Pennsylvania Parents And Caregivers Resource Network is a statewide cross-disability, a grassroots network that supports parents’ and caregivers’ efforts to help their children and adult family members with developmental disabilities. PPCRN helps them to form local groups and to network with other parents in their regions and across the state. We promote inclusionary practices in all areas of life among parents and caregivers of children and adults with developmental disabilities.
For the past 10 years, we have helped Pennsylvania parents form and maintain groups to strengthen their activities on behalf of their children. We have provided information through our newsletter, workshops, printed materials, phone support, and a Mini-Money Grant program for PA parent and caregiver groups. We have promoted interaction among projects and groups for meeting the needs of parents in local areas.
We are continuing our work for parents under this new project. In the year 2000, we started expanding our efforts to assist caregivers of adults to network and help each other. For the purpose of our project, the term caregiver refers to a person who is a family member, friend, or guardian who has a primary, personal relationship acting on the behalf of and in concert with an adult with a developmental disability who is living in his or her community. Check our Caregivers Corner for information about networking with other families.
We collaborate with a number of state and regional projects when providing workshops and conferences across Pennsylvania on group development, special education laws and regulations and other training based on requests. Over the years we have found that Pennsylvania parents and caregivers stand ready to nurture and support one another. Many problems seem insurmountable when a parent has to face them alone. However, working together, we have found the ability to “move mountains” while remaining strong with clear visions for our children and family members. We are proud to be part of this process along with many others making daily contributions to improve the lives of children and adults with developmental disabilities.