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33.4. State Disability Resources

Access to Home Program
Providing funds to help New Yorkers make homes and apartments accessible. 

Accessibility in NYC Parks
NYC Parks strives to help all New Yorkers discover how New York City's about 29,000 acres of parks can enrich their lives, promoting physical and emotional well-being, and providing venues for fitness and peaceful respite for the widest possible audience.

The Adele Friedman Housing Accessibility Fund
Phone: (212) 400-8201
The Adele Friedman Housing Accessibility Fund (the "Fund") was established in 2016 by the Fair Housing Justice Center (FHJC) for the purpose of providing targeted financial assistance to benefit low and moderate income persons with disabilities who need reasonable modifications made to the housing they occupy to make it accessible.

Center for Assistive Technology
Phone: (716) 836-1168
 CAT's multi-disciplinary client service team provides AT assessment and training services to People with Disabilities in the eight counties of Western New York. They also receive referrals from other regions when the client's needs are exceedingly complex. CAT operates the Western New York Region's Technology-Related Assistance for Individuals with Disabilities (TRAID) program.

Consumer Directed Personal Assistance Program (CDPAP)
This Medicaid program provides services to chronically ill or physically disabled individuals who have a medical need for help with activities of daily living (ADLs) or skilled nursing services.Services can include any of the services provided by a personal care aide (home attendant), home health aide, or nurse.Recipients have flexibility and freedom in choosing their caregivers.

Justice Center for the Protection of People with Special Needs
Phone: (518) 549-0200
The Justice Center is committed to supporting and protecting the health, safety, and dignity of all people with special needs and disabilities through advocacy of their civil rights, prevention of mistreatment, and investigation of all allegations of abuse and neglect so that appropriate actions are taken.

Medicaid Buy-In Program for Working People with Disabilities
Phone: (888) 224-3272
Contact: Statewide Technical Assistance Line
The Medicaid Buy-In program offers Medicaid coverage to people with disabilities who are working, and earning more than the allowable limits for regular Medicaid, the opportunity to retain their health care coverage through Medicaid.

Mobility Management Resource Guide
The Resource Guide is a One Stop Shop to learn about various programs, services, and existing conditions that could improve mobility and transportation opportunities for people with disabilities and older adults throughout New York City. It can be used by a diverse audience, including community based organizations, city project managers, individuals with disabilities, caseworkers, and travel trainers.

NY Connects
Telephone: 1-800-342-9871
NY Connects is your trusted place to go for free, unbiased information and assistance. We can help you link to long term services and supports, such as home care, transportation and meals. Our goal is to help individuals remain in their homes as long as possible. Serves older individuals and individuals with disabilities of all ages. We can help families, caregivers, and professionals

NYC Mayor's Office for People with Disabilities
212-NEW-YORK (Out-of-City)
The Office provides information on accessible programs, accessible transportation, employment, health services, activities and other resources to the over 800,000 New Yorkers with disabilities and the millions of people with disabilities visiting New York City every year.
1-877-428-8844 (toll free) is a FREE public service provided by New York State Homes and Community Renewal (HCR). allows people to locate housing that meets their individual and family needs at a rent they can afford. It can be accessed online 24 hours a day and is supported by a toll-free, bilingual call center available Monday - Friday, 9:00 am - 8:00 pm EST.

Project Open House
POH, administered by the Mayor's Office for People with Disabilities (MOPD) in New York City, removes architectural barriers in the homes of people with permanent disabilities. This program is designed to increase independence in the activities of daily living, thus helping people with disabilities remain a part of their communities. POH provides an opportunity for many individuals to modify their living environments.

The Western New York Regional TRAID Center
Phone: (800) 522-4369
This project provides information and referral services and assistive technology information to consumers and service providers in the Western New York region.

TRAID-IN Equipment Exchange Program
The TRAID-In Equipment Exchange Program "matches" or connects people who have assistive devices they no longer need with people with disabilities who could use those devices. The program is available to New York State residents only, and is free of charge.

Transit Research Accessibility Center (TRAC) is designed to educate people about the ADA required accessible features of fixed route buses. The APP applies only to the Albany, NY area at this time but the training videos are relevant nationwide regarding ADA transit requirements. TRAC blog for additional information...

Vocational and Educational Services for Individuals with Disabilities
Phone: (800) 222-5627
The Mission of the Office of Vocational and Educational Services for Individuals with Disabilities (VESID) is to promote educational equity and excellence for students with disabilities while ensuring that they receive the rights and protection to which they are entitled; assure appropriate continuity between the child and adult services systems; and provide the highest quality vocational rehabilitation and independent living services to all eligible persons as quickly as those services are required to enable them to work and live independent, self-directed lives.

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