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Behavioral Health Resources
Social Services and Groups
Physical Health Resources
Advocacy & Accommodation Resources
Provider Related Supports


  • Behavioral Health Resources

    • ACHIEVA- formerly Arc Allegheny, is western Pennsylvania’s largest provider of comprehensive services and supports for children and adults with disabilities and their families. The web has a series of webinars about issues affecting persons with developmental dis

    • Allegheny County Department of Human Services- This site provides information about various supportive services and related departments within Allegheny County.

    • Allegheny Health Choices Ombudsman/Advocacy Program- facilitates problem-solving between consumers, family members, providers, Community Care Behavioral Health Organization, and Allegheny County that promotes the principles and practices of resiliency and recovery. The Ombudsman helps Allegheny County Healt

    • Center for Hearing & Deaf Services, Inc.- HDS’ Mission is to provide a diverse and affordable program of quality diagnostic, rehabilitative and supportive services designed to address problems experienced by children and adults who are deaf or hard of hearing and serve as an information and refer

    • Deaf Counseling Center- Comprehensive psychological and consulting services for Deaf people and their families, from therapeutic support groups to crisis intervention and one-on-one counseling. Offices are in in North Bethesda and Frederick, Maryland.

    • Deaf Wellness Center at the University of Rochester- The University of Rochester has embarked on a depression screening awareness campaign specifically directed to the Deaf Community. Help is available if you suffer from depression. Check local resource directories to find help in your area.

    • Depression Screening- A screening tool that you can use to learn more about depression and what symptoms you are experiencing. Tell you doctor if you are experiencing depression. Treatment is available.

    • Mercy Behavioral Health- (MBH) provides a full continuum of recovery-oriented, community-based mental health, mental retardation, and drug/alcohol treatment and prevention services.Established in 1969, Mercy Behavioral Health strives to empower people to overcome barriers and to

    • National Alliance of Mentally Ill (NAMI)- National Alliance of mentally Ill is the nation’s largest grass roots organization for people with mental illness and their families.

    • Network of Care for Behavioral Health- Helpful videos are available about common mental health conditions which are provided in American Sign Language

    • OIC Movies- Information about topics including behavioral health, health and technology is available on this site in ASL

    • Preservation of Mental Health Services for Deaf People in an Integrated Health Care- A group of selected specialized service physicians and counselors developed this position paper of best practice guidelines for mental health/behavioral health services together with the National Association of the Deaf

    • The Clearinghouse and the Mental Health Consumer Movement- The National Mental Health Consumers’ Self-Help Clearinghouse, the nation’s first national consumer technical assistance center, has played a major role in the development of the mental health consumer movement. The consumer movement strives for dignity,

    • The Pennsylvania Office of Mental Health and Substance Abuse- The office of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services (OMHSAS) has made the network of care for Behavioral Health available to all counties in Pennsylvania. The network of care is an online informational place for individuals, families and agencies co

  • Social Services and Groups

    • Accessible Emergency Information- This Northeast Texas based site offers 18 emergency preparedness videos which are friendly to Deaf, Blind and limited sight populations

    • Accessing Safety- Funded by the Office on Violence Against Women, the Accessing Safety Initiative helps organizations and communities meet the needs of women with disabilities & Deaf women who are victims or survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault, & stalkin

    • Center for Hearing & Deaf Services, Inc.- HDS’ Mission is to provide a diverse and affordable program of quality diagnostic, rehabilitative and supportive services designed to address problems experienced by children and adults who are deaf or hard of hearing and serve as an information and refer

    • Hearing Loss Association of Pennsylvania- The Hearing Loss Association of America is the leading organization representing people with hearing loss. HLAA provides assistance and resources for people with hearing loss and their families to learn how to adjust to living with hearing loss.

    • Helen Keller National Institute- Resources for Deaf-blind youths and adults

    • McAuley Ministries- McAuley Ministries is named in honor of Catherine McAuley who founded the Sisters of Mercy in Ireland in 1831. We serve as a catalyst for change, committing resources and working collaboratively to promote healthy, safe, and vibrant communinities.We conti

    • National Consortium on Deaf-Blindness- As a national technical assistance center funded by the federal Department of Education, NCDB works to improve the quality of life for children who are DeafBlind and their families.

