The New York State Office for People With Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD) is responsible for coordinating services for New Yorkers with developmental disabilities, including intellectual disabilities, cerebral palsy, Down syndrome, autism spectrum disorders, Prader-Willi syndrome and other neurological impairments. It provides services directly and through a network of approximately 650 nonprofit service providing agencies, with about 80 percent of services provided by the private nonprofits and 20 percent provided by state-run services.
A new state law now makes identification cards available to people who have a medically diagnosed developmental disability. These new I/DD ID cards are meant to be presented to law enforcement, firefighters and emergency medical services personnel to aid in the communication process.
YAI is a network of agencies offering people with developmental disabilities a comprehensive range of services across the lifespan. YAI’s workforce of over 5,000 employees, provide information and referral services, early childhood and school age programs, family support services, primary and specialty healthcare, mental health and rehabilitation services, day services, employment training and placement, and residential opportunities.
RCSN is New York City’s only independent nonprofit organization that works for families and children with all disabilities, across all boroughs, to understand, navigate, and access the services needed to ensure that all children and youth have the opportunity to develop their full potential.
The goal of Special Needs Family Planning is to help make a positive difference in the life of a person with a disability, their parents/caregivers, and other family members. Individuals and families come to Stuart Flaum, Managing Director, to develop not just a financial plan but a life care plan. Stuart assists families with developing valuable financial strategies that first identify financial goals and concerns, then offer solutions to reach those goals. Stuart develops a visual flow chart with written explanations on which government programs and social services may be appropriate, establishing timelines, and eligibility requirements for the many, varied government and social service programs. Self-Direction and Financial Planning are life care strategies that are changing how parents and individuals with developmental disabilities reach for successful outcomes. As a parent of an adult son with developmental disabilities, and passionate advocate, Stuart Flaum has walked the walk and understands the issues families face.
The Difflearn blog collaborates with trusted professionals and parents to share experiences, concerns, new and exciting products and events and best of all, our collective treasure of information. DRFL earning carries over 500 products carefully selected to support the Autism Community. Everything from basic flashcards, books and timers to advanced social skills tools to support children with autism at every step of their program.
CID-NY provides a variety of services to people with disabilies and their families. From guidance about medicaid and schools to early intervention programs to benefits counseling and independent living, they have been supporting people with disabilities since 1978. They have offices in Manhattan and Queens and their services are free of charge.
Specializing in connecting people with developmental disabilities to jobs, including on-site job coaching. Their supported living program that allows people to establish a home regardless of their level of independence, and their Community Connections program is an individualized alternative to group day programs.
The Center for Autis and the Developing Brain provides comprehensive care in a single setting for individuals iving with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) and other developmental disorders of the brain. It is a collaborative program between New York-Presbyterian, Weill Cornell Medical College, and Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, in partnership with NEXT for Autism.
From pre-schools and sibling supports to residential services and job placements and quite a lot in between, AHRC is one of New York City's largest non profits and offers a wide array of programs and services for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities across more than 100 locations in the five boroughs.
S:US drives scalable solutions to transform the lives of people with disabilities, people in poverty, and people facing homelessness. Their services for people with developmental disabilities include residential and employment services, self direction, ABA, day hab and community hab, and family supports.
Founded in 2001, OAR uses applied science to answer questions that parents, families, individuals with autism, teachers, researchers, and caregivers confront daily. Since 2002 they have funded more than $4 million in autism research in the fom of pilot studies and graduate research grants. They also host informational resources for families, teachers, self advocates, children, and more.
ASAT provides a well-respected, comprehensive website that tackles the array of considerations surrounding autism treatment. From parents and educators to medical professionals to the media, they are dedicated to providing research summaries of the full array of autism treatments so that families and professionals can make the most informed decisions possible.