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We built the Yellow Pages for Kids with Disabilities so people can get reliable information and support. Your state Yellow Pages includes many resources - government programs, grassroots organizations, and parent support groups.

We are adding evaluators, educational consultants, academic tutors, advocates, attorneys, and others who help parents get services for their children.The Yellow Pages are a free service. If you are interested in being added to the yellow pages please send us an email.


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To get the word out about the Yellow Pages, we designed flyers for each state. Please distribute your state Yellow Pages Flyer at schools, day care centers, libraries, doctor's and psychologist's offices, community centers, and hospitals. Get your State Yellow Pages Flyer now!

Note: The groups with a star (*) next to their names sponsored an advocacy training program by Pete and Pam Wright.

Adaptive Sports Foundation
Ski Windham
C.D. Lane Road
Windham, NY 12496
(518) 734-5070
E-mail: asfwindham@aol.com
Sports Education & Program Center for People with Disabilities adaptive ski & snowboard during winter adaptive sports during the summer.

The Advocacy Center
590 South Avenue
Rochester, NY 14620
(585) 546-1700
E-mail: info@advocacycenter.com
Web: www.advocacycenter.com

The-Advocacy-Group.org
Larry Cohen
504 Route 9-D
Beacon, NY 12508-4080
Tel (914) 474-9624
E-mail: LACohen@The-Advocacy-Group.org
Web: www.The-Advocacy-Group.org
Advocate/Consultant group with focus on children with special needs and their education. Peer run support groups for parents/caregivers of special needs children.

Advocates for Children of NY
151 West 30th Street, 5th Floor
New York, NY 10001
212-974-9779
Email: info@advocatesforchildren.org
Website: www.advocatesforchildren.org

AHA/AS/PDD
Advocates for Individuals with High Functioning Autism, Asperger's Syndrome and other Pervasive Developmental Disorders
P.O. Box 475
Roslyn Heights, NY 11577
E-mail: patschiss@aol.com
Web: http://www.aha-as-pdd.org

Margaret Alvarez, Psy.D.
Licensed Psychologist
Neuropsychologist
9 Carteret Drive
Pomona, NY 10970
(845) 354-6478
E-mail: neuropsych@dr.com
Assessment and Cognitive Rehabilitation Strategies Offered For IEP Planning, Speaker For School and Parent Groups, On Brain / Behavior Relationships

Gina L. Blasdell
Attorney at Law
303 Tompkins Street
Cortland, New York 13045
(607) 753-9650

Daniel M. Ajello
Attorney at Law
1970 Flatbush Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11234
&
4180 Victory Boulevard
Staten Island, NY 10314
(718) 258-9804
Fax: (718) 338-8344
E-mail: GETFAPE@AOL.COM
Web: http://members.truepath.com/fape/#Research

American Foundation for the Blind
11 Penn Plaza, Suite 300
New York, NY 10001
(212) 502-7600; (212) 502-7662 (TTY)
E-mail: afbinfo@afb.org
Web: http://www.afb.org/

Andrew Heiskell Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped
New York Public Library
476 5th Avenue
New York, NY 10018
(212) 206-5400; (212) 206-5425
E-mail: pleclerc@nypl.org
Web: http://www.nypl.org/

ARISE, Inc.
Daun Burk
104 West Utica Street
Oswego, NY 13126
(315) 342-4088; Fax: (315) 342-4107
E-mail: info@ariseosw.org
Education advocacy in Oswego County; Medicaid Service Coordination for children with developmental disabilities; Reshab services, Information and referral, support groups, loan closet

Rachel Asher, Esq.
Attorney-At-Law
185 Kisco Avenue
Mount Kisco, NY 10549
Tel.: (914) 244-0878
Fax: (914) 244-1008
Email: rachelsasher@aol.com
Advocacy, negotiation and litigation on behalf of students seeking appropriate educational services, accommodations, and placements in Westchester, Putnam, and Dutchess counties and in New York City. I've practiced in the field of disability rights since 1989, and established a practice devoted solely to special education law three years ago.

Best Buddies New York
Susanna Adams
930 Madison Avenue
Albany, NY 12208
(518) 482-4225; (518) 482-4232
E-mail: SusannaAdams@bestbuddies.org
Web: http://www.bestbuddies.org and http://www.bestbuddiesnewyork.org
Best Buddies is a non-profit organization dedicated to enhancing the lives of people with intellectual disabilities by providing opportunities for one-to-one friendships and integrated employment.

