Advocacy and Independent Living

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

The Alliance for The Mentally Ill

260 Washington Avenue
Albany, NY 12210
V (518) 462-2000

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
V (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
V (518) 459-7911; (800) 228-8201
Fax (518) 482-5285

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
V (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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Eastern Paralyzed Veterans Association (EPVA)

75-20 Astoria Boulevard
Jackson Heights, NY 11370-1177
V (718) 803-3782
TTY (718) 803-3782, x297
Fax (718) 803-0414

While benefits to veterans is their chartered concern, the EPVA advocates for all people with disabilities. The EPVA 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
V (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
V (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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International Center for the Disabled (ICD)

340 E. 24th Street
New York, NY 10010
V (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

New York City Chapter
30 W. 26th Street
New York, NY 10010-2094
V (212) 463-7787
Fax (212) 989-4362

Offers help to people with Multiple Sclerosis 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
V (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
V (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
V (212) 979-9700
TTY (212) 475-0842

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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