• Disability Awareness  

    Join Chester County Intermediate Unit in Celebrating All Abilities!

    More than a quarter of a century has passed since March was established as Disability Awareness Month. Chester County Intermediate Unit is not only committed to supporting the accomplishments of the past, but also to shift the mindset to “all abilities” as opposed to “disabilities.” Many people have some sort of “dis”-ability, whether overt or unseen. Likewise, we all have abilities that make us unique. Please join us in celebrating everyone’s abilities, this March and always.

    IU offers a multitude of programs for individuals with all types of abilities from preschool through adulthood. We encourage you to celebrate All Abilities with us by participating in our special March and April events. Our community happenings will inform and inspire those who are interested in the awareness and support of All Abilities.
    The Scope of Disabilities:
    • According to the National Center for Education Statistics, the percentage of students served by IDEA (Individuals with Disabilities Education Act) is approximately 13%.
    • According to the US Census Bureau, approximately 19% of the population had a disability in 2010.

    For additional information, training, or to get involved: www.arcofchestercounty.org


    Events & Activities:

    March 1: Hosts of CCIU’s radio show “Chalk Talk” will interview expert guests on the topic of disability awareness and acceptance on WCHE1520AM.
    March 26: Lobby event in the Educational Service Center (ESC) from 9 a.m. - Noon. Stop in and talk with some of our students and enjoy some student-made items.
    April 12: Free, 1-hour, interactive workshop at the YMCA Jennersville Branch, 6:15 p.m.
    This workshop will build capacity and awareness among community members, families, volunteers and YMCA staff. Participants will increase their understanding about challenges individuals with autism spectrum disorder, intellectual disabilities, attention deficit disorder, and other neurodevelopmental disorders face within group settings, as well as best practices and preventive strategies to support youth within their programs. The presenters will discuss inclusive practices, engineering environments, working with families and accessible resources.

    Design a Shoe Contest: Open to all Chester County students in grades 6-12. Click here for more information!

    Learn about all abilities while enjoying a good book!: Click the links to see a list of suggested books for children and young adults/adults. Books from the lists will be featured during the months of March and April at Wellington Square Bookshop in Lionville, as well as at a number of Chester County libraries.

    Get involved in these local events sponsored by fellow community members:
    Resources for better understanding all abilities

    If you have concerns about your child's development, CCIU is here to help.

    Age 0-3: 610-344-6265 (Chester County Early Intervention)

    Preschool Age (3-5):  484-237-5150 or preschoolscreenings@cciu.org

    School-Age (5 and up): 484-237-5000 or contact a direct program supervisor