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Need information and contacts? Whether diagnostic and medical or community and other assistance – we can share with you our many connections to resources in Pittsburgh and the surrounding areas. From early childhood development to adult independent living and family financial planning, we can help give you places to start.

If you have any questions about specific needs, please email us at or call the center at 724-473-0990.

Helpful Links

We are pleased to connect you with the many organizations in our community that offer valuable assistance with everything from education and behavioral health to support and advocacy.

Feel free to contact us to discuss these and any other resource needs you may have.

Autism Connection of PA

Education, advocacy and support

We provide education, advocacy and support to parents and professionals living and loving ASD. We are a PA, parent run organization, have 70 support groups in 44 counties, a free lending library and personal experience with ASD.


Early Intervention, Housing Options, Employment Support, Trusts & Finances, Family Support

Achieva advocates with, empowers, and supports people with disabilities and their families throughout their lives. Achieva envisions a community where all people with disabilities lead lives of personal significance.

Allied Dental Group

Specializing in Pediatric and Special Needs Dental Services

At Allied Dental Group, we believe that a doctor and patient become a team for treating an individual’s dental needs. Our doctors take time to understand your concerns and respond with the best treatment options for you. With the help of our professional staff, they follow up to make sure that general pain is relieved, problems are resolved and your health improves. We offer a wide selection of dental services so that all your family members can be treated under one roof. Along with our general dentists, we also have a wide range of specialists including an orthodontist for braces, a pediatric dentist who treats children of all ages, an oral surgeon for removing difficult teeth, and numerous anesthesiologists to allow you to have your treatment completed while you sleep.

ASERT Autism Resource Center

Enhancing the Lives of Pennsylvanians with Autism of all Ages and Abilities.

ASERT is a statewide initiative funded by the Bureau of Autism Services, PA Department of Public Welfare. It is our mission to enhance the lives of Pennsylvanians with autism of all ages and abilities by: * Improving regional access to quality services and interventions * Providing information and support to families * Training professionals in best practices ASERT is a statewide initiative funded by the Bureau of Autism Services, PA Department of Public Welfare. It is our mission to enhance the lives of Pennsylvanians with autism of all ages and abilities by: * Improving regional access to quality services and interventions * Providing information and support to families * Training professionals in best practices * Facilitating partnerships among providers of services throughout the commonwealth. The Autism Resource Center has an extensive database of resources. We can provide you with information that answers your questions and puts your in touch with service providers in your area. One of our knowledgeable professionals will provide you with the resources you requested within 48 hours of your call.

Autism Employment Network

Pathways to Independence and Social Inclusion for Neurodivergent Individuals

The Autism Employment Network started as a pilot project at Progress City which was founded in 2018 as an organization dedicated to finding innovative solutions to real world problems. We’ve become leaders in the adult autism community focused on empowering adults with autism to live independently through a balanced approach of life skills, coaching, counseling and vocational programs. In 2021 the Autism Employment Network was created as a 501 (c)(3) organization to house many of our autism-focused programs. We’ve assembled a team of autism experts, and over 50% of our staff self-report some form of neurodivergence, including autism.

Autism Self Advocacy Network

Access, Rights, Opportunities, Empowerment

The Autistic Self Advocacy Network seeks to advance the principles of the disability rights movement with regard to autism. ASAN believes that the goal of autism advocacy should be a world in which autistic people enjoy equal access, rights, and opportunities. We work to empower autistic people across the world to take control of our own lives and the future of our common community, and seek to organize the autistic community to ensure our voices are heard in the national conversation about us. Nothing About Us, Without Us! The Autistic Self Advocacy Network is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization run by and for autistic people. ASAN was created to serve as a national grassroots disability rights organization for the autistic community, advocating for systems change and ensuring that the voices of autistic people are heard in policy debates and the halls of power. Our staff work to advance civil rights, support self-advocacy in all its forms, and improve public perceptions of autism. ASAN’s members and supporters include autistic adults and youth, cross-disability advocates, and non-autistic family members, professionals, educators, and friends.

