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.

Navigating Human Service Systems

The Multiple Systems Navigator provides easily accessible resources, service information and tools to assist youth, parents, family members/caregivers, and front-line staff currently struggling to effectively and efficiently navigate multiple human service systems – creating a web-based, ‘one-stop-shop’ for user-friendly, accurate and up-to-date disability information and tools.

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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Employment

State

The 55b/c Recruitment Resources Center provides a centralized location for individuals and veterans with disabilities to submit employment and contract information for state agencies filling entry level positions.  

The DEI is a federally funded disability employment service administered by the Department of Labor that provides access to education, training, and employment opportunities for adults with disabilities who are unemployed, underemployed, and/or receiving Social Security disability benefits.

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 Multiple Systems Navigator provides easily accessible resources, service information and tools to assist youth, parents, family members/caregivers, and front-line staff currently struggling to effectively and efficiently navigate multiple human service systems – creating a web-based, ‘one-stop-shop’ for user-friendly, accurate and up-to-date disability information and tools.

This free, step-by-step tool helps New York State students and young adults with disabilities create their own path to a real job.  This site is part of the New York State Partnerships for Employment Systems Change, a Project of National Significance aimed at addressing barriers to employment for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

Find information on agencies and entities that can assist people with disabilities  locate employment and employment-related opportunities in New York City.

NYESS provides people with disabilities a single point to access all employment-related services and supports, including job matching with jobs currently posted by employers in the NYS Job Bank.  

NYSCB works to enhance employability, to maximize independence and to assist in the development of the capacities and strengths of people who are legally blind.

ACCES-VR assists individuals with disabilities to achieve and maintain employment and to support independent living through training, education, rehabilitation, and career development.

OPWDD offers several employment programs to assist individuals with developmental disabilities. 

Section 55-a of New York State Civil Service Law provides for the employment of persons with disabilities by municipalities. 

The TRAID Program, administered by the Justice Center, 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. 

Federal and National

The Partnership on Employment & Accessible Technology (PEAT) provides information on accessibility and how technology can optimize and accelerate productivity.  Learn about accessible technology versus assistive technology and factors that need to be considered to further employment goals. 

JAN provides free, expert, and confidential guidance on workplace accommodations and disability employment issues.

The Ticket to Work Program provides access to employment support services for Social Security Disability Beneficiaries who want to work.

This resource provides high school students with disabilities with information about vocational and trade school options, potential careers and adaptive tools that can help them succeed in educational and workplace settings.

The United States Department of Labor provides access to information about agencies that can help people with disabilities find meaningful work and launch successful careers, help employers hire people with disabilities, and help federal contractors stay within the law when hiring.

VR&E services help with job training, employment accommodations, resume development, and job seeking skills coaching. Other services assist veterans in starting their own businesses or independent living services for those with a severe disability who are unable to work in traditional employment.

Civil Rights

This law prohibits discrimination in employment, housing, credit, places of public accommodations, and non-sectarian educational institutions, based on age, race, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, military status, and other specified classes. Information about how to file a complaint can be found here: New York State Division of Human Rights Complaint Form.

Title I of the ADA makes it unlawful to discriminate in employment against a qualified individual with a disability.  Information about how to file a charge of discrimination and technical assistance materials are available on this site: Filing a Charge of Discrimination

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. 

EEOC is responsible for enforcing federal laws that make it illegal to discriminate against a job applicant or an employee because of the person’s race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy, gender identity, and sexual orientation), national origin, age, disability or genetic information. Information about disability discrimination and how to file a complaint can be found here: EEOC Filing A Charge of Discrimination.