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Last Updated On: 10/02/2019
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accessAbilities

Organizational Information

Parent Organization

Lifesteps

Vision, Mission and/or Purpose of Organization

Our Vision: Improve the quality of life for members of our communities. Our Mission: Providing services that empower people to achieve greater independence and enhanced quality of life.

History of Organization

Celebrating 65 years, accessAbilities has been providing quality services to empower people with unique abilities to live life to its fullest. The Agency traces its roots back to 1954, when four families founded the Pennsylvania Cerebral Palsy Institute, later to become UCP of Western PA. Over time, the Agency began to offer services to people with all types of disabilities, not just Cerebral Palsy. In 2004, the Agency changed its name to accessAbilities, Inc. This new name better reflects the wide scope of services provided by the agency in its effort to enable people with disabilities to live independently.

Accreditations and Licenses

- Home Care Licensure through the Pennsylvania Department of Health

Legal Structure

Non-profit corporation

Funding Sources

Aging Services, Inc.; Armstrong-Indiana Behavioral and Developmental Health Program; Butler County Human Services, County of Cambria Behavioral Health - Intellectual Disabilities and Early Intervention Program; Clarion County MH/DD/EI Administration; Community Connections of Clearfield - Jefferson Counties; Department of Human Services; Fayette County Behavioral Health Administration; Westmoreland County Behavioral Health and Developmental Services; United Way of Indiana County; United Way of Westmoreland County; Washington County Behavioral Health and Developmental Services; Various Grants; Fundraising Efforts; General Contributions; Private Pay and other various third party payers

Contact Information

Key Leader(s)

Deborah Venditti -  Executive Director
72483282722
dvenditti@accessabilities.org

Contact Person(s)

Debra Forsha - Program Operations Director
724-465-6042
724-832-8272
724-837-8278
dforsha@accessAbilities.org
Jocelyn Debick - First Steps Early Intervention Director
724-465-6042
724-832-8272
724-837-8278
jkdebick@accessAbilities.org
Nancy Austin - HCS Director
7248328272
naustin@accessabilities.org
Natalie Johnston - Community Relations Representative
7248328272
njohnston@accessabilities.org

Contact Number(s)

724.837.8278 - Agency Fax

724.832.8272 - Westmoreland County Office

877-822-8272- Toll Free Number

Contact Email(s)

info@accessabilities.org - General Agency Email

Web Addresses

www.accessAbilities.org

Primary Address

Murry Corporate Park
1060 Corporate Lane
Export, PA, 15632

Additional Addresses

Indiana County Office
Canterbury Office Suites
2273 Philadelphia Street
Indiana, PA, 15701
Armstrong County Office
184 Nolte Drive
Kittanning, PA , 16201

Service Information

Service Area

accessAbilities provides services in Armstrong, Cambria, Fayette, Indiana, and Westmoreland counties in Southwestern Pennsylvania. The agency has been approved to provide services in additional counties, as needs from residents arise.

Service Description

PERSONAL ASSISTANCE SERVICES - PERSONAL CARE & ASSISTANCE These services may include help with daily activities such as bathing, dressing, grooming, food preparation, eating, and non-medical health care such as wound and catheter care. Qualified individuals may also be eligible for laundry and housekeeping assistance

PERSONAL ASSISTANCE SERVICES - INDEPENDENT LIVING/COMMUNITY INTEGRATION SKILLS accessAbilities 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.

PERSONAL ASSISTANCE SERVICES - RESPITE CARE accessAbilities services also include short-term, temporary support for family caregivers so that they can have time for themselves while knowing that their family member has the support and services they need.

PERSONAL ASSISTANCE SERVICES - HOMEMAKER SERVICES FOR SENIORS (Indiana County Only) The Indiana County Home Support Program, in collaboration with Aging Services of Indiana County, provides assistance to eligible residents in Indiana County who are age 60 or older. The services include laundry, house cleaning, and errands. [This project is funded, in part, under a contract with the Pennsylvania Department of Aging and Aging Services, Inc.]

PERSONAL ASSISTANCE SERVICES - VETERANS SERVICES In collaboration with the James E. Van Zandt VA Medical Center in Altoona, PA, provides assistance to eligible veterans. Service options include homemaker services, home health aide services, and respite care.

PERSONAL ASSISTANCE SERVICES - HOME & COMMUNITY HABILITATION This service supports individuals to acquire, maintain, or improve the skills necessary to live in the community, to live more independently, or to be more productive and participatory in community life. Supports may include instruction in using transportation or services to assist in shopping or other necessary activities of community life.

accessAbilities First Steps Early Intervention program provides a variety of home-based services for children ages birth to age 3. These services are designed to foster learning and growth during the most important developmental stages as well as provide the services listed below.

FIRST STEPS EARLY INTERVENTION - PHYSICAL THERAPY Physical therapists focus on large muscle development in order to help the child to roll over, sit, crawl, or walk.

FIRST STEPS EARLY INTERVENTION - OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY Occupational therapists focus on small muscle development, helping the child to reach, grasp toys, and play in a purposeful way.

FIRST STEPS EARLY INTERVENTION - SPEECH THERAPY Speech language pathologists help to build an early foundation for language development and communication. Feeding and swallowing therapies can also be provided.

FIRST STEPS EARLY INTERVENTION - SPECIAL INSTRUCTION The experienced team of early childhood teachers can provide strategies to assist the child with problem solving and social skills, and to promote the child’s comprehension and use of language.

FIRST STEPS EARLY INTERVENTION - NUTRITION THERAPY Registered dieticians address feeding issues, dietary intake, and offer consultations with parents regarding special dietary needs.

FIRST STEPS EARLY INTERVENTION - VISION THERAPY Certified teachers of the visually impaired are available to help children work toward independence.

FIRST STEPS EARLY INTERVENTION - TOY LENDING LIBRARY The agency offers a lending library including toys and assistive technology for families to borrow and reinforce skills.

Keywords

Early Intervention; adult services; therapies; disability services; therapy; personal care; homemaker services; children; developmental delays; intellectual and developmental disabilities; IDD; EI; seniors; infants;

Available Hours

8:30 am - 4:30 pm / Monday through Friday

Fees/Cost for Services

Many services are free to participants or covered under waiver funds. Please call for additional information.

Eligibility Requirements

Varies depending upon program or service. Please call for details.

How to Access Services or Schedule Appointments

Contact accessAbilities at 877-822-8272 or 724-832-8272.

Miscellaneous Information

Handicap Accessibility

Yes

Speaker Available

Yes

Volunteer Use

Yes

Volunteer Need

Yes

Volunteer Description

Volunteers are needed to assist with special events and projects, including health fair booths, special event publicity, event committees and more. In addition, volunteers may assist with office administration tasks, such as filing, preparing mailings, word processing, or database entry.

Uploaded Documents

accessAbilities Agency Brochure (001_aA Agency May2019.pdf)
FSEI Brochure (001_aA FSEI May2019.pdf)
HCS Brochure (001_aA HCS May2019.pdf)