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    Programs that assist people who have disabilities to learn the basic skills of daily living through individual and group counseling and instruction, experience and practice in coping with real or simulated life situational demands; or through the use of assistive devices, special equipment and specialized assistants. Services include but are not limited to training in the ability to travel about the community alone; to live independently in a private residence; to maintain health through self-care and use of medical services; to live within personal income; to maintain acceptable grooming and appearance; to deal with legal, family or social problems; and to cope with other requirements for successful independent living.

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    Service NameDescriptionLocationProgramAgency
    Able Training CenterDay programming services for adults (ages 18-59) with special needs. Focus is on engaging activities, community participation, and helping the adults to increase their independent livings skills. Able-Services provides day programming services and transportation to and from services, to adults with special needs. Provides engaging activities for these adults and help them to develop skills to increase their level of independence. Able-Services is part of the lifespan of services provided by Leg Up Farm. YorkAble-ServicesAble-Services
    accessAbilities - Independent Living/Community Integration SkillsaccessAbilities will help individuals develop independent living skills and enable them to fulfill physical and social integration goals. Areas addressed may include socialization and decision-making skills, basic banking and budgeting, meal preparation, and health tips.WestmorelandaccessAbilities - Home and Community ServicesaccessAbilities, Inc.
    AIU Sunrise SchoolAcademic instruction and activities for daily living including speech-language, physical and occupational therapy.AlleghenyAIU - Family and Community EducationAllegheny Intermediate Unit
    All Abilities - Community Integration SkillsThis service assists to develop independent living skills and physical and social integration goals. Areas addressed may include socialization and decision-making skills, basic banking and budgeting, meal preparation and health tips.WestmorelandService CoordinationAll Abilities
    Allegheny County DHS - Office of Children, Youth and Families - Independent Living InitiativeServices available to help young adults in foster care (or young adults who have had experience in foster care) transition to adulthood. Youth may be able to receive services to live independently and develop life skills while planning for the future. Services are provided by Education Liaisons and Transition Planning Caseworkers.AlleghenyOffice of Children, Youth and FamiliesAllegheny County Department of Human Services
    Blind and Vision Rehabilitation Services of Pittsburgh - New OutlookClasses and training in a variety of adaptive skills and techniques for seniors and others who are vision impaired. Classes are offered one day per week for six classes. Students learn to accomplish daily tasks, like cooking, safely in their homes.AlleghenyRehabilitation ProgramsBlind and Vision Rehabilitation Services of Pittsburgh
    Blind and Vision Rehabilitation Services of Pittsburgh - Personal Adjustment to BlindnessComprehensive residential program that teaches students to manage their lives with vision loss. Instruction is provided in communication, techniques of daily living, household arts including safe cooking, orientation and mobility, exercise, sensory training, leisure activities, and more.AlleghenyRehabilitation ProgramsBlind and Vision Rehabilitation Services of Pittsburgh
    Bucks County Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired - Adult ServicesBCABVI offers a range of adult services to meet the evolving needs of its clients. Services include, Case Management, In-Home Services, Skill Sessions, Transportation, Tech Groups, Support Groups, Volunteer Opportunities and Social ProgramsBucksBucks County Association for the Bind and Visually Impaired -BucksBucks County Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired
    Bucks County Center for Independent Living - Independent Living SkillsProvides core independent living services, including information and referral, peer support counseling, individual and systemic advocacy and independent living skills training. Services provided by people with disabilities, who share their knowledge and experience with others taking the step toward self-actualization.BucksBucks County Center for Independent Living - Independent Living SkillsBucks County Center for Independent Living
    CenClear Certified Peer Specialist and YAYA - Community HabilitationA supportive advocate that assists you in keeping on your path to mental health recovery. They are people like you who are living their own mental health recovery journey and are willing to openly share their experience, strength and hope.ClearfieldCenClear Certified Peer SpecialistCenClear
    CenClear Family Based Behavioral Health - Community HabilitationPrograms that assist people who have disabilities to learn the basic skills of daily living through individual and group counseling and instruction, experience and practice in coping with real or simulated life situational demands; or through the use of assistive devices, special equipment and specialized assistants. Services include but are not limited to training in the ability to travel about the community alone; to live independently in a private residence; to maintain health through self-care and use of medical services; to live within personal income; to maintain acceptable grooming and appearance; to deal with legal, family or social problems; and to cope with other requirements for successful independent living.ClearfieldCenClear Family Based Behavioral HealthCenClear
