Parent Education & Advocacy Leadership Center

Rating: 4.69 stars   29 reviews

Issues: Education

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

Mission:
2011 Top-Rated Nonprofit
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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.

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

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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.

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

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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.

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

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.

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Review from Guidestar
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.

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

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

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

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

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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.

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

Leadership Training and Secondary Transition questions.

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

None

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Rating: 5 stars  

I have been continually impressed by the commitment and dedication of the PEAL Staff. Meetings are well-run, information is readily shared, opinions and suggestions are listened. This is all indicative of a staff and an organization that is genuinely interested in being the best they can be in their work to help individuals with special needs lead fulfilling lives. Proud to be associated with PEAL.

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

the Annual Inclusion Conference. I have met speakers and other attendees that have helped me be an advocate for people with special needs, especially my own children.

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

no changes. Keep up the good work.

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Review from Guidestar
Rating: 5 stars  

Pennsylvania needed a parent center that would support parents who wanted inclusion for their childern. I have been with the PEAL Center since its inception, about 5 years. It does an outstanding job of supporting parents as well as educators in best practices in the field of education.

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

attending their excellent conferences

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

I would work to get more grants or money so they can support more families individually

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

Definitely

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

Life-changing

Will you tell others about this organization?

Definitely

How did you learn about this organization?

see above

What is this organization's top short-term priority?

helping families to receive services in education to help their children become successful

What is its top priority in the long run?

Having families watch their children learn, work, live and play in their local community.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

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