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Department of Behavioral Health and Intellectual disAbility Services



Below you can find a series of resources available in the categories of General IDS Resources, Adult Services, and Children’s Services. To access each category’s list of available resources, simply click on the headings below.

General IDS Resources

  • That All May Worship
    An interfaith welcome to people with disabilities from The Interfaith Disability Advocacy Coalition
  • Your Religious Community
    Autism Speaks provides resources to help those with autism be more welcomed in their houses of worship, and become more active participants in their faith communities.

SEPTA understands the critical role of public transit in making independence and mobility possible. They are dedicated to making it easier for customers to use fixed route and paratransit services. For Customer Service: www.septa.org or call 215-580-7800, or write to Customer Service Department, 1234 Market St., Philadelphia, PA 19107.

SEPTA Customized Community Transportation (CCT) provides paratransit service – CCT Connect – to individuals with disabilities and senior citizens. In addition, SEPTA‘s bus fleet is 100% accessible. SEPTA offers ADA Paratransit Service and the Shared-Ride Program.
For information call 215-580-7145 or log on to www.septa.org.

Adult Services Resources
  • Leadership and Career Studies at Temple University
    The Academy supports individuals with developmental disabilities to fully participate in classes and community life at Temple. Day and evening classes offer an opportunity for students to pursue their individual interests in a wide variety of subjects.
  • Office of Vocational Rehabilitation (OVR)
    State agency helps people with disabilities prepare for, start and maintain a career. OVR works with schools to make sure people who will benefit from transition services receive the information they need. The Office is located at 444 N. Third St., Philadelphia, PA 19123. For further information call 215-560-1900.
  • PA Career Link
    Connecting businesses with qualified people, and connecting people with training, jobs, and careers.
  • PA College of Direct Support
    A national, web-based curriculum designed for individuals who support people with developmental disabilities. The College is designed to begin to build a common language, enhancing communication and helping everyone to better support the people we serve. The Commonwealth and IDS recognize the value of the work of direct support professionals (DSPs); the curriculum is designed to help DSPs grow and succeed. Individuals and families also can benefit from the College; there is no charge to individuals and families currently registered with IDS.
Children's Services Resources
Last modified: Jul 16, 2024 @ 10:07 am