CLICK HERE: Information to attend The Arc of Chester County’s Annual Meeting

The Arc of Chester County is closely monitoring the changing and evolving information regarding the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. We are working around the clock to ensure the safety and wellbeing of all those we serve in The Arc community. Our Program Directors are working closely with their teams to continue offering the uninterrupted services and assistance our population relies on, especially those with disabilities. We are following the directives issued by the Center for Disease Control (CDC), the World Health Organization (WHO), local health departments, and the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. The Arc will continue monitoring advisories and government directives as they relate to the pandemic and keep you posted of any changes. Stay safe and be well.

Resources for more information:

The ARC

ArcConnections

ArcConnections is a one-stop shop to provide resources outside of The Arc’s own offerings. Please feel free to access this list of other resources available in our community.

Click here to submit information for ArcConnections.

PLEASE NOTE: We provide this information as a convenience for our community. It is not an all-inclusive list but rather an evolving resource database. Although we attempt to keep the listings up-to-date, we cannot guarantee that all links and phone numbers are current. This list is for information purposes only and is not intended to recommend or endorse any specific professional or therapeutic treatment or any person or organization.

Important Updates

The Emergency Broadband Benefit is a temporary program to help families and households struggling to afford broadband internet service during the COVID-19 pandemic. The program opens on May 12, 2021 and provides eligible households:

·    Up to $50/month discount for broadband service

·    A one-time discount of up to $100 for a laptop, desktop computer, or tablet purchased through a participating provider if the household contributes more than $10 but less than $50 toward the purchase price.

**limited to one monthly service discount and one device discount per household. A household is eligible if a member of the household:

·    Participates in certain assistance programs, such as SNAP, Medicaid, or Lifeline

·    Receives benefits under the free and reduced-price school lunch program or the school breakfast program, or did so in the 2019-2020 or 2020-2021 school year

·    Received a Federal Pell Grant during the current award year

·    Experienced a substantial loss of income due to job loss or furlough since February 29, 2020

·    Meets the eligibility criteria for a participating broadband provider’s existing low-income or COVID-19 program

·    If the household has an income that is at or below 135% of the Federal Poverty Guidelines.

There are three ways to apply for this program:

·    Contact your preferred participating broadband provider to learn about their application process

·    Go to GetEmergencyBroadband.org to apply online and to find participating providers near you

·    Call 833-511-0311 for a mail-in application, and return it along with proof of eligibility to:

Emergency Broadband Support Center P.O. Box 7081 London, KY 40742


SERVICE MAPS

AUTISM ROADMAP:

www.carautismroadmap.org

This Roadmap is a website containing almost 400 articles about Autism Spectrum Disorder across the lifespan. Whether you are just starting out with a diagnosis or have been living with ASD for years, there’s something for you! The Roadmap also includes a searchable Resource Directory with over 1000 listings, so you can find therapists, support groups, and other resources in the tristate area. 

CHESTER COUNTY EARLY INTERVENTION AND MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES MAP. 

Download the service map for more information about services provided to children in Chester County.

CHESTER COUNTY ADULT MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES MAP

Download the service map for more information about mental services provided to adults in Chester County.

CHESTER COUNTY INTELLECTUAL SERVICES MAP

Download the service map for more information about services provided by Chester County. MH/IDD.


Upcoming Conferences, Workshops and Training Opportunities

SPRING 2021 CHAT-N-CHEW SERIES

We are holding nine FREE sessions virtually. They are open to everyone, whether you are the parent of a child, an individual with a disability or a professional who works with individuals with disabilities, or another interested partner.

Each session will be held every Wednesday 11:30 am to 1:00 pm. in the months of March and April. Join us to learn about services and supports, transition programs and employment opportunities for individuals and families. Click HERE for more details and to register.


Ongoing Training Opportunities

ADHD: CHADD AD/HD TRAININGS AND SUPPORT–conferences, magazine, parent-to-parent online/on-demand classes, support groups: 

Local: 
www.chadd.org

ASCEND EVENTS:

 http://www.ascendgroup.org/

AUTISM: TACA WEBINARS NOW AVAILABLE!

 TACA will be holding webinars with featured physicians, researchers, attorneys, therapists and knowledgeable providers to help educate and empower families living with autism. The four topics will include: Educational; Resources; Medical & Diet; and The Autism Journey by Age. Call 855-726-7810 Info: http://www.tacanow.org/webinars

DPW ODP (Office of Developmental Programs) 

For courses, webcasts and an introduction to Intellectual Disability Programs in PA such as PUNS, Consolidated Waivers, IFSP, etc…visit: http://www.myodp.org. There you will learn what the waivers are, different service models and what to do if you have a problem. Also featured are commonly needed forms; lists of resources, contacts, and advocacy organizations; as well as a glossary of terms.

PaTTAN TRAININGS:

http://www.pattan.net

PARENT WORKSHOPS, WEBINARS AND AUDIO CONFERENCES

Parent Information Center (PIC) offers workshops on a wide range of topics to help parents and educators better understand special education and related programs and services.
For a list of the scheduled workshops, webinars and conferences: www.picofdel.org.

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT FOR EDUCATORS:
CCIU COURSES –http://www.cciu.org and click “Professional Learning”
SECONDARY TRANSITION:

www.secondarytransition.org – This website provides youth, young adults, parents, and professionals with secondary transition resources to facilitate a young person’s progress toward the attainment of post-secondary goals related to education, employment, and community living. It replaces the secondary transition folders and CDs that have gone out in the past.  Parents, please access this website for transition related information.


Committees & Task Forces

Advocacy and Governmental Affairs Committee

The Arc of Chester County has an active Advocacy and Governmental Affairs Committee
that reports to the Board of Directors. The Committee meets monthly on a Friday at
12:00PM during the months of August through May. The purpose of this committee is to
focus on legislative matters, systems issues, review current legislative and funding
information to determine how to best advocate for individuals with disabilities, their family
and how to support systems change. Members of the committee attend other association
or affiliate meetings such as PAR, MAX, The Arc of Pa and other related organizations to
stay current on state and federal policies and decisions that impact individuals with
disabilities and those who love and care for them. Interested individuals are welcome
to contact The Arc of Chester County to find out more information. 610-696-8090

Chester County ACES Coalition:

Holds quarterly community meetings that focus on Trauma & Resiliency. Monthly support groups to foster awareness and prevention of toxic stress as well as initiatives to build resiliency, hope and strength within the community.    Info: cmelrath@chesco.org

 

RIGHT TO EDUCATION TASK FORCE:

Focuses on providing education and resources for improving Special Education in Chester County. “Lunch and Learn” Meetings are held virtually, the second Tuesday of every month from 11am to 1pm(this does vary), at the Chester County Intermediate Unit. You do not have to live in Chester County to attend. Info: LaurenL@cciu.org

 

Self Determination (SD) Meeting:

The Self Determination Meeting takes place the first Wednesday of the month at 1PM. This
meeting is facilitated by Lauren House, the Deputy Administrator for Intellectual and
Autism Services in Chester County. All parents, self-advocates, professionals, and other
interested individuals are welcome to attend. For more information, please call The Arc of
Chester County at 610-696-8090 and ask for the Advocacy Department

Self Determination (SD) Sub Committee:

The Self Determination Sub Committee meeting is scheduled monthly on the
third Wednesday of the month at 4PM and is organized by the Arc of Chester County.
This SD Sub Committee focuses on issues related to Intellectual and Autism services and
supports in Chester County. The Committee also focuses on legislative activities
and committee members meet with legislators and other elected officials to educate them
on the issues of concern and to encourage introducing legislation which will further protect
and support equal rights and services for individuals with a disability and their family. All
self-advocates are welcome to join. For more information, please call The Arc of Chester
County at 610-696-8090 and ask for the Advocacy Department

 


Support Groups

GRAND-FAMILIES IN CHESTER COUNTY

Offers information, assistance and support for formal and informal kinship families. All services are FREE. Info: DWillettAdvocacy@gmail.com or Call 610-246-2261

Jennersville Hospital Senior Circle 610-869-1227

HIV/AIDS Hotline: 800-458-5231

Alzheimer’s Resources and Supports

www.alz.org or call 1-800-272-3900

Alzheimer Foundation of America’s Telephone Support Group Mon-Fri 9 am-9 pm Call 1-866-232-8484

Active Day of Exton, meets 2nd &n4th Monday of every month 10:30-12noon Call 610-363-8044

Sunrise Assisted Living, Exton. Group meets on 1st Friday of every month 10:30 a.m. Call 610-594-0455

Sunrise Assisted Living, W Chester. For caregivers of loved ones with Alzheimers. Group meets 3rd Tuesday of every month. Call 610-399-4464

Kennet Area Senior Center. Group meets 1st Wednesday of every month 10am-12noon. Call 610-444-4819

Manatawny Manor, Pottstown. Group meets 2nd Wednesday of every month 10:30 a.m. Call 610-705-3700

Alanon/Alateen: 610-696-4216
Alcoholics Anonymous: 215-923-7900

Bilingual Support for parents with children who use drugs/alcohol): 855-378-4373

Narcotics Anonymous: 215-629-6757

Bereavement/Grief:

Brandywine River Valley Home, Health & Hospice, Oxford held at Jennersville Hospital, 2nd & 4th Tuesday of every month 6:30-8:00 p.m. AND at Brandywine Hospital, Coatesville, 1st & 3rd Tuesday of every month 6:30-8:00 p.m. Call 610-998-1700

Pottstown hospital, Chestmont Bldg. Grief support held 1st Thursday of every month 6:30p.m. Call 610-327-7000

Neighborhood Visiting Nurses Assoc. West Chester. N Hills Medical Bldg. For anyone living with loss. Groups are free and open to the community. Call 610-696-8312 x. 393

Compassionate Friends (bereaved parents): 610-933-2346

Cancer Support:

Paoli Hospital, Breast Cancer support meets 3rd Thursday of every month 5:30p.m. Call 484-565-1253

Paoli Memorial Hospital, Family Caregiver Support, meets 3rd Wednesday of every  month 5;30p.m.

Pottstown Hospital, Support for Women, meets 1st Monday of every month 7:00p.m. AND Support for Men meets 4th Wednesday of every month 7:00p.m. Call 610-327-7315

Phoenixville Hospital, Prostate Cancer Support. Call 610-983-1800

West Chester County Hospital Call 610-431-5293

American Cancer Society (services including transportation for cancer patients): 800-227-2345

Cardiac Support Club:

West Chester County Hospital, meets 1st Thursday of every  month 1-2:00p.m. Call 610-220-0432

CHRON’S Support:

West Chester County Hospital ,for patients and families. Call 610-430-1698

COPD Better Breathers Group:

West Chester County Hospital, meets 1st Monday of every month 2:30p.m.  Call 610-430-1698

DOWN’S SYNDROME(Interest Group in ChesCo)

610-889-0291 or www.ccdsig.org 

Early Intervention Support Group: www.facebook.com/groups/e.i.familiesofcc/

EZ Breathers Pulmonary Rehabilitation Support: 

Phoenixville Hospital, meets 2nd Tuesday of every other month 2-3:00p.m. Call 610-983-1243

Crime Victims/Domestic Violence Support: Crime Victim’s Center. 610-692-7420 AND Domestic Violence Center of Chester County, 1-888-711-6270 or 610-431-1430 or 610-431-3546

Rape Crisis: 610-692-7273

Women’s Resource Center: 610-687-6391

Diabetes Support:

Brandywine Hospital, Coatesville, Call 610-383-8358

Phoenixville Hospital, Learning Center, 610-983-1022

West Chester County Hospital, meets 3rd Tuesday of every  month 7-8:30p.m. Call 610-738-2835

M.A.D.D: 800-948-6233

National Alliance for the Mentally Ill: 717-238-1514

Parents Anonymous: 610-429-0634

Parents Involved: 800-688-4226 x. 513

Parent Without Partner: 610-383-9830

Parent to Parent of PA: www.parenttoparent.org

Chester County Moms: www.chestercountymoms.com

Chester County Mothers of Multiples Club: www.ccmomc.org

Mothers Celebrating Neurodiversity: www.meetup.com/celebrate-neurodiversity/

Beginners for Parents of Children Who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing http://www.ncbegin.org
This group was established to provide emotional support and access to information as a central resource for families with deaf or hard of hearing children, age birth through 21

Hands & Voices Guide By Your Side www.paearlyhearing.org/gbys.php  800-360-7282 ext. 3908 or 717-541-4960 ext. 3908
Parent organization dedicated to directly supporting families, infants & toddlers who are newly identified as having a hearing loss by offering them the opportunity to talk to or meet face-to face with a parent guide

Guide By Your Side, PA Early Hearing Detection and Intervention http://www.paearlyhearing.org/gbys.php
800-360-7282, ext. 3908
Links families with parent guides who are other parents of children with deafness or hearing loss who have received specialized training to provide unbiased information, emotional support, and a perspective of optimism and hope on a shared journey.

