The ARC of the United States
The Arc of the United States works to include all children and adults with cognitive, intellectual, and developmental disabilities in every community.


Brain Injury Association of NYS
The Brain Injury Association of New York State is a statewide non-profit membership organization that advocates on behalf of individuals with brain injury and their families, and promotes prevention.


United Spinal Association
United Spinal Association (United Spinal) is a membership organization that was incorporated in New York in 1947 under the name Eastern Paralyzed Veterans Association. United Spinal has the expanded mission of advocacy for all individuals with a spinal cord injury or disease, regardless of their age, gender, or veteran status.


NYSACRA - NYS Assn. of Community & Residential Agencies
The New York State Association of Community and Residential Agencies (NYSACRA) is a grassroots organization comprised of 200 voluntary agencies which provide services to people with developmental disabilities.

NYSARC, Inc. is the largest not-for-profit agency in the nation serving persons with mental retardation and other developmental disabilities.


NYS Rehabilitation Association (NYSRA)
The New York State Rehabilitation Association is a statewide organization representing over 130 rehabilitation providers, that advocates on behalf of people with differing disabilities and the agencies who serve them.


Self-Advocacy Association of NYS
The Self-Advocacy Association is a strong voice for and by people with disabilities, promoting independence, empowerment, leading by example, communicating, networking and encouraging each other.

New York State Elks
With more than 1.1 million members in more than 2,100 local lodges nationwide, the Elks are one of the largest and most active fraternal organizations in the world!


ACCSES is a network of more than 80 organizations across this country with similar goals and purposes, providing a strong unified presence in Washington, D.C. Through this partnership, disability service providers are afforded a strong and experienced federal public policy voice, great opportunities to build meaningful relationships with policy-makers and up-to-date information to leverage our collective effort to enhance the quality and types of services benefiting people with disabilities.


Self-Advocacy Association of NY
The Self-Advocacy Association of New York State, Inc. (SANYS) is a not-for profit, grassroots organization run by and for people with developmental disabilities. Our goal is to help create a person-centered and person-directed system of supports.



New York State Home Page
The home page of the official web site for the state of New York.

New York State Department of Health
Home page for the New York State Department of Health web site.

NYS Developmental Disabilities Planning Council (DDPC)
The New York State Developmental Disabilities Planning Council is a federally funded state agency. The DDPC is responsible for developing new ways to improve the delivery of services and supports to New Yorkers with developmental disabilities and their families.


NYS Education Department - Adult Career & Continuing Education Services - Vocational Rehabilitation (ACCES-VR)
The Office of Adult Career and Continuing Education Services-Vocational Rehabilitation (ACCES-VR) offers access to a full range of employment and independent living services that may be needed by persons with disabilities through their lives.


Justice Center for the Protection of People with Special Needs
People with special needs shall be protected from abuse, neglect and mistreatment. This will be accomplished by assuring that the state maintains the nation's highest standards of health, safety and dignity; and by supporting the dedicated men and women who provide services.


NYS Office of Mental Health
The Office of Mental Health operates psychiatric centers across the state, and also regulates, certifies and oversees more than 2,500 programs which are operated by local governments and nonprofit agencies. These programs include various inpatient and outpatient programs, emergency, community support, residential, and family care programs.


NYS Office for People with Developmental Disabilities
Home page for OPWDD, whose mission is to help people with developmental disabilities live richer lives.

New York State Assembly
Home page of the New York State Assembly´s web site.

New York State Senate
Home page of the New York State Senate´s web site.

NYS Commission on Quality of Care and Advocacy for Persons with Disabilities
The New York State Commission on Quality of Care and Advocacy for Persons with Disabilities (CQCAPD) is an independent, New York State government agency charged with improving the quality of life for New Yorkers with disabilities and protecting their rights by: promoting the inclusion of people with disabilities in all aspects of community life; ensuring programmatic and fiscal accountability in the State´s mental hygiene system; providing individual and systemic investigative and advocacy services; advancing the availability and use of assistive  technology for persons with disabilities; and offering impartial and informed advice, training and recommendations on disability issues.

Office of Children & Family Services
The Office of Children and Family Services serves New York´s public by promoting the well-being and safety of our children, families and communities by setting and enforcing policies, building partnerships, and funding and providing quality services.

Social Security Administration
Home page for the web site of the U.S. Social Security Administration.

US Dept of Labor
Home page for the web site of the U.S. Department of Labor.

US Dept. of Justice - Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Home Page
U.S. Department of Justice Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) home page.

U.S. Senate
Home page of the U.S. Senate web site.

U.S. House of Representatives
Home page of the U.S. House of Representatives web site. provides quick and easy access to comprehensive information about disability programs, services, laws and benefits.



The Administration for Children & Families (of the Dept. of Health and Human Services)
The Administration for Children and Families (ACF) is a federal agency funding state, territory, local, and tribal organizations to provide family assistance (welfare), child support, child care, Head Start, child welfare, and other programs relating to children and families.

