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Help with Your Child’s Individualized Education Plan

The Individualized Education Program (IEP) is a map that lays out a program with special education instructions and services for kids so they can make progress and succeed in school. Each program is designed to meet a child’s exact needs. **VERY IMPORTANT: speak to a social worker for assistance (ask your child’s doctor for a referral)


Find more information about IEP here.


El programa de educación individualizado es una guía de instrucciones para padres y niños para ayudarlos con el progreso en la escuela. Cada programa es diseñado específicamente para cada niño/a. **MUY IMPORTANTE: habla con un trabajador social para asistencia (pregunta al doctor de su hijo/a para un remisión)


Encuentra más información aquí.


New York State Office of Special Education

Provides assistance to parents, advocacy groups, and schools in regards to services and programs for students with disabilities. See the Parent’s Guide to Special Education in NYS at


Access-A-Ride (AAR) Paratransit Service provides public transportation for eligible customers with disabilities or health conditions that prevent them from using the public buses and subways for some or all of their trips. AAR operates 24/7, 365 days a year.  (877) 377-2017


ADAPT Community Network

ADAPT Community Network, is the leading human service not-for-profit and a pioneer in providing cutting edge programs and services for people with disabilities. Every day, we build a more inclusive world for thousands of New Yorkers through education, technology, health, residential and recreational programs in all five boroughs. For Programs and Services Inquiries Tel: (877) 827-2666


Association for the Help of Retarded Children

Offers general and educational advocacy services to people of all ages with developmental disabilities who are experiencing difficulty accessing services or have problems with services being rendered. It generally provides assistance with education-related issues but may help with other issues as well. It provides training for parents and professionals. (212) 780-2500.

Autism Society of America

The Autism Society of America has been improving the lives of all affected by autism for over 50 years and envisions a world where individuals and families living with autism are able to maximize their quality of life, are treated with the highest level of dignity, and live in a society in which their talents and skills are appreciated and valued. We provide advocacy, education, information and referral, support, and the community at national, state and local levels through our strong nationwide network of Affiliates. 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

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El Autism Society ha mejorado las vidas de todos aquellos afectados por autismo por más de 50 años con la visión de un mundo en el cual individuos y sus familias conviviendo con autismo son capaces de mejorar su calidad de vida, son tratados con alto nivel de dignidad, y viven en una sociedad en el cual sus talentos y fortalezas son valoradas y apreciadas


Brain Injury Association of NY State

The mission of the Brain Injury Association of New York State is to minimize brain injury through prevention and to support, educate and advocate for individuals with brain injuries and their families. Brain Injury Association of New York State (BIANYS) is a statewide non-profit membership organization that advocates on behalf of individuals with brain injuries and their families. 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: 1-800-444-6443


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

Easterseals provides exceptional services, education, outreach, and advocacy so that people living with autism and other disabilities can live, learn, work and play in our communities. From child development centers to physical rehabilitation and job training for people with disabilities, Easterseals offers a variety of services to help people with disabilities address life’s challenges and achieve personal goals. (212) 220-2290


Eihab Children’s Services

EIHAB operates three-day habilitation programs in Brooklyn and Queens serving approximately 200 individuals with developmental and intellectual disabilities.
Each program provides behavioral health support services, community outings, recreational activities, and pre-vocational training to help program participants meet their goals and live to fulfill productive lives. Many of our individuals volunteer at area businesses like CVS, further enhancing their independence, socialization, and daily living skills. We provide safe, reliable transportation to and from each day hab program. EIHAB Headquarters 168-18 South Conduit Ave Springfield Gardens, NY 11434 Phone: 718-276-6101


Epilepsy Foundation

Helps people to understand the medical and personal issues associated with epilepsy. Adventurers Club sponsors outdoor trips for kids with seizure disorders. It also offers counseling, parent support, peer support, temporary financial help, information, and referral. (212) 677-8550


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.



Give young people with disabilities from birth to 26 and their families the knowledge, confidence, and skills they need to make informed decisions, effectively access and navigate systems and services, and the ability to advocate for themselves and other young people. 
Our Help Line specialists provide in-depth, one-to-one help and referral information. Call: 212-677-4660 Text: 646-693-3175


Entregamos el conocimiento, la confianza y las habilidades necesarias a niños y jóvenes desde su nacimiento hasta los 26 años. Creemos que familias informadas son fundamentales para tomar mejores decisiones y tener la capacidad de representarse y defenderse así mismos. Nuestros especialistas lo ayudará y compartirá información con usted. Llame: 212-677-4668 Texto: 646-693-3157 What’sApp: 212-858-0795


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. 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 4 pm to 6 pm. To schedule a screening call:
Main numbers: 917-305-7700 (Voice) 917-305-7999 (TTY)

50 Broadway, 6th floor, New York, NY 10004


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 Guild

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 Phone: 800-284-4422


Manhattan Mothers and Others

Support group for parents/family/friends of children with special health care needs. Ask about their newsletter.

160 E. 65th St., Apt. 25D, Upper East Side; (212) 570-6860;


National Center for Learning Disabilities

NCLD’s mission is to increase public awareness and understanding of learning disabilities, conduct educational programs, and provide national leadership in shaping public policy. Site includes information on types of learning disabilities and how to obtain and advocate for services. 212-545-7510

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. It helps families receive the information and services they need. It can help explain Medicaid Service Coordination. 1-800-405-8818


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