The ADA prohibits discrimination against people with disabilities in several areas, including employment, transportation, public accommodations, communications and access to state and local government’ programs and services.
Persevere PA: This hotline is designed to link callers with counselors to assist with the mental health impacts of COVID-19. They can also assist a caller in finding a healthcare provider to administer the vaccine when their corresponding phase arrives. Resources in both English and Spanish are available.
Individuals with disabilities are valuable, and they have the right to access justice. They should not experience discrimination or mistreatment in any justice system. They should also have meaningful access to criminal justice services and programs. People with disabilities should be treated with respect and dignity, regardless of criminal justice involvement or any other status or identity.
The PA Office of Deaf and Hard of Hearing is your first stop on the path to learn about services, technology, and information related to hearing loss, sign language interpreters, or laws that require equal access for people who are deaf, deaf-blind, or hard of hearing
A developmental disability is a group of conditions due to an impairment in physical, learning, language, or behavior areas that begin during the developmental period, may impact day-to-day functioning, and usually last throughout a person’s lifetime.
Extended School Year (ESY) services are special education and related services provided to students with disabilities beyond the regular 180-day school year. The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), the federal special education law, requires school districts, intermediate units, andncharter schools to provide ESY services if a student needs these services to receive a free appropriate public education (FAPE).
Least restrictive environment (LRE) means students who receive special education should be in the same classrooms as other students as much as possible. LRE isn't a place — it's a principle that guides a child's education program. The LRE for each child may look different because each child is unique.
Pennsylvania Training and Technical Assistance Network (PaTTAN) works with the Bureau of Special Education (BSE), Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE), to provide a full array of professional development and technical assistance targeted to improving student results.
The IEP must be completed within 30 calendar days after the evaluation team issues its Evaluation Report. The IEP must be put into action as soon as possible, but no later than 10 school days after the IEP is completed. Your child’s program is reviewed every year at an IEP meeting or more often if requested by you or any other IEP team member. Whenever there are concerns about or changes to the IEP, a meeting may be requested by you or any other member of the IEP team.
Special education is an educational program designed to meet the particular needs of a child with a disability at no cost to the parents. State and federal laws provide special protections for children with disabilities in public school and require that certain services and supports be available to help your child succeed in school.
Congregate and Home-Delivered meals are nutritious meals available to Pennsylvanians 60 years of age or older and are delivered directly to eligible individuals’ homes, more information on these meals is available through County Area Agencies on Aging.
Fragile X syndrome (FXS) is a genetic disorder that affects both males and females. However, females often have milder symptoms than males. The exact number of people who have FXS is unknown, but a review of research studies estimated that about 1 in 7,000 males about 1 in 11,000 females have been diagnosed with FXS.
Per the CDC, health equity is achieved when every person has the opportunity to "attain his or her full health potential" and no one is "disadvantaged from achieving this potential because of social position or other socially determined circumstances."
Home and Community-Based Services (HCBS) provide opportunities for eligible Medicaid beneficiaries to receive services in their own home or community rather than institutions or other isolated settings.
Laundry Love washes the clothes and bedding of low/no income families and person(s) across the US. We brighten the lives of thousands of people through love, dignity, and detergent by partnering with diverse groups and laundromats nationwide.
A representative payee is a person or an organization that receives the Social Security or SSI benefits for anyone who can’t manage or direct the management of their benefits. A payee’s main duties are to use the benefits to pay for the current and future needs of the beneficiary, and properly save any benefits not needed to meet current needs. A payee must also keep records of expenses.
To learn more about services available for individuals with brain injury and their families, please contact the toll free Brain Injury Help Line at 1-866-412-4755 and speak with a Brain Injury Specialist.