ADA and Pittsburgh

City of Pittsburgh ADA Coordinator

The ADA Coordinator assists architects, developers, business owners, landlords and others in designing or redesigning their facilities so that they are usable by all persons, including those with disabilities.

To contact the City of Pittsburgh's ADA Coordinator, Richard Meritzer, please call 412-255-2102, Monday through Friday, from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. You may also reach the ADA Coordinator's office by e-mail at richard.meritzer@pittsburghpa.gov or by regular mail at:

Richard Meritzer
ADA Coordinator City of Pittsburgh
200 Ross Street - 4th Floor
Pittsburgh, PA 15219


ADA Strategic Planning Team

The ADA Strategic Planning Team is a group of employees from all City departments and authorities dedicated to better serving people with disabilities in the City of Pittsburgh. The team meets quarterly to identify problems and barriers to accessing City services, programs, activities, and buildings and works collaboratively to remove those barriers. Please clink on a link below to view its contents.

ADA Calendar

Social Media

Connect With Us!  

The ADA Coordinator and Team are committed to connecting to the Pittsburgh public through new platforms to expand outreach, publicity, and bettering our community. 

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ADA Policies

City of Pittsburgh ADA Policies

The City of Pittsburgh has adopted several policies to assist people with disabilities in accessing City services, programs, and activities. Please click on a link below to view the policy.

ADA Publications

The City of Pittsburgh has written the following documents to assist people with disabilities in modifying their homes and business owners in modifying their shops so that they are usable by people with mobility and other physical disabilities. Please click on a link below to view each publication.

The City of Pittsburgh worked with the Allegheny Intermediate Unit and Easter Seals to design a program to meet the transportation needs of high school students with disabilities. The report can be read below:

City-County Task Force on Disabilities (CCTFD)


The City-County Task Force on Disabilities is a 13-member panel of advocates, service providers, and consumers appointed by the Mayor and County Executive who advise the City and County on issues that affect people with disabilities in the region.

Governing Documents

Intergovernmental Cooperation Agreement – Joint Task Force on Disabilities

Appointment Guidelines

  • 13 Members
    • Six appointed by County Executive
    • Six appointed by Mayor of Pittsburgh
    • One elected by the 12 appointees


  • Aurelia Carter-Scott
  • Janet B. Evans
  • Sarah Goldstein
  • Milton Henderson
  • Richard McGann
  • Gabriel McMoreland
  • James “Chris” Nochese
  • Paul W. O'Hanlon
  • Jeff Parker
  • Katherine D. Seelman, Ph.D.
  • John Tague
  • Joseph Wassermann
  • Karen A. Warman

Residency Requirements

  • Representation must be considerate of a county geographic and ethnic balance
  • Majority of members must have a disability


None, except reimbursement of costs associated with participation in meetings.


3rd Monday of each month, except holidays

Meeting Agendas Meeting Minutes
2016 2016
March August
February July
January June
2015 April
April  March
March February
February January

Contact Information

Please call 412-255-2102 if you have any questions or comments.

Visitability Tax Credit

What is the Visitability Tax Credit?

The Visitability Tax Credit provides visitable housing to all individuals, with or without disabilities, by offering a tax credit to encourage the inclusion of the visitability features set forth in this section, which will enhance both visitability and usability for visitors and residents.

Those who may qualify are owners of single-family dwellings and duplexes, triplexes, townhouses and row houses and adapted reuses of industrial and commercial buildings that are renovated or converted for multi-family residential use who, during construction or renovation, include the required design features.


One Step Process

What is the One Step Program?

When a person using a wheelchair or scooter or a person with a physical impediment wants to enter a store, just one step in front of the entrance makes it impossible for him or her to offer patronage to the business. However, the Americans with Disabilities Act, which was passed in 1990 and took effect in January 1992, promises the user a right of safe entry to places of public accommodation. This packet will show you how you can make your business more accessible to consumers who use wheelchairs, scooters, or have physical impediments.

The following information describes ways that your business as well as the consumers can benefit from making these accommodations. In addition, the packet includes resources for a business to perform the necessary modifications that are available through the City of Pittsburgh, along with tax incentives from the Federal Government.

Volunteer Opportunities


The Department of City Planning provides a number of unpaid (for-credit/or-experience) internships for both graduate and undergraduate students. These internships are designed to be part-time with flexible time frames so that students can combine them with a class or work schedule. They are available throughout the year. 

Some examples of intership positions include:

  • Residential Permit Parking Program Intern
  • ADA Compliance Intern
  • Zoning Counter Intern
  • Open Space Planning Intern
  • Food Policy Intern
  • Environmental Stormwater Intern
  • Land Use Policy Intern
  • Grantsperson
  • Neighborhood Planning Intern

Interested applicants should first register for an account, and then apply for the desired position.

Fun Stuff

Here are some free or low cost services for those with disabilities in the Pittsburgh area:

Blind Reader

* Sports, games, recreation and travel information

Center for Creative Play

* Lending toys and technology for children of all abilities

Special Olympics of Allegheny County

* Athletic competition for those with mental retardation