CITY ConnectionsFor more information, please contact:Gayle BairProgram Coordinator6322 Forward Ave.Pittsburgh, PA 15217412-224-4656
What is CITY Connections?CITY Connections provides continued programming in a community based setting for students 18-21 years old with moderate to severe disabilities. Each student has an individually designed program based on goals identified by the student, family and educational staff members. The team supporting the student actively works to connect the young adult to the agencies and resources that will support their success upon graduation.
The program is focused on the following transition outcomes:
- Post-Secondary Education & Training
- Independent Living
Who is it for?CITY Connections is for students with significant disabilities receiving supports in a Life Skills or Autistic Support classroom and whose needs can be met in a community based setting with minimal level of support and supervision. Students will have completed their 4th year of high school programming and will be graduating on their IEP goals. School records must demonstrate positive behaviors and consistent attendance.
Four apartment sites
CITY Connections West 1 (opened 2002)
CITY Connections West 2 (opened 2004)
CITY Connections East (opened 2003)
CITY Connections North (opened 2007)
Two college sites
CITY Connections CCAC 1 (opened 2005)
CITY Connections CCAC 2 (opened 2017)Students at the apartment sites follow daily schedules which reflect opportunities in employment, daily living instruction, community access and recreation and leisure activities.Students at college sites eat lunch in the cafeteria, join clubs and organizations on campus and attend college events. Contingent on individual professor permission, they may also participate in academic classes based on areas of personal interest.All students participate in Travel Training and Stranger Awareness TrainingAll students access a wide variety of community locations and recreational opportunities available in the Pittsburgh area.All students work in a variety of settings designed and supported by our community partners.All students volunteer at a variety of community settings including the Pittsburgh Community Food Bank.
The Pittsburgh Public Schools (PPS) does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, disability or age in its programs, activities or employment and provides equal access to the Boy Scouts and other designated youth groups. Inquiries may be directed to Dr. Dara Ware Allen, Title IX Coordinator or the Section 504/ADA Title II Coordinator at 341 Bellfield Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15213 or 412.529.HELP (4357).