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Publications for Self-Advocates and Families

The Partnership has created a number of publications that were written to help families and self-advocates navigate the Intellectual Disabilities (ID) System.

The Gold Book - 2013 Edition

Graphic: Gold cover of Understanding the Office of Developmental Programs in PAUnderstanding the Office of Intellectual Disability Programs in Pennsylvania: Intellectual Disability and Autism Services, "The Gold Book" is the revised and updated manual that introduces you to the Intellectual Disabilities system and Autism Services. You'll learn how to register, what the waivers are, different service models and what to do if you have a problem. Also featured: commonly needed forms, lists of resources, contacts, and advocacy organizations, and a glossary of terms.

DOWNLOAD - Understanding the Office of Developmental Programs in Pennsylvania: Intellectual Disability and Autism Services:
Word: 1.38MB | PDF: 4.15MB
NOTE: These are large files. High-speed Internet connection recommended.

TO RECEIVE A PRINTED COPY of this softbound book, submit the form below:
Goldbook Order Form


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ODP Bulletins

The Office of Developmental Programs (ODP) sets policy and guidelines for the County and Regional Offices to administer and implement the ID/MR programs. These policies are published and distributed through Bulletins issued by the State Office. ODP also publishes Informational Packets to communicate changes in policy and procedure.


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