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DHS Disabilities

Persons with disabilities – developmental, intellectual and physical – must meet the challenges of everyday living, all the while rising above their special circumstances.  Children, three years of age and under, who are at risk for developmental delays can be readily assessed and started in an Early Intervention program. Persons with a diagnosis of intellectual disability, or their families, can begin the process of registering for the coordination of their services by contacting DHS. Through the Allegheny Link to Aging and Disability Resources, DHS offers persons with disabilities a place to turn for information about services and help in signing up for them. The Disability Connection works for policy changes to give voice and empowerment to the community of persons with disabilities.

This section provides detailed information about these topics and more.

Family Resource Guide
Provides user-friendly information about an extensive variety and number of resources of interest to parents of children with disabilities.

Special Needs Registry 
Allegheny County residents with physical, mental health or intellectual disability may provide information to the Department of Emergency Services via the on-line Special Needs Registry. The voluntary information may then be shared with those responding to a home for a police, fire or medical emergency.

Adults with disabilities protection from abuse
There are now resources available to take reports of alleged abuse or neglect of an adult (18 to 59 years) with a disability. The disability may be physical, intellectual or related to mental illness. 

NOTE: Information about services for persons with autism, a mental illness, and/or a substance use disorder is located under the Individual and Community Health heading.