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Shriners Hospitals for Children® is a health care system of 22 hospitals dedicated to improving the lives of children by providing pediatric specialty care, innovative research, and outstanding teaching programs for medical professionals. Children up to age 18 with orthopaedic conditions, burns, spinal cord injuries, and cleft lip and palate are eligible for care, and receive all services in a family-centered environment, regardless of the patients’ ability to pay. Shriners Hospitals for Children is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization and relies on the generosity of donors. All donations are tax deductible to the fullest extent permitted by law.

To learn more about our services, or to refer a patient, visit
 www.shrinershospitalsforchildren.org
To locate a hospital near you.
Or call our Patient Referral hotline at 1-800-237-5055 in the U.S. or 1-800-361-7256 in Canada.
WHY WE ARE HERE  - Read stories about our Patients
 http://www.shrinershospitalsforchildren.org/why-were-here

http://www.shrinershospitalsforchildren.org/

 

INFORMATION FOR PATIENT REFERRALS

  Since the founding of our first hospital in 1922, treating orthopaedic conditions has been the foundation of Shriners Hospitals for Children®.
The diseases and disorders we treat are wide-ranging and diverse. Whether we are treating bone deformities such as clubfoot,
neuromuscular conditions such as cerebral palsy or genetic anomalies such as achondroplasia,
our goal is to help each child become as functional and healthy as possible.
With the largest full-time staff of pediatric orthopaedic surgeons in the United States,
as well as a comprehensive team of physical, occupational, speech and other therapists,
we are able to treat each child with a customized approach based on their overall health and medical conditions.
Please note this is not an all inclusive list of conditions treated.
For more information about a particular condition contact your local Shriners Hospitals for Children directly
or call 800-237-5055 in the U.S. or 800-361-7256 in Canada.

Conditions Treated

Medical, Surgical and Rehabilitative Services

Social, Educational and Transitional Services

DO YOU KNOW OF A CHILD UNDER 18 YEARS OLD, WHO HAS ANY OF THESE CONDITIONS?

If you are a parent or guardian and would like to learn more about Shriners Hospitals for Children and the patient referral process, please go to  http://www.shrinershospitalsforchildren.org/en/refer-a-patient or call the toll free patient referral line at 1-800-237-5055.

 LINKS TO FURTHER INFORMATION FOR PARENTS AND GUARDIANS:

TO REFER A PATIENT, CLICK THE FOLLOWING LINK: http://www.shrinershospitalsforchildren.org/en/refer-a-patient/
For Info. on Shriners Hospitals For Children - Philadelphia, Click the following Link: http://www.shrinershospitalsforchildren.org/Locations/philadelphia/
For Planning Your Visit To The Shriners Hospital For Children - Philadelphia, Click The following Link: http://www.shrinershospitalsforchildren.org/Locations/philadelphia/About/Contact-information/
PARENTS AND GUARDIANS: For Directions To The Shriners Hospital For Children - Philadelphia, Click The Following Link: http://www.shrinershospitalsforchildren.org/locations/ 
ZEMBO SHRINERS, PATIENT TRANSPORTATION PROGRAM:
SHRINERS HOSPITAL PATIENTS WHO RESIDE IN ADAMS, CUMBERLAND, DAUPHIN, FRANKLIN, HERSHEY, LEBANON, JUNIATA, PERRY, YORK AND THE WESTERN HALF OF LANCASTER WILL BE SPONSORED BY ZEMBO SHRINE. FOR THOSE SPONSORED PATIENTS WHO ARE IN NEED OF ASSISTANCE WITH TRANSPORTATION TO THEIR APPOINTMENTS AT THE PHILADELPHIA HOSPITAL, PLEASE WRITE TO  This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it  OR CALL OUR BUSINESS OFFICE AT 717-238-8107.  ALL ASSISTANCE REQUESTS MUST BE PRE-APPROVED BY THE ZEMBO BUSINESS OFFICE AT LEAST TWO WEEKS PRIOR TO THE PATIENT'S APPOINTMENT.  A COMPLETE LISTING OF OUR TRANSPORTATION PROGRAM'S POLICIES/PROCEDURES AND INSTRUCTIONS ON HOW TO APPLY TO THIS PROGRAM CAN BE EMAILED OR MAILED TO A PARENT OR GUARDIAN UPON REQUEST.  IF YOU ARE A SHRINERS PATIENT THAT RESIDES OUTSIDE OF THE ZEMBO OASIS, YOU WILL BE REFERRED TO A DIFFERENT SHRINE FOR SPONSORSHIP.