PA Connecting Communities

Integrity, Inclusion and Self Determination

Our mission at PA Connecting Communities for the last 15 years is to empower individuals with disabilities and provide opportunities to improve their quality of life. PA Connecting Communities is a state-certified provider.  We offer services to meet the diverse needs of individuals with a variety of disabilities including intellectual and autism difficulties.

Community Care Connections

Empowering People with Disabilities

Since 1972, Community Care Connections has provided programs and services for infants, children and adults who have developmental delays or disabilities.

The Mission of Community Care Connections is to provide programs and services that empower children and adults with disabilities to live more safely and independently in their homes, schools, neighborhoods and communities.

The Vision of Community Care Connections is to strive to provide the most innovative support services, personalized advocacy and dynamic leadership that enable persons with disabilities and their families to navigate an ever-changing service delivery system and build support systems that meet their diverse needs.

National Alliance on Mental Illness

Reducing Stigma and Offering Support & Education

The families and members of NAMI Butler County PA are here to help! We offer understanding to anyone concerned about mental illnesses and the treatment of mental illness. Mental illness can affect persons of any age and occur in any family.

We work with NAMI Pennsylvania and NAMI to bring mental health issues to the attention of local, state and national governments. We support legislation that benefits the lives of people with mental illness and spread awareness of that legislation to the larger community. We deliver insights and techniques to families and mental health service providers to ensure the best methods are known and in practice.

NAMI Butler County PA works to reduce stigma and build better lives through educating and supporting those affected by mental illness.

Children's Advocacy Center of Butler County

Child Advocacy Center

Child Advocacy Centers are child-friendly locations where members of the multidisciplinary investigative team (MDIT), consisting of child welfare personnel, law enforcement officials, medical and mental professionals, prosecution and victim advocates meet to coordinate a response to allegations of child abuse, including child sexual abuse and child physical abuse. Our mission is empowering our community to ensure the safety, health, and well-being of children and families.

Butler County Developmental Disabilities Program

Mental Health/Early Intervention/Intellectual Disabilities

The Pennsylvania Office of Developmental Programs (ODP) supports Pennsylvanians with developmental disabilities and their families to achieve greater independence, choice and opportunity in their lives. The office seeks to continuously improve an effective system of accessible services and supports that are flexible, innovative and person-centered.

The Butler County program strives to partner with the community to support individuals and families to have an “Everyday Life”. The program values what is important to people with disabilities and their families, who are striving for an everyday life; a life that is no different than that of all other citizens.

To find out if you or your family member can receive services, we need to determine if the person meets the eligibility requirements established by Pennsylvania’s Office of Developmental Services. A referral can be made by contacting Butler County Human Services, at 724-284-5114 to request an intake. They will arrange to meet with you and your family member to complete an intake and registration. They will assist you in determining eligibility for intellectual and/or developmental disability or autism services.

Career TRACK Inc.

Free Training, Resources and Workplace Support

Our mission is three-fold: 1) Help individuals who are marketable find a job 2) Help those without a solid skill set get appropriate training for today’s job market 3) Assist employers in fulfilling hiring needs Our staff offers decades of experience to help job seekers and employers reach these goals. We offer an array of services including a simple needs assessment and referral, a more comprehensive assessment of skills, job search assistance, and help paying the costs associated with occupational training. Employers can also benefit as we work hard to provide a skilled workforce that meets the needs of our local employers. We service Armstrong, Butler and Indiana counties.

C.A.R.E.S of Western PA

Community and Residential Empowerment Services Inc.

C.A.R.E.S. is an organization providing person-centered services to individuals with developmental disabilities and behavioral health challenges. We are comprised of three separate companies providing services to individuals throughout the state of Pennsylvania. We specialize in connecting our self-advocates with opportunities to be family focused, self- determined, individualized, person centered, strength based and optimize opportunities for job training, employment, growth, independence, involvement in the community, vacation services and to provide long-term support to families in a residential setting.

Center for Community Resources

Connecting People to Services

Center for Community Resources is a private 501(c)(3) nonprofit, headquartered in Butler, Pennsylvania. Since our founding in 2002, we have and continue to be a conflict-free point of contact for individuals and families seeking supports and services for their human service needs.

