State/local Goverment links Early Intervention Program Information The Suffolk County Division of Services for Children with Special Needs, including Early Intervention, the Preschool Special Education Program, and the Children with Special Health Care Needs Program. NY State Education Department Special Education Information for Parents Special Education Laws and Regulations OPWDD (Office for People with Developmental Disabilities New York) offers an array of services and supports to help people with developmental disabilities live in the home of their choice; find employment and other meaningful activities in which to participate. NYS Office of Special Education Listserv

advocacy Parent to Parent of New York State builds a supportive network of families to reduce isolation and empower those who care for people with developmental disabilities or special healthcare needs to navigate and influence service systems and make informed decisions. Accurate, reliable information about special education law, education law and advocacy for children with disabilities. The Long Island Advocacy Center, Inc. (THE LIAC) is a private non-for-profit agency dedicated to protecting the legal rights of students and individuals with disabilities. LI Special Education Parent Network Group Everything Special Needs is dedicated to helping families with Special Needs children find services and programs that suit their child’s needs.

ADHD Children and Adults with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (CHADD); CHADD – Suffolk County Chapter: Attention Deficit Disorder Association ADDitude Magazine

AUDITORY PROCESSING DISORDER Information from American Speech-Language Hearing Association (ASHA)

Autism Nassau Suffolk Autism Society of America Family Autism Network

Blind and Visually Impaired American Council for the Blind National Federation of the Blind Helen Keller Services for the Blind

Brain Injury The Social Brain is a New York State non-profit organization that provides individuals with brain injuries an opportunity to build friendships through socialization and reduce isolation.

CEREBRAL PALSY United Cerebral Palsy

Deaf and hearing impaired National Association of the Deaf American Society for Deaf Children Better Hearing Institute

dOWN sYNDROME The National Down Syndrome Society Gigi’s Playhouse

DYSLEXIA The Dyslexia Initiative International Dyslexia Association Dyslexia Advocacy Action Group Building Readers Long Island

epilepsy Epilepsy Foundation Long Island

learning disabilites Understood provides support for learning and attention issues‎. Learning Disabilities Association of America LD OnLine

mENTAL hEALTH Long Island Families Together, Inc. (LIFT) National Alliance on Mental Illness. The Long Island chapter can be found at: The Youth Mental Health Project Child Mind Institute is dedicated to transforming the lives of children struggling with mental health and learning disorders.

Tourette Syndrome Tourette Syndrome Association of America

sensory processing disorder Sensory Processing Disorder Foundation