 

Hospitals Listed by Specialty
For your general information- depending on the medical situation, most Zembo patients are usually referred to: Philadelphia for Orthopedic & Spinal Cord Injury Issues; Cincinnati and Boston for Burn Care; Chicago for Cleft Palate; Erie or Montreal for Osteogensis Imperfecta. 

HOSPITAL NEWS

 News   Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter and Mrs. Carter announced as ambassadors for Shriners Hospitals for Children

New Valentine’s Day themed PSA to raise awareness of expert pediatric care available at Shriners Hospitals

Shriners Hospitals for Children is pleased to announce former U.S. President Jimmy Carter and Mrs. Carter have become ambassadors for the organization.
As part of their support, Nobel Peace Prize recipient and noted humanitarian Mr. Carter appears in a Valentine’s Day themed Shriners Hospitals for Children public service announcement (PSA).
The public is encouraged to visit shrinershospitalsforchidren.org/PSA to learn how former President and Mrs. Carter continue their legacy of philanthropy by helping the next generation receive the medical care they need.
Media can also download the PSA to air now through February 15.
Shriners Hospitals for Children provides specialty care for children with orthopedic conditions, burns, spinal cord injuries and cleft lip and palate at its 22 locations in the United States, Canada and Mexico.
Shriners Hospitals manages all aspects of treatment, including surgery, rehabilitation and psychological support, regardless of the families’ ability to pay.
“Shriners Hospitals for Children is very appreciative to Mr. and Mrs. Carter for their support.
Their involvement will help us bring greater awareness to our mission to improve the lives of children in need of specialized medical care,” said Jerry Gantt, chairman of the board of directors for Shriners Hospitals for Children.
“We are honored by their efforts and hope to be able to continue to work together to make the world a better place.”
“Rosalynn and I are very pleased to be helping Shriners Hospitals for Children raise awareness of their efforts to provide life-changing care for children throughout the world,” said former U.S. President Jimmy Carter.
“We have been following the philanthropic efforts of Shriners Hospitals for many years and we look forward to helping people understand they are a resource available when seeking medical care for their children."

 

 News  Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Shriners Hospital surgeon plays leading role in International Pediatric Orthopaedic Symposium

Dr. Jon R. Davids, assistant chief of orthopaedics at Shriners Hospitals for Children — Northern California played a leading role in the 12th annual meeting of the International Pediatric Orthopaedic Symposium (IPOS).
Presented by the Pediatric Orthopaedic Society of North America (POSNA) and the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS), the meeting took place Dec. 8–12 in Orlando, Fla. It brings orthopaedic surgeons from around the globe together to discuss the spectrum of pediatric and adolescent orthopaedic conditions. Courses cover both frequently seen problems and rare conditions that demand specialized care. A long-time member of the IPOS faculty, Dr. Davids is involved in symposium planning and presentations. This year he served as:
  • A moderator for a course on Femoral and Tibial Osteotomies to Improve Gait in Children with Cerebral Palsy: Indication Using Quantitative Gait Analysis and Surgical Techniques
  • A faculty leader for a breakout session on Gait Analysis in CP: What I need to Know Even if I Don't Have a Gait Lab
  • A judge for a surgical simulation competition that included six exercises ranging from clubfoot casting to pedicle screw insertion
Dr. Davids also presented three lectures at the 2015 IPOS meeting:
  • What Does the GMFCS Tell Us About National History of Ambulation in Children with CP?
  • Diagnosis and Management of the Painful Idiopathic Flatfoot
  • Tools and Tricks for Assessment of Neuromuscular Foot Deformity
Dr. Davids is an internationally recognized pediatric orthopaedic surgeon noted for his work in treating children with cerebral palsy and leads the Cerebral Palsy Center of Excellence at the Northern California Shriners Hospital in Sacramento. In addition to his work with IPOS, Dr. Davids is a member of the Pediatric Orthopaedic Society of North America, International Pediatric Orthopaedic Think Tank, the American Orthopaedic Association, the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgeons, Gait & Clinical Movement Analysis Society, and the American Academy of Cerebral Palsy and Developmental Medicine.
Shriners Hospitals for Children --- We are proud to announce that Shriners Hospitals for Children® was an integral part of a team that made medical history earlier this month. Chief of Staff, Scott Kozin, M.D. and Dan Zlotolow, M.D from Shriners Hospitals for Children – Philadelphia were part of a multidisciplinary medical team that performed the first-ever pediatric bilateral hand transplant by successfully transplanting donor hands and forearms onto a Shriners Hospital for Children patient, 8-year-old Zion Harvey.
Zion is a bright and precocious eight-year-old who has told his doctors that he cannot wait to someday throw a football and climb on the monkey bars . Shriners Hospitals looks forward to continuing our support in Zion’s recovery and goals.
Here is the link to his story, World's first pediatric double hand transplant  http://www.philly.com/philly/health/20150729_World_s_first_pediatric_double-hand_transplant_performed_at_Children_s_Hospital_of_Philadelphia.html 
Yesterday’s announcement is a true testament to Shriners Hospitals for Children’s commitment to innovative, world-class pediatric care. Join us in celebrating being a part of history in the making.
When Zion was referred to Shriners Hospitals for Children, Dr. Kozin and colleagues quickly recognized that Zion was a potential candidate for this transformative procedure, making him the first patient to receive a pediatric hand transplant in the world. In keeping with Shriners Hospitals collaborative approach to care, Dr. Kozin worked together with Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and University of Pennsylvania to assemble a 40+ team of medical experts to perform this complex and demanding 12 hour procedure.
More on the doctors:
• Scott Kozin, M.D., is the chief of staff for Shriners Hospitals for Children — Philadelphia and is board certified by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery. He received an undergraduate degree in computer science from Duke University and earned a medical degree from Hahnemann University School of Medicine. Dr. Kozin completed his residencies in orthopaedic surgery at Albert Einstein Medical Center and Shriners Hospitals for Children — Philadelphia. He also completed a fellowship in hand and microvascular surgery at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN. • Dan A. Zlotolow, M.D., is a board certified orthopedic hand surgeon for Shriners Hospitals for Children — Philadelphia. He received an undergraduate degree with honors in biology from Haverford College and earned a medical degree from the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine with early induction into the Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society. Dr. Zlotolow completed his residency in orthopaedics at the Montefiore Medical Center in New York and hand fellowship at the Roosevelt Hospital in New York and the Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children in Dallas.

