Resources for Children with Special Needs

Some children are born with special conditions, such as prematurity, Down’s Syndrome or PKU. Other children can experience special health conditions and developmental delays as they grow. Early identification of a problem is most important. Parents know their child better than anyone else and are more likely to identify concerns which should be addressed promptly.

This page is offered as a resource guide of services to assist in finding help for children with special needs. The Chester County Health Department does not endorse any particular listed agencies, but hopes that this resource guide will offer choices of available services to individuals and families.

For more information, or for assistance in getting help for a child, please contact us.

Advocacy Resources



Disability Rights Network of Pennsylvania 
ARC of Chester County 
Legal Clinic For The Disabled, Inc. 
Legal Aid of Chester County 
Education Law Center 
Parent Education Network
Therapeutic Horseback Riding, Inc. 
Variety Club Camp and Development Center
Reins of Life Therapeutic Horseback Riding
Barn at Spring Brook Farm  

Family Support

CHIP - Children's Health Insurance Coverage 
Department of Human Services 
Micheal Dallas Model Waiver Program 
Social Security Income 
Variety Club 
Residential Living Options Access Program 
PA Assistive Technology Foundation 
Kelly Anne Dolan Memorial Fund  
Holcomb Associates 
Special Kids Network 
Parent to Parent of Pennsylvania 
La Comunidad Hispana


Foster Care 

Medical Centers

Children's Hospital of Philadelphia 
St. Christopher's Hospital for Children 
Shriners Hospital 
Alfred I. DuPont Hospital 
Lancaster General Hospital 
Hershey Medical Center 
Temple University Children's Medical Center

Local Hospitals

Chester County Hospital 
Brandywine Hospital 
Paoli Memorial Hospital 
Phoenixville Hospital 
Jennersville Hospital 

Pennsylvania Department of Health

Early Intervention Services

Chester County Early Intervention Unit 
Chester County Intermediate Unit (ages 3-5)  

Home Care

Community Services of Devereux 

Care Centers

Melmark Home 
Mary Campbell Center 
Brian's House 
Royer-Greaves School for the Blind 
ARC of Chester County 
Access Services 
Variety Club 
Child and Family Focus 

Care Agencies

Catholic Social Services 
Episcopal Community Services 
Jewish Family and Children Services 
Kencrest Transitional Care Home  
Presbyterian Children's Village

Home Nursing


Therapy Services

Public Health Nursing Services 
Neighborhood Visiting Nurses Association 
Visiting Nurse Assoc of Pottstown 
Bayada Nurses 
Personal Health Care, Inc. 
PA Elks Home Services 
ARC of Chester County 
Austill's Rehabilitation, Inc. 
Cerebral Palsy Association of CC 
Easter Seals of Southeastern PA 
Kencrest Transitional Care Home 
Marc Children's Services 
Pinwheels (bilingual services) 
Reins of Life Therapeutic Horseback Riding
Speaking From the Heart 
Quest Therapeutic Services  



Rover Community Transportation 
Miracle Flights for Children 


American Council Of The Blind 
American Diabetes Association 
American Liver Foundation 
American Speech Hearing Association 
American Trauma Society  
Brain Injury Association of America
Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation 
Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation International 
March of Dimes of Southeast PA 
National Cancer Institute 
National Cystic Fibrosis Foundation 
National Easter Seal Society 
National Kidney Foundation 
Spina Bifida Association of America
Special Kids Network
United Cerebral Palsy