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Learn about non-traditional and non-paid

resources and supports in your

community and other systems of services.


“If you could only sense how important you are to the lives of those you meet; how important you can be to the people you may never dream of. There is something of yourself that you leave at every meeting with another person.”

Information and support networks


Community services and supports


Websites and information lines

the partnership pa training partnership for people with disabilities and families

Lead agency for the Western Region is ACHIEVA, 412-995-5000.

Jeanine Schultz call 888-272-7229 ext. 579. Partnering agencies:


Temple Institute on Disabilities

Mentors for Self Determination

Self-Advocates United as 1

Vision for Equality

Provide trainings on such topics as


Estate Planning,

Understanding the MR System,


MR Waivers in PA

Website has access to

Training calendar



The PartnershipPa Training partnership for People with Disabilities and Families
  • Provide information and resources
  • Educate and support individuals
  • Foster leadership
  • Influence public policy
  • OUR MISSIONTo assist and empower people with disabilities and their families to seek quality and satisfaction in their lives as well as equal access to supports and services
Pittsburgh Chapter – People for a Better Community

Monthly meetings

Carolyn Vidt 724-545-6213

Our mission is to

Help people find a voice for themselves

Teach the public about the needs. wishes. And potential of people with disabilities

Speak out on important issues

Support each other through sharing and leadership development

Help and encourage each other

disability rights network of pa
Disability Rights Network of PA
  • 1-800-692-7443
  • MISSION STATEMENT:  The mission of the Disability Rights Network of Pennsylvania is to advance, protect, and advocate for the human, civil, and legal rights of Pennsylvanians with disabilities.
  • The result of the merger between Pennsylvania Protection and Advocacy, Inc. (PP&A), Disabilities Law Project and the Education Law Center.
  • 1-888-572-7368
  • PPCRN is a fourteen year old statewide cross-disability, grassroots network that supports parents' and caregivers' efforts to help their children and adult family members with developmental disabilities..
the pa elks home service program
The PA Elks Home Service Program
  • GINGER BAUER, RN, covers Allegheny County and is affiliated with UCP of the Pittsburgh District. Ginger can be reached by calling 412-829-9332.

Elks Nurse Services are provided:

By a registered Nurse and/or Medical Case Coordinator

To Pennsylvania residents

In the person’s home environment

Without discrimination

FREE of charge

Who is eligible to receive services?

An individual of any age who has a developmental disability (a disability that is manifested before the age of 22)

A child or adult with physical or mental delays or a combination of both

Services can continue throughout a person’s lifetime, if needed

A visit is made to the home for an intake and initial assessment. The needs of the family and environment are noted at this time

After discussing the needs with the individual or family, we help to determine the appropriate referrals for services

When referrals are made, we can assist with follow-up. Home visits are then made on an as needed basis.

The program is primarily funded by donations from the 110 Elks lodges in Pennsylvania as our Major Project.

south hills interfaith ministries
South Hills Interfaith Ministries

1900 Sleepy Hollow Road, South Park, PA 15129 412-854-9120

  • Family Assistance (Food pantry, clothing and small household items, holiday appeals, Dollar Energy screening)
  • Counseling site for Pittsburgh Pastoral Institute (individual, group, and family therapy, support)
  • Youth Programs (Summer Recreation Programs, Early Childhood Programs, Tutoring, cross-cultural programs)
north hills community outreach
North Hills Community Outreach
  • Programs include
    • Spring share-provides grocery certificates and candy for children’s Easter baskets
    • Back to School supplies
    • Winter coat shop
    • Turkey on every table
    • Sharing holiday warmth
    • 1975 Ferguson Rd. Allison Park, PA 15101
    • 412-487-6316
catholic charities careline

In Allegheny County


“Calls are free and confidential. Services are available to anyone without regard to race, religion or ethnicity.”

Information available about various services including:


Child Care

Food and Basic Needs

Energy or Rental Assistance

Pregnancy and Parenting

Prescription Assistance

Services for the Elderly

Shelter or Housing

Catholic Charities CAREline
the mon valley providers council mvpc http hscc mvpc org about mvpc htm 412 829 7112
The Mon Valley Providers Council (MVPC)
  • A program of the Human Services Center, in collaboration with individuals, families, and groups in 37 Mon Valley communities
  • An alliance of human service and related organizations which are based in or have a substantial service presence in the Mon Valley
  • Serves as a formal network for information and resource exchange among human service providers in the Mon Valley.
  • Working Groups
    • Employment and Training, Health, Housing and Youth
support groups and networking
Support Groups and Networking

