PARENT EDUCATION & ADVOCACY LEADERSHIP CENTER

Rating: 4.79 stars   28 reviews

Issues: Education

Location: 1119 Penn Avenue % Elisabeth Healey Pittsburgh PA 15222 USA

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Role: Professional with expertise in this field
Rating: 5 stars  

As a juvenile probation officer, the trainings offered through our local PEAL representative was extremely helpful. The juvenile probation officers in my department and I feel better prepared to handle the educational aspects in our clients' lives.

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I feel better prepared to ensure my clients' educational opportunities.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

The PEAL representative was very helpful.

Review from Guidestar
Rating: 5 stars  

I was selected to participate in the PEACE project - one of the many training opportunities the PEAL Center offers. Because of what I have learned, I now feel like a respected partner when I sit at the table for IEP meetings. I am aware of my rights. I know what I can ask for so my children can get the services they need.
I am now able to help the families I come into contact with as a home health nurse. I look forward to sharing what I have learned with other families.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

my children's educational experiences since my trainings.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

offer more training opportunities

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

How did you find this group?

I was referred by a friend

What, if any, change in your life has this group encouraged?

I feel more comfortable going to the school with my concerns about my children. I know I deserve to be respected!

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

Review from Guidestar
Rating: 5 stars  

I supported this organization since its inception. They also serve the disability community well across the State of Pennsylvania. i have expierenced first had how they work with communities and school districts. I have proudly and honorably since 2008. I commend the staff on their hard work in the past and in the future.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

With working with the Youth Leadership Devolpment Institute across the Commonwealth. and their annual conferences

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Nothing

Review from Guidestar
Rating: 5 stars  

Through PEAL I have learned the skills needed to become a strong parental advocate in my childens' education. I am so thankful that I was one of the fortunate parents to be selected for the PEACE program. Through the education I received in the program and working with Christine, I have been able to achieve the FAPE that my children are entitled to.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I have learned the skills needed in order to help my children in school.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

It would be nice to have a satellite location of the PEAL center in NE PA.

Review from Guidestar
Rating: 5 stars  

The most impressive thing to me about the PEAL Center is besides it's outstanding help to all families and school districts, their community education workshops are invaluable.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

As a special eduactor, I have referred many people to the PEAL Center.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I would not change anything.

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Role: Professional with expertise in this field
Rating: 5 stars  

As a Speech and Language Specialist with the Pittsburgh Public Schools, I've found the services of the Peal Center to be extremely valuable. I've attended a number of their conferences as well as workshops provided by them. I've received excellent referrals for my students and their parents and have referred a number of friends, whose children have special needs, to the Peal Center. I look forward to continuing my relationship with them.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Referrals for my students as well as the knowledge I've gained when I've attended their conferences and workshops.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Change absolutely nothing.

Review from Guidestar
Rating: 5 stars  

Prior to becoming a board member, I have attended PEAL conferences for the last several years as a client because they provide a wealth of relevant, credible information. I have also received information and support directly from PEAL staff relative to inclusion and my daughter's educational experience, and have found the staff to be friendly and helpful in addition to being extremely knowledgeable about education issues and inclusion.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

my role as a client.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

provide greater access to funding so additional outreach opportunities could be realized and ultimately more clients could be served.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of board members?

Likely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

A lot

Will you tell others about this organization?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

Review from Guidestar
Rating: 5 stars  

I am very proud to be on the Board of Directors for the PEAL Center. The information and trainings that the staff at PEAL provide to the residents in the state of Pennsylvania are a valuable asset. I hear many positive comments from parents, school district personnel and agency employees who attend trainings, conferences and call for information. PEAL advocates have been very helpful in my Intermediate Unit and have attended IEP meetings in our area. They also have provided trainings in our IU. I am happy to be associated with such a wonderful organization.

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My oldest son is visually impaired and has cerebral palsy. The staff at the PEAL Center have been very helpful with providing helpful information.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Give them more money so they could provide even more services and train other parent centers.

Review from Guidestar
Rating: 1 stars  

1 people found this review helpful

Only supports parents if the child wants inclusion. Otherwise, they don't support you at all. They also will not attend IEP meetings.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

From people I've sent there who were completely dissatisfied.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Make them support everyone, not just those who want inclusion. Inclusion is not for all.

Review from Guidestar
Rating: 5 stars  

As a parent-to-parent supporter, especially in the area of special education, I frequently refer families to PEAL because I know PEAL gives top-notch information and guidance. I also encourage parents to attend the annual PEAL Conference on inclusion. It is THE place in Western PA for parents to learn how to obtain the best possible education for children with disabilities.



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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Many parents report on the solid help they have received from PEAL.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

not be able to think of any.

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