I recently received a call to my office from a resident of Nassau County who is disabled. The gentleman called to ask what services are available to him from Nassau County. In answering his question, I'd like to share the information with all of your readers.

Nassau County can help disabled or physically challenged residents in many ways to make it easier to live and work here in Nassau. The 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. The agency also administers programs to promote equal access in education, employment and transportation (such as Able-Ride). This agency also works to develop public awareness through referral services, conferences and dissemination of literature, and issues New York State Handicapped Parking Permits.

In addition, the county's Office of Emergency Management provides disaster and emergency preparedness information for disabled residents (as well as all residents), and the office of Senior Citizens Affairs can connect residents with services for the blind, hearing impaired as well as those suffering with Alzheimer's disease.

The county also offers certain property tax exemption for those who are disabled with limited incomes, and those who must make certain improvements to their home to accommodate a disability. For more information on eligibility, please call 571-1500 for brochures.

For more information on these services and more, please visit www.nassaucountyny.gov. Readers may also call my office at 571-6203 for further information.

Legislator John Ciotti

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