2675
Harrisburg, PA 17105 
(717) 772-2351

STATE MENTAL RETARDATION PROGRAM

Nancy R. Thaler, Deputy Secretary for MR 
Department of Public Welfare
Health & Welfare Bldg., Room 512, P.O. Box 2675 
Harrisburg, PA 17105-2675 
(717) 787-3700
E-mail: PADPWNT@aol.com

STATE DEVELOPMENTAL DISABILITIES PLANNING COUNCIL

Graham Mulholland, Executive Director
DD Planning Council 
568 Forum Bldg., Commonwealth Avenue 
Harrisburg, PA 17120 
(717) 787-6057

PROTECTION AND ADVOCACY AGENCY

Kevin Casey, Executive Director
Pennsylvania Protection & Advocacy, Inc.
1414 N. Cameron St
Suite C
Harrisburg, PA 17103 
(717) 236-8110; (800) 692-7443 (V/TTY, in PA)

CLIENT ASSISTANCE PROGRAM

Steve Pennington, Statewide Director 
Center for Disability Law & Policy
1617 JFK Boulevard, Suite 800
Philadelphia, PA 19103 
(215) 557-7112 (V/TTY)
E-mail: COLPLAW@aol.com

PROGRAMS FOR CHILDREN WITH SPECIAL HEALTH CARE NEEDS

C. Gail Stock, Director
Division of Special Health Care Programs
Department of Health, Room 724
P.O. Box 90 
Harrisburg, PA 17108 
(717) 783-5436

STATE AGENCY FOR THE VISUALLY IMPAIRED

Douglass C. Boone, Director
Blindness & Visual Services, Dept. of Public Welfare
PO Box 2675
Harrisburg, PA 17105
(717) 787-6176; (800) 622-2842 (In PA)

PROGRAMS FOR CHILDREN AND YOUTH WHO ARE DEAF OR HARD OF HEARING

Debra Maltese, Director
Office for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing
1110 Labor & Industry Building
7th and Forster Streets
Harrisburg, PA 17120-0019
(717) 783-4912 (V/TTY)
(800) 233-3008 (V/TTY, in PA only)

STATE EDUCATION AGENCY RURAL REPRESENTATIVE

Thomas Winters, Division Chief
Advisory Service, Department of Education
333 Market Street, 6th Floor
Harrisburg, PA 17126
(717) 787-8022

DISABILITY ORGANIZATIONS

Attention Deficit Disorder
To identify an ADD group in your state or locality, contact either:Children and Adults with Attention Deficit Disorders (CH.A.D.D.)
499 NW 70th Avenue, Suite 101
Plantation, FL 33317
(954) 587-3700
(800) 233-4050 (Voice mail to request information packet)
URL: http://www.chadd.org

Attention Deficit Disorder Association (ADDA)
P.O. Box 972
Mentor, OH 44061
(216) 350-9595
(800) 487-2282 (Voice mail to request information packet)
E-mail: NATLADDA@aol.com
URL: http://www.add.org

Cerebral Palsy
United Cerebral Palsy of PA
925 Linda Lane
Camp Hill, PA 17011
(717) 737-3477
E-mail: ucpofpa@juno.com

Epilepsy
Judy Painter, Executive Director
Epilepsy Foundation of Western PA
1323 Forbes Avenue #102
Pittsburgh, PA 15219
(412) 261-5880; (800) 361-5885
E-mail: staff@EFWP.org

Hearing Impaired/Deaf
Debra Maltese, Director
PA Office for Deaf & Hard of Hearing
1110 Labor & Industry Building
7th & Forster Streets
Harrisburg, PA 17120-0019
(717) 783-4912 (V/TTY); (800) 233-3008 (V/TTY in PA)

Learning Disabilities
Ana Mary McHugh, President
Learning Disabilities Association of PA
P.O. Box 208
Uwchland, PA 19480
(610) 458-8193

Mental Health
Tom Gargen, President
Alliance for the Mentally Ill in PA
2149 North Second Street
Harrisburg, PA 17110
(717) 238-1514; (800) 223-0500