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Newsletters:
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Recent Articles:
Burn Surgeon leads study published in national journal
http://www.shrinershospitalsforchildren.org/news/BurnStudyPublished062015 
Shriners Hospitals for Children joins Mayo Clinic Care Network
http://www.shrinershospitalsforchildren.org/news/MayoClinicAnnouncement
Shriners Philadelphia -  Latest Technology in Radiology Equipment
http://www.shrinershospitalsforchildren.org/news/EOS_Carestream_PHL   
PDRA announces Shriners Hospitals for Children as official charity
http://www.shrinershospitalsforchildren.org/news/PDRA2015  
Making strides in cerebral palsy research
http://www.shrinershospitalsforchildren.org/why-were-here/SPO_research 
Dr. Samdani selected for fellowship
http://www.shrinershospitalsforchildren.org/why-were-here/2 
Shriners Hospitals for Children is committed to the prevention of scalds
http://www.shrinershospitalsforchildren.org/news/Scalds2015
A leader in burn injury research
http://www.shrinershospitalsforchildren.org/why-were-here/Bos_research 
Research to advance understanding of congenital conditions
http://www.shrinershospitalsforchildren.org/why-were-here/SPR%20research 

 

 DONATIONS and FUNDRAISERS 

 

How can I make a donation to the Shriners Hospitals for Children?

Click on this link to make an online donation -

http://www.shrinershospitalsforchildren.org/donate

To make a donation by check - Donations that are to go to the general Shriners Hospitals system: Checks should be made payable to “Shriners Hospitals for Children” Mail to: Office of Development, Shriners Hospitals for Children, International Headquarters, 2900 Rocky Point Drive, Tampa, FL 33607 . Donations to the hospital ARE TAX DEDUCTIBLE.

If you would like that donation to go to a specific hospital, then your check should include that hospital’s name: ie. Payable to “Philadelphia Shriners Hospital for Children” and be mailed directly to that hospital ie. Hospital Administrator, Philadelphia Shriners Hospital, 3551 North Broad Street, Philadelphia, PA 19140

An acknowledgement letter is sent directly to the donor (and the family of a memorium) from the Hospital Administrator’s office, not Zembo Shrine.

The Zembo office will always accept your donation and pass it along to the Hospital Administrator, but if you would like to speed up the process, we recommend sending your donation directly to the Hospital Administrator of the Hospital that you would like the donation to go to. 

