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Erie County's OFFICE FOR THE DISABLED was established and became part of the Charter of the County of Erie (Article 11F, 01-3) in 1983.

The Office was created to ensure that Erie County's citizens with disabilities would have a direct voice in County government; to make available to such citizens an advocate who could work within the county structure to develop and enhance services; and to oversee facilities and programs by the County.

Originally chartered as a separate department under the executive branch of the County government, the Erie County Office for the Disabled (or ECOD) became a part of Erie County's Department of Health in 1993. From 2006-2008, the ECOD operated under the Office of Public Advocacy. As of 2008, the ECOD has been operating under the Erie County Department of Personnel.


Erie County Executive, Mark Poloncarz, Erie County Office for the Disabled Executive Director, Frank Cammarata III, with UB Program and  Operations Manager for Bullying Abuse Prevention, Brie Kishel, at the Buffalo and Erie County Public Library, banding together to "Spread the Word to End the Word," on 3/5/14.


March 5, 2014                                           


Community Involvement Day is part of National Campaign to Stop Bullying, Hurtful Language  

ERIE COUNTY, NY— Today, the Erie County Office for the Disabled was joined by numerous other agencies in a Community Involvement Day at the Central Library in downtown Buffalo as part of an annual national effort to “Spread the...



OPWDD REGION 1 - Western Front Door Contact

OPWDD Region 1 – Western Front Door Contact Effective July 29, 2013 - new telephone number for Front Door referrals: 1-800-487-6310 What is a Front Door Contact and Referral? 1) Individual new to OPWDD services 2) Individual with an approved eligibility determination who has never received OPWDD services or who has not been enrolled in active OPWDD services for an extended period of time 3) OPWDD eligible individual that receives only MSC and / or FSS services All contact and referrals to the Front Door must be made to the new telephone number.

Social Security Income for children with ASDs and/or other disabilities

Social Security Income for children with ASDs and/or other disabilities. Unlike Medicaid Waiver Services, income and resources are factored into eligibility. Before you do all paperwork you should call to see if your family might be eligible 1-800-772-1213 Here is the link and additional information is attached. http://www.socialsecurity.gov/applyfordisability/child.htm   

The NYS Parks Access Pass

The NYS Parks Access Pass – allows families to register to receive Free or discounted access to NYS Parks. Please find attached the registration and here is the link to their site: http://www.nysparks.com/admission/access-pass  

Northeast ADA-Americans with Disabilities Question and Answer Booklet

 The Americans with Disabilities Act Questions and Answers booklet  is now available on the ADA Network website (http://adata.org/FAQbooklet).

Intro ADA

ADA Federal Civil Rights Legislation @ http://www.ada.gov/