Healthcare Resources for Women and Girls with Disabilities and Their Families

Access to Healthcare for Women and Girls with Disabilities – A Report to Pennsylvania’s Legislators

Strategies for Successful Medical Office Visits from New York Developmental Disabilities Planning Council

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.

Living Better with Vision Loss

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.

Access to Medical Care for Individuals with Mobility Disabilities

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.

Access to Healthcare for Women with Disabilities

Health Care Reform for People with Disabilities (PWD)

CDC Guide: Women with Disabilities

Villanova, Women with Disabilities home page

Center for Research on Women with Disabilities (CROWD)

Pennsylvania’s Medical Assistance (Medicaid or Medical Assistance) provides healthcare benefits to people with disabilities and limited incomes. Please scroll down on website.

Western Pennsylvania Health Information for people who are deaf, deaf-blind or hard of hearing

Sign Language Interpreter Services for Medical Appointments

American Congress of Obstetrics and Gynecology (ACOG)

Women with Disabilities Education Program

Women with Disabilities: What You Should Know About Preventative Healthcare

Being a Proactive Patient – Pennsylvania Consumer Health Coalition Committee for People with Disabilities 

Communicating with People Who Are Deaf or Hard of Hearing in Hospital Settings

Pennsylvania’s Initiative on Assistive Technology (PIAT)

Tools for Improving Clinical Preventive Services Receipt Among Women with Disabilities of Childbearing Ages and Beyond

Treat Me Right! Better Healthcare for People with a Learning Disability

Nutrition, Physical Activity and Obesity: Data, Trends and Maps

Guidelines for Health Professionals and their Patients About Getting Adequate Amounts of Physical Activity

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: 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:

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: 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: 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: Phone:  412-647-2030

6. UPMC Rehabilitation 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:

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.

Blind and Vision Rehabilitation Services of Pittsburgh

PA Association of the Blind

Center for Hearing & Deaf Services

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

Three River Center for Independence Living (TRCIL)

The Disability Connection

Brain Injury Association of America

Brain Injury Association of Pennsylvania, Inc.

Paralyzed Veterans of America — This website is not just for veterans.

United Spinal Association (consumer advocacy group)

The National Spinal Cord Association

The Children’s Institute provides respite care and other programming.  (412) 420-2400.

United Cerebral Palsy (UCP/CLASS)

Allegheny County Housing

Action Housing

Trauma Survivors Network

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:

Monroeville Area Traumatic Brain Injury Peer Support Group —724-887-0646 or 412-372-2888

CDC Key Findings: Persons with Disabilities as an Unrecognized Health Disparity Population

CDC Key Findings: Disability Status, Mortality, and Leading Causes of Death in the United States Community Population


Access to Healthcare for Women and Girls with Disabilities

Women Be Healthy Mammography




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