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This resource list is for information purposes only.   The Special Needs Consortium does not endorse any products or services associated with these organizations.





A Bridge to Independence

Tina Asmus

Provides Supports Coordination and Services Coordination throughout all 67 Counties in PA.  We provide SC services for the following waivers: OLTL (OBRA and ACT150), ODP (ID/A, Adult Autism Waiver – AAW), CHC MCO – PHW.

Abram’s Nation

Kylee Gutmann

The Safety Sleeper is FDA Registered, CE Marked, and is a Class 1 Medical Device, covered by most insurances.  The Safety Sleeper is a daily bed that can also travel with you and your loved one. 



Lisa Razza

Advocacy, Autism Support, Early Intervention, Grants, Home, and Community Support, Employment Support, Special Needs Trusts, Business Services, Business Operations.

Achieva Family Trust

LeeAnn Fulena

Special needs trusts allow people with disabilities to protect their assets while remaining eligible for Medicaid, Waiver and SSI.  We offer special needs trusts, future planning, benefits counseling and a Charitable Residual Program. 

Achieving True Self

Catherine Hughes

In Western PA, we provide Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) and Intensive Behavioral Health Services (IBHS) in homes and communities, and/or at our Center for Achievement in Irwin, PA.  Also at the center, we have occupational and speech therapies available.  In Westmoreland County, we offer services as part of the ID/A Waiver(s).  ATS also presents training and consultations for school organizations, which includes in-service days, behavioral health climate assessments, as well as implementing and maintaining a bully prevention program (the Olweus model). 

Allegheny County Department of Human Services Office of Developmental Supports (AC DHS ODS) 

Mary Evrard 

Eligible individuals with Intellectual Disability (ID), Autism, Developmental Disability (DD) prior to age 9 and Medically Complex Condition (MCC) prior to age 22 can be connected to Supports Coordination and other supports and services.

Connections to supports and services information and resources can be shared with all.

Aligned Partners Trust Company

Lisa M. Dougan, Esq.

Aligned Partners provides trust and estate administrative services, including special needs trust administration.  Aligned Partners prides itself in becoming very involved with clients, their legal counsel and advisors to address their individual situation, working closely with them to solve issues and establishing effective plans and structures.


Alliance for Nonprofit Services

Melissa Vettori

The Family Liaison helps to gather recourses and information to share with families.  This includes events, local support groups, state-wide news, trainings, and information that may pertain to individuals with disabilities.

Always B Smiling

Kristin Huibregtse

Create smiles for children, teens, and young adults with disabilities and health challenges and their families.

Ambridge Area School District

Dr. Amy FIlipowski

Arc of Butler County

​Mary Krewduk

Residential (Community Living, Life Sharing, Semi-Independent, Respite), Vocational (Pre-Vocational Training, Small Group Employment, Community Participation Supports, Adult Training Facility), Supported Employment, After School Transition Program, In-Home and Community Supports, Behavioral Supports, Advocacy

Arc of Indiana County

Michelle Jordan

We are a nonprofit organization that provides educational advocacy for Indiana and Armstrong Counties.  We also have many events/programs/trainings/clinics for individuals with disabilities free of cost.

Arc of Pennsylvania

Nicole Meier Emery

Our state office coordinates strategic, grassroots advocacy efforts; provides policy analysis and training, and implements the statewide Include Me and the Arc Discovery Employment Transitions (ADEPT) programs that service children and adults.  Our local chapters of The Arc provide a variety of critical services, including advocacy services, Early Intervention, residential and day supports, home-care assistance and job training.

Armstrong-Indiana Behavioral and Developmental Health Program

Shari Montgomery

We are an administrative entity that oversees the Armstrong and Indiana Counties mental health, intellectual disabilities, and early intervention programs.  We do not provide direct services but we do contract with providers ensuring services are available to the residents of the two counties.

ASERT (Autism Services, Education, Resources, and Training)

Kylie Tray Nicklas (ASERT email); (Kylie email) ,

Funded by the PA Office of Developmental Programs, ASERT’s goal is to provide Pennsylvanians with streamlined access to autism information and resources.

Autism Caring Center

Kelly Cain

We provide resources, education, training, and advocacy.  Families are supported and connected by monthly activities, staff will attend IEP meetings and at request training is provided to local organizations and businesses.

Autism Connection of Pennsylvania

Tammi Morton

Our mission is to be a lifeline and hub for families and adults, providing support, information,  and advocacy.

