A child might be eligible for 3 types of Social security benefits-
Social Security Dependents Benefits (SSDI)- for children of disabled or deceased parents
Supplemental Security Income (SSI)- benefits are payable to children under 18 years old who have disabilities (an impairment that is as severe as one that would keep an adult from doing any ‘substantial work for at least one year’, i.e. a disability that limits the child’s ability to do things and behave in the way that children of similar age group do.), and limited resources.
Medical Assistance- government funded health program (Medical Assistance and Medicaid are the same thing)-automatic for patients with severe impairments regardless of parental income. – 800-772-1213
A free, statewide service for families with children who have special needs. They will connect parents with resources and support services in their communities, including: advocacy; home health; legal rights; support groups; summer camps; therapies; medical equipment; MA questions; private schools and more- Hours M-F 8:30-4pm-800-986-4550
A division of the Phila. Dept. of Public Health; Maternal, Child&Family Health Division. This unit can help both families and professionals who are looking for help in navigating the sometimes complex systems that address the needs of CSHCN (birth-21) in the Philadelphia area- call 215-685-5232
The PEAL Center serves families of children with disabilities and special healthcare needs. Our qualified parent advisors assist parents in understanding their children’s disabilities, educational development, and healthcare needs. Families of children with disabilities or special healthcare needs can call PEAL between 9am and 5pm Monday to Friday to speak with a parent advisor. There is no cost to the family for reaching out to the PEAL Center and speaking with a parent advisor. We have parent advisors located in Western, Central, and Eastern Pennsylvania. Contact us toll free at 1-866-950-1040 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
This is a multi-service agency for children and adults with cerebral palsy and developmental disabilities. They offer home and center-based programs, advocacy, referral and information about resources for children with special needs- 102 E. Mermaid Lane- 215-242-4200
Assists parents of children who have emotional or behavioral disorders, are receiving mental health system services, or are receiving special education services- advocates for these children, and provides information- 1211 Chestnut St.- 267-507-3860.
Main phone number for most issues relating to Philadelphia school system- 800-879-2301
The Office of Specialized Services (OSS) is committed to the educational, social, physical, and emotional well being of students within the School District of Philadelphia. The OSS provides comprehensive special education, behavioral health, school health, and prevention/intervention programs. 215-400-4170
Information and referral services to parents of children with disabilities who are less then 3 years old- 800-692-7288
Helps people of all ages and cultures in the community who have developmental disabilities, mental health concerns, physical limitations and other challenges- Children’s Service at 3825 Whitaker Ave- 215-427-5756
HUNE provides 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. 2215 N American Street Call 215-425-6203.
The Pennsylvania Assistive Technology Foundation (PATF) is a non-profit organization that provides low-interest loans to people with disabilities and older adults so that they can buy the assistive technology devices and services they need. Call 484-674-0506.
See links below for info on assistive telecommunications (free phones and other technology) for eligible persons. Click here for Telecommunication Device Distribution Program (TDDP) or PA’s Initiative on Assistive Technology
State agency that helps people with disabilities help themselves to prepare for, start, and maintain a career- 444 N. Third Street- 215-560-1900
Frankie’s World is a daycare for children with special healthcare needs. We provide skilled nursing care, OT, PT, and speech therapy for children that qualify ages infants through 8 years. Transportation is also provided for children that require it. 1011 Poplar Street. Call 215-763-0151.
Lauren’s House is a loving, caring Center for Special Needs Children.
Lauren’s House is a licensed Prescribed Pediatric Extended Care Center (PPECC) by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. 3 locations: North Philly 888-340-9430; Coatsville 877-589-0854; and Boothwyn, Delaware County 888-340-9420. Lauren’s House is a brand new state of the art center, operated by professional personnel with years of pediatric experience. Call 888-340-9420.
Pediatria Healthcare for Kids Day Health program is a day health center for special needs children from birth to age 8. Bus transportation is provided. Hours of operation are 6:30AM – 6:30PM, Monday through Friday. We set ourselves apart from others with our age appropriate classrooms, therapy gym, and both indoor/outdoor play areas. Meals are provided. Call 215-376-6801 for info. 8101 Washington Lane Wyncote, PA 19095
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Helping low-income families of children with disabilities resolve health care coverage issues. Provides FREE legal services on a variety of issues, including the Medical Assistance grievance process. Call 215-587-3350. https://lcdphila.org/
Promoting fairness and quality education in the public school system, and helping families understand and enforce their legal rights, from prompt early intervention services, children whose native language is not English, and children with disabilities- 1315 Walnut Street, 4 th Floor – 215-238-6970
Logisticare provides transportation services for children with special health care needs or ANY child who recieves medical assistance and Medicaid. Call at least 7 days in advance and up to 30 days in advance to schedule a pick-up- 877-835-7412.
CHOP’s “REACH” programs are designed to help families, and young adults with disabilities, learn how to transition to adulthood. REACH’s mission is to prepare youth 14 to 24, with special healthcare needs, for a successful transition into adulthood by providing peer support, guidance and resources. Click here for info or call 215-590-7444.
Small World Special Needs.org, is a multi-cultural resource hub for people helping children with special needs to share resources and information. This site is for families, educators, clinicians, therapists and friends in Philadelphia PA, USA and beyond. Amazing resources and videos. Click smallworldspecialneeds.org
The Kelly Anne Dolan Memorial Fund is a non-medical resource center that provides advocacy, education, information, and financial assistance for needs not covered by insurance to families caring for terminally, critically, and chronically ill, severely disabled, or seriously injured children. Call 215-643-0763 for info.
This program assesses the developmental, behavioral and health needs of children and adults with Down Syndrome. Also, they can coordinate community resources for families affected by Down as well as referral to parent support groups. Call 267-426-5283.
Contact below for information about Autism resources in Philadelphia.
The Autism Society of America, Greater Philadelphia Chapter was established in 1977 by a dedicated group of parents with a strong desire to band together and be a united voice to represent individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders and spread awareness.
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For autism evaluations and enrollment in various autism research programs.
SW Philly-Child Guidance Resource Center 2901 Island Avenue 267-713-4100
Center City-NE Treatment Center 499 Spring Garden Street 855-ASD-PACE
NE Philly-SPIN 10541 Drummond Road 215-612-7625
The CAR at CHOP/UPenn is looking for the causes of autism spectrum disorders and is developing new treatments for children and adults with autism. We study infants who have a brother or sister already diagnosed with autism. We also have research studies for toddlers, school-aged children, and adults. Families who take part in our research studies receive evaluation reports and are paid for their time and travel costs. Call 1-866-570-6524.
Autism Cares Foundation provides children, young adults and families with recreational activities, outings and events at no charge primarily in Bucks and Montgomery Counties as well as for Philadelphia residents. These events provide life-skills development and social interaction for those on the autism spectrum. They include: bounce outings, bowling, social activities and dances, family movies, music events as well as physical fitness activities and arts and crafts from first diagnosis as toddlers into adulthood.
Advocacy group dedicated to increasing awareness of autism spectrum disorders; and advocating for the needs of individuals with autism and their families. Website includes many resources for families.
English number → (888) 288-4762 En Español(888) 772-9050
ASERT is a statewide initiative funded by the Bureau of Autism Services, PA Department of Public Welfare. The ASERT Collaborative is a partnership of medical centers, centers of autism research and services, universities and other providers of services involved in the treatment and care of individuals of all ages with autism and their families. The ASERT Collaborative has been designed to bring together resources locally, regionally, and statewide.
877-231-4244 (Monday-Friday 8AM-5PM)