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ABLEDATA provides objective information on assistive technology and rehabilitation equipment available from domestic and international sources to consumers, organizations, professionals, and caregivers within the United States. We serve the nation's disability, rehabilitation, and senior communities. ABLEDATA is sponsored by the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (NIDRR), part of the Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (OSERS) of the U.S. Department of Education.

Able-Ride (Paratransit service for Nassau County residents)
Able-Ride is a shared ride, curb-to-curb paratransit bus service for people with disabilities. Able-Ride provides transportation for people who are unable to use fixed route bus service for some or all of their trips. Age, distance from a bus stop or inability to drive are conditions that are not taken into consideration in making an eligibility determination.

American Cancer Society
The American Cancer Society is the nationwide community-based voluntary health organization dedicated to eliminating cancer as a major health problem by preventing cancer, saving lives, and diminishing suffering from cancer, through research, education, advocacy, and service.

American Diabetes Association
The American Diabetes Association is the nation's leading 501(C)3 nonprofit health organization providing diabetes research, information and advocacy. Founded in 1940, the American Diabetes Association conducts programs in all 50 states and the District of Columbia, reaching hundreds of communities. The mission of the Association is to prevent and cure diabetes and to improve the lives of all people affected by diabetes. To fulfill this mission, the American Diabetes Association funds research, publishes scientific findings, provides information and other services to people with diabetes, their families, health professionals and the public. The Association is also actively involved in advocating for scientific research and for the rights of people with diabetes.

Architectural and Transportation Barriers Compliance Board
The Access Board is an independent Federal agency devoted to accessibility for people with disabilities. Created in 1973 to ensure access to federally funded facilities, the Board is now a leading source of information on accessible design. The Board develops and maintains design criteria for the built environment, transit vehicles, telecommunications equipment, and for electronic and information technology. It also provides technical assistance and training on these requirements and on accessible design and continues to enforce accessibility standards that cover federally funded facilities. The Board is structured to function as a coordinating body among Federal agencies and to directly represent the public, particularly people with disabilities. Half of its members are representatives from most of the Federal departments. The other half comprises members of the public appointed by the President, a majority of whom must have a disability.

Arthritis Foundation
The mission of the Arthritis Foundation is to improve lives through leadership in the prevention, control and cure of arthritis and related diseases. The Arthritis Foundation is the only national not-for-profit organization that supports the more than 100 types of arthritis and related conditions with advocacy, programs, services and research.

Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America
"The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA), a not-for-profit organization founded in 1953, is the leading patient organization for people with asthma and allergies, and the oldest asthma and allergy patient group in the world. AAFA provides practical information, community based services and support through a national network of chapters and support groups. AAFA develops health education, organizes state and national advocacy efforts and funds research to find better treatments and cures. AAFA is the only asthma and allergy patient organization that offers educational programs and tools for patients, caregivers and health professionals. The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA) and our volunteers work to develop and implement public policies that improve the quality of life for people with asthma and allergies."

Center for Parent Information and Resources (CPIR) (formerly the National Dissemination Center for Children with Disabilities)
We are the center that provides information to the nation on: disabilities in children and youth; programs and services for infants, children, and youth with disabilities; IDEA, the nation's special education law; No Child Left Behind, the nation's general education law; and research-based information on effective practices for children with disabilities. Anyone can use our services—families, educators, administrators, journalists, students. Our special focus is children and youth (birth to age 22). Here, on our Web site, you'll find an abundance of information on: Specific disabilities, Early intervention services for infants and toddlers, Special education and related services for children in school, Research on effective educational practices, Resources and connections in every state, IEPs (individualized education programs), Parent materials, Disability organizations, Professional associations, Education rights and what the law requires, Transition to adult life …and much, much more!

Endocrine and Metabolic Diseases Information Service
The Endocrine and Metabolic Diseases Information Service is an information dissemination service of the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK). The NIDDK is part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), which is part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The NIDDK conducts and supports biomedical research. As a public service the NIDDK has established information services to increase knowledge and understanding about health and disease among patients, health professionals and the public.

The International Dyslexia Association
The New York Branch of The International Dyslexia Association is a 501(c)(3) non-profit, scientific and educational organization dedicated to the study and treatment of the learning disability, dyslexia. This Branch was formed to increase public awareness of dyslexia in New York State, excluding Buffalo and Suffolk County. "We have been serving individuals with dyslexia, their families, and professionals in the field in this community for over 28 years. One of the Branch's most important objectives is to raise awareness of dyslexia in order to increase early intervention. We also encourage teachers to train in multi-sensory language instruction."

Job Accommodation Network (JAN)
JAN is a free consulting service designed to increase the employability of people with disabilities by: 1) providing individualized worksite accommodations solutions, 2) providing technical assistance regarding the ADA and other disability related legislation, and 3) educating callers about self-employment options.