Autism Employment Network/ Progress City

Bryan Kiger

Employment and Coaching Services for individuals with Autism and Related Divergents.

​Autism Pittsburgh

Mary Wildman, VP

Information & Referral, Resources, Autism Trainings, Social Groups, Community Outings, Policy Work Group, Legislative Advocacy, Job Placement and Employer Connections for those with autism, S.P.E.A.K. Summer Camp, Sponsored Therapy Dog Program, Service Dog Grant Program, and much more. 

Autism Speaks

Rebecca Kirsch

Autism Speaks is dedicated to promoting solutions, across the spectrum and throughout the life span, for the needs of individuals with autism and their families.  We do this through advocacy and support; increasing understanding and acceptance of people with Autism; and advancing research into causes and better interventions for autism spectrum disorder and related conditions. 

Baierl Family YMCA

Kathy Nipps - Executive Director

Adaptive exercise equipment, programs, swim lessons, personal training, day and overnight camp.

BAYADA Habilitation

Anne Outly

BAYADA Habilitation provides clients with intellectual and developmental disabilities the ability to have a safe home life, as well as participate in their community with the comfort and independence they deserve.  We provide personal-care assistance, but stress the importance of community integration and teaching our clients to be independent.

Baldwin Borough Police Department

Samantha Yule

Police Social Workers provide support for families experiencing increased stress or crisis by meeting the families where they are at.  The Police Social Workers will work to implement services and provide resources to help alleviate barriers and reduce everyday stressors.


Band Together Pittsburgh

Carol Howard

Band Together Pittsburgh uses music to inspire and enrich the lives of individuals living on the autism spectrum.  We host open mic events and live performances; provide professional DJ services as well as production sound and lighting.

BAYADA Habilitation

Anne Outly

BAYADA Habilitation provides clients with intellectual and developmental disabilities the ability to have a safe home life, as well as participate in their community with the comfort and independence they deserve.  We provide personal-care assistance, but stress the importance of community integration and teaching our clients to be independent.

Beaver County Behavioral Health

Leslie Mine


Beaver County Behavioral Health and Developmental Services is charged with the responsibility to encourage a seamless system of care that is accessible, continuously available and emphasizes health promotion, prevention, early intervention, resiliency, recovery and rehabilitation.


Beaver County Christian School

Charity te Velde

Beaver County Christian School seeks to service whole Christian families and to celebrate belonging of all abilities in K-12 inclusive classrooms.  BCCS is the sixth Christian school in the nation to be endorsed by Christian Schools International for special education services. 

Beaver Valley Intermediate Unit

Melissa Niedbala

The Intermediate Unit provides special education services to students ages 3-21.

BehaviorWorx of Southwestern PA

Kristan Weisdack

I teach others about the connections that behavior has to undiagnosed vitamin and mineral deficiencies, gut issues, food intolerances, oculomotor dysfunction, primitive reflex issues, and so much more.  I offer group trainings as well as 1:1 virtual assessments for families across the state.

Bender Leadership Academy

Stephanie Law

Our goal is to increase long-term competitive employment for youth with disabilities.  The Bender Leadership Academy delivers competency building programs that enable students with disabilities to engage in educational, empowerment and work opportunities, celebrate successes, and set and achieve career journey goals through our work focused programs, partnerships, mental health and Bender Mentoring Initiatives, and events like Disability Mentoring Day.


Best Buddies

Megan Rodgers

Our programs empower the special abilities of people with IDD by helping them form meaningful friendships with their peers, improve public speaking, self-advocacy and communication skills, and feel valued by society.

Beverly’s Birthday

Kristeen Ballas

Beverly’s Birthdays provides birthday support and critical baby care items to families in need.

Big Beaver Falls Area School District

Mary Beth Leeman

Bitty and Beau’s Coffee

Dan Hiers

Coffee Shop employing individuals with IDD


Eric Turbaczewski

From Complex Rehab Equipment to Ventilation to Stair Lifts, Blackburn’s does it all and we do it right!  Our goal is to fit your needs with the custom equipment that works best for you, giving you the freedom to live independently no matter the condition or disease.

Blind Association of Butler and Armstrong

Briana Reed

We provide education, life skills training, vision screenings in partnership with Lions Clubs, information and referral, case management, chore services, low vision aides & optical center, support groups and social activities, transportation, employment, and employment training.

