Healthcare Resources for Women and Girls with Disabilities and Their Families
How Can I Help You?
Helping people who are blind and visually impaired in the health care setting.
Produced by the NH Association for the Blind and Concord Hospital, supported by the NH Hospital Association and partnering with the NH Medical Society and its members.
Patient Provider Communication Forum
A national and international effort to promote information sharing, cooperation and collaboration among individuals who are committed to seeking improvements in patient-provider communications.
The HealthBridges website offers information about social services,
advocacy and behavioral health topics and resources available in
Pennsylvania to persons who are Deaf, DeafBlind and Hard of hearing.
Information posted on the website is available in American Sign
Language, spoken and captioned English.
Resources at UPMC:
1. Center for Assistive Technology As a joint program of UPMC and the University of Pittsburgh, CAT provides innovative solutions for individuals with disabilities who need assistive technology for mobility, hearing, speech, and other everyday needs.
Web: www.upmc.com/cat Phone: 412-647-1310 TTY: 412-647-1322
2. Disabilities Resource Center (DRC) The Disabilities Resource Center was established in 2007 to improve access to health care for people with disabilities. The DRC focuses on four main areas to improve accessibility to health care: education and training for staff; assessing and improving the accessibility of UPMC facilities; policy review; and serving as a resource to the community who experience barriers or otherwise identify opportunities for improvement and serving as an internal resource to UPMC programs and departments.
Phone/TTY: 412-605-1483 Email: DisabilitiesResource@upmc.edu
3. Center for Women with Disabilities at Magee-Women’s Hospital of UPMC The Center for Women with Disabilities at Magee-Women’s Hospital of UPMC has been delivering state-of-the-art preventive health care to women with disabilities since 2001. One of the first such services in the country, the center was designed in consultation with women with disabilities to meet their needs for accessible, regular exams and screenings.
Web: http://www.upmc.com/locations/hospitals/Magee/Pages/default.aspx Phone: 412-641-1000
4. UPMC’s Eye Center – Low Vision Service UPMC’s Eye Center diagnoses and treats patients with restricted vision abilities, including varying degrees of vision loss, distorted or blurred vision, night blindness, loss of contrast, sensitivity to light, and others. Following the assessment of a patient’s functional visual ability, the ophthalmologists and other eye care professionals may prescribe visual aids, such as magnifying glasses, filters, and other adaptive equipment to help a patient maintain or regain as much sight as possible.
Web: http://www.upmc.com/Services/eye/services/Pages/contacts.aspx Phone: 412-647-2200 or (toll-free) 1-800-446-3797.
5. Center for Audiology and Hearing Aids The UPMC Center for Audiology and Hearing Aids performs routine and specialized hearing evaluations and provides treatment for permanent hearing loss, including hearing aids, cochlear implants, and other assistive listening devices.
Web: http://www.upmc.com/Services/ear-nose-throat/services/audiology/Pages/default.aspx Phone: 412-647-2030
6. UPMC Rehabilitation Institute http://www.upmc.com/Services/rehab/rehab-institute/
Expert Inpatient Care For a Brighter Outlook on Living – As part of the largest rehabilitation network in western Pennsylvania, the UPMC Rehabilitation Institute offers specialized, inpatient care for a variety of conditions, including:
- Brain injuries
- Complex orthopaedic injuries
- General and transplant rehabilitation
- Multiple traumatic injuries and amputations
- Spinal cord injuries
7. UPMC Trauma Resources Families and visitors may have many questions after a traumatic injury. The resources on these webpage may provide more information for general and detailed information on the traumatic injury or the recovery process. The information here may not apply to the specific patient, but it can give a general idea about what to expect. http://www.upmc.com/locations/hospitals/presbyterian/services/trauma/Pages/resources.aspx
Blind and Vision Rehabilitation Services of Pittsburgh www.blindvr.org
PA Association of the Blind www.pablind.org
Center for Hearing & Deaf Services http://hdscenter.org/default.asp
Pennsylvania Office for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (ODHH) Main Office Phone: 717-783-4912 v/tty Main Office Toll-Free (PA Only): 800-233-3008 v/tty
Hearing Loss Association http://www.hla-pa.org/index.htm
Three River Center for Independence Living (TRCIL) http://trcil.myfastsite.net/
The Disability Connection http://www.alleghenycounty.us/dhs/disabilityconnection.aspx
Brain Injury Association of America www.biausa.org
Brain Injury Association of Pennsylvania, Inc. www.biapa.org
Paralyzed Veterans of America — This website is not just for veterans. www.pva.org
United Spinal Association (consumer advocacy group) www.unitedspinal.org
The National Spinal Cord Association www.spinalcord.org
The Children’s Institute provides respite care and other programming. (412) 420-2400.
United Cerebral Palsy (UCP/CLASS) http://www.ucpclass.org/
Allegheny County Housing http://www.alleghenycounty.us/dhs/housing/disability.aspx
Action Housing http://www.actionhousing.org/consumers_decent.php#link1
Trauma Survivors Network http://www.traumasurvivorsnetwork.org/
Pittsburgh Area Brain Injury Alliance Support Group — 412-761-9870
Westmoreland Brain Injury Support Group — 724-887-0646 or 412-372-2888
Disabilities-R-U — An online support group: www.disabilities-r-us.com
Monroeville Area Traumatic Brain Injury Peer Support Group —724-887-0646 or 412-372-2888