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Services to Special Needs Populations

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                        Services for the Blind and Visually Impaired – Click Here

                        Services for the Speech and Hearing Impaired – Click Here

                        Services to the Physically Challenged – Click Here

                        Services for Individuals with Developmental Disabilities – Click Here

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INFORMATION AND ADVOCACY

LONG ISLAND ADVOCACY CENTER (LIAC)

LIAC provides service coordination, assistance in obtaining vocational rehabilitation and other appropriate services, trainings in advocacy skills, and information about relevant laws and regulations.  The agency utilizes trained attorneys and paraprofessionals to mediate, negotiate and represent individuals to ensure they receive all appropriate services.

Long Island Advocacy Center  
Herricks Community Center  
999 Herricks Road, Room 108 (516) 248-2222
New Hyde Park, NY  11040 www.theliac.org

LONG ISLAND CENTER FOR INDEPENDENT LIVING

This non-residential center offers a wide range of services and information needed by individuals with disabilities.  Services are available to help establish and maintain independent living, and include counseling, benefits advisement, equipment loan, limited transportation to members, and a consumer-directed personal assistance program.

Long Island Center for Independent Living (LICIL)  
3601 Hempstead Turnpike, Suite 208 (516) 796-0144
Levittown, NY 11756 TTY (516) 796-0135
www.licil.net  

ADULT VOCATIONAL REHABILITATION RESOURCE

Vocational counselors assist persons with disabilities to obtain vocational rehabilitation services that will lead to employment opportunities in the community.

Adult Career and Continuing Education
Services – Vocational Rehabilitation
(ACCES-VR)
 
Garden City District Office (516) 227-6800
711 Stewart Avenue, Suite 4 1-888-263-2564
Garden City, NY  11530 TTY: (516) 542-2012
www.acces.nysed.gov/vr/  

COMMISSION ON QUALITY OF CARE AND ADVOCACY

The New York State Commission on Quality of Care and Advocacy for Persons with Disabilities serves people with mental, physical, and sensory disabilities by providing independent oversight of programs and services designed to meet an individual’s needs.  Staff offers individuals legal assistance, advocacy, training, information, and technical assistance services to promote their full inclusion in all aspects of community life. One of its programs is the TRAID-IN Equipment Exchange Service. Click Here for additional information on TRAID-IN

The NYS Commission on Quality of Care and Advocacy for Persons with Disabilities

401 State Street 1-800-624-4143
Schenectady, NY 12305 (Voice/TTY/Spanish)
  www.cqc.ny.gov

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DISABILITY-RELATED WEB SITES OF INTEREST

Abilities! www.abilitiesonline.org
AbleData www.abledata.com
American Association of People with Disabilities www.aapd.com
American Council of the Blind www.acbny.org
Disability Resources on the Internet www.disabilityresources.org
Jewish Guild for the Blind www.jgb.org
Lighthouse International www.lighthouse.org
Long Island Speech Language Hearing Association www.lisha.org
National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders www.nidcd.nih.gov
New York State Library – Talking Books and Braille Library www.nysl.nysed.gov/tbbl/index.html
United Spinal Association www.unitedspinal.org
US Department of Labor www.disability.gov

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ORGANIZATIONS SERVING PEOPLE WITH SPECIFIC ILLNESSES

Alzheimer’s Association - Long Island (631) 580-5100
www.alz.org.longisland
Alzheimer's Disease Resource Center, Inc. (ADRC) (631) 580-5100
(855) 732-4500
www.adrcinc.org
Long Island Alzheimer’s Foundation (LIAF) (516) 767-6856 www.liaf.org
American Cancer Society 1-631-436-7070 www.cancer.org
American Diabetes Association 1-631-348-0422 www.diabetes.org
American Heart Association (516) 777-8447 www.americanheart.org
American Liver Foundation 1-800-465-4837 www.liverfoundation.org
American Lung Association of Nassau/Suffolk 1-800-586-4872 www.lungusa.org
American Parkinson Disease Association (516) 626-6114 www.apdaparkinson.org
Arthritis Foundation 1-631-427-8272 www.arthritis.org
Cancer Care 1-800-813-4673 www.cancercare.org
Depression and Bi-Polar Support Alliance 1-800-826-3632 www.dbsalliance.org
Glaucoma Foundation 1-800-452-8266 www.glaucomafoundation.org
Global Tuberculosis Institute 1-800-482-3627 www.umdnj.edu/globaltb
Hepatitis Foundation International 1-800-891-0707 www.hepfi.org
National Association for Continence 1-800-252-3337 www.nafc.org
National Cancer Institute 1-800-422-6237 www.cancer.gov
National Headache Foundation 1-888-643-5552 www.headaches.org
National Kidney Foundation 1-800-622-9010 www.kidney.org
National Multiple Sclerosis Society 1-800-344-4867 www.nationalmssociety.org
National Osteoporosis Foundation 1-800-223-9994 www.nof.org
Pleural Mesothelioma Center 1-800-656-6031 www.pleuralmesothelioma.com
United Ostomy Association 1-800-826-0826 www.uoaa.org

