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.
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 – 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
The Americans with Disabilities Act Questions and Answers booklet is now available on the ADA Network website (http://adata.org/FAQbooklet).
Everybody Has Needs - Do the Right People Know What Yours Are? Register by filling out the Functional Needs Registry Form at http://www2.erie.gov/emergencyservices/index.php?q=functional-needs-registry-form
To obtain information and applications, you must contact the municipality in which you live. For contact information, go to: http://www.211wny.org/Erie-County/Service-Category-List/category.aspx?category=Parking%20Permits,%20Disabled