PEP serves nearly 300 people with intellectual disability each year in Philadelphia and nearby suburbs. Intellectual disability is a term used when a person has certain limitations in mental functioning and in skills such as processing information, communicating, taking care of him or herself, and social behavior. These limitations can range from mild to severe.
According to the Arc, up to 3% of Americans have intellectual disability. People with disabilities lack employment, transportation, social opportunities, adequate income and education, 2 to 3 times more often than people without disabilities according to the National Organization on Disabilities Survey on Americans with Disabilities 2004.
In spite of limitations, people with intellectual disability have great capabilities in many areas and PEP strives to encourage and strengthen these capabilities. We match individuals with activities and employment that fit their abilities, needs, and interests. PEP’s qualified and dedicated staff members do this with individual attention to each person.