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SERVICES FOR THE BLIND AND VISUALLY IMPAIRED

HELEN KELLER SERVICES FOR THE BLIND

This agency offers extensive programs and services for individuals who are visually impaired. For additional information, call:

Helen Keller Services for the Blind  
1 Helen Keller Way  
Hempstead, NY 11550 (516) 485-1234
www.helenkeller.org  

NASSAU LIBRARY SYSTEM

Libraries throughout Nassau County offer Talking Books and large print books for persons who are visually impaired.

Contact local library or Nassau Library System:                  (516) 292-8920
www.nassaulibrary.org

N.Y. STATE COMMISSION FOR THE BLIND AND VISUALLY HANDICAPPED

Legally blind individuals who want to work can receive vocational rehabilitation and training to care for themselves at home. For information, call:

N.Y. State Commission for the Blind and Visually Handicapped
50 Clinton Street, Suite 208 (516) 564-4311
Hempstead, NY 11550 Toll free: 1-866-871-3000
www.ocfs.state.ny.us/main/cbvh TDD: 1-866-871-6000

CATHOLIC CHARITIES OFFICE FOR PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES

Visually impaired adults can participate in a weekly recreation, and education program at the VIP Center, which is partially funded by the OFFICE FOR THE AGING. Transportation and a hot lunch are provided.

Catholic Charities VIP Center  
St. James United Methodist Church  
St. James Place  
Lynbrook, NY 11563 (516) 887-0768

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SERVICES FOR THE SPEECH AND HEARING IMPAIRED

HEARING LOSS ASSOCIATION OF AMERICA aka SELF HELP FOR HARD OF HEARING PEOPLE, INC. (SHHH)

This association provides information on hearing aids, hearing loss management, advocacy, cochlear implants and other technology, resources, and communication strategies for family and friends. Webinars with renowned experts in the field are held regularly.  Local chapters provide individualized support, information, and education.

Hearing Loss Association  
7910 Woodmont Avenue, Suite 1200  
Bethesda, MD  20814  
www.hearingloss.org 1-301-657-2248

CENTER FOR HEARING AND COMMUNICATION

This agency, also known as the League for the Hard of Hearing, provides services which include audiology, communication therapy, otology, mental health counseling, an assistive device center, as well as career development and job placement assistance to people who are deaf or hard of hearing. There is a sliding scale fee and Medicaid is accepted.

Center for Hearing and Communication  
50 Broadway, 6th Floor Voice 1-917-305-7700
New York, NY 10004 TTY 1-917-305-7999
www.lhh.org Fax 1-917-305-7888

MILL NECK SERVICES

The Audiology Department provides audiological and hearing aid services. The Services for Deaf Adults offers job-related assistance, including placement, communication skills training, vocational evaluation services, and interpreter services.

Mill Neck Foundation  
34 Frost Mill Road  
P.O. Box 193 (516) 922-4100
Mill Neck, NY 11765 (Voice/TDD)
www.millneck.org  

SENIOR LUNCH PROGRAM FOR HEARING IMPAIRED PERSONS

Operated by Catholic Charities, Diocese of Rockville Centre with funding provided by the NASSAU COUNTY OFFICE FOR THE AGING, this program serves all of Nassau County and provides a hot lunch and supportive services one day/week.

Wantagh Senior Deaf Club  
St. Frances de Chantal Church  
1309 Wantagh Avenue  
Wantagh, NY  11793 (516) 733-7051

Speech and hearing services are available at the following medical centers and universities:

Long Beach Medical Center (516) 897-1394
Mercy Medical Center  

Speech and Hearing Unit

(516) 705-2525
Nassau University Medical Center  

Speech and Hearing Unit

(516) 572-4955
   
North Shore University Hospital-
Long Island Jewish Health Care System
 

Franklin Hospital – Speech Therapy Center

(516) 256-6000

Glen Cove Hospital – Speech/Hearing Unit

(516) 674-7695

Long Island Jewish Medical Center

 

Hearing and Speech Center

1-718-470-8910
   
Adelphi University  
Speech and Hearing Center (516) 877-4850
   
C.W. Post Speech and Hearing Clinic (516) 299-2436
   
Hofstra University  
Speech-Language-Hearing Center (516) 463-5656

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SERVICES TO THE PHYSICALLY CHALLENGED

NASSAU COUNTY OFFICE FOR THE PHYSICALLY CHALLENGED serves as an advocate and liaison for people with disabilities and is responsible for ensuring Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) compliance. It promotes equal access in education, employment, transportation, recreation, and consumerism in the private sector, and develops public awareness through referral services, conferences, and dissemination of literature. This agency issues the New York State Handicapped Parking Permit.