Children's Aid Society - Mercer County

Supporting & Strengthening Children, Families and Communities

We are helping children in Mercer County and beyond find loving families, and helping families give their children the resources and support they need to thrive. We understand the importance of a strong foundation when raising children, and we provide programs to help establish this foundation. With Family Focus, the Family Life Education Program, Adoption, Anger Management, Autism Support and our Jumpstart Daycare services, we strive to serve different family situations with the care they need.

Community Options, Inc.

Supporting People with Disabilities since 1989.

Community Options’ mission is to develop housing and employment supports for persons with disabilities. Community Options believes in the dignity of every person, and in the freedom of all people to experience the highest degree of self-determination. Embracing this philosophy, Community Options works with individuals with significant disabilities through residential services, day programs, social enterprises that employ individuals with disabilities, high school transition programs, and specialized programs for respite and medically fragile adults.

Dr. Robert Runser


Dr. Robert Runser sees clients at the Cranberry Office of America’s Best Contacts & Eyeglasses.

Our Mission is to deliver the best value in quality eye care and eyewear at the low prices America deserves…every day. All areas of our company focus on delivering this promise to our customers.

Family Behavioral Resources

Here, Caring is Everything.

At Family Behavioral Resources, our passion is you – our consumers! Our team of talented and dedicated clinicians and therapists provide world class mental health care to consumers of all ages. We work in local schools, homes and communities, serving children with diagnosed behavioral and mental health disorders. We also provide Outpatient Mental Health Therapy in numerous locations throughout the states of Pennsylvania and Ohio.

If you or a loved one are in need of mental health care, Family Behavioral Resources and the Autism Education and Research Institute have the capability, devotion and clinical expertise to treat you. We put clinical excellence above all else. It is for this reason that we are the superior choice for your mental health care needs.

Glade Run Lutheran Services

Autism Support Classrooms

St. Stephen’s Lutheran Academy, a licensed private school, offers Autism Support classrooms designed for students aged 6-18 with moderate to high-functioning autism, such as Asperger’s Syndrome. Glade Run also offers Wraparound Behavioral Health and Resource Services (BHRS) to children and individuals up to age 21 who have a mental health diagnosis and/or an autism spectrum disorder. Glade Run Adventures programming offers Therapeutic Animal & Horticulture lessons year-round with social skills groups, individual lessons, and summer camps. Services available in Allegheny, Butler, and Beaver counties.

Hope Grows

Caregiver Support

As a caregiver, you deserve support, too. At Hope Grows, we offer a variety of tailored services to help you find balance and well-being. Sign up today and let us assist you in your caregiving journey. Whether it be through gardening projects, respite care, counseling, or community outreach, we are here for you. We provide support with monthly caregiver check-in calls, online support groups, mental health counseling, and more. As our organization develops new programs and services, we invite you along every step of the way. Your well-being is most important to us, as is your care receiver. We strive to provide you support tailored to your needs.

Hollywood Theater

Community Theater

Hollywood Theater, located in Dormont, is a community theater offering first and second run movie screenings, specialty programming and event hosting. The theater partners with non-profits far and wide to engage with the community and meet the needs of it’s audiences.

Jonah & The Whale Foundation

Helping Families of Disabled & Chronically Ill Children

Jonah & The Whale Foundation, is a 501{c}3 nonprofit organization that helps families of disabled & chronically ill children throughout the United States, Canada, and beyond. The Foundation provides parents with advocacy guidance, resource materials, durable medical equipment, family networking, and other support services if needed.

The Arc of Butler County

Education, Advocacy, Support and Service Provision

The Arc of Butler County is committed to securing for all people with intellectual and developmental disabilities the opportunity to choose and realize their goals of where and how they learn, live, work, and play. The Arc of Butler County will work toward securing, consistent with the individual’s need, maximum personal independence, choices, inclusion, equal rights, and adequate supports, which are all necessary to guarantee a real quality of life to individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

Learning Express Toys

Educational Toys and Games

Located in Wexford, PA, Learning Express offers educational and fun toys!

