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Transportation Development & Disability Resources
Government Agencies & Programs Healthcare Resources
Children's Resources Childcare & Education Resources
Parenting Information & Support Disability Legislation
Human Service Agencies  


LANTA/Metro Plus
1060 Lehigh Street
Allentown Pa, 18103
Operates Metro fixed-rate city bus transportation. Metro Plus provides door-to-door transportation services for elderly and disabled who cannot board a regular transit vehicle.

LANTA/MetroPlus – Easton Coach
1200 Conroy Place
Easton, PA 18040
Provides safe and affordable transportation to the elderly and disabled of Northampton and Lehigh counties while assisting individuals to live independently, productively and with dignity in the community. A shared-ride service for people who are unable to use LANTA/Metro fixed route bus services due to lack of ability, or for those who need specialized service. Prospective passengers must apply for Metro Plus services by completing an application (available on the website) and must call in advance to schedule trips.

Medical Assistance Transportation Program (MATP)
Provides non-emergency transportation to medical assistance compensable medical visits for Commonwealth MA recipients. The Commonwealth grants MATP funds to all Pennsylvania counties, with the exception of Philadelphia County, to administer the provision of transportation services to recipients and provides annual allocations to each county for this service. Counties contract with local transportation agencies to provide services to recipients.

Development & Disability Resources

American Association of People With Disabilities (AAPD)
The largest all-encompassing disability organization in the United States.

Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Portal
Answers to commonly asked questions about how the ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) affects employment, transportation, public facilities and other areas of access.

A voluntary organization that works for the welfare of the mentally disabled and their families.

Association for People in Supported Employment (APSE)
APSE is an advocacy organization that works to improve and expand integrated employment opportunities, services, and outcomes for persons experiencing disabilities.

Autism Society of America - Lehigh Valley Chapter (ASA)
ASA Lehigh Valley Chapter is a non-profit organization supporting families and professionals involved with autism.  ASA offers a network in which parents, teachers, therapists, and other concerned professionals can support each other by exchanging ideas and information in a friendly atmosphere.  Membership benefits include: monthly meetings, guest speakers on a variety of autism and parenting-related topics; social activities at which families can get together and network in a supporting and understanding environment; newsletter containing schedule and  news of local programs, events and conferences; phone hotline available for questions and updates of upcoming activities 610-778-9212.

Autism Speaks
Autism Speaks aims to bring the autism community together as one strong voice to urge the government and private sector to listen to our concerns and take action to address this urgent global health crisis. It is our firm belief that, working together, we will find the missing pieces of the puzzle.

Autism Society of America (ASA)
ASA is dedicated to increasing public awareness about autism and the day-to-day issues faced by individuals with autism, their families and the professionals with whom they interact.  ASA's mission is to provide information and education, and support research and advocate for programs and services for the autism community.

Center for Research on Women with Disabilities
Located at Baylor College of Medicine, this site contains reports from national studies of interest to professionals.

Cornucopia of Disability Information (CODI)
CODI serves as a community resource for consumers and professionals by providing disability information in a wide variety of areas. It consists of both an Internet Directory of Disability Information and a repository of electronic disability documents, dating back to the early 1990s. Many of the documents on CODI are publicly available nowhere else on the Internet.

Disability Education Rights and Defense Fund (DREDF)
A policy center dedicated to protecting the civil rights of disabled Americans.

Disability History Museum
Materials in the Library date back to the 18th century and represent all disabilities, illustrating daily life, work, charity, popular culture, local and national political milestones.

Disability Resources on the Internet
This is a national site that maintains an online guide to disability resources.
The federal government's one-stop web site for people with disabilities, their families, employers, veterans, workforce professionals and many others. connects people with disabilities to the information and resources they need to actively participate in the workforce and in their communities.

Disabled American Veterans (DAV)
An advocacy non-profit organizations for disabled war veterans.

Down Syndrome Resource Guide
A listing of resources specific to individuals with Down syndrome and their families.

Educational Resources Information Center (ERIC) Clearinghouse
ERIC gathers and disseminates professional literature, information, and resources on the education and development of individuals of all ages who have disabilities and/or who are gifted.

