Support and Special Education Resources

You may not know it, but there is a lot of help out there for families with children on the autism spectrum.  Reach out if you are unsure. If you still can not find what you are looking for, reach out to me and I will try my best to get you the answers you need. If you know of a great resource or source of help in your area, please e-mail me at sailingautisticseas@gmail.com and I will add it to this list. Thank you.

NATIONAL 

Wrightslaw
From the Wrightslaw Web site: “Parents, educators, advocates, and attorneys come to Wrightslaw for accurate, reliable information about
special education law, education law, and advocacy for children with disabilities.”
http://www.wrightslaw.com/

National Parent Centers
http://www.parentcenterhub.org/find-your-center/

Autism Safety
Visit the link for a list of autism safety products via Autism Speaks. Wandering and Bolting are real issues in the autism community.
http://www.autismspeaks.org/family-services/resource-library/safety-products

Special Needs: The Bully Project
Visit the link for the Special Needs Anti-Bullying Toolkit
http://specialneeds.thebullyproject.com/

Autism After 16 (Transition Roadmaps by State)
From the Autism After 16 Web site: “The pages are designed to outline for families a step by step process to coordinate transition services in their states.”
http://www.autismafter16.com/article/03-30-2012/introduction-roadmaps


NEW YORK 

Special Education Resources

Understanding Special Education in New York City
http://schools.nyc.gov/Academics/SpecialEducation/default.htm

Related Services
NYC DOE Municipality List Independent Providers of Related Services for School-Age Students With Disabilities

Finding  Your Child’s Bus Stop or Route
http://schools.nyc.gov/Offices/Transportation/default.htm

Family Office Hours and Special Education Hotline
http://schools.nyc.gov/Academics/SpecialEducation/when-is-the-next/2012parent-information-session.htm

New York State Special Education Resources
http://www.p12.nysed.gov/specialed/

New York State Regulations of the Commissioner of Education
Part 200 – Students with Disabilities
Part 201 – Procedural Safeguards for Students with Disabilities Subject to Discipline
http://www.p12.nysed.gov/specialed/lawsregs/part200.htm

INCLUDEnyc (Formerly Resources for Children with Special Needs)
Parent Training and Information Center Serving NYC
212 677 4660 (English Resource Line); 212 677 4668 (Spanish Resource Line)
http://www.includenyc.org/

Support and Services 

Special Needs Family Planner
Stuart Flaum
Special Needs Family Planning

Office for People With Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD) Front Door
Find out how to get services through the state of New York for a person with disabilities, including a Medicaid Waiver.
http://www.opwdd.ny.gov/welcome-front-door/home

Bronx Parents Autism Support Circle
A Support Group for Parents of Children on the Autism Spectrum.
Evening meetings are held every second Tuesday of the month and child care is provided.
RSVP required.
http://www.meetup.com/Bronx-Parents-Autism-Support-Circle/

The Metropolitan Parent Center Parent Support Group
Facilitator:
William (Billy) Forteza
Bi-monthly on Wednesdays
11:00 am -1:00pm
Location: Place: Sinergia, Inc.  2082 Lexington Avenue 4th Floor, New York, NY 10035
Contact Mercedes de la Cruz at 212-643-2840 or Email at mdelacruz@sinergiany.org to register and get more information.

Parent to Parent Support Group at The Children’s Hospital at Montefiore
Every first and third Tuesday
12:00pm -1:30pm
3415 Bainbridge Ave.
Bronx, NY
Call Hazel Cooper at 718 741 2357 to register