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Accessibility for Persons with Disabilities

The goal of the New York Department of Environmental Conservation's (Department) accessibility efforts is for people with disabilities to be able to participate in and enjoy the benefits of Department services, programs and activities. This may be achieved in a variety of ways, including through physical design, alternative forms of communication, inclusive programs and individual accommodation. Individuals requiring modifications to Department policies, practices or procedures in order to participate in a service, program or activity are encouraged to make their needs known to Department staff. Any questions relating to the provision of accommodation should be directed to the Statewide ADA Coordinator. The Department does not charge fees to people with disabilities to offset the cost of providing access.

Self-evaluation and Transition planning efforts occur through land management planning documents which contain an inventory of facilities, plans for new construction or recreational activities, and accessibility improvements. The planning efforts occur on a continual basis and involve a public comment period and sometimes public hearings. The public is invited to be involved in this process, and make suggestions for accessibility improvements.

The Department has an active Accessibility Advisory Committee, consisting of individuals with disabilities and representatives from organizations which serve people with disabilities, who are committed to advancing goals that raise awareness of access for people with disabilities. The Committee provides assistance, advice and guidance to the Department on relevant issues, and promotes the principles of Universal Design to ensure access to services, programs and activities in the most inclusive setting.

The links to the right contain the official ADA Notice for Public Programs and Services, the Department's Grievance Procedure, Procedure for Reasonable Accommodation, the ADA Complaint form and information on Accessible Recreation Destinations throughout the state.

Web Access for Persons with Disabilities

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) is working to provide access to all web site content, services, and transactions to persons with disabilities to the greatest extent possible. Careful consideration of accessibility has been applied during the design, posting, and maintenance of all web content.

Any person with a disability who is unable to access any content within this site is strongly encouraged to report the problem to the contact listed below, both so that we can assist in obtaining the information you need and so that, if possible, we can fix the problem for other users.

Persons with disabilities or with questions about DEC's web accessibility policy should contact the following for assistance:

NYS Department of Environmental Conservation
Carole Fraser
Statewide ADA Coordinator
Division of Operations
625 Broadway
Albany, NY 12233-5250
(518) 402-9437
accessibility@dec.ny.gov