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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.                                   

Click Here to 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!



Disability Pride Dinner



September 30, 2014


 Please join us at the


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



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


Do You Use A Manual Wheelchair?

Current Research Studies:

1.       Free-Living Physical Activity Assessment of

Wheelchair Users Using Off-the-Shelf Activity Monitors

     To help us improve physical activity measurement in manual wheelchair users and provide a potential tool to measure their physical activity levels.  

You may be eligible if you’re a manual wheelchair user who…

  • Ages between 18 and 75 years old
  • Lives in the community
  • Use a wheelchair as primary means of mobility and can propel independently
  • Is at least 1 year post injury and medically stable

The study consists of two portions, (1) lab trial (~ 4 hours) and (2) home trial (~ 3 hours).                

This is a research study conducted by the University of Pittsburgh.

Participants who complete both portions will eachreceive a compensation of $125  

Principal Investigator: Dan Ding, PhD   

For more details, please contact: 
Human Engineering Research Laboratories

Bakery Square, Suite 400
6425 Penn Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15206
(412) 822-3700          


2.  PathLock In Home Trial – Part 1

You may be eligible to participate if you:         

  • Are 18 years old or older
  • Use a rigid frame Ti-Lite manual wheelchair as your primary
  • mobility device
  • Have the ability to self-propel and transfer independently.
  • Are free of pressure sores and any health conditions (cardiovascular conditions, etc.) that limit your normal daily activity

 The purpose of this research study is to evaluate the PathLock caster system. The PathLock is a device that will help you to propel in a straight line, even when travelling over rough terrain or cross-sloped surfaces. The study will include a four week in-home trial during which time you will be asked to make three visits to our lab         

If you decide to participate, you will be asked to:         

  • fill out questionnaires
  • try out the PathLock device on different surfaces and obstacles (e.g. ramp, curb cut, etc.) in our lab
  • keep the PathLock on your chair for two weeks

 For all four weeks, you will have a datalogger attached to your chair. The datalogger is a device which records the distance and speed you have travelled (like a pedometer). For two weeks during the in-home trial, you will also have the PathLock device attached to your wheelchair. We will ask you to go about your daily routine and provide us with feedback about the device. All study visits will occur at our research lab in Pittsburgh, PA.         

You will be compensated $125.00 for full participation in the study.         

Principal Investigator: Dr. Jonathan Pearlman         

If you are interested in participating or learning more about the study, contact the Clinical Coordinators Emily Teodorski or Annmarie Kelleher at (412) 822-3700 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