Key contacts to help make a difference
We are advocates for the needs of individuals with developmental disabilities.
Arc of Westchester participates with several local, state and federal associations in an effort to educate members of the respective legislatures on issues of concern to persons with developmental disabilities and providers of services for such individuals. Issues which have been addressed in the past as part of these educational efforts include budgetary and financial needs, staffing, healthcare decision-making, estate planning and discrimination against persons with developmental disabilities. Westchester Arc undertakes these efforts in conjunction with such associations as The Arc on the federal level and NYSARC Inc. on the state level.
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We have compiled a list of commonly used acronyms that may be useful to you.
Links to legislative information
- U.S. Senate - www.senate.gov
- U.S. House of Representatives - www.house.gov
- U.S. Congress - www.congress.gov
New York State:
- New York State Senate - www.nysenate.gov
- New York State Assembly - www.assembly.state.ny.us
- New York State Government Online - my.ny.gov
- New York State Board of Elections -
- New York State Association for Retarded Children
- New York State Association of Community and
Residential Agencies (NYSACRA) - www.nysacra.org
- New York State Division of Human Rights
- New York State Industries for the Disabled (NYSID)-
- New York State Justice Center for the Protection of
People With Special Needs - www.justicecenter.ny.gov
- New York State Office for People with
Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD)-
Legislative Action Center
- The Disability Policy Collaboration
The Arc of the United States joined forces with United Cerebral Palsy, combining resources, talents and a strong legacy of grassroots involvement in national public policy, to form the Disability Policy Collaboration (DPC).
- The Arc Legislative Action Center - New York
Hosted by The Arc, the New York State Legislative Action Center is sponsored by NYSARC, Inc.
Americans With Disabilities Act
The Americans with Disabilities Act Document Center
This site contains information on: ADA Statute, Regulations, ADAAG (Americans with Disabilities Act Accessibility Guidelines), Federally Reviewed Tech Sheets, and Other Assistance Documents
- Disability.gov - www.disability.gov/
Government clearinghouse of disability rights information including resources on finding a job, learning about disability laws, starting a business, finding health care, applying for disability benefits, and many other subjects.
- United States Department of Transportation
The Federal Transit Administration works to ensure nondiscriminatory transportation in support of our mission to enhance the social and economic quality of life for all Americans. The FTA Office of Civil Rights is responsible for civil rights compliance and monitoring to ensure non-discriminatory provision of transit services
- National Council on Disability - www.ncd.gov
Website of an independent federal agency that advises Congress and the president on policy matters related to disabled people. Offers a newsletter and a variety of informative publications.
Neighborhood Legal Services - Neighborhood Legal Services, Inc. (NLS) is a not-for-profit agency located in Buffalo, New York. NLS provides free legal services to persons with low incomes and persons with disabilities. It also provides a wide range of technical assistance and support services. NLS operates both a statewide and national assistive technology advocacy project to support persons with disabilities and the advocates and agencies who serve them.
- U.S. Department of Justice: Disabilities - Information to assist persons with disabilities and to help communities better serve such individuals.
Advocating Change Together (ACT)
ACT is a grassroots civil rights organization run by people with developmental and other disabilities. ACT provides information on the self-advocacy movement and offers links to programs, conferences and other networking opportunites.
- Self Advocacy Association of New York State (SANYS)
Statewide not-for-profit organization run by people with disabilities for people with disabilities.