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

PEAL Projects

Parent Training & Information Center
Funder:OSEP, US Dept. of Education
Purpose:Assists families and educators with training and information on education issues across the state of Pennsylvania. Serves children & youth birth to 26.
Projects:Parent advising and referrals, Mini-Series on Special Education, Trainings in 43 counties, face-to-face and web-based trainings, newsletters, e-mail blasts.

Family to Family Health Information Center
Funder:HRSA, US Dept. of Health and Human Services
Purpose:Assists families, healthcare and community providers with training and information on access to healthcare, insurance and community services statewide. Serves children and youth birth to 21.
Projects:Parent Leadership Institute, Medicaid workshops, Affordable Care Act trainings, presentations and collaborative planning with other agencies
Subcontractor:PA Health Law Project

Family Voices State Affiliate
Funder:Family Voices
Purpose:The PEAL Center is the Family Voices state affiliate organization. Family Voices aims to achieve family-centered care for all children and youth with special health care needs and/or disabilities. Through this national network, Family Voices provides families tools to make informed decisions, advocates for improved public and private policies, builds partnerships among professionals and families, and serves as a trusted resource on health care.

To learn more about the national initiatives of the National Family Voices, please visit the Family Voices website:

State Personnel Development Grant/Project MAX
Funder:PATTAN with funds from the US Dept. of Education
Purpose:Parent leadership development and network statewide focusing on the mission of Project MAX: Increase the capacity of Pennsylvania schools to provide all students, including those with complex instructional needs, with maximum access to the PA Common Core Standards. For more information, click here.
Projects:One statewide parent network including parent leadership development and ongoing support

Parent Leadership in Non-Traditional Settings/Your Child Your Choice
Funder:Pennsylvania Developmental Disabilities Council
Purpose:Parent leadership training and ongoing support for parents of children in non-traditional education settings to promote inclusive practices.

For more info click here.

Congregate Care Project - Imagine Different: Achieve Different
Funder:Pennsylvania Developmental Disabilities Council
Purpose:To develop toolkits for parents, facilitators, and providers and policy makers for use in planning transition to family life for children with disabilities living in congregate care; and developing a coalition to work for reforms to ensure family life for every child.

For more info click here.
Subcontractor:EveryChild, Inc of Texas

PEAL Inclusion Conference
Funder:Funds from SPDG, F2F, DDC Parent Leaders, registrations, exhibitors, and sponsors
Purpose:To provide training for parents and educators on inclusive education practices, and health care issues.
Projects:A one-day conference featuring nationally known speakers.

Transition/Evidence-Based Innovative Practices
Funder:PA Developmental Disabilities Council
Purpose:Parent leadership training and ongoing supporting parents of children in non-traditional education settings to promote inclusive practices.

21 & Able Transition Project
Funder:United Way of Allegheny County, this is a subcontract from the United Way
Purpose:To serve as CheckList project evaluator by compiling and analyzing parent surveys from participating school districts, and conducting focus groups with participating school district staff.

PNC Trust

This grant from PNC supports the implementation of a PEAL technology upgrade plan, including replacement of several computers, staff remote access to the PEAL network, an expanded phone system, and webinar capability for trainings.

McLaughlin Trust

Provides funding for computer hardware and software for the PEAL Center.