Brain Injury Association of New York State
10 Colvin Avenue
Albany, NY 12206
(518) 459-7911; (800) 228-8201 (in NY)
E-mail: info@bianys.org
Web: http://www.bianys.org/

Bredel & Sayar, LLP
350 Second Street, Suite 5
Los Altos, CA 94022
(650) 948-6114; Fax: (650) 947-0770
Email: asayar@bredelsayar.com

Cerebral Palsy Associations of New York State
330 W. 34th Street
New York, NY 10001
(212) 947-5770, ext. 201
E-mail: metroucpa@aol.com
Web: http://www.ucpa-nys.org/

Children and Adults with Attention Deficit Disorders (CH.A.D.D.)

The Children's Advisory Group Inc.
Contacts: Susan Luger, Educational Advocate and George Zelma, Attorney
Suite 201
155 West 72nd Street
New York, N.Y. 10023
voice (212)769 4644
fax (212) 501 8090
e-mail: info@childadvisors.com
website: www.childadvisors.com
We are dedicated to assisting families of children with special needs in their efforts to identify and secure appropriate educational services. We offer support throughout the special education process.

Client Assistance Program
New York Commission on Quality of Care
401 State Street
Schenectady, NY 12305-2397
(518) 381-7098
E-mail: michaelp@cqc.state.ny.us
Web: http://www.cqc.state.ny.us/

The Council for Exceptional Children (CEC)

Community Human Resources, Inc.
7518 S. State St.
Lowville, NY 13367
(315) 376-4648; Fax; (315) 376-8605
E-Mail: chr@northnet.org
We offer advocacy and support to all residents of Lewis County who have a mental health diagnosis and their families. Our service includes Special Education advocacy, family empowerment, Parent Partners under Coordinated Children's Services Initiative, information and referral, a Resource Library and the Lewis County Advocacy Network.

The Churchill School And Center

DAIC (Developmental Assessment and Intervention Center)
Dr. Risa Tabacoff , Director of Services
52 Main Street
Bedford Hills, NY 10507
(914) 666-7687; FAax (914) 232-0600
E-mail: drtabacoff@aol.com
Web: http://www.daic.org
We provide psycho-educational testing and advocacy for children ages 3-21. We evaluate, make recommendations, if warranted, coordinate and oversee services.

Linda M. Dardis
Attorney at Law
2911 Kings Highway
Brooklyn, NY 11229
(718) 377-0600 or (516) 384-5838 (Nassau County)
Fax: (718) 377-7420
Email: ldardis5@aol.com
Providing information and advocacy services to parents of children with special needs in the school districts of Brooklyn, Queens and Nassau County

Dysautonomia Foundation,Inc.
633 Third Avenue, 12th Floor
New York, NY 10017
(212) 949-6644
Web: http://www.familialdysautonomia.org
Provides resources and advocates on behalf of those affected by Familial Dysautonomia (FD)

Dysautonomia Treatment and Evaluation Center
Department of Pediatrics & Department of Neurology
NYU School of Medicine
530 First Avenue, Suite 9Q
New York, NY 10016
212) 263-7225
Web: http://www.med.nyu.edu./fd/fdcenter.html

Early Childhood Direction Center
888 Delaware Ave.
Buffalo, NY 14209
(716) 878-7282
(800) 462-7653
Fax: (716) 878-1267
E-mail:VRubin@Kaleidahealth.org
Information, Parent Education and Community Resources for families of children , birth to five, with special needs or suspected special needs. All services are free.

The Early Childhood Direction Center
Syracuse University
805 S. Crouse Avenue
Syracuse, NY 13244-2280
(315) 443-4444
(800) 962-5488
Information and Referral agency for famiies of children with special needs (Birth-5 yrs. old). We serve Cayuga, Cortland, Herkimer, Jefferson, Lewis, Madison, Oneida, Onondaga, and Oswego.

