Links for parents:


Achievement Center — The Achievement Center provides child-centered and family-focused therapeutic services to children

Always On Our Own —  Visit this page to learn about self advocacy programs

Barber National Institute — Barber National Institute offers a wide range of clinical services for individuals with disabilities from birth through adolescence and the teenage years.

Disability Is Natural — The articles on this website can help you move beyond the status quo, whether you’re a person with a disability, a family member, or you work in the field.

Down Syndrome Group of Erie County — We are an awesome group of parents who have joined together to promote awareness and inclusion for our children who were born with down syndrome.

Elks Home Service Nurse — Since 1963, the PA Elks Home Service Program has been helping to improve the quality of life for thousands of children and adults throughout Pennsylvania. We provide support and advocacy services to individuals of any age who have a developmental disability.

Erie County Care Management, Inc. — Mental Health Administrative Case Management Service and Supports Coordination for Developmental Disability and Early Intervention provides the following (please click on link for more details).

Erie Family Center – We can help – under the umbrella of the School District of the City of Erie – we offer your family many programs, activities and information. The philosophy of the Erie Family Center is founded on the belief that the most effective way to ensure healthy growth and development of our children is to support families and the communities in which they live.

Erie Homes for Children and Adults, Inc. (EHCA) — EHCA provides daily residential and community programming to over 300 individuals with disabilities every day in Erie, Crawford, Venango, and Potter counties.

Kids Together, Inc.™ — The Goals of Kids Together, Inc. include a desire to remove barriers that exclude people with disabilities. We support the belief that children with disabilities, like all children, have the need to be welcomed, cherished and embraced in our communities.

L’Arche USA — We make explicit the dignity of every human being by building inclusive communities of faith and friendship where people with and without intellectual disabilities share life together.

Mission Empower — This site is designed to empower the whole community to make where we go to school, work, live and play, welcoming for all people. We all have a part in making our communities more diverse and inclusive places for people with disabilities.

National Down Syndrome Congress — Founded in 1973, the National Down Syndrome Congress is the country’s oldest national organization for people with Down syndrome, their families, and the professionals who work with them.

National Down Syndrome Society — The mission of the National Down Syndrome Society is to be the national advocate for the value, acceptance and inclusion of people with Down syndrome.

Northwest Tri-County Intermediate Unit 5 — The Northwest Tri-County Intermediate Unit 5 is one of 29 intermediate units throughout Pennsylvania, which were created in 1971 to provide services to school districts in ways that create cost savings and efficiencies in the delivery of services and programs for students and staff.

PaTTAN — Pennsylvania Training and Technical Assistance Network — The mission of the Pennsylvania Training and Technical Assistance Network is to support the efforts and initiatives of the Bureau of Special Education, and to build the capacity of local educational agencies to serve students who receive special education services.

Pennsylvania Department of Education — The mission of the department is to academically prepare children and adults to succeed as productive citizens. The department seeks to ensure that the technical support, resources and opportunities are in place for all students, whether children or adults, to receive a high quality education.

Pittsburgh Down Syndrome Center — The Down Syndrome Center provides families with the tools they need to become educated and strong advocates of children and adolescents with Down syndrome.

Secondary Transition — This website provides youth, young adults, parents, and professionals with secondary transition resources to facilitate a young person’s progress towards post-secondary goals related to education, employment, and community living.

Success By Six — Success By 6® supports a “whole child” approach to education, focusing on both cognitive skills and the child’s social and emotional development.  We know that a child’s ability to interact with peers and listen to direction is just as crucial to his/her learning trajectory as his/her ability to read or write.

The Autism Society – Northwestern Pennsylvania — (ASA-NWPA) is a local chapter affiliated with the Autism Society of America (ASA), the nation’s leading grassroots autism organization, which exists to improve the lives of all affected by autism.

The PEAL Center — The PEAL Center is an organization of parents of children with special health care needs and disabilities reaching out to assist other parents and professionals.