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Community Based Resources

The Arc Alliance Support Coordination Services is dedicated to providing resources and supports to enable individuals the opportunity to become as independent, engaged, and as active in their community as possible. The challenge for you and your family may simply be identifying what’s available in the community and if it will fit your needs.

The resources provided here are simply a sample of the options and networks our team has available to assist you today. Please take a few moments to investigate the categories and options listed. If you don’t see a category or listing that addresses your need, please reach out to your Supports Coordinator, they regularly receive updates, notifications, and have access to a network of community based opportunities in our region.

Helpful Links of Services & Supports

PA Secondary Transition Guide: http://www.secondarytransition.org/

Dream Partnership: http://dreampartnership.org/

The Peal Center: http://pealcenter.org/

Pennsylvania Training and Technical Assistance Network: http://www.pattan.net/

Office of Vocational Rehabilitation: http://www.dli.pa.gov/Individuals/Disability-Services/ovr/Pages/default.aspx

Works for Me PA: http://worksforme-pa.org/

State Employment Leadership Network: http://www.selnhub.org/home

Community of Practice for Supporting Families: http://supportstofamilies.org/

Quality Mall: http://www.qualitymall.org/main/

Parent to Parent of PA: http://www.parenttoparent.org/

Easter Seals: http://www.easterseals.com/sepa/

PA Families Inc: http://pafamiliesinc.org/

Networks for Training and Development: http://www.networksfortraining.org/#welcome

American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities: http://aaidd.org/

http://www.needhelppayingbills.com/

Social Security: https://www.ssa.gov/

PA ABLE Savings Program: http://www.paable.gov/

Kelly Anne Dolan Memorial Fund: http://dolanfund.org/

Compass (Applying for Benefits): https://www.compass.state.pa.us/

Benefits.Gov: https://www.benefits.gov/

CHIP (Children’s Health Insurance Program): http://www.chipcoverspakids.com

County Assistance Office Locations: http://www.dhs.pa.gov/citizens/findfacilsandlocs/countyassistanceofficecontactinformation/

Heating Assistance/ LIHEAP: http://www.dhs.pa.gov/citizens/heatingassistanceliheap/index.htm

Philadelphia Coordinated Health Care: https://www.pchc.org/

Mental Health Association in PA: http://www.mhapa.org/

Department of Human Services: http://www.dhs.pa.gov/citizens/mentalhealthservices/

Mental Health Association in PA: http://www.mhapa.org/

EPSDT:  https://www.medicaid.gov/medicaid/benefits/epsdt/index.html

National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI): https://namimontcopa.org/

Berks County Crisis Intervention: 610-236-0530

Bucks County Mental Health Crisis: 1-800-499-7455

Chester County Valley Creek Crisis Center: 1-877-918-2100

Montgomery County Emergency Services Crisis Intervention: 610-279-6100

Philadelphia County DBHIDS Suicide & Crisis Intervention: 215-686-4420

Legal Aid of Southeastern PA: http://lasp.org/

PA Health Law Project: http://www.phlp.org/

Juvenile Law Center: http://jlc.org/

DHS Reporting Abuse and Fraud: http://www.dhs.pa.gov/citizens/reportabuse/

National Organization for Victim’s Assistance: http://www.trynova.org/

Victim’s Services Center: http://www.victimservicescenter.org/

Danny’s Wish: https://dannyswish.org/

IF I NEED HELP: https://ifineedhelp.org/

National Autism Association (NAA): nationalautismassociation.org

PA Assistive Technology Foundation (PATF): https://patf.us/

Team Children: http://www.teamchildren.org/2021-computer-application.html

Temple’s Tech Owl: https://techowlpa.org/service-for-a-person/

Social Groups

https://www.bestbuddies.org/pennsylvania/friendship
Fosters individualized friendships for people with and without an IDD diagnosis, with chapters for middle school, high school, college, and adults.

https://www.facebook.com/GraspPhilly/
A friendly, supportive virtual meeting group for adults ages 18 and older who are diagnosed with autism.

https://www.makingfriendssocialgroup.com/
Offers social strategies for children pre-K through 5th grade diagnosed with ADHD, social anxiety, and language disorder.

https://ourcommunitycup.com/
A welcoming place for all people, offering activities like open mic and games.

https://youthmovepa.wildapricot.org/Thrive-for-Hope/
A virtual, drop-in support group for young adults ages 16-29.

https://www.familiesccanphilly.org/services-programs
Supports families through resource meetings, virtual workshops, service navigation, and more.

https://www.jchai.org/
Free, virtual support group for parents/caregivers of adults (17+) with disabilities.

https://www.parenttoparent.org/
Matches a parent to a “mentor” parent to act as a peer support person.

