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.

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

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
A Warm Line is also available

RESOURCES FOR CHILDREN AND ADULTS

ART RELATED RESOURCES
ART – FREE  ART CLASSES FOR PEOPLE WITH SPECIAL NEEDS 

Provided at the Wayne Art Center, 413 Maplewood Ave., Wayne, PA 19403, call 610-688-3553 or visit www.wayneart.org.  Email questions to: info@wayneart.org.

APRAXIA Resources

www.apraxia-kids.org

Brain Injury Resources

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

Cerebral Palsy Resources

www.cerebralpalsyguidance.com/aboutus/


AUTISM AND OTHER NEUROLOGICAL DISORDERS RELATED RESOURCES

 

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/

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


BEHAVIOR RELATED RESOURCES

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

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.

 


EDUCATION RELATED RESOURCES

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- FREE ON-LINE GAME:
GAMES- PAID ON-LINE GAMES:
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

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 – 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.

READING  – 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.

 


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.

FORECLOSURE CONSULTATIONS – CLARIFI for lifelong financial literacy

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

 


EMPLOYMENT RELATED RESOURCES

CONSUMER PEER SUPPORT CENTER

Community Crossroads Peer

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

EMPLOYMENT
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).

JOB LOCATOR SERVICES:

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

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.

HEALTH RELATED RESOURCES

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

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.

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

HOME REPAIR – GOOD WORKS – Repairing Homes and Restoring Hope.

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, and live in the home. Call 610-383-6311. www.goodworksinc.org.

HOUSING
—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.

Connect Points:

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

2-1-1

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.

 


IDD RELATED RESOURCES

“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.

 


LEGAL/MEDICAL SYSTEM RELATED RESOURCES

LEGAL AID NETWORK, CHESTER COUNTY

Mon – Fri, 9 – 1pm, 877-429-5994, www.chesco.org-legalservices

MA and WELFARE APPLICATION ASSISTANCE AND ADVOCACY 

Available through Public Citizens for Children and Youth, www.PCCY.org.

MEDICAL ASSISTANCE:

“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. 

PUBLIC CITIZENS FOR CHILDREN AND YOUTH (PCCY)

Help get children health insurance or find a place to get health care services. Call 215-563-5848 Email questions to: info@pccy.org.   Website: www.pccy.org,

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.


MENTAL HEALTH RELATED RESOURCES

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

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

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

MENTAL HEALTH RESOURCE

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

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

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

SUBSTANCE ABUSE – OMHSAS – PA Office of MH & Substance Abuse

 www.dhs.pa.gov. Call 717-787-6443.

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.


RIDING (THERAPEUTIC) RELATED RESOURCES

RIDING – 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

RIDING – 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.

RIDING – 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.

RIDING – 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.

RIDING – 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.

 


SOCIAL SKILLS, FRIENDSHIP, and RECREATION RELATED RESOURCES

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  

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.com. 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. Weekly activities. Community-based barbecues, zoos, outdoor games, dances, bowling, train rides, etc. Costs vary by activity. Call: Lori at The Arc of Chester County 610-696-8090, lmeyers@arcofchestercounty.org.

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

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.

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.

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.


SPORTS RELATED RESOURCES

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


TECHNICAL RESOURCES

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/


TRANSPORTATION RELATED RESOURCES

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 othervstipulations. 

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

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.

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

PA HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES RESOURCE GUIDE: 

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


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.