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Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities

The philosophy of NHS Human Services is to support individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities in the enhancement of their abilities and interests. All services are aimed at assisting them become more self-sufficient and fulfilled in their everyday lives.

NHS partners with these individuals to create meaningful lives and relationships with family, friends and community. This partnership relies on the use of self directed supports. The individual is always at the core of the planning and implementation of services.


Allegheny Valley School

Allegheny Valley School (AVS), an NHS Human Services Company, is a private, non-profit organization established in 1960 to care for children with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Founded by Patricia Hillman Miller, with help from friends Bob Prince and Doug Hannah, AVS provided care for 10 children with intellectual disabilities who were left without a home when The Pittsburgh Home for Babies orphanage closed.

Since 1960, AVS has grown into a multi-faceted organization with programs and facilities serving more than 900 children, adults and senior citizens. Most of the residents are diagnosed with severe or profound intellectual disabilities; most also have multiple physical disabilities, medical complications and some have behavioral management needs.

AVS is known for its outstanding community residential environments and therapeutic programs for children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Currently operate more than 125 programs and facilities in nine Pennsylvania counties; AVS is an NHS Human Services company.

Learn more about Allegheny Valley Schools.



For nearly 30 years, NHS/TAIG has enabled people with disabilities to live successful, fulfilling lives in the communities and neighborhoods of Philadelphia. NHS/TAIG cares for individuals with intellectual disabilities, mental illness, addictions, and various co-occurring conditions. Our goal is to create and maintain a nurturing, rewarding, and productive environment within which all staff work in unison and focus all efforts on the individuals we serve. NHS/TAIG provides residential services, day programs, Lifesharing, job finding and support services, and much more. For more information about NHS/TAIG services, please contact 215.320.2040.

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