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Mayor's Office for People with Disabilities - Advocacy / Independent Living

The following links will take you to information about some of the groups in New York City that provide help with entitlements, employment, education, independent living, housing, health care, and other issues.

National Alliance on Mental Illness
Arthritis Foundation, New York Chapter
The Brain Injury Association of New York State
Easter Seals New York
United Spinal Association
Epilepsy Foundation of America (EFA)
The Epilepsy Institute
The Greater New York Chapter of the National Spinal Cord Injury Association
International Center for the Disabled (ICD)
National Multiple Sclerosis Society
The Independent Living Centers (ILCs)
Lighthouse International
National Amputation Foundation, Inc.
United Cerebral Palsy of New York City (UCPNYC)
LD Resources Foundation Inc

National Alliance on Mental Illness
260 Washington Avenue
Albany, NY 12210
Voice 1 (518) 462-2000
http://www.nami.org 
Provides public education on mental illness, including publications, information, referral, and support groups for friends and family members of the mentally ill.

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Arthritis Foundation, New York Chapter
122 E. 42nd Street
New York, NY 10168
Voice 1 (212) 984-8700
Fax (212) 878-5970
Offers information and referrals on vocational rehabilitation, job placement, and accommodations.

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The Brain Injury Association of New York State
10 Colvin Avenue
Albany, NY 12206-1242
Voice 1 (518) 459-7911; (800) 228-8201
Fax (518) 482-5285
http://www.bianys.org
The Association provides information and referral services for individuals with traumatic brain injury.

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Easter Seals New York
845 Central Avenue
Albany, NY 12206
Voice 1 (518) 438-8785
Provides people who are disabled with technical assistance, referrals, vocational training, assistive technology, rehabilitation, and job site analysis.

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United Spinal Association
75-20 Astoria Boulevard
Jackson Heights, NY 11370-1177
Voice 1 (718) 803-3782
TTY (718) 803-3782, x297
Fax (718) 803-0414
http://www.epva.org
While benefits to veterans is their chartered concern, the United Spinal Association advocates for all people with disabilities. The United Spinal Association provides advocacy, benefits services, hospital liaisons, and public relations for people with disabilities.

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Epilepsy Foundation of America (EFA)
4351 Garden City Drive
Londover, MD 20785-2267
Voice 1 (301) 459-3700
Provides guidance on individual’s legal rights with disabilities and refers them to appropriate local legal assistance.

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The Epilepsy Institute
257 Park Avenue South
New York, NY 10010
Voice 1 (212) 677-8550
Fax (212) 677-5825
Provides advocacy and legal services to people discriminated against because of epilepsy. They also offer counseling referrals and conduct community education.

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The Greater New York Chapter of the National Spinal Cord Injury Association
P.O. Box 286444
Yorkville Station
New York, NY 10128-0014
1-888-NYC-SCIA (888-692-7242)
Fax (212) 659-9369
http://nycspinal.org/
The Greater New York Chapter of the National Spinal Cord Injury Association, a 501(c) 3 organization, would like to extend a hand in offering assistance to you or someone you know who has become disabled as a result of their injury or illness. As you may or may not already know currently there are between 250,000 - 400,000 people with spinal cord injuries; primarily due to falls, diving/car accidents, and neurotic diseases. The Greater New York Chapter of the National Spinal Cord Injury Association provides support for these individuals and their families giving them an opportunity to successfully continue their lives, healthcare, and rehabilitation after injury.

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International Center for the Disabled (ICD)
340 E. 24th Street
New York, NY 10010
Voice 1 (212) 585-6010
Fax (212) 585-6011
Provides multiple services for people with a variety of disabilities. These services include rehabilitation, vocational training, independent living skills, counseling, and a learning disability clinic.

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National Multiple Sclerosis Society
733 Third Avenue, 3rd floor
New York, NY 11017
Voice 1 (212) 463-7787
Fax (212) 989-4362
http://www.msnyc.org
Offers help to people with multiple sclerosis (MS) in areas such as housing, Supplemental Security Income, job discrimination, and insurance. The Society also has an educational program to increase awareness of MS issues.

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Lighthouse International
111 E. 59th Street
New York, NY 10022
Voice 1 (212) 821-9200
TTY (212) 821-9713
Fax (212) 821-9707
Provides services to people with vision loss (services are described in more detail under "Services for the Blind and Low Vision"). It conducts education and research programs that help people who are blind or visually impaired and advises them of the ADA laws.

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National Amputation Foundation, Inc.
38-40 Church Street
Malverne, NY 11565
Voice 1 (516) 887-3600
Fax (516) 887-3667
Provides information and services to veteran and civilian amputees and employers, as well as job training and placement for amputees.

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United Cerebral Palsy of New York City (UCPNYC)
120 E. 23rd Street
New York, NY 10010
Voice 1 (212) 979-9700
TTY (212) 475-0842
http://www.ucpnyc.org/
Provides employment information and referral services to individuals with cerebral palsy and other severe disabilities, as well as assists with site accommodations, environmental controls, and assistive technology. UCP is located in all five boroughs.

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LD Resources Foundation Inc
LD Resources Foundation is one of the few non-profit organizations focusing solely on the needs of adults with Learning Disabilities and Attention Deficit Disorders in post secondary educational programs and in the workplace.

The Foundation’s mission is to enable individuals with Learning Disabilities and Attention Deficit Disorders to fully participate in academic, library and museum programs, and to successfully engage in employment through assistive technology awareness. Individual services, some of which are limited to individuals with financial need, include testing, mentoring, and providing the latest assistive technology and instruction.

For more information go to our website at: www.ldrfa.org

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