PEAL Executive Director to Retire

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Pittsburgh, PA – June 14, 2016 – PEAL Center, the Pennsylvania Parent Training and Information Center (PTI) and statewide Family-to-Family Health Information Center (F2F), announces that its executive director, Elisabeth (Liz) Healey, will retire at the end of the calendar year after more than a decade of dedicated service. Liz founded the PEAL Center in 2005 as an organization of parents of children with disabilities who provide support for families to be able to get inclusive educational services for their children. She quickly grew the organization to meet the needs of families to address special health care needs and extended services and support across the entire state of Pennsylvania. Liz has guided the PEAL Center in taking on new projects while staying true to PEAL’s original mission of inclusion for all children.

“Liz Healey is a tireless advocate of inclusion for all. In founding the PEAL Center in 2005, she was able to move forward her vision of a world in which those with differing abilities lead active lives and participate fully in the community. Her efforts will continue to have an impact long after her tenure at PEAL, as she leaves a legacy of inclusion, advocacy, and empowerment that has impacted education, health care, and policy in Pennsylvania,” says Dorene Ciletti, Board of Directors, Secretary.

The Board of Directors of the PEAL Center will be conducting a search to identify the next executive director. Inquires about the position can be sent to [email protected].

The PEAL Center is an organization of parents of children with disabilities and special health care needs reaching out to assist families of children with disabilities and special health care needs, professionals who assist them, and children, youth, and young adults with disabilities or special health care needs (ages 0-26). The mission of the PEAL Center is to ensure that children, youth, and adults with disabilities and special health care needs lead rich, active lives and participate as full members of their schools and communities by providing training, information, parent leadership, advocacy, and technical assistance based on best practices to individuals and families and all people who support them.

As stated above, inquiries about the position can be sent to [email protected]. For more information about PEAL and parent advocacy contact PEAL at 412-281-4404 or email [email protected].

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