List of all Shriners hospitals...click here

http://www.shrinershospitalsforchildren.org/schedule-an-appt 

 

 Ways to Give 

Shriners Hospitals for Children is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization and relies on the generosity of donors. All donations are tax deductible to the fullest extent permitted by law.
Your gift makes a difference. Shriners Hospitals for Children® is a health care system providing expert pediatric specialty care to thousands of kids each year. As a nonprofit organization, Shriners Hospitals for Children® relies on the generosity of our donors to carry out our mission and change the lives of children every day. There are many ways to support our mission. 
One-Time and Recurring Cash Donations  Your unrestricted cash donations have the greatest impact on every child we treat. Please make checks payable to "Philadelphia Shriners Hospital for Children" and mail to: Administrator, Philadelphia Shriners Hospital for Children, 3551 North Broad Street, Philadelphia, PA 19140.  Your donation will be processed by the hospital administration and a letter of acknowledgement will be sent directly from their office to you for tax purposes.
Corporate Giving and Fundraisers  Facilitating a corporate gift, workplace giving program, or special event fundraiser can lend valuable support to our hospital. 
Personal Fundraising Online Program  Supporters of Shriners Hospitals for Children® share their stories and raise funds online through the Hearts of Giving personal fundraising program. To learn more about setting up a personal fundraising page, please visit: www.donate2shc.org/personalfundraising 
To find out how your gift can have the greatest impact, please call our director of development, Terry Diamond at 215.430.4055, or e-mail her at This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it  
Changing the World through Caring for Kids.
Donate online, download a mailable donation form 
or call us toll-free at (800)241-GIFT(4438).
Shriners Hospital for Children
Note that you may designate which hospital your donation will benefit. Go to http://www.shrinershospitalsforchildren.org/donate

Service Projects

Some groups like to be involved in a community service project and we appreciate the generous support. If a scout troop or class wants to become involved in a service project, we can suggest the following: 
Pop Tops Program  The Philadelphia hospital staff have asked that if you have large amounts of soda can tabs to donate --- that you recycle them locally and then send a check to the hospital.  Checks should be made payable to “Philadelphia Shriners Hospitals for Children” with “can tab collection” in the memo line and mailed to:  Attn:  Administrator, Philadelphia Shriners Hospitals for Children, 3551 North Broad Street, Philadelphia, PA 19140.
Craft Supply Kits  Select a craft and make a basket filled with all supplies necessary to complete the project. These special baskets will give children the tools they need to complete their own craft project. 
Waiting Room Fun Bags  Fill a bag with fun things patients can do while waiting to see the doctor. Separate bags can be made for young children and teens. All bags should be generic enough to be used by either a boy or girl. Crayons, markers, colored pencils, crossword puzzle books, paper and coloring books and teen/ sport magazines are among theitems you may wish to use to fi ll the bags.  
Stationery Kits  Create a kit for parents and patients that includes all the supplies that will help them keep in touch with family and friends. Kits should include: stationary, envelopes, stamps, pens, stickers and other items to enhance their message. Pens with different colors of ink are a fun addition. 
Toy Drives  As a club project, you may wish to collect new magazines, games, playing cards, books (Spanish & English) and other toys. Or, host a Teen Rec drive with the focus on collecting items of interest for our older patients (14-21 years). 

Patient Gift Guide

Every year, Zembo hosts our Children's Christmas Party in December (Sunday December 3rd this year) and we collect new toys & supplies* for the Philly Hospital at our business office.  Items can be dropped off M-F 9am-3pm to our business office at Zembo Shrine via the 3rd street entry,  from November 1st to December 15th OR to the Volunteers at the Christmas Party.  Please follow the donation suggestions listed below. Any questions can be emailed to This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it
We realize that it is important to incorporate playtime for children in the hospital. The child life specialists carefully select toys and games best suited for each child.  For the safety of our patients, strict infection control policies are followed. *We accept only new items.  If you have any questions about these donations, please contact Mary Ann at 215.430.4198 or via e-mail at This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it   
All Ages• Acrylic paint by number sets• Disposable cameras• Scrapbooking materials• Books or CD’s in Spanish• “I Spy” books• DVD's (First run, G, PG, and PG-13 rated)• Batteries (AAA, C and, D)• Uno, Skip Bo, Yahtzee, Connect 4, Sequence and other games ages 8 and up• Small photo albums• iTunes gift cards• Walmart/ Target gift cards (small denominations)• McDonald’s gift cards• Portable personal DVD players 
Teenage (11 years to 18 years)• Board games: Master mind, Risk, Othello• Teen movies: PG & PG13• Teen music & country music• Teen magazines & books• Hand-held electronic games• Nerf balls• MP3 players - Any brand• Ear bud headphones• Wristwatches• Baseball caps & T-shirts with professional/college logos (adult size L, XL, XXL)• Car model with paints and glue sets 
Items Not Needed  Due to the generosity of several donor groups, toy drives and/or health regulations, we are currently not accepting the following items: • Toddler and preschool toys• Knitted slippers/bed socks• Infant bibs• Pre-op dolls• Large blankets & afghans• Match box cars• Used toys or stuffed animals• VHS tapes• Beanie babies• Stuffed animals • Games and books that depict violence and toy weapons •  Sharp, glass or breakable items • R rated movies  
Some tips to remember: Toys and games that can be used in a wheelchair or bed are preferred for our patients who have limited physical mobility.  Patient privacy regulations (HIPAA) prevent us from allowing donors to personally distribute toys to the children. Gift bags are helpful but you do not need to wrap toys.
Other Donations 
Checks are accepted for the following:
Donations for our "car seat fund" and our “families in need fund”:• Bus tokens for transportation to Shriners Hospitals for Children® for treatment.• Meal passes while staying at Shriners Hospitals for Children® Checks made payable to: Shriners Hospitals for Children® - Philadelphia, with specific fund noted in the memo. 
One-Time and Recurring Cash Donations  Your unrestricted cash donations have the greatest impact on every child we treat. Please make checks payable to "Philadelphia Shriners Hospital for Children" and mail to: Administrator, Philadelphia Shriners Hospital for Children, 3551 North Broad Street, Philadelphia, PA 19140.  Your donation will be processed by the hospital administration and a letter of acknowledgement will be sent directly from their office to you for tax purposes.
About Shriners Hospitals for Children®  Shriners Hospitals for Children® is an international health care system of 22 hospitals dedicated to providing pediatric specialty care, innovative research and outstanding teaching programs. Children up to age 18 with orthopedic conditions, burns, spinal cord injuries, and cleft lip and palate are eligible for care and receive all services in a family–centered environment, regardless of the patients’ ability to pay. Shriners Hospitals for Children® - Philadelphia is a 59 - bed hospital specializing in providing pediatric specialty care to kids with orthopedic conditions and spinal cord injuries.
 LOCAL CONNECTIONS AND EVENTS
 

