Family Matters – The PEAL Center: Parent Education & Advocacy Leadership

 

PEAL Center

The PEAL Center is an organization of parents of children with disabilities and special health care needs who educate and guide:

— Families of children and youth, ages birth to 26, who have disabilities and/or special health care needs

— Professionals and others who work with children and youth who have disabilities and/or special health care needs

— Youth and young adults up to age 26 who have disabilities and/or special health care needs

 PEAL believes that all children, including children with disabilities and special health care needs, can learn and participate in their schools and communities.The PEAL Center is parents, educators and self-advocates one-stop-resource for disability information and referral in Pennsylvania. As a Parent Center (PTI) and Family-to-Family Health Information Center (F2F), PEAL provides assistance to families of children with disabilities, educators, and others who work with them. PEAL’s primary intent is to help families help their children and provide the tools they need to become lifelong advocates for their children and themselves.

Mission Statement

Reflecting the Common Bonds of Community

The mission of the PEAL Center is to educate and empower families to ensure that children, youth and young adults with disabilities and special health care needs lead rich, active lives as full members of their schools and communities.

 History
2005:  The Parent Education & Advocacy Leadership Center (PEAL Center) was established as an non-profit organization of parents of children with disabilities to support and educate other parents of children with disabilities and special health care needs, and professionals who work in these fields.

2005:  The PEAL Center began receiving funds from the U. S. Department of Education as a  Parent Training and Information Center (PTI) serving Western and Central Pennsylvania with a focus on education and community supports.  PEAL had two full-time and two part-time employees.

2007:   The PEAL Center expanded its mission to also serve as Pennsylvania’s first statewide Family to Family Health Information Center (F2F) to assist parents with access to health care, insurance and in-home supports.

2014:   The PEAL Center’s PTI grant from the U.S. Department of Education; Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) expanded to cover the entire state of Pennsylvania.

Today, PEAL employs 17 employees serving families across PA with offices in Pittsburgh and Philadelphia.

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