Parents of children with ASD/ADHD of DelCo: 610-990-1908

Parkinson’s Disease Support:

Phoenixville Hospital, meets 2nd Monday of every month 1-3:00p.m. Call 610-983-1288

PFLAG: 484-354-2448

STROKE Support:

Bryn Mawr Rehab, Malvern, For Traumatic Brain Injury. Meets 2nd Tuesday of every month 7-8:30p.m. Call 484-596-5430

Chesco Life Program:

In partnerships with community organizations, we have many resources available to support your family’s emotional, intellectual, and physical well-being. Interactive virtual sessions are held every Wednesday from 7-8 p.m. These sessions are FREE an everyone is welcome to attend. Come share, listen and learn about concerns, losses, coping and wellness strategies and hope but most of all feel supported and less isolated.  Virtual Parent Support Groups are also offered weekly during the day Website: www.accessservices.org

A FREE service for mental health and wellness  is now being provided by Access Services and the office of Mental Health to Chester County residents. This service operates after school and in the early evening hours, which are the peak hours for family and other conflicts.
A Teen Talk Line, targeting 12 to 18 year-olds,  are encouraged to reach out with a phone call or text message when they are feeling overwhelmed, stressed, sad, isolated or confused. All calls are confidential and callers may be anonymous. Young people reporting poor mental health is increasing. Connecting with teens around concerns and stressors while they are still manageable can support skill building, resilience and an understanding of community resources.
Teens who call after hours will receive an automated message and will be directed to the Valley Creek Crisis Intervention Center in Exton for immediate support when needed. The call line is 855-852-TEEN (8336) and the text line is 484-362-9515
Community Crossroads Peer Support Center, West Chester
Support for those recovering from mental health problems and addiction. Meet every Tuesday & Thursday 3:30-5:00p.m. Call 610-918-4907

RESOURCES FOR CHILDREN AND ADULTS

Human Services Inc.

Diagnostic, Evaluation, Treatment and Mental Health Programs for adults with co-occurring disorders and youth with behavioral, mental and/or family issues

  • West Chester 610-429-3033
  • Thorndale 610-873-1010
  • Oxford 610-998-1807

www.helpinpa.state.pa.us: PA Help and Human Services Portal

www.heretohelp.pa.gov: links to PA Resources

La Communidad Hispana(Spanish Community), Kennett Square m610-444-7550

Oxford Neighborhood Services Center, Oxford, 610-932-8557

Phoenxiville Area Community Services 610-933-1105

Special Kids Networkwww.gotoskn.state.pa.us Call: 1-800-986-4550
Offers home visiting program through Elks Nurses, advocacy and supports to children with physical, developmental, behavioral, emotional or special health care needs

Johnny’s Rainbow Foundation www.johnnysrainbowfoundation.org
Limit of $250 per year.  Provides support for: parent training classes, treatment, equipment, daily living items.  Applications are reviewed quarterly

 

Drug & Alcohol Info & Referral: 866-286-3767

National Runaway Line: 800-786-2929

National Suicide Prevention: 800-273-8255

Aging & Disability Resource Centers: 800-753-8827 www.adrc-tae.acl.gov

ChesCo Aging Services 800-692-1100 x 6350 or 610-344-6350

PA Dept. of Aging: 717-783-1550 or www.aging.state.pa.us

Elder Abuse Hotline: 800-564-7000

AARP: 888-687-2277 or www.aarp.org

Pennsylvania Link to Community Care: www.carelink.pa.gov
(local resources for seniors, disabilities and mental health)

Property Tax/Rent Rebate Taxpayer Service and
Information Center: 888-222-9190 or 888-728-2937 (option 3)
www.revenue.state.pa.us

Red Cross for SE PA: 215-299-4889

APPRISE: 610-344-5004

Eldercare Locator: 800-677-1116 or eldercare.acl.gov

DOMESTIC RELATIONS:610-344-6215 and SUPPORT lINE: 800-692-1100 X 6900

Chesco Dept. of Children, Youth & Families: 610-344-5800

Chesco Dept. of Human services: 610-344-6640

PA Dept. of Human Services Hotline: 800-692-7462 or www.dhs.state.pa.us

Food Providers in Chester County

COUNTYWIDE
Chester County Food Bank: 610-873-6000

AVONDALE
St. Rocco Center: 610-268-3365

BERWYN/DEVON

  • Great Valley Food Cupboard: 610-688-5445
  • Trinity Presbyterian Church: 610-644-0932

COATESVILLE

  • Better Tomorrows: 484-378-7140
  • Coatesville Community Food Co-Op: 610-384-1344
  • Coatesville Salvation Army: 610-384-2954
  • CYWA: 610-384-9591
  • Kingsway Independent Church: 610-246-5749
  • Pantry of Plenty at Sandy Hill Community Church: 610-857-3959
  • Second Baptist Church: 610-384-8959
  • Tabernacle Baptist Church: 610-384-7445

DOWNINGTOWN/EXTON/LIONVILLE
Lord’s Pantry of Downingtown: 610-873-1149

FRAZER
People’s Pantry at Church Road: 610-296-8475

GLENMOORE/HONEY BROOK

  • Glenmoore Salvation Army Food Pantry: 610-383-0868
  • Blessing House: 610-273-0303
  • Honey Brook Food Pantry: 610-273-6102

KENNETT SQUARE

  • Kennett Area Community Services: 610-925-3556
  • Kennett Area Senior Center: 610-444-4819
  • Pathstone: 610-925-5600

OXFORD

  • Divine Sent Food Cupboard: 443-553-5587
  • Oxford Neighborhood Services Center: 610-932-8557

PAOLI
Good Samaritan Food Closet: 610-551-5767

Paoli Presbyterian Church: 610-644-8250

PARKESBURG
Octorara Area Food Cupboard: 610-857-4000

PHOENIXVILLE

  • Alianza’s Latino Outreach: 610-933-9200
  • Phoenixville Area Community Services: 610-933-1105
  • Phoenixville Senior Center: 610-935-1515
  • St. Peter’s Episcopal Church Food Pantry: 610-933-2195

POTTSTOWN
Coventry Food Pantry: 610-326-5659

SPRING CITY
Spring City Food Pantry: 484-431-3493

WEST CHESTER

  • Act in Faith of Greater West Chester: 484-324-8492
  • Baptist Church of West Chester: 610-696-7466
  • Church of the Holy Trinity: 484-324-8492
  • West Chester Food Cupboard: 610-344-3175
  • West Chester Salvation Army: 610-696-8746

WEST GROVE

  • Bridge Food Pantry at Avon Grove Church of the Nazarene: 610-869-9500
  • MANNA Ministries at New London Baptist Church: 610-345-0471

Hot Meal Programs

Countywide

Meals on Wheels of Chester County: 610-430-8500

COATESVILLE
  • City Gate Mission: 610-383-6915
  • Coatesville Area Senior Center: 610-383-6900
  • Coatesville Soup Kitchen: 610-384-3420
  • Jubilee Evangelist Church: 610-384-1821
  • Olivet United Methodist Church: 610-384-5828
DEVON
Surrey Services for Seniors: 610-647-6404
DOWNINGTOWN
Downingtown Senior Center: 610-269-3939
HONEY BROOK
Honey Brook Shepherd’s Kitchen: 610-273-2848
KENNETT SQUARE
His Mission: 610-444-2559
OXFORD
Oxford Area Senior Center: 610-932-5244
PHOENIXVILLE
Your Soup Kitchen at Seventh Day Adventist Church: 610-342-7015
WEST CHESTER
  • Angelfood Ministries: Cornerstone Christian Fellowship:610-430-3508
  • Safe Harbor: 610-696-9016
  • St. Agnes Day Room: 610-429-0697
  • West Chester Area Senior Center: 610-431-4242

AUTISM AND OTHER NEUROLOGICAL DISORDERS RELATED RESOURCES

Devereaux

PA Autism Assessment Center & Services 610-431-8830

provides assessments in the educational setting and multiple measures are used to provide a report including diagnostic conclusions and recommendations. Assessments completed by Masters level or doctoral clinicians trained to reliability standards and supervised by a licensed psychologist

Center for Autism Research(CARES): 610-873-4980

Co-ed day school for children with Autism, ages 5-21. Consultation utilizes Applied Behavioral Analysis strategies.

CARES Ascent School to Work Transition Program: 610-688-8597

Through PA Commty. Adult Autism Partnership Program, school districts help meet individual needs of transition age students ages 14-24 who do not benefit from a full day classroom. Emphasis is on independence, employment and positive behavior support planning.

Short term Autism Intensive Residential STAIRS Services :  610-431-8191 or 610-431-8126

Neurobehavioral unit provides intensive treatment for ages 6-21 who have not responded to traditional treatments. Also serves those with IDD. Both must demonstrate severe to moderate communication and adaptive behavior skill deficits as well a behaviors that are a danger to self and/or others. Trauma sensitive and informed Evidence based practices are used.

CIDDS Residential Treatment: 610-425-6309

24 hr, out of home program, ages 5-21,  designed to help individuals achieve social, emotional and educational goals in order to return to their communities.

CIDDS Learning Center: 610-425-6309

Co-ed day  programs  ages 5-21. Also designed for Autism and other mental health diagnoses

ASERT: PAautism.org Info: info@Paautism.org Call 877-231-4244

Autism Alliance of Chester County: autismallianceofchestercounty.org

Autism Society of America: autism-society.org

National Autism Association: www.nationalautismassociation.org

Global Autism Collaboration: www.autism.org

Autism SPEAKS: www.autismspeaks.org

Interactive Autism Network: www.iancommunity.org

Autism Support for Parents: www.ascendgroup.org/

AUTISM  – “Building the Basics through Learning Experiences” (A.B.B.L.E)

Classroom for two year olds run by The Arc of Chester County and taught by a Special Education Teacher, using a unique blend of, “TEACCH” Total, Communication, Positive Reinforcement, Child Centered Learning. Classes Run Tuesday and Thursday 9:30 am – Thursday 12:30 pm in Downingtown. Info/registration:  Judy Glass at 610-696-8090.

“AUTISM NOW” IS MOBILE AND MAPPED! 

Autism NOW has a new mobile version available, allowing users to get to content faster on the go, and creating better accessibility overall. The second new feature is a local agencies directory in the form of a map which provides an easy to use way to find agencies in your state that can help with services, support and resources for living with autism and other developmental disabilities. Now also available: webinar sessions addressing popular topics from understanding laws and policy to handling relationships to navigating the job market; Center co-director Amy Goodman, an individual with autism, has filmed more than a dozen short You Tube videos as part of the Autism NOW Answer series, answering individual’s questions about issues such as understanding special needs trusts and the IEP process, among others. Check it out at www.autismNOW.org.

AUTISM AND SPECIAL NEEDS RESOURCES

Reliable, up-to-date information about resources in the Philadelphia area for children and families. CAP4Kids will help you find many community agencies that exist to improve or enhance the lives of children, teens and families with special needs. http://cap4kids.org/philadelphia/

EZ learning tools:  www.eztools4autism.com

Therapeutic play and education: www.funandfunction.com

The Gray Center for Social Learning & Understanding

Dedicated to individuals and those that work with them to improve mutual understanding and more effective communication. Info: www.thegraycenter.org

Teaching Tools:

www.autisminspiration.com

www.tinsnips.org

www.teacch.com

For sexuality & hygiene: www.FHautism.com

K-9s for Kids with Autism: http://k9sforkids.webs.com/

place a puppy in home to train you, the family, to train the puppy. The child in need is the one that cares for the puppy and the only one the puppy will be trained to find.

AUTISM – SPARC – Southeastern PA Resource Center in partnership with WCU

SPARC is a nonprofit clinic that serves both individuals on the autism spectrum as well as children with a variety of behavioral concerns. Although we primarily work with children and adolescents on the autism spectrum, we welcome all children, regardless of diagnosis, who are appropriate for our services. SPARC provides both center – and – community based diagnostic, therapeutic, and educational services. Includes Diagnostic Services, Behavioral Therapeutic Services, Feeding Evaluations and Treatment, Social Skills, Consultative Services. Located on the WCU campus. Website: www.wcupa.edu/sparc.  Info: sparc@wcupa.edu, 610-430-5678.