Join us for this free family event!

13th Annual KidsCare Family Expo

Saturday March ?, 2018
(See "Upcoming Events" page in Orange menu)
9am-2pm in the Zembo Shrine Auditorium
It’s “Children Helping Children”.  It's a fun-filled event where children experience first hand the Gift of Giving!!  Crafts, Entertainment, Food.  FREE admission and parking.  Open to children under 12.  Exhibitors will provide craft activities to bring out the creativity in the children who attend and the items will be passed along to "The Children” at Shriners Hospitals.
Children attending are also encouraged to save their pennies and bring them along to contribute to the special PENNY JAR that will be presented to "The Children" at the hospital along with their handcrafted items. Children attending will receive a free hot dog and drink as a thank you from "The Children" at Shriners Hospitals.  
Other featured activities this year: a CHIP ID Program, Magic, Dancing, Zembo Clowns making Balloon Animals, Face Painting, and more!!
This family event is co-sponsored by the New Cumberland Federal Credit Union and the Zembo Shriners to benefit the “The Children” at the Philadelphia Shriners Hospitals for Children and the Zembo Shrine Transportation Fund.  Coordinated by KidsCare Chairman, Ill. Sir Thomas O. Morgan, PP. and Jeannette Lupachino, CMM.
If you have questions or would like to become an event sponsor, please call or write to: Jeannette M. Lupachino, Cmm  @  (717) 774‐7706 x 202 or email    Proceeds benefit the Philadelphia Shriners Hospital for Children and the Zembo Patient Transportation Fund.

                      

Collect Campbells Labels and Benefit Shriners Hospitals
Dave Varnicle Shepherds Unit Article    Link to related Newspaper Article

Use goodsearch.com and each search will benefit Shriners Hospitals. Click to learn more.

 

LINKS TO OTHER ORGANIZATIONS**

 LINKS WILL OPEN A NEW WEB PAGE **The following agencies are not affiliated with or endorsed by Shriners International, the Shriners Hospitals for Children or Zembo Shrine. This information is provided as a public service only.**

 Resources for parents: 

Assistance during the holidays

http://grantsforsinglemother.org/finding-the-holiday-help-your-family-needs/ 
Basic Needs CONTACT HELPLINE
http://contacthelpline.org/aboutcon.htm OR CALL 717-652-4400.
Children's Dyslexia Centers, Inc. - a Scottish Rite charity
Harrisburg branch - Gail P. Killmon, Director
Scottish Rite Cathedral, 2701 N. Third Street (Rear Entrance),
Box 5190, Harrisburg, PA 17110-0190
Telephone: 717-238-4947
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http://www.childrensdyslexiacenters.org/Home.aspx

 

Wheelchair Van rentals in the Harrisburg area 

http://wheelersvanrentals.com/

 

Ronald McDonald House

Ronald McDonald House located at 100 East Erie Ave, Philadelphia PA 19134.  This facility is located near our Philadelphia Shriners Hospital.  Parents and Guardians can arrange overnight lodging through their Nurse Care Coordinator in the event that their child has an overnight stay for surgery.  Contact your Nurse Care Coordinator to make your arrangements prior to the date of the surgery.  To access the official RMH website click on www.philarmh.org

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What is C.H.I.P.?

