ADA Compliance


In an effort to improve access for people with disabilities, the Oakland Business Improvement District offers consultations to our OBID member businesses. We are excited to provide the expertise of Joan Stein, President of Stein Consulting LLC. Ms. Stein’s expertise helps a range of business clients from owners and operators of restaurants and retail establishments to larger clients such as corporate banks and the United States Golf Association. This offer is on a first come first serve basis so call OBID now and schedule your consult!

[email protected]  p: 412.683.6243

Oakland For All: Beyond Accessible

OBID is a founding member of Oakland For All: Beyond Accessible advocating for the creation of accessible establishments, raising public awareness of accessibility for people with disabilities, and the transportation of Oakland into a model community that can be replicated throughout the nation.

Project partners include: Oakland stakeholders, Oakland-based & regional community advocates, Accessible Pittsburgh, Bellefield Area Citizens Association, Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh, Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh, City of Pittsburgh, Consumer Health Coalition, Oakland Business Improvement District, Oakland Task Force, Oakland Transportation Management Association, Office of PA Senator Jay Costa, Office of U.S. Congressman Mike Doyle, Offices of Pittsburgh Councilpersons: Bruce Kraus, Erika Strassburger, and Daniel Lavelle, pathVu, Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy, University of Pittsburgh, UPMC

One Step Program

The One Step Project developed by Pittsburgh City Planning is a program developed to create accessible entrances for persons with disabilities. Click HERE for more information.

 IRS Barrier Removal Tax Deduction

The Architectural Barrier Removal Tax Deduction encourages businesses of any size to remove architectural and transportation barriers to the mobility of persons with disabilities and the elderly. Businesses may claim deductions for qualified expenses for items that normally must be capitalized. Click HERE for more information.

Is Your Website Accessible?


WebAIM offers complete web accessibility services. Regardless of the type or size of your web site, WebAIM can help ensure that your site is accessible and usable to those with disabilities.

STOPGAP Foundation


Build a custom ramp for your retail, residential, institutional, or commercial location! We have built ramps to suit many different stepped entrances including single and multi-stepped entryways.

Residential Visitability Design Tax Credit Program

Make your home more visitAble! With the help of a property tax credit of up to $2,500, Allegheny County property owners can more easily open their homes to friends and family members who:

  • have physical disabilities
  • use wheelchairs or walkers
  • are pushing strollers
  • want to stay in their homes as they age

Click HERE for more information or contact:

City of Pittsburgh ADA Coordinator

The Americans with Disabilities Act

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is a comprehensive federal civil rights law that prohibits discrimination in all aspects of life on the basis of disability and protects the rights of everyone—on the street, in public places and at work. Reaching its 29th anniversary this July, the Oakland Business Improvement District has committed itself to raising awareness throughout the community on the importance of accessibility, and how we can transform Oakland into a model community for the nation to follow.