To register for support services contact:
North Star Support Services
500 Lakemont Park Boulevard
Altoona PA 16602
www.thearc.org This is the National Arc web site for information, education and referral to national and state arc organizations.
www.thearcpa.org PA Arc organization for statewide legislative issues as well as education and information. Here you will find easy access to communicate with your legislators and pass bills that will benefit individuals with developmental disabilities. Click on the Arc of PA Action Alert button on the left to view current issues affecting individuals with disabilities.
The Education Law Center is a nonprofit legal advocacy and educational organization, dedicated to ensuring that all children in Pennsylvania have access to a quality public education. This web site is full of publications, tool kits, fact sheets and manuals to help parents get a general understanding of special education law.
Parents, educators, advocates, and attorneys go to Wrightslaw for accurate, reliable information about special education law, education law, and advocacy for children with disabilities. Wrightslaw has thousands of articles, cases, and free resources about dozens of topics.
The Advocacy Institute works to develop of products, projects and services that work to improve the lives of people with disabilities. The Advocacy Institute hosts theAdvocacy Academy which provides ongoing, special education advocacy training through a webinar service, allowing you to view advocacy seminars from the comfort of your home.
The Pennsylvania Training and Technical Assistance Network (PaTTAN) is an initiative of the Pennsylvania Department of Education, Bureau of Special Education. PaTTAN offers many resources and materials and hosts training events which parents are invited to attend.
The PEAL Center serves Western and Central Pennsylvania. They provide training and information for parents and friends of children with disabilities, as well as their educators and their advocates.
Parent Education Network (PEN) provides information and training to parents in Pennsylvania who have children with special needs. The site includes information on and links to Federal Special Education Resources, National Disability Issues and Resources, Special Education Legal Links, Transportation, and Travel.
Parent to Parent links families of children and adults with disabilities or special needs in PA.
Official web site of the Pennsylvania Department of Education
The Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services provides supports and resources to parents, school districts and states in the areas of special education, vocational rehabilitation and research.
www.ppainc.orgﾠPennsylvania Protection & Advocacy, Inc. (PP&A) and the Disabilities Law Project (DLP) have merged to form the Disability Rights Network of Pennsylvania (DRN). DRN will provide the full range of legal, policy, and advocacy services necessary to protect and advance the rights of people with disabilities.
The National Center for Learning Disabilities is an online guide to essential information about learning disabilities, early literacy and learning resources, support for adolescents and adults with LD, public policy and advocacy tools.
www.inclusiveschools.org This is the Official web site for National Inclusive Schools week.
This government web site offers resources for individuals with disabilities, including information about health, housing, education, transportation, recreation and employment.
The Council for Exceptional Children (CEC) is the largest international professional organization dedicated to improving educational outcomes for individuals with exceptionalities, students with disabilities, and/or the gifted. CEC provides special education publications, conferences, and a variety of other resources.
www.iu08.org The Appalachia Intermediate Unit 8 web site includes information and links for parents as well as staff directories and links to school districts in Blair County.
www.ssa.gov This is the Social Security Administration web site.
www.hso.blairco.org Here is the Human Service Web site with information on public, nonprofit agencies and organizations in Blair County.
www.dpw.state.pa.us This is the home page for the Pennsylvania Department of Public Welfare.
www.dpw.state.pa.us/omap This is the home page for the Office of Medical Assistance and reference to the County Assistance Offices.