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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Health Care/Behavioral Health


Information and resources about health insurance programs in New York State are available on this website. 

Information and resources are provided about special dentistry for people with developmental disabilities in New York State.  

This guide provides information about how to safely manage, store and take medications.

This web-based tool allows New Yorkers to locate State certified substance abuse treatment programs in their region. The searchable listing includes availability of program, gender, age group, and location.

Information regarding health insurance options through the Individual Marketplace is available on this website.  

The Surrogate Decision Making Committee (SDMC) program, administered by the Justice Center for the Protection of People with Special Needs (Justice Center),  is an alternative to the court system for individuals who lack capacity to provide informed consent, do not have a legally authorized decision maker to act on their behalf and are in need of non-emergency major medical procedures.  The SDMC program also handles end-of-life decision making for qualifying individuals.

Federal and National

The Health Promotion Resource Center provides current information and resources on a variety of  relevant health care topics for people with disabilities.

The CDC provides information and tools to help people with disabilities make healthy choices and prevent illness. Topics include: physical activity, obesity, smoking and breast cancer screening.

This CDC provides tools and health information for women with disabilities.

Disability.gov is the federal government’s website for information on disability programs and services nationwide.  Its Guide to Health Information and Resources provides answers to some of the most frequently asked questions about  health insurance, healthy living and finding health care.

NCHPAD seeks to help people with disabilities and other chronic health conditions achieve health benefits through increased participation in all types of physical and social activities, including fitness and aquatic activities, recreational and sports programs, adaptive equipment usage, and more. 

The National Gateway to Self-Determination is a clearinghouse for resources, training, and information for promoting self-determination for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. 

SAMHSA ‘s Wellness Initiative promotes wellness for people with mental health and substance use conditions. Wellness strategies include nutrition, physical activity and weight management, wellness informed care and diabetes management.