Special Needs

Parent Involvement Resource Center

Contact: Sharon Hanover, MSW, Director, Adler Center For Special Needs |  822-35353 x332  |  shanover@miyjcc.org

Steve Goldstein, Assistant Director, Adler Center For Special Needs | 822-3535 x356 | sgoldstein@miyjcc.org

Lauren Watling, Administrative Assistant | 822-3535 x303 | lwatling@miyjcc.org

Long Island Advocacy Center
New Hyde Park Office (516) 248-2222
Hauppauge Office (631) 234-0467

Long Island Parent Center, Center for Community Inclusion
The LIPC is available to provide information and support to parents and professionals, through person to person contact, training, workshops, website contact and our resource library regarding services to children with special needs.
100 Second Ave., Brentwood 11717
(516) 589-4562

Parent to Parent
Providing emotional support and information to families of individuals with special needs in New York State.
PHONE: 1-800-559-1729

AHA/Asperger’s Syndrome and High Functioning Autism Association
Asperger’s Syndrome and High Functioning Autism Association/AHA a not-for-profit organization established in 1988, provides resources, support and information for families, individuals and professionals affected by Asperger’s Syndrome, High Functioning Autism, Pervasive Developmental Disorders and related conditions. AHA presents two major conferences yearly and offers support groups from Montauk to Manhattan. This website and our electronic list serves families, individuals and professionals in New York, as well as across the country and internationally. Answering thousands of hotline calls yearly, we are a valuable source of science-based information.

The Compass Project is a vital resource for young adults with learning disabilities and special needs, designed to help individuals identify career and educational direction. Geared for students in high school and young adults in the college transition phase, The Compass Project provides counseling, career assessment and guidance for individuals and their families. It also offers programs to help people develop independent living skills, increase one’s ability to self-advocate, assist in planning for college, and socialize within a multicultural context.

OPWDD is committed to communicating with individuals and families so they can better understand the OPWDD system and what services and supports are available. The Information for Individuals and Families webpage is another way to help keep people informed, and another way we are Putting People First.

We provide vital support to beneficiary agencies and grantees that serve children and adults with developmental, behavioral, and physical disabilities.
Last year, our collective impact provided:
 • Support for 8,700 clients with autism and their families, including recreational and social opportunities, respite care,  advocacy, and public education.
 • Advocacy to secure $1.6 million in city funding for autism services, including $725,000 for UJA-Federation’s beneficiary  agencies.
 • The opportunity for 58 synagogues throughout Manhattan, Westchester, and Long Island to take part in the Shabbat of Inclusion, welcoming those with disabilities and their families.

ACCESS - VR offers access to a full range of services that may be needed by persons with disabilities through their lives. Through its administration of vocational rehabilitation and independent living programs, VESID coordinates policy and services relating to:
  • transition services for students with disabilities from school to adult services;
  • vocational rehabilitation services for individuals with disabilities, ages 16 and older;
  • independent living services for people with disabilities of all ages; and
  • employer services for hiring a qualified diverse workforce.
The seeds of adult success are sown during the school years. The system established by the Board of Regents to administer education and vocational services for people with disabilities fosters this and has evolved into a national model, designed to focus on our customers and produce results.

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