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39.7. State Disability Resources

Pennsylvania State Parks - Accessible Areas and Facilities
Phone: (888) 727-2757
The Pennsylvania Bureau of State Parks has a long-standing commitment to meeting the needs of people with disabilities. Because of the large resource base that state parks administers - over 277,000 acres - visitors with disabilities often use parks as locations to hunt, fish and enjoy the outdoors.

Attendant Care Program
Phone: (800) 757-5042
The purpose of the Pennsylvania Attendant Care Program is to enable individuals with physical disabilities to perform activities of daily living. Consumers have ultimate control of their attendant care services including the right to recruit, hire, train, supervise, pay and, if necessary, terminate their attendants.

Independence Waiver
Toll free 1-866-286-3636
If you are an adult with a severe physical disability, the Independence Waiver may be able to help you live or remain in the community and remain as independent as possible.

 Keystone Renovate & Repair Loan Program
R&R loans can be used to pay for repairs and improvements that increase the basic livability of the home, including additions and construction, that makes the home safer, more energy efficient, or more accessible to people with disabilities or people who are elderly.

Library For the Blind and Physically Handicapped
Phone: (800) 242-0586
The Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped (LBPH) provides on free loan recorded books and magazines, equipment to play the recordings, large print books, and described videos. Western Pennsylvania residents of any age who are unable to read standard print materials because of a visual disability, physical disability, or physically-based reading disability may be eligible to receive this service.

Medical Assistance for Workers with Disabilities
Phone: (800) 692-7462
MAWD lets Pennsylvanians with disabilities take a fulfilling job, earn more money and still keep their full medical coverage. With MAWD you can keep Medicaid while you work, even if your earnings increase above the limits for other Medicaid programs.

Pennsylvania Employment Resource Guide for Persons with Disabilities
Contact: Carol Tooker
The Pennsylvania MIG project developed the Work Incentive Planning Assistance (WIPA) Program in order to promote employment among those receiving SSI/SSDI benefits. WIPA produced this newsletter which seeks to succinctly list services available to individuals with disabilities who wish to work.

Pennsylvania Office of Vocational Rehabilitation
The Office of Vocational Rehabilitation provides individualized services to assist people with disabilities to pursue, obtain, and maintain satisfactory employment.

Pennsylvania's Assistive Technology Lending Library
Phone: (877) 722-8536
Pennsylvania's Assistive Technology Lending Library is a free service that loans assistive technology devices to people with disabilities. It's available to Pennsylvanians of all ages and disabilities.

Pennsylvania's Initiative on Assistive Technology (PIAT)
Phone: (800) 204-7428
Contact: PIAT's information and referral hotline
PIAT's priority activities include the development, implementation, and monitoring of laws, policies, practices, and organizational structures to improve access to assistive technology for all Pennsylvanians with disabilities and older Pennsylvanians.

Services for Pennsylvanians with Disabilities

Telecommunication Device Distribution Program (TDDP)
Pennsylvania's Telecommunication Device Distribution Program (TDDP) provides specialized equipment, FREE, to eligible Pennsylvanians who have disabilities which impede them from having independent access to telephone services. People with disabilities includes people who are deaf, hard of hearing, speech impaired, blind or have visual problems, have physical disabilities or intellectual disabilities. Ask for the Sesame solution Sesame is an optimal smartphone solution for people who have limited, or no use of their hands to control a smartphone and are able to make small head movements.  

Works For Me
Phone: (877) 268-9894
Works For Me is a FREE resource that can direct you to agencies and programs that help people with disabilities in Pennsylvania who want to work, and improve their financial security. We will review your specific situation and guide you to resources that will help you find a job, obtain training, keep health insurance, get assistive technology, or find other support you may need.

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