OPWDD:  NYS Office for People With Developmental Disabilities

NYSED New York State special education department

NICHCY (National Information Center for Children and Youth with Disabilities) ( Phone:1-800-695-0285.

VESID (Vocational and Educational Services for Individuals with Disabilities) ( a division of the New York State Education Department.

WRIGHTSLAW: Parents, educators, advocates, and attorneys come to Wrightslaw for accurate, reliable information about special education law, education law, and advocacy for children with disabilities. 

Local Diploma Safety Net Options for Students with Disabilities who Enter Grade 9 in September 2011 and Thereafter:

ADVOCACY: Have an advocacy question? Contact The Long Island Advocacy Center, Inc.  LIAC is a private not-for-profit agency dedicated to protecting the legal rights of students and individuals with disabilities. For assistance in Nassau Telephone: 516.248.2222  Fax: 516.248.2290.    


LONG Island Parent Center:  The mission of the Long Island Parent Center at the Center of Community Inclusion LIU, is to provide parents of children with disabilities, in conjunction with the professionals who service their children, with information and resources necessary to promote meaningful involvement in their children's educational programs.

JCC-Sid Jacobson - Special Needs programs and Respite Contact Sharon Hanover at 516-484-1545 ext. 148 or via email at for fees and details on their great programs! 

Mid Island Y - Jewish Community Center (JCC) - Plainview , The K.I.S.S. Center offers a variety of after school programs to meet the needs of your child.  Programs such as Art, Dance and Sports are run by dedicated and professional staff.  Programs include vacation respite, and swim classes. Call Joanna at x332. 

Fay J Lindner Center—Programs and therapies for tweenies/teens/young adults, including home living and social programs, like an adult ‘social café’.  Link onto