Family-Focused Organizations

Parent Centers

Parent Centers are comprised of our Parent Training and Information Center (PTI) and Community Parent Resource Centers (CPRCs). They are funded through the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). 

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Parent Education and Advocacy Leadership (PEAL) 
The Parent Education and Advocacy Leadership (PEAL) Center was established in October 2005 as an organization of parents of children with disabilities reaching out to assist other parents of children with disabilities and special health care needs, and professionals. The PEAL Center offers a variety of supports and resources from Assistive Technology to healthcare information for families and professionals. They have a number of ongoing trainings and events, print publications, and even a lending library.

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HUNE is a not for profit organization established in 1998. They provide free bilingual English and Spanish training, technical assistance and individual assistance to parents of infants, toddlers, children, and youth with disabilities and to professionals who work with children. 

HUNE es una organización sin fines de lucro establecido en el 1998. HUNE provee asesoramiento, asistencia técnica y asistencia individual gratis para los padres de infantes, niños, y jóvenes con impedimentos y a los profesionales que trabajan con los niños. 

 Click on image of Mission Empower to go to Resources for Families in N.W. PA

Mission Empower
Mission Empower has been helping families in Erie County who have children with disabilities get the supports and services they need to be successful at school and in life since 2007. Mission Empower provides advocacy services, parent training and community education services. Advocates work with parents to solve problems, design creative solutions and collaborate effectively with their child’s school.


Parent to Parent of Pennsylvania 
For over 36 years, Parent to Parent programs across the country have been providing emotional and informational support to families of children who have special needs, most notably by matching parents seeking support with an experienced, trained “support parent.”

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The Arc of Pennsylvania promotes the human rights of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and actively supports their full inclusion and participation in the community throughout their lifetimes.


The Office for Dispute Resolution (ODR) provides the resources for parents and educational agencies to resolve disputes concerning the identification, evaluation, educational placement, or the provision of a free appropriate public education for students with disabilities, students who are gifted, and children with disabilities served by the early intervention system. ODR also provides help for your special education questions and concerns through ConsultLine. ConsultLine advisors are available to answer questions and provide information about special education programs and the laws governing these programs for parents of, and advocates for, children with disabilities, or those who are thought to have a disability. You can reach ConsultLine at 1-800-879-2301 (Toll Free in Pennsylvania) or 717-901-2146 (Outside Pennsylvania). Simply leave a message with your question or concern, and the appropriate advisor will return your call within three business days.

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Pennsylvania State Task Force
The primary purpose of the state task force and the twenty-nine (29) local task forces (one in each intermediate unit) is to ensure that the intent and spirit of the Right to Education Consent Agreement is carried out throughout the Commonwealth or Pennsylvania.