Moss Rehab Hospital Resource Net
Address: 1200 W. Tabor Rd.
Philadelphia, PA 19141-3099
Phone #: 215-456-9600
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.
Address: 2050 West Chester Pike
Havertown, PA 19083
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
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
Philadelphia, PA 19102
Phone #: 215-482-0888
Languages: English and Braille
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
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
Philadelphia, PA 19130
Phone #: 215-765-5118
Fees: vary by activities
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
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
Harrisburg, PA 17101
Phone #: 1-800-692-7443
Languages: English, TTY and interpreting services available
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)
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
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
Phone #: 610-630-9450
Delaware County Contact: Ric Keohler
Address: 307 Lenox Rd.
Havertown, PA 19083
Phone #: 610-449-2199
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
Phone #: 610-644-1963
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)
Address: 1520 Locust St., 2nd Floor
Philadelphia, PA 19102
Phone #: 215-735-0803
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
Fees: call to inquire
in-home nursing services
Wanna Play Program
Address: 5061 West Chester Pike
Newtown Square, PA 19073
Phone #: 610-853-2898
Mission: To help children of all ages strengthen their interactive ability, appropriate behavior and social skills.