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Help Enrolling in Early Intervention (0-2 years)

 
492440-removebg-previewEarly Intervention Website by the Department of Education
311 (ask for Early Intervention)
 
The Early Intervention (EI) Program helps young children (birth to 3 years) who are not learning, playing, growing, talking, or walking like other children their age. The program works with your family to set goals for your child and create a plan to help your child and your family meet these goals. 
 
The EI Program is available to all eligible New York City children, regardless of race, ethnicity, income, disability, or immigration status, and services are provided at no cost.
 
Children that are eligible for Early Intervention services (therapy) are those who:
-Are younger than 3 years old (must refer before 2 years and 11 months)
-Have a delay in one or more of the following areas of development: physical (motor skills), cognitive, communications (verbal/talking), social-emotional, and/or adaptive.
 
WHAT HAPPENS AFTER MY CHILD IS REFERRED?
1. A service coordinator will contact you to explain the EI services, begin the evaluation process, and select an agency to use for the evaluation. (This same person will continue to provide assistance while your child is in the program.)
2. Your child will have an evaluation by a specialist from the agency you select. The evaluation will tell you if your child is behind in developing skills compared to other children their age- like taking the first step, smiling, waving.
3. If your child has a delay, they may be eligible for EI services.
 
Early Intervention handout.
Spanish Early Intervention handout.
 

COVID-19 Precautions (Updated April 6)
–The Early Intervention Program is still operating as an essential service and taking precautions to keep our staff and families safe during the COVID-19 outbreak
| El Programa de Intervención Temprana está todavía operando como un servicio esencial y está tomando las precauciones necesarias para mantener al personal y las familias a salvo durante el brote por COVID-19
 
–To submit a referral, call the Regional Office in the borough where your child lives directly. Do not fax
| Para completar una remisión, llame directamente a la Oficina Regional del condado donde vive su niño. No envíe faxes
 
–Individualized Family Service Planning meetings are being conducted by phone. For more information, contact your service coordinator or call your Regional Office (phone # below)
| Las Reuniones de Planeación de Servicios Familiares están siendo conducidas por teléfono. Para más información llame a su Oficina Regional Local (# de teléfono abajo)
 
–Early Intervention Providers are delivering services through teletherapy as much as possible
| Los proveedores de Intervención Temprana están prestando servicios a través de teleterapia.
 
Regional Office Phone Numbers | Números teléfonicos de Oficinas Regionales
Bronx: 718-838-6887
Brooklyn: 718-722-3310 (main) / 718-722-7824 (referrals)
Manhattan: 212-436-0900
Queens: 718-553-3954
Staten Island: 718-568-2300

 
**VERY IMPORTANT** Speak to a social worker for assistance (ask your child’s doctor for a referral). Doctors can make a referral by completing the Early Intervention Program Referral Form. Alternatively, call 311 and ask for “Early Intervention Evluation Services”.
 
If your child is 2 years 11 months or older and you think he needs special education, visit “Preschool Special Education Services”.
 

El programa de intervención temprana ayuda a los niños que no están aprendiendo, jugando, creciendo, hablando o caminando como otros niños. Este programa ayuda a crear metas para tu hijo y un plan para ayudar a alcanzar estas metas.
 
**MUY IMPORTANTE: habla con un trabajador social para obtener asistencia o pide al doctor de tu hijo un referido a “Intervención Temprana”. Los doctores pueden hacer un referrido completando este formulario Early Intervention Program Referral Form. Alternativamente, llama al 311 y pregunta por “Intervencion Temprana”.
 
Hoja informacional para aplicar a una evaluación y obtener servicios de Intervención Temprana.
 
Si tu niño tiene 2 años y 11 meses o es mayor, y crees que necesita servicios de educación especial visita “Servicios de Educación Pre-escolar Especial” para más información.

 
 


Preschool Special Education Services (3-5 years)

 
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Preschool Special Education Services by the NYC Department of Education
Contact Your District’s Committee on Preschool Special Education Services by email
 
The Early Intervention (EI) Program provides services to families concerned about their child’s development. These services are provided free of charge to families.
 
