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 - firstname.lastname@example.org
- U-PRISE Community Resource Fairs
- U-PRISE School-Parent Liaisons
- Non-District Sponsored Events
- Family Resources
- Local Businesses Supporting Individuals with Disabilities (Non-District Sponsored)
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
- Chesco LIFE
- Child & Family Focus
- Mass Mutual
- MHIDD of Chester County
- OVR- Office of Vocational Rehabilitation
- PA ABLE
- Special Olympics
- The Barn at Spring Brook Farm
- U-PRISE Parent Liaisons
- Willowdale Chapel
- YMCA- SNAP
- 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 - Patton Middle School & Unionville High School
Elizabeth Huntley - Patton Middle School
Penny Johnson- Patton Middle School
Kalia Perse - Unionville Elementary & Patton Middle School
Maureen Podgorski - Hillendale Elementary
Lindsay Gaspero - Chadds Ford Elementary
Non-District Sponsored Events
*All events shared below are not necessarily supported by UCFSD. However, we support our U-PRISE families in sharing community resource
The Dragonfly Forest specialty camp is a traditional overnight program for kids with Autism, 22q, Asthma, Sickle Cell Disease, and Hemophilia. We aim to make camp a reality for as many families as possible. By partnering with parents and experts in the medical field, we can provide accommodations for our campers that allow them to be successful at camp. Dragonfly Forest aims to provide a culture of inclusion while fostering confidence and independence in each of our campers.
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
LEARN MORE HERE!
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 email@example.com.
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.
• U-PRISE Vacation Without Limits Handout
• Wonders Within Reach: Most Accessible Beaches
• Island Dolphin Care
• Compass Point
• Tyler Camp (CAMP)
• Autism on the Sea (CRUISE)
• Hi Ho Vacations*
• Cherry Blossom Vacations*
*Presenters at U-PRISE Vacation Without Limits Meeting (May 2022)
• Freedman Counseling Associates- We Are Available
• How to Calm a Child with Autism
• Create a Sensory Safe Yard for Children with Special Needs
• Sensory Processing Treatments
• Estate Planning for Parents of Kids with Autism
• Classroom Accommodations for Kids with Sensory Issues
• Moving with Special Needs Kids
Chester County Launches Teen Talk Line
Chester County teens have a new tool for mental health and wellness. A Teen Talk Line, targeting 12 to 18 year-olds, was launched April 6. Young people are encouraged to reach out with a phone call or text message when they are feeling overwhelmed, stressed, sad, isolated or confused. All calls are confidential and callers may be anonymous. This new, free service is contracted through the county's office of Mental Health and will be provided by Access Services, a non-profit organization that runs other mental health programs, including ChescoLife and a Teen Talk Line in Montgomery County. The service operates after school and in the early evening hours, which are the peak hours for family and other conflicts.
Adolescence is a time for young people to have a healthy start in life, but the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) notes that the number of adolescents reporting poor mental health is increasing. Connecting with teens around concerns and stressors while they are still manageable can support skill building, resilience and an understanding of community resources. Teens who call after hours will receive an automated message and will be directed to the Valley Creek Crisis Intervention Center in Exton for immediate support when needed. The call line is 855-852-TEEN (8336) and the text line is 484-362-9515. Visit Access Services for more information.
COMMUNITY SAFETY RESOURCES:
• Disability and Health Emergency Preparedness Tools and Resources
• Emergency Safety Profile (PDF)
SPECIAL NEEDS FRIENDLY DRIVER'S ED:
• Learning 2 Drive
• Modern Driver
SENSORY FRIENDLY ATTRACTIONS - Click here for list!
RECREATION AND LEISURE ACTIVITIES
• Chester County Activities
• Delaware County Activities
• Montgomery County Activities
- The Ultimate Guide to Finding and Renting Housing With Disabilities NEW!
- Child Mind Institute NEW!
- NASP Parent Resources NEW!
- Game Quitters Website NEW!
- Chester County COVID Resources NEW!
- Employment With a Disability Resource Guide NEW!
- How to Get a Service Dog: A Practical Guide NEW!
- RISE Purpose for All
- Cerebral Palsy Guide
- Sleep Help For People With Autism Spectrum Disorder
- STEM Resources for Kids with Special Needs
- Career Guide for People with Disabilities (Updated 2020)
- Parent's Guide: So Your Child Has Been Diagnosed with Autism
- Therapy Dog Guide
- Autism Goes to College (Movie)
- From Vehicle Modifications to Car Insurance: Helping Everyone from Students to Seniors Navigate Driving With a Disability (Updated resource for drivers with disabilities)
- Jaden's Voice
- On the Spectrum with Terri Matthews
- PaTTAN - Transition to College for Students on the Autism Spectrum
- Kennett YMCA Adapted Fitness and Swim Classes
- DeCaro Parent Coaching, LLC
- 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 PAABLE.gov
- Cerebral Palsy Group
- Resilience in Families with Autism Spectrum Disorder
- Sleep Guide For Children With Autism Spectrum Disorder
- Freedman Counseling Associates - Compassionate, Professional Care for You and Your Family
- Philadelphia Eagle's Sensory Room by CHOP
- Willowdale Chapel Special Needs
CAST Virtual Summer Activities | LEARN MORE HERE
C.A.S.T. will be offering significant online opportunities for entertainment, singing, acting, crafting, dancing, playing games, learning, and socializing in lieu of in-person gatherings.
PA ABLE: Start saving for disability-related expenses with PA ABLE. Remember, PA ABLE contributions are deductible from Pennsylvania state income taxes! If you or someone you know hasn’t yet enrolled, you can maximize savings by opening or contributing to a PA ABLE account by December 31, 2019, to save on this year’s PA state taxes. Up to $15,000 per person can be deducted from Pennsylvania state income taxes for 2019 and this tax deduction is exclusively for contributions made to a PA ABLE Savings Program account.1 Learn more about the features and benefits of the PA ABLE Savings Program and find out if you may be eligible to enroll by visiting paable.gov! Start Today!
1Contributions to a PA ABLE account up to $15,000 per person can be deducted from Pennsylvania state income taxes for 2019. This tax deduction is exclusively for contributions made to a PA ABLE Savings Program account.
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 ext. 44 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Local Businesses Supporting Individuals with Disabilities (Non-District Sponsored)