Dis/ability Resources

New York Dis/ability Resources

CareGiver.Com - New York Resources
CareGiver.com has a support group directory for the state of New York, as well as information about non-profit resources, financial aid, products and services, and rural caregiver resources (in each of these, search is by county).

Center for Disability Rights - New York1
Rochester (Administrative Office): 497 State Street, (585) 546-7510
Albany (Policy Office): 99 Washington Ave, Suite 806b, (518) 320-7100
Geneva Office: 34 Castle Street, (315) 789-1800
Corning Office: 23 West Market Street, (607) 654-0030
The Center for Disability Rights, Inc. (CDR) is a not-for-profit, community-based advocacy and service organization for people with all types of disabilities. Incorporated as an all volunteer organization in 1990, CDR began providing services and grew throughout the 1990s. CDR became an independent organization on September 1, 1998.

New York State Disabilities Advocacy Association and Network
(585) 533-1154
NYSDAAN is a statewide, independent, cross-disability, cross-sector resource network. NYSDAAN aims to connect people with disabilities, families, agencies, groups, organizations, employers, and independent advocates across the state.

Capital Region

The Arts Center of the Capital Region3
Troy, NY: 256 River Street
Contact (for class registration): Justine Russel, (518) 273-0552, ext. 231
The Arts Center of the Capital Region engages people in the creative experience. The Arts Center is the region’s preeminent proponent of the arts and creative education, expression, and appreciation, serving people of all ages, abilities, and economic and cultural backgrounds. The Arts Center offers a wide variety of classes and camps.

Easter Seals - Albany Location1
Albany: 292 Washington Ave, Ext. 112
(518) 456-0828
Easter Seals New York provides exceptional services to ensure that all people with disabilities or special needs and their families have equal opportunities to live, learn, work and play in their communities. Services include medical rehabilitation, camping and recreation, inclusive child care, education and residential services, comprehensive medical care, and job training and employment services.

Central New York

Finger Lakes Independence Center (FLIC)13
Ithaca: 215 5th Street
(607) 272-2433
The Finger Lakes Independence Center aims to empower all people with disabilities while creating an inclusive society through the elimination of social and architecture barriers. Provides specific support for LGBT people with disabilities.

Hudson Valley

Long Island

Family Residences and Essential Enterprises, Inc. (FREE)1
Main Office - Bethpage: 191 Bethpage-Sweet Hollow Road, (516) 870-1600
Family Wellness & Community Service - Hauppauge: 120 Plant Ave, (631) 273-1300
Family Residences and Essential Enterprises, Inc. (FREE) is a large not-for-profit headquartered in Bethpage, NY but whose services reach areas from East Hampton to Queens. FREE offers residential, mental health, general health services, employment, and other general support services to people with intellectual disabilities, mental illness, and traumatic brain injury. Staff are regularly trained in LGBT issues, and some staff identify as trans. FREE also has a an LGBT advocacy group (Free to Be) that meets on a monthly basis, which includes LGBT clients and staff.

New York City

Able News
Able News is an online news source for, by and about the disabled community. Includes Long Island, New York City, and New Jersey editions.

Barrier Free Living2
(212) 533-4358
Barrier Free Living aims to empower individuals with disabilities to live independent, dignified lives free of abuse. Through their many programs, BFL-NYC provides counseling, innovative support groups, advocacy, safety planning, and programming to individuals with physical and emotional disabilities, as well as individuals recovering from substance abuse.

Disabilities Network of New York City
New York: 121 Avenue of the Americas, 6th Floor
(212) 925-6675 ext. 293
The Disabilities Network of New York City brings people, organizations, government, and industry together to find solutions to the problems faced by New Yorkers with physical, visual and hearing disabilities. The Network works for full inclusion of people with disabilities in New York City, through their campaigns and programs (including housing, transportation, advisory groups, and a film festival).

Easter Seals - New York City Location1
New York: 40 W. 37th St, Suite 503
(212) 220-2290
Easter Seals New York provides exceptional services to ensure that all people with disabilities or special needs and their families have equal opportunities to live, learn, work and play in their communities. Services include medical rehabilitation, camping and recreation, inclusive child care, education and residential services, comprehensive medical care, and job training and employment services.

National Theatre Workshop of the Handicapped
New York: 535 Greenwich Street
(212) 206-7789
The National Theatre Workshop of the Handicapped (NTWH) is a non-profit educational, production, and advocacy organization that aspires to be the finest theatre arts-training institution in the world for persons with physical disabilities. NTWH offers workshop classes, theatre and community workshops and forums for dramatic literature on themes of disability, maintains a professional repertory theatre, and acts as a management and promotion agency for its students.