The Children's Institute of Pittsburgh

Amazing Kids, Amazing Place

For more than 120 years, the passionate team at The Children’s Institute of Pittsburgh has been dedicated to the amazing kids and families we serve. Today, we help nearly 9,000 children and families each year reach their full potential through educational services, autism services, outpatient physical and behavioral health services, early intervention, and family support services

McMorrow Law, LLC

Guardianships and Estate Planning Services for Special Needs Children and Their Families

I offer guardianships and estate planning services at a reduced cost to special needs children and their families. If your have not obtained a guardianship over your special needs adult child who does not have the legal capacity to sign a power of attorney, please call me. If you have questions about a special needs trust or estate planning in general for you or your child, I can assist you. I also handle family law matters like child support, custody, adoption, and divorce.

Recreation Alliance of North Pittsburgh

Promoting Parks and Recreation Services in North Pittsburgh

The Recreation Alliance of North Pittsburgh offers activities and events for individuals and families in our area!

National Autism Association

We’re here to help families.

The mission of the National Autism Association is to respond to the most urgent needs of the autism community, providing real help and hope so that all affected can reach their full potential. Advocacy. Research. Education. Thoughtful Awareness. Hope.

Office of Vocational Rehabilitation (OVR)

Vocation Rehabilitation Services

Vocational rehabilitation services which may include: psychological assessments, vocational evaluations, driving evaluations, assistive technology evaluations, possible funding for post-secondary training at colleges or trade/technical schools, recommendations for accommodations, job placement services, job coaching services, on-the-job training contracts, and more.

  • Website: OVR Main Page
  • Phone: 724-656-3252 (Serving Beaver, Butler and Lawrence Counties)

Pace School

Learning Redefined

At Pace, We Believe Kids Can!

Through effective planning, focused effort and intentional strategy, we believe all students can acquire the skills necessary to lead safe, productive and integrated lives.

Pace School is one of only 33 Approved Private Schools (APS) licensed by the Pennsylvania Department of Education and the State Board of Private Academic Schools and approved by the Secretary of Education to provide a free appropriate special education program for students with severe disabilities. Costs for school age students placed at Pace are shared between the school district of residence and the Commonwealth.

Pace teachers and staff deliver high quality, rigorous academic, functional and social emotional curriculum tailored to meet each student’s individual needs as identified within his/her Individual Educational Program (IEP).

Pace School is licensed to serve students eligible for special education services with a(n):

  • Autism Spectrum Disorder
  • Emotional Disturbance
  • Intellectual Disability
  • Specific Learning Disability


PEAL Center

Advocacy, Education, Guidance

PEAL works with families, youth and young adults with disabilities and special health care needs to help them understand their rights and advocate for themselves. Through our unwavering commitment to inclusion and our guiding values, we empower families and individuals to be included in their home schools and access high quality, coordinated physical and behavioral health care. PEAL’s services are provided at no charge to families as they are funded by private donations and federal, state, and private grants.

Pittsburgh Center for Autistic Advocacy

Community. Education. Leadership. Inclusion.

The Pittsburgh Center for Autistic Advocacy works to improve the lives of Autistic people. We believe that all Autistic and disabled people have the right to follow their dreams and be fully involved in decisions that affect our lives.

Our goals are to:

  • Build a strong local community and support system for Autistic people.
  • Work with local organizations to protect Autistic people’s right to make their own choices.
  • Help and support Autistic leaders as they grow.
  • Make sure Autistic people have a say in the policies that affect us.


PennDOT's Yellow Dot Program

Alert First Responders to Your Needs

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 free 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.

People in Need

Social Services

This program provides free counseling and assistance to expectant parents and their baby. People in Need offers to qualified individuals the Columbia Gas CAP Program and the Dollar Energy Program. People in Need also provides a food bank for individuals meeting the guide lines. This program is offered for Lawrence County residents only. Offices are open Monday through Friday 8:30AM to 4:30PM.

