Resources and Websites
The internet has a wealth of information which can be both helpful and overwhelming. There are numerous sites dedicated to providing persons with disabilities, families, and professionals with accurate information and support. Below are some websites that provide multiple resources and information on education, disabilities, community services, advocacy and other valuable topics.
New York State Education Department Office of Special Education
The Special Education Office provides assistance to parents, advocacy groups, and schools related to services and programs for students with disabilities. This site contains many resources, documents, and other comprehensive information. Read through the publications and policy memos issued by the special education office at NYSED which can be found under the ‘Publications’ tab in the center along the top of the website page. Memos can be searched by date, or alphabetically by topic. If you have a question about anything relating to special education see if there is a memo related to the topic in question. The “News” tab on the top-left is another good way to stay current on special education policy issues in NYS.
New York State Office for People with Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD)
OPWDD is responsible for coordinating services for people with developmental disabilities, including intellectual disabilities, cerebral palsy, Down syndrome, autism spectrum disorders, and other neurological impairments. It provides services directly and through a network nonprofit service providing agencies. This website provides information and resources for individuals, families, professionals, employees, and service providers about OPWDD, services and supports available, related regulations and guidance, community connections, contact information, and much more.
Adult Career and Continuing Education Services-Vocational Rehabilitation (ACCES-VR)
ACCES-VR offers access to a full range of employment and independent living services that may be needed by persons with disabilities through their lives. Through its administration of vocational rehabilitation and independent living programs, VR coordinates policy and services relating to transition services for students with disabilities from school to adult services; vocational rehabilitation services for working age individuals with disabilities; independent living services for people with disabilities of all ages; and business services for hiring a qualified diverse workforce. This website provides information on application procedures, business services, district office contact information, publications, and more.
New York State Office of Mental Health (OMH)
OMH operates psychiatric centers across the State, and also regulates, certifies and oversees more than 4,500 programs, which are operated by local governments and nonprofit agencies. These programs include various inpatient and outpatient programs, emergency, community support, residential and family care programs. This website provides information and resources to families, professionals and providers about the mental health system, programs available, contact information for area offices, up to date news, and much more.
The mission of PACER Center (Parent Advocacy Coalition for Educational Rights) is to expand opportunities and enhance the quality of life of children and young adults with disabilities and their families, based on the concept of parents helping parents. This website provides multiple tools and resources for parents and professionals across the nation.
National Center for Learning Disabilities (NCLD)
NCLD’s website is devoted to learning disabilities, early literacy, the effective implementation of Response to Intervention in school districts nationwide, and policy and advocacy. The website has interactive programs, webinars, information about learning disabilities or related disorders, various parent guides and publications, and other valuable resources for parents, educators, other advocates.
LD OnLine provides information about learning disabilities, learning disorders and differences. Parents and teachers of learning disabled children will find resources on attention deficit disorder, ADD / ADHD, dyslexia, dysgraphia, dyscalculia, dysnomia, reading difficulties, speech and related disorders.
The Center for Parent Information and Resources
The Center for Parent Information and Resources (CPIR) serves as a central resource of information and products to the community of Parent Training Information (PTI) Centers and the Community Parent Resource Centers (CPRCs), so that they can focus their efforts on serving families of children with disabilities.
This website provides information about special education law, education law, and advocacy for children with disabilities. It presents information developed for parents, educators, advocates, and attorneys in lay terms.
Center for Disease Control and Prevention
The CDC website has information and resources about health and safety, disability and disease specific information, publications, news and health alerts, fact sheets, and various other information and resources for individuals of all ages and professionals.