Peer Support and Advocacy Network Supports mental health consumers 18 and over

  • 412-227-0402

Grand Central

  • For people who are raising a related child
  • 412-207-7987

The Caring Place

  • Helping children cope with the death of a loved one
  • 1-800-224-4673
state identification card
State Identification Card
  • 1-800-932-4600
  • Penn Dot drivers exam center
    • $10.00 fee, check or money order
    • Social Security Card
    • Proof of identification
    • Proof of residency
western pa search and rescue development center
Western Pa Search and Rescue Development Center
  • Project Lifesaver
    • “A program for people with Alzheimer’s or Autism that wander off”
  • Envelope of Life
    • Provides information about special needs to rescue personal
  • Special Needs Emergency Registration Program (SNERP)
    • Helps identify individuals with special needs that may need assistance during a public emergency
pennsylvania captioned telephone relay service ctrs
Pennsylvania Captioned Telephone Relay Service CTRS)
  • 1-877-243-2823
pittsburgh community services inc pcsi
Pittsburgh Community Services Inc. PCSI
  • Community Action Agency for the City of Pittsburgh
  • 412-392-6466
    • Department of Counseling and Education
    • Community Action Learning Center
    • Neighborhood Safety Program
    • Project Life Line- youth education initiative
    • Supported Work/Supported Engagement Program
do not call list
Do Not Call List
  • 1-777-3406
  • Cut down on Junk mail
  • Cut down on Junk email
  • Unsolicited credit offers
  • 1-888-567-8688
  • Granting wishes to qualifying seniors
    • Quality of Life Wishes
    • One More Time Wishes
    • Shining Moment
    • Wishes
    • Comfort Wishes
Basic skills (reading, writing, math)
  • GED Preparation (for the high school equivalency diploma)
  • English as a second language (serving foreign-born adults)
  • Workplace Skills Development (serving employers and employees)
  • Workforce preparation (serving adults on welfare)
  • Families for Learning (serving parents and young children)
  • Computer skills training
  • Health literacy


Assist individuals, families and communities survive the trauma of violence and crime by offering victim advocacy services, crisis intervention, counseling, and community education programs that address the causes and impacts of violence.
  • Victim financial compensation
  • Education and training
  • Information on victim rights
  • 24 hour helpline 412-392-8582
poison control center
Poison Control Center
  • 24-Hour Emergency1-800-222-1222

To request a free sheet of Mr. Yuk stickers, please send a self-addressed stamped business size envelope to:

Mr. YukPittsburgh Poison CenterChildren’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC3705 Fifth AvenuePittsburgh, PA 15213-2583

parent to parent of pennsylvania
Parent to Parent of Pennsylvania
  • 1-800-986-4550
port authority of allegheny county 412 442 2000 www ridegold com


a shared ride system

Apply in person and complete a functional evaluation

ACCESS 65 Plus


Proof of age



Proof of 60 years of age

Trip limits apply

Reduced Fare

½ price fair during non peak hours for persons with a disability

Special senior pass, free over 65 during non peak hours

Port Authority of Allegheny
the committee for accessible transportation cat
The Committee for Accessible Transportation (CAT)
  • 412-562-5353
  • Quarterly meetings
  • Subcommittees
    • Steering Committee
    • Operations
    • Training
    • Port Authority Capital Improvements

Health and Human Services Call Center Lead Information Line1-800-440-LEADBrain Injury Helpline1-866-412-4755Long Term Care Line1-866-286-3636

  • Available on the website
    • Services for Low-Income Pennsylvanians
    • Services for Pennsylvanians with DisabilitiesServices for Children in Pennsylvania
    • Services for Families in Pennsylvania
    • Health Care Information
    • Information for DPW Business Partners
    • General Information
Check out the website for a great variety of information
  • An alphabetical listing of Pittsburgh organizations

“When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, “Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.”To this day, especially in times of “disaster,” I remember my mother’s words, and I am always comforted by realizing that there are still so many helpers –so many caring people in the world.”

Allegheny County Health Department

allegheny county health department
Allegheny County Health Department
  • 412-687-ACHD
injury prevention program
Injury Prevention Program
  • 907 West StreetPittsburgh, PA 15221Phone: 412-247-7800FAX: 412-247-7814
  • The Injury Prevention Program provides educational programs and presentations to community groups, schools, law enforcement agencies and other civic groups for the safe use of Motor Vehicles, Firearms and Home Safety with the objective of reducing the number of injuries caused by their improper use.
Provides immunizations for children and adults, flu and pneumonia vaccination, and vaccines for foreign travel.
    • 3441 Forbes Avenue in Oakland
    • Walk-in clinic hours are: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday 9 AM to 4 PM and Wednesday from 1 PM to 8 PM
    • Clinic # 412-578-8060
W.E.C.A.R.E. Program
  • 412-247-7950
  • Welcoming Extraordinary Children by providing Assessments, Referrals and Education
  • Birth - 22
  • ACHD partners with Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh to offer
    • Assessment of family needs
    • Home visits by a Public Health Nurse
    • Connecting and coordinating care
    • Resource lists
    • Referrals

“Something we all need in order to feel the fullness of life: It's not only a sense that we belong on our planet, but also that we belong in other people's lives—that we are loved, lovable, and capable of loving.”

