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Useful Links and Resources

NY ABLE Program
The NY ABLE Program is a savings and investment plan that helps families and individuals with disabilities pay
for medical and living expenses to maintain health, independence and quality of life. This plan is intended to supplement benefits from programs like Medicaid, SSI and private insurance. Like a college savings account, there is no federal tax on savings added to a NY ABLE account, provided the funds are used to pay for qualified disability expenses. For more information click here to go to the NY ABLE website.



NYS ACCES – Adult Career and Continuing Education Services

Oversees the development of adult education programs that support the entire continuum of adult literacy, Limited English Proficient / English Language Learners (LEP/ELLS) instruction, preparation for the NYS High School Equivalency diploma, and career and technical education for out-of-school youth and adults. Click here to go to the NYS ACCES website.


NYS ACCES-VR Vocational Rehabilitation

The ACCES-VR assists individuals with disabilities to achieve and maintain employment and to support independant living through training, education, rehabilitation and career development. Click here to go to the ACCESS-VR website.



New York Access Pass
The Access Pass permits residents of New York State with disabilities, as defined in the application, free or discounted use of state parks, historic sites, and recreational facilities operated by the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation and the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation. The pass holder may have free or discounted use of facilities operated by these offices, for which there is normally a charge. Click here for the NYS Parks Access Pass page



Parent to Parent of NYS
Parent to Parent of New York State is an organization that builds a supportive network of families to reduce isolation and empower those who care for people with developmental disabilities or special healthcare needs to navigate and influence service systems and make informed decisions. Parent to Parent provides many different resources including free webinars on a variety of different topics, 1:1 support through their parent matching program, and parent support groups. Click here to visit the Parent to Parent website. 




Understood is a nonprofit dedicated to providing resources and support so people who learn and think differently can thrive in school, at work and throughout life. Click here to visit the Understood website. 


NYS Parent’s Guide to Special Education 

To ensure students with disabilities receive a free appropriate public education in the least restrictive environment, there are essential and fundamental procedural rights and protections afforded to parents by the federal Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), the federal regulations that implement IDEA [34 CFR Part 300], Article 89 of the New York State (NYS) Education Law, and Part 200 of the NYS Commissioner’s Regulations. 

Click below for the NYS Parent’s Guide to Special Education.

A Parent's Guide to Special Education – English 

A Parent's Guide to Special Education – Spanish 


Additional Links 

Autism Speaks

Center for Parent Information and Resources

Children and Adults with Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (CHADD)

Family Caregiver Alliance

Learning Disabilities Association of America

National Down Syndrome Society

NYS Office of Mental Health

NYS Testing Accommodations for Students with Disabilities

Office for People with Developmental Disabilities

Parent Advocacy Coalition for Educational Rights (PACER Center)

PBS Misunderstood Minds

Suffolk County Directory of Behavioral Health Services