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.
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.
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 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.
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 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.
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.