Nassau County Office for the Physically Challenged  
60 Charles Lindbergh Boulevard  
Uniondale, NY 11553 (516) 227-7399
www.nassaucountyny.gov  

ABLE-RIDE PARATRANSIT PROGRAM - (516) 288-4000
Click Here for Transportation: Medical and Special Transportation

LONG ISLAND CENTER FOR INDEPENDENT LIVING, INC.

This non-residential center offers a wide range of services and information needed by disabled people. Services are available to help establish and maintain independent living, and include counseling, benefits advisement, equipment loan, limited transportation to members, and a consumer-directed personal assistance program.

Long Island Center for Independent Living, Inc.
3601 Hempstead Turnpike (516) 796-0144
Levittown, NY 11756 Voice
www.licil.net (516) 796-0135
  TTY

NASSAU COUNTY DEPARTMENT OF PARKS, RECREATION AND MUSEUMS – SENIOR CITIZEN UNIT offers recreational activities for older persons. For further information:

Nassau County Department of Parks, Recreation, and Museums
Eisenhower Park - Senior Citizen Unit  
East Meadow, NY 11554 (516) 572-0338
www.nassaucountyny.gov  

LONG ISLAND ADVOCACY CENTER

This agency provides individuals with disabilities assistance with service coordination, accessing vocational rehabilitation programs, and obtaining educational services. Specially trained staff ensures individuals receive all services to which they are entitled under the law.

Long Island Advocacy Center  
999 Herricks Road  
New Hyde Park, NY 11040 248-2222
www.theliac.org  

NEW YORK STATE COMMISSION OF QUALITY CARE AND ADVOCACY FOR PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES

This agency serves individuals with all kinds of disabilities by providing independent oversight of programs and services designed to meet their needs, and by offering legal, advocacy, training, information, and technical assistance services to promote their full inclusion in all aspects of community life.

New York State Commission of Quality Care and Advocacy for Persons with Disabilities
401 State Street 1-800-624-4143
Schenectady, NY 12305 (Voice/TTY/Spanish)
www.cqc.ny.gov  

TRAID-IN EQUIPMENT SERVICE EXCHANGE
Click here for Medical, Nursing, Home Care and Long Term Care Services: Medical Equipment

ABLEDATA

This federally-sponsored program provides objective information on assistive technology and rehabilitation equipment that is available to consumers, organizations, professionals, and caregivers. Its database contains information on more than 40,000 items, including a detailed description, price if available, and contact information for the product's manufacturers and distributors.

AbleData  
8630 Fenton Street, Suite 930 1-800-227-0216
Silver Spring, MD 20910 www.Abledata.com

DISABILITY.GOV

This federal-sponsored website provides an information on disability-related programs, services, laws and benefits in order to connect people with disabilities, their family members, caregivers, and others with the resources they need to ensure that people of all abilities can fully participate in the workplace and in their communities. Contact http://www.disability.gov

DISABILITY RESOURCES, INC.

This organization disseminates information about printed materials, videos, databases, agencies, organizations, telephone hotlines and on-line services that provide free, inexpensive or hard-to-find information to help people with disabilities live independently.  Information is only available via the Internet.  Contact: http://disabilityresources.org.

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SERVICES FOR INDIVIDUALS WITH DEVELOPMENTAL DISABILITIES

NASSAU COUNTY OFFICE OF MENTAL HEALTH, CHEMICAL DEPENDENCY AND DEVELOPMENTAL DISABILITIES

The Nassau County Office of Mental Health, Chemical Dependency and Developmental Disabilities Services provides funds for programs that assist persons with developmental disabilities to sustain themselves in appropriate community settings. Services are designed to improve and maximize the participant's quality of life and increase the participant's level of independence by providing opportunities for community integration.

