Disability Resource Clearinghouse 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.


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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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.  

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

Disability.gov is the federal government’s website for information on disability programs and services nationwide. Information about Social Security disability benefits and assistance programs and services for people with disabilities, seniors and their families can be found at this website.

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.

Civil Rights

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