Frequently asked questions
The New York State Department of Health
The New York State Department of Health administers the Early Intervention Program that offers a variety of therapeutic and support services to eligible infants and toddlers with disabilities and their families. To be eligible for services, children must be under 3 years of age and have a confirmed disability or established developmental delay, as defined by the State, in one or more of the following areas of development: physical, cognitive, communication, social-emotional, and/or adaptive.
New York State Education Department, Office of Special Education’s Office of P-12 Education
The Special Education Office provides assistance to parents, advocacy groups, and schools related to services and programs for students with disabilities. Staff work together across various units to provide the most up to date policy and guidance, technical assistance, professional development, and monitoring to attain equal opportunities and positive results for students with disabilities across New York State.
The New York State Parent Network
The NYS Parent Network is a coordinated group of organizations that provide support and information for parents of children with disabilities via a seamless delivery system throughout New York State. The NYSPN partners are the four U.S. Department of Education-funded Parent Training and Information Centers (PTIC) in New York State and the Community Parent Resource Center, United We Stand.
The Office of People with Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD)
OPWDD is committed to providing a variety of supports and services for individuals with developmental disabilities. “Putting people first,” means giving people with developmental disabilities as much individual choice and control over their own lives as possible.
OPWDD Provider Directory
OPWDD contact e-mail for complaints, opinions
Parent to Parent of New York
Parent to Parent of NYS is a statewide not for profit organization with a mission to support and connect families of individuals with special needs. Parent to Parent of NYS is a statewide network of diverse families with people who have developmental disabilities and special health care needs. Family members share their experience, build relationships and offer emotional support.
Developmental Disabilities Planning Council (DDPC)
The New York State Developmental Disabilities Planning Council is a Federally-funded New York State Agency working and is responsible for developing new ways to improve the delivery of services and supports to New Yorkers with developmental disabilities and their families. The Council focuses on community involvement, employment, recreation and housing issues faced by New Yorkers with developmental disabilities and their families.