New York
This bill modifies eligibility criteria so that students with disabilities can apply for the Excelsior scholarship, which helps cover tuition at New York state public institutions of higher education. It further requires transportation network companies (TNCs) to adopt policies and comply with laws related to non-discrimination of riders on the basis of disability (among other characteristics), and prohibits TNCs from imposing additional charges for providing services to people with physical disabilities because of those disabilities.
This Executive Order establishes an Employment First Commission to provide guidance and advice to the Governor regarding the competitive integrated employment of individuals with disabilities.
This bill requires the Commissioner of the Office for People with Developmental Disabilities to establish the Care Demonstration Program, to utilize the state workforce to provide community-based care to individuals with developmental disabilities, including around pathways to employment and supported employment.
This bill requires that any youth participating in the Summer Youth Employment Program (SYEP) offered by the Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance be provided with financial literacy education. SYEP makes special efforts to ensure participation of at-risk and vulnerable youth including youth with disabilities.
This program enables individuals with disabilities, service providers and others to learn about, access, and acquire assistive technology needed for education, employment, and community living. Services include device demonstrations, reutilization, loans, and financing.
Operating Entity: Westchester Institute for Human Development
Entity Type: Non-Profit / Community Organization
The Business Enterprise Program helps people who are blind become food service or vending operators.
Operating Entity: New York State Office of Children and Family Services, New York State Commission for the Blind
Entity Type: State Agency / Office
This program assists the New York State Education Department (NYSED) in carrying out its mission of improving the quality, access, and delivery of career and technical education through research-based methods and strategies. It focuses on ensuring equitable access and participation, including for students with disabilities.
Operating Entity: Successful Practices Network
Entity Type: Non-Profit / Community Organization
This credential is intended to show a student's readiness for entry-level employment. It is available to students who receive special education services, and requires them to either pass a nationally-recognized work-readiness assessment, or take two units of Career and Technical Education coursework, complete a career plan, and complete 54+ hours of work-based learning. Students can earn this credential as a supplement to a regular high school diploma or as their only credential.
Operating Entity: New York State Education Department
Entity Type: State Agency / Office
CAP helps individuals who experience problems when applying for or receiving vocational rehabilitation or independent living services. This includes advising and informing individuals of their rights and providing advocacy services.
Operating Entity: Disability Rights New York
Entity Type: Non-Profit / Community Organization
This program provides personalized college support for students with learning and social challenges. This includes providing high school students with an introduction to college, and college students with ongoing support. The program consists of an Individualized College Plan, peer mentorship, pre-employment training, self-advocacy training, and more. It is a collaboration between College Steps, high schools, colleges, families, and agencies.
Operating Entity: --
Entity Type: Multi-Stakeholder Project
This program helps ensure underserved parents of children with disabilities, including low-income parents, parents of children who are English learners, and parents with disabilities, have the training and information they need to enable them to participate effectively in helping their children.
Operating Entity: --
Entity Type: Multi-Stakeholder Project
This program helps individuals with disabilities, their families, and the professionals supporting them within the Hudson Valley to better understand and navigate disability systems. Services include resources, training, direct services, and support and guidance on disability related issues and topics, including graduation requirements, IEPs and 504 plans, and transition.
Operating Entity: Westchester Institute for Human Development
Entity Type: Non-Profit / Community Organization
This program provides advice on financial assistance and work incentives for individuals with disabilities who are working or seeking work. The Benefits Advisory System was developed through a collaborative effort between seven New York State agencies to create a single approach to the coordination of employment supports, and to provide all New Yorkers - regardless of their disability - with a single point of access for all employment-related services.
Operating Entity: --
Entity Type: Multi-Stakeholder Project
This program helps individuals with disabilities find and maintain work, including through pre-employment programs, an internship program, help with job searches, on-the-job support, and more.
