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Art by: Linda Kenny

Take Action

Join us in making a difference

Every voice strengthens the chorus - join us in advocating for the needs and rights of people with developmental disabilities.

We collaborate with local, state, and federal associations to educate members of government and providers of services on issues of concern to persons with developmental disabilities and their families. Issues addressed in the past include budgetary and financial needs, staffing, healthcare decision-making, estate planning, and discrimination against persons with developmental disabilities.  We proudly undertake these efforts in conjunction with The Arc US on the federal level and The Arc New York on the state level.

(The Arc Westchester is not responsible for the privacy practices or the content of the following linked sites. These links are provided for your convenience only and you access them at your own risk.)

Legislative Links & Issues

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.

Disabilities: Law

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

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

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.

Americans With Disabilities Act

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.