University of Pittsburgh School of Education

Students with Disabilities

Students with Disabilities

We respect and celebrate individual differences. By providing equal opportunities for students with disabilities, the SOE is committed to creating and sustaining an inclusive educational environment.

Pitt’s Office of Disability Resources and Services is dedicated to assisting students with disabilities including, but not limited to, chronic health, hearing, learning, orthopedic, psychological, and visual disabilities. Through an interactive process, Disability Resources and Services works with School of Education students to deliver equal opportunities in higher education for students with disabilities.

The following are a substantive, yet not exhaustive, list of resources that are meant to serve as a general guide to our military and veteran students who are looking for varying levels of involvement and/or support.

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At Pitt

Active Minds
“Active Minds is the leading nonprofit organization that consists of student-run mental health awareness chapters that provide education and advocacy on campuses nationwide and empower students to speak openly about mental health in order to educate others and encourage help-seeking.“

American Sign Language Club
“The University of Pittsburgh American Sign Language (ASL) club is a place where ASL students or potential signers can learn and practice signing skills, learn about Deaf culture, and interact with members of the Pittsburgh Deaf community.“

Student Affairs Counseling Center
“As the primary mental health service for both undergraduate and graduate students, we employ a multidisciplinary team of psychologists, social workers, psychiatrists, and advanced graduate trainees in various mental health disciplines. We’re committed to promoting your overall health, empowering you to maximize your college experience and realize your fullest potential.”

Student Affairs Disability Services
“Policies and procedures have been established at the University of Pittsburgh pursuant to our responsibilities under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990.”

Talk About it Campaign
“Talk About It is a mental health campaign developed at the University of Pittsburgh to decrease the stigma of depression, especially amongst University students.”

In Pittsburgh


“ACHIEVA supports and empowers individuals with disabilities and their families. ACHIEVA envisions a community where disability is a distinction that makes no difference.”

The Arc Pennsylvania
“The Arc of Pennsylvania pursues its mission of promoting the human rights of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and supporting their full inclusion and participation in the community throughout their lifetimes through:
  • Public Policy Advocacy
  • Family Education
  • Public Awareness
  • Community Resources”

Blind & Rehabilitation Services of Pittsburgh
“For 104 years, Blind and Vision Rehabilitation Services of Pittsburgh has empowered people who are blind, deaf blind or vision impaired to become independent. Our mission is to change the lives of persons with vision loss and other disabilities by fostering independence and individual choice.”

Community Options Inc.
“Community Options believes in the dignity of every person, and in the freedom of all people to experience the highest degree of self-determination. Embracing this philosophy, Community Options provides housing, support services and advocacy assistance to help empower people with disabilities.”

Keystone Blind Association
Our mission is to "change people’s lives for the better. Our missions: To empower, educate, and employ individuals with vision loss or other disabilities”

“Milestone is a private, nonprofit, community-based human services agency supporting the needs of individuals with behavioral health challenges and intellectual and developmental disabilities in communities throughout Western Pennsylvania.”

Mon Yough Community Services
“Our mission is to foster hope, renewal, healing and wellness for those who face the challenges of mental health, substance use, and intellectual disabilities.”

Three Rivers Center for Independent Living
“Three Rivers Center for Independent Living (TRCIL) is a non-residential, non-profit, community-based human service organization. Our purpose is to assist people with disabilities to lead self-directed and productive lives within the community.”