HousingHouse safetyUtilities assistanceWeatherization Home improvements / accessibility

  • Urban League of Pittsburgh
    • Housing Council
    • 412-227-4804
  • Allegheny County Housing Authority
    • 412-355-8940
  • Housing Urban Development (HUD)
    • 412-644-6428
  • PHFA Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency
    • Home Ownership Opportunities for Persons with Disabilities
    • 1-800-822-1177
neighborhood safety program sponsored in part by dhs
Neighborhood Safety Programsponsored, in part, by DHS
  • City of Pittsburgh 412-392-4466
  • Allegheny County 412-392-6467
  • Free installation of security and safety hardware
    • Deadbolt locks
    • Smoke detectors
    • Door peepholes
    • House numbers
    • Carbon monoxide detectors
    • LifeLites
utilities assistance call program for eligibility including income guidelines
PA American Water-H2o others program


Afford-A-Phone Lifeline/Link-up



LIHEAP (Low Income Home Energy Assistance)


LIHEAP II Crisis Program


$300 maximum grants may help in the

repair of heating systems or gas lines.

Dollar Energy Fund


Public Utility Commission


Utilities Assistancecall program for eligibility, including income, guidelines
utilities assistance call program for eligibility including income guidelines1
Universal Service Programs

CARES representatives help customers experiencing a temporary hardship by assisting with referrals for :

Energy grants


Food Programs

Employment assistance

Customer Assistance Programs (reduced budget amounts for qualifying individuals)

Allegheny Power


Duquesne Light


Penn Power


Dominion Peoples




TW Phillips Gas


Utilities Assistancecall program for eligibility, including income, guidelines
Free Weatherization

412-816-1226-Ext 105



home improvements accessibility
Allegheny County Accessibility Program (ACAP)


Allegheny County residents can apply for free accessibility modifications.

The Home Improvement Program of Allegheny County (IMPAC)


Home improvement and accessibility loans.


Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency

Renovate and repair loan program


Home Improvements / Accessibility
home improvements accessibility1


Provides ramps and other assistive devices at a low price to the end users.

ACTION Housing


accessibility modifications

Pennsylvania Access Grant Program

Southwest Regional Office


Provides grants to eligible applicants (redevelopment authorities and municipalities) to help low- and moderate-income persons with permanent disabilities increase accessibility to their homes.

Home Improvements / Accessibility

“Something we all need in order to feel the fullness of life: It's not only a sense that we belong on our planet, but also that we belong in other people's lives—that we are loved, lovable, and capable of loving.”

Social Security

Nutrition Assistance


Medicaid / Medical Assistance

Public Health coverage, resources and advocacy

Oral Health

RX help

PA Department of Health

understanding supplemental security income ssi spotlight on trusts 2008
Understanding Supplemental Security IncomeSSI Spotlight on Trusts, 2008
social security administration 1 800 772 1213 www ssa gov
Social Security Administration 1-800-772-1213
  • Supplemental Security Income (SSI) is a Federal income supplement program funded by general tax revenues (not Social Security taxes)
  • It is designed to help aged, blind, and disabled people, who have little or no income
  • It provides cash to meet basic needs for food, clothing, and shelter

Information taken from the Social Security Website.

social security administration 1 800 772 1213 www ssa gov1
Social Security Administration 1-800-772-1213
  • Under the Supplemental Security Income (SSI) program, a child from birth to age 18 may receive monthly payments based on disability or blindness if:
    • He or she has an impairment or combination of impairments that meets the definition of disability for children and
    • the income and resources  of the parents and the child are within the allowed limits.
  • Under the Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) program, an adult child (a person age 18 orolder) may receive monthly benefits based on disability or blindness if:
    • He or she has an impairment or combination of impairments that meets the definition of disability for adults; and
    • the disability began before age 22; and
    • the adult child's parent worked long enough to be insured under Social Security and is receiving retirement or disability benefits or is deceased.

Information taken from the Social Security Website.

nutrition assistance
Summer Food Line for children under 18


Commodity Supplemental Food Program (CSFP)

Moms graduating from WIC and seniors

412-460-3663 x285

Emergency Food Assistance

Hunger Services Network


School Meals


Hunger Trust Fund


Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank


Food Pantries


Soup Kitchens


Meals for the Elderly, Area Agency on Aging


Just Harvest

Food Assistance

Tax Assistance for low income working families


Nutrition Assistance


Medicare is the federal health insurance program for people age 65 or older. It also covers certain younger people with disabilities and people with End-Stage Renal Disease.