ABA2DAYApplied Behavioral Analysis and Autism Service Experts

Located in Media and Newtown Square. 844-924-0777   Website: myaba2day.com

Center for Autism Research

Provides resources, services and articles for parents and families

http://www.centerforautismresearch.com

AUTISM SUPPORT GROUPS:
Autism Connection of PA

Provides education, advocacy and supports.  Info: help@autismofpa.org or Call: 412-781-4116

Autism Self Advocacy Network:
Info@autisticadvocacy.org  or Website:  autisticadvocacy.org
Autism Society, Greater Philadelphia: 

Info: autismsocietyPhila@verizon.net Website: asaphilly.org or

Call: 610-358-5256

Excentia Autism Community

Builds connections and supports for families with ASD and developmental needs, throughout the life span, in Lancaster County. Website: Excentiahumanservices.org Info: contact@excentiahumanservices.org or Call: 717-519-6740

GRASP Philadelphia

Ages 18 and up with Asperger Syndrome, ASD, PDD-NOS or HFA. Provides opportunities to meet with others with similar disabilities and shared experiences in a friendly supportive environment. Meets monthly on the 2nd Saturday at Easttown Library Info Center, Berwyn. Info: grasp.philly@gmail.com or call 610-296-1881

Mothers of Children with Disabilities

Held every Monday. Sponsored by The Arc of Chester County and YWCA Mother’s Center. 610-696-8090

New Horizons Club

Provides facilitated opportunities for adults with Asperger Syndrome to socialize and connect with their community while working towards independent living.  Website: newhorizonsclub.org  Contact: Offp@outlook.com.

Parents of New Horizons Club members gather for dinner monthly, every 4th Tuesday   to socialize, compare notes and share resources. Coincides with monthly planning meetings. Check Meetup.com/NewHorizonsclub or call: 610-246-1366

Parent to Parent of PA

Provides a one to one match with experienced mentor parent with children of similar disabilities within their own community. Website:  www.parent to parent.org

Speaking For Ourselves

Learn to develop leadership skills, teamwork skills and increase self-sufficiency and independence. Contact: info@speaking.org

The A-Team Spring-Ford

Find information on instructional programs. Located at Spring Valley YMCA. Follow on Facebook or Info: SpringFordATeam@gmail.com

AUTISM – TACA WEBINARS NOW AVAILABLE! 

TACA will be holding webinars with featured physicians, researchers, attorneys, therapists and knowledgeable providers to help educate and empower families living with autism. The four topics will include: Educational; Resources; Medical & Diet; and The Autism Journey by Age. Call 855-726-7810 Info: http://www.tacanow.org/webinars/

AUTISM WEBSITE – AUTISM NANNY 

Sharing useful information and experiences. Suggestions and new resources welcome! www.autismnanny.com

STEPS

Autism and other neurological disorders-STEPS at Main Line Rehabilitation Associates – offers a unique GROUP program designed to improve skills and success in various social and community settings. Cognitive strategies are developed and reinforced through direct staff guidance/feedback and supported peer interaction/feedback. Goals are individualized with emphasis on organization strategies, effective communication skills, personal responsibility, community access/integration and adjustment to life transitions. Exton, PA. MWF 1-4:30. Call 610-280-0180. Email questions to:  info@mainline-rehab.com. Visit www.mainline-rehab.com

SELF-ADVOCACY – PA YOUTH LEADERSHIP SELF-ADVOCACY

Partnering with ASERT Resource Center to offer varied resources to help create leadership and empowerment for youth with disabilities. Call 1-877-231-4244. Email questions to:info@paautism.org. Visit PAAutism.org Visit the PA Youth Leadership Network at www.PYLN.org


BEHAVIOR RELATED RESOURCES

Community Care Behavioral Health:

Helps residents of PA, who are on Medical Assistance, find doctors, counselors, supports and services for mental health, behavioral health, addiction and developmental disabilities in order to facilitate recovery and wellness. Info: www.ccbh.com or Call  866-622-4228

Creative Health Services

Offers services for mental and behavioral health, eating disorders and family relationship issues via case management, outpatient services, student assistance programs, assessments, after school and summer programs, sibling support workshops, domestic violence prevention and intervention, and wraparound services  Call 610-326-6987

Human Services Inc.

Diagnostic, Evaluation, Treatment and Mental Health Programs for adults with co-occurring disorders and youth with behavioral, mental and/or family issues

  • West Chester 610-429-3033
  • Thorndale 610-873-1010
  • Oxford 610-998-1807

Devereaux:

Intensive Behavioral Health Services: 610-688-1205

designed for children in PA ages 2-21 with Medical Assistance providing in home supports with appropriate interventions by a master level clinician

BEHAVIOR SUPPORTS: ABA2DAY Behavior Services, LLC 

Offers home and in school programming. Under Act 62 – insurance is accepted. Private pay accepted. www.myaba2day.com, 844-924-0777.

BEHAVIOR: EDUCATION: LIFE WORKS ACADEMY: Foundations Behavioral Health:

Focusing on a program that includes innovative behavioral health and academic services to children and adolescents identified with ASD, Aspergers, PDD, IDD and varied mental health diagnoses. Programs can include 24/7 clinical assessment, inpatient hospitalization, residential treatment, partial hospitalization and behavioral health rehabilitation services as well as LifeWork School(for grades 3-12) Located in Doylestown. Call 215-345-0444 or 1-800-445-4722. www.fbh.com

Medical Insurance Assistance Programs:

Community Care Behavioral Health (Mental Health
Services for Medicaid recipients): 866-622-4228

Maternal & Child Health Consortium
(assists uninsured adults, children and infants
to enroll in subsidized health insurance):
Coatesville Office: 610-383-0630
Kennett Square Office: 610-444-4002
Oxford Office: 610-932-8557
Phoenixville Office: 610-917-1360
West Chester Office: 610-696-5122

Chesco Life Program:

Serves Chester County families who have a child or adolescent that struggles with emotional, behavioral, social needs, intellectual disabilities, and/or have involvement with the dependency or delinquency systems. As a team of both experienced parents and professionals, we work closely with families to offer invaluable support. In addition to working with local child serving systems and partnerships with community organizations, we have many resources available to support your family’s emotional, intellectual, and physical well-being. Self-help parenting and educational supports, and social and recreational opportunities are all easily accessible within our program. Visit: www.accessservices.org/chesco-life-program.

Foundations 

Offers wide range of behavioral and mental health supports and services to youth, adults and families. Individualized treatment interventions in a nurturing and therapeutic environment. Inpatient Psychiatric Acute Care programs for ages 12-17.  Autism Inpatient Programs ages 5-21.  Residential Treatment Facility  for those that have not benefited from traditional outpatient services.   Intensive  Health Services within the community to promote self-sufficiency. LifeWorks school for grades 3-12 integrates academics and behavioral health approaches at multiple locations.  Call 215-345-0444  or info: www.fbh.com

Child Guidance Resource Center: 610-383-5635 or 866-799-3325

 

 


EDUCATION RELATED RESOURCES

Practical Nursing Program

443 Boot Road
Downingtown, PA, 19335
484-593-5950
www.chestercountynursing.org
*Post-secondary program that prepares students to pass
the NCLEX-PN: National Council Licensure Examination
for Licensed Practical/Vocational Nurses

Educational info for families of children and adults with disabilities and special needs: www.eparent.com

Educational info about overlooked aspects of development with those with disabilities: www.firstsigns.org

Educational tool for tracking development: http://papromiseforchildren.com/help-your-child-grow/early-learning-gps/

National Association for the Education of Young Children
http://www.naeyc.org/

Barnstone Art for Kids: www.barnstoneartforkids.org or call 610-917-0140

Summer Workshops and Fall Programs

Charles A. Melton Arts & Education Center, West Chester, PA
(610) 692-9290 http://www.meltoncenter.org/

Provides adult and youth educational programs

Music and Art ABC, West Chester, PA 610-696-1812 x 414
Children can attend music classes art classes and combination art/music classes in a warm and supportive environment. Each class is taught by a qualified teacher with a degree in their specialty. Class sizes are kept small so that each child receives individualized attention

DRIVERS TRAINING/EDUCATION

Chester County Intermediate Unit (CCIU). Anyone who is a student under the age of 18 or still attending a high school, that has a contract with the CCIU, can attend. www.cciu.org/drivered. Call: 484-237-5189. Email: driverseducation@cciu.org

GAMES- PAID ON-LINE GAMES:
Luminosity Brain Games: http://www.lumosity.com
HOMEWORK – BRIDGE ACADEMY & COMMUNITY CENTER

Ages 4 – 18 or 18 and up. 570 Olive Street, Coatesville. Homework club, arts & crafts, dance, sewing, carpentry, computer classes.

Info/regis: 610-466-9505, email: info@thebridgeacademy.org. Website:www.thebridgeacademy.org

HOMEWORK – THE GARAGE COMMUNITY & YOUTH CENTER

The Garage Youth Center is an after school and Youth Development program serving Middle and High School Students in Kennett Square and West Grove. The Garage is a place to come after school to get help with your homework, use a computer, play a game of pool,  or make friends! Participate in activities hosted by the groups that meet.  It’s free, it’s fun, it’s for real. There’s probably something at The Garage that will interest you. Come check us out! See the website for hours, schedules and events. Visit  www.garageyouthcenter.org. Call 610-444-6464. Email questions to info@garageyouthcenter.org

IEP GOAL BANK

http://www.bridges4kids.org/IEP/iep.goal.bank.pdf

Learning Resources

Resources for Dyslexia, Learning Disabilities  and the blind, for home or school.  Call 1-800-221-4792

Center on the Social and Emotional Foundations for Early Learning
http://www.vanderbilt.edu/csefel/

Circle of Inclusion
http://www.circleofinclusion.org/

Coaching in Early Childhood
http://www.coachinginearlychildhood.org/

The Division for Early Childhood of the Council for Exceptional Children
http://www.dec-sped.org/

Early Childhood Research Institute of Inclusion
http://www.fpg.unc.edu/~ecrii/

MENTORING–CHESTER COUNTY FUTURES

Ages 14 – 18. School/community-based mentoring program. For general Info email: info@ccfutures.org Call 610-458-9926. Website: www.ccfutures.org. For mentor inquiries email:
mentorservices@ccfutures.org. For scholarship information email:
scholarships@ccfutures.org

MUSIC – TEMPO MUSIC THERAPY SERVICES 

Classes in King of Prussia, Media, and West Chester. Individual and groups for all ages as well as inclusive family music (Music Together) classes. Info: 610-344-7030, www.tempotherapy.com. Email: musictogether@tempotherapy.com

PEAK PRESCHOOL PROGRAM for THREE and FOUR-YEAR-OLDS

FREE! Pottstown and OJR school districts offering free programs for children who were three and four by 9/1 of the current school year, and live in families at 300% or less of the federal poverty levels. Call 610-970-6655

READING

Chester County Library: 610-280-2600

COATESVILLE AREA LIBRARY

Ages birth – 12. Reading programs, story-time, play groups, family groups, special events. Browse, checkout, and download digital media from the Chester County Library System, www.ccls.org  Info: 610-384-4115. The library is located at 501 E. Lincoln Hwy.  Coatesville, PA.

PHOENIXVILLE PUBLIC LIBRARY

Reading programs, story-time, play groups, family groups, special events. Browse, checkout, and download digital media from the Chester County Library System website.  Reservations are required on the Adult Events Calendar at www.phoenixvillelibrary.org or call 610-933-3013 x132.  The library is located at 183 Second Avenue, Phoenixville, PA.

West Chester University Dept. of Speech, seasonal, free classes. Info: jjjohnson@wcupa.edu

Varsity Tutors: www.varsitytutors.com

Hebrew Free Loan Society of Greater Philadelphia:

https://hflphilly.org/

helps those living in the Philadelphia area with a temporary financial need by offering no interest, no fee loans. While most of our loans are only for members of the Philadelphia Jewish community, some are offered to both Jews and non-Jews. Credit-worthy co-signers are required for all loans. We lend for everything from post-secondary education to fertility treatments to day care and pre-school to medical and dental expenses to starting a new business, and much more.

SUBSTANCE ABUSE – BABES (Beginning Awareness Basic Ed Studies): 

A 7-lesson program on ATOD (alcohol, tobacco and other drugs) for K-2 grade students uses interactive dialogue among hand-puppets. BABES is implemented in elementary schools and after-school/community programs via trained presenters and coordinated by Holcomb. Call 484-444-0412,     Website: Chimes.org

SUBSTANCE ABUSE PROGRAM – KEEP A CLEAR MIND: 

A nationally recognized 5-lesson program given weekly to middle school students teaching insight, understanding, and actual skills for resisting substance use. Offered through Holcomb Behavioral Health. Call 484-444-0412  Website: Chimes.org

SUBSTANCE USE – SAY IT STRAIGHT

6-10 week Educational sessions given to youth and parents.  This program empowers communication  and provides understanding and skills to decrease risky behaviors and strengthen resilience.  Offered through Holcomb Behavioral Health. Call 484-444-0412,  Website: Chimes.org

 


EMERGENCY RELATED SERVICES

EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS

Chester County Dept. of Emergency Services  promotes and assists in providing safety and security to ensure a healthy and safe community. Website: chesco.org. Send questions to eoc-pio@chesco.org Call 610-344-5000

Regional Public Health Institute provides public health resources to individuals, families and communities, through outreach, health promotion, education, research, and planning. Visit phmc.org

EMERGENCY – VEHICLE – PA’s YELLOW DOT PROGRAM

This is a new program to assist citizens following a traffic crash when they may not be able to communicate themselves. Placing a yellow dot in your vehicle’s rear window alerts first responders to check your glove compartment for vital health information to ensure that you receive the critical attention you need. For more information and to request a kit, go to www.YellowDot.pa.gov.

