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Disability Rights Grantees (1989-2010)

(Date indicates the year the grantee was last funded)

Accessible Transportation Work Group, 1991
This organization promotes public acceptance of a transportation system accessible to people with or without disabilities through educational programs and literature.

Allegheny County Citizen Advocacy, 1993
Having discovered that many people with disabilities were not aware of or taking advantage of available services, ACCA publicized the existence of various services and made them easier to use.

Chain of Hope (COH), 1998
This recreational and vocational center in Wilkinsburg was established by and is still run by mental health consumers. The group produced a 25-minute video addressing mental illness and self-help that has been shown both nationally and internationally, and distributed across Pennsylvania by the Office of Mental Health. A manual developed by COH is being used to establish similar drop-off centers in other parts of the country.

Citizens Wanting Accessibility, 2003
This Washington County-based organization examines accessibility issues in Washington, Greene, and Fayette counties, and then gives recommendations to the proper officials on how to make the communities more accessible.

Coalition to Establish an Office for People with Disabilities, 2005
This coalition was started to establish a state-level Office for People with Disabilities, to enable persons with disabilities and their families to access services that are available, to improve inadequate programs, and to develop new ones.

Compassionate Chaplaincy, 1999
Funding was provided for billboards advertising the availability of compassionate guidance and counseling for the terminally ill.

Conroy Music Association (CMA), 1998
CMA is dedicated to promoting cultural awareness and community building for people with mental retardation. In 1998, mentally challenged choral students traveled to and participated in an interactive theatrical performance of “Beauty and the Beast.”

Consumer Health Coalition, 2010
In 2009, the CHC instituted the program “Living Together is an Art,” to foster empowerment and learning for people with disabilities, as well as to advance public dialogue via the arts about disability rights.  In 2010, they received funding to host a cross-disability conference, with sessions on health, advocacy, employment, transitions, and the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Given Wings, 1992
This organization of people with disabilities and their parents works toward innovative independent housing and support services for the disabled.

Greene County Network for Kids with Special Needs, 2003
Funds from TRCF were used to organize, present, and purchase equipment for an interactive disabilities fair to be brought into schools to sensitize students and educators about people with disabilities.

League of Women Voters in Westmoreland County, 2002
The LWV in Westmoreland County worked to build strong coalitions to empower neglected, disenfranchised populations.  They targeted three main populations: individuals with developmental disabilities, aging individuals, and students who would be soon voting for the first time.

Let Our Voices Be Heard, 2010
LOVBH is a cross-disability grassroots advocacy project, housed under Mental Health America – Allegheny County.  They make certain that people who use disability services are at the table to shape public policy, in addition to ensuring that democracy is available to all.  They received a TRCF grant to implement a voter engagement project, aiming to increase voter and civic participation among members of the disability community.

People for a Better Community, 2001
TRCF funding is for speakers from other self-advocacy groups to help members in furthering the group’s mission to eliminate negative stereotypes and discrimination against people who have been labeled mentally retarded.

Prevention Point Pittsburgh, 2005
This outreach project provides community education and advocacy around needle exchange programs, including informational hearings before the Board of Health and Pittsburgh City Council.  They provide injection equipment to area injection drug users in order to reduce the risk of transmission of HIV, Hepatitis C, and other blood-borne diseases.  They also run the Overdose Prevention Project, instructing individuals on how to recognize and treat drug overdoses.

Support Helps Others Use Technology (SHOUT), 2005
Funds were used to host the Pittsburgh Employment Conference for Augmented Communicators, helping them with costs associated with mailings, website communication, and other assisted technology conferences and conference calls.

United Cerebral Palsy of Pittsburgh, 2008
UCP calculated that only about half of all people with disabilities, who make up 18% of the population, are registered to vote.  Their project worked to change that statistic by registering voters, conducting voter education events, and providing direct assistance and information about voting to people with disabilities in Allegheny County.

Working Order, 1998
This cooperative of workers with and without disabilities exchanges expertise and shares resources to support micro-entrepreneurship.

Working Women with Disabilities Support Group, 2003
The group, which advocates the hiring of women with disabilities, held an awards dinner to honor medical professionals who had exhibited compassion, caring, and exemplary knowledge and behavior when dealing with women with disabilities.