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Special Needs Education & Schools

Find special education resources for people in Pittsburgh and southwestern Pennsylvania with physical or mental disabilities and/or special needs.
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Allegheny Valley School
Allegheny Valley School provides a comprehensive life-care environment for persons with mental retardation at multiple facilities throughout Pennsylvania.
Center for Creative Play
This unique 15,000 square foot play center in Braddock is open to ALL families. In addition, they offer several programs specifically for families with special needs children.
DePaul School for Hearing and Speech
A school "where deaf children learn to speak." DePaul School for Hearing and Speech, located in the Shadyside neighborhood of Pittsburgh, is one of only 26 schools in the country that employ an aural/oral method of education.
The Early Learning Institute
A private, non-profit organization that provides comprehensive early intervention services to infants, toddlers, preschool children and families in Allegheny County.
Easter Seals Western Pennsylvania
Offers comprehensive rehabilitative services through Baby Steps (age birth to 3); School Program (age 2-8); nursery school speech, language, hearing, and tympanometric screening (preschool age); and vocational rehabilitation, sheltered employment program, and competitive employment program (age 18 and older).
The Institute for Learning Abilities
The ILA helps children and adults overcome serious cognitive and learning disorders through the use of an innovative European technique called the Bellefonds Method™. Located close to downtown Pittsburgh on Ohio River Blvd.
The Pressley Ridge School at OhioPyle
Unique wilderness program provides year-round, residential therapeutic services to adolescent boys between 10 and 16 years of age who have severe emotional and behavioral problems. Located in Ohiopyle, Pennsylvania, about an hour south of Pittsburgh. In PDF format.
The Pressley Ridge School - Residential Services
Program provides individualized treatment as an alternative to institutional placement or psychiatric hospitalization. Services include in-home, treatment foster care, and residential placement. Numerous locations across western Pennsylvania.
Western Pennsylvania School for Blind Children
Located in Oakland on a five and one half acre campus, the WPSBC accepts students between the ages of 2 and 21.
Western Pennsylvania School for the Deaf
This school, located in the Edgewood/Swissvale area of Pittsburgh, offers a wide variety of educational, vocational and fine arts programs for deaf and hard-of-hearing children from infants through age 21.

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