Educational Support

Special Education Resources

Where to turn for help and information

Resource Contact Information

ABOARD’s Autism Connection of PA
Provides advocacy, family support, education and information resources.
Allegheny County Bar Association Lawyer Referral Service
Allegheny County Department of Human Services, Office of Behavioral Health Children’s Team, Educational Specialists
Educational specialists provide support to students and schools.
Allegheny County Department of Human Services, Office of Intellectual Disability
Provides wide variety of supports related to intellectual disabilities.
The Arc of Greater Pittsburgh (a component of ACHIEVA)
Provides educational advocacy services.
Autism Society of Pittsburgh
Provides assistance related to the education of children with autism.
AHEADD: (Achieving in Higher Education with Autism and Developmental Disabilities)
Support for college students with autism, attention deficit disorder, anxiety disorders and other developmental disabilities.
CHADD (Children and Adults with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorders)
Provides information and advocacy on education issues for children with ADHD.
CONNECT Information Service
Pennsylvania-based agency that provides information on Early Intervention support and services.
Disability Rights Network PA
Provides information, technical assistance and support on disability-related legal issues, including special education services.
The Education Law Center
Provides information and resources about access to education.
Interagency Coordinating Councils
Federal- and state-mandated group of parents, professionals and community members that provides feedback on public Early Intervention services for children ages birth-5 years with special needs
State Interagency Coordinating Council (SICC)
Local Interagency Coordinating Council (LICC)
Learning Disabilities Association (LDA) of America (Pittsburgh Chapter)
Provides education advocates and training related to learning disabilities.
Pittsburgh Local Task Force on the Right to Education
State-mandated, parent-majority advocacy groups that oversee the delivery of special education in each Intermediate Unit in Pennsylvania. Provides parent information and monitors special education programs.
Allegheny County Local Task Force on the Right to Education (LTF3)
Serves Allegheny County outside the city of Pittsburgh.
Pittsburgh Local Task Force on the Right To Education (LTF2)
Serves Pittsburgh and Mount Oliver.
Mental Health America—Allegheny County
Provides information about education rights and entitlements, assists families in preparing for IEP meetings, and attends meetings if necessary.  Services provided for children who have behavioral and/or emotional problems.
Office of Dispute Resolution (ODR)
Provides parents of gifted children and children with disabilities (and the educational agencies that serve them) opportunities to resolve educational disputes through a telephone consult line, IEP facilitation, mediation and due process.
The Pennsylvania Department of Education

Allegheny Intermediate Unit 3 (IU 3)
Regional educational service agency that serves children in Allegheny County outside of the city of Pittsburgh.
Pennsylvania Training and Technical Assistance Network (PaTTAN)
Project of the Bureau of Special Education that provides training and assistance to educators and school districts. Most trainings are open to parents.
Pittsburgh-Mt. Oliver Intermediate Unit (IU 2), Pittsburgh Board of Education, Program for Students with Exceptionalities
Regional educational service agency that serves children living in the City of Pittsburgh and Mount Oliver.
Special Education ConsultLine
A service of the Pennsylvania Department of Education, Bureau of Special Education, Division of Compliance. Provides individual information and support by geographical area.
“Single Point of Contact”
Special education in Allegheny County
Parent Education and Advocacy Leadership Center (PEAL)
Provides parents and professionals with information and training about special education in Central and Western Pennsylvania, and about healthcare needs and support services statewide.
Spina Bifida Association of Western Pennsylvania
Provides a variety of education-related services regarding children with spina bifida.