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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Benefits

State

Benefits.Gov provides information on disability programs and services nationwide. Information about New York Medicaid, Supplmental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) and the Housing Choice Voucher Program (Section 8) can be found on this site.

ICAN is the New York State Ombudsprogram for people with Medicaid long-term care services. ICAN assists New Yorkers with enrolling in and using managed care plans that cover long-term care services, such as home attendant services or nursing home care. 

ILC’s provide an array of services that assist New Yorkers with all disabilities to live fully integrated and self-directed lives. A core service at the ILC is benefits advisement.  Contact an Independent Living Center in your area for benefits advisement assistance. 

DVA serves Veterans, service members, Wounded Warriors, their family members, and their authorized caregivers in the application process and management of benefits. 

SSP provides state-funded financial assistance to people who are aged, blind and disabled, and is part of the monthly benefit paid to most Supplemental Security Income (SSI) recipients.  

NYSARC Trust Services help provide financial security to people with disabilities by helping ensure that they remain eligible for government benefit programs and services while providing for life enhancing items not covered by those benefits. This website explains the types of trusts available as well as contact information.

Disability Rights New York (DRNY) administers the PABSS Program which provides free advocacy, legal assistance, outreach, education, and training to individuals with disabilities who are receiving Social Security Benefits and are currently attempting to obtain, maintain, or return to work.

SNAP issues electronic benefits that can be used like cash to purchase food. SNAP helps people with disabilities, working people with low-income, senior citizens, and others feed their families.  

Disability benefits are temporary cash benefits paid to an eligible wage earner, when he/she is disabled by an off-the-job injury or illness.  Disability benefits are also paid to an unemployed worker to replace unemployment insurance benefits lost because of illness or injury.   

Federal and National

DEI is a federally-funded disability employment service that helps job seekers with disabilities improve employment opportunities and outcomes for adults with disabilities who are unemployed, underemployed, and/or receiving Social Security disability benefits.  DEI offers credentialed Benefits and Work Incentive Advisors to assist with Social Security’s Work Incentives for people to return to work including: SSI Benefit Calculation; Impairment Related Work Expenses, Job Subsidies, Trial Work Months, Extended Period of Eligibility, Expedited Reinstatement and Ticket to Work.    

The disability planner will help you find out how to qualify and apply for benefits, what happens if your application is approved, who can receive benefits on your earnings record, what you need to know about receiving disability benefits, and when Medicare coverage starts for Social Security disability beneficiaries

DRC is a website designed for people with disabilities, their family members and caregivers to ask questions, and share resources.  This page provides an overview of Special Needs Trusts as well as other options. 

This website provides answers to frequently asked questions about special needs trusts.  

This website provides detailed information on some of the program rules for Supplemental Security Income (SSI).

Social Security pays benefits to disabled workers and their dependents as well as the families of deceased workers.  For assistance with your benefits contact one of the Social Security Administration Local Offices.

The SNA is a national, non-profit organization of attorneys dedicated to the practice of disability and public benefits law.  Individuals with disabilities, their families and their advisors can contact the SNA to find attorneys skilled in public entitlements, estate, trust and tax planning, and legal issues involving individuals with physical and cognitive disabilities.   

Civil Rights

The Spotlight provides a detailed look at the program rules, your rights, and responsibilities regarding benefits.