CHIP is short for the Children's Health Insurance Program - Pennsylvania's program to provide health insurance to all uninsured children and teens who are not eligible for or enrolled in Medical Assistance. There are a lot of reasons kids might not have health insurance - maybe their parents lost a job, don't have health insurance at work or maybe it just costs too much. Whatever the reason, CHIP may be able to help. All families need to do is apply.  Cover All Kids is the initiative that lead to the expansion of the CHIP program. Now, no family makes too much money for CHIP. It's the same great program, now available to all families.   Parents may think their kids can't get CHIP because they make too much money. Not true! CHIP has expanded to cover all uninsured kids and teens up to age 19 who are not eligible for Medical Assistance. No family makes too much money for CHIP because there is no income limit.  All families need to to is apply today.To access the official CHIP website for applications and further information go to www.chipcoverspakids.com 

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Capital Area Children’s Center

Located at 44 South 38thStreet, Camp Hill Pa 17011.  This center has a “Lending Library” for physically challenged children.  Equipment can be “borrowed” from them and returned when the child no longer requires it or grows out of it.  Call 717-975-0611 to inquire about this program.
Q: Does the Borough Office have medical equipment for loan? A: Yes. The Medical Equipment Loan Program was originally established by the Camp Hill Borough Woman’s Club, Civic Club and Junior Civic Club. The program offers wheelchairs, walkers, shower seats, crutches and canes for loan up to sixty days, cost-free to Borough residents. Interested parties should call the Borough Office (717) 737-3456 to inquire about the availability of a piece of equipment.

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Capital Area Intermediate Unit

Capital Area Intermediate Unit sponsors a no charge pediatric needs conference each year.  Topics at the 2010 conference covered things like Pediatric Home Care, Estate planning, Autism Resources, Social Security / Disability, Epilepsy Resources, Cerebral Palsy resources, etc.  They also run several other programs for special needs children.  Go to their website at www.caiu.org

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Easter Seals Central Pennsylvania

Easter Seals Central Pennsylvania provides services to more than 3,000 adults and children with physical disabilities and developmental delays, including individuals affected by conditions like autism, cerebral palsy, Down syndrome, spina bifida and traumatic brain injury (TBI).  To access the official Easter Seals website, go to www.easterseals.com

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United Way of SouthCentral PA

Our Mission:  To improve people’s lives by mobilizing the caring power of donors, volunteers and communities.  Bringing Lasting, Positive Change to Our Region – That’s United Way.  United Way targets its strategies at those critical passages in people’s lives that determine what the future will hold for them as individuals and for their families and communities. This approach maximizes United Way’s effectiveness, because it allows us to improve lives not just in the short term, and not just on the surface, but in a lasting and meaningful way that benefits the entire region.   United Way of Southeastern Pennsylvania is focused on:  Preparing Children to Succeed in School and in Lifeby readying more young children for kindergarten and bringing older children and youth at risk for school failure back on track for high school graduation.   Building Financial Stability and Independence for Familiesby connecting out-of-school youth with alternative pathways to success, and by increasing the power of working families to earn higher wages and to save for a better future.   Keeping Seniors Healthy and Safe at Home by expanding access to the supports they need. The United Way also supports programs for special needs children and adults.To access the official United Way of Southeastern Pennsylvania website for further information go to www.uwsepa.org ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

United Cerebral Palsy of Pennsylvania

United Cerebral Palsy of Pennsylvania is committed to advocating for the independence, productivity and full citizenship of people with cerebral palsy and other disabilities.  Established in 1952, UCP of Pennsylvania was established by a group of dedicated volunteers and professionals who felt strongly about advocating and creating opportunities for persons with disabilities.  In over 50 years of service, names and faces have changed, but the core mission and values of the Pennsylvania Board of Directors remain relatively unchanged. Advocating for the independence, productivity and full participation of people with disabilities means that UCP of Pennsylvania is active in presenting concerns of the disability community and working with Commonwealth Departments of Public Welfare, Office of Mental Retardation and Office of Social Program staff to craft programming and legislation that is beneficial and inclusive for all Pennsylvanians. To access the official United Cerebral Palsy of Pennsylvania website for further information go to www.ucp.org
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PA Department of Public Welfare

