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Pennsylvania - Where to Find State Disability Assistance in Pennsylvania

State Disability Resources for Pennsylvania


Updated October 16, 2011

If your child has a disability, and you do not know where to find help, check out this list of essential resources available in your state. These essential contacts offer the most commonly needed services and can provide you with referrals to other appropriate services as well. If you have difficulty contacting any of these resources, please feel free to email me at: learningdisabilities@aboutguide.com.

Disability Advocacy Services

Protection and advocacy offices offer information and referrals relating to disability issues, a resource database for self-advocacy, education and training in disability rights, and individual case advocacy.

Disability Rights Network of Pennsylvania
1414 N. Cameron Street, Suite C
Harrisburg PA 17103
Telephone Voice: (717) 236-8110 Toll Free TTY Telephone: (877) 375-7139
Toll Free: (800) 692-7443 (in PA)
Website: Disability Advocacy

State Mediation System
Office for Dispute Resolution
6340 Flank Drive, Suite 600
Harrisburg   PA   17112
(717) 541-4960

Mental Health Services Agency

State mental health agencies provide services to individuals and families dealing with mental illness, mental retardation, and substance abuse. Services include advocacy, nursing home screening, psychiatric services, intervention, coordination of treatment, case management, and more.

Office of Mental Health and Substance Abuse
Department of Public Welfare
P.O. Box 2675

Harrisburg PA 17105-2675
Telephone: (717) 787-6443

State Vocational Rehabilitation Agency

Vocational rehabilitation helps people with disabilities live independently. The department works with middle schools, high schools, and higher education to help students with disabilities access appropriate supports for employment and independence.

Office of Vocational Rehabilitation Services
Department of Labor and Industry

Children, Adults & Families Division
1521 N. 6th Street
Harrisburg PA 17102
Telephone: (717) 787-7312
Website: Office of Vocational Rehabilitation

Infants, Toddlers, and Preschoolers with Disabilities

Services to children with disabilities include instruction, speech, physical, and occupational therapies.

Birth - 2:
Bureau of Early Intervention Services

Office of Child Development and Early Learning
Department of Education and Public Welfare Harrisburg PA 17126-0333
Telephone: (717) 783-7213
Website: Early Childhood

3 - 5
Bureau of Early Intervention Services
Office of Child Development and Early Learning

Department of Education and Public Welfare
333 Market Street, 7th Floor, PDE Building
Harrisburg PA 17126-0333
Telephone: (717) 787-9266
Website: Special Education

Department of Education - Special Education - Ages 3 - 21

States' departments of education oversee disability education services to children. It monitors school districts for compliance with IDEA and state special education regulations. The Department of Education handles formal complaints, due process hearings, and mediation on special education issues.

Bureau of Special Education
Department of Education

333 Market Street, 7th Floor
Harrisburg PA 17126-0333
Telephone: (717) 783-6913
Toll Free: (800) 879-2301 (Voice and TTY) Website: Special Education

Programs for People with Developmental Disabilities

Office of Developmental Programs
Department of Public Welfare
Health and Welfare Building, Room 502
P.O. Box 2675
Harrisburg   PA   17105-2675
(717) 787-3700

Developmental Disabilities Council
561 Forum Building, Commonwealth Avenue
Harrisburg   PA   17120
(717) 787-6057

Programs for Children with Special Health Care Needs

Division of Community Systems Development and Outreach
Division of Child and Adult Health Services
Department of Health, 7th Floor, East Wing
Health & Welfare Building
7th & Forster Street
Harrisburg   PA   17120
(800) 986-4550 - Special Kids Networks
(717) 772-2763

Pennsylvania's Children's Health Insurance Program
1011 Mumma Road
Wormleysburg   PA   17043
(800) 986-5437

Blind and Visual Impairment Services

Bureau of Blindness and Visual Services
Office of Vocational Rehabilitation
Department of Labor and Industry
1521 N. 6th Street
Harrisburg   PA   17102
(800) 622-2842 (in PA)
(717) 787-6176

Deaf, Hard of Hearing, and Hearing Impairment Services

Office for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing
1521 N. 6th Street
Harrisburg   PA   17102
(800) 233-3008 (V/TTY in PA only)
(717) 783-4912 V/TTY


Telecommunications Relay Services 
(800) 654-5988 (V)
(800) 654-5984 (TTY); 711 (TTY)
(800) 229-5746 (Speech to Speech - English)
(866) 260-9470 (Speech to Speech - Spanish)

Programs for Children and Youth who are Deaf-Blind
Pennsylvania Deaf-Blind Project
6340 Flank Drive, Suite 600
Harrisburg   PA   17112-2764
(800) 360-7282 (in PA only)
(717) 541-4960, ext. 3115

Americans with Disabilities Act Center

DBTAC: Mid-Atlantic ADA Center
TransCen, Inc.
451 Hungerford Drive, Suite 700
Rockville   MD   20850
(800) 949-4232 (V/TTY - DC, DE, MD, PA, VA, WV)
(301) 217-0124 (V/TTY)

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