 

 


EMPLOYMENT RELATED RESOURCES

Community Crossroads Peer

825 Paoli Pike,
West Chester, PA 19380.
610-429-1702.
Support groups, recovery resources and employment counseling, etc.

A Partnership for Youth Employment
Oaklands Corporate Center
497 Thomas Jones Way, Suite 350
Exton, PA 19341
610-280-1060
http://www.pacareerlinkchesco.org/job-seekers/youth/
*Serves out of school youth ages 16-21

Wings for Success
490 Lancaster Avenue
P.O. Box 1184
Frazer, PA 19355
610-644-6323
http://www.wingsforsuccess.org
*Provides women work-appropriate clothing for job
interviews and employment

EMPLOYMENT

Office of Vocational Rehabilitation (OVR)
1875 New Hope Street
Norristown, PA, 19401-3141
800-221-1042 (toll free)
484-250-4357 (TTY)
*Provides vocational rehabilitation services to help
persons with disabilities prepare for,

EMPLOYMENT – FREE JOB ASSISTANCE OPENINGS AND WORKSHOPS

Unemployed and underemployed persons seeking education and training in career planning, along with employment assistance for veterans, ex-offenders and persons with disabilities, can take advantage of a series of monthly workshops offered by the Pennsylvania Department of Labor CareerLink at its Chester County office in Exton. These trainings provide a wide range of information, including a PA CareerLink services orientation, and various basic and advanced job seeking skills and information. A full calendar of PA CareerLink-Chester County workshops is available at www.pacareerlinkchesco.org. Persons interested in seminars may register at (610) 280-1010. A several-page monthly consolidated list of area job openings and statistical information on the local labor market are available at www.chesco.org/index.aspx?nid=159. Daily position openings updates are available through www.cwds.state.pa.us.

EMPLOYMENT – JOB ASSISTANCE FOR PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES

Caseworkers review individuals’ specific situations and provide guidance to resources to help find a job, obtain training, retain health insurance, obtain assistive technology, or find other support that may be needed, without losing benefits. Information is available at www.worksforme-pa.org. Provided by the PA Dept of Public Welfare (DPW).

Life Transforming Ministries
643 East Lincoln Highway
Coatesville, PA, 19320
610-384-5393
http://www.quietrevolution.org/
*Provides an employment skills training program

JOB LOCATOR SERVICES:

PA Career Link for Chester County job seekers. Website: www.pacareerlinkchesco.org. Phone PA CareerLink-Chester County 610 280-1010.

The Employment, Advancement and Retention
Network (EARN) Center(for DPW)
479 Thomas Jones Way, Suite 500
Exton, PA, 19341
610-280-1046

Opportunities Industrialization Center, Inc. (OIC)
22 North 5th Avenue
Coatesville, PA, 19320
610-692-2344
https://ccoic.org/
*Provides job readiness, nursing assistant, and child care
worker training programs

VOCATIONAL/GED – CHESTER COUNTY OPPORTUNITES INDUSTRIALIZATION CENTER (OIC)

Ages 16 – 24. GED, Computer, Employment and Certified Nursing Training. Contact Chester County OIC at: 610-692-2344


FAITH BASED RELATED SERVICES

WORSHIP SERVICE  MH CONSUMERS ATTEND TRADITIONAL SERVICES

Residents of long-term structured residence (LSTR) in the northern part of Chester County are welcomed for worship, food, and fellowship by the congregation of Marsh Creek Church in Exton, 101 Crump Rd. Exton, PA 19341. Phone: 610 594-9277

WORSHIP – REJOICING SPIRITS WORSHIP SERVICE

Innovative inclusive ministry that reaches out to enrich the spiritual lives of persons with developmental disabilities, together with their families, friends and other supportive community members. The ministry is designed to acquaint and educate congregations about individuals with developmental disabilities, resulting in an accepting atmosphere. Services typically include lots of music and joyous singing, along with brief, meaningful messages conducted in a shush-free environment. Special Sunday worship services at various locations. Lots of music, refreshments, and fellowship follow the service. Info: 610-363-6264, Email questions: info@rejoicingspirits.org. Website: www.rejoicingspirits.org. All faiths are welcome!

  • Exton – St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, 104 South Village Avenue, (610) 363-6264, 4:00 p.m., on the second Sunday of each month.
  • Media – Reformation Evangelical Lutheran, Church, 102 West Rose Tree Road, (610) 891-0600, 4:00 p.m. on the second Sunday of each month.
  • Pottstown – St. James Lutheran Church, 1101 East High Street, (610) 326-2810, 7:00 p.m. on the second Wednesday of each month.
  • Gilbertsville – New Hanover Lutheran, Church, 2941 Lutheran Road, (610) 326-1335, 3:00 p.m. on the third Sunday of each month.
  • West Chester – Calvary Lutheran Church, 730 South New Street, (610) 696-2475, 4:00 p.m. on the third Sunday of each month.

 

For Seniors:

Older Adult Ministries: 610-363-8857


HEALTH RELATED RESOURCES

ChesCo Health Dept.: 610-344-6640

Coatesville VA Medical Center: 610-384-7711

US Dept. of Veterans Affairs: 800-827-1000 or www.va.gov

PA Health Department: 877-724-3258 or www.dsf.health.state.pa.us

Care Grant program: usvariety.org/care
o Philadelphia Variety Chapter: http://varietyphila.org/ or Call: 215-735-0803
Provides assistance with: dental care, auditory hearing tests and aids,
oxygen/suction/insulin pumps, nebulizers, ventilators, vision care & equipment, telemedicine systems, sensory equipment, orthotics or prosthetics, electrical stimulation devices, seizure alarms, and much more. Call Phila. chapter directly.

Creative Health Services

Offers services for mental and behavioral health, eating disorders and family relationship issues via case management, outpatient services, student assistance programs, assessments, after school and summer programs, sibling support workshops, domestic violence prevention and intervention, and wraparound services  Call 610-326-6987

Asthma Resources: www.lungusa.org

ASTHMA MANAGEMENT PROGRAM:

HEALTHY HOOPS – Using Sports to Promote Health Management and Education.

 Asthma screenings, parent education, family fit program, environmental home check-up, etc. For a video explanation of the program: http://www.healthyhoopsprogram.com/solution/video.asp. Call: 888-674-8780.

Community Care Behavioral Health:

Helps residents of PA, who are on Medical Assistance, find doctors, counselors, supports and services for mental health, behavioral health, addiction and developmental disabilities in order to facilitate recovery and wellness. Info: www.ccbh.com or Call  866-622-4228

FOR SENIORS: 

ACS Home Care:610-427-9900

APPRISE: 610-344-5004

Caring Neighbors: 610-431-3953

Comfort Keepers: 610-358-1640

Heron Companions: 610-259-9701

Home Helpers: 610-458-7550

Home Instead Senior Care: 610-615-8287

Innovative Living: 610-717-8662

Liberty In-Home Care: 610-254-9440

Maxim Healthcare Services: 610-363-6044

Neighborhood Visiting Nurse Association: 610-696-6511

Personal Health Care, Inc.: 610-933-6130

Southeastern Health Services of PA: 610-269-9876

Surrey Services for Seniors (Main Line Area): 610-647-9840
Surrey Services at the Hickman (Greater West Chester Area): 610-344-4870

Synergy Homecare of Chester County: 484-341-8720

VNA Home Community Care Services: 610-384-4200

ChesCo Dept. of Drug & Alcohol Services: 610-344-5630

Drug & Alcohol Treatment: 

COUNTYWIDE: 

CHANGES (Adolescent treatment program operated by the Chester County Intermediate Unit): 484-905-5144, ext. 203
Drug and Alcohol Information and Referral Line (24 hours/7 days): 866-286-3767

COATESVILLE:

  • Advanced Treatment Systems (Methadone Treatment):610-466-9250
  • Coatesville VA Medical Center (veterans only):610-384-7711, ext. 6205
  • Gaudenzia Coatesville: 610-383-9600
  • Samara House (CYWA): 610-384-9591

EXTON:
Mirmont Outpatient Center: 484-565-1130

KENNETT SQUARE:
Holcomb Behavioral Health Systems: 610-388-9225

MALVERN:
Malvern Institute: 610-647-0330

PHOENIXVILLE:
Creative Health Services: 610-933-1223

TOUGHKENAMON:
Bowling Green: 610-268-3588

WEST CHESTER:
Gaudenzia;

  • Outpatient.: 610-429-1414
  • Kindred House (women with children): 610-399-6571
  • Gaudenzia House West Chester: 610-399-6929

Bilingual Parent Helpline (for parents whose children abuse drugs
or alcohol): 855-378-4373

Chester County Dept. of Drug and Alcohol Services:
610-344-6620

Cuddle My Kids 610-918-1440

Provides volunteers to families battling cancer

United Cerebral Palsy of Central Pennsylvania (UCP)

https://www.ucpcentralpa.org/services/assistive-technology/ (includes PA UCP Lending Library)

UCP’s Assistive Technology (AT) service offers a full range of devices, equipment, training, and supports that equip people to live with a greater degree of independence at home, at work, at school, and at play. Our AT services not only make everyday living easier for the user; they make otherwise impossible tasks possible.

EYEGLASSES 

Program provides prescription eyeglasses for low-income individuals. http://www.new-eyes.org, phone: 973-376-4903. Email questions to info@new-eyes.org

EASTER SEALS

Easter Seals provides exceptional services, education, outreach, and advocacy so that people living with autism and other disabilities can live, learn, work and play in our communities. Easter Seals has been helping individuals with disabilities and special needs, and their families, live better lives for more than 90 years. From child development centers to physical rehabilitation and job training for people with disabilities, Easter Seals offers a variety of services to help people with disabilities address life’s challenges and achieve personal goals. http://www.easterseals.com 

FEEDING – SPARC- Southeastern PA Resource Center in partnership with WCU

Diagnostics, consultations, Evaluations; Early Education and Young adult programs; social skills training; and Feeding Evals and  treatment in clinic, home, and community/school. At: 1160 McDermott Dr, West Chester. Info: 610-430-5678, sparc@wcupa.edu

FREE CLINIC IN PHOENIXVILLE – providing medical care to those without insurance

Located: 143 Church Street, Phoenixville, PA 19460 http://www.theclinicpa.org. 610-935-1134

FREE & LOW COST HEALTH INSURANCE FOR CHILDREN AND FAMILIES

Now almost all children in PA can get some kind of health insurance! Call PCCY (Public Citizens for Children and Youth): 215-563-5848 ext. 17, www.pccy.org.

HEARING HELP for LOW-INCOME FAMILIES

The Starkey Hearing Foundation’s “HEAR NOW” program provides top-of-the-line digital hearing aids that are customized to their hearing loss. For information, call 800-328-8602 or email hearnow@starkeyfoundation.org.

National Association of the Deaf http://www.nad.org

Alexander Graham Bell Association for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing http://www.agbell.org

American Academy of Audiology www.audiology.org

PA Academy of Audiology www.paaudiology.org

National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders Information Clearinghouse http://www.nidcd.nih.gov

American Academy of Otolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery http://www.entnet.org
The Academy’s health information provides a basic overview of diagnoses and treatment for diseases and disorders of the ears, nose, throat, head and neck

American Society for Deaf Children http://www.deafchildren.org

American Speech-Language-Hearing Association http://www.asha.org

Boys Town National Research Hospital (Center for Hearing Loss in Children) http://www.boystownhospital.org
clinical and research programs focusing on childhood deafness, visual impairment and related communication disorders

My Baby’s Hearing http://www.babyhearing.org
Tests performed in infants before leaving the hospital to determine hearing problems. This site provides additional information newborn hearing screening tests as well as follow-up testing.

Clarke Schools for Hearing and Speech http://www.clarkeschools.org

Provides children who are deaf and hard of hearing with the listening, learning and spoken language skills they need
to succeed. Comprehensive listening and spoken language programs prepare students for success in mainstream schools. Locations are in Bryn Mawr and Philadelphia. Services include early intervention, preschool, parent services, cochlear implant
habilitation for children and adults, audiological services, and mainstream services including itinerant teaching and consulting. Specially trained staff includes LSLS Cert. AVEd and LSL Cert.AVT professionals, teachers of the deaf, special educators, speech language pathologists and a staff audiologist.

