Wheelchair users can’t hail an Uber or Lyft in Pittsburgh

Unlike larger cities like Washington DC, New York and Chicago, Uber and Lyft service in Pittsburgh is not accessible for people who ride in wheelchairs. Over the past few years, both companies have been sued under the Americans with Disabilities Act and local non-discrimination laws regarding accessibility.  The lawsuits have brought change in some cities, but those changes have not reached Pittsburgh.  Fortunately, Pittsburgh does have accessible taxi service from ZTrip (formerly Yellow Cab) and VeTaxi.

For an in-depth look at Pittsburgh’s prospects for wheelchair-accessible Uber and Lyft, see my March 19, 2019, article in Public Source.






All-Abilities Media Workshops

All-Abilities Media —  one of Pittsburgh’s leading efforts for teaching young adults about media production — is teaming up with the Center for Media Innovation at Point Park University to offer workshops in March and April, 2019. Curriculum includes the opportunity to record and publish a video interview.

My 23-year-old son, Mark Steidl, has participated in All-Abilities Media for the last two years and has enjoyed the experience. All-Abilities Media Project Director Jennifer Szweda Jordan is a terrific teacher and mentor.

I encourage anyone who has an interest in learning more about audio-video production to look into this unique opportunity.




Oct. 18 Disability Employment Panel

The Western Pennsylvania Disability History and Action Consortium announces the panelists for:

Let’s Not Repeat the Past: Employment & Real Potential for People with Disabilities

Thursday, October 18, 2018, 9:30 am-Noon at Rodef Shalom Temple, 4905 Fifth Avenue, Pittsburgh 15213

To attend, you must REGISTER  by October 10th

Panel 1: People with Developmental Disabilities & Employment Changes-What still needs to happen in Western Pennsylvania?

Moderator: Steve Suroviec, CEO, ACHIEVA

  • Suzanne Ratnavale, Goodwill of Southwestern Pennsylvania
  • John Seely, Empowering Lives (Altoona)
  • Eric Welsh, ACHIEVA
  • Kelly Gunther, ACHIEVA

Panel 2: Innovative Models of Employment in Western Pennsylvania                                      

Moderator: Marci Katona, District Administrator Office of Vocational Rehabilitation (OVR)

  • Phil Glofelty, Game Masters
  • Bernadette Kazar, Pawlicious Pet Food
  • John Miller, Office of Vocational Rehabilitation
  • Jeremy Shapira, Giant Eagle
  • Heather Sedlacko, United Way Southwestern Pennsylvania

                                                                                                                                                                    Panel 3: How to Work when you Need Essential Benefits                                                         

Moderator: Dr. Josie Badger, United Way’s #IWantToWork

  • Erin Guay, Pennsylvania Health Law Project
  • Joy Smith, AHEDD
  • Libby Powers Disability Options Network Center for Independent Living
  • Heather Tomko, University of Pittsburgh

Funding for this event provided by the Edith L. Trees Charitable Trust. Support also provided by ACHIEVA; the United Way of Southwestern Pennsylvania, 21 and Able Initiative; and the Institute on Disabilities at Temple University.

Accessibility: ASL interpretation will be provided. Other accommodations available upon request. Please request by contacting Mary Hartley at info@wpdhac.org or 412-204-7199 no later than October 9th. Parking is available in the free lot and the location is close to major bus lines.