Intellectual Disabilities Services at Barber National Institute

The Barber National Institute offers a variety of services for families, adults, and children with intellectual and developmental disabilities in Erie, Philadelphia, and Pittsburgh. Our goal is to enhance the quality of life by fostering greater independence, increasing community involvement, and improving social interaction.


 Employment Services

Employment services help individuals with intellectual disabilities build job readiness and also help locate a job in the community.

+ Small Group Employment

+ Pre-Employment Transitional Services for Students

+ Supported Employment


Day Services for Adults with Intellectual Disabilities

Adult Day Services offer an assortment of options to meet the needs of individuals with developmental disabilities and make the most of their individual strengths. 

+ Club Erie

+ Community Participation Support

+ Home & Community Habilitation


 Residential Services

Adult Residential Services offer a multitude of programs for residents with intellectual disabilities including Community Homes, Supported Living, Respite Care, and Lifesharing through Family Living.

+ Community Group Homes

+ Supported Living

+ Lifesharing through Family Living

+ Respite Care


Recreation & Socialization

There are a variety of recreational activities that promote socialization including dances with peers at area colleges and summer camps for children and adults with an intellectual disability.

+ ESO Dances

+ Camp Shamrock

+ Connections Camp

+ ESO Summer Camp

+ Learn to Ride Bike Camp


Agency With Choice (AWC) Program

The Agency With Choice program is for individuals with an intellectual disability who reside in their own residence or family home.

+ Home & Community Habilitation

+ Respite Care

+ Camps


+ Home & Vehicle Adaptation


Family Support Services

Our family support services are for families with children who have developmental disabilities. We have services for siblings, families, and children including arts and crafts, swimming, and more.

+ Sib Sessions

+ Time For Me