Deafness Research Foundation http://www.drf.org

Hearing Loss Association of American http://www.hearingloss.org

Listen-Up http://www.listen-up.org

Hearing, Speech and Deafness Center http://www.hsdc.org
HSDC provides audiology and hearing aids, speech language therapy, and preschool education and literacy for the deaf and hard of hearing and provides comprehensive hearing evaluations and hearing aid fitting, dispensing, service and repair. The Center is committed to
supporting the latest hearing aid technologies, from most major manufacturers, tailored to meet our clients’ individual needs

Oral Deaf Education http://www.oraldeafed.org
Oral deaf education is a collaborative, family-centered educational approach that develops a child’s speech and listening abilities along with confidence and life skills to meet the challenges

Brain Injury Resources

www.BIAPA.org or Call 1-800-444-6443

Cerebral Palsy Resources

www.cerebralpalsyguidance.com/aboutus/

Chronic Fatigue Resources

www.cfidsselfhelp.org

Fibromyalgia Resources

www.arthritis.org

Huntington’s Disease Resources

www.hdsainfo@hdsa.org

Laryngectomee Resources

www.webwhispers.org

Lupus Resources

www.lupus.org

Lyme Disease Resources

www.lymenet.org

Multiple Sclerosis Resources

www.nationalmssociety.org/pae

Ostomy: www.ostomy.org

Reflux Sympathetic Dystrophy Syndrome Resources

www.gerdhelp.com

Children with Special Health Needs: 

Special kids Network Helpline: 800-986-4550

REFER WEB

Website maintained by Chester County to aid in identifying health and human service providers for county residents. www.referweb.net/chesco.


HOUSING RELATED RESOURCES

CHESTER COUNTY HOMELESS HELPLINE:

24- Hour Help Line, Assessment, Resources, Referrals, Decade to Doorways Call 2-1-1 for Assistance

A comprehensive source of local resources and services to residents of Chester County, related to Health, Housing and Utilities, Food Programs and Crisis/Emergency Plans,  provided by United Way, Goodwill, Community Action and Crisis Centers.

Connect Points:

Provides resources for those in pending homelessness. 610-344-6225

HOUSING

Homeless Shelters:

Coatesville:

  • City Gate, Men only, 610-383-6915
  • CYWA, Women & families, 610-384-9591
  • WC Atkinson Shelter, Men only, 610-380-6195(after 5p.m.)

Phoenixville:

  • St Mary Shelter, Women & families, 610-933-3097
  • Good Samaritan, Men only, 610-933-9305
  • Code Blue Overnite Emergency Warm Center, open mid November to mid April, Sacred Heart Church Hall, 484-393-2407

Pottstown:

Ministries at Main Street, Nov. thru April, 610-970-2444

Southern Chester County:

Family Promise of Southern Chester County, families with dependent children in Oxford, Avon Grove, Kennett Consolidated and Unionville ChaddsFord School Districts, 610-444-0400

West Chester:

  • Friends Association, Families & children, 610-431-3598
  • Safe Harbor, Men & Women, 610-692-6550

AFFORDABLE RENTAL HOUSING

  • Community, Youth and Women’s Alliance (in Coatesville area): 610-384-9591
  • Shared Housing (matches homeowners willing to share their homes with home seekers): 610-647-4940 Housing
  • Authority of the County of Chester (Section 8 rentals and public housing): 610-436-9200
  • Housing Development Corporation (apartments in West Chester, Parkesburg and Coatesville): 717-291-1911 PA
  • Housing Search (database of low-cost housing): 877-428-8844 or www.pahousingsearch.com
  • Phoenixville Homes (for seniors and people with disabilities): 610-948-1797

HOUSING COUNSELING

  • Alliance for Better Housing (in southern Chester County): 610-925-1880
  • Good Samaritan Services (Homeless case management for single mothers): 610-380-1360, ext. 104
  • Freedom Valley Disability Enablement Center (for people with disabilities): 610-353-6640
  • Housing Partnership of Chester County: 610-518-1522
  • Home of the Sparrow (homeless case management for single women over 18 and mothers with children):
    610-647-4940
  • Handi-Crafters’ Housing Case Management for Persons with Disabilities: 610-384-6990, ext. 213

RENTAL AND/OR RAPID RE-HOUSING ASSISTANCE

  • Human Services, Inc. – Rental Assistance Program (serving all of Chester County): 610-429-3033, ext. 189*
  • Housing Authority of Chester County (serving all of Chester County: 610-436-9200*
  • Friends Association (rental assistance and case management for homeless families with children): 610-431-3598
  • Good Samaritan Services (serving Families): 610-380-1360
  • North Star of Chester County (serving Single Parents): 610-696-5675
  • Kennett Area Community Service (serving Kennett Square area): 610-925-3556*
  • Oxford Area Neighborhood Services (serving Oxford area): 610-932-8557
  • Phoenixville Area Community Services (serving Phoenixville area): 610-933-1105
  • Open Hearth, Inc. (serving Pottstown, Spring City, Phoenixville areas): 610-792-9282
  • Orion Communities (serving Phoenixville area): 610-415-1140
  • Salvation Army, West Chester (serving West Chester area): 610-696-8746
  • Salvation Army Service Extension (serving any uncovered areas in Chester County): 610-383-0868
  • ACT in Faith of Greater West Chester (serving West Chester area): 484-324-8492 or contact@actinfaithgwc.org
  • St. Vincent de Paul Society (Downingtown, Eagle, Elverson, Guthriesville, Honey Brook, Lionville): 610-470-9090
  • PA Home of the Sparrow (rent assistance for single women and mothers with children): 610-647-4940

Emergency Housing Assistance for homeless people who are engaging in MH treatment through Open Hearth, Inc, and Gateway Housing Group. 

Short-term emergency rent payment assistance for hotels, motels, boarding houses, or transitional housing programs, and zero interest/zero payment security deposit loans. Call 610-792-9282 Email questions to info@openhearthinc.org.

FORECLOSURE/EVICTION ASSISTANCE

  • CLARIFI (formerly Consumer Credit Counseling Service of Delaware Valley): 215-563-5665 or 800-989-2227
  • Housing Partnership of Chester County: 610-518-1522
  • Legal Aid of Southeastern PA (9:00 am – 1:00 pm, M-F): 877-429-5994
  • PA Housing Finance Agency: 800-822-1174 or www.phfa.org
  • Home of the Sparrow (assistance to prevent eviction for single women or mothers with leases in their names): 610-647-4940
FORECLOSURE CONSULTATIONS – CLARIFI for lifelong financial literacy

Call 800-989-2227 or visit www.clarifi.org.

Rent and Mortgage Assistance
Catholic Social Services:

Western Chester County Area 610-344-7028

Southern Chester County Area 610-344-7028610-869-6500

Central Chester County Area

HOMEBUYING ASSISTANCE

  • www.makinghomeaffordable.gov (information about mortgage assistance programs)
  • Alliance for Better Housing (in southern Chester County): 610-925-1880*
  • Habitat for Humanity: 610-384-7993
  • Housing Partnership of Chester County: 610-518-1522
  • Open Hearth (all of Chester County): 610-792-9282
  • Phoenixville Homes (in Phoenixville area): 610-948-1797ww

HOME REPAIR PROGRAMS

  • Good Works (Serving Coatesville, Phoenixville, and West Chester): 610-383-6311 Faith-based, nonprofit organization assisting low-income homeowners with home repairs at no cost. Focus is making homes warmer, safer, and drier. Most repairs completed by volunteers. Must own your home, live in the home and have property taxes paid. Call 610-383-6311. www.goodworksinc.org.
  • Housing Partnership of Chester County (Serves all of Chester County): 610-518-1522
  • Good Neighbors Home Repair (Serves Southern Chester County area): 610-444-1860
  • Habitat for Humanity of Chester County, Inc. (Serves all of Chester County): 610-384-7993

WEATHERIZATION SERVICES – COUNTYWIDE

  • Community Action Agency of Delaware County, Inc. (Provides weatherization services for all of Chester County):
    610-891-5101 or www.caadc.org
  • PA Energy Conservation and Weatherization Program: 610-521-8770

IDD RELATED RESOURCES

ChesC0 Dept. of MH/IDD 800-692-1100 x 6265

Devereaux:

Short term Autism Intensive Residential STAIRS Services :  610-431-8191 or 610-431-8126

Neurobehavioral unit provides intensive treatment for ages 6-21 who have not responded to traditional treatments. Also serves those with IDD. Both must demonstrate severe to moderate communication and adaptive behavior skill deficits as well a behaviors that are a danger to self and/or others. Trauma sensitive and informed Evidence based practices are used.

CIDDS Residential Treatment: 610-425-6309

24 hr, out of home program, ages 5-21,  designed to help individuals achieve social, emotional and educational goals in order to return to their communities.

CIDDS Learning Center: 610-425-6309

co-ed day  programs  ages 5-21. Also designed for Autism and other mental health diagnoses.

“AGENCY WITH CHOICE” PROGRAM for IDD WAIVER SERVICES

Offering more control/choice over the services your family member with IDD receives via his/her ISP and/the provider of IDD services. Call 610-696-8090.

Advocacy Resources:

Temple.edu/instituteondisabilities

Familiesccanphilly.org: focuses on life skills and housing as well as employment and volunteer opportunities

youthmovepa.wildapricot.org:  ages of 16 to 29, focus on being active forces in their own social supports and to have a seat at the table of public policy as it relates to youth in Pennsylvania.

visionforequality.org 

Center for Independent Living-Central PA (CILCP):

https://cilcp.org/

The mission is to eliminate and prevent barriers that people with disabilities experience by providing ongoing advocacy and offering innovative programs and services.

 

SELF-ADVOCACY – PA YOUTH LEADERSHIP SELF-ADVOCACY

Partnering with ASERT Resource Center to offer varied resources to help create leadership and empowerment for youth with disabilities. Call 1-877-231-4244. Email questions to:info@paautism.org. Visit PAAutism.org Visit the PA Youth Leadership Network at www.PYLN.org

abilitiesinmotion.org(Berks County)

pealcenter.org


LEGAL/MEDICAL SYSTEM RELATED RESOURCES

Education Law Centerwww.elc-pa.org
Since 1975, the Education Law Center of Pennsylvania (ELC) has worked to make good public
education a reality for Pennsylvania’s most vulnerable children – poor children, children of color, children with disabilities, English language learners, children in foster homes and institutions, and others

Legal Services

  • Chester County Bar Association: 610-692-1889
  • Don’t Borrow Trouble Program (free loan advice): 877-429-5994
  • Legal Aid of Southeastern PA: 610-436-4510 (Chester County): 877-429-5994 (Regional)
  • Access to Justice: 877-429-5994
  • Lawyer Referral Service: 610-429-1500
  • Pennsylvania Office of Attorney General (Consumer): http://www.attorneygeneral.gov/
  • Senior Law Center (legal services for adults 60 years or older) M-Thurs. 10:00 am – 12:00 pm: 1-877-727-7529

ChesCo Public Defender: 610-344-6940

ChesCo Adult Probation: 800-692-1100 x. 6290

ChesCo Juvenile Probation: 610-344-6295

ChesCo District Attorney: 610-344-6801

LEGAL AID NETWORK, CHESTER COUNTY Mon – Fri, 9 – 1pm, 877-429-5994, www.chesco.org-legalservices

Health and Medical Services:

Free or Low Cost Health Providers:

COUNTYWIDE

  • Chester County Health Department: 610-344-6225
  • Chester County Health Dept. Sexually Transmitted Disease Clinic (free, anonymous testing for HIV and Sexually Transmitted Diseases): 610-344-6254
  • Community Volunteers in Medicine (Serves uninsured working people who live or work in Chester County):610-836-5990
  • ChesPenn Health Center (Serves all of Chester County regardless of ability to pay): 610-380-4660
  • Planned Parenthood of Chester County: 610-383-5911
  • WIC (Women, Infants, Children): 610-383-3824

KENNETT SQUARE
LCH Health and Community Services (open to all – Spanish spoken): 610-880-3503

OXFORD
LCH Health and Community Services (open to all -Spanish spoken): 610-708-1460

PHOENIXVILLE
Phoenixville Health Care Access Vision Program (for eligible Phoenixville area residents only):
610-935-3165 or 877-765-0477

The Clinic (serves only the areas surrounding Phoenixvill and Paoli Hospitals. Services cost what patients can affordto pay. Must have no insurance, Medicare or Medicaid):
610-935-1134

TOUGHKENAMON
WIC (Women, Infants, Children): 610-268-5153

WEST CHESTER

  • Chester County Women’s Services (pregnancy care medical center): 610-918-7088
  • Nurse-Family Partnership (Prenatal and infancy program for1st time mothers – Serves all  of Chester County):610-344-6459
  • Planned Parenthood of Chester Co.: 610-692-1770
  • St. Agnes Nursing Center (offers basic health care: 610-696-1972
  • WIC (Women, Infants, Children): 610-344-6240

WEST GROVE
LCH Pediatric Care Unit (Spanish spoken):610-880-3477

Women’s Health & Prenatal Care Center: 610-880-3477

AVONDALE
Planned Parenthood of Chester County:610-268-8848

COATESVILLE
Chester County Women’s Services (pregnancy care medical center): 610-383-0930

InfantSEE
This program is a no-cost program for 6 to 12 month olds made available through the Vision Care Institute, a Johnson and Johnson company, the American Optometric Association and Optometry’s Charity-The AOA Foundation. This program ensures that infants have access to eye and vision assessments. Optometrists provide a one-time, comprehensive eye assessment to infants in their first year of life at no cost regardless of income or ability to pay. www.infantsee.org (888) 396-3937

Lauren’s House Medical Day Care, Coatesville, (610) 380-9960

Maternal and Child Health Consortium:

Coatesville/W Chester: 610-344-5370 x 114

Phoenixville: 610-344-5370 x 109

Kennett Square: 610-444-4002

 

Kelly Anne Dolan Memorial Fund  www.dolanfund.org Phone: 215-643-0763

Provides financial assistance for needs that are not covered by insurance, non-cash items
and financial management education to families seeking treatment in PA, NJ and DE
Immediate assistance available – 24 – 72 hour turnaround time for requests
Requests need to be submitted by a healthcare professional (nurse, Dr., social worker,
etc.