League for the Hard of Hearing
The League was founded in New York in 1910 and is the "premier hearing rehabilitation and human services agency in the world for infants, children and adults who are hard of hearing, deaf and deaf-blind, and their families." Over the years they have provided services to more than 1,250,000 people with hearing loss.

Lighthouse International
Founded in 1905, Lighthouse International is a leading non-profit organization dedicated to preserving vision and to providing critically needed vision health care services to help people of all ages overcome the challenges of vision loss. Through clinical services, education, research, and advocacy, the Lighthouse enables people with low vision and blindness to enjoy safe, independent and productive lives.

Mayor's Office for People with Disabilities
The Mayor's Office for People with Disabilities works hand-in-hand with other City agencies to assure that the voice of the disabled community is represented and that City programs and policies address the needs of people with disabilities. "We have developed a number of informative brochures and directories that detail programs, services, activities, and other resources that are accessible to people with disabilities. In addition, we work with organizations on specific issues affecting people with disabilities, and arrange activities and events that aim to bring about dialog that leads to meaningful outcomes."

The National Center on Physical Activity and Disability
NCPAD is an information center concerned with physical activity and disability. Being physically active is good for every body. That's a message you will find many times on this site. Being active is an important part of getting and staying healthy. One 'must read' item on this website is our monograph on Can Disability, Chronic Conditions, Health and Wellness Coexist? in which author June Kailles discusses the common confusion people have about the relationship between having a disability and being healthy. Once you realize that EVERY BODY needs some activity to get and remain healthy, you will find we have a great many resources to help you find how YOU can participate. We have information and resources for EVERYONE, from guidelines to consider before starting any kind of exercise program to factsheets on many popular activities, games, recreational pursuits, and sports that have been adapted to allow people with disabilities to participate as fully as they wish, become as active as they wish.

National Council on Disability
The National Council on Disability (NCD) is an independent federal agency making recommendations to the President and Congress to enhance the quality of life for all Americans with disabilities and their families. NCD is composed of 15 members appointed by the President and confirmed by the U.S. Senate. In its 1986 report Toward Independence, NCD first proposed that Congress should enact a civil rights law for people with disabilities. In 1990, the Americans with Disabilities Act was signed into law. NCD's overall purpose is to promote policies, programs, practices, and procedures that guarantee equal opportunity for all individuals with disabilities, regardless of the nature or severity of the disability; and to empower individuals with disabilities to achieve economic self-sufficiency, independent living, and inclusion and integration into all aspects of society.

National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke
The mission of NINDS is to reduce the burden of neurological disease - a burden borne by every age group, by every segment of society, by people all over the world. To support this mission, NINDS: Conducts, fosters, coordinates, and guides research on the causes, prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of neurological disorders and stroke, and supports basic research in related scientific areas. Provides grants-in-aid to public and private institutions and individuals in fields related to its areas of interest, including research project, program project, and research center grants. Operates a program of contracts for the funding of research and research support efforts in selected areas of institute need. Provides individual and institutional fellowships to increase scientific expertise in neurological fields. Conducts a diversified program of intramural and collaborative research in its own laboratories, branches, and clinics. Collects and disseminates research information related to neurological disorders.

National MS Society - New York City Chapter
"MS stops people from moving. The National MS Society exists to make sure it doesn't. We help each person address the challenges of living with MS through our 50 state network of chapters. We fund more MS research, provide more services to people with MS, offer more professional education and further more advocacy efforts than any other MS organization in the world. The Society is dedicated to achieving a world free of MS. We are people who want to do something about MS now. Join the movement."

NYC Department of Education, Office of Equal Opportunity
The Office of Equal Opportunity's (OEO) purpose is to serve the students and staff of the New York City Public Schools. "Our function is to educate the students, the parents of students, teachers and administrators of their civil rights responsibilities and duties. In doing so we will promote and ensure compliance with all aspects of federal, state and city laws, as well as Department of Education policies and regulations."

NYC Commission on Human Rights
The New York City Human Rights Law is one of the most comprehensive civil rights laws in the nation. The Law prohibits discrimination in employment, housing and public accommodations based on race, color, creed, age, national origin, alienage or citizenship status, gender (including gender identity and sexual harassment), sexual orientation, disability, marital status, and partnership status. In addition, the Law affords protection against discrimination in employment based on arrest or conviction record and status as a victim of domestic violence, stalking and sex offenses. In housing, the Law affords additional protections based on lawful occupation and family status. The City Human Rights Law also prohibits retaliation and bias-related harassment. If you believe you have been the victim of discrimination in the City of New York, you may file a complaint with the Law Enforcement Bureau of the City’s Commission on Human Rights, located at 40 Rector Street, 9th Floor, in lower Manhattan or any of their Community Service Centers. The Law requires that the complaint be filed within one year of the last alleged act of discrimination.

