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Vision Impairment/Blindness

Vision impairments/Blindness involve eye, optic nerve or brain malfunctions which prevent affected individuals from seeing normally. Eye disorders can lead to visual impairments include retinal degeneration, albinism, cataracts, glaucoma, muscular problems that result in visual disturbances, corneal disorders, diabetic retinopathy, congenital disorders and infection.

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10 Steps to More Accessible Presentations

Designing accessible slideshows is easy, because often it’s what you leave out that makes your presentation more accessible. This presentation looks at 10 basic rules which will help you design better presentation.

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Accessibility Animations

This website contains a number of animated videos displaying and describing the American's with Disabilities (ADA) guidelines and standards. Captioned videos are also provided.

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Assistive Technology (TRAID) Program

The Technology-Related Assistance for Individuals with Disabilities (TRAID) Program provides access to assistive technology to any New Yorker with a disability through Regional TRAID Centers. Regional TRAID Centers provide device loans and hands-on training to people with disabilities. To access equipment, locate the Regional TRAID Center overseeing your county from the list below. 

The Justice Center administers TRAID through grants from the US Department of Health and Human Services Administration for Community Living (ACL), the NYS Department of Health and ACCES-VR. A variety of devices are loaned out for use in different settings such as at home, school, or work.

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Assistive Technology Basics / Finding an Assistive Technology

This web page provides comprehensive information on assistive technologies for children with learning and attention issues. The resources on this page include:

  • Who Pays for Assistive Technology? Parents or Schools?
  • Checklist: What to Consider When Looking at Assistive Technology
  • Assistive Technology that's Built into Mobile Devices
  • Checklist: What to ask the School before Choosing a Tool or Device
  • 10 New Apps for Grade-Schools with Learning and Attention Issues

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Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) website provides a plethora of credible information on all aspects of protecting and improving quality health and wellness initiatives.

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College-level Reading - Tips and Tools to Help with Comprehension and Fluency

This is a guide for parents and students and provides a quick overview of tools and strategies to aid comprehension and fluency while reading college level text.

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College: You Can Do It! Tip Sheet

This tip sheet provides helpful information to help students with disabilities prepare for college.

The document covers three phases: 

  • Preparing for college while in high school.
  • Staying in college, which requires numerous self-management skills.
  • Preparing to move beyond college and into a career.

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Early Intervention Program

The New York State Early Intervention Program (EIP) is part of the nationwide EIP. It is for infants and toddlers under three years of age who may not be making progress like other children because of a developmental delay or disability. A disability means that a child has a diagnosed physical or mental condition that may lead to developmental problems. These include, but are not limited to, autism, Down syndrome, motor disorders, or vision and hearing problems. A developmental delay means a child is behind in some area of development, such as growth, learning and thinking, or communicating.

The first step is your child's referral to the EIP in the county where you live. All counties in New York State (NYS) and New York City have an EIP. Children who may need services must first be referred to the EIP. Parents can refer their own child to the EIP if they have a concern about their child's development. In NYS, certain professionals are required to refer children to the EIP if a developmental problem is suspected. After referral, your child will be evaluated by qualified professionals. Your county EIP or the New York City EIP will help you get services if your child is found to be eligible. Health insurance, including private insurance and Medicaid, may be used to pay for early intervention services. EIP services must be provided at no cost to you and will not affect your insurance coverage.

View Early Intervention Programs using our MSNavigator Mapping Tool.

 

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Equipment Loan Fund for the Disabled

This brochure explains the various components of the NYS Office of Children and Family Services (OCFS) Equipment Loan Fund where disabled residents of New York State are eligible. Money is loaned either directly to the disabled person or to another person responsible for the individual. 

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Interagency Case Resolution Unit

The Interagency Case Resolution Unit works to assist caregivers and individuals in receiving the most appropriate community-based or residential services; minimize delays in arranging services or placements, and resolves barriers that impede timely service delivery or placement. 

The Interagency Case Resolution Unit becomes involved ONLY after all program options and dispute resolution procedures have been exhausted at the local and regional levels, or if a caregiver feels their child's needs are not being met by existing systems. 

How to Make a Referral

The agent making a referral on behalf of a child must provide the Council with the following:

  • a completed Intake Form and a signed Release of Information Form;
  • a description of the barriers encountered in attempting to provide appropriate services or placement;
  • a record of the efforts that have been made by the referral source or others to secure services and/or placements for the child; and
  • background information on the child's special needs.

A referral containing all of the information mentioned above may be submitted to:

Sheila Jackson, Coordinator, Interagency Case Resolution Unit 

Kathleen Rivers, Assistant Coordinator, Interagency Case Resolution Unit

Interagency Case Resolution Unit
NYS Council on Children and Families
52 Washington Street
West Building, Suite 99
Rensselaer, NY 12144

Telephone: 518-473-3652
Fax: 518-473-2570
e-mail: sheila.jackson@ccf.ny.gov; kathleen.rivers@ccf.ny.gov

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