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For Caregivers

Parents and caregivers of children and adults with disabilities with disabilities may find it challenging to navigate the system of programs and services. When deciding on the supports that are most beneficial for their children, parents and caregivers face an overwhelming number of questions and concerns. Easterseals Eastern Pennsylvania would like to provide some assistance and guidance during this process. Please browse through the list of parent support groups that are listed below. Connecting with other parents can be helpful as a resource for education, advice, and support. If you are in need of services for your child follow the link for our programs to access information on supports for children and adults with disabilities. 

In addition, PA211 is a statewide collaborative for health and human service information for Pennsylvanians. This easy-to-remember 2-1-1 phone number links Pennsylvania residents with human services throughout the state.

If you are concerned that your child’s development may not be progressing as expected, be sure to visit Make the First Five Count, a free screening program for children from birth through age 5 to identify potential developmental delays. If a delay is suspected, our team will help you connect with local resources that can help you find services that can help.

Support Groups
Autism Society of Berks 

Autism Society of the Lehigh Valley  

Because I Love You (BILY)
For parents whose children have behavioral problems.
(215) 766-0888
Doylestown, PA
Contact: Marie Mueller

Breaking the Barriers Caring and Sharing Support Groups
A support group for parents of children, all ages, with disabilities of any kind. Empowering and educating families on the system by providing regulatory guidance. Providing guidance on PDE / county / DPW / State/ Medical Challenges.
(610) 770-9394
(610) 349-8066
P.O. Box 4056
Allentown, PA 18105
Contact: Paulette Hunter  

Eastern PA Down Syndrome Center 
Celebrating Down syndrome in Eastern Pennsylvania

NAMI Lehigh Valley
Support for parents/loved ones of those affected by mental health issues. 

Greater Reading Mental Health Alliance
Support for parents/loved ones of those affected by mental health issues.
(610) 775-3000
1234 Penn Avenue
Wyomissing, PA 19610

NAMI Scranton
Support for parents/loved ones of those affected by mental health issues.

Northeast Autism Center (Scranton)

PA Families Incorporated
Statewide network of families

Parent Education Network 

ARC of Northeast PA 

Parents Networking Group Helping Hands
A support group for parents of children with any disability.
(610) 974-9067
832 Radclyffe St.
Bethlehem, PA 18017
Lynn Woolf-Tange

Pike Autism Support Services 

Special Kids Network 
Making connections for Pennsylvania’s children with special health care needs. Helps parents find resources for their special needs children and provide technical assistance to help groups develop amd expand and maintain programs and support systems that serve children with special needs.
(800) 986-4550

Parent Support Group for Families with Children with Disabilities (Berks County)
(610) 265-4700

Parent-To-Parent of PA
Network created by families for families of children with special needs, connecting families in similar situations so they may share experiences, offer practical information and/or provides support. 
(800) 986-4550
(717) 397-0759

Brain Injury Support Group
Welcomes parents of brain injured children.
(610) 374-0989: Pamela Reeves
1308 East Wyomissing Blvd
Reading Pa 19611
(717) 484-2151: Bette Turner

Special Needs Interest Group for Northeast Berks
Support for parents of special needs children.
(610) 488-1958
Dianna Berger
112 Forge Dam Road
Hamburg Pa 19526 

Reach for the Stars
Celebrating Down syndrome in Berks County

If you are interested in finding out more about the national Easter Seals network of services for caregivers please follow this link to the national Easter Seals website. There, you will find information about the national Easter Seals organization and affiliates around the country. 

 

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