Perspectives Program at University of Pittsburgh

Help for Adults with Autism Spectrum Disorders

Psychosocial treatment, or non-drug interventions involving psychological and social therapy, may help adults with autism spectrum disorders learn to interact better with others, manage their emotions, feel more comfortable in social situations, and accomplish their life goals. The Perspectives Program aims to study how best to help adults with autism spectrum disorders using psychosocial treatment. The Center for Excellence in Autism Research at the University of Pittsburgh has begun the Perspectives Program, a psychosocial treatment research program, to study and treat adults with autism spectrum disorders. Participants will be treated for up to 18 months with either Cognitive Enhancement Therapy or Enriched Supportive Therapy. These psychosocial research interventions provide support and are designed to improve social functioning, problem solving, stress management, and more… In addition to receiving these research interventions, participants may also be asked to complete interviews, computer testing, and diagnostic assessments. Participants will be compensated for completing these activities, and will not be billed for treatment provided by the program.

Pressley Ridge Autism Services

Individualized Educational and Therapeutic Services

Pressley Ridge Autism Services provides individualized educational and therapeutic services to children with Autism Spectrum Disorders. The School for Autism is a Licensed Private Academic School that provides special education to children with Autism Spectrum Disorder. The Autism Summer Program helps youth with autism to maintain progress on their IEP goals, as well as to develop new social and communication skills.


Helping children, families, older adults and individuals with disabilities lead better lives.

Lifesteps helps along life’s journey by offering services such as FREE child developmental and Autism screenings; Early Education Centers for children of every ability; services for adults with disabilities and those with intellectual/developmental disabilities, including Autism, such as Employment Services, Day Programs, Community Homes and Life Sharing/Family Living. Lifesteps is dedicated to providing quality care in a family-focused environment.

Remake Learning Network

Igniting Engaging, Relevant, and Equitable Learning Practices

When learning is engaging, learners have the time, resources, support, environment, and encouragement to be active problem-solvers, creators, innovators, advocates, and citizens. When learning is relevant, it resonates today with a learner’s interests, culture, context, community, identity, abilities, and experiences, while allowing room for exposure and growth. When learning is equitable, more supports and opportunities are afforded to those of greatest need. Based on national and regional research, this means particular attention is paid to working alongside, as well as uplifting and supporting the voices, strength, and potential of: learners in poverty; learners of color; learners in rural areas; girls in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math); and learners with exceptionalities.

Rose E. Schneider Family YMCA

Cranberry Township

The Y makes accessible the support and opportunities that empower people and communities to learn, grow and thrive. With a focus on youth development, healthy living and social responsibility, the Y nurtures the potential of every youth and teen, improves the nation’s health and well-being, and provides opportunities to give back and support neighbors.

Seneca Valley School District

Suburban School District

The Seneca Valley School District is a suburban district located in southern Butler County. The district covers 100 square miles and includes Cranberry, Forward, Jackson and Lancaster townships and Callery, Evans City, Harmony, Seven Fields and Zelienople boroughs.

Theatre Horizon

Theater Program

Theatre Horizon has an Autism Drama Program that inspires imagination and social development in individuals on the autism spectrum. Capitalizing on the strengths and the interests of the participants, our classes encourage interpersonal relationships, verbal expression, flexible thinking, and a sense of self-worth and accomplishment. Programs include the Youth Drama Program for students ages 10 – 1, and Playwriting and the Art of Storytelling for ages 17 – 30+.

Three Rivers Music Therapy

Music Therapy

Three Rivers Music Therapy, LLC is a private practice in the greater Pittsburgh area. We provide individual, group and contract music therapy services to children, adolescents and young adults.

Vocational & Psychological Services

Quality Psychological Services

Providing services for over 55 years in Western Pennsylvania, we currently serve four counties (Lawrence, Mercer, Butler and Beaver), including evaluations, autism services, wraparound, counseling, supported employment, training, and corporate services.

Watson Institute

Autism Services for Children and Families

The Watson Institute helps children with special needs achieve their fullest potential in all aspects of their lives. The Watson Institute admits students without regard to gender, race, color, national origin or religious creed. We operate a special education preschool program involving children with autism spectrum disorder and their typically-developing peers. We offer inclusive summer camp programs and provide child assessment and therapy for children and adolescents with autism spectrum disorder. We also provide educational programming with a partial hospital component to children and adolescents with severe emotional disturbances. We’ve given a well-deserved break to families through our respite services.Today the Watson Institute is made up of special education schools, resources and programs for children with special needs, as well as those professionals and pre-professionals who serve children with special needs.