One-time "Welcome to Medicare" Physical Exam



Medicaid (MA)


Medicaid is health insurance that helps many people who can't afford medical care pay for some or all of their medical bills. Medicaid is available only to certain low-income individuals and families who fit into an eligibility group that is recognized by federal and state law. Medicaid does not pay money to you; instead, it sends payments directly to your health care providers.

public healthcare coverage
Medical Assistance

Allegheny County Assistance Office Information Line


“Loophole Children” under 21

MA category PH 95

PA 600

MAWD…Medical Assistance for Workers with Disabilities

Healthy Baby Line


State Children’s Health Insurance Program (SCHIP)


Healthy Kids Line

health care coverage and help finding a doctor


adultBasic Line

Healthcare coverage for adults 19-54

1-800-GO BASIC

Public Healthcare Coverage
People in Pennsylvania who have Medical assistance for their healthcare needs are members of a program called HealthChoices.
  • The mental health services and drug and alcohol services that are offered to you through HealthChoices are called “behavioral health care” services and are managed by Community Care Behavioral Health Organization (Community Care).
allegheny healthchoices inc ahci
Allegheny HealthChoices, Inc. (AHCI)
  • The monitoring group for Community to make sure all necessary services are being provided. DHS contracts with Community Care.
    • 412-325-1100
  • CART (Consumer Action and Response Team) works to make sure that members are satisfied with the HealthChoices program and the care they are getting from Community Care providers
    • 1-800-300-6026
  • ACS, Inc enrolls people who receive MA into the HealthChoices program
    • 1-800-440-3989
    • Special Needs Unit 412-432-1024
  • Ombudsman can
    • help you if you are having problems with the care you are getting
    • help with a complaint or grievance
    • find someone who can help you
    • 1-877-787-2424
healthchoices members and their families are
HealthChoices Members and their Families are…

… invited to register to attend regularly scheduled meetings to talk about the behavioral health services that are available in your community.

  • Member Advisory Committee (MAC) Meeting
  • Family Advisory Committee (FAC) Meeting
  • JoAnne Ursta 1-800-696-9531
ma physical health plans
MA Physical Health Plans
  • Gateway
    • Members Services 1-800-392-1147
    • Special Needs 1-800-642-3550
  • UPMC for You
    • Members Services 1-800-286-4242
    • Special Needs
  • MedPlus+
    • Member Services 1-800-414-9025
    • Special Needs 1-877-844-8844
the key to coverage under health choices is medical necessity
The key to coverage under Health Choices is medical necessity.
  • Requests for services need to follow these guidelines
  • PA HLP on line “How to write a letter of medical necessity”
  • Understand how to appeal a coverage decision
  • PA HLP can help
community care
Community Care

Preventive Health Programs

  • To sign up for newsletters for members and families that:
  • Educate about treatment
  • Help you understand your experiences
  • Encourage active participation in treatment
  • 1-866-639-2943

Customer Service

  • 1-800-553-7499
  • Website

Allegheny County Emergency Services (ACES)

  • Mental health or drug and alcohol crises number
  • 1-888-424-2287
dpw county assistance office call in change center
DPW County Assistance Office Call-in Change Center
  • 1-877-395-8930
  • Make changes or updates to your case
  • Check your application or case status
  • Hear general information, like how to apply for benefits
  • Request forms and documents
  • Advocacy and information regarding public health care coverage
  • Monitors all legal and administrative developments that affect the disabilities community and disseminates the information in newsletters and bulletins to hundreds of disabilities advocacy groups throughout the state.
  • to enhance access to quality, affordable health care.”
  • CHC envisions everyone in Southwestern PA having quality and affordable health coverage and care.
  • Improving health through community organizing, education, outreach and enrollment.


The Benefit Bank is the only program available that can help you apply for a range of benefits, such as Food Stamps and Medical Benefits and file federal and state taxes all at once.

Client Services

Estimate potential for receiving benefits and credits

File tax returns

Apply for public benefits

Learn about the Economic Stimulus Payment

Register to Vote

oral health
Oral Health
  • Pitt Dental School
    • 412-648-8678
  • Donated Dental Services
    • 412-243-4866
  • Foundation of Dentists for the Handicapped
    • 1-888-683-9158
  • PA Dental Association
    • 1-717-234-5941
slide71 Oral Health Care…If you are having difficulty finding appropriate oral health care, please let us know by emailing or by calling 412-995-5000 ext. 569.   For more information about the Disability Health Policy Forum, please contact Mary Hartley at Click here to see the complete Advancing Oral Health Care executive summary.Click here to see the complete Advancing Oral Health Care report. Click here to visit Special Olympics' Special Smiles Caregivers Guide. Click here for information from the National Institute of Health for families and dental professionals supporting different disabilities.

