www.thearc.org This is the National Arc web site for information, education and referral to national and state arc organizations.
www.thearcpa.org PA Arc organization for statewide legislative issues as well as education and information. Here you will find easy access to communicate with your legislators and pass bills that will benefit individuals with developmental disabilities. Click on the Arc of PA Action Alert button on the left to view current issues affecting individuals with disabilities.
The Education Law Center is a nonprofit legal advocacy and educational organization, dedicated to ensuring that all children in Pennsylvania have access to a quality public education. This web site is full of publications, tool kits, fact sheets and manuals to help parents get a general understanding of special education law.
Parents, educators, advocates, and attorneys go to Wrightslaw for accurate, reliable information about special education law, education law, and advocacy for children with disabilities. Wrightslaw has thousands of articles, cases, and free resources about dozens of topics.
Resource for developemental disability news and headlines.
The Advocacy Institute works to develop of products, projects and services that work to improve the lives of people with disabilities. The Advocacy Institute hosts the Advocacy Academy which provides ongoing, special education advocacy training through a webinar service, allowing you to view advocacy seminars from the comfort of your home.
The Pennsylvania Training and Technical Assistance Network (PaTTAN) is an initiative of the Pennsylvania Department of Education, Bureau of Special Education. PaTTAN offers many resources and materials and hosts training events which parents are invited to attend.
The PEAL Center serves Western and Central Pennsylvania. They provide training and information for parents and friends of children with disabilities, as well as their educators and their advocates.
Parent to Parent links families of children and adults with disabilities or special needs in PA.
Official web site of the Pennsylvania Department of Education
The Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services provides supports and resources to parents, school districts and states in the areas of special education, vocational rehabilitation and research.
The National Center for Learning Disabilities is an online guide to essential information about learning disabilities, early literacy and learning resources, support for adolescents and adults with LD, public policy and advocacy tools.
www.inclusiveschools.org This is the Official web site for National Inclusive Schools week.
The Council for Exceptional Children (CEC) is the largest international professional organization dedicated to improving educational outcomes for individuals with exceptionalities, students with disabilities, and/or the gifted. CEC provides special education publications, conferences, and a variety of other resources.
www.iu08.org The Appalachia Intermediate Unit 8 web site includes information and links for parents as well as staff directories and links to school districts in Blair County
www.ssa.gov This is the Social Security Administration web site.
www.myodp.org This is the home page for the Pennsylvania Department of Human Services, office of developmental programs.
www.sath.org Society for Accessible Travel and Hospitality. Travel tips, access information, articles from Open World Magazine, useful links, information on upcoming events.
2-1-1 through www.unitedwayofblaircounty.org/211 Operated in conjunction with CONTACT Altoona, this agency helps any individual or agency in need of referral assistance of health and human services in Blair County. The call specialist is able to determine the caller’s needs and provide guidance to local organizations providing needed service.
https://www.cerebralpalsyguidance.com Created to provide answers and assistance to parents of children with cerebral palsy.
www.ASpecialNeedsPlan.com A Special Needs Plan is Designed to serve families who are struggling with the worry surrounding their loved one’s future care and financial well-being, overwhelmed by the complexity of coordinating all the necessary legal, financial, government benefits, communication and tax strategies and are frustrated because the family can’t find professionals who have the expertise to help.
www.paable.gov The PA ABLE account gives individuals with qualified disabilities (Eligible individuals), and their families and friends, a tax-free way to save for disability-related expenses, while maintaining government benefits.