Additional Information and Resources
Early Childhood Direction Centers
There are 14 Early Childhood Direction Centers statewide, funded by the New York State Education Department, that provide information about programs and services for young children, ages birth through five, who have physical, mental, or emotional disabilities. These centers help families obtain services for their children.
Parent to Parent of New York StateThis is a parentrun organization, with nine offices statewide, that brings parents of children with disabilities together with other parents who have children with the same or similar disabilities. Parents can discuss similar problems, successes, share information, and provide each other with support.
Parent Training and Information Centers
There are four centers staffed by experienced parents and professionals who provide information and training to families with children with disabilities, professionals working with families, and members of the community.
The New York State Commission on Quality of Care for the Mentally Disabled provides a full range of advocacy services for persons with disabilities and administers contracts with a statewide network of legal and advocacy services.