Important Contacts

Career Centers

American Job Centers - Visit an AJC for help finding employment. AJCs provide free help to job seekers for a variety of career related needs. Nearly 2,400 AJCs, funded by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Employment and Training Administration, are located throughout the United States.

New York Government Agencies

Disability Employment Initiative (DEI) - The DEI is jointly funded and administered by the United States Department of Labor’s Employment and Training Administration and the Office of Disability Employment Policy. DEI provides services and accessibility for everyone served in all New York State Career Centers, including individuals with disabilities.

New York State Department of Labor (NYSDOL) - Information on New York State's employment services, unemployment insurance, laws, and regulations.

New York State Office for People with Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD) - OPWDD is responsible for coordinating services for nearly 140,000 New Yorkers with developmental disabilities, including intellectual disabilities, cerebral palsy, Down syndrome, autism spectrum disorders, Prader-Willi syndrome, and other neurological impairments.

Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance (OTDA) - OTDA is responsible for supervising programs that provide assistance and support to eligible families and individuals. OTDA’s functions include: providing temporary cash assistance; providing assistance in paying for food; providing heating assistance; overseeing New York State’s child support enforcement program; determining certain aspects of eligibility for Social Security Disability benefits; supervising homeless housing and services programs; and providing assistance to certain immigrant populations.

New York Association of Psychiatric Rehabilitation Services (NYAPRS) - NYAPRS is a statewide coalition of people who use and/or provide recovery oriented community-based mental health services. NYAPRS is dedicated to improving services and social conditions for people with psychiatric disabilities or diagnoses, and those with trauma-related conditions by promoting their recovery, rehabilitation, and rights so that all people can participate freely in the opportunities of society.

New York State Commission on the Blind (NYSCB) - The mission of the New York State Commission for the Blind is to enhance employability, to maximize independence, and to assist in the development of the capacities and strengths of people who are legally blind.

Other Agencies

New York State Independent Living Council (NYSILC) - NYSILC is responsible for jointly developing, monitoring, and evaluating the three-year Statewide Plan for Independent Living.

New York AIDS Institute - The AIDS Institute at the New York State Department of Heath has lead the coordination of state programs, services, and activities related to HIV/AIDS, sexually transmitted diseases, and hepatitis C.