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Allegheny Valley School

Allegheny Valley School

Lifelong opportunities for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities


Allegheny Valley School (AVS) has been providing lifelong opportunities for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) since 1960. Today, AVS offers a variety of residential and therapeutic programs to 900+ children and adults at more than 125 programs and facilities in nine Pennsylvania counties. AVS cares for some of the most vulnerable citizens in our communities.

Proceeds from the PVGP are used to cover expenses at AVS that are not reimbursable by Medicaid including equipment, new program development, renovations, improvements and so much more.

AVS Chimes and waterfall

Sensory Garden at AVS

Funds contributed by the PVGP to Allegheny Valley School  help to improve the programs and facilities for more than 900 children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities in PA.  One project of the PVGP is an outdoor learning and sensory environment at Kennedy Program Center.  This beautiful three-season space includes a pavilion, musical instruments, a fountain, a variety of plants, and more.  “For years we’ve wanted to expand our program to the outdoors,” comments Program Director Jan Harvilla.  “The Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix’s generosity has made this dream a reality.  Whenever the weather permits, the individuals love spending time in the garden – listening to the wind chimes, potting plants, smelling the variety of herbs and flowers, playing the bells, and feeling and breathing in the fresh air.  THANK YOU!”

Recently, support has been used to:

  • Create an outdoor recreational space at the Kennedy Program Center
  • Build and equip a new sensory space at the Slippery Rock Program Center
  • Improve the food preparation program area and purchase new tables for the classrooms at the Edward J. Zapp Program Center
  • Acquire vocational and prevocational tools and materials for our program centers through Pennsylvania
  • Purchase equipment for the Pittsburgh and Patricia Hillman Miller Campuses

AVS provides a comprehensive continuum of services to support each person and help the individual continue to grow and learn at every stage of life.  Each person is cared for with individualized services ranging from physical, occupational and communication therapies to special education and vocational training.

To enhance services provided, AVS has developed, implemented and distributed an innovative sensory program.  The program provides a variety of activities and settings to help consumers interact more comfortably within their surroundings.  Innovative sensory rooms, gardens and specialized activities have made a real difference in the lives of the individuals.

The mission of Allegheny Valley School is to provide quality programs and facilities to help the individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities entrusted to our care to live with purpose and dignity, and to provide opportunities and choices for our clients to grow and function at their full potential as independently as possible.

To stay up to date with AVS’ news and events, visit their website.  In addition, please friend them on facebook.

To arrange a personal tour of Allegheny Valley School please contact Dorothy Gordon at 412-299-7777.