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  • Hospital Audiences, Inc. provides access to the arts to culturally isolated New Yorkers. HAI service recipients include people with mental and physical disabilities, developmentally disabled persons, bed-confined / wheelchair-users, visually and hearing-impaired individuals, the homeless, the frail elderly, youth at risk, participants in substance abuse programs, persons with HIV/AIDS, and individuals in correctional facilities.
  • The MTA's door-to-door paratransit service for people with disabilities.
  • Access-A-Ride is a shared ride, door-to-door paratransit service for people with disabilities. Access-A-Ride provides transportation for people who are unable to use public bus or subway service for some or all of their trips. MTA New York City Transit administers Access-A-Ride private carriers under contract to NYC Transit provide service.
  • NYCHA is committed to providing housing for people with disabilities. Answers to frequently asked questions regarding accessible housing can be found here.
  • This list contains the telephone numbers and Internet addresses of federal agencies and other organizations that provide information about the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and informal guidance in understanding and complying with different provisions of the ADA.
  • The Key Bridge Foundation for Education and Research has worked since 1994 with the US Department of Justice (DOJ) to administer a mediation program to settle complaints under Title II and III of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990.
  • Information on how to apply for a reduced-fare MetroCard.
  • Information on how to apply for a reduced-fare MetroCard.
  • Links to local and national resources on assisted living and nursing homes.
  • Offers non-credit computer classes for beginners and experienced users who need synthetic speech, large print, and braille adaptive technology.
  • Established in 1978, the Computer Center for Visually Impaired People (CCVIP) at Baruch College, offers a range of non-credit computer classes in a college environment for beginners and experienced users. The Center provides information and training on assistive computer technology for professionals and the business community, and conducts research to explore innovative ways of using the computer to improve the quality of life for visually impaired people.
  • Outlines the proper and improper ways of dialoging with people who have a variety of disabilities. Includes organization list and their websites, publications list, and types of signage.
  • Links to additional resources for people with disabilities, as well as general information about different disabilities.
  • A comprehensive online resource specifically designed to provide people with disabilities, their families, employers, service providers, and other community members with access to disability-related information and programs available across the government on numerous subjects, including civil rights, education, employment, housing, health, income support, technology, transportation, and community life.

  • A list of links to local and national domestic violence resources.
  • Links to emergency and disaster preparedness resources.
  • Links to local food pantries.
  • From the New York State Commission for the Blind and Visually Handicapped
  • Information from the NYC Department of Health concerning health care insurance options for people who are jobless, have low incomes or have special needs.

  • Information about health care access and health insurance, including related NYC Dept. of Health and Mental Hygiene programs

  • Links to housing resources for people with disabilities.
  • Booklet describing all services and benefits provided by Medicare.
  • Provides free counseling to people with Medicaid problems or questions. Easy-to-read publications discuss Medicare basics.

  • Spanish language version of Medicare & You, a booklet describing all services and benefits provided by Medicare.
  • 311 provides access to non-emergency City government services. All calls to 311 are answered by a live operator, 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and services are provided in over 170 languages. Dial 311 from within the City or (212) NEW YORK outside of the five boroughs. TTY service is also available by dialing (212) 504-4115.

  • Program allows individuals with disabilities to work and keep Medicaid.
  • The New York State Commission for the Blind and Visually Handicapped (CBVH) provides vocational rehabilitation and other direct services to blind and visually impaired New York State residents, including children, adults, and elderly persons.

  • From the Mayor's Office for People with Disabilities, a list of community resource links to government and private organizations that provide information to people with disabilities. Includes links to information on housing, transportation, advocacy and independent living and more.
  • A listing of programs from a variety of City agencies to assist people with disabilities. Links are provided to each agency's web page.
  • Baruch College Computer Center for Visually Impaired People and MTA New York City Transit have teamed up to produce a series of raised line, large print maps depicting major portions of the New York City subway system. These maps contain grade one braille and large print labels and are meant to be read by touch, with large print backup for those who can use it. New York City subway system maps are available free from the MTA/New York City Transit, at (646) 252-2764.
  • An independent, not-for-profit organization, RCSN provides information and referral, case management and support, individual and systemic advocacy, parent and professional training, library and information services to NYC parents and caregivers of children with disabilities and special needs and to the professionals who work with them.
  • Information about Supplemental Security Income (SSI) from the Social Security Administration in Spanish
  • Information about Supplemental Security Income (SSI) from the Social Security Administration
  • Links to transportation resources, including New York City transit information.

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