Epilepsy Foundation Eastern Pennsylvania
The Epilepsy Foundation Eastern Pennsylvania is a nonprofit, voluntary health organization that provides education, support and advocacy for people with epilepsy and their families. The Epilepsy Foundation Eastern Pennsylvania also promotes understanding of seizure disorders through a wide variety of programs presented to business, government and school communities, professional audiences, and the general public.

Human Services Research Institute (HSRI)
HSRI assists states and the federal government to enhance services and supports to people with mental illness and people with and to support the development of alternatives to congregate care facilities. HSRI was active in the 1970s in the assessment of the impact of federal programs, such as Supplemental Security Income, housing subsidies, and vocational rehabilitation, and their application on the expansion of community services for people with disabilities. HSRI staff also participated in the implementation of the Community Support Program at the National Institute of Mental Health, and in the design of a housing research agenda for people with disabilities.

Lehigh Valley Family
Lehigh Valley Family is a resource serving the greater Lehigh Valley.  The site is a monthly e-magazine and a quarterly, glossy magazine and directory of services for distribution to doctor’s offices, hospitals, day cares, preschools, churches, libraries, community centers and school districts.

Lifestyles Over 50
Lifestyles over 5o is a resource for an active life, retirement and care for boomers and seniors in Allentown, Bethlehem and Easton.

Makoa - disABILITY Information and Resources
This national resource listing of interesting sites is produced and updated by a person with disabilities.  Makoa means courageous in Hawaiian.

Medicaid Resource Book
This reference book describes four pivotal aspects of how the Medicaid program operates: who it covers, what it covers, how it is financed, and how it is administered.  This is the website for the Kaiser Family Foundation, a non-profit, private operating foundation focusing on the major health care issues facing the U.S., with a growing role in global health. Unlike grant-making foundations, Kaiser develops and runs its own research and communications programs, sometimes in partnership with other non-profit research organizations or major media companies.

National Association of Disability (NOD)
The mission of the National Organization on Disability (N.O.D.) is to expand the participation and contribution of America’s 54 million men, women and children with disabilities in all aspects of life. By raising disability awareness through programs and information, together we can work toward closing the participation gaps.

National Institute for the Severely Handicapped (NISH)
NISH is a national non-profit agency whose mission is to create employment opportunities for people with severe disabilities by securing Federal contracts through the AbilityOne Program, formally Javits-Wagner-O'Day (JWOD) for its network of community-based, non-profit agencies.

Pennsylvania Association of Rehabilitation Facilities (PARF)
PARF is a statewide organization of facilities serving individuals with physical, mental, social and/or emotional disabilities. PARF works to improve the availability, accessibility and quality of rehabilitation services for persons with disabilities across the Commonwealth.

Pennsylvania disabilities Council (PADDC)
PADDC is made up of people with disabilities, family members, advocates, and state department representatives who work to create favorable conditions for people with disabilities and their families in the Commonwealth.  PADDC learns about the present situation for people with disabilities and their families in Pennsylvania and considers actions and strategies that will lead to more integrated and productive lives for people with disabilities in our state.

Quality Mall, a showcase of promising practices and innovations that promote quality of life for persons with disabilities, was developed by the Research and Training Center on Community Living at the University of Minnesota’s Institute on Community Integration (RTC/ICI), the National Association of State Directors of disabilities Services (NASDDDS), and Human Services Research Institute (HSRI).

Government Agencies & Programs

Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ)
The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) is the lead Federal agency charged with improving the quality, safety, efficiency, and effectiveness of health care for all Americans. As one of 12 agencies within the Department of Health and Human Services, AHRQ supports health services research that will improve the quality of health care and promote evidence-based decision making.

CDC (Center for Disease Control) disabilities Information Center
The information center includes: information about disabilities; activities of CDC and other federal agencies; state activities funded by CDC; education, services, and research resources; and activities to help children use the Internet to learn more.

Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS)
CMS works to ensure effective, up-to-date health care coverage and to promote quality care for beneficiaries.  CMS wants to achieve a transformed and modernized health care system and will continue to transform and modernize America's health care system.

