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The following information listed below is meant to assist people with disabilities in finding helpful resources, services and/or benefits available for education. Specifically, if you are a parent, it will provide you with invaluable knowledge that will help you choose the right course of action for your child. Note that special education laws and regulations are meant to protect a student with disabilities and ensure that he or she gets the services and assistance that may be necessary to make effective progress.

Education Resources
The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA)
Individualized Education Program (IEP)
Mayor's Office of Adult Education
New York City Department of Education
Section 504 (Civil Rights Law)
Students with Disabilities Preparing for Postsecondary Education
Additional Educational Resources

Education Resources
Early Childhood Direction Center
The Early Childhood Direction Center (ECDC), funded by the New York State Education Department, provides free confidential information and referral services to parents and professionals for children from birth to five years of age with diagnosed or suspected special needs.

Manhattan - 435 East 70th Street, 2A - New York, NY 10021 - Phone: 212-746-6175

Brooklyn - 160 Lawrence Avenue - Brooklyn, NY 11230 - Phone: 718-437-3794

Bronx - 2488 Grand Concourse #337 - Bronx, NY 10458 - Phone: 718-584-0658

Queens - 82-25 164th Street - Jamaica, NY 11432 - Phone: 718-374-0002 EXT.465

Staten Island - 242 Mason Avenue, 1st Floor - Staten Island, NY 10305 - Phone: 718-226-6670


New York State Special Education Parent Centers
The NYS Special Education Parent Centers provide parents of children with disabilities with information, resources, and strategies to:

  • promote their meaningful involvement in their children's education programs, including information regarding the special education process (referrals, individual evaluations and individualized education program development and transition planning); assist in understanding their children's disabilities;
  • promote early resolution of disputes between parents and school districts;
  • promote the use of resolution sessions and special education mediation;
  • assist in understanding procedural due process rights, including the right to impartial hearings and appeals and the State complaint process; and
  • enhance parents' skills and levels of confidence to communicate effectively and work collaboratively with other schools and other stakeholders to advocate and actively participate in their children's education program.


Brooklyn Center for Independence of the Disabled
27 Smith Street
Suite 200
Brooklyn, NY 11201
Phone: 718-998-3000
ax: 718-998-3743

Resources for Children with Special Needs, Inc
The Manhattan Parent Center Without Walls
116 E. 16th Street
5th floor
New York, New York 10003
Phone: 212-677-4650
Fax: 212-254-4070

Parent to Parent NY, Inc.
Staten Island Special Education Parent Center
1050 Forest Hill Road
Staten Island, NY 10314
Phone: 718-494-4872
Fax: 718-494-4805

Resources for Children with Special Needs, Inc
The Bronx Parent Center Without Walls
116 E. 16th Street
5th floor
New York, New York 10003
Phone: 212-677-4650
Fax: 212-254-4070

United We Stand of New York
LTD Queens Special Education Parent Center
98 Moore Street
Brooklyn NY 11206
Phone: 718-302-4313
Fax: 718-302-4315

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The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA)
The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) is a law ensuring services to children with disabilities throughout the nation. IDEA governs how states and public agencies provide early intervention, special education and related services to more than 6.5 million eligible infants, toddlers, children and youth with disabilities.

Infants and toddlers with disabilities (birth-2) and their families receive early intervention services under IDEA Part C. Children and youth (ages 3-21) receive special education and related services under IDEA Part B.


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Individualized Education Program (IEP)
An Individualized Educational Program (IEP) describes the special education and related services specifically designed to meet the unique educational needs of a student with a disability. An IEP is the guiding document for a student's educational program. It includes all of the goals, objectives, present levels of performance and related services that are recommended for the student.

The D75 Office of Instruction supports the efforts of the D75 IEP Coordinator in disseminating the most current information, both legal and instructional, on the writing of school-based Individual Education Programs. Special attention is given to the impact of current educational trends and Central Board initiatives (e.g. promotion policy, standards-based instruction) on the writing of meaningful IEPs.


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Mayor's Office of Adult Education
The Mayor's Office of Adult Education works to improve the quality of life of New Yorkers by promoting a state-of-the-art adult education system. We want a system that serves more people with greater results. We are helping programs to use best practices to help learners reach their goals. We work with adult learners, educators, and government agencies to achieve this vision. We also work with new partners who can enhance the system.

