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Disabilities Resources in the Community

Patients and families may have many questions about disabilities and the resources that are available to them.

At UPMC, we want to ensure that our patients and families have access to all information and resources concerning their disabilities. In addition to a wide variety of internal resources at UPMC, we would like to provide you a central location for all publicly available resources relating to disabilities.

Our external resources listing covers the following disabilities:

Blind/Visually Impaired

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American Council of the Blind (ACB)​

ACB works to educate the public and inform blind and visually impaired people of their right to quality service delivery. ACB staff and elected officials inform and train members, the blind population, and other interested parties on the most effective strategies to advocate for quality programs and services for the blind community.

Phone: 1-800-424-8666
For more information, visit the American Council of the Blind website.​


Blind and Vision Rehabilitation Services of Pittsburgh​

Blind and Vision Rehabilitation Services of Pittsburgh helps blind or vision impaired individuals become independent. It offers custom and individual programs that are designed to accomplish the goals of each client.

Phone: 412-368-4400
For more information, visit the Blind and Vision Rehabilitation website.​


PA Association of the Blind​

The PA Association of the Blind is an agency that provides training, workshops and seminars, transportation assistance, rehabilitation, employment opportunities, and other programs to individuals with vision impairments.

Phone: 717-766-2099
For more information, visit the PA Association of the Blind website.


Southwest PA Area Health Education Center (AHEC)​

The Southwest PA AHEC provides training to health professionals to advance their knowledge and skills in managing senior patients experiencing the loss of vision.

Phone: 412-363-0185
For more information, visit the Southwest PA Area Health Education Center website.

Deaf, Deaf-Blind, Hard of Hearing

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Center for Hearing and Deaf Services (HDS)​

The mission of the Center for HDS is to provide a diverse and affordable program of quality diagnostic, rehabilitative, and support services designed to address problems experienced by children and adults who are deaf or hard of hearing, and to serve as an information and referral source for this population and the general public.

Phone: 412-281-1375
For more information, visit the Center for Hearing and Deaf Services website.



HealthBridges seeks to provide reliable advocacy, social service and behavioral healthcare information to people who are deaf, deaf-blind, and hard of hearing, in a format that is accessible to all.

For more information, visit the HealthBridges website.


Hearing Loss Association​

The Hearing Loss Association of America is an organization representing people with hearing loss. HLAA provides assistance and resources for people with hearing loss and their families to learn how to adjust to living with hearing loss.

For more information, visit the Hearing Loss Association website. 


Pennsylvania Office for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (ODHH)

The Pennsylvania Office for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing, or ODHH, provides advocacy, information, and referrals for Pennsylvanians who are deaf, hard-of-hearing, or deaf-blind, and their families and caregivers.

Main Office Phone: 717-783-4912 (voice/tty) 
Main Office Toll-Free (Pa. Only): 1-800-233-3008 (voice/TTY)

Mental Health, Psychiatric, Behavioral Health

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Pennsylvania Mental Health Consumers’ Association ​

The Pennsylvania Mental Health Consumers' Association (PMHCA) is a statewide member organization providing information, referrals, and support to people who are receiving services or in recovery from a mental illness in Pennsylvania.

Phone: 717-564-4930
For more information, visit the Pennsylvania Mental Health Consumers' Association website.


National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI)​

NAMI, the National Alliance on Mental Illness, is a national grassroots mental health organization dedicated to building better lives for the millions of Americans affected by mental illness. NAMI advocates for access to services, treatment, supports, and research.

Western PA chapter phone: 412-486-0691 
Western PA chapter email:
For more information, visit the National Alliance on Mental Illness website. ​

Developmental, Cognitive/Intellectual Disabilities

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Allegheny County Department of Human Services Early Intervention Services​

Early Intervention provides support and services to infants, toddlers, and young children up to 3 years of age who have a developmental delay or are at risk for a developmental delay.

Phone: 412-885-6000
For more information, visit the Allegheny County website.​


Allegheny County Department of Human Services Office of Intellectual Disability (OID)​

The OID office provides services and supports for individuals with intellectual or developmental disabilities living in Allegheny County.

Phone: 412-236-2750
For more information, visit the Allegheny County website.



MiRage, the Allegheny County Aging-MR/ID Team, is a collaboration coordinated by OID and Area Agency on Aging (AAA), providing resources to people who are committed to meeting the needs of individuals with an intellectual disability as they age.



PA Connecting Communities​

PA Connecting Communities is a qualified provider offering services to meet the diverse needs of individuals with a variety of disabilities, including intellectual disabilities and autism. PA Connecting Communities offers services including day center, habilitation, respite, and behavioral consulting.

Phone: 412-621-6151
For more information, visit the PA Connecting Communities website.​

General Disability

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ACHIEVA has created a lifelong support system for children with disabilities and their families 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, and young adult transition services.

Phone: 412-995-5000 or 1-888-272-7229
For more information, visit the ACHIEVA website.


Three Rivers Center for Independent Living (TRCIL)​

TRCIL is a nonresidential, nonprofit, community-based human service organization.  Its purpose is to assist people with disabilities to lead self-directed and productive lives within the community.

Phone: 1-800-633-4588
For more information, visit the TRCIL website​.


The Disability Connection​

In order to elevate the issues of quality of life, equal opportunity, and effective participation in the community for all people with disabilities in Allegheny County, the Department of Human Services (DHS), through the Office of Community Relations, has created the Disability Connection to help coordinate efforts to improve services to people with disabilities.

Phone: 1-877-755-5222
For more information, visit The Disability Connection website.


U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ)  – ADA Home Page​

The U.S. DOJ enforces title II (State and Local Governments) and Title III (Places of Public Accommodation) of the Americans with Disabilities Act, a civil rights law that protects individuals with disabilities from being discriminated against based on their disability. The ADA Home Page provides information, materials, and tools to assist the public in understanding their obligations and rights.

ADA Information Phone Line: 1-800-514-0301 (toll-free) / 1-800-514-0383 (TTY)
For more information, visit the DOJ website.


Family Resource Guide

A comprehensive guide to assist families in finding information or services for children with developmental delays, special health care needs, or disabilities.

Phone: 412-350-7079
For more information, visit the Family Resource Guide website.

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