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BLOGS
 
NYSILC: The 20% Blog:  The New York State Independent Living Council's blog, with guest posts from council members, staff, and those in the community.
 
Commitment for People With Disabilities:  This blog is written by Keith Gurgui, a NYSILC member and a systems advocate with the Resource Center for Accessible Living in Kingston, NY.
 
 
COMPANIES
 
Listing of companies does not imply endorsement of the products or services offered.
 
sComm:  This company has created the UbiDuo, a communication device for the deaf and hard of hearingIt enables on the spot communication at any time with anyone, without the need for a third party. Two to four people may simultaneously engage in Face-Face chat on a split screen.
 
Flame the Band is a soft-rock group from upstate New York whose members all have developmental and/or physical disabilities.
 
Stagecoach Trails Guest Ranch: Stagecoach Trails has the unique ability to offer a completely barrier-free vacation to all disabled travelers and their families
 
Trips, Inc. offers special adventure all-inclusive vacation packages for travelers ages 16 & older with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
 
 
DISABILITY LINKS
 
Accredited Online Colleges and Disability Education advises on choosing a school and arranging accommodations.
 
Cornucopia of Disability Information (CODI) serves as a community resource for consumers and professionals.
 
The Disability Resource Library is a comprehensive collection of disability related documents including the complete texts of major disability laws, regulations, government reports, guides, and more, all categorized, indexed, and fully searchable.
 
Disability World is an on-line disability publication.
 
The Museum of Disability gives a virtual tour of the history of disability in New York State and around the world regarding advocacy efforts, law, educators, medical models and many pictures and exhibits of the struggles and achievements of those with disabilities and their families and supporters.
 
National Council on Disability: Members are appointed by the President and confirmed by the Senate; however, the Council is an independent organization.
 
Partners in Policy Making is designed to teach parents and self-advocates the power of advocacy to change the way people with disabilities are supported, viewed, taught, live, and work.
 
DOCUMENTS
 
 
 
 
 

 

GOVERNMENT
 
 
 
 
 
 
Pew Institute on the States. News and analysis on election reform information on the law behind parity based mental health treatments and coverage
 
 
 
HEALTH
 
HEAP: Information and application for free air conditioners and help with heating costs for at risk patients
 
 
HOUSING
 
Hurricane Sandy and Housing in New York City
 
 
Housing for Nursing Home Transition (800) 868 1837. Participation code: 24455518. Get your questions answered by a housing expert. 
 
Fair Housing Justice Center (866) 350 FHJC; TRS (800) 662 1220. jhjc@fairhousingjustice.org
 
FREE HOUSING REGISTRY : Provided by New York State to make advertising and searching for affordable and accessible housing easier and more efficient. Thousands of listings. Also available via toll-free, bilingual call center at 1-877-428-8844.
 
 
 
JOB INFORMATION
 
 
 
 
Our Ability - Inspiring videos for persons with disabilities who aspire to enter the workplace
 
Job Center USA - Get help with your job search and find information about job training and education opportunities, as well as career exploration and employment counseling services. There's also an employment section specifically tailored to Veterans, and a financial assistance page for people who need information about unemployment benefits and other forms of assistance. Visit the American Job Center Network Locator (under "Get Help Near You" on the homepage) to find a job center near you.
 
Books for Job Seekers
ACCES-VR-Formerly VESID Adult Career and Continuing Education Services-Vocational Rehabilitation (ACCES-VR) offers access to a full range of employment and independent living.
 
JAN-the Job Accommodation Network, provides free, confidential, technical assistance and accommodations.
 
Jobs ExpressA new site which brings together a wealth of job-related information.
 
 
Getting Hired: Bridging the gap between job seekers with disabilities and employers.
 
 
 
LEGAL SERVICES
 
Psychiatric Advance Directives: Legal written or verbal instructions to protect the rights of patients in time of crisis.
 
 
 
 
Maritime Injury Center--Legal help for those who have sustained a maritime injury.
 
LINKS
 
 
 
Consumer Complaint Resources A Guide to Internet Fraud - A useful, accessible consumer protection resource.
 
A Comprehensive Computer Safety & Security Guide - A comprehensive list of web sites providing safety information.
 
 
Graduate School Index: Educational data about undergraduate and graduate programs in the United States.
 
ORGANIZATIONS
 
 
Advocacy for Persons with Chronic Illness Free handbook upon request.
 
 
 
 
APRIL Association of Programs for Rural Independent Living.
 
Autismasperger.net Excellent resource on Autism and Asperger’s syndrome
 
My Asperger Child: Great Resource for Parents
 
 
First Signs: Early signs of autism spectrum disorders educates parents and professionals about early warning signs of autism (including Aspergers Syndrome) and related conditions.
 
 
 
 
 
Mentoring:This site can be helpful be to those seeking a mentor and those wishing to mentor.
 
 
National Center on Physical Activity and Disability: Encourages participation in regular physical activity to promote healthy lifestyles…
 
 
 
New York Association on Independent Living: A collaborative organization representing independent living centers
 
 
 
Behavioral health is essential to health prevention
 
 
TBI Raiders: A support group to help students and young adults who have sustained a traumatic brain injury to succeed in school and life.
 
 
 
 
 
 
SSDRC: Social Security Disability website written by former SSD worker. Much information about consumer rights, entitlements And how to qualify for benefits.
 
 
TRANSPORTATION
 
Accessible Vans of America: Rental and purchase of accessible vans-serving North-Central New York, including Albany, Saratoga Springs, Schenectady, Syracuse and surrounding areas (518) 346 9059, (888) 302 2919
 
Capitaland Airport Taxi wheelchair accessible by advance request (518) 242-4222
 
Capitaland Railroad Taxi wheelchair accessible by advance request (518) 465-0077
 
 
MobilityWorks: A national chain of accessible van and adaptive vehicle equipment providers.
 
WhenWeTravel.com: Tips on finding a good wheelchair accessible hotel as well as a list of over 37,000 accessible hotels from around the world.
 
PARA TRANSIT in Capital District:
 
STAR:  Special Transit By Request (CDTA).