PARENT EDUCATION & ADVOCACY LEADERSHIP CENTER

Rating: 4.79 stars   28 reviews

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

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

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not be able to think of any.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I hope PEAL wins the contest. I have attended the PEAL Center's conference, know some of the excellent staff, and utilize their information in connection with my own children and in serving others who have different abilities. The focus on inclusion is such a wonderful initiative which serves so many people. The support and encouragement provided to parents is excellent. Blessings!

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...connection with my own children's educational experience. I also assist other parents in advocating for their children and actively refer them to PEAL as an informational resource.

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...hope they are able to continue to serve others.

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Rating: 5 stars  

There are so many reasons why I believe the Peal Center should be selected he Guidestar $5,000 non-profit sweepstakes. I loved the Peal Center Parent Leadership Class which gave me the confidence and knowledge to become the Cochair Parent of the Bucks County Right to Educate Local Task Force. They teach you how to be effective advocate for your child as well as the importance of improving the system (i.e. education, healthcare, work force) for the next child. Peal host a conference every year that focus on the rights of children with disabilities. The conference is filled with wonderful speakers and an excellent resource fair as well a time to relax and socialize with other parents who “get it.” Most importantly, when ever you need words of encouragement you can always call for support!

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My organization: The Bucks County Right to Education Local Task Force, Bucks County Intermediate Unit, 705 N. Shady Retreat Road, Doylestown, PA 18901, 800-770-4822 Ext: 2139 The Bucks County Right to Educate Task Force provides a public forum that promotes collaboration among parents, educators, and community agency professionals to address issues affecting all students receiving Special Education services in order to strengthen and improve programs and supports in Bucks County.

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I would give them more funds so they could support more parents!

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Rating: 5 stars  

PEAL has made me such a force for my childs education! I felt so powerful after our first meeting that I signed up to volunteer. This organization has given me sooooo much information that I have started to speard the word, rapidly. These people know more about my sons disability and how to talk to trhe school district about it than anyone else on earth. I am so thankful to have able to be guided by there information!!!!!

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My sons education and how I can help to have him achieve the best he can be!

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I would get them more money from the government so they can be known to EVERYBODY!!!!! I am so thankful for this organization!!!!!

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Rating: 4 stars  

The PEAL center has worked extensively with the parents, as well as professionals, within our public school system. I have always appreciated the best-practice strategies offered by PEAL.

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in-service presentations, vendor fairs, etc.

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none!

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Rating: 5 stars  

PEAL makes a real impact on families and it is immediate. They help parents network, streamline services, navigate bureaucratic challenges, and so much more. The first meeting we attended resulted in our son getting a wider range of services and coordination with services and the medical task force he is a part of -- PEAL helps your family financially (learning what s out there) and gives you so many avenues of support that your family is never alone. PEAL has made a huge difference in our family's life, they can help any family that is working with special needs children.

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Help with insurances, services, IEP planning, educational needs, networking, advocacy, and so much more...

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I would LOVE it if they had a greater presence in the Philadelphia area.

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Rating: 4 stars  

I attended the training program regarding inclusion and IEP conducted by PEAL. It has tremendously helped me in being more informed about the rules/laws and helped to be a better advocate for my son.

The PEAL staff has been very helpful in answering my questions when I was having issues with the school district.

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advocating for my son

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Rating: 5 stars  

PEAL is the place I go for the most up-to-date information on disability issues and advocacy support.

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Leadership Training and Secondary Transition questions.

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Rating: 5 stars  

2 years ago, my autistic son was having the most challenging time in his life, which automatically made his entire household go through pure misery. Obviously he did horribly in school and I knew him staying in his educational placement wouldn't benefit anybody.
I had a chance to talk to one of PEAL center staff. She listened to me patiently and comforted me. She had one other PEAL person contact me shortly after that to offered me to help as I had to meet with his school administrators.
Fortunately, my son's condition improved greatly over a year and he's been manageable at home and at his new placement. However, what PEAL center staffs did when I was in the lowest point of my life is unforgettable. As other parents agree that they never stop empathizing no matter how many thousand times they consult with parents of disabled children. My own parents and extended families may be willing to understand what my husband and I go through, but I know they can't, simply because they can't fathom how it is to raise an autistic child. How comforting it is, sometimes, to be able to create 'ugly' pictures in someone else's head! Just by doing that, my original picture somewhat shrinks less vivid in color and I feel better!
Emotional support of parents is not just what they specializes. They are extraordinarily resourceful. The amount of information they can offer to whoever seek them does show their belief in 'knowledge as power' and 'playing by rule'. This center is definitely a great resource for anyone who shares the same belief.

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

finding rights my disable child has, and emotional support which only the parents with same situation could offer.

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

put more staff into this organization so that current staff can train new staff so more parents could be supported in the same way I have been helped.

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