Parent Education & Advocacy Leadership Center

Rating: 4.69 stars   29 reviews

Address:

1119 Penn Avenue Suite 400 Pittsburgh PA 15222 USA

Mission:

The mission of the peal center is to ensure that children, youth, and adults with disabilities and special health care needs lead rich, active lives and participate as full members of their schools and communities by providing training, information, and technical assistance based on best practices to individuals, families and all people who support them.

Programs:

The parent training and information center (pti) assists parents of children with disabilities to understand their child's disability, to navigate the special education system, familiar with instructional strategies that have been demonstrated to be effective, and effective communication skills to advocate for their children. In the past year we helped about 5,000 parents and 120 educators through one-on-one assistance via phone, email, and by attending iep meetings. We provided training for 961 people through a variety of training sessions. 92% of parents reported that the information they received from one-on-one assistance was very useful, and 100% of parents attending trainings reported the information they received was very useful. We presented our 8th annual inclusion conference.

family to family health information center (f2f) assists parents of children with special health care needs to access health care, trouble shoot health insurance problems, and access services at home and in the community. The f2f seeks to increase parents participation in decision-making at all levels, increase the ease of accessing needed services, and assist with transition to adult life including health care providers, employment and independent living. The f2f assisted 2,900 families and professionals through one-on-one assistance and 49 trainings on medical assistance around the state. 90% of families reported that the f2f services increased their ability to partner with professionals in decision-making.

state personnel development grant (spdg) worked with pattan, hune, and pen to lay the groundwork to develop a statewide parent network that would advocate for high expectations for students with complex instructional needs. This network will support parents to be effective team members with school personnel in planning for students to receive instruction in the general education curriculum. This initiative promotes presuming competence and viewing every student as a capable learner when provided the needed support. This year has been spent developing awareness materials for broad distribution including videos, webinars, and print materials with a goal of launching the network in 2014-2015 school year.

congregate care "imagine different" project completed three toolkit books to be used by parents, facilitators and systems to plan for the transition from institutional facilities to family life for children with disabilities. We have begun work to develop a statewide coalition of committed individuals to work to remove systemic barriers that would make this transition more difficult.

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(412) 281-4404
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Reviews for Parent Education & Advocacy Leadership Center

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.

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

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.

 
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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.

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.

 
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Role: Professional with expertise in this field
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.



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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Role: Professional with expertise in this field
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.

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

in-service presentations, vendor fairs, etc.

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

none!

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

As a parent I have worked with the people who started PEAL and know they have a lot of knowledge and expertise. I have attended their conferences and have come away with new information and also with the feeling of being revived.
As a professional advocate I have presented at one PEAL conference and I refer parents to PEAL for resources and they refer to me for advocacy services in my area.
I have also found them to be a great resource in areas that do not have professional advocates and they have provided the much needed support.

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

with referrals they make to me and being able to hook up families who need help

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

That they would be able to expand their staff to help more people

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

This is an organization that focuses on inclusion with wonderful people that work there and wonderful training.

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

Training and support for parents.

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

none

 
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