Special Needs Services (M-Z)

Moss Rehab Hospital Resource Net

 

Address:         1200 W. Tabor Rd.

                       Philadelphia, PA 19141-3099

                       www.mossresourcenet.org

 

Phone #:         215-456-9600

 

Languages:    English

 

Fees:              None

 

Mission:         To enable people who are living with disabilities to improve the quality of their lives by providing information related to their medical diagnosis and to the activities of their daily living.

 

Services:       Resource Net is a website that provides information and resources for the diabled.  Information about medical diagnosis and activities involved in daily living is available. 

 
Music Works
Address: 2050 West Chester Pike
                 Suite 115
                 Havertown, PA 19083
                http://musicworkswonders.org
Phone #: 610-449-9669

Mission:  Provides music therapy services to restore, improve and maintain the quality of life of all individuals throughout the Delaware Valley who are challenged by autism, special needs, illness or agin

 

The National Association for Parents of the Visually Impaired

 

Address:         PO Box 317

                      Watertown, MA 02471-0317

 

Phone #:         1-800-562-6265

 

Languages:    English

 

Fees:              $25 for parents; $40 for professionals

 

Mission:         To give emotional support, initiate outreach programs, network and advocate for educational needs and the welfare of children who are blind or visually impaired.

 

Services:       Toll-free hotline- receive support and information specifically for the needs of children who are blind or visually impaired

 
 

National Federation of the Blind of PA

 

Address:         42 S. 15th Street

                       Suite 302

                       Philadelphia, PA 19102

 

Phone #:         215-482-0888

 

Languages:    English and Braille

 

Fees:              None

 

Mission:         The economic and social advancement of the blind

 

Services:       Call the main number to find the chapter near you.  Chapters provide peer counseling, distribution of literature, and referrals to services available for individuals who are blind.

 
 

National Information Center for Children and Youth with Disabilities

 

Address:         PO Box 1492

                       Washington DC 20013-1492

 

Phone #:         1-800-695-0285

 

Languages:    English and Spanish

 

Fees:              minimal fee for some publications

        

Services:       Provides information on disabilities and disability related issues.  Children and youth with disabilities (birth to age 22) are the specific focus.

 
 

Parent Education Network

 

Address:         333 E. Seventh Avenue

                       York, PA 17404

 

Phone #:         1-800-522-5827 (voice & TTY)

Languages:    English, Spanish, French

 

Fees:              None

 

Mission:         PEN is committed to serving parents of all special needs children, birth to adulthood to attain appropriate educational and support services.

 

Services:       Provides parents with specific knowledge of state and federal laws and regulations regarding special education.  They conduct workshops throughout Pennsylvania and they publish PENEWS quarterly.

 
 

Pennsylvania Center for Adapted Sports

Address:         #4 Boathouse Row

                       Kelly Drive

                       Philadelphia, PA 19130

                       http://centeronline.com    

Phone #:         215-765-5118

Languages:    English

Fees:              vary by activities

Mission:        

Services:       Organizes sports for individuals with disabilities including in-line skating, tandem cycling, handcycling, scuba diving, rowing, skiing, sailing, and soaring.
 
 

Pennsylvania Council of the Blind

 

Address:         919 Walnut Street

                      Philadelphia, PA 19107

 

Phone #:         215-238-1410

 

Languages:    English

 

Fees:              membership fees between $2.50 and $10.00

 

Mission:         To promote independence and opportunities for people with vision impairments

 

Services:       Provides information on all aspects of blindness and where services can be obtained.  Conventions and regional meetings are held to deal with legislative issues.  A newsletter, THE ADVOCATE, is published four times a year, available in large print, Braille or cassette tape.

 
 

Pennsylvania Office of Vocational Rehabilitation (OVR)

 

Address:         1062 Rosemont Avenue

                       Rosemont, PA 19010

 

Phone #:         610-525-1810

 

Languages:    English and Sign Language

 

Fees:              no fee for most services sliding scale

 

Mission:         To assist individuals with severe disablilites to obtain, retain or prepare for competitive employment.

 

Services:       OVR is a state agency that helps eligible students with disabilities prepare for, get or keep a job.  The student, family member or school personnel may refer a student to the program.  Ideally students should be referred two years prior to graduation.  Students under the age of 18 must have permission from a parent or guardian to release the appropriate information to OVR.  Eligibility is based on the student’s disability and its effect on the ability to prepare for, get, or keep a job.  After being accepted into the program, a counselor works with the student to select an employment goal and develop a plan to achieve the goal.

