A Child Care Health Consultant is trained to address issues such as playground safety, infectious diseases, etc. Not all counties have such staff and the level of service varies from county to county.
Self Determination/CSS in New York has created a means of developing the potential for individualized, self-directed services. It offers the opportunity to design services based on an individual’s desires and needs as identified in a Person Centered Plan. It is a mechanism developed by NYS OPWDD (Office for People with Developmental Disabilities).
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By Mary Jo Hebert, MSC Upstate Program Assistant and Regional Coordinator
Family Voices is a national, grassroots clearinghouse for information and education concerning the health care of children with special health needs. We stay on top of public and private sector health care changes that affect our children and families through the collective efforts of our families; a volunteer Coordinator in every state; 10 Regional Coordinators; and a small staff working in several locations around the country.
Web links to information on accessing services through NYS Office for People with Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD).
Developed by Parent to Parent of NYS to inform families about the wide range of services available to qualified individuals and to assist them in accessing those services for their loved one with a developmental disability.
Developmental Disability Planning Council is a federally funded state agency responsible for developing new ways to improve the delivery of services and supports to New Yorkers with developmental disabilities. The Council focuses on community involvement, employment, recreation and housing issues faced by New Yorkers with developmental disabilities and their families.
NYS website that includes a listing of regional offices, service providers and announcements.
Vocational and Education Services for Individuals with Disabilities in NYS
Educates divorcing or separating parents about the impact of their breakup on their children. Parents are taught ways they can reduce stress of family change and protect their children from the negative effects of ongoing parental conflict
Built so people can get reliable information and support -- includes government programs, grassroots organization, and parent support groups. Soon to add evaluators, educational consultants, academic tutors, advocates, attorneys, and others.
To learn more about IDEA, Section 504 and NYS Special Education issues, particpate in an Email discussion group for parents, advocates, and parent attorneys.
Jury duty can be especially important for individuals with developmental disabilities because it gives the person an opportunity to send the “I am capable to serve” message to their county and its leaders. Serving as a juror can be a great learning experience not only for the individual, but the other jurors and their community as well; or Individuals with disabilities can permanently be excused from jury duty if necessary (see Step 4). This guide is designed to give the necessary information and steps about jury duty and becoming a juror.
The New York State Kinship Navigator is an information, referral and advocacy program for kinship caregivers in New York State.
Provides Information for Parents, School Bus Driver Instructors, Various Transportation Items, and Transportation Contracts
A private not-for-profit association of fifty-seven chapters serving thousands of New York residents with mental retardation/developmental disabilities. Headquartered in Delmar, NY, providing services to individuals and their families through local chapters within each county of the state.
The New York State Rehabilitation Association is a statewide 501 (c) (6) organization representing over 130 rehabilitation providers, that advocates on behalf of people with differing disabilities and the agencies who serve them. NYSRA prides itself on our collective diversity through which our member agencies foster person-centered planning, self determination, consumer choice, empowerment, mainstreaming, and integration.
On June 1, 2013 Disability Rights New York (Disability Advocates, Inc.) (DRNY) became New York State’s designated Protection and Advocacy System and Client Assistance Program (P&A/CAP). Free services include investigating abuse and neglect complaints; advice/proefessional assistance; support in pursuing administrative remedies; technical assistance; negotiation/mediation; legal assistance; information/referral; and training. For more information, visit http://www.drny.org/
The Self-Advocacy Association of NYS is an organization for and led by people with the challenge of a disability to assure the civil rights and responsibilities that include the opportunities and choices of equal citizenship.
Self Determination/CSS in New York has created a means of developing the potential for individual driven services. It offers the opportunity to design services based on an individual’s desires and needs as identified in a Person Centered Plan. It is a pilot project developed by NYS OMRDD (Office of Mental Retardation and Developmental Disabilities)
Understanding Family Support Services is a family friendly explanation of services and supports available in New York State for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families. Family Support Services may include respite, recreation, social opportunities, etc. for those who care at home for their child with special needs.
2009 New York State Education Department, Driver and Attendant Refresher
July 1, 2009 was the official date NYS School Bus transporters will need to begin training their staff in disability awareness per the 23 page powerpoint the State Education Dept has provided for School Bus Driver Instructors (SBDIs)