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The next U-PRISE meeting is Thursday, January 10, 2019- This is the 3rd Annual Community Resources Fair!!!


UCF District Office Public Meeting Room #14

You can RSVP by clicking HERE!

2019 U-PRISE Community Resource Fair 2018 Attendees include the following:

*updated 1/4/19

  • 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

*Information will be provided by the following who could not attend:

  • KidPhit
  • Longwood Gardens
  • The Arc of Chester County
  • URA/KAU Basketball League 

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

District Sponsored Events/News/Resources:
In District ESY 2019 is @ Unionville Elementary School- June 24 to August 1
*See your child's IEP for a description of his or her individualized ESY programming.  

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


Non-District Sponsored Events/News/Resources*

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

EPZ would like to offer the opportunity for our guests with special needs, and their caregivers and family members, 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 zoo staff will be available for questions and assistance.

Join us on Sunday, July 15th from 8:30-10 am for our first ever Early Access Morning!

Discounted pricing: $13.95/person*

This price applies to our guests with special needs, personal care attendants, one-on-one aids, and the family members attending with the guest(s).

*Members are free, but must pre-register for this special entry.

Pre-registration is required.

There are a limited amount of discounted tickets available.

Noise Cancelling Headphones- The Elmwood Park Zoo offers a limited number of free noise canceling headphones available for use during a visit.

Quiet Space- A dedicated quiet space is located across from the prairie dog exhibit on the south facing side of the bison exhibit. This quiet space has gate access and available seating.

In May 2018, Elmwood Park Zoo became the first zoo to earn certification as a Certified Autism Center. This designation, given by the International Board of Credentialing and Continuing Education Standards, is awarded to organizations that have completed a training and review process with the goal to better serve individuals with autism and other sensory needs.

Jaden's Voice-

On the Spectrum with Terri Matthews

PaTTAN - Transition to College for Students on the Autism Spectrum -2 videos at the bottom from Dr. Jane Brown

ASERT Feb Newsletter

Kennett YMCA Adapted Fitness and Swim Classes

DeCaro Parent Coaching, LLC

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

Special Needs Friendly Driver's ED:

Finding Your Way- A College Guide for Students on the Autism Spectrum

Autism Speaks- Family Services- Postsecondary Educational Opportunities Guide

Disability Resources from the U.S. Dept. of Labor

Creating a Home Where Your Child Can Thrive with a Disability

Disability Scoop

Ken's Krew

20 Tips for Keeping Your Child with Special Needs Safe in Your Home

The Best Activities for Special Needs

Spread the Word to End the Word

Retail Savings Guide for People with Disabilities

Chester County Mental Health News- Charting the Life Course

Chesco Life Program

PA ABLE Savings Program

*Any families who have Medical Assistance can visit Longwood Gardens for only $2/ticket.

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.

For more information about the program and the full list of 33 participating organizations, visit the Art Reach site:

*Special Needs Ministry at Willowdale Chapel, Kennett Square - Contact is Deane Lafferty

Sunday morning buddies - to help kids be successful in their regular peer class. However, we also have a sensory room in case children need a break.

Respite Night - meets once a month and is for both the child with special needs and their siblings. We try to make this evening a ton o' fun for the kids so the parents can truly enjoy a night out. Respite Night is usually the second Saturday of each month, 5:00 - 9:00 p.m.

First Friday for Moms - is a support group for moms of kids with special needs. We meet monthly on the first Friday to discuss a variety of topics relating the raising kids with special needs.

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.

Special needs jump will take place on the first and third Tuesday of every month from 6:30-8pm. Everyone jumping will need a waiver! Click here to fill one out (they're good for a year)

ACCESS Admission: Discounts to museums, science centers, gardens, historic sites and attractions.

BounceU: Sensory Bounce. First Wednesday of every month 5:00pm-6:30pm. Reservations HIGHLY recommended.

Sky Zone: Sensory Hours. Select Mondays from 6-8pm.

Respite Night: Second Saturday of the month from 5:00-9:00pm

Big Red Safety Box: Free-of-charge safety toolkit for autism families in need of wandering-prevention tools.

Yellow Dot: Notify responders of your medical status and emergency contacts if you are ever in trouble.