You can apply for and renew your benefits from the comfort of your home using COMPASS, the online resource for cash assistance, Food Stamps, help with child care, health care coverage, home heating assistance (LIHEAP), school meals, SelectPlan for Women and long-term living services. You can also find help and information at your local County Assistance Office. To access the official PA Department of Public Welfare website for further information go to www.dpw.state.pa.us
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Pennsylvania Association for the Blind

The Pennsylvania Association for the Blind “PAB” was founded in 1910. We were the nation’s first statewide nonprofit membership agency providing services to persons with vision impairment. Our central office is located in Enola, Pennsylvania. I believe that our success as an organization comes from our ability to focus on our core strength: providing services that enable blind and visually impaired people acquire the skills necessary to live independent and full lives. To access the official Pennsylvania Association for the Blind website for further information go to www.pablind.org
The Blindness Resource Center may help as well.... http://www.qualityansweringservice.com/resources/blindness-resource-center 
NEW!! kindly submitted by the students at NYU
https://files.nyu.edu/am4457/public/Guide-for-the-Blind.htm 
NEW!! kindly submitted by Caleb - "Low Vision Devices"
http://vision.answers.com/vision-impairment/low-vision-devices
NEW!! kindly submitted by Suzie
http://www.physicaltherapists.com/articles/resource-guide-for-the-physically-blind.html 
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Autism Resources

Autism Response Team – ART responds to family inquires and requests at 1-888-AUTISM2(288-4762) or write to This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it .
for more information also check out:  www.autismspeaks.org; www.autismharrisburg.orgwww.pennstatehershey.org/sites/autismcentralpa ; www.dpw.state.pa.us/ServicesPrograms ; or the Dauphin and Lebanon County Parent Support Group – Call Patty Deutsch at 717-533-9505 for information.
NEW!! kindly submitted by Allie:
Autism Speaks Resource Guide
http://www.autismspeaks.org/family-services/resource-guide 
Career Assistance for People with Autism
http://www.hloom.com/career-assistance-for-people-with-autism/  
AutismNOW - Transition Planning
http://autismnow.org/in-the-classroom/transition-planning-for-students/ 
Aquatic Therapy for Children with Autism
http://www.saveonpoolsupplies.com/landing/aquatic-therapy-for-children-with-autism.aspx 
Autism
http://healthfinder.gov/FindServices/SearchContext.aspx?topic=81
National Center for Autism Resources & Education
https://www.disability.gov/resource/national-center-for-autism-resources-education-ncare/ 
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Parent and Caregiver Support Resources

www.thefamilycaregiver.org ; www.nofec.org ; www.caregiving.org ; www.caregiver.org ; www.patientadvocate.org ; www.medicarerights.org ; www.nahhh.org ; www.lotsahelpinghands.com www.angelflightamerica.org ; www.patienttravel.org ; www.aircareall.org ; www.philarmh.org ; ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

Pediatric Cancer and Organ Transplant Resources

www.cancer.org ; www.kidscancernetwork.org ; www.nccf.org ; www.starbright.org ; www.lls.org ; www.leukemia-research.org ; www.transplants.org ; www.transplantfund.org ; www.cota.org ; www.giftoflife.org ;
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Spine Conditions and Spinal Cord Injury Resources

Neurotrauma Registry: www.neure.com  A registry designed to provide an inclusive resource list for those with acquired brain injury, spinal cord injury or other complex neurotrauma.  Paralysis Resource Center: www.paralysis.org  The Dana and Christopher Reeve Paralysis Resource Center is a program created by the Christopher Reeve Foundation to provide a comprehensive, national source of information for people living with paralysis and their caregivers to promote health, foster involvement in the community and improve quality of life.  United Spinal Association: www.unitedspinal.org  The United Spinal Association is committed to enhancing the lives of individuals with spinal cord disabilities through various activities, including promoting research, education and advocacy.Kids, teens, and parents- The Halo Club: www.cervicalfusionfamilynetwork.org

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Pennsylvania Dental Association Website:

A Great Resource for Pennsylvania Residents

Need to find a Pennsylvania Dental Association (PDA) member dentist in your area? Are you a senior citizen living in Pennsylvania looking for reduced-fee dental care? Are you looking for information on oral health topics such as brushing and flossing, fluoride or baby bottle tooth decay? Look no further! PDA’s website, www.padental.org, is an excellent resource, providing patients this type of information and much more in a user-friendly format. A vast number of helpful resources for patients and the public alike can be found by hovering over the “Patients” tab found on the left-hand side of PDA’s homepage or by using the specific web addresses cited below.  To find a PDA member dentist in your area via PDA’s website, go to www.padental.org/findadentist. Are you looking for a free or reduced-fee dental clinic in your area? Go to www.padental.org/clinicdirectory. This online directory is searchable by county and contains detailed information on free or reduced-fee dental clinics, such as location and contact information, hours of operation, services provided, patient eligibility criteria, fees and area(s) served.  To view informative articles on other dental care topics, go to www.padental.org/patientinformation.