    • Pennsylvania Early Hearing Detection and Intervention- Hands & Voices Guide By Your Side™ of Pennsylvania (GBYS) is dedicated to directly supporting families and their infants and toddlers who are newly identified with hearing loss by offering them the opportunity to talk to or meet face-to-face with a Pa

    • Pennsylvania Training and Technical Assistance Network (PATTAN)- PATTAN is an initiative of the Pennsylvania Department of Education working in partnership with families and local education agencies to support programs and services to improve student learning and achievement.

    • Raising and Educating a Deaf Child- intended to answer questions from parents, teachers and other professionals who work with deaf children. Approximately 90 percent of deaf children have hearing parents, so many times those parents feel overwhelmed and at a loss to find resources to answer

    • Telecommunication Device Distribution Program (TDDP)- provides free adapted telecommunication equipment to eligible Pennsylvanians.

    • The Fair Housing Partnership of Greater Pittsburgh- is a private nonprofit organization established in 1984 to create, promote and support equal housing choice and opportunity in our community.

    • Transition to Adulthood- The Transition to Adulthood website provides information and resources for families whose children, youth and young adults with special healthcare needs are transitioning to adulthood, focusing on self-care and self-advocacy. Materials include brochures f

    • Traveler's Aid Texting for Tickets program- For deaf or hearing impaired people who have Medical Assistance for their health insurance, Travelers Aid has begun a new program, Texting for Tickets, for people enrolled in Medical Assistance Transportation Program. Travelers Aid provides Port Authority

    • United Way- As a community’s fundraiser, United Way of Allegheny County streamlines the process of getting dollars to agencies that are impacting critical community needs. The agency provides a superb list of community resources.

  • Physical Health Resources

    • Advocate Health- Chicago based group that offers videos on several health conditions that are offered in American Sign Language.

    • ASL Cancer Education Program- University of California, San Diego offers six videos in American Sign Language, captioning and voice-overlay. These videos cover nine cancer topics: breast cancer, prostate and testicular cancer, gynecological cancer (cervical, ovarian and uterine canc

    • DeafHealth- This website offers physical health related topics in American Sign Language to raise awareness about important health topics and improve the overall health of the Deaf community.

    • Healthy Hearing- Healthy Hearing offers information about hearing loss, tinnitus, hearing aids and the manufactures who make them. The site also ffers a resource for finding a hearing center or audiologist in your area.

    • OIC Movies- Information about topics including behavioral health, health and technology is available on this site in ASL

    • The Pennsylvania Academy of Audiology- The Pennsylvania Academy of Audiology represents the “Voice of Audiology” within the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. The academy is the only state organization that is truly dedicated to meet the need of audiologists. The site offers a list of audiologists

  • Advocacy and Accommodation Related Resources

    • City of Pittsburgh-Allegheny County Task Force on Disability- The mission of the city of Pittsburgh-Allegheny County Task Force on Disabilities is to advise the Mayor and County Executives on city and county policies that will benefit persons with disabilities.

    • Clear Captions- Clear Captions for your phone is like closed captions on your television

    • Closed Captioning and Other Assistive Technology- Assistive technologies are those that assist people with disabilities.

    • Commission of Deaf, DeafBlind and Hard of Hearing Minnesotons- Making Your Case, a self-study course designed to help people advocate for positive changes in public policies that impact people who are deaf, deafblind and hard of hearing.

    • Disability Rights Network of Pennsylvania (DRN)- The mission of the Disability Rights Network of Pennsylvania is to advance, protect and advocate for the human, civil, and legal rights of Pennsylvanians with disabilities.

    • GettingHired.com- GettingHired.com’s mission is to create sustainable employment growth and opportunities for people with disabilities. More than 30,000 individuals have registered, at no cost, with GettingHired.com as Jobseekers. In addition to access to jobs, the Jobseek

    • Internet Essentials- Comcast recently announced a discount internet access program for low income families. They are also offering computers for a discounted price.

    • Medical Interpreting- This site offers resources in interpreting in mental health settings, resources for interpreter education and continuing education resources

    • National Association of the Deaf (NAD)- The Mission of the NAD is to preserve, protect and promote the civil rights, human and linguistic rights of Deaf and hard of hearing individuals in the United States of America.

