Judith Barricella Obituary, Death – Judith Barricella of PA, Allegheny County’s first ADA Coordinator has sadly died unexpectedly, leaving loved ones and family and the entire community in grief and agony according to an online share. “Being able to call Judy Barricella a friend was a privilege for which we are extremely thankful to have been given the opportunity. Take a look at all that she has achieved as a result of the high level of intelligence, wit, determination, and the ability to think in a way that is focused on the future that she possesses. She leaves an incredible legacy behind, one that will help a significant number of people even though they did not have the good fortune to know her personally.
She leaves behind a legacy that will continue to help people even after she is gone.” Autism Connection of Pennsylvania (also referred to simply as Autism Connection) Lu
She was the first person in Allegheny County to hold the position of ADA Coordinator, making her a trailblazer in her industry and a pioneer in the county. Prior to her promotion to the position of ADA Coordinator, she most recently held the position of head of the Disability Connection in Allegheny County.
The Allegheny Link to Aging and Disability Resource, the Regional Housing Coordinator, and the Homeless Prevention and Rapid Rehousing Program were all added to the Disability Connection as a direct result of her leadership of the organization. In 1980, Judith began laying the groundwork for what would eventually become the Three Rivers Center for Independent Living. Eventually, the center would serve individuals with disabilities. After the organization was founded, she went on to take the position of Executive Director of the newly formed group. She was forced to wait an additional eight years before she could establish her own consulting firm, which she ultimately decided to name Commonwealth Mentor Group.”