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Special Needs Services (A-L)

Accessible Vans of America


Address:         4 Beryl Road

                      Paoli, PA 19301


Phone #:        610-647-4090



Languages:    English


Fees:              vary


Mission:         To assist people with disabilities in achieving their goal of independence.  To provide them with the highest standards of product safety and customer service found in the industry.


Services:       Rents, leases or sells wheelchair accessible vans by the day, week and month in the tri-state area.  The renter must be 21 years old and have a valid driver’s license. 


American Society for Deaf Children


Address:         1820 Tribute Rd., Suite A

                       Sacramento, CA 95815


Phone #:         916-641-6084


Languages:    English, referrals to other agencies for other languages


Fees:              varies according to membership type


Mission:         Committed to educating, empowering and supporting parents and families to create opportunities for their children who are deaf and hard-of-hearing.


Services:       Toll-free number available for families with deaf or hard-of-hearing children.  ENDEAVOR- quarterly publication produced by and written for families with deaf and hard-of-hearing children.


Associated Services for the Blind


Address:         919 Walnut Street

                      Philadelphia, PA 19107


Phone #:         215-627-0600


Languages:    English and Spanish


Fees:              some free services


Mission:         To promote self-esteem, independence and self determination in blind and visually impaired people, so that they can become productive members of society in a manner that is individually appropriate.


Services:       Radio Information Center that broadcasts newspapers, books and magazines 24 hours a day.  The GatewayTechnology Center helps blind and visually impaired students learn computer skills with specially adapted programs.  Classes are provided to teach daily living skills.  Volunteers transcribe everything from music to math into Braille and large print to meet the needs of people with visual impairments.


Association for Developmental Disabilities


Address:         261 Old York Rd.

                      Suite A112

                      Jenkintown, PA 19046


Phone #:        215-886-9990


Languages:   English


Fees:             $35 application fee, $200 per year dues.


Mission:         To offer adults with developmental disabilities a supportive environment to learn life skills; to increase community acceptance of our members and to create public awareness of the issues confronting them.


Services:       age range 18-48, Rap sessions for members to share ideas, thoughts and questions with each other.  Supervised community recreational activities such as concerts, sporting events, the theater or movies.  Weekly meetings are held for members to learn how to become employable.


Autism Society of America


Address:         18 Watkins Avenue

                       Chadds Ford, PA


Phone #:         610-358-5256


Languages:    English


Fees:              $10 membership


Mission:         To promote lifelong access and opportunity for all individuals within the autism spectrum and their families, through education, advocacy, the promotion of research, and increased public awareness, to be fully participating, including members of their community.


Services:       1-800-3-AUTISM- toll-free number that receives requests for information packages from any one who calls.  ADVOCATE- newsletter which has articles from professionals as well as stories from parents.  Support groups are also available.


Brian’s House

Address:         1300 S. Concord Rd.

                       West Chester, PA 19382


Phone #:         610-399-1175

Languages:    English

Fees:              private pay; check with county MH/MR office for funding


Services:       Residential services for individuals with mental retardation, autism, medically fragile conditions.



Camp Joy

Address:         3325 Swamp Creek Rd.

                       Schwenksville, PA 19473


Phone #:         610-754-6878

Languages:    English

Fees:              private pay; check with county MH/MR office for funding


Services:       Weekend respite and summer camp (overnight or day) for individuals with mental retardation, autism spectrum disorder, developmental delays, brain injury or neurological disorders.

Canine Partners for Life


Address:          PO Box 170

                       334 Faggs Manor Rd.

                       Cochranville, PA 19330


Phone #:         610-869-4902


Languages:    English


Fees:              Call to inquire.


Mission:         To train and place service dogs with people with physical disabilities or mobility impairments.


Services:       Service dogs are available for individuals ages 12 and older.  Home Companion Dogs- dogs as pets for people with disabilities.  Residential Companion Dogs- provided for residential facilities to be used for pet therapy.  Volunteers over the age of 12 are needed for everything from dog care to fundraising.


Center for Alternative Learning


Address:         6 East Eagle Rd

                      Havertown, PA 19083


Phone #:         610-446-6126


Languages:    English and Spanish


Fees:              some services are free, others have a fee


Mission:         To serve the needs of children and adults who have learning problems, differences and disabilities


Services:       Provides education, testing and tutoring to children and adults with learning problems, differences and disabilities.  Day and evening adult education classes are provided free of charge.  Testing for both children and adults concerning attention and learning problems is available for $150.  Specialized tutoring in basic education is available for $50 per hour.  Conducts teacher training.



Center on Hearing & Deafness, Inc.


Address:         145 W. Gay Street

                       West Chester, PA 19380


Phone #:         610-918-6250 (voice or TTY)


Languages:    English and sign language


Fees:              vary


Mission:         To provide comprehensive services on hearing and deafness for Chester County and surrounding communities.


Services:       Provides a volunteer program for families who have members who are deaf or hard-of-hearing.  A family may use the services of volunteers some of whom are themselves deaf or hard-of-hearing for babysitting, mentors for children, and breaks from caregiving.  Families are also encouraged to volunteer for other families who may need these services.


