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​Disabilities Resource Center Advisory Council Community Partners

The community partners listed below serve on the DRC Advisory Council. This council gives direction for the work of the DRC to increase access to health care service for people with disabilities.

Through its work, the Advisory Council identifies regional strategies and health care accessibility issues, inclusive of all disabilities, that we can address through our work at UPMC.


For over 60 years, ACHIEVA has built upon a strong foundation, rooted in the passion and dedication of families who came together with a common purpose to ensure that their children with disabilities had the same chances in life that all children should be given. 

By remaining true to that mission, ACHIEVA has woven a clear path for growth, committed to providing innovative and industry changing programs and services for individuals with disabilities and their families. 

ACHIEVA has created a lifelong support system that includes: 

  • Advocacy and public awareness
  • Day and overnight recreational activities
  • Early intervention services
  • In-home care
  • Lifetime family supports
  • Older adult protective services​
  • Preschool readiness programs
  • Residential supports
  • Training and educational webinars
  • Trust services
  • Vocational supports
  • Young adult transition services​
 For more information, visit the ACHIEVA website.

Blind and Vision Rehabilitation Services of Pittsburgh​

For 100 years, Blind and Vision Rehabilitation Services of Pittsburgh has empowered people who are blind, deaf-blind, or vision-impaired to become independent. Our Comprehensive Vision Rehabilitation Center offers custom and individualized programs that are designed to accomplish each client’s goals.

Experienced and talented instructors, many of whom are blind or vision-impaired themselves, provide instruction in essential areas, such as personal adjustment to blindness training, and computer access technology.

We offer vocational and employment services, a low vision clinic, and employment through our manufacturing division, PBA Industries, that contracts with businesses and U.S. governmental departments for signage, manufacturing, textile, and contract work.

Fore more information, visit the Blind and Vision Rehabilitation Services of Pittsburgh website.​

FISA Foundation​

The mission of FISA Foundation is to build a culture of respect and improve the quality of life for the following three populations in southwestern Pennsylvania:

  • Women
  • Girls
  • People with disabilities

During its long history, beginning with roots planted in the early 1900s, FISA’s focus on these three populations has continually evolved to meet the changing needs of the community.

Today, FISA Foundation is the largest grant-making foundation in the country governed by women.

For more information, visit the FISA Foundation website.​

Three Rivers Center for Independent Living Services Inc.​

Three Rivers Center for Independent Living Services (TRCIL) was established in 1983, and serves thousands of people throughout western Pennsylvania. 

TRCIL serves the following counties:

  • Allegheny
  • Armstrong
  • Westmoreland

TRCIL also provides various additional services to residents in the 27 counties throughout western Pennsylvania. Those additional services include personal assistance services, fiscal/employer agent services, assistive technology, nursing home transition, and living well with a disability.

For more information, visit the Three Rivers Center for Independent Living Services Inc. website.​

United Cerebral Palsy/Community Living and Support Services (UCP/CLASS)​

UCP/CLASS is a nonprofit organization that offers different services to individuals of varying abilities. These services range from independent living skills training to community-based case management for social, recreational, and residential supports.

Previously known as UCP of Pittsburgh, UCP/CLASS is driven by organizational values that foster community inclusion for people with disabilities.

For more information, visit the UCP/CLASS website.

University of Pittsburgh School of Health and Rehabilitation Science (SHRS)​

Learning at the School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences (SHRS) extends well beyond the traditional classroom.

The school is dedicated to educating the next generation of health and rehabilitation professionals. Some students come to SHRS to pursue degrees that lead to professional certification and licensing. Others come to lay the foundation for a career in academic research or innovative product design. Their close working relationship with UPMC, as well as research labs and clinics throughout the University, means that students have unique opportunities to learn, grow, and contribute. 

For more information, visit the SHRS website.​

Western Pennsylvania Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society ​

The Western Pennsylvania Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society is a community of individuals who want to do something about MS now! 

Founded in 1956, the chapter is committed to providing quality programs and services to an estimated 7,300 Pennsylvanians affected by MS. Serving 26 counties in western Pennsylvania, the Western Pennsylvania Chapter also raises money to fund cutting-edge research into the cause and cure of multiple sclerosis. 

The chapter also provides a variety of financial assistance programs to assist individuals living with MS. Educational programs are also made available to health care professionals, persons with MS and their families, and the general public.

For more information, visit the Western Pennsylvania Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society website.​

Working Women With Disabilities​

Working Women With Disabilities Inc. is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) corporation serving women with disabilities. 

Components like our employment and job readiness program significantly improve job acquisition and retention skills, and increase the opportunity for success of women with disabilities.

The employment services program provides women with disabilities with individualized employment counseling and training workshops to enhance their chances of acquiring meaningful employment.

The program consists of:
  • Resume writing
  • Mock interviews and job coaching
  • Office protocol
  • Job development and placement
  • Reasonable accommodations
  • Ongoing support services
The goal of the program is to prepare women for the workforce and network them to employers seeking qualified permanent employees.

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