 
 

Pennsylvania Protection & Advocacy, Inc.

 

Address:         116 Pine Street

                       Suite 102

                       Harrisburg, PA 17101

 

Phone #:         1-800-692-7443

 

Languages:    English, TTY and interpreting services available

 

Fees:              None

 

Mission:         To provide advocacy in a culturally competent manner for eligible individuals to obtain the rights and benefits to which they are entitled.

 

Services:       Provides protection and advocacy services to people with disabilities.  An individual experiencing abuse or neglect, discrimination related to their disability, or who has questions about services available should call the above toll-free number.

 
 

Recording for the Blind & Dyslexic

 

Address:         20 Roszel Rd.

                       Princeton, NJ 08540

 

Phone #:         609-452-0606 (National headquarters)

                       1-800-221-4792 (Customer service)

 

Languages:    English

 

Fees:              $50 registration fee; $25 annual fee

 

Mission:         Serves members who cannot effectively read standard print because of a visual impairment, learning disability or other disability.  Membership entitles access to a 77,000 taped textbooks library in all academic subjects.

 

Services:       Recording for the Blind and Dyslexic lends textbooks recorded on 4 track tapes (special tape players required) for all academic levels, and in most subject areas.  Also available are non-profit sales of books recorded on computer disk, including computer manuals and reference books.  An individual membership, as well as an institutional membership is available.

 
 

Special Kids Network

 

Address:         1901 Olde Homestead Lane

                       Lancaster, PA 17605-0485

 

Phone #:         1-800-986-4550

 

Languages:    Spanish spoken, ATT interpreter line

 

Fees:              none

 

Mission:         Resource in connecting children with special needs and their families with services.

 

Services:       Provides information on services that are available to children with special needs and their families.  The Network serves all of Pennsylvania and there are no eligibility requirements.

 
 

Special Olympics- PA

Eastern PA Office

Address:         124 Washington Square

                       2570 Blvd. of the Generals

                       Norristown, PA 19403

                       http://www.specialolympicspa.org  

Phone #:         610-630-9450

Delaware County ContactRic Keohler

Address:         307 Lenox Rd.

                        Havertown, PA 19083

Phone #:         610-449-2199

Languages:    English

Fees:              Free of charge

Mission:         To provide year-round sports training and competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for children and adults with intellectual disabilities, giving them continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy, and participate in a sharing of gifts, skills, and friendship with their families, other Special Olympics athletes, and the community.

Services:       year-round sports training and competition in Olympic-type sports for children and adults with intellectual disabilities.           
 
 

 

Thorncroft Therapeutic Horseback Riding, Inc.

Address:         190 Line Rd.

                       Malvern, PA 19355-3318

                       http://www.thorncroft.org   

Phone #:         610-644-1963 

Languages:    English

Fees:              varies by activity; scholarships available

Mission:         To help build the physical, emotional and mental well-being of all people; particularly those with special needs, through establishing an atmosphere of cooperation, respect and love in a equestrian environment.

Services:       Year-round horseback riding and horse care instruction, summer day camp.
 
 

Variety- The Children’s Charity (formerly The Variety Club)

Philadelphia Division

Address:         1520 Locust St., 2nd Floor

                       Philadelphia, PA 19102

                       http://www.varietyphila.org   

Phone #:         215-735-0803

                        1-800-553-7806

Languages:    English

Fees:              call to inquire

Mission:         Our programs and services are designed to best address the children’s physical, social, medical, educational, and recreational needs without regards to economic status, race, creed, gender, or type of disability.

Services:       Summer camp (day and overnight), wheelchair sports, aquatics program, and weekend retreats.  AutismInitiative Family Resource Center, Direct Care Funds available to use for walkers, wheelchairs, prothesis, hearing aids, braces, etc.
 
 

Visiting Nurse Association

 

Address:         119 W. Wayne Avenue

                       Wayne, PA 19087

 

Phone #:         610-688-3077

 

Languages:    English

 

Fees:              call to inquire

 

 

Services:         in-home nursing services
 
 
Wanna Play Program
Address: 5061 West Chester Pike
                  Newtown Square, PA 19073
                 http://www.socialenrichmentcenter.com
Phone #: 610-853-2898
Mission: To help children of all ages strengthen their interactive ability, appropriate behavior and social skills.