Disability Resource Clearinghouse Introduction

Introduction

Welcome to the Justice Center’s Disability Resource Clearinghouse where you can access information about disability-related programs, services, laws and regulations. This Clearinghouse links to resources from local, state, federal and national agencies, as well as nonprofit organizations. We seek to provide a wide-range of information that may be helpful to people with disabilities, their families, caregivers and advocates.  

Featured Resource

Employer Success Stories

The Employer Assistance and Resource Network on Disability Inclusion (EARN) supports employers in their efforts to recruit, hire, retain and advance qualified individuals with disabilities. Find examples of companies that have made disability diversity in the workplace a priority.

Recreation in New York State

The Department of Environmental Conservation welcomes all visitors to explore outdoor recreation on state lands and is committed to providing an ever-increasing range of accessible opportunities. Currently, visitors to accessible facilities can enjoy fishing, boating, hunting, canoeing, picnicking, horseback riding, hiking, visiting historic assets, wildlife observation and camping at DEC campgrounds among many other recreational opportunities. 

NEED FURTHER ASSISTANCE?  

If you cannot find the information you need, please call one of our Disability Navigators toll-free at 1-800-624-4143.  Relay users, please dial 7-1-1 or email us at infoassistance@justicecenter.ny.gov.  

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Assistive Technology

State

getATstuff is a multi-state online equipment exchange collaborative. Items such as accessible vans, assisted listening/alerting devices, and computer devices are offered for sale at lower than market price or for no cost.

The  New York City Department of Education provides support and guidance regarding assistive technology for public school staff, teachers and administrators.

The Equipment Loan Fund for the Disabled is a loan program to assist disabled resident New Yorkers in obtaining essential adaptive equipment such as wheelchairs, wheelchair van lifts, ramps, communication devices and prosthetic devices.  

The TRAID Program, administered by the Justice Center for the Protection of People with Special Needs, coordinates statewide activities to increase access to, and acquisition of, assistive technology in the areas of education, employment, and community living and information technology/telecommunications. The program serves individuals of all ages and disabilities.  Find TRAID Center locations in your community.

Federal and National

Funded by the National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research, AbleData is a source for impartial, comprehensive information on products, solutions and resources to improve productivity and ease with life’s tasks.    Assistive technology resources are provided for individuals who are Deaf-Blind, individuals with autoimmune diseases, and people with upper extremity disabilities.  

Civil Rights

PAAT provides free legal and advocacy services to people with disabilities seeking assistive technology devices or services.  

NLS represents children and adults free-of-charge when funding for assistive technology/specialized equipment is denied. They will provide technical assistance to callers statewide about how to apply for funding for assistive devices and serve as a statewide clearinghouse for resources needed to advocate for assistive technology. They also publish a guide:  Funding Assistive Technology through State Medicaid Programs.

The National ADA Center provides information, referrals, resources and training on Communication Access for individuals with disabilities. Individuals with sensory disabilities such as vision and hearing can find links to information about assistive technology, IT and web access.