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.  

Select a topic:

Employment

State

The 55b/c Recruitment Resources Center provides a centralized location for individuals and veterans with disabilities to submit employment and contract information for state agencies filling entry level positions.  

The DEI is a federally funded disability employment service administered by the Department of Labor that provides access to education, training, and employment opportunities for adults with disabilities who are unemployed, underemployed, and/or receiving Social Security disability benefits.

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.  

Find information on agencies and entities that can assist people with disabilities  locate employment and employment-related opportunities in New York City.

NYESS provides people with disabilities a single point to access all employment-related services and supports, including job matching with jobs currently posted by employers in the NYS Job Bank.  

NYSCB works to enhance employability, to maximize independence and to assist in the development of the capacities and strengths of people who are legally blind.

ACCES-VR assists individuals with disabilities to achieve and maintain employment and to support independent living through training, education, rehabilitation, and career development.

OPWDD offers several employment programs to assist individuals with developmental disabilities. 

Section 55-a of New York State Civil Service Law provides for the employment of persons with disabilities by municipalities. 

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

Disability.gov is the federal government’s website for information on disability programs and services nationwide.  Its employment section offers a broad range of resources about finding a job and connects individuals with programs, services, government agencies and organizations that provide information about career planning and job training, employment laws and regulations and job accommodations and supports.

JAN provides free, expert, and confidential guidance on workplace accommodations and disability employment issues.

VR&E services help with job training, employment accommodations, resume development, and job seeking skills coaching. Other services assist veterans in starting their own businesses or independent living services for those with a severe disability who are unable to work in traditional employment.

Civil Rights

This law prohibits discrimination in employment, housing, credit, places of public accommodations, and non-sectarian educational institutions, based on age, race, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, military status, and other specified classes. Information about how to file a complaint can be found here: New York State Division of Human Rights Complaint Form.

Title I of the ADA makes it unlawful to discriminate in employment against a qualified individual with a disability.  Information about how to file a charge of discrimination and technical assistance materials are available on this site: Filing a Charge of Discrimination

EEOC is responsible for enforcing federal laws that make it illegal to discriminate against a job applicant or an employee because of the person’s race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy, gender identity, and sexual orientation), national origin, age, disability or genetic information. Information about disability discrimination and how to file a complaint can be found here: EEOC Filing A Charge of Discrimination.