  • Oral health information including,
    • the Senior Dental Care Program
      • 717-234-5941
This is a website service that supplies information about patient assistance programs, which can help patients get the medicines that they require
The Access to Benefits Coalition™Phone:
  • Need help paying for your Medicare prescriptiondrug costs? Apply now for the Extra Help available through the Medicare PrescriptionDrug Coverage for people with limited incomes and resources. If you qualify, you can join a Medicare drug plan, and Medicare will pay 85to 100 percent of your prescription drug costs.
Residents that have no other prescription coverage from health insurance, PACE, or Medicaid
  • In-kind medicine: Rx fills out application to receive donated medication from drug companies. Medication is sent to your doctor.
  • 412-471-9570
magee womens hospital comprehensive healthcare center for women with physical disabilities
Magee-Womens Hospital Comprehensive Healthcare Center for Women with Physical Disabilities.
  • (412) 647-4747
  • Opened in November, 2001, The Center is one of only a handful of facilities in the nation to create a designated clinical site staffed by a multidisciplinary team where women with physical disabilities can receive comprehensive healthcare in a barrier-free environment.
www mammogramvoucher org
You CAN afforda mammogram...We CanVouchfor It!"CALL"MAMMOGRAM VOUCHER HOTLINE to see if you qualify for this life-saving program:
Health Topics A-Z

Healthcare Access Guide


“What’s been important in my understanding of myself and others is the fact that each one of us is so much more that any one thing. A sick child is much more than his or her sickness. A person with a disability is much, much more than a handicap…”

Resources for persons with

differing abilities and diagnoses

centers for independent living
Centers for Independent Living
    • Three Rivers Center for Independent Living
  • 412-371-7700
  • Core Services
    • Advocacy
    • Skills Training
    • Peer Support
    • Information and referral
ABOARD, Advisory Board On Autism And Related Disorders


Assistance and newsletter



Internet resource and support for information

The Autism Center of Pittsburgh


Speech and language and occupational therapies, psychological evaluations and family support

Autism Society of Pittsburgh


www pwsausa org 800 926 4797
Pittsburgh Area Brain Injury Alliance

1-866-635-7097 800-926-4797


children adults with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder
Pittsburgh and Vicinity Parent CHADD

Local chapter meetings at Total Learning Center, Perry Highway


Pittsburgh & Tri-state Area Adults with ADD/ADHD


Children & Adults with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder
learning disability
Learning Disability
  • Learning Disabilities Association of America
  • National Center for Learning Disabilities
  • Association for Children with Learning Disabilities
    • 412-341-1515
conductive education a program for children with motor disabilities
Conductive Education A program for children with motor disabilities
  • Conductive Education of Pittsburgh
  • Elizabeth Case
  • Phone: 412-731-3070
  • E-mail:
disabiltiyinfo gov
“Online connection to valuable information and resources geared to:

People with disabilities

Family members


Service providers

Information in the following categories


Civil rights

Community life






  • “Equity, Opportunity, Inclusion

for People with Disabilities”

  • “Building communities in which no one is segregated and everyone belongs”
Mental Health Association of Allegheny County
  • 412-391-3820
  • The Mental Health Association of Allegheny County provides individuals with a relevant mix of information, referral, advocacy and legal services. It helps individuals obtain quality behavioral health services that are both appropriate and culturally sensitive. All services are free and confidential.

NAMI Southwestern PA

  • 412-366-3788
  • NAMI Southwestern Pennsylvania is a regional grassroots organization dedicated to helping families and individuals affected by mental illness achieve lives of quality and respect, through education and advocacy that supports recovery.

Home and Community Based Medicaid Waivers

in Pennsylvania

Following are examples of waivers in Pennsylvania. There are eligibility requirements for each waiver that may include age, diagnosis, income and asset limits.

AIDS Waiver

Provides home and community based services to eligible persons age

21 or older who have symptomatic HIV disease or AIDS.

Attendant Care Waiver

Enables individuals with physical disabilities to perform activities of

daily living, self-care and mobility.


Home and community based program developed for individuals with

a medically determined diagnosis of traumatic brain injury (TBI). It

prevents the institutionalization of individuals with TBI and helps

them to remain as independent as possible.


Consolidated Waiver for Individuals with Mental Retardation

Provides services to individuals age 3 and older that are diagnosed

with mental retardation so that they can remain in the community.

