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Education Advocacy Groups
  Education Advocacy Groups ImageAdvocates for Children
(212) 947-9779
Works on behalf of children from infancy to age 21 who are at greatest risk for school-based discrimination and/or academic failure, including children in foster care. The AFC Education Hotline takes calls Monday-Thursday, 10-4. The number for the helpline is 866-427-6033.

Inside Schools

Contains independent reviews of the NYC public schools along with many valuable tips to navigate the NYC educational bureaucracy.

New York State Special Education Parent Centers
There is a Special Education Parent Center supported by the NYS Education Department serving each of the five boroughs of New York City. These Parent Centers provide information and training, and assist parents in resolving disputes over special education services. They do not provide legal services or representation at Impartial Hearings.

Contact information is as follows:
Brooklyn – Brooklyn Center for the Independence of the Disabled – (718) 998-3000
Manhattan – Resources for Children with Special Needs – (212) 677-4650
Bronx – Resources for Children with Special Needs – (212) 677-4650
Queens – United We Stand of New York – (718) 302-4313
Staten Island – Parent to Parent NY – (718) 494-3462

The Legal Aid Society
Kathryn A. McDonald Education Advocacy Project (EAP)
(212) 577-3342
Providing Educational Assistance to Kids (PEAK)
(718) 250-4510
The EAP provides early intervention, preschool and school-age special education advocacy to children who are the subject of active child protective proceedings in one of the NYC Family Courts, and are represented by a law guardian from the Juvenile Rights Division.  PEAK provides a broad range of education advocacy services, including representation at Superintendent’s suspension hearing, on behalf of children who are represented by the Juvenile Rights Division in a delinquency, PINS, or child protective manner.

Partnership for Children’s Rights
(212) 683-7999
Provides free legal assistance for special education issues to disadvantaged children in New York City.

New York City Department of Education
Includes statistical information on all the schools in the City, as well as the Chancellor’s Regulations, and a variety of other helpful resources about the public school system. You can also call “212-NEW-YORK” (same as “311” from the City) to determine a child’s appropriate zone school or region, obtain DOE phone numbers and request other DOE information.

New York Lawyers for the Public Interest
(212) 244-4664
Through its Disability Rights Clinic, NYLPI provides information, assistance, direct representation and training to parents and advocates seeking to protect the educational rights of children.

Resources for Children with Special Needs
(212) 677-4650
Provide information, referral, advocacy, training and support for parents of New York City children with special needs and disabilities.

Sinergia, INC.
(212) 643-2840
Provides free or low cost legal services and advocacy on special education services and rights.

Suspension Representation Project
(212) 998-6753
Comprised of law students from NYC-area law schools; provides free representation at Superintendent’s suspension hearings.

Legal Services for New York City (LSNY) – Bronx
Serves all boroughs, services include representation at suspension hearings, clients must meet financial eligibility.

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