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We Are Open and Want to Hear from You

A message from Jill Hrinda-Patten, Executive Director

I know you have heard this many times before that “we are living in unprecedented, scary times!” And admittedly we are figuring this out together. As your Erie County, Pennsylvania Community Parent Resource Center, Mission Empower, is open for business, although remotely from our homes. We are eager to talk with you to be a listening ear or to brain storm options and strategies during the new brave world of virtual schooling. We are parents too trying to juggle home, work and children’s school life just like you. Most of us have children with disabilities that make these times even more challenging. We understand what you are going through!

Please call our office at (814) 825-0788, and leave a message, and staff will get back to you. Check out our website at and other resources in this e-newsletter below as we journey through physically distancing.

Remember, we will get through this together! You are stronger than you think. Please contact us at (814) 825-0788 or email at

Take care and stay safe.

Jill Hrinda-Patten
Executive Director

This site is designed to empower the whole community to make where we go to school, work, live and play, welcoming for all people.

We all have a part in making our communities more diverse and inclusive places for people with disabilities.

Whether you are a young person with a disability, a parent, a teacher, a business owner, or a member of the community who wants to make a difference, you will find tips and activities to assist you in your journey of promoting inclusion.

Please use this site as a tool to help you change the community, along side Mission Empower, to integrate all youth with disabilities into their community.

Publication of this Website’s page is made possible through a Cooperative Agreement Grant # H328C160010 between OSEP and Mission Empower (M.E.).

The contents do not necessarily reflect the views or policies of the Department of Education, nor does mention of trade names, commercial products, or organizations imply endorsement by the U.S. Government or by Mission Empower.

Dear Mission Empower Website Users: We try to make our website as accessible as possible for users with special accessibility needs. Please let us know if you have any difficulty accessing our website information and resources. We will do our best to accommodate you! Reach out to us at Thank you for visiting our website, and happy browsing!

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