You can find free classes in English for Speakers of Other Languages, basic reading and writing, GED test preparation, and career and technical education offered in locations throughout the City. These classes are open to everyone, and you do not need to show proof of citizenship.


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New York City Department of Education
By visiting the New York City Department of Education website you can find a comprehensive guide to Understanding Special Education in New York City. You can also find the Parents' Bill of Rights (in PDF) which spells out the rights and responsibilities of parents and families to ensure all students get a quality education. For help understanding the referral process you can review the New York City Department of Education Standard Operating Procedure Manual: The Referral, Evaluation, and Placement of School Age Students with Disabilities (in PDF).

District 75 provides citywide educational, vocational, and behavior support programs for students who are on the autism spectrum, have significant cognitive delays, are severely emotionally challenged, sensory impaired and/or multiply disabled. District 75 consists of 56 school organizations, home and hospital instruction and vision and hearing services. Our schools and programs are located at more than 310 sites in the Bronx, Brooklyn, Manhattan, Queens, Staten Island and Syosset, New York. District 75 also helps families with transition services (in PDF) to help students move smoothly from school to adult life.


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Section 504 (Civil Rights Law)
 Section 504 is a civil rights law prohibiting discrimination against individuals with disabilities ensuring equal access to an education. Section 504 provides: "No otherwise qualified individual with a disability in the United States . . . shall, solely by reason of her or his disability, be excluded from the participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance . . . ."

The Section 504 regulations require a school district to provide a "free appropriate public education" (FAPE) to each qualified student with a disability who is in the school district's jurisdiction, regardless of the nature or severity of the disability. Under Section 504, FAPE consists of the provision of regular or special education and related aids and services designed to meet the student's individual educational needs as adequately as the needs of nondisabled students are met.


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Students with Disabilities Preparing for Postsecondary Education
As a student with a disability, you need to be well informed about your rights and responsibilities as well as the responsibilities postsecondary schools have toward you. Being well informed will help ensure you have a full opportunity to enjoy the benefits of the postsecondary education experience without confusion or delay.


CUNY's commitment to students with disabilities
Each CUNY campus features an Office of Disability Services, managed by a director who coordinates the provision of reasonable accommodations and support services for students with disabilities. Students' needs for reasonable accommodations and support services are verified by these offices. They also provide counseling and referrals, and arrange crucial auxiliary aids and services, including assistive technology services, note takers, readers, sign language interpreter services, distance learning networks, priority registration, and alternative testing arrangements.


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Additional Educational Resources
Advocates for Children of New York
151 West 30th Street, 5th Floor
New York, NY 10001

Advocates for Children of New York works on behalf of children who are at greatest risk for school based discrimination and/or academic failure due to poverty, disability, race ethnicity, immigrant or English Language Learner status, homelessness, or involvement in the foster care or juvenile justice systems.

Advanced Psychological Assessment, P.C.
Shahal Rozenblatt, Ph.D.
137 East 36th Street
Suite 4
New York, NY 10016
Phone: 866-840-9790
Email: neurodoc@advancedpsy.com
A neuropsychologist specializing in the evaluation and treatment of children, adolescents & adults with ADHD, learning disorders, autism, brain injury, & epilepsy.

Birch Family Services
104 W. 29th Street
New York, NY 10001
Phone: 212-616-1800
Fax: 212-242-5874
Family Support Services Dept. within a non-profit agency providing information, referral, advocacy and support for parents of children with special needs from birth through transition to adult life.

The Center for Attention and Learning
210 East 64th Street (between 2nd and 3rd Avenues)
4th Floor
New York, NY 10065
Phone: 212-434-4594
Outpatient NYC clinic offering neuropsychological/psychoeducational testing services and therapy services for children age 5 to 18. Service fees on sliding scale based on family income.

Cerebral Palsy Associations of New York State
330 W. 34th Street
New York, NY 10001
Phone: 212-947-5770 ext. 201

Center for Cognitive assessment
Wilfred van Gorp, Ph.D., ABPP
200 W. 57th Street
Suite 603
New York, NY 10019
Phone: 212-247-1350
Email: office@cognitive-assessment.com
Neuropsychological and psychoeducational evaluation services for children and adults for academic, test or work accommodations. All services provided by a board certified neuropsychologist.

Center for Educational and Psychological Services
525 West 120th Street
Box 91
New York, NY 10027
Phone: 212-678-3262
Services include psychotherapy, limited reading tutoring, psychological and educational assessments at a reduced fee. Services provided by advanced graduate students on a limited schedule.

