Schools are such a central part of our communities. As our children learn and grow within them, they are a living symbol of our hopes and dreams. They represent the very future of our country and our world. We’re proud and humbled to be a part of it. What’s more, the people of PTS who partner with you from 9-5 also live in the communities we serve. So our bond and our commitment to the community is strong. We don’t just want to ‘give something back,’ we want to support, strengthen, reinforce and enhance it from within. This is the section of our web site where you’ll find out how we’re Acting Locally. But we also recognize that we’re all a part of something bigger, so you can also see how we’re Thinking Globally.
What we do goes far beyond the classroom. We’re also affiliated with national organizations, including the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA), the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA), and the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA).
We also work to foster a culture of respect and support for children with disabilities by partnering with professionals and organizations to create opportunities for children to be active, contributing members of their communities. These partnerships include:
- Special Olympics of Pennsylvania
- Various educational foundations at public schools throughout the region
On an international level, PTS has established a partnership with the Beautiful Gates Special School for children with disabilities in Mysore, India, where we provide both clinical and financial support.
Pam Hackett, MPT, one of the co-founders of PTS, has also provided trainings for teachers in more than 17 countries through Edify, a network of private schools in developing countries. She has traveled to the Dominican Republic, Guatemala, and Belize to do in-person teacher conferences on supporting students with special needs.