Easter Seals New York
230 Washington Avenue, Extension
Albany, NY 12203
(518) 438-8785; (800) 727-8785 (in NY)
E-mail: essofny@aol.com
Web: http://www.eastersealsny.com/

Michael Eberlin, Ph.D.
Clinical & School Psychologist
P.O. Box 326
2000 Deer Park Avenue
Deer Park, NY 11729
(631) 254-2739; 877-PSYCHDR; FAX: (877) 205-6740
E-mail: drmikeeb@aol.com

Epilepsy Foundation of Long Island
506 Stewart Avenue
Garden City, NY 11530
(516) 739-7733
E-mail: rdaly@epil.org
Web: http://www.efli.org/

Epilepsy Society of New York City
305 7th Avenue, 12th Floor
New York, NY 10001
(212) 633-2930
E-mail: epsocnyc@aol.com
Web: http://www.efnyc.org/

Family Autism
Janice Craft
1435 Schodack Valley Road
Castleton, New Yfork 12033
(518) 209-1274
E-mail: Janice@familyautism.com
Web: www.familyautism.com
Providing private and group consulting/training, a support group for families with children that have been diagnosed with PDD or Asperger’s Syndrome.

Family Ties
MHA in Orange County
20 Walker St.
Goshen, NY 10924
(845) 294-7411
Family Ties is a family run Support Group for parents and families with children/adolescents who have emotional, behavioral or social difficulties (including SED, attention deficit and hyperactivity disorders).

The Family Resource Network, Inc
Janine Lounsbery - Executive Director
46 Oneida Street
Oneonta, NY 13820
(607) 432-0001
(800) 305-8814
E-mail: familyrn@dmcom.net
Web: http://www.geociticies.com/familyrn
We are a not-for-profit, parent driven, family centered and community based resource center, serving families and individuals who have special needs. No fees to families. Parent To Parent Program - South Central New York Region - Advocates for Education - TIES (Together Including Every Student) Recreation Program, NYADVOCATES Listserv - http://groups.yahoo.com/group/nyadvocates/join, Region served: Broome, Chenango, Delaware, Otsego, Tioga, and Tompkins counties

Family Support Project for the Developmentally Disabled
N. Central Bronx Hospital
3424 Kossuth Avenue, Room 15A10, Social Work Department
Bronx, NY 10467
(718) 519-4797

Families Together in New York State, Inc.
15 Elk Street
Albany, NY 12207
(518) 432-0333; (888) 326-8644 (in NY)
E-mail: info@ftnys.org
Web: http://www.ftnys.org
Statewide chapter of the Federation of Families for Children's Mental Health. Offers advocacy, information and referral, and support to families of children with emotional, behavioral, and social needs. Holds an annual conference and legislative luncheon, distributes a quarterly newsletter, and has an extensive library of resources.

Frequently Asked Questions About Special Education Policy
http://web.nysed.gov/vesid/sped/policy/FAQtopics.htm

Jessica Galgano, M.A., CCC-SLP
Speech-Language Pathologist
New York, NY 10027
(310) 936-1654
E-mail: jessgalgano@yahoo.com
Licensed Speech-Language Pathologist. Provider of NYC home care speech services to children with
speech/language disorders secondary to autism, verbal apraxia, or unknown causes.

Genesee-Orleans Youth Advocacy Program
Laura Calla
County Building II
3837 W. Main St. Rd.
Batavia, NY 14020
(585) 344-2580 x5716
A program of the Legal Aid Society of Rochester. This Program provides advocacy for youth and families that live in Genesee and Orleans Counties, to resolve problems relating to education and other service systems. Services include representation of students with disabilities at CSE and 504 meetings. We also assist with school suspension and enrollment for both special and general ed students.

Governor
Executive Chamber
State Capitol
Albany, NY 12224
(518) 474-7516
E-mail: gov.pataki@chamber.state.ny.us
Web: www.state.ny.us/governor

The Gow School
2491 Emery Rd.
South Wales, NY 14139
(716) 687-2002
E-mail: admissions@gow.org
Web: www.gow.org
The nation’s oldest school for the education of dyslexic young men. We are located in South Wales, New York approximately 35 minutes from Buffalo, New York.

Greater Rochester Attention Deficit Disorder Assocation (GRADDA)
Visit the GRADDA Website

Diane Greble
Office for the Disbled
67 Gleneida Ave.
Carmel, NY 10514
(845) 228-5912
E-mail: diangreb@bestweb.net
I am a parent of a child with disabilities and have been involved in advocacy at a state and national level for 24 years.

