Oakland For All For more information about the Oakland For All program please call:
Oakland Business Improvement District 412.683.6243 or
Oakland Transportation Management Association 412.687.4505

Together, we are opening a pathway to a community without barriers.

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2020 marked the 30th Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and thirty years of removing barriers and empowering people with disabilities nationwide.

In honor of this important occasion, we are proud to have hosted a Virtual Town Hall on Friday, July 24, 2020 where we discussed the state of ADA in our region along with leadership, policymakers, and stakeholders including:

  • Pittsburgh City Councilmember Erika Strassburger, District 8 (Oakland, Point Breeze, Shadyside, and Squirrel Hill)
  • State Representative Jake Wheatley Jr., District 19 (the Hill District, North Side, South Side, Allentown, Hazelwood, Downtown Pittsburgh, The Bluff, Knoxville, Beltzhoover, Manchester, Arlington, Arlington Heights and, North, South and West Oakland)
  • People with Disabilities Advocate & 2020 Democratic Candidate for State Representative, District 36 Jessica Benham (parts of the South Side Flats, South Side Slopes, Arlington, Mt.Oliver/St. Clair, Bon Air, Carrick, Overbrook, Mt. Washington, and Brookline city neighborhoods, as well as Mt. Oliver Borough, Brentwood, and parts of Baldwin Borough)
  • Pennsylvania Department of Labor & Industry Office for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing's Denise Brown
  • Masters Student in Sociology at IUP and person with a physical disability, Laura Power 

A live recording from the webinar event can be viewed on YouTube here. Closed captioning is available.


2020 also marked the sixth year for the Oakland For All: Beyond Accessible program.

This program is focused on ensuring that Pittsburgh’s Oakland neighborhood is fully accessible and welcoming to all who live, work, and visit here. Our projects include raising awareness among business owners about physical barriers at their entryways and creating apps and others technology for wayfinding support. It is our hope that together we can transform Oakland into a model community that advocates for the creation of user-friendly buildings, commercial establishments and public spaces.

Oakland For All promotes accessibility and inclusion for people with disabilities. We aim to serve as a resource to better understand the need for accessibility in our communities and a guide to opening a pathway to a community without barriers.

ADA 30th Anniversary Events:

Thirty years after the signing of the Americans with Disabilities Act, 2020 marks an important milestone in the ongoing efforts to remove barriers and empower people with of all abilities. In honor of this important occasion, we are proud to be hosting several events in July 2020 to help continue our fight for the full extension of rights to the disabilities community across civic, social, and economic life. Check out all the events we have scheduled in July.

July 24 Virtual Town Hall & Discussion

This year's events include a Virtual Town Hall & Discussion on July 24 to review the state of ADA in our region along with leadership, policymakers, and stakeholders; a week-long opportunity to view the ReelAbilities Film Festival (seven short films created entirely by people living with intellectual disabilities) in partnership with Film Pittsburgh; and a Virtual Happy Hour to give community members and advocates an opportunity to make connections, share experiences, and discuss the films.

July 22-29 Film Festival: ReelAbilities

Details and event registration information can be found at the links above.

Thank you to this year's event sponsors and partners including FISA Foundation, Film Pittsburgh, and Facture.


Past events:

Oakland For All's annual programming includes a history of community events like our annual Ramp Crawl in Oakland designed to raise awareness of the ongoing need for accessibility and equity in our communities while building stronger ties with the community through the age-old tradition of a pub crawl. Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, we will be will not be assembling in Schenley Park this year, but are continuing the event's tradition virtually by bringing us together on July 24th and 25th for the Virtual Town Hall and Virtual Happy Hour.

Recap last year's Ramp Crawl event here.