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New York Disability Resource List

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Updated May 18, 2013

A list of disability resources for residents of New York state.

Adult Career and Continuing Education Services - Vocational Rehabilitation

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"Adult Career and Continuing Education Services-Vocational Rehabilitation (ACCES-VR) offers access to a full range of employment and independent living services that may be needed by persons with disabilities through their lives. Through its administration of vocational rehabilitation and independent living programs, VR coordinates policy and services relating to transition services, vocational rehabilitation, independent living services, and business services."

  • New York State Education Department
  • Adult Career and Continuing Education Services- Vocational Rehabilitation
  • One Commerce Plaza, Room 1609
  • Albany, New York 12234
  • Phone: 1-800-222-JOBS(5627)
  • Email: accesadm@mail.nysed.gov

Children and Youth with Special Health Care Needs Program

"The Children with Special Health Care Needs Program seeks to improve the system of care for children with special health care needs from birth to 21 years of age and their families. The Program helps to shape public policy so families can get the best health care for their children.

Children served by the CSHCN Program have an illness or condition for which they need extra health care and support services. A few examples of such conditions include cerebral palsy or muscular dystrophy, asthma, sickle cell anemia, diabetes, heart conditions, depression, conduct disorder, and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder."

  • Children with Special Health Care Needs Program New York State Department of Health
  • ESP-Corning Tower Building, Room 213
  • Albany NY 12237-0619
  • Phone: 518-474-2001

Commission on Quality of Care and Advocacy for Persons with Disabilities

"We serve New Yorkers with all kinds of disabilities by providing independent oversight of programs and services designed to meet their needs, and by offering legal, advocacy, training, information, and technical assistance services to promote their full inclusion in all aspects of community life."

  • NYS Commission on Quality of Care and Advocacy for Persons with Disabilities
  • 401 State Street
  • Schenectady, NY 12305
  • Phone/TTY/Spanish: 1-800-624-4143

Early Intervention Program

"The New York State Early Intervention Program (EIP) is part of the national Early Intervention Program for infants and toddlers with disabilities and their families. To be eligible for services, children must be under 3 years of age and have a confirmed disability or established developmental delay, as defined by the State, in one or more of the following areas of development: physical, cognitive, communication, social-emotional, and/or adaptive."

  • NYS Department of Health, Bureau of Early Intervention
  • Phone: (518) 473-7016
  • Email: bei@health.state.ny.us

New York State Commission for the Blind and Visually Handicapped

"The New York State Commission for the Blind and Visually Handicapped (CBVH) provides vocational rehabilitation and other direct services to legally blind New York State residents, including children, adults, and elderly persons. One of CBVH's primary objectives is to assist consumers in achieving economic self-sufficiency and full integration into society. CBVH offers these services from seven district offices across the state."

  • Commission for the Blind and Visually Handicapped Office of Children and Family Services
  • Capital View Office Park
  • 52 Washington Street, Room 201, South Building
  • Rensselaer NY 12144-2796
  • Phone: 518-474-6812
  • Toll-Free Telephone: 1-866-871-3000
  • TDD: 1-866-871-6000

New York State Developmental Disabilities Planning Council

"The New York State Developmental Disabilities Planning Council is a Federally-funded New York State Agency working under the direction of the Governor's Office. The DDPC is responsible for developing new ways to improve the delivery of services and supports to New Yorkers with developmental disabilities and their families. The Council focuses on community involvement, employment, recreation and housing issues faced by New Yorkers with developmental disabilities and their families."

  • New York State Developmental Disabilities Planning Council
  • 99 Washington Avenue, 12th Floor, Suite 1230
  • Albany, New York 12210
  • Phone Toll Free: 1-800-395-3372
  • Phone Local: 518-486-7505
  • FAX: 518-402-3505
  • Email: ddpc@ddpc.ny.gov

New York State Office of Mental Health

"The Office of Mental Health (OMH) operates psychiatric centers across the State, and also regulates, certifies and oversees more than 4,500 programs, which are operated by local governments and nonprofit agencies. These programs include various inpatient and outpatient programs, emergency, community support, residential and family care programs."

  • New York State Office of Mental Health
  • 44 Holland Avenue
  • Albany, New York 12229
  • Phone: 1-800-597-8481

Northeast ADA Center

"The Northeast ADA Center at the Employment and Disability Institute within Cornell University is part of a National Network of ADA Centers funded by the National Institute for Disability and Rehabilitation Research. Through our activities in New York, New Jersey, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands we provide information, referrals, resources and training on equal opportunity for individuals with disabilities and on the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Our products and services are designed to support all individuals, organizations, businesses, and communities to build a society that is fully integrated, and provides equal opportunity and participation of individuals with disabilities."

  • Northeast ADA Center
  • Employment and Disability Institute
  • Cornell University
  • ILR School
  • 201 Dolgen Hall
  • Ithaca, New York 14853
  • Phone: 1-800-949-4232 (Voice, TTY & Spanish)
  • Fax: 607-255-2763
  • Email: northeastada@cornell.edu

Office of Vocational and Educational Services for Individuals with Disabilities

"The Office of Vocational and Educational Services for Individuals with Disabilities (VESID) within the State Education Department (SED) is charged with meeting the needs of people with disabilities from early childhood through adulthood and into the workplace. VESID oversees special education services for students, ages 3-21, in public and private schools and the vocational rehabilitation services for individuals, beginning at age 16 through adulthood."

  • Office of Vocational and Educational Services for Individuals with Disabilities
  • 1 Commerce Plaza, Room 1623
  • 99 Washington Avenue
  • Albany, NY 12234
  • Phone: 518-486-7462

Strong Center for Developmental Disabilities

"The vision of the Strong Center for Developmental Disabilities (SCDD) is for people with developmental disabilities to live fulfilling and independent lives as active and fully participating members of their communities.

SCDD’s mission is as an interdisciplinary University Center for Excellence, to bring the University of Rochester and its community together to provide professional education, state-of-the-art service, community education and information sharing, pioneering research and advocacy in support of people of all ages with developmental disabilities."

  • Strong Center for Developmental Disabilities
  • 601 Elmwood Avenue
  • P.O. Box 671
  • Rochester, NY 14642
  • Phone: Co-Director - 585-275-6623

University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities

"The Children's Evaluation and Rehabilitation Center (CERC) at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine provides a broad spectrum of clinical services for infants, children, and adolescents and, despite its name, adults, with problems that include physical, developmental, language and learning disabilities.

One of the largest centers of its kind in the United States, CERC is a voluntary, nonsectarian agency whose services are essential components of the care available in New York City and New York State to all individuals with developmental disabilities."

  • Rose F. Kennedy University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities Education, Research and Service
  • Albert Einstein College of Medicine
  • 1410 Pelham Parkway South
  • Yeshiva University
  • Bronx, NY 10461
  • Phone: 718-430-8524
  • Fax: 718-904-1162
  • E-Mail: cerc@einstein.yu.edu

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