East Suburban Citizen Advocacy (ESCA) has been a small Non-Profit Organization since 1988 and has been dedicated to enhancing the lives of people with developmental disabilities. ESCA networks to identify and support advocates who give a voice to the most vulnerable people with disabilities.
We focus on serving the unique needs of each individual. After spending time with a person and getting to know his or her needs, we look for individuals or groups in the community with the appropriate skills, interests, and qualities to be advocates. We introduce people to each other and provide ongoing support to the relationships. Our advocates represent the best interests of the person with the disability with as much vigor and concern as he or she would act on their own behalf. Some examples of advocacy situations we have experience in is the Individual Education Plan (IEP) process, IDD/Autism Waiver system process, Early Intervention, Abusive situations, Legal Guardian, Rep-payees, and Transitional age resources. Our advocacy efforts and inclusive programming remain FREE to those who need them.
Who we serve:
East Suburban Citizen Advocacy grew out of the cares and concerns of parents who have children with developmental disabilities, such as intellectual disabilities, autism, cerebral palsy, muscular dystrophy, or other challenges that have been present since birth or childhood. Our advocates serve people in every age group. Our focus area is Western Pennsylvania.