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.
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!