    Center for Hearing and Deaf Services, Inc. - HeadquartersHearing testing, hearing aid evaluation, hearing aid sales and repairs, sign language interpreting, sign language classes, foreign language interpreting, assistive device sales, behavioral health services, psychiatric evaluations, counseling services, chemical dependency program, advocacy for persons who are deaf or hard of hearing, personal assistance.AlleghenyPittsburgh OfficeCenter for Hearing and Deaf Services
    Center for Independent Living of South Central PA - Independent Living Skills InstructionInstruction on skills necessary to maintain independent living.BlairCenter for Independent Living of South Central PA Altoona OfficeCenter for Independent Living of South Central Pennsylvania
    Center for Independent Living Opportunities•CORE INDEPENDENT LIVING SKILLS - Peer Mentoring/Support, Independent Living Skills Training •ADVOCACY, INFORMATION AND REFERRAL - Community Action Initiatives that promote positive systems change •INDEPENDENT MONITORING OF SERVICES - 4 Quality Project Quality of Life, Surveying of individuals served by the Intellectual Disability system •HOME ASSESSMENT AND MODIFICATIONS - Pennsylvania Accessible Housing Program Provides Home modifications to individuals with very low income living in York County. ADA & UCC Assistance Comprehensive, on-site assessments, technical assistance, and training on the federal and state anti-discrimination and accessibility laws •EDUCATION - Training Individualized, interactive workshops on disability awareness and disability related issues; monthly consumer training series YorkYork County - Center for Independent Living OpportunitiesYork County - Center for Independent Living Opportunities
    Community Resources for Independence - Clarion OfficeProvides assistance for people with disabilities. Services include information and referral, peer support, advocacy, independent living skills, and attendant care services.ClarionCommunity Resources for Independence - Clarion OfficeCommunity Resources for Independence
    Community Resources for Independence - Warren OfficeProvides assistance for people with disabilities. Services include information and referral, peer support, advocacy, independent living skills, and attendant care services.WarrenCommunity Resources for Independence - Warren OfficeCommunity Resources for Independence
    Community Support ServicesThis program creates opportunities for individuals with disabilities to live successfully in the community with the amount of support they desire. Services are provided at home and in the community and are typically designed by the individual and their family. We believe that people should have available to them the type and amount of support that best meets their needs. This program works with each individual and family to develop an individualized plan.DauphinKeystone Family Support AssociatesKeystone Family Support Associates
    Disability Options NetworkAdvocacy, peer support, skills training, information and referral, and de-institutionalization. Advocacy organization concentrating on disability rights issues, as well as skills training, peer support, and information and referral services. Also provides an Assistive Technology Reuse Program/DME Reuse.LawrenceDisability Options NetworkDisability Options Network (DON)
    Disability Options Network - Don Services - Allegheny CountyNon-medical home and community-based services for people with disabilities. Services are provided to promote consumer choice and independence and include personal care, and other activities of daily living under Community Health Choices (formerly the Waivers).AlleghenyDisability Options NetworkDisability Options Network (DON)
    Family Service & Children's Aid Society - Carone Center - Home & Community ServicesHome & Community Services provides direct instruction and support in the following areas: - Personal management - Household management - Money management - Grocery shopping and meal planning - Laundry and personal shopping - Other areas the Consumer, Case manager and Community Support Aide identify as needing to be developed to support the consumers' independence in the community. Also provides lice eradication and bed bug eradication services.VenangoFamily Service & Children's Aid Society - Carone CenterFamily Service & Children's Aid Society
    Home and Community Habilitation Services-Skills of Central PA Centre/Clinton/Lycoming CountiesSkills Home and Community Habilitation Services assists individuals with disabilities so they can develop the skills needed to live on their own. Support is provided for medical needs,finances, transportation, health and nutrition and maintaining a household. ClintonCentre/Clinton/Lycoming CountiesSkills of Central Pennsylvania
    Home and Community Habilitation Services-Skills of Central PA Centre/Clinton/Lycoming CountiesSkills Home and Community Habilitation Services assists individuals with disabilities so they can develop the skills needed to live on their own. Support is provided for medical needs,finances, transportation, health and nutrition and maintaining a household. LycomingCentre/Clinton/Lycoming CountiesSkills of Central Pennsylvania
