The PEAL Center
Helping Families of Children with Disabilities and Special Health Care Needs
412-281-4404 (Pittsburgh)
215-567-6143 (Philadelphia)
866-950-1040 Toll Free
412-281-4409 TTY

About PEAL

The PEAL Center is an organization of parents of children with special health care needs and disabilities reaching out to assist:

  • Families of children with disabilities or special health care needs
  • Professionals and others who assist children with disabilities or special health care needs
  • Children, youth and young adults with disabilities or special health care needs ages 0-26
As Pennsylvania's Family to Family Health Information Center (F2F), PEAL serves the entire state of Pennsylvania.


As a Parent Training and Information Center (PTI) the PEAL Center serves the entire state of Pennsylvania. 

Click here for a copy of the PEAL Center brochure.

Mission Statement

Reflecting the Common Bonds of Community

The mission of the PEAL Center is to ensure that children, youth, and adults with disabilities and special health care needs lead rich, active lives and participate as full members of their schools and communities by providing training, information, parent leadership, and technical assistance based on best practices to individuals and families and all people who support them.


History

The Parent Education & Advocacy Leadership Center (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 began as the Parent Training and Information Center (PTI) serving 43 counties including greater Pittsburgh, western and central Pennsylvania with a focus on education and community supports. In 2014 the PEAL Center's PTI grant expanded to cover the entire state of Pennsylvania. In 2007 the PEAL Center established Pennsylvania’s first statewide Family to Family Health Information Center (F2F) to assist parents with access to health care, insurance, and in-home supports.

The staff of the PEAL Center provide three services:

  1. Individual assistance and referral service for parents and professionals to help identify needed resources and assistance when they run into barriers with schools, accessing healthcare, insurers, and community providers
  2. Training to ensure parents understand and can navigate the education, health care, insurance, and home and community service systems and have knowledge of best practices
  3. Leadership development to develop the skills of parents so they can assist other parents and work to improve the system of services for children with disabilities.


At the inception of the PEAL Center, there were 2 full time and 1 part time program staff members and one part-time administrative assistant who all worked in the central office in downtown Pittsburgh. Less than nine years later, in 2014, we have grown to 12 employees from 4 counties some of whom work from their homes some or all of the time.

The PEAL Center received the Parent Center Standards of Excellence Award at the U.S. Depart. of Education Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) Conference in 2013 in recognition of high quality service delivery to families and non-profit management. Only 5 of the 100 OSEP funded parent centers have received this level of recognition.