Wesley Spectrum

Transformational Support for Children and Families

Wesley Spectrum bases autism treatment on the principles of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) because we value quality service and evidence-based practices. Our staff utilize data-based decision making and positive, proactive strategies. Wesley Spectrum is committed to continuous improvement in the services we provide, and we strive to create an environment in which children are able to build lifelong skills and staff are able to successfully transfer abilities. We hold ourselves accountable for treatment outcomes, and we support our clients in becoming more independent, responsible, and caring members of their community.

The Woodlands

Enriching the lives of children and adults with disability and chronic illness

Our barrier-free environment encourages everyone, of every ability and disability, to safely explore what’s possible and discover new levels of independence. Hands-on experiences guided by our caring staff help to reinforce social, cultural, environmental, recreational and spiritual growth. Participation is encouraged at every level, and celebrated in a welcoming and approachable group setting such as our camps, retreats, clubs and events. Nestled on serene, private wooded property, our grounds feature: an indoor heated pool, 48-bed lodge, dining hall, creative arts and computer lab, activity center, camping area, sports court, nature trail, adapted zip line, amphitheater, adapted kitchen, adapted archery range, and a par-3 adapted golf course. Every experience at The Woodlands is made to be as accessible as possible – so participation can be enjoyed by all individuals and families ready to see what’s possible!

Toto's Authors

Check out some of these Toto-recommended reads by local and national authors…

INSPIRE: Women’s Stories of Accomplishment, Encouragement and Influence

INSPIRE: Women’s Stories of Accomplishment, Encouragement and Influence

INSPIRE: Women’s Stories of Accomplishment, Encouragement and Influence is a uniquely empowering collaborative book that features the individual stories of twenty-five dynamic women who share their experiences and emotions that contributed their inspired lives of change and contribution.

Mary Limbacher, founder and executive director of Parents in Toto, contributes her story in lucky chapter number thirteen of how her life circumstances came together to give her the unique gifts it takes to open and operate a safe-haven for autism families.

Proceeds from book sales benefit Toto!

Living in Technicolor: An autistic’s thoughts on raising a child with autism

Living in Technicolor: An autistic’s thoughts on raising a child with autism

Living in Technicolor: An autistic’s thoughts on raising a child with autism will not give you a step-by-step on raising your child. What it will do is offer the unique perspective of one autistic young woman, how she thinks and what she believes, and it will give you her ideas about how to help your child feel understood as an individual on the spectrum.

Autistic Writes is a short collection of more creative pieces that convey the feelings of sensory overload, friendships, and other aspects of living on the spectrum.

Lydia Wayman is an autistic advocate, speaker, and writer. She has her B.S. in Elementary Education and her M.A. in English and creative writing. She is also a Young Leader with the Autistic GlobalInitiative.

Emma the Giraffe

Emma the Giraffe

Emma the Giraffe is the story of a young giraffe who sees the world differently than her animal peers. Emma really wants a friend who understands her. Emma has Autism.

Sheryl Yeager is the owner of the greeting card business, Autistic Impressions. As an adult living with autism, she enjoys depicting animals because they are not judgmental or intimidating in her art. Often the expressive quality of her work reflects her inner emotions and concerns. She is thankful to have the ability to express herself through art.

C.I.T. Counselor in Trouble

C.I.T. Counselor in Trouble

C.I.T. Counselor in Trouble: And So It Begins

C.I.T. Counselor in Trouble: Our Campfire Horror Stories

C.I.T. Counselor in Trouble: Uproar at Uppity Peninsula

Kimberly Gayle Bingham is a local artist, author, and performer. During her childhood, Kim wrote her own books using colored pencils, paper, and a stapler. She loved comic books, and she liked to make her own comic strips. In 2013, Kim had finished her first graphic novel, C.I.T. Counselor in Trouble. The series continues to evolve!

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