My Nonprofit Reviews
Review for The Public Interest Law Center, Philadelphia, PA, USA
Here's what I wrote,
The Public Interest Law Center of Philadelphia has proven to be a lifeline for many of the African American students in the Lower Merion community, particularly those who have been identified as disabled (and those wrongly identified as disabled).
PILCOP's staff is highly qualified to advocate and litigate disability and civil cases. We have many victories to prove they are making a difference in improving the way children are educated. They are not "afraid" to challenge a school district, known for its deep pockets and high achievement, to do well by all of its students, not just those they deem the brightest--keyword "they."
PILCOP has filed more than 20 complaints on behalf of children with disabilities with great outcomes in every case. One student is attending a local college as a "13th" year student and showing herself and the world that she is a champion capable of high achievement---she just made the honors at the end of the first semester. Another student with dyslexia was dis-serviced while attending Lower Merion schools, he is now in a private school placement and says that it's a perfect match for him. Another student never should have been placed in special education and is thrilled to, finally, have confirmed what she always thought to be true--she was never learning disabled. There's no way these students would be experiencing such outcomes without PILCOP's intervention.
Parents who don't have the resources to obtain such high quality advocates but need the talent, steadfastness, and knowledge they bring to the table are assisted in obtaining what state and federal laws dictate their child(ren) is entitled to.
We love the PILCOP staff and all of those who volunteer to make a difference for those who otherwise would not have a fighting chance against large institutions. We all win when children receive the quality education, at least an appropriate one, intended by the US government and its people.
Personally, I cannot say enough about the benefits the PILCOP staff have provided to a small community. They are people making a difference for children, one at a time and every time.
I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...
I've personally experienced the results of this organization as the head of an organization who is a client, and as a friend to many of its clients.
If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...
Increase opportunities to obtain funding to enable it to broaden its field of operations so that more families and students could reap the benefits that our community has experienced.