Nassau County Office of Mental Health, Chemical Dependency and Developmental Disabilities
60 Charles Lindbergh Boulevard  
Uniondale, NY 11553 (516) 227-7057
www.nassaucountyny.gov/agencies/MentalHealth/index.html

NEW YORK STATE OFFICE FOR PEOPLE WITH DEVELOPMENTAL DISABILITIES

The New York State Office for People With Developmental Disabilities assists consumers to meet the needs of individuals with developmental disabilities and their families.  Family Support Services are designed to assist families in providing care for their loved ones with developmental disabilities who live full-time in their family home. Regional offices coordinate an extensive network of supports for older persons that allow them to receive services such as adult day care, information and assistance, recreation and activity programs, and specialized residential supports.  Contact:

Office for People With Developmental Disabilities
Long Island Regional Office  
45 Mall Drive, #1  
Commack, NY  11725 1-631-493-1700
www.opwdd.ny.gov

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SERVICES TO THE HOMEBOUND

CASE MANAGEMENT SERVICES
Click here for Medical, Nursing, Home Care and Long Term Care Services: Information and Assistance

COMMUNITY PROGRAMS

Friendly visiting services are sometimes available through local churches and organizations. For information, call: (516) 227-8900

HOME CARE SERVICES
Click here for Medical, Nursing, Home Care and Long Term Care Services

HOME DELIVERED MEALS
Click here for Nutrition Programs: Home Delivered Meals

FOOD SHOPPING AND HOME MAINTENANCE

Some local supermarkets and food stores deliver. Some food shopping services will shop for a fee. In some communities, youth groups and local school districts provide shopping and limited chore services for a nominal fee. Several senior centers offer shopping services for their members.

For information about these services contact:
NASSAU COUNTY OFFICE FOR THE AGING (516) 227-8900

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ALZHEIMER’S SUPPORT SERVICES

Alzheimer's Association - Long Island

The Alzheimer’s Association, Long Island Chapter provides reliable information and care consultation; create supportive services for families; increase funding for dementia research; and influence public policy changes. Serving Nassau and Suffolk Counties.

Alzheimer’s Association, Long Island

(631) 574-4417
105 Maxess Road, Suite S124 24 hour Help-Line (800) 272-3900
Melville , NY 11747  

www.alz.org/longisland

 

Alzheimer's Disease Resource Center, Inc. (ADRC)

The Alzheimer’s Disease Resource Center, Inc. (ADRC) continued mission is to support research that may lead to a cure for Alzheimer's Disease, to provide care, support and education programs for families in need, and to be advocates for local families who are coping with Alzheimer’s Disease and other dementias.

Alzheimer’s Disease Resource Center, Inc. (ADRC)

(631) 580-5100
45 Park Avenue (855) 732-4500
Bay Shore , NY 11706  

www.adrcinc.org

 

LONG ISLAND ALZHEIMER’S FOUNDATION (LIAF)

LIAF is a non-profit charitable organization providing a broad range of services including a Resource and Referral Center, the “Alzheimer’s Disease Directory of Services,” support groups, conferences and workshops, and a free newsletter. In addition, the agency operates an Early Stage Program that includes weekly support groups; Bridges, a mid-stage program; and the Memory Lane Club, a social model adult day care program. Fundraising activities help to provide research and program grants and awards.

The LIAF SAFETY PROGRAM includes distribution of a kit which enables caregivers to inform emergency or rescue workers that an Alzheimer’s patient resides in the home. A uniformly recognized symbol, displayed on the refrigerator door, notifies trained personnel to look inside for a packet of pertinent information, and to immediately search for a bedridden or absent Alzheimer’s patient. Members of Nassau County police and fire departments and emergency medical technicians have been trained to look for this symbol and take appropriate action.

Long Island Alzheimer’s Foundation (LIAF)  
5 Channel Drive (516) 767-6856
Port Washington, NY 11050 Fax: (516) 767-6864
www.liaf.org  

MEMORY DISORDER PROGRAMS

North Shore University Hospital-Long Island Jewish Health System
www.northshorelij.com

A diagnostic work-up to determine the cause of the presenting symptoms is conducted by a team that includes geriatric physicians, nurses, and social workers. Symptoms may include memory loss, confusion, forgetfulness, and agitated behavior. The process includes an intake interview, a complete medical history, physical examination, etc. When necessary, referral may be made for neuropsychological testing or geriatric psychiatric evaluation. Depending on the diagnosis, educational material and links to community resources are provided.

Memory Disorders Center
Geriatric Medical Group
 
2800 Marcus Avenue  
Lake Success, NY 11042 (516) 708-2520
   
Neuwirth Memory Disorders Program  
The Zucker Hillside Hospital  
74th Avenue and 263rd Street  
Glen Oaks, NY  11004 (516) 470-7000

Winthrop University Hospital

Trained staff evaluates for, and treats, cognitive memory deficiencies by conducting a thorough assessment of the patient and carefully monitoring the patient’s condition.  Supportive services and educational programs are provided.

