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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.

 

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Disability Options Network

Regis Charlton

rcharlton@disabilityoptionsnetwork.org

http://disabilityoptionsnetwork.org

Disability Options Network is a grassroots advocacy organization concentrating on advocacy around disability rights issues, as well as skills training, peer support, transitioning, and information and referral services.

Disability Pride PA

Ellen Shimberg

Ellen@disabilitypridepa.org

www.disabilitypridepa.org

Teach Disability access and inclusion through workshops, presentations, and events year-round.  Offer products and services to business/organizations to be more inclusive.  Provide opportunities for disables people to intern/work with Disability Pride PA and provide resources for accessible workplaces. 

Down Syndrome Association of Pittsburgh

Meredith Peterson

info@dsapgh.org

www.dsapgh.org

DSAP is here to support, connect, educate, and inspire individuals with Down syndrome across the lifespan in the Greater Pittsburgh Region.

Duquesne University

Dr. Alia M. Pustorino-Clevenger

pustorinoa@duq.edu

www.duq.edu

The University hosts the Compass program, a fully inclusive commuter based post-secondary collegian program that began its pilot at Duquesne in 2019. 

East Suburban Citizen Advocacy Inc.

Heather Speeney

escadvocacy@gmail.com

www.eastsuburbancitizenadvocacy.org

Our mission is to provide advocacy and to build inclusive opportunities for those with developmental disabilities.  We work with people of all ages for many categories of life, education, employment, mental health, physical health, legal, abuse or neglect, getting services, having a voice at the table.

 

Empowering Hope

Kelsey Harris

empoweringhopepa@gmail.com

www.empoweringhopepa.com

Empowering Hope has 2 programs.  Caring for Caregivers raises money to send the caregivers of those affected with a neurologic conditions on an all-expenses paid trip, or day away, while caring for their loved one.  Our Equipment Exchange Program takes gently used medical equipment and provides it to families in need.

Empowerment Counseling LLC

Robin Thurman

empowermentcounselingpa@gmail.com

www.empowermentcounselingpa.com

I am an LCSW Mental Health therapist that specializes in trauma and most diagnosis that are a result of that trauma (PTSD, anxiety, depression, attachment disorder, ect). 

EmpowerU Specialty Fitness, Inc.

Coach Joe

info@empowerusf.com

www.empowerusf.com

Empower U’s coaches create a safe and inclusive environment for our clients to develop skills for lifelong independence, personal fitness and overall wellness.

Entrusted Legacy Law (formerly Sharek Law Office)

Ashley Sharek, Equire

hello@entrustedlegacy.law

www.entrustedlegacy.law

We help people protect their life and legacy.  Sharek Law Office is an estate planning and elder law firm with a mission of making the lives of families, small business owners, those with special needs, and the elderly better.

 

ENVISION Blind Sports

Wendy Fagan, Executive Director

wfagan@envisionblindsports.org or envisionblindsports@gmail.com

www.envisionblindsports.org/

Blind/Visually impaired, Sports

Epilepsy Association of Western and Central PA

Contact: Jordan Hinds

jhinds@eawcp.org

https://www.eawcp.org

The Epilepsy Association of Western and Central PA (EAWCP) provides public education and supportive services to individuals and families affected by epilepsy/seizure disorders. 

Evolve Coaching

Heather Conroy

info@evolve-coaching.org

www.evolve-coaching.org

Supporting individuals with disabilities and our community through education, employment, and the arts.

Exceptional Adventures

ea-registrations@PFQ.org

www.ExceptionalAdventures.com

Vacation opportunities, events/gatherings

Eye See You I love U

Amanda Campos

eyeseeyouiloveu@gmail.com

We aim to raise awareness, provide resources, and create a support network for children of Pennsylvania and their families who are affected by Optic Nerve Hypoplasia.  Additionally, we provide resources to children of low vision and no vision with any differing diagnoses.

Familylinks

Darith Gabrielson

dgabrielson@familylinks.org

www.familylinks.org

We help individuals and families become Strong for Life through more than 20 personalized and family-centered community, behavioral, and social programs.