    • National Court Reporters Association- Communication Access Realtime Translation is the instant translation of the spoken word into English text using a stenotype machine, notebook computer and realtime software. The text appears on a computer monitor or other display. This technology is prima

    • National Family Association for Deaf-Blind- NFADB exists to empower the voices of families of individuals who are deaf-blind and to advocate for their unique needs.NFADB appreciates the support of the Helen Keller National Center, Sands Point, NY and the Hilton/Perkins Program of Perkins School for

    • National Organization on Disability Emergency Preparedness Initiative- The mission of this agency is to harness the power of every individual through education, training, and volunteer services to make communities safer, stronger and better prepared to respond to public health, crime, terrorism, and disasters of all kinds.

    • Office of Deaf and Hard of Hearing (ODHH)- ODHH provides three primary services: advocacy, information and referral for all people with hearing loss.

    • Pennsylvania Bar Association Sign Language Interpreter Fund- The Pennsylvania Bar Association has established the Sign Language interpreter/CART Fund to reimburse attorneys who pay for sign language and/or CART interpreters to communicate with clients or potential clients who are Deaf or hard of hearing.

    • Pennsylvania Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf (PARID)- PARID is an affiliate of the Chapter of the Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf. It is the mission of PARID to provide state and local forums and an organizational structure for the continued growth and development of the profession of interpretation a

    • Pennsylvania Training & Technical Assistance Network- The Mission of the Pennsylvania Training and Technical Assistance Network (PATTAN) is to support the efforts and initiatves of the Bureau of Special Education and to build the capacity of local educational agencies to serve students who receive special ed

    • Pennyslvania Partnership for the DeafBlind- When a small population of people with unique, and often complicated, needs is spread throughout such a geographically large state as Pennsylvania, it is very difficult for these individuals and their families to identify, talk to, and learn from people i

    • Through Your Child's Eyes- The video Through Your Child’s Eyes: American Sign Language which presents a comprehensive portrayal of the needs of deaf and hard of hearing children and the value of American Sign Language (ASL). The video was made by the California Department of Educat

    • Value Behavioral Health of Pennsylvania- Value Behavioral Health (an affiliate of Value Options) is an insurance company that covers mental health and substance abuse services for children and adults with Medicaid in counties incluing southwestern Pennsylvania.

    • VIPACE- Motivated by the need to learn and a desire to share their specialized knowledge, a small group of visually impaired computer users in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania formed VIPACE! (Visually Impaired Pittsburgh Area Computer Enthusiasts) in 1988. Although its s

    • Visor card- The sites listed below are provided compliments of the Center for Hearing Loss. A visor card can be downloaded and put in your car. If you are pulled over, then you can safely and quickly express your communication needs.

  • Provider Related Supports

    • Accessing Safety- Funded by the Office on Violence Against Women, the Accessing Safety Initiative helps organizations and communities meet the needs of women with disabilities & Deaf women who are victims or survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault, & stalkin

    • ACHIEVA- formerly Arc Allegheny, is western Pennsylvania’s largest provider of comprehensive services and supports for children and adults with disabilities and their families. The web has a series of webinars about issues affecting persons with developmental dis

    • ADARA- ADARA is a professional  organization that strives to be the leader  in transforming the paradigm of rehabilitation and behavioral health counselors for Deaf people.  They publish a journal and hold conferences.

    • Deaf Digest: Mental Illness- A brief video story about a teacher with mental illness in ASL

    • Guidelines for interacting with People who are DeafBlind- A useful list of tips for interacting with persons who are DeafBlind

    • Hospital Compliance Guidelines- The city of Pittsburgh Department of City Planning has comprised a Guide to assist providers who serve persons who are Deaf, DeafBlind and Hard of Hearing

    • PEPNet- PEPNet provides resources and expertise that enhance educational opportunities for people who are deaf or hard of hearing–including those with co-occurring disabilities. PEPNet’s national outreach is coordinated through its four regional centers. At the

    • Temple University/Accessing Safety Initiative- Some deaf and hard of hearing people do not identify as having a disability or see themselves as experiencing a limitation. Instead, they identify as a member of a cultural and linguistic group. This group of people use the term Deaf with a capital D to r

    • The Association of Medical Professionals With Hearing Losses (AMPHL)- provides information, promotes advocacy and mentorship, and creates a network for individuals with hearing loss interested in or working in health care fields.

    • The Florida Coordinating Council for the Deaf and Hard of hearing- This workgroups provide a forum for public input and outreach resulting in technical assistance, advocacy, education, and improved communication access among public and private entities to meet the needs of deaf, hard of hearing, late-deafened and deaf-bl


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