Operating Entity: Starbridge
Entity Type: Non-Profit / Community Organization
This program supports individuals with disabilities in developing the necessary skills to obtain work in the community, find a suitable job, and succeed in the workplace. Prevocational services focus on identifying vocational interests and sharpening job-specific skills and global job skills, such as employer expectations and workplace behavior.
Operating Entity: The Arc of New York
Entity Type: Non-Profit / Community Organization
This program offers Supported Employment and Prevocational Services to assist people with developmental disabilities in finding paid competitive jobs in the community (including internships). Services include job coaching, travel training, assistance with technological aids, counseling, and job placement.
Operating Entity: New York State Office for People with Developmental Disabilities
Entity Type: State Agency / Office
This program advances financial capability for people with disabilities through broad engagement and education, one-on-one financial counseling, outreach and tools, and specialized benefits support services. It is a collaboration between the New York City Mayor’s Office for People with Disabilities, the New York City Department of Consumer and Worker Protection, Citigroup, and the National Disability Institute.
Operating Entity: --
Entity Type: Multi-Stakeholder Project
This program teaches special education students about how to participate meaningfully in their Individualized Education Program (IEP) meetings and advocate for the accommodations they need to be successful in school. Each student sets personal goals and creates a thoughtful plan to achieve them.
Operating Entity: includeNYC
Entity Type: Non-Profit / Community Organization
This program provides a range of independent living services to people with disabilities at Centers for Independent Living across the state. Services include help connecting to local services, assistance with job searches, local transit skills training, assistive technology help, peer mentoring support, assistance with school-to-career transitions, self-advocacy help, and more.
Operating Entity: --
Entity Type: Multi-Stakeholder Project
This program provides information and support to culturally and linguistically diverse families who have children with disabilities in Brooklyn, the Bronx, Queens, and Harlem. Workshops cover topics like the special education process, transitions, IEPs, and more.
Operating Entity: United We Stand of New York
Entity Type: Non-Profit / Community Organization
This program enables eligible individuals with disabilities to save money in a tax-exempt account that may be used for qualified disability expenses while keeping their eligibility for federally-funded, means-tested public benefits. Eligible expenses include education, employment training and support, and assistive technology.
Operating Entity: Comptroller of the State of New York
Entity Type: State Agency / Office
This program provides technical assistance to consumers, families, and professionals to help them prepare students who are deaf-blind with through lifelong learning, postsecondary education, and/or employment readiness. It is funded through 2021 by the U.S. Department of Education's Office of Special Education Programs.
Operating Entity: The City University of New York, Queens College
Entity Type: College / University
This program provides services at 10 Career Centers in the state, through designated Disability Resource Coordinators, to help people with disabilities search for jobs, develop resumes, and complete job applications. It is jointly funded and administered by U.S. Department of Labor’s Employment and Training Administration and the Office of Disability Employment Policy.
Operating Entity: New York State Department of Labor
Entity Type: State Agency / Office
This program helps young adults with disabilities and their families access and navigate vocational rehabilitation and other public systems that can help with financial stability, meaningful employment, and post-secondary education. Services include conferences, a newsletter, and other resources. It is a collaboration between Starbridge, the Parent Network of Western New York, and includeNYC.
Operating Entity: --
Entity Type: Multi-Stakeholder Project
This program certifies disadvantaged youth (including those referred by a rehabilitation agency) for work, then provides counselors to connect youth to opportunities at participating businesses.
Operating Entity: New York State Department of Labor, Career Services
Entity Type: State Agency / Office
This coordinated and cohesive network focuses on enhancing services and supports for students with disabilities from early childhood and school-age education to engagement in post-school opportunities. It includes five Technical Assistance Partnerships and Regional Teams across the state, which provide technical assistance and professional development to families, public schools and districts, and community partners.
Operating Entity: New York State Education Department, Office of Special Education
Entity Type: State Agency / Office
This program offering groups for parents of children with disabilities to increase their capacity and build their self-advocacy skills.