Jeanne M. Herbert
885 State Hwy 208 So.
Gardiner, NY 12525
(845) 255-5939

I am an Advocate and an Educational Evaluator. I have my M.Ed. in Ed. Administration and am a former Special Education Director for a small city school district. After performing 1000+ meetings, I decided to go out on my own and help as many parents (being a parent of a special needs child myself) as I can. I have 10 years experience working in Special Education and reviewing psych evals and programs for accuracy. I also accompany parents to meetings.

Impartial Hearing Officers Certified for New York City Board of Education JULY 2000
http://web.nysed.gov/vesid/sped/policy/attachment_a.htm

International Dyslexia Association
Buffalo Branch
4625 Harlem Road
Snyder, NY 14226
(W) (716) 839-2918

International Dyslexia Association
Capital District Regional Group
1046 Madison Ave.
Troy, NY 12180
(B) 518-271-9114 Send email to IDA.


International Dyslexia Association New York Branch
International Dyslexia Association Suffolk Branch
International Dyslexia Association Upstate Regional Group of the New York Branch

Christine Juman
Parent Advocate
55 Horizon Drive
Huntington, NY 11743
(631) 920-8000 ext 5008; (631) 858-1503 fax

Michael V. Kaplen, Esq.
President, Brain Injury Association, New York State Chair, Traumatic Brain Injury Litigation Group Association of Trial Lawyers of America Certified Civil Trial Advocate, National Bd of Trial Advocacy
De Caro & Kaplen, LLP
20 Vesey Street
New York, NY 10007
(212) 732 2262 toll free 1 866 BRAIN LAW
E-mail: dekap@optonline.net
Web: www.brainlaw.com

Learning Disabilities Association of New York State
90 S. Swan Street
Albany, NY 12210
(518) 436-4633
E-mail: LDA@associationresources.org

Learning Disabilities Associaton of New York - Capital Region

Learning Disabilities Associaton of New York City
Mr. Arnold Korotkin,
Executive Director
27 West 20th Street, Room 303
New York, NY 10011
(212) 645-6730
Fax: (212) 924-8896
Email: amkorotkin@aol.com
Web: http://www.learningdisabilitynyc.org/
The Learning Disabilities Association of New York City is an information and referral service for learning disabilities resources in the five counties of New York City. It is accessible Monday - Friday from 9 AM to 5 PM; and has bi-lingual (Spanish) capacity.

Learning Disabilities Associaton of New York - Central New York

Learning Disabilities Associaton of New York - The Mohawk Valley

David M. Lira
Attorney at Law
595 Stewart Avenue
Suite 510
Garden City, NY 11530
(516) 222-2777
FAX (516) 222-2971
E-mail: liralaw@nela.org
Web: liralaw.com

The Livingston County Youth Advocacy Program
Jill Cartledge and Stewart Atkin
6 Court Street, Room 105
Geneseo, NY 14454
585-243-7049 or 243-7944
This Program provides advocacy for youth and families that live in Livingston County, to resolve problems relating to education and other service systems. Services include representation of students with disabilities at CSE and 504 meetings. We also assist with school suspension and enrollment for both special and general ed students.

Long Island Advocacy Center, Inc.
999 Herricks Road, Room 108
New Hyde Park, NY 11040
516-248-2222 (phone)
516-248-2290 (fax)

Long Island Advocacy Center, Inc.
490 Wheeler Road, Suite 165 C
Hauppauge, New York, 11788
631-234-0467 (phone)
631-234-4069 (fax)

Marsh & Fastenberg LLP
James R. Marsh, JD
50 Main Street, Suite 1000
White Plains, NY 10606
(888) 799-6267; Fax: (914) 206-3998
E-mail: JamesMarsh@MarshLaw.net
Web: www.MarshLaw.net
We are a New York based law firm representing individuals in a practice limited to adoption, special education and children's law.

Mental Health Association of New York State
194 Washington Avenue, Suite 415
Albany, NY 12210-2317
(518) 434-0439; (800) 766-6177
E-mail: mhanys@mhanys.org
Web: http://www.mhanys.org/

MetLife's Division of Estate Planning for Special Kids
Louis Cook, LUTCF, AFP
Financial Services Executive
101 Tyrellan Avenue, 2nd Floor
Staten Island, NY 10309
(718) 966-3235
E-mail: LCook@metlife.com

Web: www.metlife.com/desk
MetLife's Division of Estate Planning for Special Kids helps familie preserve government benefits, meet long-term care needs, and make needed cash available.

