CDR Services

The Center for Disability Rights, Inc. offers a vast array of services and supports for individuals with all types of disabilities, regardless of age or income.

The most frequently used and open eligibility program CDR operates is its Independent Living Services.  By providing five core services to individuals with disabilities, CDR can either directly help you or connect you with another organization that can directly help you.  CDR’s experienced and knowledgeable staff are strong advocates and teachers and are well aware of resources in the Greater Rochester Community.  In addition to the supports available to all individuals with disabilities, CDR operates a service for individuals who are Deaf-blind.

CDR’s services and advocacy began as a recreation Center on the Westside of the City of Rochester.  CDR continues to provide drop-in and structured recreation programming through its recreation center, based at the City of Rochester’s Edgerton Recreation center.

CDR provides many services under New York State’s Home and Community-Based Service waivers.  These waivers include services for individuals with developmental disabilities or traumatic brain injuries, or individuals with any type of disability that want to move out of a nursing facility, or avoid going into one in the first place.  CDR’s mission is to work for the full integration, independence and civil rights of individuals with disabilities.  Through these waiver programs, CDR helps make independence a reality for hundreds of people who want to live in their own home, not an institution.

CDR also provides a Consumer Directed Personal Assistance Service (CDPAS) through New York State’s consumer directed personal assistance program.  CDPAS enables the individual with a disability, or their selected surrogate, to manage their own personal care services.  CDR’s CDPAS program empowers the individual to control who is coming into their home and providing hands on care services.  The individual with a disability is the supervisor with the agency providing supports for success.

CDR has recently started a “Pooled Trust” for individuals with disabilities, regardless of age, in order to qualify for the Medicaid services needed without ‘spending down’ into poverty.  The Pooled Trust enables an individual to turn some assets or income over to the trust.  Then, with the trusts’ authorization, use that income to pay vital expenses, like rent!

Please see the related links for more information, eligibility criteria, service geography and programs hours. 

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