Parent To Parent of NYS


Special Education

Capital Region Special Education Information Center

The Capital Region Parent to Parent of NYS Special Education Information Center is funded by Starbridge’s Parent Training and Information Center (PTIC) program. This program is federally funded through the U.S. Department of Education Office of Special Education Programs under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA).  The purpose of the program is to help parents of children with disabilities to achieve increased knowledge of the range of special education options and services that are available, connect with other parents, build stronger partnership with your school district and the professionals who serve them.


We provide personalized one to one assistance, information & referral, community outreach, workshops and webinars for parents and professionals on a variety of topics relating to education, i.e., Special Education Laws from Section 504, EI to CSE ,Graduation and beyond.  The Special Education Information Center assists parents and professionals to work in a collaborative manner to obtain appropriate information about the range of options, programs, services, and resources available to advocate effectively so that all children receive a free and appropriate public education in the Least Restrictive Environment. We are empowering parents so they can effectively advocate for their child/children in a very complicated services system.


In addition we offer an intensive Lay Advocacy Series one time per year.  This 30-35 hour multi-session training series which prepares parents/guardians of children with disabilities to advocate within the educational system for their own children and as a volunteer for other families  Participants are selected through an application process.  


There is no fee's for this training or any of the other services we offer. 


We cover 11 counties in the (Capital District):

Albany, Columbia, Fulton, Greene, Montgomery, Rensselaer, Saratoga, Schenectady, Schoharie, Warren and Washington


NY PTIC Core Community Partner list:


Starbridge (formerly The Advocacy Center and LDA Life and Learning Services)

1650 South Ave

Rochester, NY 14620

(585) 546-1700


Counties Covered: Chemung, Livingston, Monroe, Ontario, Schuyler, Seneca, Steuben, Tioga, Wayne, and Yates


Central New York Parent Education Specialist:

Kara Georgi: (315)-345-2555 - covering Onondaga, Cayuga, Cortland, Madison, Otsego, Delaware, Chenango, Tompkins, & Broome Counties


Long Island Advocacy Center

490 Wheeler Rd. Hauppauge, NY 11788

Phone: (631) 234-0467


Counties Covered: Nassau & Suffolk


Northern Regional Center for Independent Living

210 Court St., Watertown, NY 13601

Phone #: (315) 785-8703


Counties Covered: Jefferson, Lewis, St. Lawrence (Akwasasne Res.), Clinton, Essex, Franklin, Hamilton, Herkimer, Oswego, Oneida


Parent Network of Western New York

1000 Main St., Buffalo, NY 14202

Phone : (716) 332-4170 or (866) 277-4762


Counties Covered: Information and technical assistance: Allegany, Cattaraugus, Chautauqua, Erie, Genesee, Niagara, and Orleans, Wyoming


Putnam Independent Living Center

1961 Route 6, 2nd Floor, Carmel, NY 10512

Phone : (845) 228-7457


Counties Covered: Westchester, Putnam, Rockland, Orange, Dutchess, Ulster, and Sullivan




New York State Special Education Parent Centers

There are 13 Special Education Parent Centers across New York State. These centers will provide parents of children with disabilities with information, resources, trainings and strategies.


Long Island Parent Center

Center for Community Inclusion

Brentwood Campus, Long Island University

100 Second Avenue

Brentwood, New York 11717


Covers the following BOCES: Suffolk; Nassau


Brooklyn Center for Independence of the Disabled

27 Smith Street, Suite 200,

Brooklyn, NY 11201

718-998-3000  ;

Region served: NYC – Brooklyn


Resources for Children with Special Needs, Inc

The Manhattan Parent Center Without Walls

116 E. 16th Street, 5th floor

New York, New York 10003

212-677-4650       ;

Region served: NYC – Manhattan


Parent to Parent NY, Inc.

Staten Island Special Education Parent Center

1050 Forest Hill Road

Staten Island, NY 10314

718-494-4872              ;

Region served: NYC - Staten Island


Resources for Children with Special Needs, Inc.

The Bronx Parent Center Without Walls

116 E. 16th Street, 5th floor

New York, New York 10003

212-677-4650  ;

Region served: NYC - Bronx


United We Stand of New York, LTD

Queens Special Education Parent Center

Mail to: 91 Harrison Ave

Location: 98 Moore Street

Brooklyn NY 11206


Region served: NYC - Queens


Parent Network of Western New York

1000 Main St

Buffalo, NY 14202

716-332-4170 Main number

Covers the following BOCES:  Erie 1; Erie 2 (Chautauqua-Cattaraugus); Orleans-Niagara-Cattaraugus-Allegany; Buffalo School District


Family Resource Network, Inc.

46 Oneida Street

Oneonta, NY 13820


Covers the following BOCES: Broome-Delaware Tioga; Delaware-Chenango-Madison-Otsego; Otsego-Northern Catskills; Greater Southern Tier 1


Syracuse University Parent Advocacy Center (SUPAC)

Center on Human Policy, Law, and Disability Studies

Syracuse University

805 S. Crouse Avenue

Room 110 Hoople

Syracuse, NY 13244

315-443-4336               ;

Covers the following BOCES: Herkimer-Fulton-Hamilton-Otsego; Madison-Oneida; Oneida-Herkimer-Madison; Oswego County; Onondaga-Cortland-Madison; Tompkins-Seneca-Tioga; Cayuga-Onondaga and Syracuse City School District


Northern Regional Center for Independent Living, Inc.

210 Court Street, Suite 107

Watertown, NY 13601


Covers the following BOCES: Clinton-Essex-Warren-Washington; Franklin-Essex-Hamilton; St. Lawrence-Lewis; Jefferson-Lewis-Hamilton-Herkimer-Oneida


The Westchester Institute for Human Development

Cedarwood Hall, Room A106

Valhalla, NY 10595



Covers the following BOCES: Dutchess; Orange-Ulster; Putnam-Northern Westchester; Rockland; Southern Westchester; Sullivan; Ulster and Yonkers City School District


The Advocacy Center, Inc.

590 South Ave

Rochester, NY 14620


Covers the following BOCES:  Genesee Valley; Monroe 1; Monroe 2 –Orleans; Ontario-Seneca-Yates-Cayuga-Wayne; and Rochester City School District


Parent Network of the Capital Region

1190 Troy Schenectady Road

Latham, NY 12110


Covers the following BOCES: Capital Region; Hamilton-Fulton-Montgomery; Washington-Saratoga-Warren-Hamilton-Essex; Questar III


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