Independence Waiver

Home and community based waiver that provides services to

individuals age 18 and older with severe physical disabilities to allow

them to live in the community and remain as independent as possible.

Infant, Toddlers and Families Waiver

Provides services to children age 0-3 who need early intervention

services and would otherwise require the level of care provided in an

Intermediate Care Facility for Persons with Mental Retardation or

Other Related Conditions.

Michael Dallas Waiver

Provides home and community based services to eligible individuals

of any age who are technology dependent and who meet the level of

care for a Special Rehabilitation Facility.


OBRA Waiver

Provides services to people with developmental physical disabilities

to allow them to live in the community and remain as independent as


Pennsylvania Department of Aging 60+ Waiver

Provides home and community based services to eligible individuals

who are age 60 or older and who are clinically eligible for nursing

facility care.

Personal Family Directed Support Waiver

Provides services to eligible individuals age 3 and older with mental

retardation so that they can remain in the community.


Autism Services…Welcome to the Bureau of Autism Services. You can contact us by using the "Contact Us" form below or calling 866-497-6898. Mailing address: Department of Public Welfare; Bureau of Autism Services; P.O. Box 2675 (Room 501); Harrisburg, PA 17105. Autism Waiver Announced: Governor Edward G. Rendell announced on May 22, 2008, that Pennsylvania has been approved for a first-of-its-kind federal waiver program to provide home and community based services specifically for adults with autism…

assistive technology

“Each person in the world is a unique human being, and each has unique human potential. One of the important tasks of growing is the discovery of this uniqueness: the discovery of “who I am” in each of us-- of “who I am” in relation to all those whom I meet.”

Assistive Technology

pennsylvania s initiative on assistive technology piat
Pennsylvania’s Initiative on Assistive Technology (PIAT)
  • Can work with you to identify vendors and service providers, locate used equipment, and learn about funding.
  • 1-800-204-7428
assistive technology three rivers for independent living
Assistive Technology Three Rivers for Independent Living
  • 412-371-7700 x111
    • 911 Emergency Cell Phone Distribution
    • Deafness Services
    • Into New Hands
    • PA Assistive Technology Foundation loans
    • Telecommunication Device Distribution Program (TDDP) provides free phone devices to those who qualify. Devices can include
      • TTY
      • TTY Braille display
      • Hands free speaker phone
      • Photo button phone
      • Amplification
      • Big button phone
Pennsylvania's Assistive Technology Lending Library


A free service that loans assistive technology devices to people with disabilities. It's available to Pennsylvanians of all ages and disabilities. "Assistive Technology" includes devices that people with disabilities can use to help themselves communicate, learn, travel, do household chores, care for themselves, and have fun.

Pennsylvania Assistive Technology Foundation (PATF)


A non-profit organization that provides low-interest loans and 0% interest loans for $1000 loans or less, to any Pennsylvania residents so that they can buy the assistive technology devices and services they need.

recycled equipment exchange program reep
Recycled Equipment Exchange Program (REEP)
  • 1-800-633-4588
  • REEP is a free statewide service for people with disabilities, their families, friends, service providers and other interested individuals. Equipment in the REEP listing can range from simple home adaptations, to wheelchairs, to computers and software. REEP, a program of Pennsylvania's Initiative on Assistive Technology (PIAT), is maintained by the Three Rivers Center for Independent Living.
time to play
Time to play
  • Toy Lending Library 412-682-4430
  • CCAC Special Needs Program for Children, Youth, and Adults


  • PA Connecting Communities


  • Special Olympics 412-279-5450
  • Exceptional Adventures 412-331-1690
  • JCC Special Needs Programs
    • Liza Edelstone, 412-521-8011 x241
special olympics
Special Olympics
  • Special Olympics Allegheny County
    • 412-279-5450
new horizons pittsburgh clo
offers children and adults with physical or developmental disabilities the opportunity to take center stage in fun-filled acting, dance and vocal classes.


New HorizonsPittsburgh CLO
Non-profit organization that seeks to enhance the lives of people with intellectual disabilities by providing opportunities for socialization.
  • There are three programs:
    • Best Buddies College
    • Best Buddies High School
    • Best Buddies Middle School
ymca of greater pittsburgh http ymcaofpittsburgh org about asp
NorthAllegheny YMCABaierl Family YMCANorth Boroughs YMCA

SouthCloverleaf YMCASouth Hills YMCA

EastEast Suburban YMCAPenn Hills YMCAWilmerding YMCAThe YMCA at UPMC Braddock

WestWestern Area YMCA

CentralCentre Avenue YMCAChild Care ServicesCollegiate YMCADowntown YMCAHazelwood YMCAHomewood-Brushton YMCA

Downtown Branch


Build Bridges The YMCA of Greater Pittsburgh is committed to providing quality programs and services to everyone in the community. This is made possible through the Annual Campaign For Strong Communities. Financial assistance, based on demonstrated ability to pay, and the YMCA’s ability to fund the amount requested, will be made available. Sliding rate scales are now available at some locations. Applications are available at the Member Service Desk at each YMCA. All financial assistance information is kept confidential.