    Hope Enterprises - Children's Development Center - TeenLinkTeenLink is a program that is designed to provide high school students with disabilities the opportunity to develop the necessary independent living skills such as cooking, cleaning, budgeting, accessing public transportation, and becoming self-reliant, to successfully make the move from school to independent living. The TeenLink program has several components designed to prepare the students for the demands of adult life and help them reach their highest level of independence. The TeenLink Project is a partnership between the Children’s Development Center, the Center for Independent Living of Northcentral PA, and Montoursville School District to provide life skills training and experience for students with special needs.LycomingChildren's Development CenterHope Enterprises
    Hope Enterprises - Community Access ProgramThe Community Access Program (CAP) gives participants, individuals with developmental disabilities, experience with paid work, volunteer work, and social/recreational activities, as well as job search training. Services provided include Life Skills Training, which helps with health, hygiene, socialization, and learning appropriate behaviors for functioning in the community; social/recreational activities to supplement classroom instruction and allow the opportunity to practice interpersonal and physical skills; vocational values clarification and exposure to work to help to define expectations of work; volunteerism, which allows the opportunity to participate in community activities, and on-the-job-evaluations, with assessments according to ability levels.LycomingJob Placement and TrainingHope Enterprises
    Independent Living (IL) ServicesThe goal of IL is to empower youth to reach their full potential. The mission is to engage youth in services and to offer support and resources to improve their success and locate permanent connections as they transition to adulthood. Services include a needs assessment, goal/transition planning, life skills instruction and assistance in the area of housing, education, employement, prevention and support. Aftercare services are also offered until a youth turns 21 to continue assistance with the youth's transition to self-sufficiency.AdamsAdams County Children and Youth ServicesAdams County Children and Youth Services
    Independent Living - Northumberland County Children and Youth ServicesProvide youth who are in care or involved in the aftercare program with services to assist them with gaining independence. Facilitate youth in group settings; assist with driving, housing, employment, and education options; works with service providers to advocate for youth; facilitates informal family conferences to assure life connections for youth; and assures Chafee Grant funding is utilized to the fullest extent.NorthumberlandNorthumberland County Children and Youth ServicesNorthumberland County Children and Youth Services
    Independent Living SkillsIndividual and group counseling and educational activities aimed at helping adolescents prepare for independence (budgeting, employment, apartment living, etc.).DauphinDauphin County Social Services Children & YouthDauphin County Social Services Children & Youth
    Independent Living Skills & Psychiatric RehabilitationTraining in all aspects of independent living including: personal finances, home care, transportation, companion services, social skills and self care. Assistance for finding and keeping housing.DauphinCentral Pennsylvania Supportive Services, Inc.Central Pennsylvania Supportive Services, Inc. (CPSS)
    Living Unlimited - Life Skills / Community Integration - North Regional OfficeRehabilitation specialists and assistants assist individuals with maximizing their potential for independent living by focusing on life skills and teaching individuals the process to follow to achieve the necessary activities. All services are provided within the individual's own residence. Services are designed to teach the individual the skills in order for them to “do for themselves.” Rehabilitation specialists also assist individuals with identifying areas of interests and developing an awareness of community activities. They train individuals in taking the necessary steps to plan and complete different outings, such as dining out, attending medical appointments, performing volunteer work, shopping or visiting local venues. They discuss time management, costs and other related considerations for each planned activity, and address appropriate social and communication skills.LycomingLiving Unlimited - North Central PA Regional OfficeLiving Unlimited
    Mobile Psychiatric Rehabilitation Service-Skills of Central PA Centre/Clinton/Lycoming CountiesSkills works closely with local providers and community resources to identify opportunities for participants to become more active in the local community. Unlike site-based programs, this mobile service focuses on individuals whose goals are in-community, work-based or home-based and on individuals who may not be ready to benefit from site-based supports. ClintonCentre/Clinton/Lycoming CountiesSkills of Central Pennsylvania
    Mobile Psychiatric Rehabilitation Service-Skills of Central PA Centre/Clinton/Lycoming CountiesSkills works closely with local providers and community resources to identify opportunities for participants to become more active in the local community. Unlike site-based programs, this mobile service focuses on individuals whose goals are in-community, work-based or home-based and on individuals who may not be ready to benefit from site-based supports. LycomingCentre/Clinton/Lycoming CountiesSkills of Central Pennsylvania