Fiffik Law Group

Claire Fiffik

cfiffik@fiffiklaw.com

https://www.fiffiklaw.com

Our team of attorneys help people with estate planning, trusts, asset protection, probate, business formation, buying and selling businesses, bankruptcy, divorce, and general civil litigation. 

Freedom Area School District

Isaac Tarbell

itarbell@freedomarea.org

https://www.freedomareaschools.org/

Friendship Circle of Pittsburgh

Paige Eddy

paige@fcpgh.org

https://www.fcpgh.org

The Friendship Circle is a community-based program that brings together people of diverse abilities and interests.

 

Giant Eagle

Scott Kerr

scott.kerr@gianteagle.com

https://jobs.gianteagle.com/us/en 

Inclusive Employer

Girl Scouts Western Pennsylvania

Jessica Schlie

jschlie@gswpa.org

www.gswpa.org

Glade Run Lutheran Services/St. Stephen's Lutheran Academy

Brandy Dietrich

bdietrich@gladerun.org

www.gladerun.org

Special Education and Mental Health services

Grace Community Church

https://mygcc.org/kids/special-needs/

Grace Community church special needs ministry serves birth to age 21 and includes respite programs and other special needs activities through the year, buddy services for weekend services, specially trained volunteers and buddies who work with your student in the kid’s classrooms, and accommodations for deaf and hearing impaired including ASL interpretation at the Sunday service.

Gratton & Kerr Financial Group

Bryan Gratton

bgratton@financialguide.com

www.grattonkerrfinancialgroup.com

Financial planning investments insurance

Growing Together Aquaponics, Inc.

Marena Toth

growingtogehteraquaponics@gmail.com

https://www.gtaquaponics.org/

Transition program for persons with disabilities focusing on job training and using an aquaponics farm as the setting.  Promotes healthy living as well.

G.S. Jones Restoration & Consulting

Sonya Digiorno

Sdigiorno@gsjonesrestoration.com

www.gsjonesrestoration.com

Full-service restoration company which responds to disasters/emergencies which have had damage occur to residential or commercial properties.  In addition, we provide sterilization/sanitation services utilizing highly effective, non-toxic for facilities, rooms, vehicles, furniture, etc. Ask about free demo.

Hidden Hill Horse Farm

Drew Haney

hiddenhillhorsefarm@outlook.com

Hidden Hill Horse Farm is a therapeutic equine facility focused on using our horses to teach a wide range of life skills during our riding lessons.

Highmark Caring Place

Janet Arida, PhD, RN, LCSW

Janet.arida@highmark.com

www.highmarkcaringplace.com

The Highmark Caring Place provides support services at no cost for children and their families who have experienced the death of an important person.

Hope Grows

Lisa Story, Executive Director

info@hopegrows.net

www.hopegrows.net

Counseling and support, therapeutic respite, and education – Hope Grows helps caregivers direct some of their focus on self-care.

Hope Centers

Kristy Benigni

kbenigni@thehopelearningcenter.org

https://www.thehopelearningcenter.org/

The Hope Centers provide school based and outpatient academic, social, emotional, behavioral, and therapeutic supports and services for children and adolescents with special needs in the greater Pittsburgh region.  Our services include Licensed Private Academic schools, outpatient therapy at 3 locations, school-based services and tutoring services.

IDShield

Phil Berger

pbergerjr@legalshieldassociate.com

https://pbergerjr.wearelegalshield.com

IDShield has been recognized by both Money Magazine and Forbes Advisor for it’s ability to restore a victim’s stolen identity and for the comprehensive benefits it provides.  In addition to its full service restoration and unlimited service guarantee in the event of a stolen identity, IDShield monitors all of its members’ personal identifiable information including social security numbers, medical ID numbers, financial account numbers, user names and passwords, and so much more.

Inglis

Abigail Goetz

Abigail.goetz@inglis.org

https://www.inglis.org

We provide Inglis Assistive Tech solutions (IATS)- assessment, training, device acquisition and support for people with disabilities and older adults to use AT to enhance independence, 3D Printing and R&D Lab, and The Inglis Impact Accelerator: an initiative seeking to support emerging entrepreneurs (including those with disabilities) working in disability services and support.

