Reflecting the Common Bonds of Community
The mission of the PEAL Center is to educate and empower families to ensure that children, youth and young adults with disabilities and special health care needs lead rich, active lives as full members of their schools and communities.
PEAL Center Statements for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
The PEAL Staff will welcome cultural diversity, different abilities, experiences and varying perspectives. We will always demonstrate that everyone has value and establish respect though action. We will develop critical self-reflection in interactions and conversations.
With a commitment to inclusion, the PEAL Center will build respectful relationships (through active listening and learning), consideration, and engagement with people of different cultures, backgrounds, and beliefs. We will build an internal culture that continually considers, assesses and learns from current systematic disparities and internal biases.
The PEAL Center will increase capacity to reach underserved/marginalized populations in PA effectively by continuing to carry out the mission of the PEAL Center to educate and empower ALL families of diverse cultural, social, and economic backgrounds to ensure that children, youth and young adults with disabilities and special health care needs lead rich, active lives as full members of their schools and communities.
2005: The Parent Education & Advocacy Leadership Center (PEAL Center) was established as an non-profit organization of parents of children with disabilities to support and educate other parents of children with disabilities and special health care needs, and professionals who work in these fields.
2005: The PEAL Center began receiving funds from the U. S. Department of Education as a Parent Training and Information Center (PTI) serving Western and Central Pennsylvania with a focus on education and community supports. PEAL had two full-time and two part-time employees.
2007: The PEAL Center expanded its mission to also serve as Pennsylvania’s first statewide Family to Family Health Information Center (F2F) to assist parents with access to health care, insurance and in-home supports.
2014: The PEAL Center’s PTI grant from the U.S. Department of Education; Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) expanded to cover the entire state of Pennsylvania.
Today, PEAL employs 17 employees serving families across PA with offices in Pittsburgh and Philadelphia.