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.


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 hearing. It 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

Able News The newspaper for people with disabilities for over 20 years, published by, for, and about the disabled. 

Accredited Online Colleges and Disability Education advises on choosing a school and arranging accommodations.

The Cerebral Palsy Group

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.


The Medicaid Buy-In for Working People With Disabilities (MBI-WPD)

The Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA)

Help America Vote Act of 2002

Rehabilitation Act of 1973

Individuals With Disabilities Education Act (IDEA)


Graduate School Index: Educational data about undergraduate and graduate programs in the United States.

LGBTQ Students and College Affordability

Online Learning for Students with Disabilities

College for Students with Disabilities: A Guide for Students, Families, and Educators

Scholarships and Financial Aid for Students with Disabilities: Covers information on government assistance and private scholarships for specific disabilities, veterans with disabilities, and people who have acquired their disability after graduating. 

Vocational School: Information on vocational school options for people with disabilities.


New York State Office of Mental Health

New York State Office of People with Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD)

National Center on Physical Activity and Disability

New York State Government Locator Service

National Technical Assistance Center for Voting and Cognitive Access

Pew Institute on the States: News and analysis on election reform information on the law behind parity based mental health treatments and coverage

Timothy's Law

What's Happening in the Legislature? (THOMAS: Legislative Information on the Internet)


HEAP: Information and application for free air conditioners and help with heating costs for at risk patients

Mesothelioma Cancer Alliance

Pleural Mesothelioma Center


Hurricane Sandy and Housing in New York City

The Total Guide: Home Buying for People With Disabilities

Housing & Mortgages for People with Disabilities

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. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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. Available via toll-free, bilingual call center at 1-877-428-8844.

Mitchell- Lama Waiting Lists

Job Information

Recruiting, Hiring, Retaining, and Promoting People with Disabilities: A Resource Guide for Employers

How to Attend and Get the Most Out of a Virtual Job Fair

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 Express: A new site which brings together a wealth of job-related information.

Federal JobsFederal Jobs

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. (bad link on

Legal Aid Society of New York

Disability Rights New York

New York Lawyers in the Public Interest

New York Justice Center for Protection and Advocacy of People with Special Needs

Maritime Injury Center - Legal help for those who have sustained a maritime injury.

Misc. 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.

Guide for Children and Kids Safety on the Web

Guide to LGBT Finances

The Simple Dollar: How to Plan (&Provide) for a Child With Special Needs


American Association On Intellectual and Developmental Impairments 1-800-424-3688

American Council of the Blind of New York

The Alexander Graham Bell Association for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (AG Bell)

APRIL Association of Programs for Rural Independent Living Excellent resource on Autism and Asperger’s syndrome

My Asperger Child: Great Resource for Parents

The Autistic Self Advocacy Network

First Signs: Early signs of autism spectrum disorders educates parents and professionals about early warning signs of autism (including Aspergers Syndrome) and related conditions.

The Deaf Society

Disabled in Action of Metropolitan New York

Epilepsy Foundation of Northeastern New York

League for the Hard of Hearing

Mentoring: This site can be helpful be to those seeking a mentor and those wishing to mentor.

Mental Health America

National Center on Physical Activity and Disability: Encourages participation in regular physical activity to promote healthy lifestyles

National Council on Independent Living

National Federation for the Blind (NFB)

New York Association on Independent Living: A collaborative organization representing independent living centers

New York State Self-Advocacy Home Page

New York State Wide Senior Action Council, Inc

Office of Special Education and Rehabilitation Services: Behavioral health is essential to health prevention

Prevention of Substance Abuse and Mental Illness

Tuck: Advancing Better Sleep for those effected with ADHD

TBI Raiders: A support group to help students and young adults who have sustained a traumatic brain injury to succeed in school and life.


Medicaid In New York State

Medicare in New York State

Social Security

SSDRC: Social Security Disability website written by former SSD worker. Much information about consumer rights, entitlements And how to qualify for benefits.


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. 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).