Developmental Coach: Behavior Skills and Language
Stephen Katz
337 East 90th Street
New York, NY 10128
Phone: 917-842-4984
Email: steveck42@aol.com
I enjoy the challenges and rewards that each day brings. My approach is very easy going with an emphasis on making eye contact while finding opportunities to engage individuals in their natural environment.

Dysautonomia Foundation, Inc.
633 Third Avenue
12th Floor
New York, NY 10017
Phone: 212-949-6644
Provides resources and advocates on behalf of those affected by Familial Dysautonomia (FD)

Dysautonomia Treatment and Evaluation Center
Department of Pediatrics & Department of Neurology
NYU School of Medicine
530 First Avenue
Suite 9Q
New York, NY 10016
Phone: 212-263-7225

Elyse Dub, Ph.D., NCSP
114 East 71st Street
Suite 1E
New York, NY 10021
Phone: 917-541-7340
Email: elysedub@yahoo.com
Dr. Elyse Dub conducts neuropsychological evaluations for students struggling in school. She also provides individual remediation in areas such as organizational and study skills.

International Dyslexia Association (New York Branch)
Diana Naples, I & R Specialist
71 West 23rd Street
Suite 1527
New York, NY 10010
Phone: 212-691-1930 x12
Fax: 212-633-1620
Email: info@nybida.org
Website www.nybida.org
NYBIDA is a non - profit organization that provides continuing education in appropriate diagnostic & remedial approaches & supports the rights of people with Dyslexia and related Learning Disabilities so that they may lead more fulfilling lives.

Learning Disabilities Association of New York City
27 West 20th Street
Suite 304
New York, NY 10011
Phone: 212-645-6730
Fax: 212-924-8896
Email: info@ldanyc.org
Website www.ldanyc.com
An information and referral service for learning disabilities resources in the five counties of New York City. It is accessible Monday - Friday from 9 AM to 5 PM; and has bi-lingual (Spanish) capacity.

Manhattan Testing and Counseling
Beth E. King, Ph.D.
509 W. 110th Street
Suite 4A
New York, NY 10025
Phone: 212-222-7477
Email: BethKingPhD@gmail.com
Clinical and neuropsychologist specializing in the evaluation and treatment of children with ADHD, LD, PDD, dysgraphia, PTSD, CAPD and language disorders. Therapy and parent coaching.

The National Jewish Council for Disabilities / YACHAD
Chani Herrmann
11 Broadway
13th Fl.
New York, NY 10004
Phone: 212-613-8229
Email: njcd@ou.orgWebsite 
The National Jewish Council for Disabilities provides individualized and ongoing support to Jewish communal institutions i.e. synagogues, schools, community centers facilitating inclusion for all individuals with disabilities.

NYU Child Study Center
Sarah Kern, LMSW
577 First Avenue
New York, NY 10016
Phone: 212-263-2749
Email: sarah.kern@nyumc.org
The NYU Child Study Center's Autism service is dedicated to diagnosing and providing treatment and support for children, adolescents, and adults with Autism Spectrum Disorders.

University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities
Developmental Disabilities Center
St. Lukes - Roosevelt Hospital Center
1000 10th Avenue
New York, NY 10019
Phone: 212-523-6230

University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities Education, Research and Service
Albert Einstein College of Medicine/Yeshiva University
1410 Pelham Parkway
Bronx, NY 10461
Phone: 718-430-8522
Email: hcohen@aecom.yu.edu

VESID Special Education Policy Unit
The VESID Special Education Policy Unit develops special education law, regulations and policy which provide the appropriate legal framework that promotes equity and opportunity for all students with disabilities to meet educational standards established for all students in the least restrictive environment; develop informational materials which provide parents, educators; and other individuals with the necessary information to be effectively involved in the education of school-age students with disabilities.

YAI/National Institute for People with Disabilities
460 West 34th St.
11th Floor
New York, NY 10001
866-2-YAI-LINK (866-292-4546)
Email: link@yai.orgWebsite 
Services in Metro NY area for children and adults with developmental and learning disabilities, including early childhood, family support, health care, and specialty health care.

Yellow Pages for Kids with Disabilities.
Find educational consultants, psychologists, diagnosticians, health care specialists, academic tutors, speech language therapists, advocates and attorneys.

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