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Community Resources

U-PRISE's goal is to provide families of students with disabilities education, resources, and enhanced partnerships with the school district and the community.

If you have information or an event you would like to share with our U-PRISE community please contact Shannon Brown -


Upcoming U-PRISE News & Events

U-PRISE 2019-20 Meeting Dates & Topics

  • 9/18: Special Needs Trusts, Guardianship, and Powers of Attorney with Herr, Potts, and Potts Law Firm
  • 11/20: Community Safety Meet and Greet (See additional safety resources under Family Resources below)
  • 1/22: Community Resources Fair
  • 3/18: Driving, Volunteer and Employment Opportunities for your child

U-PRISE Community Resource Fairs

The U-PRISE Community Resources Fairs are open to ANYONE in our greater community who is interested in learning more about the camps, resources, and/or supports made available by the attending groups.

Thank You 2019 U-PRISE Community Resource Fair Attendees!

  • 1847 Financial
  • Best Buddies
  • Brain Balance Achievement Center
  • Capernaum
  • Chesco LIFE
  • Child & Family Focus
  • D-CAP 
  • Mass Mutual
  • MHIDD of Chester County
  • OVR- Office of Vocational Rehabilitation
  • Special Olympics
  • The Barn at Spring Brook Farm
  • U-PRISE Parent Liaisons
  • Willowdale Chapel
  • KidPhit
  • Longwood Gardens
  • The Arc of Chester County
  • URA/KAU Basketball League 

Thank You 2018 U-PRISE Community Resource Fair Attendees!
Click HERE to see the exhibitor's links for more information!


U-PRISE School-Parent Liaisons

Suzanne and Jim Brogan -Hillendale Elementary
Kalia Perse -Unionville Elementary
Tammy Klinger -Pocopson Elementary
Elizabeth Huntley -Chadds Ford Elementary
Toshie Schritter and Penny Johnson- Patton Middle School
Cecile Arrouays- Unionville High School

Non-District Sponsored Events

*All events shared below are not necessarily supported by UCFSD. However, we support our U-PRISE families in sharing community resources.

RAM Initiative Open House | January 6, 2020 - 7:00 to 8:00 pm
The RAM Initiative is a 2-year college program for individuals with an Intellectual Disability between the ages of 18-24 that are looking for a fully inclusive experience. Come join us for an open house in Sturzebecker Health Science Center on WCU’s campus to learn more about our program!
See Flyer Here | See Fact Sheet

Acting Without Boundaries:
Free acting program for kids/teens/young adults with physical disabilities
Workshops are held once a month in Haverford | Plays are held once a year


Join us at the Elmwood Park Zoo for our Early Access Mornings on the first Saturday of every month from April- September at 9:00 AM! Elmwood Park Zoo offers the opportunity for our guests with special needs and their family to enjoy early entry to the zoo. This is a great opportunity to enjoy the zoo in a relaxing setting before it opens to the general public. There will be some friendly animals to meet and our staff will be available for questions and assistance.
For additional information and to purchase tickets visit - Elmwood Zoo



Longwood Gardens is excited to be a partner with Art-Reach and offer deeply discounted admission to ACCESS cardholders. The ACCESS Admission program allows families to visit participating museums, science centers, gardens, historic sites, and attractions. Cardholders are able to purchase tickets at participating venues for just $2 each. Any families who have Medical Assistance can visit Longwood Gardens for only $2/ticket. For more information about the program and the full list of 33 participating organizations, visit the Art Reach site:  Art Reach


*Special Needs Ministry at Willowdale Chapel, Kennett Square - Contact is contact Alison Kelisek.
We believe every individual is precious to God and made for a purpose. That’s why we seek to fully include individuals with special needs in our church family. Our goal is to include all children in their peer classroom, nurturing their faith, while also providing a Special Needs Room for those who need a break or their own space. For more informaton visit - Willowdale Chapel


Urban Air Downingtown: Special needs jump is for special needs kids, their siblings, and their parents/caregivers. Urban Air will not hold open jump during special needs jump. Kids are $10, parents and caregivers jump free. For more information visit - Urban Air


ACCESS Admission: Discounts to museums, science centers, gardens, historic sites and attractions.
For more information visit Art Reach


BounceU: Sensory Bounce. Sensory Bounce is a program for children with autism spectrum disorders (ASD), sensory processing disorder (SPD), and other disabilities with a sensory component, and their families. Bouncing is a fun, play-based activity in a sensory-rich environment. At Sensory Bounce, children can get a fun-filled workout, bounce, and socialize with other families in a supportive environment. We turn the music off for this event. For more information visit - BounceU


Morgan's Wonderland Ultra-Accessible Theme Park - A new experience created for you by Morgan's Wonderland theme park and Morgan's Inspiration Island splash park, both designed with special-needs individuals in mind and both built for everyone's enjoyment in the spirit of inclusion.
For more information visit - Morgan's Wonderland


University of Delaware Spectrum Scholars program - promotes a welcoming environment for undergraduate students with autism at UD that enhances their ability to thrive in academic environments and campus life. In collaboration with JPMorgan Chase & Co. and administered by the University’s Center for Disabilities Studies, undergraduate students with autism receive comprehensive coaching and career development opportunities during their undergraduate experience as they work toward a successful career. To apply for Fall, click here.


The Arc of Chester County - Spring 2019 Chat-n-Chew series. Bring your lunch, share information, network, and learn in this casual and welcoming environment. Whether you are the parent of a child with a disability or a professional who works with individuals with disabilities, these workshops can provide you with a wealth of information.These FREE sessions, beginning on March 6, 2019 are open to everyone.
For more information visit - The Arc


Variety – The Children’s Charity of the Delaware Valley has continued its mission to enrich the lives of children and young adults with disabilities through social, educational, and vocational programs that nurture independence and self-confidence, and prepare them for life. Our Camp and Developmental Center now serves children of all ability levels in a wide array of programs year round.
Variety Overnight Camp
Variety Overnight Camp - 2
Variety Day Camp at Temple
Adult Respite Week


Brain Balance Achievement Centers - To schedule your visit to Brain Balance of Delaware, call us at 302-650-1610 or contact us by email at

Autism Travel - Taking a vacation together as a family can be challenging. We created Autism Travel to provide families and individuals with easy access to destinations and attractions that are trained and certified in autism and special needs care.


Family Resources

• Disability and Health Emergency Preparedness Tools and Resources
• Emergency Safety Profile (PDF)


**Learning 2 Drive
**Modern Driver



Big Red Safety Box: Free-of-charge safety toolkit for autism families in need of wandering-prevention tools. For more information visit - National Autism Association

Yellow Dot: Pennsylvania’s Yellow Dot Program was created to assist citizens in the “golden hour” of emergency care following a traffic crash when they may not be able to communicate themselves. Placing a yellow dot in your vehicle’s rear window alerts first responders to check your glove compartment for vital information to ensure that you receive the critical medical attention you need.
For more information visit - Yellow Dot

Natalie Coqueron- Chester County Respite Coordinator, Child and Family Focus, 484-732-8459 x44 or