Safety bedswww.specialtyfurnitureproducts.com
Our Easycare Safety Bed™ brings added safety, security and a top quality furniture design to thespecial needs individual while providing peace of mind for the caregiver.

Free or Low Cost Dental Providers:

COUNTYWIDE

  • Chester County Community Dental (Serves all of Chester County): 610-383-3888
  • Chester County Health Dept. Dental Referral Line(for low-cost dental care): 610-344-4452
  • Dental Lifeline Network: 800-716-8721 or www.dentallifeline.org
  • LCH Dental Clinic: 610-880-3477 (Dental care for insured and uninsured patients, Spanish spoken)
  • PA Dental Association Senior Dental Care Program (reduced fees to seniors): 717-234-5941 or www.padental.org

BERWYN
Children’s Dental Clinic: 610-240-1213

PHOENIXVILLE
Phoenixville Healthcare Access Dental Program (for uninsured or underinsured residents of the Phoenixville area): 610-935-3165

Medical Insurance Assistance Programs:

STATEWIDE

  • PA Health Insurance Exchange 844-844-8040 www.pennie.com
  • CHIP (PA Children’s Health Insurance Program): 800-986-5437 or www.chipcoverspakids.com
  • Healthy Horizons: 800-872-2020
  • Healthy Kids: 800-986-2229
  • PA Health Law Project: 800-274-3258

COUNTYWIDE

  • Chester County Assistance Office (Medicaid): 610-466-1000 or 888-814-4698 or
    www.compass.state.pa.us
  • AmeriChoice of PA: 800-414-9025
  • APPRISE (Health Insurance Counseling for Seniors): 610-344-5004 (Option 2) or 800-783-7067 (toll free)
  • Coventry Cares: 866-903-0748 or www.mycoventrycares.com
  • Health Partners of Philadelphia: 800-553-0784
  • Keystone First: 800-521-6860

MA and WELFARE APPLICATION ASSISTANCE AND ADVOCACY 

Available through Public Citizens for Children and Youth, www.PCCY.org. PUBLIC CITIZENS FOR CHILDREN AND YOUTH Call 215-563-5848

“How to Apply for Medical Assistance for your Autistic Child”
Guide – http://www.autism-support.org

MEDICAL ASSISTANCE (MA): A GUIDE FOR DETERMINING YOUR ELIGIBILITY FOR FREE HEALTH CARE COVERAGE THRU MEDICAL ASSISTANCE (MA).

Available through the PA Health Law Project. 800-274-3258

Website: http://www.phlp.org.

MA–GETTING MEDICAL ASSISTANCE FOR A CHILD (UNDER 21) WITH A SEVERE DISABILITY, MENTAL ILLNESS OR BEHAVIORAL DISORDER UNDER THE “LOOPHOLE” (2008 EDITION)

Guidebook from the PA Health Law Project, www.phlp.org.

PA HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES CENTER RESOURCE: 

www.facebook.com/HelpinPA with weekly updates from Dept. of Insurance, Health, Public Welfare, and Aging. Please join the community. 

SOCIAL SECURITY ADMINISTRATION: 888-306-3216(West Chester) OR National Line 800-772-1213

Apply for Benefits: https://www.ssa.gov/benefits/forms/

SOCIAL SECURITY AND HEALTH BENEFITS WEBSITES IN SPANISH

See www.CuidadoDeSalud.gov. Similar to the English version www.HealthCare.gov, the website offers an insurance finder, explains the Affordable Care Act in step-by-step detail and offers information for families with children, senior citizens, individuals with disabilities and others. The Social Security site, at www.segurosocial.gov or www.socialsecurity.gov/espanol, includes available applications for retirement, Medicare and Extra Help with prescription drug costs in Spanish.

Hebrew Free Loan Society of Greater Philadelphia:

https://hflphilly.org/

helps those living in the Philadelphia area with a temporary financial need by offering no interest, no fee loans. While most of our loans are only for members of the Philadelphia Jewish community, some are offered to both Jews and non-Jews. Credit-worthy co-signers are required for all loans. We lend for everything from post-secondary education to fertility treatments to day care and pre-school to medical and dental expenses to starting a new business, and much more.


MENTAL HEALTH RELATED RESOURCES

Crisis Intervention: 877-918-2100
ChesC0 Dept. of MH/IDD 800-692-1100 x 6265

National Alliance for the Mentally Ill: 717-238-1514 or www.nami.org

Human Services Inc.

Diagnostic, Evaluation, Treatment and Mental Health Programs for adults with co-occurring disorders and youth with behavioral, mental and/or family issues

  • West Chester 610-429-3033
  • Thorndale 610-873-1010
  • Oxford 610-998-1807

Creative Health Services

Offers services for mental and behavioral health, eating disorders and family relationship issues via case management, outpatient services, student assistance programs, assessments, after school and summer programs, sibling support workshops, domestic violence prevention and intervention, and wraparound services  Call 610-326-6987

Community Care Behavioral Health:

Helps residents of PA, who are on Medical Assistance, find doctors, counselors, supports and services for mental health, behavioral health, addiction and developmental disabilities in order to facilitate recovery and wellness. Info: www.ccbh.com or Call  866-622-4228

Pennsylvania Link to Community Care: www.carelink.pa.gov
(local resources for seniors, disabilities and mental health)

Chesco Life Program:

serves Chester County families who have a child or adolescent that struggles with emotional, behavioral, social needs, intellectual disabilities, and/or have involvement with the dependency or delinquency systems. As a team of both experienced parents and professionals, we work closely with families to offer invaluable support. In addition to working with local child serving systems and partnerships with community organizations, we have many resources available to support your family’s emotional, intellectual, and physical well-being. Self-help parenting and educational supports, and social and recreational opportunities are all easily accessible within our program Website: www.accessservices.org

Foundations 

Offers wide range of behavioral and mental health supports and services to youth, adults and families. Individualized treatment interventions in a nurturing and therapeutic environment. Inpatient Psychiatric Acute Care programs for ages 12-17.  Autism Inpatient Programs ages 5-21.  Residential Treatment Facility  for those that have not benefited from traditional outpatient services.   Intensive  Health Services within the community to promote self-sufficiency. LifeWorks school for grades 3-12 integrates academics and behavioral health approaches at multiple locations.  Call 215-345-0444  or info: www.fbh.com

MENTAL HEALTH RESOURCE

Newsletter from COAD now available online. http://www.coadgroup.com/mentalHealth.asp#MHRnewsletter

 OMHSAS – PA Office of MH & Substance Abuse

 www.dhs.pa.gov. Call 717-787-6443.

Mental Health Treatment Providers:

COUNTYWIDE
Crisis Intervention (24 hrs/7days): 610-918-2100 or 877-918-2100

COATESVILLE
Child Guidance Resource Center (children only): 610-383-5635
Coatesville VA Medical Center (veterans only):
610-384-7711, ext. 2911
Human Services, Inc. (adults only): 610-380-9982
Brandywine Behavioral Health: 610-383-4980

DOWNINGTOWN
Human Services, Inc. (children and adults): 610-873-1010

EXTON
Holcomb Behavioral Health (children/adults): 610-363-1488
American Day Treatment Center: 888-227-3898

KENNETT SQUARE
Holcomb Behavioral Health (children’s program): 610-388-7400

OXFORD
Human Services, Inc.: 610-932-8557

PHOENIXVILLE
Community Services of Devereux (children only): 610-933-8110
Fellowship Health Resources: 610-415-9301

SPRING CITY
Creative Health Systems Inc. (adults and children): 610-948-6490

WEST CHESTER
Human Services, Inc. (adults only): 610-429-3033
West Chester University Community Health Clinic: 610-436-2510

APPRISE/Behavioral Health Connection (mental health
assistance for seniors): 800-783-7067

Chester County Dept. of Mental Health/Intellectual and
Developmental Disabilities: 610-344-6265

Crossroads Recovery Center: 610-429-1702

Compeer, Inc.: 610-436-4445

Cornerstone Clubhouse: 610-935-2290

Warm Line (for non-emergency mental health calls):
866-846-2722

Holcomb Behavioral Health (residential program): 610-363-1488

National Alliance for the Mentally Ill Helpline (Chester County
Chapter): 610-430-0177

National Alliance for the Mentally Ill (Chester County Office):
484-947-5643

Stepping Stones Clubhouse (referral required): 610-384-6059

WRAPAROUND RESOURCE GUIDE

Click here for a guide on “Understanding Wrap Around”


RESPITE RELATED RESOURCES

RESPITE CARE FROM CHILD AND FAMILY FOCUS

Respite care supports families without resources or natural supports to help care for a child with a mental health diagnosis. Provided by trained individuals. For more info: www.childandfamilyfocus.org.

RECREATION, SOCIAL SKILLS, AND RESPITE

Ages 18 yrs. and up. Weekly activities. Community-based barbecues, zoos, outdoor games, dances, bowling, train rides, etc. Costs vary by activity. Call: The Arc of Chester County 610-696-8090


RIDING (THERAPEUTIC) RELATED RESOURCES

THERAPEUTIC HORSEBACK RIDING – REINS of LIFE

Non-profit organization located in Landenberg, PA provides therapeutic horseback riding services for children, young adults, and adults with special needs and life challenges. Disabilities served are varied and include: Down Syndrome, autism, spina bifida, cerebral palsy, ADD, emotional challenges, learning differences, speech, hearing, or visual impairments. Social situations, such as school bullying, starting in a new school, family situations involving a loss of a loved one, or pet, or divorce.  Program operates weekdays and weekends. Call for specific times which may vary due to season. 610-274-3300. Ask about our “Sibling Riding Program”. Reins of Life has a fee for its therapeutic horseback riding program. For Information: Judy Hendrickson, Founding Director. Mobile: 610-724-5305. Website: www.reinsoflife.com   Email questions to: judy@reinsoflife.com

HOPE SPRINGS EQUESTRIAN THERAPY

Equine therapy for autistic and challenged riders. Weekly group and individual sessions and summer camps with special education professionals combining riding and classes (June and July). At: Art School Rd, Chester Springs. Call: 610-827-0931. Website:  www.Hope-Springs.org.

MAKING STRIDES THERAPEUTIC RIDING

Programs and instruction for both typically developing children and adults as well as those with disabilities. Individual programming and flexible schedule with physical therapist. Located at: 10300 Courthouse Rd, Chesterfield, Virginia 23832. Call: 804-203-1991. Email questions to: info@makingstridesofVirginia.org.

QUEST THERAPEUTIC SERVICES, INC.

Full-range of pediatric therapy services with flexible scheduling of OT/PT/Speech for children with special needs. Indoor arena heated and ventilated for year-round use. Some insurance reimbursable. Location: 461 Cann Rd., West Chester. Call: 610-692-6362,  Website: www.QuestTherapeutic.com.

BARN AT SPRINGBROOK FARM

Animal-assisted activities for children with disabilities. Children can have fun while interacting with farm animals. Gains in knowledge, confidence, and self-esteem. Location: Locust Grove Rd., West Chester. Call: 610-793-1037, Website: www.springbrook-farm.org.