Center for Memory and Cognitive Disorders

222 Station Plaza North – Suite 518

Mineola, NY  11501

(516) 663-0333

www.winthrop.org

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SAFETY SERVICES

CREDIT CARD/IDENTITY SAFETY

Legal experts offer the following advice to safeguard one’s identity from credit card fraud and theft:

  • Do Not sign the back of a credit card. Instead put “Photo ID Required.”
  • Do Not put the full account number on checks when paying credit card bills.  Instead put the last four (4) digits of the card number.
  • Use a PO Box if available instead of a home address.
  • When a telephone number is required on a check, use a work number if possible instead of a home telephone number.
  • Make a photocopy of both sides of a driver’s license and all credit cards that are carried in a wallet. Keep the photocopy in a safe place. 
  • Keep the telephone numbers of all credit card companies in an easily accessible place in case a credit card is stolen or lost and must be cancelled immediately.
  • File a police report immediately if a credit card is stolen.
  • Call the three national credit reporting organizations to place a fraud alert on your name.  In this way, any company that checks your credit will know that your information was stolen and they will have to notify you by telephone to authorize new credit requests.
    Equifax: 1-800-525-6285
    Experian (formerly TRW): 1-888-397-3742
    Trans Union: 1-800-680-7289
  • Call the Social Security Administration Fraud Line to report any stolen identification materials:
    1-800-269-0271

EMERGENCY RESPONSE SYSTEMS

For isolated frail elderly residents in Nassau County an electronic device enables them to reach assistance 24 hours a day through a central switchboard. Electronic response systems generally work in the following way. The person wears a small electronic device. If help is needed, a punch of a button signals a central switchboard, and a trained operator immediately calls back. If there is no response, the operator calls a designated contact person. If no one can be contacted, the Police or Fire Department is called to check on the person. Prices vary. Call for information on installation costs, monthly operating fees and services.

United Life Line

 
P.O. Box 411 (516) 364-3401
Woodbury, NY 11797 or 1-800-345-4571
www.unitedlifeline.com/  

NOTE: For information on other systems, check the Yellow Pages (Medical Alarms, Systems and Monitoring) or search for Emergency Response Systems on the Internet.

EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS

Individuals should take responsibility for making plans on what to do, who to call, and where to go in the event of an emergency. Identify a neighbor, friend, or family member who can assist with transportation or housing. Incorporate any pets in the emergency preparedness plan. Prepare a Home Survival Kit that includes toiletries, flashlight and portable radio with extra batteries, first aid kit, one week supply of medications, non-perishable canned or packaged foods with manual can opener, bottled water, and a list of emergency contacts. In the event you must leave your home, identify the clothing, medications, important papers, and other necessary supplies that must be taken. For additional information, contact:

American Red Cross www.redcross.org
  www.prepare.org
American Veterinary Medical Association www.avma.org/disaster
Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) www.fema.gov
Homeland Security www.ready.gov
Humane Society (for animal safety) www.hsus.org
Nassau County Office of Emergency Management (OEM) www.nassaucountyny.gov/agencies/OEM/index.html
National Hurricane Center www.nhc.noaa.gov
U.S. Fire Administration (fire safety) www.usfa.dhs.gov

For information specifically for persons with disabilities, contact:
National Organization on Disability www.nod.org

CRIME PREVENTION SERVICES

The Nassau County Police Department Community Affairs offers instruction, lectures, films and assistance with engraving of valuables. For further information, call:
NASSAU COUNTY POLICE DEPARTMENT (516) 573-7360

MEDIC ALERT

This emergency medical protection system includes a recognized medic alert bracelet or necklace. Engraved on one side is the person’s medical condition, his/her membership number, and a 24-hour emergency answering service number. For further information, call or write:

Medic Alert Foundation  
2323 Colorado Avenue 1-888-432-5378
Turlock, CA 95382 Fax: 1-209-669-2450
www.medicalert.org  

VIAL OF LIFE

Vital medical and emergency information is placed in a packet which is attached to a shelf in the person’s refrigerator. Police, Fire Departments, Rescue Teams and hospitals are aware of this program. The packet is provided without charge and a Health Care Proxy is also enclosed. For registration forms, contact local areas:

City of Long Beach (L.I.F.E.) (516) 431-3510
Town of Hempstead (516) 485-8100
Nassau County 1-888-724-1200
Town of North Hempstead 869-6311

“YELLOW DOT” PROGRAM

A yellow dot sticker is placed on a rear window, and directs the first responders to important medical information on a form that is located in the glove compartment of the vehicle. Call for information and a form.  (516) 571-6000

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