Interact Therapy

Marleah Herman-Umpleby

marleah@interacttherapy.net

www.interacttherapy.net

As licensed speech-language pathologists, we are passionate about helping individuals with communication difficulties to effectively express themselves and participate fully in their daily lives.  We will offer a range of services to support communication, including evaluations, therapy, and AAC assessments and implementation.  Our goal is to work closely with clients and their families to develop personalized communication plans that meet their unique needs and goals.  We will offer school contracts and consultations, training and in-service, and customized services to meet the needs of each team.  If you or someone you know is in need of speech and language support, we would be honored to help.  We are offer free consultations.

InVision Customized Services

Debra Hyatt-Burkhart

dhyatt-burkhart@invisionhs.org

www.invisionhs.org

We provide Residential Program, Community Supports, Employment Supports, InVision Behavioral Health. 

Jamie’s Dream Team

Jamie Holmes-Ward

jamie@jamiesdreamteam.org

www.jamiesdreamteam.org

We provide assistance and/or make distributions to or on behalf of qualifying individuals who are handicapped, disabled, terminally ill, severely injured or suffering from a serious condition, disease or trauma.

 

Kaleidoscope Family Solutions

Amanda Sanabria

asanabria@kfamilysolutions.org

https://www.kfamilysolutions.org/

KK Connections, LLC

Kris Kenny

kriskenny@kkconnection.com

https://autismhealthcarebooks.com

We provide educational consultant services in many different formats to suit your organization’s needs.  We also provide educational visual communication books for a person with a communication disorder such as Autism, Intellectual Disability Down’s Syndrome, ect.  The books are to help increase their understanding of their healthcare visits.

Learning Disabilities Association of Pennsylvania

Collin Diedrich

collin@ldaorpa.org

www.ldaofpa.org

We empower individuals with learning disabilities, particularly from underserved communities.  We offer free services, including transformative reading tutoring programs and innovative Improv and STEM education resources.

 

Legacy Fitness

Katie Werner

legacyfitnessbutler@gmail.com

www.legacyfitnessbutler.org

We provide quality adaptive needs fitness classes that help empower our participants, not only physically but also mentally! 

LegalShield

Kim Berger-Grooms

kimberlyberger@legalshieldassociate.com

https://kimberlyberger.wearelegalshield.com

Month to month affordable and responsive legal advice, estate planning (Wills, Living Wills, and POA’s are FREE), personal document reviews, letters and phone calls if you’re ever mistreated as well as assistance with trusts, adult transition issues, and guardianship questions.

 

Library of Accessible Media for Pennsylvanians - LAMP

Mark Lee

info@mylamp.org

https://mylamp.org/

Library of Accessible Media for Pennsylvanians – LAMP serves residents who have difficulty using standard print materials because of a visual, physical, or reading disability.  Materials include digital audiobooks on flash drive cartridges, braille books and downloads, large print books, digital and braille magazines, tactile and braille early literacy kits, audio described DVDs and more. 

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Life’sWork of Western PA

Babs Sefiane

bsefiane@lifesworkwpa.org

https://www.lifesworkwpa.org

At Life’sWork, we believe everyone has a right to share in opportunities for meaningful employment. 

Lifesteps

Nancy Ice

nice@lifesteps.net

https://lifesteps.net/

Liken Home Care

Rachel Bauman

rbauman@likenservices.com

www.likenhomecare.com

We provide In Home and Community Supports, Companion Services and respite services to ODP clients.  We offer in home nursing services, direct support, direct care, activities of daily living and outings. 

Love Home & Autism and Changing Spaces Pennsylvania

Christina Abernethy

changingspacespa@gmail.com

https://www.changingspacescampaign.com 

I am a passionate advocate for individuals and families impacted by disabilities.  My focus is on public speaking, legislative advocacy and providing compassionate support to other parents and caregivers. 

McGovern Wealth Group

Ryan Wirth

rwirth@mcgovernwealth.com

www.mcgovernwealth.com

Provides a comprehensive financial planning process that develops a strategy to care for a loved one with a disability. Focus areas include Special Needs Trusts, strategies to fund the Trust, investment management, and more. Services of the McGovern Wealth Group include life and disability insurance, investment management, financial planning, retirement planning, business planning, and other areas of financial concern.