Brain Balance of Wexford

Megan Galando

Brain Balance is a drug-free, non-medical integrative program designed to optimize brain health and functions by strengthening weakened pathways and building stronger connections in the brain.


Brother Andre’s Cafe

Bridgette Pepmeyer

Brother Andre’s Café is a coffee shop rooted in the teachings of Christ that provides meaningful employment for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD). 


Butler Area School District

Beth Samson

Butler County Area Vocational-Technical School

Clark Morton—Support Services Coordinator/Assistant Principal

Butler County Board of Commissioners

Kevin Boozel

Butler County Commissioners serve residents through mental health and addiction programs and we serve the county by helping to develop infrastructure and bring more jobs to our area.

Carelon Health of PA

Bobbie Jo Comes

Carelon Health of Pennsylvania (Carelon) is the Managed Care Organization (insurance company) that oversees the behavioral health services for HealthChoices members living in Armstrong, Beaver, Butler, Crawford, Fayette, Indiana, Lawrence, Mercer, Venango, Washington and Westmoreland counties.

Cares of Western PA

Mindy Bowen

CARES provides all inclusive community based day services and life sharing services for adults with intellectual disabilities and autism.

Carnegie Science Center

Emily Tremain

Carnegie Science Center inspires and entertains by connecting science and technology with everyday life.  In addition to providing valuable scientific experiences, Carnegie Science Center engages in outreach programs that serve Pittsburgh’s diverse community. 

Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh – IDEA Department

Gina Winstead

We are working to make the museums a more inclusive and accessible place to work and visit.


Contact: Mary Jo Guercio

CCAC offers 3 vocational/job readiness programs and social, recreational and some academic classes for students needing learning supports/special needs.

Center for Community Resources

Ashlee Hershberger, Director of Programs

Supports Coordination Organization


Gretchen Myers

Speech/Language Therapy and Evaluation

Children’s Institute

Pat Quirk, BSN

The Children’s Institute offers outpatient services for children with disabilities in the following areas: education, autism support, physical services, behavioral health, family support services ad early intervention, The Early Learning Institute (teli).

Citizen Care

Jeff Truxell

Citizen Care supports people with physical and intellectual disabilities by providing services that promote choice, personal satisfaction, and the realization of their hopes and dreams.

ComForCare Home Care

Michelle Pekich

ComForCare helps individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities get the most out of independent living. Some services provided include transportation to appointments, shopping, errands, light housekeeping, meal preparation, medication reminders and compassionate companionship. Service areas include Northern Allegheny County, Butler, Beaver and Lawrence Counties. 

Community Care Connections, Inc.

Stephany Nulph

Community Care Connections provides programs and services for infants, children, and adults who have developmental delays, disabilities or Autism.

Community College of Beaver County

Susan Scholl

The CCBC Access-Ability Center provides services, accommodations, resources, and support to students with disabilities.

Community Living and Support Services (CLASS)

Home and Community-Based Services 

Location: Allegheny County and surrounding areas 

Services: Assistance with personal care (in-home and community-based), skill-building, supported employment, day programming, residential services, assistive technology resources, and information/referrals

Community Options Inc.

Tim Hawk

Adult and adolescent residential, supported employment, CPS

Community Resources for Independence

Shannon Fatula

CRI provides supports and services to individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities (including autism), veterans, early and aging, to maximize independence and accessibility of the community in which they live.  We have direct supports as well as supports coordination.  CRI is a Center for Independent Living (CIL).

Cookie Cookie Ice Cream

OJT and job placements in a bakery setting with an emphasis on building independent skills.  Cookie Cookie is a worksite that uses the provider Bender Leadership Academy for CWI and PWE services.  Our store promotes self-advocacy, community, and dignity for a population frequently denied these opportunities.  Everyone who enters our shop leaves with a sense of comfort, inclusion, and usually a cookie or six.

Corey Transition Consulting, LLC.

Leslie Corey

I am an independent Transition Consultant specializing in Secondary Transition, Community Based Instruction and Vocational Assessments.  My focus is on supporting schools with training, resources and finding creative ways to enhance their transition programming.

Creative Citizen Studios

Myah Merhaut Werkmeister

We work with artists with intellectual and developmental disabilities to make, exhibit, and sell their work.  Our weekly art classes, workshops, and exhibit opportunities help promote our artists while connecting them with a larger community of artists. 

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