— 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
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.
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.