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Parents Exchange is an information, referral, and advocacy service for parents and caregivers of children with disabilities and professionals who work with our families. Founded in 1986 by a group of parents of children with disabilities, our main goal was and is to help parents avoid the need to 'recreate the wheel' every time they encountered an issue. Through support and training families gain the knowledge, skill, and determination to advocate for their children and make the best choices for their families. The Internet is the latest avenue for information gathering we have used. Our funding has come primarily through grants from the Pennsylvania Developmental Disabilities Planning Council and private donations.

We are a small group dependent upon the ever widening number of parents for whom we offer assistance to share the knowledge and experience they gain from us with others in their own community. It is only in this way that the greater good of families with children with disabilities can be served and their lives improved. Visit our resource pages that follow and learn what we have found. Please join our cause by sharing what you have learned and know with others who may desperately need such information. We all have a great deal to share with others.




Congratulations to Ruth Landsman,
2013 Frankie Award Winner! 

The Frankie Award is presented each spring to an individual who has demonstrated a lifetime of commitment and advocacy for special needs children and their families.  

The first award winner in 2011 was Jim Murray, Sr., former GM of the Philadelphia Eagles, and co-founder of Ronald MacDonald House Charities. The 2012 award winner was Dr. John Downes, Medical Director for PA Ventilator Assisted Children's Home Program, and pioneer in the care of children with chronic respiratory failure. For the 2013 Frankie Award, 14 people in the Philadelphia community were invited to submit names of worthy nominees.

Ruthís name was submitted by the nominators, along with names of 8 others. Frankieís World's Board of Directors was impressed with Ruthís compelling story of being the parent of a special needs child, co-founding Parents Exchange in 1986, and of the thousands of Delaware Valley-area families she has helped over the years. In a secret ballot of the Frankie's World Board of Directors, Ruth Landsman received the most votes.  

Located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Frankie's World is the area's only non-profit medical day care center for children with special healthcare needs. Named for a special girl in Philadelphia who touched many lives, Frankie's World is an exciting place, where kids can be kids! 

We are proud of Ruth for her dedicated service and all the lives she has touched. 
Thank you and congratulations!  

Please take the time to visit Frankie's World on the Web at:

Update: Please visit Here to watch Ruth receive her award and hear her acceptance speech!




In the twenty-two years we have been in existence, we have handled over 18,000 telephone calls covering a variety of issues including school placements, legal rights, recreation programs, medical services and insurance, financial supports and benefits, transportation, and general support. We have also provided pre-service and in-service training to professionals in a variety of allied disability fields and presented to a large number of parent groups. We have also presented at local, statewide, national and international conferences including the Association for the Care of Children's Health and Zero to Three.

Through our networking and collaboration with other groups we can successfully 'find' answers for nearly any question or request that comes our way. We receive referrals from service providers, medical providers, schools and community groups. We have assisted families moving to the Southeast region of Pennsylvania as well as families moving from this region to other parts of the country.

We have been involved in coalitions affecting the design of health care for children with disabilities as well as party to a number of workgroups focused upon regulations and standards for special education services and legislation concerning educational issues as well. We are active participants in a number of local coalitions and advisory groups concerned with particular issues (or age groups) affecting our population.

We strongly believe that INFORMATION IS POWER and work fervently to assure parents have the information they need to make the best decisions for their child and family. Please take some time and visit our other pages listed below. Please feel free to send comments as well as suggestions for additions or improvement. Inclusion of links to sites on any of our pages does not signify an endorsement.


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Patrick, is deaf and autistic. He loves babies! Two years ago he watched a documentary on childhood hunger. He asked how he could help feed the babies. That was the beginning 'Feed the Babies.'



Medically Complex Resource Guide (PDF)

Resource guide for parents of newly diagnosed children with special needs and/or complex medical issues.  Includes: Preparing to bring your baby home, resources, and navigating Government agencies


US Recall: Discovery Kids Animated Marine & Safari Lamps August 2010


Innovage and the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission have announced a voluntary recall of the product: Discovery Kids Animated Marine and Safari Lamps.

About 360,000 units of the product, made in China, are affected due to a defect in the lampís printed circuit board that can cause an electrical short, posing a fire and burn hazard to consumers.

Innovage has received nine reports of incidents, including seven reports of lamps catching fire, one involving smoke inhalation injury to a child and three involving minor property damage.

Click Here for more information


FDA Warning: VAIL Enclosed Bed Recall June 2005

For Updated Lists of Medical Supplies, Drugs, and  Medical Devices which have been recalled please visit Safety Alerts for Humans - U.S. Food and Drug Administration



Congratulations to Ruth Landsman who was selected as one of the seven finalists in the Diet Rite No Boundaries Woman Contest!

The voting has ended. Thank you for all of your votes. 

While Ruth did not have the most votes - she does have the most heart. We thank you for over twenty years of selfless dedication to children with disabilities and their families.

We are proud of you Ruth!



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