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Information about the accessibility of parks, airports, public buildings and other facilities for use by people who have restricted mobility.

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NY Connects

NY Connects provides information and assistance related to long-term services and supports in New York State for people of all ages or with any type of disability. NY Connects uses a searchable directory for programs, providers, and services in your area.

NY Connects staff can help link you to long-term services and supports, such as home care, transportation and meals. The goal is to help individuals live as independently as possible while meeting their medical, social and functional needs that arise from aging or disability. This program helps individuals, families, caregivers, and professionals.

Contact your local office to:

  • Get information by phone, online, or in person.
  • Connect to long-term services and supports regardless of diagnosis, age or how you will pay for services.
  • Receive guidance and coordination as you go through assessment and eligibility processes.
  • Help with completing applications and enrollment in public assistance benefits, such as Medicaid.
  • Or for any additional information.

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NYS Medicaid Speech Generating Device & Related Accessories Guidelines

Augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) includes all forms of communication (other than oral speech) that are used to express thoughts, needs, wants and ideas. People with severe speech or language problems rely on AAC to supplement existing speech or replace speech that is not functional. Speech generating devices and related accessories are covered when NYS Medicaid's minimum coverage criteria have been met. This document provides information on the coverage guidelines for speech generating devices and related accessories.

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Paratransit Eligibility - How to Make a Case

The purpose of this handout is to assist people with disabilities to obtain an accurate and fair ADA paratransit eligibility determination. Many people with disabilities who should be eligible for paratransit services according to the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) are denied eligibility because transit agencies are not accurately assessing their capacities. People with disabilities can affect this process, in many cases, by carefully documenting their disabling conditions, ensuring all their disability-related impairments are assessed, and taking other steps as described on this website.

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Resource Library

The Western New York Parent Network Resource Library contains a multitude of resources, directories and fact sheets. Information on learning disabilities, neurological disorders, mental health, advocacy, behavior, bullying, autism, specific disabilities, developmental disabilities and more.

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Schenectady County B-HOME Interactive Resource Locator

The B-HOME interactive resource tools have been created to help Schenectady area residents find resources located in and around the Capital District. The resources are organized and maintained by the Schenectady County Center for Juvenile Justice. The purpose is to give Schenectady area residents one location where they can locate main different services and agencies within Schenectady County and nearby areas. There are four options to explore:

  • Online Resources - Online resources and hotlines are used for resources that do not have a physical location such as yearly community-wide events, online communities, and hotlines.
  • Interactive Resource Map - The map utilizes technology to provide information about resources based on location. Categories of resource information on the map include Physical and Mental Health; Victim Services; Education, Child Care, and Youth Services; Housing, Food, and Clothing; Community Resources; Disability and Senior Services; Employment; Government; Legal and Financial Assistance; and Veterans.
  • Events - Featured upcoming events in Schenectady County and around the Capital Region are displayed on the event calendar. To add events to the calendar, contact the Youth and Family Engagement Coordinator

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Searchable Online Accommodation Resource (SOAR)

The Job Accommodation Network (JAN's) Searchable Online Accommodation Resource (SOAR) system is designed to let users explore various accommodation options for people with disabilities in work and educational settings. These accommodation ideas are not all inclusive. If you do not find answers to your questions, please contact JAN directly. JAN's experienced consultants are happy to discuss specific accommodation needs in a confidential manner. 

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Voter Accessibility

More than 35 million Americans with disabilities are eligible to vote in the United States. The US Election Assistance Commission has a strong commitment to working with both election officials and voters with disabilities to ensure that the election process, polling places and voting services are accessible. Learn about your federal voting rights.

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What is a 504 Plan and How Can it Help my Teen?

As a parent or caregiver of a teenager with a disability, you may have heard the term 504 plan or Section 504 before, but not really understood what it means and how it can help your child. Section 504 is a civil rights federal law that public school districts are required to follow. This tip sheet offers parents and guardians some information on 504 plans.

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What to Know When Assisting a Consumer for a Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)

This fact sheet is intended to help Navigators identify what issues are unique to consumers with Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBI). This fact sheet discusses the type of health care providers often needed; prescription needs; therapy types and other supports.

Developed by the Council on Children and Families and Funded by the Developmental Disabilities Planning Council