SENSORY AND LANGUAGE RELATED RESOURCES

SENSORY AND LANGUAGE TOOLS

Child therapy products/special needs toys to build skills/empower children of every ability. www.funandfunction.com.

National Cued Speech Association http://www.cuedspeech.org

APRAXIA Resources

www.apraxia-kids.org

Developmental Music Classes led by a Speech Language  Pathologist & Music teacher for parents of toddlers and pre-schoolers ages 18 months to 5 years. Call 610-363-6520 or www.singalongsessions.com

Visual Aides: For those who communicate through pictures

www.autismshopper.com

www. symbolworld.org

www.dotolearn.com

www.mayer-johnson.com

 

 


SOCIAL SKILLS, FRIENDSHIP, and RECREATION RELATED RESOURCES FOR ADULTS & CHILDREN

BUDDY / FRIENDSHIP PROGRAMS: INTELLECTUAL DISABILITIES (IDD)

Best Buddies Pennsylvania and e-Buddies matches people with intellectual and developmental disabilities with those without to create one-to-one friendships, integrated employment and leadership development for people with IDD. Call: (610) 992-9400 or 1-800-89-BUDDY(28339) Website: http://www.bestbuddies.org  

BUDDY / FRIENDSHIP PROGRAMS: MENTAL HEALTH –Compeer Chester County

Serves adults over 18, with a primary diagnosis of serious psychiatric illness and potential for Recovery, defined as ‘a process of change through which individuals improve their health and wellness, live a self-directed life and strive to reach their full potential.’ Info: COMPEER of Chester County – 610-436-4445, website: www.compeerchesco.org

SIBSHOPS and SIBTEEN

Children with siblings, with special health or developmental needs, will benefit from connecting with others in a group  setting to share unique joys and challenges of living with a sibling who is different, through games and activities that promote interaction and FUN, while making friends and getting support, from others -who get it!

Offered at Creative Health Services, Pottstown. For ages 6-12 and 13-17. Groups gather 2nd Sat of the month (Spring and Fall sessions). Call 610-326-9250 x 1215. Email questions to: info@creativehs.org.  Website: www.creativehs.org

Barnstone Art for Kids

Summer Workshops and Fall Programs: www.barnstoneartforkids.org or call 610-917-0140

The Center on Central, Paoli,  http://thecenteroncentral.com/610-710-1487
Personal enrichment programs, in one-on-one and group settings, at times of the day that meet the consumer’s needs.  Classes include drawing classes, cartooning classes, music groups and individual music lessons/, dance/movement, drama/improv, beading and a pottery studio all featured

FITKID ACADEMY- NEW!!! 

Fitness for Children with Special Needs. Adapted/Individualized sessions for children age 18mos. to 5 years of any level of ability. Website: www.impact-sports.org, Email questions to: info@impact-sports.org.     Call:610-679-9139

MAINLINE Chess and Games. A gaming shop  located at: 7 South Valley Rd. Paoli, PA Call: 610 240-8900
RECREATION – ACCESS PASS – FREE LIFETIME PASS TO NATIONAL PARKS

For permanent residents with a permanent disability. Links/Info: www.disabilityresource.orgl.

RECREATION: Executive Function and Study Skills Groups

Your child won’t even realize that through the games and various activities they are LEARNING!  Located at: FICK Educational Services. Services offered at Downingtown, West Chester, and Media. Call:(610) 457-2199 or Email questions to: fickeducation@gmail.com. Website: fickeducation.com
RECREATION, SOCIAL SKILLS, AND RESPITE

Ages 18 yrs. and up. Small group, Waiver, Weekly activities. Community-based barbecues, zoos, outdoor games, dances, bowling, train rides, etc. Costs vary by activity. Call: The Arc of Chester County 610-696-8090

JCHAI Transitions aoxman@jchai.org 3 sessions/day M-F $100 assessment, $50/wk

EBS Great FEATS jessicabaerbcba@gmail.com held once a week, focus on life and social skills

Night to Shine Prom www.timtebowfoundation.org

Kaleidoscope Family Solutions www.kfamilysolutions.org/

SELF-ADVOCACY 

Partnering with ASERT Resource Center to offer varied resources to help create leadership and empowerment for youth with disabilities. Call 1-877-231-4244. Email questions to:info@paautism.org. Visit PAAutism.org Visit the PA Youth Leadership Network at www.PYLN.org

Spring Brook Farm www.springbrook-farm.org
The Barn at Spring Brook Farm provides animal-assisted activities for children with disabilities. Our mission is to enrich the lives of children with disabilities by providing animal-assisted activities for the purpose of promoting knowledge, confidence, self-esteem and physical well-being.

SOCIAL ENRICHMENT CENTER

Supports individuals, families, schools and community organizations. Objective is to build children’s and adolescent’s self-confidence and social connection through summer camps, hourly sessions, or Back-to-School readiness. Provides social skills groups, occupational therapy, individual therapy, academic tutoring, arts & crafts, games & skill building, speech therapy, reading specialist.  Website: www. socialenrichmentcenter.com. Located in Media. Call: 610-853-2898.

Smart Play Groups

Downingtown Area Recreation Consortium offers all inclusive  classes to toddlers at United Sports. Groups broken down by nage, 16 months to 3 years. Call 215-485-8373 or 610-269-9260

SOCIAL SKILLS  GROUPS  THERAPLAY, INC.

Located at: 635 Brandywine Parkway  West Chester PA. Call: 610-436-3600. Website: www.theraplayinc.com

SOCIAL SKILLS – 2 BE SOCIAL, LLC.

Tutoring in reading and writing, social coaching for ages 10 through adult, group session for family members, large group consultation services. Website: www.2besocial.org Phone: 610-883-3320.

SOCIAL SKILLS  PROMPT AND PLAY CENTER

Located in Wilmington, DE For Ages 3 – 18 in need of social skills, life skills, counseling. Call: 302 691-5658

SOCIAL SKILLS  SIS  SAY IT STRAIGHT: 

An interactive, energetic, 10 lesson evidence based program for elementary, middle and high school students, focusing on empowering communication skills and behaviors. Great anti-bullying strategies! Holcomb Behavioral Health. Call:484-444-0412. Website: Chimes.org

SOCIAL THINKING  SEQUOIA KIDS Social Skills Program

Sequoia Kids Camp helps boys ages 7-17,  with ADHD and similar diagnoses, who do not need special needs support; a holistic approach is taken to teach social and life development  skills. Residential overnite summer camp and overnite school year trips offered with a 2:5 staff ratio.  Location: 221 Williams Ave., Narbeth, PA 19072. Info: www.camp-sequoia.com.com or www.camp-sequoia.com/programs/school-year-trips 610-771-0111. Email: office@sequoiakidsprogram.com

SPECIAL ADAPTIVE DANCE

NEW!! Diane Matthews School of Dance Arts, Dance facility   of Shining Stars Adaptive Dance, Thursdays from 5-5:45 p.m. for individuals ages 13 to Adult. 315 Westtown Rd. West Chester, PA 19382 Phone 610 692-3398. Website: www.dianematthewsdance.com.

Down for Dance. Downs Syndrome only.

$250 for 3 month membership. Held once a week. Dance, Arts, Fitness. Supplies not included. Info: www.downfordance.org

Spirit Club:

fee attached, flex. Info: join@spirit-club.com

Bournelyf Special Camp: bscwc.org(SUMMER)

THE ART of FRIENDSHIP”:  

A division of Child Family Art Therapy Center. Social Coping Skills Focus

Preschool (ages 4-5 yrs.)
– Social practice art and play-based.

Elementary School (ages 6-11 yrs.)- Through individual/group art projects, games, imaginary play.

Middle School (11-14 yrs.)
– Individual, group art projects, conversation practice, game playing, role play, team building activities.

High School (15-19 yrs.)
– Essential practice of conversation, hanging out skills, life skills.

Locations: Center City Philadelphia, Plymouth Meeting, Paoli, and Ardmore. The Art of Friendship and its sister program, Camp Pegasus, are under the direction of founder, Mike Fogel. Additional information can be found at: www.ArtOfFriendshipSocialSkills.com. Call: (610) 649-1080.

Chester County YMCAs:

  • West Chester 610-431-9622
  • Kennett YMCA 610-444-9622
  • Jennersville 610-869-9622
  • Brandywine 610-380-9622
  • Twin Valley 610-913-9622

 

SENIOR CENTERS:

COATESVILLE
Coatesville Senior Adult Center: 610-383-6900

DEVON
Surrey Services for Seniors: 610-647-6404

DOWNINGTOWN
Downingtown Senior Center: 610-269-3939

PARKESBURG Area Senior Club: 610-932-8902

Seniors of HONEYBROOK: 610-273-2848

KENNETT SQUARE
Kennett Area Senior Center: 610-444-4819

OXFORD
Oxford Senior Center: 610-932-5244

PHOENIXVILLE
Phoenixville Area Adult Activity Center: 610-935-1515

WEST CHESTER
West Chester Area Senior Center: 610-431-4242

Adult Day Care Centers:
EXTON
Active Day of Exton: 610-363-8044

HONEYBROOK
Tel Hai Adult Day Care: 610-273-4619

KENNETT SQUARE
Active Day of Kennett Square: 610-388-1166

MALVERN
Sarahcare Adult Day Services: 610-251-0801


SPORTS RELATED RESOURCES

Little League Challenger Division: http://www.littleleague.org/learn/about/divisions/challenger.htm 610-344-0979
A separate division of Little League to enable boys
and girls with physical and mental challenges, ages 4-18, or up to age 22 if still enrolled in high school

COATESVILLE MIDGET FOOTBALL

Ages 4 – 14. Little League Football, Cheerleading Program, and Flag Football. Info: www.kidraiders.org.

KARATE – KENPO KARATE CLASSES

Non-competitive classes in a fun and friendly atmosphere. The only martial arts school in the area that employs a full-time Occupational Therapist. Serving Malvern area since 2003. Class for children 5 to 8 and 9 to 13. Includes one free uniform, no testing fees, no long term contracts to sign, and a complimentary free week trial. Info: 610 640-9232, website: www.karateROX.com

KARATE  TAE KWON DO CLASSES FOR KIDS WITH SPECIAL NEEDS

Regular, private or semi-private classes offered, and kids are included with kids without special needs, as appropriate. Provides a structured program for kids who love to run, jump, and play who would benefit from peer interaction, but are less likely to have success with team-oriented sports. Benefits self confidence, self control, focus, coordination, social skills, body control, core strength, FUN. Held at United Sports, Marshalton-Thorndale Rd., Downingtown. Families may have BT, TSS accompany children.  Info/regis: 267-290-8080, www.unitedsportstkd.net

SOCCER – WEST BRADFORD YOUTH ATHLETICS 

Soccer league for children with special needs so all children can have the fun and experience of playing soccer. For children 7 – 21 years of age.  No previous soccer experience necessary. Children grouped based on ability, not age. Fosters fun and inclusive atmosphere. Info/regis: 610-344-9444, email: office@wbya.org. Volunteer and sponsorship opportunities are available!

SOCCER – HIGH 5 SOCCER for Players with Special Needs ages 5–19 yrs

Sponsored by the Glenmoore Eagle Youth Association Program based on US Youth Soccer’s TOP Soccer model. A community-based training and team placement program for young athletes with disabilities, organized by youth soccer association volunteers. No cost. For ages 5-19yrs. Email: admin@geyasports.org or Regis: www.geyaspoprts.org

“The Believers” Special Olympics, Chester County. For Info: angie.robinson@robinsonsales.com

Down Syndrome Sports of America

$25/yr memberhip. www.dssasports.com

West Chester University adapted sports programs, ages 8-21, seasonal. www.wcu.edu

Downingtown Dominators Cheer (Unified) Team. Info: liz@schlosser.com

 

 


TECHNICAL RESOURCES

Changing Hands: www.ucpcentralpa.org/changinghandscentralpa/ or Call: 717-737-3477

Located in Camp Hill, Pa.  An Equipment Exchange program that provides restored and refurbished home medical
equipment and assistive technology devices to PA residents of all ages.  Items would need to be picked up, or they offer to try to see if they can make arrangements if pick up is not possible
CELL PHONES

42 minutes/month FREE to qualifying individuals in selected area codes. Visit Lifeline at www.safelink.com or call toll-free at1-800-723-3546 for more details.