 Camp Victory

Located at 58 Camp Victory Rd, Millville, PA 17846    In 1987, as the first step in developing a camp facility designed for children with debilitating, life-long health problems, 35 acres of the Wolff family farm was designated 'Camp Victory'. 
Today the campsite comprises 120 acres of easy terrain, both wooded and open. Twelve cabins accommodate up to 190 children.   Facilities also include two large, adjoining ponds for boating and fishing, a swimming pool, a ropes course with climbing wall, a volleyball court, two open-air pavilions, one screened pavilion, an open-air chapel, an outdoor stage, playing fields, quiet walking paths, a tree-shaded tent-camping site and a welcome center. The dining/recreation hall has two wings, enabling two partner groups sharing the same time span to have their own separate eating and indoor entertainment space.   Most important for the children is the "Med Shed." In effect it's a mini-hospital, a spacious, appropriately equipped center designed to handle, under professional supervision, the children's daily medical needs.  We continue to add such modifications and facilities as may prove desirable.  Some of the specialized camps scheduled are:  Camp Ability (Family Camp w/ Special Needs), Camp Chameleon (Epilepsy Camp), Camp Courage (Bereavement), Camp Cranium, Camp Dost (Cancer), Camp ECHO (Heart Disease), Camp Emerge (Autism/family camp), Camp ENERGY (weight management), Camp HERO (Deaf & Hard of Hearing), Camp Horizon (Skin Disorders), Camp JRA (Arthritis), Camp Kydnie (Kidney Disease), Camp Little Brave Hearts (Bereavement-ages 4 - 7), Camp Setebaid at Camp Victory (Diabetes), Camp Spifida (Spina Bifida), Camp Spifida Retreat (18+ year olds/Spina Bifida), Harrisburg Diabetic Youth Camp, Little People of America (Dwarfs), PPFFA Burn Camp (PA Prof Firefighters Assoc.)Contact Jamie Huntley, Director  at (570) 458-6530OR  Go to www. campvictory.org for more information.

The Local Harrisburg/Carlisle Area

Adventure Park is located at 1775 Lambs Gap Road in Hampden & Silver Spring Townships. It includes Adventure Zone Playground, the New Fitness Trail, Volleyball Courts, Snow-Tubing Hills and more. The entire park is an accessible playground that allows all children, regardless of their ability, to play side by side. It is the result of hundreds of individuals and businesses partnering together for a better community. Come out and experience Adventure Park for yourself. You and your kids will have a blast!  http://www.AdventureParkandPlayground.com 

 

Grottoes of North America support Cleft Lip and Palate Patients

Grottoes of North America

Shriners Hospitals for Children is partnering with the Humanitarian Foundation of the Grottoes of North America (a Masonic-affiliated fraternal organization), to provide its cleft lip and palate patients with financial assistance for routine dental care.  “We are pleased to join together as two Masonic philanthropies for the common goal of helping children with cleft lip and palate,” said Ralph Semb, president and CEO of Shriners Hospitals for Children. “This partnership will help us ensure that the dental care needs of our patients are taken care of between their visits to our hospitals. We are very appreciative of the Grottoes’ assistance.”  Grottoes of North America includes more than 15,000 members; approximately 70 percent are also members of Shriners International. The organization began its dental program for children with special needs in 1970. The program’s goal is to provide the funds needed to improve the dental health of special needs children, who are often excluded from normal childhood dental care. Any child under age 18 with cerebral palsy, muscular dystrophy, mental retardation or organ transplant is eligible for their services.   “We’re excited about expanding our dental program to include the cleft lip and palate patients at Shriners Hospitals for Children,” said Alan Betker, chairman of the Humanitarian Foundation of the Grottoes of North America. Staff at a number of Shriners Hospitals for Children have referred special needs patients to the Grottoes of North America for years. The care coordinators at Shriners Hospitals for Children will help families who may benefit from the Grottoes’ dental program. They will consult with the patient’s treatment team about the dental needs of the child, and the dentist or surgeon on the team will let the care coordinator know what surgeries may be necessary, and what dental care will be needed to help ensure the best surgical outcomes.   For more information, please contact Jane Valentine, corporate director of nursing at Shriners Hospitals for Children, at (813) 281-7171 or This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it .
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