Department of Public Welfare (DPW)
The mission of the Department of Public Welfare is to: Promote, improve and sustain the quality of family life; Break the cycle of dependency; Promote respect for employees; Protect and serve Pennsylvania’s most vulnerable citizens; and Manage our resources effectively.

Equal Opportunity Employment Commission (EEOC)
The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission is responsible for enforcing federal laws that make it illegal to discriminate against a job applicant or an employee because of age, race, gender, and disability.

Family Medical Leave Act Website (FMLA)
Federal law administered by the US Department of Labor that states covered employers must grant an eligible employee up to a total of 12 workweeks of unpaid leave during any 12-month period for one or more of the following reasons: for the birth and care of the newborn child of the employee; for placement with the employee of a son or daughter for adoption or foster care; to care for an immediate family member (spouse, child, or parent) with a serious health condition; or to take medical leave when the employee is unable to work because of a serious health condition.

Health & Human Services (HHS)
US agency for protecting the health of all Americans and providing essential human services, especially for those who are least able to help themselves.  HHWS includes more than 300 programs including: Health and social science research, Preventing disease, including immunization services, Medicare (health insurance for elderly and disabled Americans) and Medicaid (health insurance for low-income people), Health information technology, Financial assistance and services for low-income families, and Head Start (pre-school education and services).

Lehigh County Department of Human Services
The Lehigh County Department of Human Services administers services through the Offices of the Area Agency on Aging, Bureau of Adult and Residential Services, Children and Youth Services, Mental Health, Health Choices, Drug and Alcohol programs and Veteran's Affairs as required by local, state and federal mandates.

Northampton County Mental Health, Drug &Alcohol Division (NC MH/MR/D&A)
This website has been designed to provide detailed information about NC MH/MR/D&A programs and services.  The site also offers news, contact information for all staff members, popular downloadable forms and documents, driving directions to our building, and links to other helpful websites.

Office of Developmental Programs (ODP)
ODP provides national leadership by developing and influencing disability-related employment policy and practice affecting the employment of people with disabilities.
State Employment Leadership Network Findings and Observations Report | Appendix

Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (OSERS)
The Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services is committed to improving results and outcomes for people with disabilities of all ages. In supporting No Child Left Behind, OSERS provides a wide array of supports to parents and individuals, school districts and states in three main areas: special education, vocational rehabilitation and research.

Office of Mental Retardation (OMR)
OMR directs the fiscal and program planning, management and oversight of all mental retardation program operations including state operated facilities, community mental retardation programs and early intervention programs.

Office of Vocational Rehabilitation (OVR)
OVR is a program under the state of Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry that assists Pennsylvanians with disabilities to prepare for, obtain, and retain employment.  OVR has its own job placement counselors, but typically refers to agencies like Via for people with more significant disabilities who will require ongoing support to retain their employment.

Social Security Administration (SSA)
SSA pays retirement, disability and survivors benefits to workers and their families and administer the Supplemental Security Income program.

Ticket to Work Program
The Ticket to Work Program offers SSA disability beneficiaries greater choice in obtaining the services they need to help them go to work and achieve their employment goals.

Healthcare Resources

Addiction Resource Guide
Resource Guide to help professionals and consumers find resources for dealing with addictive problems.

Alcohol and Drug Clearinghouse
A Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration site includes fact sheets about specific drugs and prevention guides.

American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology
A resource for parents to learn about a variety of allergies and asthmas.

Angelman Syndrome Foundation
This national website provides information, research, and education regarding Angelman Syndrome. It offers help and support to families and friends of people with this syndrome.

Asperger Disorder
This national site provides answers to commonly asked questions.

Autism and Asperger Syndrome - MAAP Services
MAAP is a non-profit organization that provides information and advice to families of more advanced individuals with autism, Asperger's syndrome, and pervasive developmental disorder (PDD).

Brain Injury Resource Center
This site has information about acquired and traumatic brain injury and how it affects adults and children.

Down Syndrome Society
The National Down Syndrome Society envisions a world in which all people with Down syndrome have the opportunity to realize their life aspirations. NDSS is committed to being the national leader in enhancing the quality of life, and realizing the potential of all people with Down syndrome. is an online resource provided by the Epilepsy Therapy Development Project. Their mission is to inform and empower two groups of patients and their families: those facing newly diagnosed epilepsy, and those struggling with epilepsy that has resisted treatment.

