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. 

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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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Education

State

Advocates for Children serves New York City students from birth through age 26, focusing on students who are at greatest risk for school-based discrimination and/or academic failure due to poverty, disability, race, ethnicity, immigrant or English Language Learner status, sexual orientation, gender identity, homelessness, or involvement in the foster care or juvenile justice systems.

EngageNY.org is developed and maintained by the New York State Education Department to support the implementation of key aspects of the New York State Board of Regents Reform Agenda.  Resources designed to assist parents of children with disabilities to have a better understanding of the Common Core Learning Standards and how a student’s Individualized Education Program (IEP) should include recommendations to support progress towards those standards can be found on this website.

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 Office of Special Education works to promote educational equity and excellence for students with disabilities. It provides up-to-date policies, guidance, assistance and professional development resources related to services and programs for students with disabilities.   

ACCES-VR supports individuals with disabilities to achieve and maintain employment and to support independent living through training, education, rehabilitation, and career development. Information about available services and how and where to apply for services is available on this website.

ECDCs provide information and referral services for children with disabilities ages birth through five, and technical assistance for families and preschool providers to improve early literacy and communication, social-emotional skills and positive behaviors for preschool students with disabilities.  

There are 14 Special Education Parent Centers across New York State. These centers provide parents of children with disabilities with information, resources, and strategies to participate in their child’s education.  A complete list of Parent Centers and contact information can be found on this website. 

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

CPIR serves as a central resource of information and training for parents of children with disabilities, birth to age 26. 

Cerebral Palsy Group provides educational materials, resources and support for those affected by cerebral palsy. 

Cerebral Palsy Guide provides free educational materials, financial options and emotional support for those affected by cerebral palsy.

Going to College is an online resource for teens with disabilities to learn about college life and what to do to prepare for it. It is designed for high school students, but can also be a resource for parents to help their child learn about college. 

IDEA is a federal law that governs how states and public agencies provide early intervention, special education, and related services to children with disabilities.  This website was created by the U.S. Department of Education to provide a one-stop-shop for resources related to IDEA and its regulations for children from birth to age 21.

This website provides a comprehensive guide on earning a master’s degree and includes articles and guidance for students with disabilities. 

This guide was created by the college and careers experts at GoodCall.com. The purpose of this guide is to provide comprehensive information about how to pay for college as well as scholarships and other information that is specifically helpful for students with disabilities.

OSERS supports programs that help educate children and youth with disabilities, and rehabilitate youth and adults with disabilities. Information about resources and federal legislation can be found on this website. 

Civil Rights

DRNY provides protection and advocacy to remove barriers to education for people with disabilities, particularly segregation of students with disabilities and inappropriate removal of students from school. Information and resources regarding protection and advocacy services are available on this website. 

This website provides a summary of the federal requirements of a Free Appropriate Public Education for students with disabilities, developed by the U.S Department of Education in 2010