If you are concerned about your child’s development and you are interested in a preschool special education evaluation, you can write a letter to your local Committee of Preschool Special Education CPSE . This letter is called an “initial referral” and it must be made in writing.
 
Handout about requesting special education services
Spanish Handout about requesting special education services
 
Preschool Special Education Services Template Letter.
Preschool Special Education Services Template Letter with Spanish instructions.
 
You may provide the referral to your CPSE in person, by fax, or by mail. To find out which CPSE covers your child’s home address and to get your CPSE office’s contact information visit this website. You will need to know your child’s school district. To find that district, look up your school’s address with the Find a School tool.

 

El Programa de Intervención Temprana (EI por sus siglas en inglés) ofrece servicios a familias con preocupaciones acerca del desarrollo de su hijo/a sin ningún costo. Si está interesado en una evaluación, escriba una carta al CPSE (Committee on Preschool Special Education) local.
 
Esta primera carta es la “remisión inicial” y debe ser escrita. Carta modelo para solicitar una evaluacion para obtener servicios de educación especial durante el pre-escolar.
 
Entregue la carta en persona o envíela por fax o email. Para encontrar el CPSE que cubre el domicilio de su niño, visite esta página. Necesitará conocer el distrito de la escuela de su hijo para localizar su CPSE. Para encontrar el distrito, visite Find a School tool. En la página Find a School Tool localice en el menú superior “Select language” y seleccione “Spanish”.

 
 


Individualized Education Plan (6 years or older)

 
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Individualized Education Plans (IEPs) are a part of public education. They are given to eligible kids who attend public school. That includes charter schools. Furthermore, students with IEPs participate in the same admissions processes as their non-disabled peers. All schools serve students with disabilities.
 
An IEP is a map that lays out the program of special education instruction, supports, and services kids need to make progress and thrive in school. The term IEP is also used to refer to the written plan that spells out the specific types of help kids will get.
 
IEP handout and template letter of request for an evaluation
Spanish IEP handout and template letter of request for an evaluation
 

El Plan de Educación Individualizado (IEP en inglés) es un mapa que ilustra las instrucciones, apoyos, y servicios del programa de educación especial que los niños necesitan para mejorar en la escuela.
 
El término IEP también se refiere al plan escrito que detalla los tipos de ayuda específica que el niño va a recibir. Carta modelo para solicitar una evaluación al rector de la escuela (para su niño de 6 o más años)

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AHRC New York City – Provider for Families with Special Needs

 
logo-ahrcnycARCH NYC Headquarters
83 Maiden Lane, New York, NY 10038
 
 
AHRC is a family governed organization committed to finding ways for people with intellectual and other developmental disabilities to build full lives as defined by each person and supported by dedicated families, staff, and community partners. Find services from medical and dental care, school services, and recreational programs.
 
Medical Services
AHRC’s ACCESS Community Health Center located in downtown Manhattan offers evaluations, therapy, and a full range of primary and specialty health care services, including a special needs dental clinic.
Most insurance plans are accepted. Sliding scale for the uninsured. Call 212-895-3410 for more info or to schedule an appointment.
 
Education
AHRC runs various educational programs:
Brooklyn Blue Feather Elementary School for children ages 5 to 12 with autism spectrum disorders.
AHRC Middle/High School for ages 13 to 21 who are classified with autism spectrum disorders, emotional disturbances, multiple disabilities, or other health impairments.
 
Evaluations
Children ages 3 to 5: can receive evaluations at no direct cost to families through the Early Intervention service system. These services are funded through the state and city in accordance with federal law. The child with a suspected developmental delay will need an Early Intervention Services Coordinator. For more information on preschool services, call the intake coordinator at 800-459-7596.
 
Recreation
Various activities, including social groups for children, theater, sports, and arts and crafts, are available for all ages. Travel and vacations are even made possible for adults with disabilities. For information about activities taking place in all five boroughs, call AHRC’s Referral and Information Center at 212-780-4491 or email referrals@ahrcnyc.org.