Department of Finance
Tenants that qualify for the NYC Rent Freeze Program for Tenants with Disabilities (DRIE) can have their rent frozen and be exempt from future rent increases. This does not lower your rent but only keeps it from increasing.
To be eligible for DRIE, you must meet the following requirements
► You must be at least 18 years old.
You must receive one of the following:
► Supplemental Security Income (SSI)
► Social Security Disability Income (SSDI)
► Disability-related Medicaid (if you have received either SSI or SSDI in the past)
► Veterans Affairs Disability Pension
► Veterans Affairs Compensation
► United States Postal Service (USPS) Disability Pension
► United States Postal Service (USPS) Disability Compensation
► You must live in an eligible apartment type.
► You must be named on the lease or the rent order or have been granted succession rights to the apartment.
► The apartment must be your primary residence, meaning you live there for most of the year.
► You must spend more than one-third of your monthly household income on rent.
► The total combined income for all members of your household must be $50,000 or less in the prior calendar year (DRIE records all income sources, taxable, and non-taxable. You can’t deduct your medical expenses and Medicare premium).
More information on eligibility at Disability Rent Increase Exemption.
Complete the DRIE Initial Application. You can submit your application online by signing up with the Department of Finance or by sending it to New York City Department of Finance Rent Freeze Program – DRIE P.O. Box 3179 Union, NJ 07083
More information about the application at Disability Rent Increase Exemption.
AHRC Middle / High School
1201 66th Street, Brooklyn, NY 11219
A program that provides services to adolescents with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) and those classified with emotional disturbances, multiple disabilities, or other health impairments; as well as students with a learning disability and intellectual disability.
AHRC Middle/ High School, (also known as MHS,) is divided into two distinct programs: a middle school for students ages 12-14 and a high school for students ages 15-21. Within these two schools, there are classrooms with ratios of 8:1:2 and 10:1:2, depending on the support needs of the student. The classroom teachers are all New York State Certified.
Click here to download a pdf file including additional information about how AHRC Middle / High School can help prepare your child for adulthood.
Brooklyn Blue Feather Elementary
2335 Gerritsen Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11229
Brooklyn Blue Feather Elementary, (also known as BBF,) accepts children between 5 and 12 years of age who reside in the five New York City boroughs. Children must exhibit behavioral characteristics associated with autism and must have an educational classification of autism. Students must be recommended for a Non-Public School (NPS) placement by the New York City Department of Education. The school aims to help students achieve the level of functioning that will allow them to transition to less restrictive environments.
Virtual tour on pdf or video.
Autism Spectrum Disorder at Neighborhood Charter Schools (NSC)
Neighborhood Charter Schools provides a rare opportunity for students to access both social-emotional learnings as well as rigorous academics. Our program is described as ‘inclusive education’ which means our students with ASD are fully included in their classrooms, learning alongside their ‘neurotypical’ peers.
Videos of Parents Talking About the ASD Program
If you feel your child would be a good fit for NCS, access the application process.
Childcare Subsidy explained by IncludeNYC
Based on your income, childcare can be free to low cost with a childcare subsidy. Use the ACS Eligibility Wizard to see if you qualify by visiting
To apply for an ACS childcare subsidy, the application and a list of other forms you will need to complete can be found here: https://on.nyc.gov/2KYia3W. Submit applications to an approved ACS funded childcare provider. You must submit three months of consecutive pay stubs in order to verify employment. If you cannot, your employer can complete the “Referral to Employer for Income Information” form.
Find more information in this tipsheet by IncludeNYC.
Updated on August 31, 2020
Administration for Children’s Services Offices
Parenting a child with developmental disabilities requires patience, planning, information and resources. Learn more about resources offered by the city including:
-Child evaluation services
-Medicaid waiver programs (OPWDD)
-Assistive technology and equipment
-Resources for children with autism
-Assistance with serious emotional problems
Visit the Developmental Disability website to learn more about each program and how to get started.
Early 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.
EI provides free, evidence-based physical, cognitive, social, and adaptive therapies for children under 3 years of age with developmental delays. It 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.
In order to receive services, a child must have a 33% delay in one functional area or a 25% delay in 2 or more areas. Exception: If a child has only a communication delay, they have to score 2 standards below the mean in an assessment of that skill. Children with known medical diagnoses that have a high probability of resulting in developmental delay such as Down’s Syndrome are automatically eligible for services.
*If your child is 2 years 11 months or older and you think he needs special education, visit “Preschool Special Education Services”.
How can I get services?
Speak to a social worker for assistance (ask your child’s doctor for a referral). Doctors can also make a referral by completing the Early Intervention Program Referral Form. Alternatively, you can call 311 and ask for “Early Intervention Evaluation Services”.
Important note: Expect delays from the EI agency that will provide evaluation services for your child. During the pandemic, operations have changed as well as the availability of service providers. Please be patient while EI agents are doing their best to contact your family.
What happens after my child gets referred?
1. A service coordinator will contact you. They will explain what are the EI services, begin the evaluation process, and then select with you 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.
Remember that therapeutic early intervention services have been shown to improve developmental outcomes, mitigate behavioral concerns, and increase caregiver confidence.
Early Intervention handout.
Spanish Early Intervention handout.
Find more information about EI services in NYC by visiting the EIP website by NYC Health.
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.
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
Office for People with Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD)
44 Holland Avenue, Albany NY 12229
The Office for People with Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD) is a state agency that provides services to people of all ages with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Many children with IEP (Individualized Educational Plan) classifications of Intellectual Disability (ID), Multiple Disabilities (MD), or Autism qualify for OPWDD services.