Family Doctor
The American Academy of Family Physicians sponsors this site. Search on a variety of topic areas: symptoms, conditions, diseases.

Family Village
The Family Village is a web site for children and adults with disabilities, their families, and their friends and allies. Family Village brings together thousands of online resources in a directory.  The Family Village library has information on over 300 diagnosis.  Learn about assistive technology, legal rights and legislation, special education, leisure activities and more.

Fragile X Foundation
The National Fragile X Foundation unites the Fragile X community to enrich lives through educational and emotional support, promote public and professional awareness, and advance research toward improved treatments and a cure for Fragile X.

Genetics Home Reference
This is the National Institute of Health's website for consumer information about genetic conditions and the genes responsible for those conditions.

Healthfinder has a searchable library with information on prevention, wellness, diseases, conditions, alternative medicine, insurance, ratings of organizations, online check-ups.

Marfan Syndrome
This is a national website which defines Marfan's Syndrome and provides resources on-line and in print.

Mental Health Information
Descriptions of the conditions, treatment, and research. There is a section that requires payment to access more information.

Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA)
MDA is a voluntary health agency -- a dedicated partnership between scientists and concerned citizens aimed at conquering neuromuscular diseases that affect more than a million Americans.

National Institutes of Health (NIH)
NIH is the nation's medical research agency – making important medical discoveries that improve health and save lives.  NIH, a part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, is the primary Federal agency for conducting and supporting medical research.

National Library of Medicine
This site is a searchable database where you can access information on any medical condition.

Now You Have A Diagnosis: What's Next?
This guide can help you to find out more about your diagnosis and evaluate information to make treatment decisions. Click on the links to the left of the text to view more.

Office of Rare Diseases
The Office of Rare Diseases (ORD) in the National Institutes for Health provides information on more than 6000 rare diseases, including current research, publications from scientific and medical journals, completed research, ongoing studies, and patient support groups.

Parent's Guide to Autism: Understanding & Helping Your Child - Guide to Healthcare Schools
Millions of American families go through the challenges of having a child with autism or Asperger's syndrome. Yet the causes of, and treatments for, these neurological conditions are far from fully understood. Parents of a child on the autism spectrum can often feel as if they are going it alone.  Fortunately, there are enough sympathetic communities and informational resources on the Internet that this should never be the case. The facts, book recommendations, online resources and web communities listed below should help concerned parents whose child has just received an autism or Asperger's diagnosis get started on the road to understanding what their child needs and how to provide it.

Sensory Integration Resource Center
Based at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center, this site offers information to improve the quality of life for children, adolescents and adults with sensory integration dysfunction (DSI).

State Health Facts Online is a project of the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation and is designed to provide free, up-to-date, and easy-to-use health data on all 50 states. provides data on more than 500 health topics.

United Cerebral Palsy (UCP)
UCP is the leading source of information on cerebral palsy and is a pivotal advocate for the rights of persons with any disability. As one of the largest health charities in America, the UCP mission is to advance the independence, productivity and full citizenship of people with disabilities through an affiliate network.

Children's Resources
These are resources specific to children’s health.  There are resources listed under Healthcare Resources that have more health related information.

Child Health Toolbox
This Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) site has information about developing tools for evaluating Medicaid, the State Children's Health Insurance Program (SCHIP), Title V, and other health care service programs for children.

Kids Health
KidsHealth is the largest and most-visited site on the Web providing doctor-approved health information about children from before birth through adolescence. Created by The Nemours Foundation's Center for Children's Health Media, the award-winning KidsHealth provides families with accurate, up-to-date, and jargon-free health information they can use. KidsHealth has been on the Web since 1995 — and has been accessed by about 300,000,000 visitors. On a typical weekday, more than 350,000 people access KidsHealth's reliable information.

Maternal and Child Health Library
This is a searchable database in A-Z format serving the maternal and child health (MCH) community with accurate, reliable, and timely information and resources.  The MCH community includes health professionals, policymakers, family advocates, community service professionals, MCH/public health faculty and students, families, and the public.  This site includes information for each of these groups.

