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.

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

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/reep/
(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

The Medicaid Research Center 
Click Here to Learn More
The Medicaid Research Center is currently evaluating Community HealthChoices (CHC) and would like to get your perspective during a 20–30-minute interview.

PA ABLE
https://www.paable.gov/
A savings program that gives individuals with qualified disabilities, and their families and friends, a tax-free way to save for disability-related expenses, while keeping their benefits.

PA ABLE Accounts Tax Information
https://www.irs.gov/publications/p907
IRS Publication that includes guidance for veterans with disabilities and how ABLE Accounts work for them with other be veterans benefits:

PA ABLE IRS Booklet
https://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-prior/i1099qa–2019.pdf

PA ABLE IRS Contribution Form
https://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-pdf/f5498qa.pdf

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
ASL Learning Resources

 

Discrimination/Legal Services

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

Caring for the Eyes of Children with Special Needshttps://www.zocdoc.com/blog/caring-for-the-eyes-of-children-with-special-needs/
Children with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDDs) can be at a higher risk for a wide range of visual problems, affecting their ability to interact with their environment. This guide will teach readers everything about getting children the vision care they need. 

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/

City of Pittsburgh Housing Authority
412-456-5000
http://www.hacp.org

Housing  Preservation Grant
Tinna Miller 724-652-5144 x194
Dollar for dollar matching funds (up to $3,000) for repairs and renovations for low-income rural homeowners or family members with a disability in Armstrong, Beaver, Butler, Lawrence & Westmoreland Counties.

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

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

McKeesport Housing Authority
412-673-6942
http://www.mckha.org

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

The next Pennsylvania Primary is May 17, 2022 The last day to register, in order to vote in the primary, is May 2,2022 The general election is November 8, 2022 The last day to register, in order to vote in the general election is October 24, 2022

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