State Agencies

Vocational and Educational Services for Individuals with Disabilities (VESID)  offers access to a full range of services that may be needed by persons with disabilities through their lives.

Office of People With Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD) – OPWDD's vision of productive and fulfilling lives for people with developmental disabilities is achieved by creating opportunities and supporting people in ways that allow access to the supports and services they want and need.

Developmental Disabilities Planning Council  The Developmental Disabilities Planning Council is a federally funded state agency working under the direction of Governor Andrew Cuomo and is responsible for developing new ways to improve the delivery of services and supports to New Yorkers with developmental disabilities and their families.

Social Security Disability  Social Security Disability Income (SSDI) and  Supplemental Security Income (SSI)  are the two largest Federal assistance programs that offer financial support to those with disabilities. To qualify for benefits, you must meet specific medical criteria outlined by the Social Security Administration (SSA).

Educational & Training Resources

Glossary of Special Education Terms

Parent to Parent Online Training  This Online Training Center offers  the opportunity to increase your knowledge in a variety of topic areas. The training format is similar to a self-study course allowing a person to progress at his or her own pace. Examples include: Home Medical Care, Advocacy Skills, and Parent-Professional Collaboration.

Medicaid Service Coordination Family Training  Learn what Medicaid Service Coordination is, how it works, and the benefits of the service. 

Self-Determination and SDS  This guide, published by The New York Self-Determination Coalition, helps to introduce and explain the self-determination option for people with developmental disabilities who require support through the New York State OPWDD's HCBS Waiver.

Parents & Families

Family Resource Network, Inc. is a parent-run, parent-driven non-profit organization serving families of children with special needs in Chenango, Delaware, Otsego, Broome, Tioga, and Tompkins counties.

Resources for Children with Special Needs – Resources shares knowledge and support to empower parents and other New Yorkers who care about young people with disabilities. Founded in 1983 by three moms who were looking for resources for their children, Resources has grown to be the premier source for knowledge and help with systems, programs, and services affecting young people with disabilities.

New York Families for Autistic Children (NYFAC)  serves any family within New York that has a child with a developmental disability. Their doors are open to any family member, friend, professional, or student who wants to learn, to develop, and to grow.

Parent to Parent of NYS  is a statewide non-profit organization with a mission to support and connect New York State families of individuals with special needs. A Support Parent Network is the backbone of the Parent Matching Program, a model program used across the country to put parents in touch on a one-to-one basis with other parents who have a child with a chronic illness or disability.

The Sibling Support Project – Dedicated to the interests of over six million young and adult brothers and sisters of people with special health, mental health, and developmental needs.

Mission of Complex: Our Journey Through Hyperlexia  Often stories about developmental disabilities focus solely on children, leaving parents to ask, "What happens when my child grows up?" In this blog, one Springbrook family hopes to provide some answers. Follow them as they chronicle the life of their 20-year-old son, Nate, and share their observations on dealing with autism, in order to provide other parents with hope and solace. 

Helpful Guides for People with Disabilities

Popular real estate website, Redfin, runs a blog with helpful information for homebuyers and sellers. This informative blog post serves as a guide that features great tips for individuals with disabilities and their families, who are interested in purchasing a home.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention created this guide  for healthcare professionals, in order to help them increase physical activity in the lives of adults with disabilities, but it can serve as a helpful tool for anyone, including individuals of any age, and their families.

HomeAdvisor is an online home improvement marketplace that provides free tools for homeowners to locate trustworthy home improvement, maintenance, and repair professionals. This  user-friendly and easy to understand guide  features cost listings and descriptions for people who are thinking about making accommodating improvements—such as ramps, lower kitchen cabinets, or bathroom support bars—in their homes.

Assistive Technology

Proloquo2Go - Proloquo2Go™ is a new product from AssistiveWare that provides a full-featured communication solution for people who have difficulty speaking. It brings natural sounding text-to-speech voices, up-to-date symbols, powerful automatic conjugations, a default vocabulary of over 7000 items, full expandability and extreme ease of use to the iPhone and iPod touch. Proloquo2Go includes natural sounding text-to-speech voices, up-to-date symbols, powerful automatic conjugations, a default vocabulary of over 7000 items, full expandability, and extreme ease of use.

The Alliance for Technology Access  is a growing national and international network of technology resource centers, community-based organizations, agencies, individuals, and companies. The mission of the ATA is to increase the use of technology by children and adults with disabilities and functional limitations. ATA encourages and facilitates the empowerment of people with disabilities to participate fully in their communities.

Technology is helping to improve the lives of people with a wide range of disabilities. One of the most common accessibility features available is the "speech-to-text" or closed captions option for people with hearing difficulties. Sometimes it can be challenging to locate this option in the menus of our devices, streaming video players, and televisions, but this  helpful guide  explains how to use these features on most of the popular video platforms available today. 

Other Agencies  is a comprehensive online resource providing people with disabilities access to disability-related information and programs available across the government, including benefits, civil rights, community life, education, employment, housing, health, technology, and transportation.

The Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities  is a coalition of approximately 100 national disability organizations working together to advocate for national public policy that ensures the self-determination, independence, empowerment, integration, and inclusion of children and adults with disabilities.

The National Organization on Disability  works in partnership with businesses, government, national philanthropies, and local organizations to promote the inclusion of people with disabilities.

Support Us