CH.A.D.D. (Children and Adults with Attention Deficit/ Hyperactivity Disorder)


Address:         8181 Professional Place

                      Suite 201

                      Landover, MD 20785


Phone #:        1-800-233-4050


Languages:    English and Spanish


Fees:              Varies


Mission:         To improve the lives of people with Attention Deficit/ Hyperactivity Disorder and those who care for them.


Services:       CH.A.D.D. is a parent-based organization.  They sponsor 450 support groups.  They also publish a quarterly magazine, ATTENTION! and a quarterly magazine, Inside CH.A.D.D.


Deaf-Hearing Communication Center, Inc.


Address:         310 Amosland Road

                       Holmes, PA 19043     


Phone #:         610-534-4940


Languages:    English and American Sign Language


Fees:              Varies


Mission:         To promote communication accessibility, equality and cultural awareness to the deaf, hard of hearing and hearing communities by providing quality communication services, advocacy and educational programs.


Services:       Provides American Sign Language classes at beginning, intermediate and advanced levels throughout the year.  Provides a summer day camp for children ages 4-11 who are deaf or hard of hearing, their hearing siblings and children of deaf adults.  Community Interpreting Program (CIP)- provides interpreters for private functions not covered by the ADA at greatly reduced rates.


DELARC (Delaware County Association for Retarded Citizens)


Address:         3544 West Chester Pike

                       Newtown Square, PA 19073


Phone #:         610-325-3950


Languages:    English


Fees:              none



Services:       information and advocacy for mentally retarded citizens and their families.


Delaware County Intermediate Unit (DCIU)


Address:         200 Yale Avenue

                       Morton, PA 19070


Phone #:         610-938-9000


Languages:    English


Fees:              None


Services:       Provides early intervention services for preschool-aged children and special needs educational services for school-aged children. 
Delaware County Intermediate Unit: TransAct Services
Address: 200 Yale Avenue
               Morton, PA 19070
Phone #: 610-398-9000
Services: Supporting translations in 21 languages. GenEd Parent Notices: School, office & classroom, health & medical, free & reduced-price meals, ELL & special services, and campus signs.
Delaware County Office of Developmental Programs (ODP)
Formerly the Office of Mental Retardation (OMR)

Address:         20 S. 69th Street

                      Upper Darby, PA  19082

Phone #:         610-713-2400


Languages:    English


Fees:              None, (County,state,and federally funded)


Services:       Provides case management services in order to access the level of need of each individual with an IQ below 70 and find the appropriate services for that individual.  Please note that there are waitlists for most services.



Easter Seal Society


Address:         468 N. Middletown Rd.

                       Media, PA 19063


Phone #:         610-565-2353


Languages:    English


Fees:              None


Mission:         To promote the needs and advance the welfare of people with disabilities within the Delaware Valley without regard to race, age, sex or national origin by providing direct physical restoration services to maximize independence.


Services:       Early Intervention services for children from birth to five years age.  Parent/ infant classes, individual physical therapy, occupational therapy and speech therapy are provided.  Summer day camp for individuals with disabilities who are preschool age to adulthood is available. 


Frosch Construction, Inc.


Address:         668 Stony Hill Rd., Ste. 108

                      Yardley, PA 19067


Phone #:         215-321-4455


Languages:    English


Fees:              depends on size of job


Mission:         To create a barrier-free home environment for people with disabilities.


Services:       Complete in-home evaluation of the client’s needs by an experienced ADA professional, plans for modifications are developed, some available modifications include installation of lifts and ramps, widening of doorways, lowering of sinks and counters, safety devices.


International Dyslexia Association


Address:         Greater Philadelphia Branch

                       PO Box 251

                       Bryn Mawr, PA 19010


Phone #:         510-527-1548


Languages:    English


Fees:              None


Mission:         Information and referral for individuals with dyslexia, their families and professionals in a field.


Services:       The office is open Monday and Wednesday from 10:00am to 1:00pm and Thursdays from 12:30pm to 3:00pm.  An adult support group meets the second Thursday of every other month.  Times and schedules are available through the office.  They also publish a newsletter three times a year to keep members informed of local events.


Kardon Institute for Art Therapy

Address:         10700 Knights Rd.

                       Philadelphia, PA 19114


Phone #:         215-637-2077

Languages:    English

Fees:              vary by program


Services:       Provides music and dance/movement therapy in individual sessions.

Ken-Crest Services


Address:         1770 East Lancaster Avenue

                       Suite 5

                       Paoli, PA 19301


Phone #:         610-644-5909


Languages:    Based on need


Fees:              None


Mission:         To serve children (birth- 5 years) and their families.  Services are for those with developmental delays or at risk for developmental delays.


Services:       Provides services for Delaware County Early Intervention.  Children who demonstrate delays in their development should be referred to Delaware County Intermediate Unit 610-565-4880.


Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped


Address:         The Free Library of Philadelphia

                       919 Walnut Street

                       Philadelphia, PA 19107


Phone #:         215-683-3213


Languages:    English, Spanish and other languages by request


Fees:              Free


Mission:         To provide leisure and self- help reading for the blind, visually impaired and physically handicapped.


Services:       Provides books on tape and in Braille for adults and children.  A talking computer is available for the visually impaired.  A print scanner and print enlarger are available for use at the library.  All services are free to those with a disability certification from a medical professional.  Open Monday through Friday from 9am to 5pm except for Holidays.