COMPUTER – INTERNET ESSENTIALS BY COMCAST

Will provide eligible families affordable home internet service ($9.95/mo.), a low-cost computer ($149.99 plus tax), and access to free internet training – online, in print, and in classroom (at established community training sites). Available everywhere Comcast offers its high-speed internet service. Will accept participants for at least three years and those accepted will stay with the program until that child graduates from high school. http://www.internetessentials.com/

PA Assistive Technology Foundation

https://patf.us/who-we-are/publications/funding-your-assistive-technology/

provides people with disabilities and their families with financial loans, funding resources and education, vendors &assistance

Hebrew Free Loan Association (Pittsburgh):

http://hflapgh.org/

offers interest-free loans on a nonsectarian basis to residents of Allegheny, Westmoreland, Washington, Butler, Beaver and Armstrong Counties who may not qualify for assistance through other institutions.

Hebrew Free Loan Society of Greater Philadelphia:

https://hflphilly.org/

helps those living in the Philadelphia area with a temporary financial need by offering no interest, no fee loans. While most of our loans are only for members of the Philadelphia Jewish community, some are offered to both Jews and non-Jews. Credit-worthy co-signers are required for all loans. We lend for everything from post-secondary education to fertility treatments to day care and pre-school to medical and dental expenses to starting a new business, and much more.

Achieva Family Trust:

http://achievafamilytrust.org/charitable-residual-account/

Sometimes individuals with disabilities and their families lack the financial resources to access critical special needs support. This trust can provide supplemental support and services (including technology) for children and adults with disabilities who are unable to pay for the services or supports on their own.  The program is meant to be utilized when all other sources have been exhausted.  Eligible applicants are individuals with disabilities throughout the state of Pennsylvania

First Hand Foundation www.firsthandfoundation.org  Phone: 816-201-1569

Provides assistance with: treatment, medicine, assistive technology/equipment,
wheelchairs, vehicle modifications (lifts, ramps, etc.)
BUT Does not provide assistance with: home modification projects, wheelchair van purchases,
co-pays or deductibles, therapy dogs
Families must meet their financial guidelines (can be viewed on website)
Turnaround is approximately 1 month from application submission

Center for Independent Living-Central PA (CILCP):

https://cilcp.org/

The mission is to eliminate and prevent barriers that people with disabilities experience by providing ongoing advocacy and offering innovative programs and services.

United Cerebral Palsy of Central Pennsylvania (UCP)

https://www.ucpcentralpa.org/services/assistive-technology/ (includes PA UCP Lending Library)

UCP’s Assistive Technology (AT) service offers a full range of devices, equipment, training, and supports that equip people to live with a greater degree of independence at home, at work, at school, and at play. Our AT services not only make everyday living easier for the user; they make otherwise impossible tasks possible.

Technology for Our Whole Lives (TechOWL):

https://techowlpa.org/

Did you know that every state has a program to help people with disabilities and others explore, find and get the tools and technology they need? These tools may be needed for school, work, and life in the community. The Institute on Disabilities at Temple University is the home for this program in Pennsylvania. It is called Pennsylvania’s Initiative on Assistive Technology or “PIAT” (pee-aht) for short. Pennsylvania’s Initiative on Assistive Technology (PIAT) is in Philadelphia. PIAT serves the following counties: Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery, and Philadelphia. PIAT strives to enhance the lives of all Pennsylvanians with disabilities, older Pennsylvanians, and their families, through access to and acquisition of assistive technology devices and services, which allow for choice, control and independence at home, work, school, play, and in their neighborhoods.

Center for Assistance Technology (CAT)

https://www.upmc.com/services/rehab/rehab-institute/services/cat

A joint program of UPMC and the University of Pittsburgh

PHLConnectED

https://www.phila.gov/programs/phlconnected/

will connect eligible K–12 student households with access to reliable internet service at no cost through June 2022. Participants will not pay any out-of-pocket expenses or installation fees. The program will also provide digital skills training and support.

 There are three core components of PHLConnectED:

  • Wired, high-speed, reliable internet to the home from Comcast’s Internet Essentials program, or a high-speed mobile hotspot from T-Mobile for families who are housing insecure.
  • Distribution of devices, such as Chromebooks, tablets, or computers through their school.
  • Digital skills training and tech support.

Program prioritizes families with the greatest need for internet service. We will focus on connecting K–12 families who:

  • Do not have any internet access.
  • Have only mobile phone internet access.
  • Are homeless or housing insecure.
  • Have students who participate in remote learning in locations without internet access (outside of the primary household).

The program’s eligibility has been expanded. You may also be eligible if you have internet in your home and:

  • Participate in public benefit programs with income qualifications.
  • Your child is an English Learner.
  • Your child receives special education services.

 Eligible households will be identified through data gathered by the Philadelphia School District of Philadelphia, the Charter Schools Office, and internet service providers.


TRANSPORTATION RELATED RESOURCES

Chester County Ride Guide (Online information on bus, train, taxi, and paratransit transportation):
www.chescorideguide.org

Krapf Coaches: 610-431-1500 or www.krapfbus.com
Route A (Serving Coatesville, Thorndale, Downingtown, Exton, and West Chester)

FREE TRANSPORTATION TO HEALTHCARE APPOINTMENTS!

Do you need transportation to Medical, Counseling/Mental Health, WIC, Dental, Eye and other health related appointments? Call or visit one of these partner agencies to see if you qualify for the Ride for Health Initiative of Southern Chester County: The American Cancer Society, Human Services Inc., Catholic Social Services, Kennett Area Community Service (KACS), Chester County Community Dental, Kennett Consolidated School District, Chester County Department of Youth and Family, La Comunidad Hispana, Chester County Family Literary Program, Maternal and Child Health, Consortium: Family Center, Family Benefits & Healthy Start, Chester County Head Start, Mission Santa Maria, Domestic Violence Center of Chester County, Neighbors in Action, Holcomb Behavioral Health Systems, Oxford Neighborhood Service Center, Home of the Sparrow, United Way of Southern Chester County. Visit www.TMACC.org or call 610-993-0911 Ride for Health Initiative is a last resort program for those who are not eligible for any other Medical Assistance transportation through ROVER or TransNet, along with other stipulations. 

CHESTER COUNTY PARATRANSIT SYSTEM
Medical Assistance Transportation Program (MATP): 484-696-3854/877-873-8415 (toll free) or www.riderover.com
Aging Shared Ride for Seniors (Rover CT): 610-594-3911 or 877-873-8415 (toll free)
Persons with Disabilities Transportation Program (Rover CT): 610-594-3911 or 877-873-8415

VOLUNTEER BASED TRANSPORTATION:
Neighbors in Action (Volunteer transportation for residents of Southern Chester County for a nominal fee): 610-444-4819
Kennett Area Community Service (serves Kennett Square area): 610-444-4143

Freedom Grant program: usvariety.org/care
o Philadelphia Variety Chapter: http://varietyphila.org/ Phone number: 215-735-0803
Provide assistance with services for mobility, independence, and
social inclusion (adaptive bikes & trikes, assistance animals, hoists and lifts, manual and
powered wheelchairs, modified vehicle access, standing & walking assistance like gait
trainers, walkers, standing frames, positioning systems; specialized seating for car,
shower, toilet, etc.) Capp Phila. chapter directly

MOBILITY EXPRESS DOWNINGTOWN

a retail store that sells Medicare chargeable equipment and supplies. Locatedat 430W Lincoln Hwy, Downingtown. www.familymobility.com Call 610-518-2221


MISCELLANEOUS

Prescription Expense Assistance:

STATEWIDE
Medicare Extra Help (Medicare recipients only): 800-772-1213
PACE/PACENET (Serves Seniors only): 800-225-7223
PA Partnership for Prescription Assistance: 888-477-2669 or
www.pparx.org

PA Patient Assistance Program Clearinghouse (Serves the
uninsured, under-insured – No PACE or Medicaid Coverage):
800-955-0989

PACE(Seniors): 800-225-7223 or www.cms.hhs.gov/pace

Special Pharmaceutical Benefits Program: 215-625-9609 or 800-922-9384
www.needymeds.org (prescription assistance programs through pharmaceutical companies for free/low cost health clients)

www.GoodRx.com – Compares prescription drug prices and
offers discount coupons up to 80% off

COUNTYWIDE
Community Volunteers in Medicine (serves uninsured working
people who live or work in Chester County):
610-836-5990

COATESVILLE
The Salvation Army: 610-384-2954

KENNETT SQUARE
Kennett Area Community Service: 610-925-3556
LCH: 610-444-7550

OXFORD
Oxford Area Neighborhood Services: 610-932-8557

PHOENIXVILLE
Health Care Access (Formerly the Phoenixville Healthcare
Access Foundation) – Connects uninsured or underinsured
residents of the Greater Phoenixville area with dental, vision,
prescription, mammogram, and emergency orthopedic
services: 610-935-3165 or www.phcafoundation.org.

WEST CHESTER
The Salvation Army: 610-696-8746

CHILD HEALTHCARE SERVICE GRANTS AVAILABLE FOR UP TO $5,000 (medical services/ equipment)

Child must be 16 yrs. or younger. Online app. at UHCCF website. http://www.uhccf.org.

Mitzvah Circle Foundation www.mitzvahcircle.org (Community Partner with the National Diaper Bank Network)
Supports service organizations/families with donations of diapers, personal hygiene items, household
goods, baby gear, school supplies, clothing and more. Call 215-828-6649

Chewable Jewels– Dr. Bloom Inc. – www.chewablejewels.com
Dr. Bloom’s Chewable Jewels are a unique line of safe teething jewelry that includes bracelets,
necklaces and key chain accessories. The products come in various colors and package options. One
of the most popular items, Dr. Bloom’s Chewable Jewels necklace, is also great for nursing moms.

Premise Alert System

This program allows families to voluntarily notify the police and other first responders about  special circumstances: child or adult with autism, developmental delays or a rare or complex medical issue or an Alzheimer patient who wanders, etc… www.papremisealert.com

Special Needs Registry

This signifies an effort by county government officials to better identify those
in our community who are most at risk during a disaster. This is a web based data
collection tool that will assist those emergency responders in planning and prioritizing in the event of a disaster. Call 610-344-5000 or logon to: http://www.chesco.org/des to register

PA CareerLink®-Chester County and United Way
Financial Stability Center
479 Thomas Jones Way, Suite 500
Exton, PA, 19341
CareerLink: 610-280-1010
https://www.cwds.state.pa.us/

FAMILY GUIDE ON EVIDENCE-BASED PRACTICES AVAILABLE. 

Title: Choosing the Right Treatment: What Families Need to Know about Evidence-Based practices. For copy: 1-800-6264, www.aacap.org or www.nami.org (National Alliance on Mental Health)

Parent Organization

www.understood.org

Early Learning Resource Center(Child Care): 866-262-8565

Credit Counseling Services

  • American Credit Counseling Institute: 888-212-6741
  • CLARIFI (formerly Consumer Credit Counseling Service of Delaware Valley): 215-563-5665 or 800-989-2227
  • Open Hearth, Inc. (also offers a savings program): 610-792-9282
  • Housing Partnership of Chester County: 610-518-1522
  • The Pledging Tree Foundation: 774-275-0787

Chester County Government: 610-344-6000 or www.chesco.org

ChesCo Commissioner: 610-344-6100

ChesCo Dept. of Community Development: 800-692-1100 x 6900 or http://dsf.chesco.org/ccdcd/site/default.asp

PA HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES RESOURCE GUIDE: 

www.state.pa.us, keyword: “resource guide.”

Chester County Assistance Office(Welfare)
610-466-1000(Coatesville) or 888-814-4698 or www.compass.state.pa.us

Unemployment Compensation: 888-313-7284 or www.uc.pa.gov

Utility Bill Assistance

  • Kennett Area Community Service (Serving the Kennett Square Area): 610-925-3556
  • Oxford Area Neighborhood Services Center (Serving Oxford area): 610-932-8557
  • Phoenixville Area Community Services (Serving Phoenixville Area): 610-933-1105
  • Open Hearth, Inc. (Serving Spring City and Pottstown Areas): 610-792-9282
  • PECO Universal Service Programs (Serving low-income customers who demonstrate
    difficulty paying their monthly electric bill): 800-774-7040
  • Salvation Army of Greater West Chester (Serves West Chester Area): 610-696-8746
  • Salvation Army Service Extension (Serves any uncovered areas of Chester County): 610-383-0868
  • Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP): 866-857-7095 or 610-466-1042
  • Public Utility Commission (PUC): 800-692-7380
  • TE CARE (Tredyffrin/Easttown area): 610-644-0594 or help@tecare.org
  • ACT in Faith of Greater West Chester (Serving West Chester area): 484-324-8492 or contact@actinfaithgwc.org
  • St. Vincent de Paul Society (Serves Downingtown, Eagle, Elverson, Guthriesville, Honeybrook and Lionville): 610-470-9090

CONTACT

Please contact The Arc’s Advocacy Department who will be able to answer your general questions about this content, assist with referrals, and connect you with one of our advocates. We can also arrange for a translator for families whose primary language is not English.