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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Disaster Emergency Preparedness

State

New York State Homeland Security and Emergency Services provides information for people with disabilities about how to prepare for a disaster or emergency.

New York City Emergency Management provides information for people with disabilities in preparation for an emergency or disaster.  Ready New York: My Emergency Plan is a workbook designed to assist people with disabilities create an emergency plan. 

The New York State Office of Mental Health provides a variety of mental health strategies for adults, children, seniors, medical and psychological practitioners and emergency workers, and others to prepare for and respond to all types of disasters.  

Federal and National

CDC provides information for people with disabilities as well as for first responders assisting people with disabilities during an emergency or natural disaster.

DisasterAssistance.gov provides resources and information on emergency preparedness for people with disabilities or access and functional needs.

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Ready.gov Information Center assists people with disabilities with access to information on how to prepare and make a plan for an emergency/disaster. 

Civil Rights

ADA of 1990 requires that local government emergency preparedness and response programs are accessible to people with disabilities. The ADA has a Guide for Local Governments  for Emergency Preparedness and Response Programs.

Executive Order 13347 established the Interagency Coordinating Council on Emergency Preparedness and Individuals with Disabilities, directing more than 25 Federal executive departments and agencies to work together to ensure that emergency preparedness plans incorporate the perspectives and needs of individuals with disabilities, and that barriers to their access to services and planning are removed. 

NCD is an independent federal agency charged with advising the President, Congress and other federal agencies regarding policies and programs that affect people with disabilities. It has published a number of emergency management publications that include active involvement of people with disabilities. Topics include: “Effective Communication for People with Disabilities, Before, During, and After Emergencies;” and “The Needs of People with Psychiatric Disabilities During and After Hurricanes Katrina and Rita…”