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The Resources section is an ongoing collaborative effort at The Actors Fund to provide a one-stop database of services and organizations that meet the unique and essential needs of the arts and entertainment professional. You can use the Category and/or State filter OR use the map above to find all resources by State.

Access-A-Ride

Access-A-Ride provides transportation for people with disabilities who are unable to use public bus or subway service for some or all of their trips. It offers shared ride, door-to-door paratransit service in all five boroughs for the same cost as regular public transportation. An application and interview with a healthcare professional are necessary to determine eligibility.

Independent Care System

A non-profit organization committed to assisting people with disabilities to live independently and participate fully in community life. Coordinates services for Medicaid-eligible adults living in the Bronx, Brooklyn and Manhattan. These services include adult day health care, home care, meal delivery, personal emergency response, rehabilitation, and more.

New Eyes for the Needy

Purchases new prescription eyeglasses for eligible low-income people through a voucher program. This site explains the program and how to apply, and identifies national programs that provide free eye exams.

Public Transportation Services for Seniors and the Disabled

ADA Paratransit service is for riders with disabilities or health conditions which prevent them from using fixed route service (Buses and "El" Trains).

The Actors Fund Disability Support

Provides supportive services for entertainment professionals and their families who are coping with a short- or long-term illness or disability. Social workers help develop personalized plans, and information and advocacy is available to help negotiate medical bills, coordinate public or private benefits, arrange for home care, and facilitate referrals to community resources.

Employee Benefits

New York State Disability

This site provides information for those injured on the job as well as employers on how to apply for workers compensation, how to locate an authorized physician as well as access to online forms.

Workers' Compensation

Provides information for employees, employers, insurers and medical providers about workmans' compensation benefits and work-related injuries and illnesses.

Government Benefits

Benefits CheckUp

Provides information about federal, state, local and private programs that help pay for prescription drugs, utility bills, meals, health, and a variety of other basic needs.

Disability Benefits 101

Gives you tools and information on employment, health coverage, and benefits. Use it to find out how a job may affect your total income and your health coverage.

Govbenefits.gov

Provides information on public benefits by state. It is also has an online screening questionnaire that determines the benefits for which the user may be eligible.

Medicare

A federally funded program that provides medical and prescription coverage for seniors and the disabled.

Social Security Administration

A federal agency that administers benefits to retired and disabled individuals.

Rights and Advocacy

Medicare Rights Center

Assists people who are enrolled in or eligible for Medicare with Medicare rights issues, including accessing benefits on a limited income, benefits counseling, federal Medicare reform advocacy and more.

The Center for Independence of the Disabled, New York

CIDNY provides outreach, advocacy, information and referrals as well as direct services to people with disabilities healthcare around housing, public benefits, employment and education.

Transportation

Accessible Dispatch

A taxi dispatch service specifically designed for and available to the disability community living in or visiting New York City. It is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and requires no advance reservations.