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The Family Resource Guide Makes Its On-Line Debut

Families of children with disabilities and special healthcare needs in Allegheny County now have a new web resource to help navigate the many services available to them. The Allegheny County Family Resource Guide’s new website, www.familyresourceguide.org, offers information for those trying to understand public benefits and options for medical care and therapeutic or financial support, as well as links to service providers, available programs and more.

Because of the comprehensive nature of the site, it promises to be a valuable resource in assisting individuals and agencies alike. Allegheny County is home to a variety of programs for families of children ages newborn to 21 with special healthcare needs, and having a go-to resource that is remains up-to-date can help remove the difficulty of matching a need to a service.

The website updates the original print version of the decade-old Allegheny County Family Resource Guide, and provides a convenient, searchable online format. (A newly reformatted print version will also be available later this year.) It breaks services down into six sections: Early Intervention, Medical Care, Medical Insurance, Educational Support, Family Support, and Transition to Adulthood.

The resource guide is produced by a collaborative of local agencies, under a steering committee headed by Judy Barricella, Director of the Disability Connection. The county will serve as host and support for the website, and questions or information updates can be sent to info@familyresourceguide.org.

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