The Advocacy Center
The Advocacy Center is a non-profit organization located in New York State that educates, supports, and advocates with people who have disabilities, their families, and circles of support.

Birth Injury Guide
The mission of Birth Injury Guide is to help answer the questions that parents and families have about birth injuries.

Center for Assistive Technology
The Center for Assistive Technology (CAT) conducts research, education and service programs in assistive technology for persons with disabilities and the elderly.

Cerebral Palsy Resources - A Medical Guide

Children´s Hospital of Boston´s Institute for Community Inclusion
The Institute for Community Inclusion supports the rights of children and adults with disabilities to participate in all aspects of the community.

Cornell University´s School of Industrial and Labor Relations - Employment and Disability Institute (EDI).
The Employment and Disability Institue is dedicated to advancing the participation of people with disabilities in all facets of American life.

The Council for Disability Rights
Advancing rights and enhancing lives of people with disabilities.

Council on Exceptional Children
The Council for Exceptional Children (CEC) is dedicated to improving educational outcomes for individuals with exceptionalities, students with disabilities, and/or the gifted.

Developmental Disabilities Alliance of Western New York
The Developmental Disabilities Alliance of Western New York is a collaborative group of member voluntary agencies that provide services to people with developmental disabilities.

Disabilities Informational Resources
What you need, when you need it.

Disability Rights Education & Defense Fund, Inc.
Founded in 1979 by people with disabilities and parents of children with disabilities, the Disability Rights Education and Defense Fund, Inc. (DREDF) is a national law and policy center dedicated to protecting and advancing the civil rights of people with disabilities.

Exceptional Parent Magazine
Providing information, support, ideas, encouragement & outreach for parents and families of children with disabilities, and the professionals who work with them.

Family Village (A Global Community of Disability-Related Resources)
We are a global community that integrates information, resources, and communication opportunities on the Internet for persons with cognitive and other disabilities, for their families, and for those that provide them services and support.

Kaiser Family Foundation is an online resource for timely and in-depth coverage of health policy news, debates and discussions. This free and comprehensive multimedia service connects users to the events, people, information, and research that shape health policy. is an authoritative early intervention resource for families of young children ages 0-5 with developmental delays or disabilities, and professionals looking for a single, trusted, aggregate source of information that relates to their needs and interests.

National Organization on Disability
In addition to keeping you up to date on the National Organization on Disability´s most recent developments, the N.O.D. web site provides you with the latest in disability-related news, information and resources.

The New York Autism Network
The Center for Autism and Related Disabilities at the University at Albany (CARD Albany) is a community-based program that provides program development, training, and support for individuals, families, professionals and peers of people with autism and related disabilities.

New York State Recreation and Park Society
NYSRPS is the principal organization promoting quality recreation and park opportunities for all citizens of NYS through education, training, technical assistance and other support to local, county, state and federal recreation and park providers. Members include recreation and park professionals and therapeutic recreation specialists and activity coordinators working in health care facilities.

Parent-To-Parent of NYS
The mission of Parent to Parent of New York State is to connect and support families of individuals with special needs.

World Institute on Disability (WID)
WID is a nonprofit research, training and public policy center promoting the civil rights and the full societal inclusion of people with disabilities.

CADRE (Consortium for Appropriate Dispute Resolution in Special Education)
CADRE uses advanced technology as well as traditional means to provide technical assistance to state departments of education on implementation of the mediation requirements under IDEA ´97.

Public Radio Disability Matters series
Disability Matters is a project aired on North Country Public Radio. People with disabilities in rural communities face extraordinary challenges to lifelong wellness and well-being. This series, funded in part by Sound Partners for Community Health, is intended to promote understanding and to influence public policy through radio commentaries, audio diaries and a year-long series of documentaries and features.

Kennedy Krieger Institute
Kennedy Krieger Institute is a facility located in Baltimore, Maryland dedicated to improving the lives of children and adolescents with pediatric developmental disabilities through patient care, special education, research, and professional training.

Rolling For Autism
ADK Charities, Inc. (dba Rolling For Autism) targets high school students, college students, and young adults with the goal of encouraging them to learn more about Autism Spectrum Disorders. Our ultimate goal is to inform and involve today´s high school and college students - the teachers, scientists, doctors, politicians, and parents of tomorrow - so that they will be better educated regarding Autism Spectrum Disorders and the challenges they present to a large and growing population within our society.
Founded by Dr. J. Glen House, a physician specializing in physical medicine and rehabilitation who is also a quadriplegic. His firsthand knowledge of the challenges faced by individuals with disabilities and those whose lives they touch has driven the mission to create the first comprehensive, evolving source of information, insight, and personal engagement for the disability community.
Person Centered Services of WNY (PCSWNY)
Person Centered Services of Western New York (PCSWNY) is a collaborative organization established by a group of local nonprofit service providers for people with developmental disabilities, in response to New York State's People First Waiver program.
Parent Network of Western New York

Parent Network of WNY is a not-for-profit agency that provides education and resources for families of individuals with special needs (birth through adulthood) and for the professionals that support them.