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Welcome to Our Center for Independent Living

Three Rivers Center for Independent Living (TRCIL) is a non-residential, non-profit, community-based human service organization.  Our purpose is to assist people with disabilities to lead self-directed and productive lives within the community.  TRCIL is a Center for Independent Living (CIL), as defined from Section 702 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended.  To learn more about our Center, watch Beyond Boundaries: An OnQ Series.        

Our Mission:        

To empower people with disabilities to enjoy self-directed, personally meaningful lives by providing outstanding consumer-controlled services and by advocating for effective community change.        

Our Vision:        

A world in which all physical, attitudinal, communication and systems barriers are eliminated and people with disabilities have equal opportunities and the right to full participation in society.        

Read about the Americans with Disabilities Act


Adults on Act 150 Waiting List Must Take Actionto Begin Enrollment

The Pennsylvania Office of Long Term Living (OLTL) has begun mailing notices to some adults, ages 18-59, with physical disabilities who applied for home and community based services and were placed on the waiting list for the Act 150 program.
Pennsylvania recently increased funding for the Act 150 Program to serve nearly 300 adults on program’s waiting list who were determined to need nursing home level of care. These individuals, many of whom have been on the waiting list for several years, need help with activities of daily living to remain living in the community but do not qualify for a Home and Community Based waiver program.
Persons on the waiting list are urged to call 1-877-550-4227 (Maximus, the Independent Enrollment Broker) as soon as possible if they are still in need of Act 150 services.
OLTL’s letter asks people to call within 15 days of the date of the letter. The final mailing is August 18th. According to OLTL, no one receiving the letter will be turned away if they call after 15 days; the process for those on the waiting list will remain the same, regardless of when they call. If OLTL does not receive responses from each person within that timeframe, or letters are returned undeliverable, OLTL staff will be making phone calls in an attempt to reach every person.The Pennsylvania Health Law Project (PHLP) urges people who receive this letter and are in need of Act 150 services to call the Independent Enrollment Broker as soon as possible. Individuals can also contact Maximus if they did not receive a letter but think they should be in this priority group. Individuals on the Act 150 waiting list who experience problems enrolling in the program should call PHLP’s Helpline at 1-800-274-3258. 

The PHLP is a nonprofit legal services organization. As a nationally recognized expert and consultant on access to health care for low-income consumers, the elderly, and persons with disabilities, PHLP strives to educate and inform Pennsylvanians, their families and advocates, and the general public, regarding health policy issues that impact coverage and access to health care services.


  Save This Date!


TRCIL’s Disability Pride Dinner

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Please join us at the Pittsburgh Westin Convention Center Hotel for an evening of celebration and fellowship

Look for more details soon.

Questions? call Paula Mullen at 412-371-7700 x120 or email her at  





Learn new recipes

Learn to make recipes healthier

See adaptive cooking tools

Learn to eat healthier in a budget

 First Class: Tuesday,  May 20th        

Second: Tuesday,  June 17th        

Third: Tuesday.  July 15th        

Fourth: Tuesday,  August 19th         

11am—12:30 pm

TRCIL’s Main Dining Room        

900 Rebecca Ave. Pittsburgh, PA  15221         

Attend Any or All !!        

 Class is limited to first 10 people who call 412-371-7700 ext. 136 or 412-371-6230 tty        

Reasonable accommodations provided upon request        


Share Your Experiences

A group of graduate students from Carnegie Mellon’s Heinz College are working on a web resource that shares wheelchair accessibility information about the city of Pittsburgh.  They are interviewing individuals using wheelchairs or those who assist them to find out more about experiences they have had in the city, and what information would be most useful to share  They want to hear from you to make sure that they’re addressing the real issues, and creating the most useful resource possible.  Email, call, or text Robert Saul to set up either a phone interview or an in-person interview at Mobile: 520-232-4747 or




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TRCIL’s United Way Contribution Number is 1304.



Computer Classes in Pittsburgh Office!

Coming in September, 2014:

Computer Skills Classes

Learn and practice new skills.  Topics include Computer Basics, Email, Microsoft Word, Social Media, and Internet Basics.

For more information please call Cindy Williams at 412-371-7700 x 136