Supports for People with Disabilities
How to Get On: Comprehensive resource guide for living while disabled
The American's with Disabilities Act (ADA) requires that people with disabilities have a fair chance to participate in the workplace and government programs, including obtaining Department of Social Services benefits and obtaining housing with a voucher. Reasonable accommodation is any change to a the way things are usually done that allows an individual with a disability to enjoy equal access to benefits available to other individuals.
Suffolk county DSS and Disability Accomodations
Read the public notice here:
A recent class action suit against the Suffolk County Department of Social Services (SC DSS) requires the DSS office to offer reasonable accommodation to all benefit applicants with a disability at every stage of the application process.
Single Point of Access (SPA)
SPA Housing, offered through various programs funded by the Office for Mental Health, provides housing at various levels of care for people with documented severe and persistent mental illness. Placements are made by referral only. Care coordinators with the Medicaid Health Homes program can help their clients fill out SPA applications.
The following organizations provide SPA Housing:
Medicaid Disability Information
The Medicaid Disability Manual is the official policy guide for disability determinations for the Medicaid program in New York State.
The Medicaid Buy-in for Working People with Disabilities (MBI-WPD) is a special program for individuals with disabilities under age 65 who have work income. Under MBI-WPD, individuals are eligible for full Medicaid benefits at much higher incomes than individuals who are not working.
Managed Long Term Care (MLTC)
Managed long-term care (MLTC) is a system that streamlines the delivery of long-term services to people who are chronically ill or disabled and who wish to stay in their homes and communities. These services, such as home care or adult day care, are provided through managed long-term care plans that are approved by the New York State Department of Health. The entire array of services to which an enrolled member is entitled can be received through the MLTC plan the member has chosen.
Step-by-step guide to enrolling in a pooled income trust for Medicaid spend-down
Spousal Impoverishment Protections for Married Couples where One Spouse is in a Managed Long Term Care Plan - Pooled Trusts Allowed as an Option
Guide on obtaining a reasonable accommodation from DSS
Office for Temporary and Disability Assistance (OTDA) reasonable accommodation guidance
Suffolk DSS: Service Animal Policy
Suffolk DSS: Non-Discrimination Policy
Nassau County: Non-Discrimination Policy
Medical Equipment Lending
Items: DME Equipment, hospital beds, medical supplies & diapers - all free
Email Vinny at firstname.lastname@example.org to see what is available in their inventory
3601 Hempstead Tpke., Suite 208, Levittown
Hours: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday to Friday; call in advance.
Items: Wheelchairs and electric wheelchairs cost $40 to borrow; Walkers, canes, commodes, shower chairs cost $25 to borrow. Borrowing fees are returned when items are returned within 3 months.
For Nassau County residents only.
Sayville Cabinet for the Sick
24 Collins Ave., Sayville
631-589-1070; call in advance.
Hours: 12:30 to 3:30 p.m.
Monday to Saturday; closed Saturdays in July and August.
Items: Crutches, canes, overbed tables, walkers, shower chairs, wheelchairs, for free for about a month; transport chairs for free for three days.
For Bayport, Bohemia, Holbrook, Oakdale, Sayville, and West Sayville residents only.
Knoll Top Road and Christen Avenue, Stony Brook
No hours, by appointment only.
Items: Wheelchairs, canes, crutches, commodes, shower chairs for free for 3 months.
For Setauket, Stony Brook, and Old Field residents only.
Robert E. Reid Sr. Recreation Center
Defense Hill Road and Route 25A, Shoreham
Hours: 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Tuesday to Friday; call in advance.
Items: Wheelchairs, walkers, transfer benches, shower seats, commodes, crutches, canes for free for 3 months.
For Town of Brookhaven residents only.
New Village Recreation Center
20 Wireless Road, Centereach
Hours: 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday to Friday; call in advance.
Items: Wheelchairs, shower chairs, transfer benches, canes, walkers, commodes for free for 3 months.
For Town of Brookhaven residents only.
Resources for People with Developmental Disabilities
Office For People with Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD)
807 South Oyster Bay Rd.
Bethpage, NY 11714
Vocational training & career development
Located in West Babylon
Voluntary developmental evaluation and services program
Referrals accepted: (631) 853-3100
Bullying prevention resources:
Children with Disabilities
Resources for Parents
Long Island Advocacy Center
250 Veterans Memorial Highway, Hauppauge
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IEP Advice for Parents, Disability Resources, Special Education Advocacy.
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