    Passavant Memorial Homes - Supportive LivingProvides supports to individuals with a mental health or intellectual and developmental diagnosis who live in their own residences or are in transition to living in the community. Promotes self-sufficiency and individuality, and maximizes the individual’s potential for independence. Each participant is active in the planning and implementation of their supported living goals.AlleghenyAdult ServicesPassavant Memorial Homes
    Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry - Bureau of Blindness and Visual Services - Independent Living Skills Instructions Altoona District OfficeServes individuals who are age 55 or older, and who are legally blind. It is designed to enable individuals to achieve or regain maximum independence within their homes and communities. Available services include: advocacy; counseling; information and referral; blindness skills training; rehabilitation teaching; orientation and mobility instruction; and, low vision services. BlairPennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry - Bureau of Blindness and Visual ServicesPennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry
    Pennsylvania Office of Vocational Rehabilitation - Bureau of Blindness and Visual Services - ErieAssists Pennsylvanians who are blind or visually impaired gain the skills necessary to live and work independently in their communities. Services include vocational rehabilitation, orientation and mobility instruction, and independent living skills instruction. The Randolph-Sheppard Business Enterprise Program (BEP) assists persons operate food service businesses in commercial, industrial or governmental locations. EriePennsylvania Office of Vocational Rehabilitation (OVR)Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry
    Pennsylvania Office of Vocational Rehabilitation - Bureau of Blindness and Visual Services - HarrisburgServices include: - Independent Living Services - Specialized Services - Vocational rehabilitation including counseling, guidance, pre-vocational training, job placement, and specialized blindness skills training - Orientation and mobility instruction (white cane usage) - Rehabilitation Teaching - Business Enterprise program that trains persons who are blind to work in food service - Transportation can be purchased by the agency for consumers when needed in conjunction with another service - Public education programsDauphinPennsylvania Office of Vocational Rehabilitation (OVR)Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry
    Pennsylvania Office of Vocational Rehabilitation - Bureau of Blindness and Visual Services - PittsburghAssists Pennsylvanians who are blind or visually impaired gain the skills necessary to live and work independently in their communities. Services include vocational rehabilitation, orientation and mobility instruction, and independent living skills instruction. The Randolph-Sheppard Business Enterprise Program (BEP) assists persons operate food service businesses in commercial, industrial or governmental locations. AlleghenyPennsylvania Office of Vocational Rehabilitation (OVR)Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry
    Residential Placements - Children & Youth Services - Susquehanna CountyIncludes: Juvenile Detention – Short-term placement of delinquents in a secure detention facility. Residential – Purchased placement for children/youth who need twenty-four hour supervision and care. Secure Residential – Purchased placement service for delinquents who need secure residential setting.SusquehannaChildren & Youth Services - Susquehanna CountySusquehanna County Government
    Roads to Freedom - Life Skills TrainingRoads to Freedom offers individually designed training designed to increase self-reliance and self-confidence. The consumer (person with a disability) sets the pace, decides the goals, and does the work. CILNCP staff serve as role models, advocates, and supporters. Training areas are:
    • Housing
    • Income Benefits
    • Social/Recreation
    • Self Care
    • Mobility/Transportation
    • Education
    • Vocation
    • Communication
    • Assistive Technology
    • Sexuality
    • Service Coordination
    • Advocacy
    • Attendant Care
    They also offer the following curriculum
  • Budgeting / Checkbook Balancing
  • Cooking / Meal Preparation
  • Housing Assistance
  • Job Readiness
  • LycomingRoads to Freedom - Independent Living ProgramRoads to Freedom Center for Independent Living of North Central PA
    Somerset County Blind Center Rehabilitation/Habilitative ServicesProvides the necessary rehabilitative services needed for those with a visual impairmentSomersetSomerset County Blind CenterBlind and Vision Rehabilitation Services of Pittsburgh
    Supported Independent Living-St. Joseph's CenterSupported Independent Living is a program that provides minimal assistance for people with developmental disabilities who are able to live on their own. The program serves as a bridge from living at home or in a Community Living Arrangement (CLA) to independent living. The support provided by St. Joseph’s varies from a minimum of 5 hours a week to 30 hours of assistance per week.LackawannaCommunity Support ServicesSt. Joseph's Center
    Transitional Paths for Independent LivingServices for people with disabilities: housing referral service; technical assistance and recommendations for making existing and new structures accessible; care counseling and attendant care; homemaker services (in Washington County only); in-home skillsWashingtonTransitional Paths for Independent LivingTransitional Paths for Independent Living

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