Western New York

Advocacy Services for Abused Deaf Victims, Inc. (ASADV)3
Rochester: PO Box 20023
(866) 936-8976
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Mission is to provide support to the Deaf community and to Deaf, Deaf-Blind, and Hard of Hearing individuals, families, and children who are or have been victims/survivors of domestic violence and/or sexual abuse. Offers a safe and supportive environment of advocacy, empowerment, community education, and training services. All staff are Deaf and staff, advocates, and volunteers are fluent in American Sign Language (ASL). Recommended by the Gay Alliance of the Genesee Valley Resource directory.

Easter Seals - Western New York Location1
Rochester: 402 Rogers Parkway
(585) 957-7158
Easter Seals New York provides exceptional services to ensure that all people with disabilities or special needs and their families have equal opportunities to live, learn, work and play in their communities. Services include medical rehabilitation, camping and recreation, inclusive child care, education and residential services, comprehensive medical care, and job training and employment services.

Pride Center of Western New York: Special Needs Equality Group (SNEG)1
Buffalo: 206 S Elmwood Avenue
(716) 852-7743
SNEG is a peer-facilitated social and support group. The group is designed for LGBTQ-identified people with physical disabilities. SNEG meets the third Thursday of the month from 4-6pm.

National Dis/ability Resources

Benchmark Institute - Cultural Competency for the LGBT Disabled Community
Bibliography of Disability Resources for various members of the LGBT and Disabled communities put together by the Benchmark Institute.

Blind LGBT Pride International
Los Angeles, CA: 5010 Echo Street Unit A.
Blind LGBT Pride International, formerly known as BFLAG, is a special interest affiliate of the American Council of the Blind (ACB). Blind LGBT Pride aims to provide for the betterment of the lives of those who are visually impaired and who are LGBT by providing a forum for the views and concerns of visually impaired persons interested in issues facing those who are LGBT; by providing information about publications of interest to members that are produced in accessible format and by encouraging the production of such material in accessible format; and by providing education on accessibility awareness.

Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation Paralysis Resource Center
Promotes the health and well-being of people living with spinal cord injury, mobility impairment, and paralysis by providing comprehensive information, resources, and referral services. Also included among the many resources is a "Find Resources in Your Area" guide to basic advocacy, education, sports and recreation, arts, housing, etc. in various areas.
Disability Connection
Disability Connection is an educational Internet Resource Center and Directory designed to create a connected community to enhance quality of life and health for persons with mental and physical disabilities. The numerous resources that Disability Connection provides include Disability Information Resource lists, directories of recreational, educational, employment, government services, etc. for people with disabilities, educational resources for professionals, and an online forum.

Deaf Queer Resource Center
San Francisco, CA: PO Box 14431, SF CA, 94114
Resource and information for, by, and about the deaf queer community. Specific pages for Deaf Queer Youth and Deaf Transgender/Transsexual people.

Ouch! BBC
Ouch! explores disability in blogs and on a monthly internet radio talk show.

Passing Twice: An Informal Network of Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Persons who Stutter
Founded at the 1993 National Stuttering Association (NSA) convention in Washington D.C., Passing Twice is an informal network of gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender stutterers and their friends. Passing Twice meets every year at the NSA convention, and also holds workshops at other stuttering conferences around the world. Passing Twice also has a quarterly newsletter, an e-mail list, and an annual mailing list.

Queers on Wheels
(510) 575-3397
Queers on Wheels is an organization that aides the sexual well-being of physically disabled community, and welcomes people from all identity groups, including those who identify as LGBTQ. The organization provides literature, teaches classes and workshops on sexuality and disability, works one on one with clients, and offers networking opportunities for physically disabled folks.

Rainbow Alliance of the Deaf (RAD)
The Rainbow Alliance of the Deaf (RAD) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization established in 1977. The purpose of this Alliance is to establish and maintain a society of Deaf GLBT to encourage and promote the educational, economical, and social welfare; to foster fellowship; to defend deaf GLBT rights; and advance the interests of Deaf GLBT citizens concerning social justice; to build up an organization in which all worthy members may participate in the discussion of practical problems and solutions related to their social welfare. RAD has over fifteen chapters in the United States and Canada.

ReachOut USA
ReachOut USA is committed to empowering LGBT people with disabilities by forming an alliance with organizations, educators, service providers, allies, and individuals from both the Disability and LGBT Communities, to eliminate any barriers that exist and develop supportive environments in which programs and curriculums for equality and respect can be forged. ReachOut provides services in peer-support, anti-violence, advocacy and outreach, community training, and referrals.

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