Glenda Fine, Director
Parents Involved Network of PA (PIN of PA)
1211 Chestnut Street, 11th Floor
Philadelphia, PA 19107
(215) 751-1800; (800) 688-4226

Mental Retardation
W.A. West, Executive Director
The Arc of Pennsylvania
2001 N. Front, Building 2, Suite 221
Harrisburg, PA 17102-2104
(717) 234-2621
E-mail: thearcpa@usa.net

Speech and Hearing
Robert Craven, Business Manager
PA Speech-Language-Hearing Association
800 Perry Highway, Suite 3
Pittsburgh, PA 15229-1128
(412) 366-9858
E-mail: keystater@aol.com

Spina Bifida
Patricia Fulvio, Executive Director
Spina Bifida Coalition of Pennsylvania
209 E. State St, Suite B
Quarryville, PA 17566-1242
(717) 786-9280; (888) 770-SBPA (In PA)

OTHER DISABILITY ORGANIZATIONS 

Nevin Hollinger, President/CEO
Easter Seal Society of South Central Pennsylvania
331 Bridge Street, Suite 250
New Cumberland, PA 17070
(717) 774-8277James Heiden, Executive Director
Easter Seal Society of Philadelphia, Bucks, Chester, Delaware
Montgomery Counties
3975 Conshohocken Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19131-5484
(215) 879-1000

Larry Rager, Executive Director/CEO
Easter Seal Society of Western Pennsylvania
632 Fort Duquesne Boulevard
Pittsburgh, PA 15222
(412) 281-7244
(800) 587-3257

UNIVERSITY AFFILIATED PROGRAM

Diane Nelson Bryen, Director
Institute on Disabilities UAP
Temple University, Ritter Annex, Room 423
1301 Cecil B. Moore Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19122
(215) 204-1356 (V/TTY)
E-mail: dianeb@astro.ocis.temple.edu
URL: http://www.temple.edu/inst_disabilitiesMark L. Batshaw, Director
Children’s Seashore House
3405 Civic Center Boulevard
Philadelphia, PA 19104
(215) 895-3800; (215) 895-3285
E-mail: dowrick@mail.med.upenn.edu
URL: http://www.med.upenn.edu/~seashore

TECHNOLOGY-RELATED ASSISTANCE

Amy S. Goldman, Project Director
Pennsylvania’s Initiative on Assistive Technology
Institute on Disability/UAP
1301 Cecil B. Moore Avenue
Ritter Hall Annex 423
Philadelphia, PA 19122
(215) 204-1356 (V/TTY)
(800) 204-PIAT (Voice); (800) 750-PIAT (TTY)
E-mail: piat@astro.ocis.temple.edu

PARENT TRAINING AND INFORMATION PROJECTS

Parents Union for Public Schools
311 South Juniper Street, Suite 200
Philadelphia, PA 19107
(215) 546-1166
E-mail: ParentsU@aol.comLouise Thieme, Director
Parent Education Network
333 East 7th Avenue
York, PA 17404
(717) 845-9722; (800) 522-5827 (V/TTY) (In PA); 
(800) 441-5028 (Spanish)
E-mail: pen@parentednet.org
URL: http://www.homepagecreations.com/pen/

PARENT TEACHER ASSOCIATION (PTA) 

Linda Burns, President
Pennsylvania Congress of Parents and Teachers, Inc.
P.O.Box 4384
4804 Derry Street
Harrisburg, PA 17111-0384
(717) 564-8985
E-mail: PAPTA@juno.com


Pennsylvania Web

Civil Liberties and Human Rights 
Philadelphia Chapter – NAAFA
Greater Pittsburgh Chapter of NAAFACommunity
Bloomsburg Area Free-Net
LibertyNET
Pennsylvania State and Local Government
Eastern Pennsylvania and Delaware Division of the Salvation Army
Friendship Development Associates, Inc.Crime 
Pennsylvania Prison CenterDisaster Relief 
American Red Cross, Penn-Jersey Region
Lehigh Valley Red Cross