YMCA of Greater Pittsburgh
Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped

Books, Magazines and Music


Aktion Club

Community Service group out of the Kiwanis Club for adult citizens with disabilities.

Local contact: Jean Harkins, 412-331-9523

youth families education

“In every neighborhood, all across our country, there are good people insisting on a good start for the young, and doing something about it.”




wrap around services
Wrap Around Services
  • Generally funded by the Department of Public Welfare through medical assistance
  • Can be offered to children and young adults age 21 and younger. 
  • Typical services can include
    • Behavioral Specialist Consultant (BSC)
    • Mobile Therapy (MT)
    • Therapeutic Staff Support (TSS)
  • Service is provided in school, at the child's residence, or a community setting
All children on MA are entitled early and periodic screening, diagnosis and treatment.

This includes virtually all medical services that are necessary to treat an illness, condition or defect

Not all services are considered “medical services”. But most are, including


Diapers for children over 3 (or have extraordinary needs)

Prescription medication and nutritional supplements

Augmentative communication devices

Wheelchairs and eyeglasses


Any service that a service description can be created for and that is medically necessary

the alliance for infants and toddlers afit
The Alliancefor Infants and Toddlers (AFIT)
  • Allegheny County
  • Early Intervention Service Coordination
  • Ages Birth to 3
  • 412-885-6000
  • www.AFIT.ORG
free developmental screenings ages 3 5
Free Developmental Screenings ages 3-5
  • Pittsburgh Public Schools
    • 412-323-3979 or 412-323-3960
  • Allegheny Intermediate DART Program
    • 412-394-5736
education children and youth ages 6 21
EducationChildren and youth ages 6-21

Allegheny Intermediate Unit


Community Education Division: Ask about Family Support Centers and Special Projects in your neighborhood. They offer services such as home visits, parent support groups, literacy programs, counseling, health care information, community services information and referrals.

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AIU #3 Family Support Centers412-394-5700
  • Help families help themselves and provide the resources they need to be strong. Strong families make strong communities where the hope of our children's future begins.
  • A community-based program serving families in the following school districts: Clairton, Duquesne, East, Allegheny, Highlands, McKeesport, Penn Hills, Steel Valley, Sto-Rox, West Mifflin and Wilkinsburg
  • Services include: home visits, parent and child activities, parent support and information groups, developmental assessments, referrals to community and human services, family and individual counseling, housing information and support, employment and training support, and transportation
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EducationChildren and youth ages 6-21

Pittsburgh Board of Education (Pgh Public Schools)


pittsburgh public schools parent educational resource centers percs
CentralConnelley Technical Institute412-338-8126Hotline: 412-263-0470

EastReizenstein Middle SchoolPittsburgh, PA 15206412-665-4952Hotline: 412-665-8608

SouthWhittier Elementary School412-488-4670Hotline: 412-488-4445

WestLangley High SchoolHotline: 412-778-0369


NorthM.L. King Elementary SchoolMartin Luther King Elementary School412-323-3302Hotline: 412-323-8044

Pittsburgh Public Schools Parent Educational Resource Centers - PERCs
school services
School Services
  • Student Assistance Program
  • Transition Program
  • Travel Instruction
  • Community Based Vocational Education Program
  • Accurate, up-to-date information about special education law and advocacy for children with disabilities.
pa department of education
PA Department of Education
  • The Pennsylvania Training and Technical Assistance Network
    • PaTTAN
  • Special Education in PA
    • ConsultLine 1-800-879-2301
  • ELC is a non-profit legal advocacy and educational organization, dedicated to ensuring that all of Pennsylvania's children have access to a quality public education.
  • "Help Line" services for children with disabilities are now being offered by the Disability Rights Network of PA rather than by ELC. You can call DRN at (800) 692-7443 or (717) 236-8110.
parent education network
Parent Education Network
  • 1-800-522-5827
  • PEN is Pennsylvania's statewide Parent Training and Information Center. Much of the information included in this site is designed to support Pennsylvania parents of children with special needs, but information and links are included on Federal Special Education, National Disability Issues and Resources, Special Education Legal Links, Transportation, and Travel that will also pertain to parents and individuals with disabilities in other states. We hope you find the following information helpful.
special education parent lead groups
Special Education Parent Lead Groups
  • Local Interagency Coordinating Council (LICC)
    • Allegheny County 412-394-5851
    • Pittsburgh Public School 412-323-3220 ext 1
  • Local Task Force on the Right to Education
    • Allegheny County Local Task 412-394-5817
    • Parent Assistance Line for Allegheny Local Task Force 412-394-5930
    • Pittsburgh Public Schools Local Task Force

412-995-5000, ext 486

    • Parent Assistance Line for Pittsburgh Public Schools Local Task Force


  • Local Transition Coordinating Council
    • 412-323-3970
The PEAL Center serves Western and Central PA. They “provide information on children and youth with disabilities and provide training and information for parents and friends of children with disabilities, as well as their educators and their advocates.

