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The Disability Connection

The Disability Connection 1-877-755-5222


The Disability Connection
One Smithfield Street, 2nd Floor
Pittsburgh, PA 15222

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.

For purposes of nondiscrimination laws (e.g. the Americans with Disabilities Act, Section 503 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and Section 188 of the Workforce Investment Act), a person with a disability is generally defined as someone who (1) has a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more "major life activities," (2) has a record of such an impairment, or (3) is regarded as having such an impairment. (from the US Department of Labor www.dol.gov/odep/faqs/federal.htm)

The Disability Connection embraces the concept that a person should not be defined by his or her disability. If the physical environment were universally accessible and the community’s attitudes open and accepting, disability would cease to be a barrier to full inclusion in the community.

Pennsylvania Property Tax /Rent Rebate Program 

Revised regulations implementing the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) took effect on March 15, 2011. The revised rules are the Department of Justice’s first major revision of its guidance on accessibility in 20 years. The regulations apply to the activities of more than 80,000 units of state and local government and more than seven million places of public accommodation, including stores, restaurants, shopping malls, libraries, museums, sporting arenas, movie theaters, doctors’ and dentists’ offices, hotels, jails and prisons, polling places, and emergency preparedness shelters. (Revised ADA Regulations Implementing Title II and Title III)

Voices of Our Region 
The Disability Connection is celebrating and preserving the life stories of people with disabilities in the Western Pa. region by recording them and making them available through the public library system.




People-first Language

City of Pittsburgh/Allegheny County Task Force on Disabilities

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