Family and Parenting
A Second Chance
Paths to Parenthood
Planned Parenthood of Southeastern
Pennsylvania
Pregnancy Care Centers of Pittsburgh and Western Pennsylvania
 

Disability Information
ARC of Mercer County
Artreach
Associated Services for the Blind
Burnley Workshop of the Poconos
CareBreak
Center for Independent Living of Central Pennsylvania
Community Resources for Independence (CRI)
Ken-Crest Centers
Epilepsy Foundation of Southeastern Pennsylvania
Goodwill Industries of MidEastern Pennsylvania
Independence Dogs, Inc.
Keystone Blind Association
Liberty Resources
Magee Rehabilitation
Mental Health Association of Southeastern Pennsylvania
Pennsylvania Environmental Network
Special Olympics – Area P
Special Olympics of Allegheny County
Special Olympics – Pennsylvania
Three River Center For Independent Living
Safety 
Eastern Pennsylvania Emergy Medical Services Council
Northeast Search and Rescue, K-9 Service, Inc.
Plainfield Township Volunteer Fire Co.
Valley Forge Volunteer Fire Company
Wilderness Emergency Strike TeamHealth 
Associated Services for the Blind
Delaware Valley Healthcare
Diabetes Education and Research Center
Easter Seal Society of Northeastern Pennsylvania
Eastern Orthodox Foundation
Endometriosis Association – Bucks County
Epilepsy Foundation of Western Pennsylvania
Healthy Pittsburgh/Allegheny County
Mental Health Association of Southeastern Pennsylvania
Philadelphia FIGHT
Philadelphia’s Ronald McDonald House
Planned Parenthood Southeastern Pennsylvania
Prevention Point Philadelphia
Western PA Chapter of the Huntington’s Disease Society of AmericaCommunity Service (Volunteering) 
National School and Community Corps
Pennsylvania Elks State Association
Volunteer Center of York County
Volunteer Philadelphia
 
Children and Youth 
Allentown YMCA & YWCA
Arts Ink, Inc.
Boys & Girls Club of Allentown
Boys and Girls Clubs of Metro Philadelphia
Caring Center
Centro Pedro Claver
Children’s Cultural Center of Bucks County
Columbia-Montour Council Boy Scouts of America
Cradle of Liberty Council Boy Scouts of America
Generations Together
Pennsylvania Partnerships for Children (PPC)
Phila-PAL
SEPASACC
Somerset County Children and Youth Services
Southeastern Pennsylvania School Age Child 
Care Project
Tyrone YMCA
Watchful Shepherd Program
YWCA of Gettysburg and Adams CountyJob Training and Workplace 
Burnley Workshop of the Poconos
Forty Plus of Philadelphia
Minority Enterprise Corporation
Pittsburgh SCORE
Solutions Now
The Working Wardrobe
 
Peace and Conflict Resolution 
Bucks County Peace Center
Good Shepherd Mediation Program
Pittsburgh Mediation CenterEducation 
Cities In Schools
Community Literacy Center
Generations Together
Eastern Pennsylvania Hugh O’Brian Youth Foundation
Greater Pittsburgh Literacy Council - 
Open Up a Life
Project Literacy
SEPASACCComputers and Technology 
Bridge Project
Cyberia
LatinoTech Collective
LibertyNET
Nonprofit Technology Resources
Homelessness, Housing and Poverty 
Berks Counseling Center
Bethesda Project
Bethesda Mission
Eastern Orthodox Foundation
Helping Hand for the Homeless
Indiana County Habitat for Humanity
Kiski Valley Habitat for Humanity
North Central Philadelphia Habitat for Humanity
Philadelphia Neighborhoods Online
Pittsburgh Habitat for Humanity
Project H.O.M.E.
Bethlehem Center Food Bank
Community Food Warehouse
Greater Philadelphia Food Bank
Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank
PhilabundanceRecovery, Addiction, and Abuse 
Alcohol and Drug Dependence Center – Lehigh Valley
Berks Counseling Center
Community Companion Project
Pennsylvania Coalition Against Rape
Prevention Point Philadelphia
Survivors and Victims Empowered