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Access Pass -  NYS Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation

The Access Pass permits residents of New York State with disabilities, as defined in the application, free or discounted use of state parks, historic sites, and recreational facilities operated by the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation and the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation. The pass holder may have free or discounted use of facilities operated by these offices, for which there is normally a charge.


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Access to Mental Hygiene Records in New York State - English

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Child Care Health Consultants in New York State

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.


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CSS - Self-Determination Using Consolidated Supports and Services (CSS)

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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Family Support Services—Helping Families to Support Families

By Mary Jo Hebert, MSC Upstate Program Assistant and Regional Coordinator


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Family Support Services Advisory Councils Booklet (NYS OPWDD, 2018)

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Family Support Services Advisory Councils Info Letter (NYS OPWDD, 2018)

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Family Voices

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.


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Guide to Services Addendum - Web Links

Web links to information on accessing services through NYS Office for People with Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD).


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Guide to Services Administered through NYS OMRDD in Spanish - La Guía para Entender Las Ayudas y Los

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Guide to Understanding NYS OPWDD Supports & Services

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.


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National Alliance for the Mentally Ill (NAMI) - New York State

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New York State Department of Health Resource Directory for Children with Special Health Care Needs

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New York State Developmental Disabilities Planning Council

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.


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New York State Office for People with Developmental Disabilities

NYS website that includes a listing of regional offices, service providers and announcements.


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New York State Office of Vocational and Educational Services for Individuals with Disabilities

Vocational and Education Services for Individuals with Disabilities in NYS


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New York State Parent Education and Awareness Program

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


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New York Yellow Pages for Kids with Disabilities

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.


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NY Advocates

To learn more about IDEA, Section 504 and NYS Special Education issues, particpate in an Email discussion group for parents, advocates, and parent attorneys.


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NYS Article 17-A Guardianship

In New York State, when a person becomes 18 years old they are assumed to be legally competent to make decision for themselves. This means no other person is allowed to make a personal, medical or financial decision for that individual. If a person is "intellectually disabled or developmentally disabled," has difficulty making decisions for themselves and over 18 years old, you can ask the Surrogate's Court to appoint a guardian for him or her. An Article 17-A Guardianship is available only for individuals who are "intellectually disabled or developmentally disabled." These are the legal terms used in Article 17-A of the Surrogate's Court Procedures Act.   An Article 17-A Guardianship is very broad and covers most decisions that are usually made by a parent for a child such as financial and healthcare decisions.  


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NYS Developmental Disabilities Planning Council Guide to Jury Duty

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.

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NYS Kinship Navigator

The New York State Kinship Navigator is an information, referral and advocacy program for kinship caregivers in New York State.


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NYS Office of Pupil Transportation Services

Provides Information for Parents, School Bus Driver Instructors, Various Transportation Items, and Transportation Contracts


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NYSARC

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.


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NYSRA

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.


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Protection & Advocacy for Persons with Developmental Disabilities

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/ 





Self-Advocacy Association of NYS, Inc.

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.


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Self-Determination Using Consolidated Supports and Services (CSS)

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)


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Sibling Resources

Sibling Resources is a website focused specifically on siblings of people with intellectual/developmental disabilities.


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Supporting People with Disabilities as They Age

The fastest growing age group served by NYS Office for People with Developmental Disabilities is those over 50 years of age. Disabled or not, we are all aging. We all face the same challenges, need the same supports, and compete for the same services. We know that we will face more and more challenges related to aging as time moves on.

With support from the NYS Developmental Disabilities Planning Council, this document has been developed by NYS OPWDD to assist in supporting people with disabilities as they age.


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Understanding Family Support Services

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.


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Understanding PJ’s Law

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)


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Yellow Dot Program

Yellow Dot is a free public safety program of the New York State Sheriff's Association designed to help first responders provide life-saving medical attention during that first “golden hour” after a crash or other emergency. A Yellow Dot in the driver’s-side rear window of your vehicle will alert first responders that vital medical information is stored in the glove compartment.


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