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.  

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Voting

State

NYDVN, operated by the Center for Disability Rights, is a nonpartisan voting initiative, geared towards people with disabilities and people supportive of disability-related issues in the state of New York.  This website contains a link to the Board of Elections where you can find voter registration forms.

The Board of Elections provides information and resources for all voters, including those with disabilities. Any voter who requests assistance is entitled to receive it, regardless of the reason.

OPWDD provides information for people with developmental disabilities about voting, including assistance with voter registration.

Federal and National

This guide provides information about state laws and practices that limit the voting rights of people with mental disabilities and offers tools to help people with disabilities preserve or restore their voting rights.

One Person, One Vote, a partner project of the National Association of Councils on Developmental Disabilities, was created to encourage and facilitate people with disabilities to vote.  Voting basics, resources and information about registering to vote, are provided on this website. 

The EAC was established by the Help America Vote Act of 2002 (HAVA).  EAC provides resources for voters with disabilities.

Civil Rights

PAVA provides services that inform people with disabilities of their voting rights and provides them with information on voter accessibility.  It also provides people with disabilities the opportunity to register to vote and offers training and education programs to increase knowledge for people with disabilities living in institutional settings and in the community, and ensures that people with disabilities, have the opportunity to vote.  

This document, published by the U.S. Department of Justice, provides guidance to states, local jurisdictions, election officials, poll workers, and voters on how the Americans with Disabilities Act and other federal laws help ensure fairness in the voting process for people with disabilities.