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

The IRS Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program offers free tax help to people with disabilities and other qualified taxpayers who need assistance in preparing their own tax returns. IRS-certified volunteers provide free basic income tax return preparation with electronic filing. Use the VITA locator tool to find a tax assistance program site near you.

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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Accessibility

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.

NYAIL is a statewide, not-for-profit membership association created by and composed of Independent Living Centers (ILCs) across New York State.  ILCs provide technical assistance to persons with disabilities with regard to accessibility, affordable and integrated housing, and education and individualized assistance on understanding public and private health insurance.

New York Relay Service is a statewide service that connects standard (voice) telephone users with deaf, hard-of-hearing, deaf-blind, speech-disabled, or late-deafened people who use text telephone (TTY) or voice carry-over (VCO) phones.  This website offers information about the relay service and resources. 

The DMV provides information about accessible parking for people with disabilities and information regarding how to obtain accessible parking permits or license plates. 

The Division of Building Standards and Codes provides information about building codes and accessibility requirements.   Chapter 11 Accessibility of the NYS Building Codes can be found on this site in the link Free Online Codes. 

A summary of how the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) affects NYSDOT facilities, operations and services and their transition plan can be found on this website, including standards related to accessibility. 

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

AFB is a national non-profit that helps people with vision loss by providing information about accessible technology, resources for individuals, families and professionals as well as research and public policy on vision loss. 

Disability.gov is the federal government’s website for information on disability programs and services nationwide. Information regarding accessibility resources, including accessible web site design and planning accessible meetings can be found at this website. 

The United States Access Board is a federal agency that promotes equality for people with disabilities through leadership in accessible design and the development of ADA Accessibility Guidelines and standards. 

Information and resources regarding accessible transportation such as public transportation and air travel, in addition to laws and regulations can be found on this website.  

EAC provides information and resources for voters with disabilities

Civil Rights

The U.S. Department of Justice Civil Rights Division provides technical assistance regarding the Americans with Disabilities Act and Standards for Accessible Design.    

The FCC’s Disability Rights Office provides information and resources regarding disability-related matters, including access to telecommunications services and equipment, hearing aid compatibility, accessible video programming and television closed captioning.