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Special Needs Resources

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Parent to Parent NYS

800.559.1729 or 631.434.6196


Connects parents who live in NYS with a trained volunteer support parent whose child has the same disability, illness, issue, or concern to provide support and share information. We can also connect families with local, state, or national  resources and organizations.


Long Island Advocacy Center



We are dedicated to protecting the legal rights of students and individuals with disabilities. Information, referral, technical and individual support services are available to empower families that are struggling with the special education process and/or school problems. Through mediations, negotiations, and representation, specially trained attorneys and paraprofessionals ensure that individuals receive the maximum service to which they are entitled under the law.


Long Island Parent Center

631.603.3300 or 800.432.0199


Our goal is to help parents and professionals get services that meet the needs of children with disabilities, age 3 through 21. We assist parents by providing information on available resources and enhancing their skills through training.


Early Childhood Direction Center (ECDC)



We provide information and referral services to parents and professionals who are concerned about the development of a child birth to 5 years of age.


Suffolk County Department of Health/Early Intervention



Suffolk County Department of Health services clients birth to 21 years of age. County representatives ensure appropriate placement of preschool children with disabilities in least restrictive environments.


Variety Child Learning Center

516.921.7171 or 800.933.8779


Our Center provides special education programs for children who reside in Nassau, Suffolk and New York City, with developmental and learning disabilities, including autism, along with programs and support services for families.


Pederson-Krag Center/Child & Family Community–Based Programs



The goal of this program is to enhance the ability of a family with a seriously emotionally challenged or at risk child or adolescent to function as a family within the community.


Cody Resource Center



Our mission is to promote excellence in clinical treatment, research, community service, and educational programs benefiting those with Autism Spectrum Disorders and related developmental disabilities.


Suffolk Independent Living Organization (SILO)



We work with people with disabilities to establish and implement goals for independence. With peer counseling, information and referral, system change and individual advocacy, individuals with disabilities can work toward achieving these goals.

There are many resources available for children and adults with special needs