Operating Entity: Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Rose F. Kennedy Children's Evaluation & Rehabilitation Center
Entity Type: College / University
This program supports Parent Training and Information Centers and Community Parent Resource Centers in 12 eastern states plus DC and two territories. Services include one-to-one consultations, trainings and webinars, peer-to-peer mentoring, site visits, non-profit management tools, and more.
Operating Entity: Navigating Excellence Parent Center Assistance & Collaboration Team (NE-PACT)
Entity Type: Non-Profit / Community Organization
This program provides a variety of direct services for children and youth with disabilities, families, professionals, and other organizations that support them. This includes helping parents participate effectively in their children’s education and development and partnering with professionals and policymakers to improve outcomes for children with disabilities.
Operating Entity: --
Entity Type: Multi-Stakeholder Project
This program provides an array of integrated rehabilitation, treatment, and support services to help people with serious mental illness manage their illness and live successfully in their communities, including finding and keeping a job.
Operating Entity: New York State Office of Mental Health
Entity Type: State Agency / Office
These programs offer students with intellectual disabilities an opportunity to take college classes, engage in career development and independent living activities, and participate in the social life of a college campus.
Operating Entity: --
Entity Type: Multi-Stakeholder Project
Pre-ETS assist students with disabilities in identifying career interests and developing skills to be successful in the workplace. This includes five required activities: job exploration counseling, work-based learning experiences, workplace readiness training, counseling on comprehensive transition or postsecondary educational programs, and instruction in self-advocacy.
Operating Entity: --
Entity Type: Multi-Stakeholder Project
This service helps youth with disabilities ages 18-24 with career exploration, college or occupational training preparation, resume writing, searching for jobs, paid work experience, transportation, and money management.
Operating Entity: Starbridge
Entity Type: Non-Profit / Community Organization
This program provides intensive, direct support for youth with disabilities in New York City who are transitioning into adult life. Participants create and implement a practical plan designed to lead to job training, employment, higher education, or other community engagement.
Operating Entity: includeNYC
Entity Type: Non-Profit / Community Organization
Project SEARCH is a one-year transition-to-work program for students with significant disabilities that includes classroom instruction, career exploration, and internship rotations. It is a collaboration between local businesses, state agencies, local school systems, and other entities, and is offered at several locations.
Operating Entity: --
Entity Type: Multi-Stakeholder Project
This program protects individuals with disabilities by empowering them and advocating on their behalf. This includes providing information and referrals, providing training and technical assistance to service providers, and conducting self-advocacy training.
Operating Entity: Disability Rights New York
Entity Type: Non-Profit / Community Organization
This program provides information, training and technical assistance, and support to youth and young adults with disabilities and their families, including transition services to help youth and their families navigate multiple programs and service systems; actively participate in the development of plans for independence; and collaborate with transition professionals. It is a collaborative effort between Parent Centers in nine northeastern states.
Operating Entity: --
Entity Type: Multi-Stakeholder Project
Ten Regional Special Education Technical Assistance Support Centers help school districts improve results for students with disabilities. Each Center includes both regional technical assistance specialists (including transition specialists), as well as special education school improvement specialists.
Operating Entity: New York State Education Department, Office of Special Education
Entity Type: State Agency / Office
This program prepares students to become professional counselors to assist persons with all disabilities toward achieving their personal, social, psychological, and vocational independence, and includes specialty courses for working in mental health and other specialized settings.
Operating Entity: Hofstra University
Entity Type: College / University
This program provides program evaluation services, training, and technical assistance on the topics of transition and employment, to help build the capacity of programs, schools, and organizations to serve youth and young adults with disabilities.
Operating Entity: University of Rochester, Strong Center for Developmental Disabilities
Entity Type: College / University
This program provides parents of children with disabilities information, resources, and strategies to promote meaningful involvement in their children's education programs, including around transition planning. Services are provided through 13 Centers throughout the state.