Dr. Stephen Migden, Ph.D., ABPP
Board Certified Psychologist
142 Mineola Ave
Roslyn Heights, NY 11577
(516) 625-0824; Fax: (516) 625-0824
E-mail: migdens@stjohns.edu
Psychoeducational assessment and consultation for children and adults by a psychologist who lectures on LD/ADHD at universities, hospitals and conferences, and has published in prestigious journals.

The Monroe County Chapter of the Federation of Families for Children's Mental Health
(a.k.a. Better Days Ahead Family Support Network) a service of The Mental Health Association of Rochester/Monroe Co., Inc.
339 East Avenue, Suite 201
Rochester, NY 14604
(585) 325-3145 ext. 16
(585) 325-3188 fax
E-mail: bda@mharochester.org
Web: mharochester.org or betterdaysahead.org
we are a grassroots organization started by a parent that offers the following services free our expertise is in education issues for children with emotional or behavioral challenges, we cover all of Monroe County, we are parents of children with emotional or behavioral disorders. We support and advocacy, 6 support groups - call for details, free respite care at support groups, free transportation to support groups for those that need it, phone consultation for school issues, 1:1 preparation for IEP meetings, etc. at your home or our office supportive attendance at school meetings(you do it, we hold hand), I.D.E.A. Training (U.S. Dept. of Education certified)

National Adult Literacy & Learning Disabilities Center (NALLD)
Academy for Educational Development
1875 Connecticut Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20009-1202
(202) 884-8185
(800) 953-ALLD (953-2553)
FAX: (202) 884-8429
(202) 884-8422
State resources on National Institute for Literacy (NIFL) site

National Alliance for the Mentally Ill of New York State
260 Washington Avenue
Albany, NY 12210-1312
(518) 462-2000; (800) 950-3228
E-mail: naminys@knick.net
Web: http://www.naminys.org/

New York Autism Network (NYAN)
NYAN is funded by the New York State Education Department to carry out activities in four major goal areas--providing ongoing support to families and professionals, developing regional networks, providing technical assistance, and conducting conferences related to pervasive developmental disorders.
http://www.albany.edu/psy/autism/autism.html

New York Lawyers for the Public Interest
151 West 30th Street, 11th Floor
New York, New York 10001
phone: (212)244-4664
fax: (212)244-4570
Web: http://www.nylpi.org

New York State ARC, Inc.
393 Delaware Avenue
Delmar, NY 12054
(518) 439-8311; (800) 724-2094
E-mail: brandtm@nysarc.org
Web: http://www.nysarc.org/

New York State Congress of Parents and Teachers, Inc.
One Wembley Square
Albany, NY 12205-3830
(518) 452-8808
E-mail: office@nypta.com

New York State Education Department
http://web.nysed.gov/

New York State PTA
One Wembley Square
Albany, NY 12205-3830
(877) 5NYSPTA; (518) 452-8808
This is a parent advocacy group and is associated with national pta, inc. to educated, inform, and advocate for all children

New York State Speech-Language-Hearing Association
2 Nortnuky Lane
Latham, NY 12110
(518) 786-0947
E-mail: nysslha@aol.com
Web: www.healthcaresource.com/nysslha

New York State TRAID Project
New York State Office of Advocate for Persons with Disabilities
One Empire State Plaza, Suite 1001
Albany, NY 12223-1150
(518) 474-2825 (V); (800) 522-4369 (V/TTY/Spanish, in NY)
(518) 473-4231 (TTY)
E-mail: traid@emi.com
Web: http://www.advoc4disabled.state.ny.us/

Northern Regional Center for Independent Living (NRCIL)
165 Mechanic Street
Watertown NY 13367
(315) 785-8703 (voice) ; (315) 785-8704 (TTY) ; (315) 785-8612 (Fax)
AND
7396 Turin Road
Lowville, NY 13367
(315) 376-8696 (Voice/TTY); (315) 376-3404 (Fax)
Web: www.nrcil.org
We provide peer counseling, independent living skills development, family support services, advocacy, information and referral, architectural accessibility consultation, benefits advisement, systems advocacy, educational workshops. NRCIL also has a resource library and a loan closet of adaptive equipment

Office of Counsel Website
Decisions of the Commissioner of Education NYS Education
http://www.counsel.nysed.gov/Decisions/

The Office of State Review of Special Education Hearing Decisions
http://seddmznt.nysed.gov/sro

Office of Vocational and Educational Services for Individuals with Disabilities (VESID)
http://web.nysed.gov/vesid/

Parents of Special Children, Inc.
2 C Tower Drive
Fulton, NY 13069
E-mail: address-psc6000@aol.com
Web: http://www.pscoswego.org
Program director- Donna Jones
We are a not for profit organization in Fulton New York. We provide reimbursement to families with Mental Retardation and developmental disabilities in Oswego County. Currently we are serving 160 families. We also provide respite reimbursement, environmental modification, respitality to parents, educational advocacy and a new program called TIES (Together Including Every Student).