National Information Center for Children and Youth with Disabilities
NICHCY is a national information center that provides information on children and disabilities. It includes publications, state resources, and a page for teens to connect and chat called Zigawhat!

Childcare & Education Resources

Carbon Lehigh Intermediate Unit #21 (CLIU)
CLIU serves as the coordinating agency that brings together diverse school districts, vocational schools, businesses, higher education and community groups.  CLIU provides a broad range of services to fourteen public school districts, non-public schools and two Vocational-Technical schools of the Carbon and Lehigh counties.  Services include: Curriculum and Instruction, Staff Development, Educational Technologies, Special Education Services, Non-Public School and Behavioral Health Services. CLIU also offers technology solutions through Management Information Systems department as well as Business, Human Resources and Management services in community and educational settings.

Colonial Intermediate Unit 20
The Colonial Intermediate Unit 20 is a regional agency that provided consultative, advisory, and educational program services to school districts within our geographic area. CIU20 offers a continuum of programs and services to meet the needs of children with low incidence disabilities. We act as a consortium to provide quality programs and services to pre school and school age children with disabilities from school districts in Northampton, Monroe and Pike Counties.

Keystone STARS (Standards, Training, Assistance, Resources, & Support)
Keystone STARS is an initiative of the Office of Child Development to improve, support, and recognize the continuous quality improvement efforts of early learning programs in Pennsylvania.

National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC)
Organization dedicated to improving the well-being of all young children, with particular focus on the quality of educational and developmental services for all children from birth through age 8.  NAEYC is committed to becoming an increasingly high performing and inclusive organization.

Pennsylvania Association of Intermediate Units (PAIU)
PAIU is a collaboration of the 29 intermediate units of Pennsylvania. Established in 1971 by the Pennsylvania General Assembly, intermediate units operate as regional educational service agencies providing cost-effective, management-efficient program to Pennsylvania's 501 public school districts and over 2,400 non-public and private schools. In addition, intermediate units serve as liaison agencies between the school districts and the Pennsylvania Department of Education.

Pennsylvania Child Care Association (PACCA)
PACCA is dedicated to facilitating the provision of quality early care and education to the children of Pennsylvania by: promoting the value of educationally appropriate child care to the general public; advocating at the local, state, and federal levels for quality early care and education that responds to the needs of Pennsylvania children and families; providing a forum in which members can work cooperatively to develop programs and provide services; advocate to enhance the status of the child care profession.

Pennsylvania Department of Education
The mission of the Pennsylvania Department of Education is to lead and serve the educational community to enable each individual to grow into an inspired, productive, fulfilled lifelong learner.

Parenting Information and Support

Parenting a Child with Special Needs
Information for parenting and understanding children with disabilities, a publication of the National Information Center for Children and Youth with Disabilities.

Special Needs Children
Resource page of parenting advocacy articles for special needs children provided by Helpguide whose mission is to help people understand, prevent, and resolve many of life’s challenges.

Parenting Children with Learning Disabilities
Tips to benefit the education of students with learning disabilities.

The Father's Role
Specific parenting tips for fathers of children with disabilities, provided by Fatherhood Institute.  The Institute’s vision is for a society that gives all children a strong and positive relationship with their father and any father-figures; supports both mothers and fathers as earners and carers; and prepares boys and girls for a future shared role in caring for children.

Human Service Agencies

United Way of the Greater Lehigh Valley
As the nation's leading community-solutions provider, United Way invests in and activates the resources to make the greatest possible impact in communities across America. The United Way movement includes approximately 1,300 community-based United Way organizations.

Disability Legislation

A Guide to Disabilities Rights Laws
The Justice Department's overview of Federal civil rights laws that ensure equal opportunity for people with disabilities.

Americans with Disabilities Act
A copy of the 1990 legislation that ensured certain civil rights for the disabled and established a clear and comprehensive prohibition of discrimination on the basis of disability.

Disabilities Rights Movement
A timeline of important national and international milestones highlighting people, events and legislation that effect disability rights.

Rehabilitation Act, Section 504
An overview of the 1973 act that made discrimination against disabled individuals illegal.



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