Living proudly with disability

July Marks the Signing of the American Disabilities Act

The American Disabilities Act (ADA) was signed in the White House on July 26, 1990. It marked an important day for the IDD community. The Act attempted to prevent discrimination against people with disabilities and give them full rights as citizens.

The ADA radically changed almost every area of society since it was the first time in history that the United States government defined the rights of those with disabilities, from accessibility to employment opportunities to integration and inclusion. Ultimately, it paved the way for how America viewed people with disabilities as a whole.

Living with Pride

The ADA guarantees that people with disabilities have the same opportunities as everyone. In the 30+ years since the ADA was signed, there is still much to do to make the world inclusive. But at LIFEPlan, we are doing our part. We recognize that pride comes from living your life on your own terms. That is why we are dedicated to helping those with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) to live as independently as possible while helping them pursue their dreams. 

Tools for the IDD Community

Pride begins with individuals being empowered through knowledge that builds self-sufficiency to the greatest extent possible. LIFEPlan has tools and resources to help the IDD community live better, more independent, and fulfilling lives. 

Knowledge Center

The Knowledge Center is filled with helpful, accurate information that is easy to understand and access. General topics such as Care Management, Health, and IDD Supports explain the IDD system of supports and services and how to get the most from them learning through this valuable tool. To start learning, visit the Knowledge Center

Community Resource Tool

The Community Resource Tool assists the IDD community with finding the programs, services, and supports dedicated to those with disabilities. You can search by city, county, or zip code through this database of over 5,000 entries spanning 38 counties in New York State. Visit the Community Resource Tool database online. There’s even a category key if you don’t know where to start.

Regional Liaisons

Sometimes it’s easier to speak with someone who understands your need or situation. The LIFEPlan Regional Liaisons are a point of contact for LIFEPlan members and families when you need another person to listen to or guide you to answers. Each region has its specific Liaison, a LIFEPlan parent caring for a child with a disability. As a parent or caregiver, the Liaison understands the IDD journey and is ready to help.