Operating Entity: New York State Education Department, Office of Special Education
Entity Type: State Agency / Office
The Yang-Tan Institute provides professional development, coaching, and training support on various projects (and with various entities in the state), to improve the quality of transition services being provided to youth with disabilities. Projects include providing technical assistance to the New York State Office of Special Education's Transition Technical Assistance Partnership, and to the New York State Youth Advocacy & Leadership Network.
Operating Entity: Cornell University, Yang-Tan Institute on Employment and Disability
Entity Type: College / University
This program provides technical assistance to Parent Centers across fourteen states and territories, including New York. It offers strategies for reaching underserved families, on-site training and support, an annual conference, program evaluation, and consulting around the nonprofit management process.
Operating Entity: Navigating Excellence-Parent Assistance and Collaboration Team (NE-PACT)
Entity Type: Non-Profit / Community Organization
TRIAD helps people with disabilities obtain needed assistive technology services and devices for use at home, school, and work.
Operating Entity: New York State Justice Center for the Protection of People with Special Needs
Entity Type: State Agency / Office
These programs help teens who are blind or visually impaired prepare for work. They include a Summer Transition Program at Queens College, a Pre-College Program at Manhatanville College, and Work Experience Training Internships.
Operating Entity: VISIONS
Entity Type: Non-Profit / Community Organization
New York has 28 college programs for students with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Programs offer peer mentoring, job training, and academic and employment experiences.
Operating Entity: --
Entity Type: Multi-Stakeholder Project
This program provides culturally relevant vocational rehabilitation services to assist Alaska Native and American Indian individuals with disabilities residing on or near reservations in the state to prepare for and engage in gainful employment. Program services are provided under an individualized plan for employment.
Operating Entity: --
Entity Type: Multi-Stakeholder Project
This program offers guidance and counseling to assist consumers who are legally blind find or retain employment. Services include vocational assessments and training, help with assistive technology, and more.
Operating Entity: New York State Office of Children and Family Services, New York State Commission for the Blind
Entity Type: State Agency / Office
ACCES-VR provides a range of services to help individuals with disabilities (including youth) prepare for, find, and maintain employment. This includes vocational counseling and guidance, assessments and evaluations, adaptive driver training, work readiness training, youth services, job coaching, on-the-job training, and more.
Operating Entity: New York State Education Department, ACCES-VR
Entity Type: State Agency / Office
This program provides employment support to students ages 14 to 21, transition services to youth, and vocational rehabilitation services for all students who are legally blind, including those with additional disabilities. Opportunities include summer work experiences, job coaching, and mobility and orientation training.
Operating Entity: New York State Office of Children and Family Services, New York State Commission for the Blind
Entity Type: State Agency / Office
This program help out-of-school and in-school youth with one or more barriers to employment (including having a disability) prepare for and secure employment and postsecondary education opportunities. Services include tutoring; work experiences; occupational skills training; leadership development opportunities; and postsecondary education and training preparation activities.
Operating Entity: --
Entity Type: Multi-Stakeholder Project
This program helps individuals with disabilities who are receiving Social Security Disability benefits make informed choices about work and make a successful transition to self-sufficiency.
Operating Entity: --
Entity Type: Multi-Stakeholder Project
This network is run for and by youth and young adults with disabilities (and/or who are involved in systems like foster care, addiction recovery, mental health, juvenile justice, and special education). It provides technical assistance, training, and education opportunities to peers, including in the areas of independent living and employment.
Operating Entity: Families Together in NYS
Entity Type: Non-Profit / Community Organization
YLFs are peer-run forums that enable young people with disabilities, ages 14-24, to speak up, build leadership and self-advocacy skills, and prepare to take on leadership roles.
Operating Entity: Families Together in NYS
Entity Type: Non-Profit / Community Organization
This is a memo regarding the continuity of learning of special education for school workers. Most significantly, it adjusts all IEP meetings such that they must occur virtually, and provides for special education programs to occur online.
Operating Entity: New York State Education Department
Topic(s): IEP