Their homepage features:

About us

Upcoming Events

Resources and Materials

Links to other Organizations

PEAL Mentors

Volunteering Opportunities

Join the PEAL Mailing list

Meet the PEAL Staff

Meet the PEAL Board

Contact Us


warmlyn 1 877 warmlyn
  • 412-641-4546
  • Child care concerns / questions?
  • Parenting Problems?
  • Family Stresses?
  • WARMLYN is a confidential phone service with someone who understands what you’re going through.
youth places a place to go for youth 12 18 412 434 0851


East Hills





Lower Hazelwood

Upper Hazelwood


Upper Northside

West End


Youth Placesa place to go for youth 12-18 412-434-0851
family care connection
Family support program located in communities around Pittsburgh. Each Family Care Connection center linked to a Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh Primary Care Center. We work in partnership with community based programs in each area

Braddock 412-271-8355

Mt. Oliver 412-432-1635

Oakland 412-692-5050

Rankin 412-271-5022

Turtle Creek 412-823-2060

Wilkinsburg 412-247-0977

Family Care Connection
The Special Kids NetworkMaking Connections for Pennsylvania's Children with Special Health Care Needs
  • 1-800-986-4550
  • Provides information and referral to services that children with special health care needs and their families may need, community systems development that improves the availability and delivery of services, and an on-line searchable database of resources for children with special health care needs and their families.
  • Workshops for kids ages 6-12 who are siblings of children with special needs
  • Wesley Spectrum, 721-443-8900
wish networks
Brass Ring Society

Children’s Hopes and dreams

Children’s Wish International

Dream Come True – Pennsyvania

Dream Factory


Fairygodmother Foundation

Believe in tomorrow national children’s foundation

Jason’s Dreams for Kids

Kids Wish Network

Wish Networks

“The world needs a sense of worth, and it will achieve it only by its people feeling that they are worthwhile.”


  • Office of Vocational Rehabilitation
  • 412-392-4950, TTY: 412-392-5921.
  • OVR’s purpose is to expand and strengthen employment outcomes, independence, and specialized services for Pennsylvanians with disabilities.
    • Bureau of Blindness and Visual Services
      • 412-565-5240, TTY: 877-255-5082.
      • BBVS provides specialized, rehabilitative and prevention of blindness services for Pennsylvania residents who are blind or visually impaired.
  • 1-888-745-CDLP.
  • CAP is an advocacy program for people with disabilities administered by the Center for Disability Law & Policy.
  • CAP helps people who are seeking services from the Office of Vocational Rehabilitation, Blindness and Visual Services, Centers for Independent Living and other programs funded under federal law.
  • CAP help is provided to you at no charge, regardless of income.
  • The Pennsylvania Client Assistance Program is dedicated to ensuring that the rehabilitation system in Pennsylvania is open and responsive to your needs.
  • 412-362-6400 ext. 217.
  • Supplies information to interested persons concerning the individuals and organizations in Allegheny and surrounding counties that provide vocational, employment, and career development services.
  • 412-381-3313
  • AHEDD is a private non-profit organization with a mission to serve the community as a catalyst in the employment and development of persons with a disability.

Benefits, Planning, Assistance, and Outreach (BPAO) agencies are agencies that receive grants from the Social Security Administration to provide services to SSI/SSDI beneficiaries who are considering a return to work and have questions about possible changes in his/her benefits. A BPAO Work Incentives Coordinator will provide information the beneficiary may use to make an informed decision about returning to work. There are three BPAO agencies that serve various counties in PA. The BPAO for Allegheny County and most of W. Pa. is AHEDD.

Life Education Career Program for Individuals with Cognitive Disabilities
    • 412-237-2723
dress for success
Dress for Success
  • Not-for-profit program that helps economically challenged women who are participating in job training/ job readiness programs and are seeking employment by providing gently won professional clothing and image and career counseling at no charge to the individual
  • 412-201-4204

“I recently learned that in an average lifetime a person walks about sixty-five thousand miles. That's two and half times around the world. I wonder where your steps will take you. I wonder how you'll use the rest of the miles you're given.” Mister Rogers