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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Disaster Emergency Preparedness


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.

Disability.gov is the federal government’s website for information on disability programs and services nationwide. Its Guide to Emergency Preparedness and Disaster Recovery helps people with disabilities and their families and caregivers prepare for emergencies. It also includes information about the importance of including people with disabilities in preparing for emergencies. 

This publication, prepared by the American Red Cross and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and FEMA provides people with disabilities and their caregivers with guidance in managing communications, equipment, pets and home hazards.

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…”