If you are a parent, family member of a person or individual receiving Intellectual disAbility Services in Philadelphia and looking to make a connection in your area, please contact the following:

  • NW Family Support Group
    Germantown, Mount Airy, Chestnut Hill Representative: Verna Edwards –215-301-0436

  • Heart of the Family
    Center City / South Philly Parent Support Representative: Marjorie Anderson – 267-307-6915

  • There’s A Place For Us Support Group
    North Philadelphia Representative: Cleo Dupree – 215-329-5219

  • Abrienodo Caminos a los Latinos con Families”
    Exceptional Families “ (Latinos Support Group) Liaison: Marisol Ramos – 267-773-5296

  • Roxborough Parent Support Group
    Roxborough Representative: Carol Costello – 215-487-1240

  • West Philadelphia Parent Support Group
    West Philadelphia, Mantua, Overbrook & SW Philadelphia, Winfield Representative: Doreatha Davis- 215-303-3501

https://youthmovepa.wildapricot.org/Thrive-for-Hope/
A virtual, drop-in support group for young adults ages 16-29.

Community Based Resources

https://pasilc.org/independent-living/find-a-cil-by-county/
Every county in PA has a CIL designed to provide a variety of independence skills to people with disabilities.

https://www.lifecourseonline.com/
A life-planning and community online platform for people of any age and/or caregivers.

https://healthyrelationshipscurriculum.org/lessons/
Free instructional videos on daily tasks and online safety.

https://www.mainlinehealth.org/specialties/rehab-driver-rehab-program or call 484-596-5000 Work with a driver rehabilitation specialist through Bryn Mawr Rehab to enhance necessary skills to get safely on the road.

https://mylamp.org/
Sends audio and braille books for PA residents who have difficulty using standard print materials and have a diagnosis of blind, deaf-blind, visual disability, physical disability, or reading disability.

https://www.covidtests.gov/ or call 1-800-232-0233 Order 4 free COVID tests per household. Deaf and hard-of-hearing people and those using sign language, text, or Video Relay Service can call The Disability Information and Access Line (DIAL) directly at 1-888-677-1199 or by using 711.

https://www.abilitiesinmotion.org/podcast
Tune into Abilities in Motion’s podcast for real conversation, no-nonsense talk from everyday people with disabilities living their most independent everyday lives.

https://www.mainlinehealth.org/specialties/rehab-driver-rehab-program or call 484-596-5000 Work with a driver rehabilitation specialist through Bryn Mawr Rehab to enhance necessary skills to get safely on the road.

https://www.myodp.org/mod/data/view.php?id=28133
An audio series on a dedicated topic with a targeted audience in mind.

County-Specific Miscellaneous Resources

BCTV- https://www.bctv.org/calendar/ Berks County’s public access channel has an online community calendar

Abilities in Motion- https://www.abilitiesinmotion.org/ Call 610-376-0010 with questions about COVID vaccines and for assistance with locating and scheduling your vaccine or booster

Helping Harvest- https://helpingharvest.org/programs/pantry-kitchen-shelter/ Offers food pantries and soup kitchens

Bucks County Alive- https://buckscountyalive.com/business/Food-Pantries.cfm List of food pantries in alphabetical order

Chester County Food Bank- https://chestercountyfoodbank.org/community-partners/member-agencies/ Map with food providers and hot meal sites

Meals on Wheels- https://mowcc.org/ Delivering well-balanced meals to homebound residents

Delaware County- https://www.delcopa.gov/ich/resources/foodandnutprograms.html Lists programs for baby items, child nutrition programs, and food assistance.

Administrative Case Management (ACM)https://creativehs.org/montgomery-county-case-management-children/ helps MontCo families obtain Medicaid/Medical Assistance for children ages 0-21. ACM works with any child, regardless of diagnosis or insurance plan.

Virtual Resource Expohttps://trello.com/b/KzPr8or5/virtual-montgomery-county-resource-expo a virtual company directory with organized lists of disability-related agencies in Montgomery County.

MontCo Anti-Hunger Network- https://www.montcoantihunger.org/mahn-member-food-pantries.html Search the map to find a local food pantry.

Department of Public Health’s ‘In-Home COVID Vaccination Program’https://redcap.phila.gov/surveys/?s=WCAXTJ8H8P in-home COVID vaccines for people experiencing barriers to their Philadelphia community

Coalition Against Hunger- http://www.hungercoalition.org/food-pantries Search the map to find a local food pantry.

Face to Face Germantown: https://facetofacegermantown.org/ or call 215-438-7939 For social, legal, and health services as well as hot meals for those experiencing food insecurity. Located at 123 East Price St., Philadelphia, PA 19144

Philadelphia Autism Project: www.phillyautismproject.org supports people with autism and their families through education, connections, and innovation

DBHIDS Trauma Initiatives and Resourceshttps://dbhids.org/trauma Programming to ensure populations most impacted by immediate and prolonged trauma are given the resources, tools, and supports to heal and ultimately thrive