Understanding the process of applying to OPWDD services can be confusing. Advocates for Children has created a helpful resource to help you navigate the steps involved when you apply for special needs services for your child. Access the guidance document here.
116 E. 16th Street, 5th floor, New York, NY 10003
(212) 677-4650; Text 646-693-3175 | Español: 212-677-4668; Texto: (646) 693-3157; Whatsapp (212) 858-0795
INCLUDEnyc is the leading provider of training and information for children and young people with any disability (age 0-26) in New York City, their families, and the professionals who support them.
Connect with INCLUDEnyc to get support and learn about: education resources and programs, preschool and younger, navigating NYC schools and applications, special education, developmental disability services, busing/specialized transportation, bullying and behavior, family issues, child socialization, recreation, financial support, health, legal services and more.
Call the helpline at (212) 677-4650 to get connected with the best programs that fit your child and family needs.
Advocates for Children
151 West 30th Street, 5th Floor, New York, NY 10001
Education Helpline (866) 427-6033 from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM, Monday through Thursday
Advocates for Children of New York (AFC) offers NYC families education assistance in a number of different ways. The organization:
–Provides free advice (and sometimes legal representation) for families of students who are struggling or experiencing discrimination in school
—Offers free training and workshops so parents can advocate effectively on behalf of their children
–Litigates for improvements in NYC’s education system
–Provides protection for the most vulnerable students, such as those who are disabled, disadvantaged, minority or low income, so they too can enjoy a quality education
All of AFC’s projects involve special education advocacy to some extent, as they target specific populations that tend to include a disproportionate share of students with disabilities.
AFC serves New York City students from birth through age 26, focusing on students from low-income backgrounds who are struggling in school or experiencing school discrimination of any kind.
175 Lawrence Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11230
(718) 436-7979 ext. 711
Assistive Technology by the ADAPR Community Network finds solutions to enable individuals to adapt to their environment with a wide range of options when they have special needs.
ADAPT Community Network provides evaluation, selection, instruction, and introduction customized to each individual’s needs. Their Assistive Technology includes vision, hearing, communication, daily living, and environmental control modifications.
Examples of devices or resources that the organization facilitates to children with special needs are: adapted toys and switches, adapted computers and peripherals, wheelchairs and inserts, augmentative communication systems, daily living devices, home and workplace modifications, environmental control units, and adapted telephones.
Please contact the ADAPT TechWorks Centers for information or to schedule an appointment by sending an email to email@example.com or calling (718) 436-7979 ext. 711
Learn about more services provided by the ADAPT Community Network here.
ARCH 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.
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.
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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
34 West 139th Street New York, NY 10037
The Harlem Child Development Center is a program that is part of The Jewish Board and has many services that will help children of many ages with many developmental, neurological, emotional, and behavioral problems.
There are individual and group services for the children, their families, and those who take care of them.
The services include a Therapeutic Nursery School, Special Education Itinerant Teaching Program, Early Childhood Consultation, and an Outpatient Clinic.
|Therapeutic Nursery School
|For children 3 to 5 years of age presenting with developmental delays, communication problems, social/emotional/behavioral difficulties, or attention and learning deficits.
|Special Education Itinerant Teaching (SEIT) Program
|Certified Special Educators work with children ages 3 to 5 who require additional support in their regular education settings to integrate them into their class while working to achieve child-specific goals. SEIT provides for 1:1 work and group work in the child’s classroom, consultation to the child’s teacher, parent guidance, and coordination of related services. (NYSED and NYC DOE funded)
|Early Childhood Consultation||Specialists in child/family development provide ongoing, on-site consultation to private and public preschools. Consultants observe children, meet with directors and teachers, conduct workshops, and offer parent guidance, including child development referrals for assessment and services when needed.
|Virginia and Leonard Marx Outpatient Clinic
|Serves families with infants, toddlers, and children through elementary school age (up to age 8). The clinic offers evaluations and treatment planning; parent-child psychotherapy; individual, family, and group therapy; and family guidance. Learn more about the Virginia and Leonard Marx Outpatient Clinic.
For more information about programs and services offered by The Jewish Board click, here or call (212) 690-7234.
ABC (Association to Benefit Children)
Administrative office: 419 East 86th Street (between 1st and York Ave.), New York, NY 10028
ABC Schools’ addresses
Echo Park Children and Family Center
1841 Park Avenue (between Park and Lexington Ave.), New York, NY 10035
ABC offers distinctive programs that respond to the unique and changing need of a child and family.
Early Childhood: programs that offer therapy and lessons at the centers or at home for children of low income families, with disabilities, or those that have gone through trauma or homelessness. ABC Schools and program details at www.a-b-c.org/early-childhood.
Family Support: Open Door offers programs for all family members such as computer and job training, English classes, help getting citizenship, immigration help, domestic violence support groups, and more. The Saturday Program offers a safe refuge for children and families from all across the city and provides nutritious meals for all participants. Learn more at www.a-b-c.org/family-support
After School Programs and Youth Services: available at Echo Park, ABC offers to children 5-21 years old academic round support for school with the Therapeutic Afterschool Program. In Afterschool, students also participate in “Study Buddies Connect”, a program where they connect with volunteer buddies who help them achieve their academic goals. Camp Calvin is a 6-week Therapeutic Summer Day Camp. Learn more at www.a-b-c.org/youth-services
All Children’s House: serves children from birth to age 5—those at highest risk for morbidity and mortality resulting from abuse and neglect. All Children’s House builds child-parent attachment to help shield children against the extreme strains of poverty and complex trauma. To learn more visit www.a-b-c.org/preventive-services