Resources

Advocacy

ADAPT – www.adapt.org
A national grass-roots community that organizes disability rights activists to engage in nonviolent direct action, including civil disobedience, to assure the civil and human rights of people with disabilities.

Consumer Health Coalitionhttp://consumerhealthcoalition.org
412-456-1877
Advocacy, Certified Health Insurance Navigators, Community Education

Fair Housing Partnership of Greater Pittsburghwww.pittsburghfairhousing.org
2840 Liberty Ave. Ste. 205
Pittsburgh, PA 15222
412-391-2535

National Alliance for the Mentally Ill (NAMI)www.nami.org
412-366-3788 Regional Office
888-264-7972 or 800-223-0500

 

Assistive Technology

AT Lending Library – PIAT – https://disabilities.temple.edu/programs/assistive/atlend/
814-255-8200 x8506
Local contact: Christina Chamberlain
412-683-7100 Ext. 2179 Voice
412-246-2255 TTY
Borrow AT devices for free for 4-6 weeks to try out. Call or visit website for inventory list

Georgia Institute of Technology
National and state resources support safe, effective, affordable and appropriate reuse of assistive technology.
Pass It On Center – AMAC Accessibility – http://passitoncenter.org
• AT Reuse Locations –  http://passitoncenter.org/reuse_locations.php

JAN- Technology Topics – https://askjan.org/topics/tech.cfm

PA Assistive Technology Foundation – PATF – www.patf.us
888-744-1938 V & TTY
Low interest loans for equipment, home modification, vehicle modification

TechOWL – Technology for Our Whole Lives – https://techowlpa.org/
(formerly Reused and Exchanged Equipment Partnership (REEP)

Rent a Trac-Fab Wheelchair
Rent a Trac-Fab Wheelchair

Technology for Students with Disabilities
https://collegestats.org/resources/technology-guide-for-people-with-disabilities/

 

Benefits

COMPASS – www.compass.state.pa.us
800-692-7462 voice
800-451-5886 TTY/TTD
8:30 a.m. and 4:45 p.m., Monday – Friday
COMPASS is an online site for Pennsylvania residents to apply for health and human service programs including: Medical Assistance; CHIP/AdultBasic; Cash assistance; Child Care Works; SNAP (food stamps); Energy Assistance (LIHEAP); School Meals; Home & Community Based Services; Long Term Care; and SelectPlan for Women

Medical Assistance – Apply online at www.compass.state.pa.us
Apply by phone at 866-550-4355

Medicare – www.medicare.gov
800-633-4227 V
877-486-2048 TTY

Social Security Administration – www.ssa.gov
800-772-1213 V
800-325-0778 TTY

Ticket to Work Program – https://choosework.ssa.gov/

 

Deaf Services

Resources for American Sign Language
American Sign Language Resources

Pennsylvania Telecommunication Device Distribution Program (TDDP) – https://disabilities.temple.edu/programs/assistive/tddp/
800-204-7428 V
866-268-0579 TTY
Provides free specialized equipment to those who qualifiy who are deaf, hard of hearing, blind or low vision, have physical, speech or intellectual disabilities.

 

Discrimination/Legal Services

Disability Rights PA – http://www.drnpa.org
429 4th Ave. Ste. 701
Pittsburgh, PA 15219
412-391-5225 V and 412-467-8940 TTY
800-692-7443 (Harrisburg)
Information & publications on disability rights in employment, public accommodations, estate planning, guardianship, etc.; referrals to attorneys & advocacy groups; technical assistance on handling disputes without taking legal action; legal representation on systemic level discrimination.

OLTL Consumer Hotline
800-757-5042
For complaints and comments on PA Waiver Services.

 

Employment

Client Assistance Program (CAP) – http://www.equalemployment.org/

Job Accommodation Network – JAN – http://www.jan.wvu.edu
800-526-7234 V
877-781-9403 TTY
800-ADA-WORK (232-9675) for ADA information
304-293-7186
Free, expert, and confidential guidance on workplace accommodations and disability employment issues for employers, individual employees and job seekers. ADA information, individualized solutions and webinars.

Office of Vocational Rehabilitation – OVR Allegheny County – https://www.dli.pa.gov/Individuals/Disability-Services/Pages/Disability-Services.aspx
531 Penn Ave.
Pittsburgh, PA 15222
412-565-5240 V
412-565-3678 TTY
800-442-6371
Job placement, screening, training, counseling, adaptive equipment

Working Order Incubator Pittsburgh (a program of 
Volunteers of America of Pennsylvania) – https://www.voapa.org/working-order-incubator-pittsburgh
412-782-5344 x 209

 

Health Care

Community Health Choices –http://www.healthchoices.pa.gov/info/about/community/index.htm
If you use home and community-based services (HCBS) under one of the Medicaid Waivers (Aging Waiver, Attendant Care Waiver, Independence Waiver, OBRA Waiver and COMMCARE Waiver) or are dually eligible for Medicare and Medicaid.

National Disability Navigator Resource Collaborative – https://nationaldisabilitynavigator.org/ 
Comprehensive healthcare materials and resources

 

Housing

Allegheny County Housing Authority
412-355-8940 V
412-335-2175 tty
http://www.achsng.com

Armstrong County Housing Authority
724-548-7671
http://www.hacarmstrong.org/

Beaver County Housing Authority
724-775-1220
http://beavercountyhousing.org/

Butler County Housing Authority
724-287-6797
http://www.housingauthority.com/

Lawrence County Housing Authority
724-656-5100
http://www.lawrencecountyha.com/

Mercer County Housing Authority
724.342.4000
http://www.mchachoices.com/

PA Housing Search
or 877-428-8844
http://www.PAHousingSearch.com

Westmoreland County Housing Authority
724-832-7248
http://www.wchaonline.com/

 

Transportation

Access – https://www.myaccessride.com/
412-562-5353
800-654-5984 TDD
Paratransit for Allegheny County

Armstrong County Rural Transportation for Persons with Disabilities –
https://www.tandctransit.com/PwD/index.asp
724-548-8696
800-245-8588

Go Westmoreland CountyTransit – https://www.westmorelandtransit.com/go-westmoreland/
Includes ADA Transit and MATP
800-242-2706

MATP – Medical Assistance Transportation Program – http://matp.pa.gov/
888-547-MATP (6287)
412-350-4476 local
Non-emergency medical transport to MA reimbursable facilities/services

 

Voting

Click this link to register to vote:
Voter Registration Application

This year, Primary Election Day is Tuesday, May 21, 2019.
To vote in the primary, you must be registered to vote by April 22, 2019.
If you are not able to vote in-person on Primary Election Day, click the links below to learn how to vote by Absentee Ballot and to apply for an Absentee Ballot. 

Click the link below to learn more about voting by Absentee Ballot or to request an Absentee Ballot: Pennsylvania Voters – Absentee Ballots

Pennsylvania Disability Voting Coalition – http://www.padvc.com
Their mission is to increase the power of Pennsylvanians with disabilities by establishing the disability community as strong and mobilized voter bloc. 1-866-OUR-VOTE

Project Vote Smart – www.votesmart.org

Votes PA – www.votespa.com