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PEAL is Busy! Check out trainings, family focused events, and resources!

Lunch & Learn: Hit the Ground Running for a Successful School Year

Join us on the 2nd Thursday of the month for each topic:

  • October 14th 12:00-1:00 PM, Understanding the Reevaluation Process

  • November 11th 12:00-1:00 PM, Section 504 Plans

  • December 9th 12:00-1:00 PM, Extended School Year

Check out our Events Calendar at for more topics coming in 2022! View an accessible flyer of the event here.

Need assistance in registering or have questions? Contact PEAL at 866-950-1040 or


PEAL's New Resources for Families!

Check out PEAL's latest resources, What is a Family Resource Specialist? and How Can PEAL Help You? Share these with families and other community groups that you are connected with. Below you can find all the languages we have the resources available in.

These resources are also available on our Families page on our website.


We Want To Hear From You!

PEAL wants to know what’s happening so we can provide:

  • New or additional support & training you need

  • Education for people who make policy decisions

Wednesday, October 27th, 2021 12:00 - 1:30 PM Thursday, November 4th, 2021 5:30 - 7:00 PM Saturday, November 6th, 2021 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM These Sessions are only for Parents & Family Caregivers. The pandemic has been one of the biggest issues affecting education and healthcare. That may not be your issue now, but whatever it is, we want to hear from you! Together we can try to find solutions to get you the support you need. Join us at one of these sessions to share how can PEAL help you! Space is Limited! View the flyer for this event.


COVID-19 and IDEA: Guidance for Students with IEPs from the Department of Education

The Office of Special Education and Rehabilitation Service has recently come out with a new guidance, "Return to School Roadmap: Development and Implementation of Individualized Education Programs in the Least Restrictive Environment under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act," which notes the priorities of equity, flexibility, creativity, and engagement with families during this school year.

The guidance also reaffirms that families should contact their local parent training and information centers (PTIs), for which the PEAL Center serves as Pennsylvania's, for additional support in understanding IDEA.

PEAL will be sharing more information about this guidance and other important and timely information on our Facebook page.

To read the full guidance, click here.


Calling all young people ages 14-21!

Every Thursday at 12:00 pm on Zoom at

Weekly topics will focus on self-advocacy and awareness, alternating with leadership development.

This week’s topic is: Leadership Skills Session

If you need accommodations, please email

PEAL Youth Development Trainings

Every Other Friday, beginning October 15th, 2021 from 12:00-1:00 pm on Zoom at

Topics will focus on self-advocacy and awareness topics, including building healthy relationships and friendships.

Self Advocates United as 1 (SAU1) October Events

Join SAU1 for their October events! They are hosting "Let's Speak Up!" October 5th and 13th at 1 to 2:30pm and "How's Covid Going for YOU?" on October 19th at 10:30 to 11:30 am. Learn more about these events and register on their website.

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August Workshops and Events- PA Family Network

Happy Summer! Attached are the workshop and support groups for August. Thank you for sharing these important workshops and Good Life Groups with your network! Register for upcoming events at www.pafam


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