Merakey Allegheny Valley School

Amy Rocini

arocini@merakey.org

www.merakey.org

We provide homes and a full range of services to adults with all levels of intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD).  Merakey AVS provides its services through more than 110+ programs and facilities including campuses, community group homes and day program centers in Allegheny, Beaver, Bucks, Butler, Dauphin, Lebanon, Mercer, Montgomery, and Philadelphia counties.

Midwestern Intermediate Unit IV

Dr. Wayde Killmeyer, Executive Director

wayde.killmeyer@miu4.org

www.miu4.org

Mighty Penguins Sled Hockey

Christine Hupkovich

Christine.hupkovich@penguinssledhockey.org

https://penguinssledhockey.org/

Milestone HCQU West

Natalie Symons/ Kelly Fisher

nsymons@milestonepa.org / kfisher@milestonepa.org

https://milestonepa.org/

Milestone’s Health Care Quality Unity (HCQU) West is an integral part of a long-term initiative of the Pennsylvania Department of Public Welfare, Office of Developmental Programs (ODP) to support and improve the physical and behavioral healthcare services for citizens with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

Minds of All Kinds

Katie Luciani

mindsofallkindspgh@gmail.com

Minds of All Kinds is an organization of parents with children on the autism spectrum.  We host public events, play dates, private classes, parents events and support groups.

Miracle League of the South Hills

Tim Gebhart

tim@miracleleaguesouthhills.org

www.miracleleaguesouthhills.org

Miracle League of Southwestern Pennsylvania

Chris Sherry

csherry@mlswpa.org       

www.mlswpa.org

The Miracle League of Southwestern Pennsylvania is an organized baseball league for special needs children and adults which enables these children and adults to develop socialization skills and have fun by playing baseball at a field specially designed for them. The Miracle League field located in Graham Park in Cranberry Township is totally handicapped accessible. It has a synthetic surface that allows easy use of wheel chairs, walkers, and other adaptive devices.

Miracle League of Western PA

Harold D. Hicks

HHicks@accfirepro.com

www.mlwpa.org

The Miracle League of Western PA provides every person with a disability the opportunity, regardless of ability and age, to play baseball, basketball, soccer, flag football, and net-related sports on a safe synthetic playing surface designed specifically for their needs.  

Montour School District

Kris Eichner

eichnerk@montourschools.com

https://www.montourschools.com/

Neighborhood Allies

Sarah Dieleman Perry

sarah@neighborhoodallies.org

www.neighborhoodallies.org

Neighborhood Allies manages the Asset Building Network, Bank On Allegheny County Coalition, and co-leads the Pittsburgh Coalition on the Intersection of Race, Disability, and Poverty.  Programs led by Neighborhood Allies include Fund My Future PGH and the Financial Empowerment Center.

Neighborhood North Museum of Play

Missy Nyeholt

missy@neighborhoodnorth.com

www.neighborhoodnorth.com

Neighborhood North Museum of Play is Beaver County’s first children’s museum where you’ll find a unique space designed to foster curiosity, learning, and connection. 

NeuroAxis Rehabilitation Services

Kelsey Harris

info@neuroaxisrehab.com

www.neuroaxisrehab.com

NeuroAxis Rehab is a neurologic specialized company who provides intensive physical, occupational and speech therapy services all from the comfort of home!

North Allegheny School District

Cynthia McKenzie and Patty Tkacik

cmckenzie@northallegheny.org , ptkacik@northallegheny.org

https://www.northallegheny.org/

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Northgate School District

Dr. Caroline Johns

caroline.johns@northgatesd.net

https://www.northgatesd.net/

North Way Christian Community – Autism Ministry

Sarah Conway

sarahc@northway.org

https://northway.org/ministries/autism-ministry/

Our mission is for families with a child (or children) on the autism spectrum to come as they are, so that together they can all know, experience, and follow Jesus.  Your children, both neurotypical and neurodiverse, will be well taken care of as they experience the love of Jesus.  At the same time, you will be able to participate in our worship gathering and experience much needed worship, teaching, prayer, and community.

Not Forgotten Home and Community Services

Sonja Williams

swilliams@nfhcs.org

www.nfhcs.org

Home and Community Supports, Art and Activities Programs: Employment Supports, Respite Services

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