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What it is and how it can help


Reasonable Accommodation

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.

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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. 

Medicaid Programs

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:

Central Nassau Guidance

Concern for Independent Living

Options for Community Living


Federation of Organizations

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.

Health Homes

Medicaid Health Homes program (care coordination) can help provide medical services and help with housing applications. More information here.

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.

Information from NYS Department of Health

Information from NY Health Access

MLTC Know Your Rights

Consumer Directed Personal Assistance Program (CDPAP)

Pooled Trusts

Step-by-step guide to enrolling in a pooled income trust for Medicaid spend-down

NYS List of Pooled Special Needs Trusts (SNTs)

Spousal Impoverishment Protections for Married Couples where One Spouse is in a Managed Long Term Care Plan - Pooled Trusts Allowed as an Option

Med Equip

Medical Equipment Lending

 Contact program director, Maureen
Office: (631) 880-7929 ext. 168
Cell: (516) 637-7400


Maria Patellaro

Fax: 631-946-6377

Search for available devices here

TRAID Program through Long Island Communities of Practice (LICOP)

P.O. Box 5013

Montauk, NY 11954



LICOP Newsletter

Items: DME Equipment, hospital beds, medical supplies & diapers - all free

2052 Route 112, Medford, NY 11763
Donation Line: 631.905.7117
Home Store Phone: 631.730.8758
Hours: Monday – Saturday 10am-7pm, Sunday 11-6pm

Email Vinny at to see what is available in their inventory

Items: Medical Supplies, DME, Sports Equipment

(516) 476-9237

496 Hawkins Road, Selden NY 11784

Support for survivors of brain injury
(631) 793-4311

Solicits donations for items to match with people requesting: wheel chairs, hospital beds, mobility aids, power chairs, scooters, hover lifts & geri chairs, diapers, chucks, medical supplies


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.

39 Montauk Hwy., Blue Point


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.

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.

71 Blydenburgh Ave., Smithtown
Hours: 6 to 8 p.m. Monday to Friday; 9 to 11 a.m. Saturday call in advance.
Items: Wheelchairs, shower chairs, transport chairs, canes, walkers, commodes, crutches for free for about 3 months
For Town of Smithtown residents only.

Riverhead Town Senior Center

60 Shade Tree Lane, Riverhead

(631) 722-4444

Facebook group to buy, sell, or borrow medical and special needs items


Resources for People with Developmental Disabilities

Office For People with Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD)

189 Wheatley Road, #4
Brookville, NY 11545-2699

807 South Oyster Bay Rd.

Bethpage, NY 11714

Autism Resources

Children with Disabilities
Resources for Parents

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Updated Links:

Regulations of the Commissioner of Education

Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) 2004

Parent & Educator Resource Guide to Section 504 in public elementary and secondary schools

Parent Training & Information Center

Long Island Advocacy Center

Nassau: 516-248-2222

Suffolk: 631-234-0467

NYS Special Education Quality Assurance (SEQA)

250 Veterans Memorial Highway, Hauppauge


Fax: 631-952-3834

School-age Family and Community Engagement Centers (SA FACE Centers)

Access NY: School Age & Early Childhood Family and Community Engagement Centers

Websites with an Overview of Special Education Topics

and Advocacy Strategies


Accurate, reliable information about special education law, education law, and advocacy for children with disabilities.


Center for Parent Information and Resources

Family-friendly information and research-based materials on key special education topics.



For families of students with learning and attention issues, provides well-researched, practical information that’s easy to apply to everyday life, a secure community, and daily access to experts free of charge.


Make Special Education Work

Companion website for the book Parents Have The Power To Make Special Education Work. It's designed to help parents learn about their child’s rights, navigate the special education bureaucracy, and understand the human fallibility of the public schools.


Child Mind Institute

The go-to website for researching special education and mental health topics. Excellent resources, including a symptom checker.


A Day in Our Shoes

IEP Advice for Parents, Disability Resources, Special Education Advocacy. 

Your Special Education Rights

A video-based special education rights resource available for parents! Hundreds of videos that help you empower yourself with the information you need to secure appropriate special education services for your child.


CADRE- The Center for Appropriate Dispute Resolution in Special Education

Supporting the prevention and resolution of disputes through partnership and collaboration. Lots of resources for families.

PACER Center

Based in the state of Minnesota, PACER has resources for parents all over the U.S. Find great template letters, resources to combat bullying, assistive technology info, dispute resolution strategies, and more.

Help Me Grow NY Regional Programs

Service & emotional Support Animals

Resource for training your own service dog

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