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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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.  

Disability.gov is the federal government’s website for information on disability programs and services nationwide. Disability.gov’s Guide to Assistive and Accessible Technologies provides information about the types of assistive technology and finding and paying for devices. 

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.