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 412.779.5398

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

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2022 marks the eighth year for the Oakland For All: Beyond Accessible program – and we're returning to the pub crawl for our annual event this year on August 19, 2022 from 4pm-7pm – kicking off from the Tent at Schenley Plaza.

8th Annual Ramp Crawl in Oakland 8th Annual Ramp Crawl in Oakland

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.

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 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. (Note: Though closed captioning was provided during the live event, we are working to enable closed captioning in this recorded video, as well. Check back soon.)

 

Recapping 2021 Ramp Crawl event – Adaptive Sports Showcase of Athletes.

Adaptive Sports Showcase of Athletes

The 7th Annual Ramp Crawl was held August 20, 2021. Moving away from the traditional pub crawl, last year's event was designed to highlight athletes of all abilities through our Adaptive Sports Showcase of Athletes. Attendees learned from the athletes themselves through demonstrations of wheelchair basketball, wheelchair rugby, and handcycle racing – and even got a chance to try the mobility devices used by athletes themselves.

Thank you to this year's event sponsors and partners including Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy, Port Authority of Allegheny County, University of Pittsburgh, Achieva, The Porch at Schenley, Oakland Transportation Management Association, Oakland Business Improvement District, Facture Consulting, and many more.

 

Other past events:

Oakland For All's annual programming includes a history of in-person and virtual community events like our annual Ramp Crawl in Oakland and our Virtual Town Hall, film festivals, happy hours, and more – all 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.

Recap past Ramp Crawls and virtual events here.