NYC Department of Parks and Recreation
The New York City Department of Parks & Recreation strives to help ALL New Yorkers discover how New York City’s 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.

NYC Transit Services for Customers With Special Needs
Provides the following informaton for travelers with disabilities: The Reduced-Fare Program; Fare Information; Traveling on MTA Subways; Traveling on MTA Buses; Travel Training; and Accessible Station List.

New York Public Library Office of Community Outreach Services - Services for People with Disabilities
Through its 87 branch libraries in the Bronx, Manhattan and Staten Island, The New York Public Library demonstrates its commitment to persons with disabilities, housing extensive collections and providing recreational, cultural and service-oriented programs for these patrons' participation, use and interest. Large-print books, collections of recordings, and educational and cultural events accompanied by interpreters and amplification systems are just a few of the services The Library makes available to the public. Many libraries also have specific equipment and trained staff to assist persons with disabilities, and most libraries are wheelchair accessible. The office is also a library-wide resource for information about the Americans with Disabilities Act, and coordinates public programing with other specialty offices to provide a complete range of services.

NY State Division of Human Rights
New York has the proud distinction of being the first state in the nation to enact a Human Rights Law, which affords every citizen “an equal opportunity to enjoy a full and productive life.” This law prohibits discrimination in employment, housing, credit, places of public accommodations, and non-sectarian educational institutions, based on age, race, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, military status, and other specified classes. The New York State Division of Human Rights (“DHR” or “Division”) was created to enforce this important law. The mission of the agency is to ensure that " every individual . . . has an equal opportunity to participate fully in the economic, cultural and intellectual life of the State." It does so in many ways, including the following: Through the vigorous prosecution of unlawful discriminatory practices; Through the receipt, investigation, and resolution of complaints of discrimination; Through the creation of studies, programs, and campaigns designed to, among other things, inform and educate the public on the effects of discrimination and the rights and obligations under the law; and Through the development of human rights policies and legislation for the State.

Northeast ADA
Provides training, technical assistance and materials on the Americans with Disabilities Act throughout New York, New Jersey, Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands. Funded by the US Department of Education's National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (NIDRR).

Parking Permits for People with Disabilities (PPPD)
New York City issues two types of permits for citizens with disabilities-- a New York State permit and a New York City permit. This page describes the different eligiblity and different uses for these permits.

Theatre Development Fund Accessibility Program
The mission of TDF is to increase access to theatre for all audiences. That's why TDF's programs for physically disabled theatre goers—from viewers who use wheelchairs to patrons with hearing or sight impairments—are such an important part of its outreach, and have been consolidated into the TDF Accessibility Programs.

United Spinal Association
"United Spinal Association is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit membership organization. Our mission is to provide expertise, create access to resources and strengthen hope thereby enabling people with spinal cord injuries and disorders (SCI/D) to fulfill their potential as active members of their communities. We accomplish our mission by: Ensuring quality health care, Promoting research, Advocating for civil rights and independence, Educating the public and enlisting its help, Expanding opportunities for all paralyzed Americans."

U.S. Department of Aviation, Office of Aviation Enforcement and Proceedings, Aviation Consumer Protection Division
Receives informal complaints from members of the public regarding aviation consumer issues; Verifies compliance with DOT's aviation consumer protection requirements; Provides guidance to the industry and members of the public on consumer protection matters; Makes available to the public information on pertinent consumer matters.

U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
The CDC works to identify the causes of birth defects and developmental disabilities, help children to develop and reach their full potential, and promote health and well-being among people of all ages with disabilities. CDC also works to prevent injuries, such as traumatic brain injury, and their resulting disabilities.

U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC)
The mission of the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) is to eradicate employment discrimination at the workplace. The EEOC was established by Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and began operating on July 2, 1965. The EEOC enforces the following federal statutes: · Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, as amended, prohibiting employment discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, or national origin; · the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA) of 1967, as amended, prohibiting employment discrimination against individuals 40 years of age and older; · the Equal Pay Act (EPA) of 1963, prohibiting discrimination on the basis of gender in compensation for substantially similar work under similar conditions; · Title I and Title V of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990, prohibiting employment discrimination on the basis of disability in the private sector and state and local government; · Section 501 and 505 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended, prohibiting employment discrimination against federal employees with disabilities; and, the Civil Rights Act of 1991, providing monetary damages in cases of intentional discrimination and clarifying provisions regarding disparate impact actions. Any individual who believes he or she has been discriminated against in employment may file an administrative charge with the EEOC.

U.S. Department of Transportation, Federal Transit Administration
The Federal Transit Administration works to ensure nondiscriminatory transportation in support of our mission to enhance the social and economic quality of life for all Americans. The FTA Office of Civil Rights is responsible for civil rights compliance and monitoring to ensure non-discriminatory provision of transit services.