Special Needs/Autism

Parent to Parent of New York State

Matches parents with a trained support parent who also has a child with a similar disability, chronic illness, or health care concern. Helps families receive the information and services they need. Can help explain Medicaid Service Coordination. (866) 727-6970

ADHD/ADD Skills Group for Boys 6-10

Organizational and behavioral skills group at Mount Sinai Hospital for boys aged 6-10. Group leader will work with families as well. Support for children’s ability to be organized, pay attention, stay on task, follow directions and more. Emphasis on encouraging self-esteem, cooperation with others and fun. Call Sharon Gordon, MSED, at (212) 241-6127.

Manhattan Mothers and Others

Support group for parents/family/friends of children with special health care needs. Ask about their newsletter. (212) 570-6860

Eihab Children’s Services

connects disabled children to service providers, advocates, helps with entitlements, Medicaid waivers, financial assistance. Care coordination. 222-40 96th Street, Queens Village. (718) 465-8833

Jacobi Medical Center Special Needs Clinic

(718) 918-4027

League for the Hard of Hearing

hearing habilitation and human services agency for children and adults who are hard of hearing, deaf, and deaf-blind. Evaluations, family support and more. Accepts many forms of insurance. 50 Broadway, 6th floor, New York, NY 10004; (917) 305-7700 (voice); (917) 305-7999 (TTY)

United Cerebral Palsy of New York City

This local affiliate of UCP provides direct services, technology and advocacy to children and adults of all ages with cerebral palsy and related disabilities. Services include: early intervention and preschool; evaluation; day care and pre-k; school age education, adult day programs, vocational and supported employment programs, afterschool and weekend recreation programs; summer day camp; assistive technology resources; health care; residential programs; family support services including respite. Call Project Connect at (212) 979-9700.


(877) 377-2017

Autism Society of America

Information for parents of children with autism. Topics include health, education and safety. Search for local events and resources.
Bronx (718) 519-4797
Brooklyn (718) 336-9533
Manhattan (212) 628-0669
Queens (718) 464-5735

Brain Injury Association of NY State

offers community-based services and support for persons with brain injury and their families. Also available are speakers, publications, newsletters, events, safety programs. Family Helpline: (800) 228-8201.

Center for Family Support

Serves children and adults with developmental disabilities with home care, parent training, help with daily tasks such as bathing and meal preparation; parent training; reimbursement of some at-home expenses; respite care for caregivers. Call (212) 629-7939, ext. 212.

Day programs: developmentally disabled persons meet 5 days a week to learn social and living skills that can lead to greater independence and self-esteem. Programs include speech and behavior therapy, crafts, prevocational skills such as volunteer work, as well as recreational outings in the city. Call (212) 629-7939, ext. 284 for more information about this program.

Cerebral Palsy of NY State

a multi-service organization which advocates and provides direct services for persons with cerebral palsy and other disabilities. (212) 947-5770; CP Transport: (718) 205-0906

Easter Seals New York

assistance for children and adults with disabilities and their families, including medical rehabilitation, inclusive child care, camping and recreation, education services (212) 244-6053.

Epilepsy Foundation

helps people to understand the medical and personal issues associated with epilepsy. Adventurers Club sponsors outdoor trips for kids with seizure disorders. Also offers counseling, parent support, peer support, temporary financial help, information and referral. (877)995-9100

Heartshare Human Services

Community organization that providers wide range of services to children and adults with developmental disabilities, families in crisis, and people with HIV/AIDS. Programs include school programs, residential services, family support, Medicaid service coordination; foster care and adoption, energy assistance. 60 locations in New York. For More information call (718) 422-4200.

The League for the Hard of Hearing

Information on therapy and hearing devices and a guide to New York City resources for the deaf and hard of hearing. Free hearing screening every Tuesday from Noon to 2pm&Thursday from 4pm to 6 pm. To schedule a screening call (917) 305-7766.
Main numbers: 917-305-7700 (Voice) 917-305-7999 (TTY)

Learning Disabilities Association of New York City

an information and referral service for learning disabilities resources in the five boroughs. Monday-Friday 9-5 pm. Spanish spoken. (212) 645-6730

Lighthouse International

provides services for blind and visually impaired persons. The Child Development Center meets the needs of children from birth to age five; older kids are served by the Youth Services Division, which offers a wide range of educational and recreational activities (888) 222-9320.

Resources for Children with Special Needs

Call for an appointment or log on to search this comprehensive database for services, camps, afterschool programs, and other help. (212) 677-4650

Rhinelander Children’s Center

Saturday programs for deaf and hard of hearing children and teens. (212) 876-0500

SKIP of New York

provides advocacy and service coordination for families who care for their chronically ill, medically fragile, or developmentally disabled children at home. Service Coordinators provide an interface between parents and the health care community. (212) 268-5999


promotes the independence of people of all ages who are blind or visually impaired. (212) 625-1616; (888) 245-8333.

Young Adult Institute

A searchable list of more than 100 citywide services for people with developmental disabilities. Respite programs, recreational and cultural activities, mental health services, afterschool programs, camps and more. (212) 273-6182