Parent Network of WNY
(716) 332-4174
E-mail: KMW@parentnetworkwny.org
Web: http://www.parentnetworkwny.org/

Parent to Parent of New York State
Jan Fitzgerald, Executive Director
P.O. Box 1296
Tupper Lake NY 12986
(866) 727-6970
Web: www.parenttoparentnys.org

Parent to Parent is based on the philosophy that parents, who themselves have experienced the joys and frustrations of parenting a child with special needs, can offer new parents a valuable resource. It is a program designed to put parents in touch on a one to one basis with a trained support parent who has a child with a similar or related disability. We have eight offices throughout New York State.

Parent Resources in Special Education
Tracey Hagan, Executive Director
(502) 867-9903 (home); (502) 867-3228 (cell)
E-mail: THagan30@wmconnect.com
Web: www.edrights.com/parent_resources.htm

Parent Support Network
P.O. Box 284
Orangeburg, NY 10962
Voice: 845-359-6090
E-mail: info@parentsupportnetwork.org
Web: www.parentsupportnetwork.org

Parent Training and Information Center (PTI)
The Advocacy Center
277 Alexander Street, Suite 500
Rochester, NY 14607
(716) 546-1700; (800) 650-4967 (in NY)
E-mail:
info@advocacycenter.com
Web: http://www.advocacycenter.com/

Pound Ridge Learning Center
Michele Schneider
4 Trinity Pass Road
Pound Ridge, NY 10576
Phone: (914) 764-4766
Fax Number: (914) 764-4768
E-mail: mishpaula@aol.com
Web: www.prlc.net
Tutoring/test prep for disabled and nondisabled children. Educational Consultants who work with parents and schools to ensure successful inclusion of all students.

Preschool Special Education information
http://web.nysed.gov/vesid/sped/presch/premain.htm

Programs for Children and Youth who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing
Office of Vocational and Educational Services for Individuals with Disabilities
State Education Department
One Commerce Plaza, Room 1601
Albany, NY 12234
(518) 474-5652 (V/TTY)
(800) 222-5627 (V/TTY)
E-mail: dsteele@mail.nysed.gov
Web: http://www.nysed.gov/

Programs for Children with Disabilities: Ages 3 through 5
Office of Vocational and Educational Services for Individuals with Disabilities
State Education Department
1 Commerce Plaza, Room 1624
Albany, NY 12234
(518) 473-6108
E-mail: erejino@mail.nysed.gov

Programs for Children with Special Health Care Needs
Bureau of Child and Adolescent Health
Department of Health
Tower Building, Room 208
Albany, NY 12237-0618
(518) 474-2084
E-mail: nhr02@health.state.ny.us

Programs for Infants and Toddlers with Disabilities: Ages Birth through 2
Early Intervention Program
Division of Family and Local Health
New York State Department of Health
Empire State Plaza, Corning Tower Building, Room 287
Albany, NY 12237-0618
(518) 473-7016
E-mail: dmn02@health.state.ny.us

Project Literacy Outreach, Inc.

Protection and Advocacy Agency
New York Commission on Quality of Care
401 State Street
Schenectady, NY 12305-2397
(518) 381-7098
E-mail: marcelc@cqc.state.ny.us
Web: http://www.cqc.state.ny.us/

Publications
- The most-requested publications are available on-line. If the publication has the word "Internet" this will link you directly to that publication. If the publication has the word "Paper" this will link you to information needed to request the publication.
Publications are grouped by the topics:

http://web.nysed.gov/vesid/pubpage.html

Regional ADA Technical Assistance Agency
Northeast Disability and Business Technical Assistance Center
Program on Employment and Disability
Cornell University
107 ILR Extension
Ithaca, NY 14853
(607) 255-8348; (607) 255-2891
E-mail: ah45@cornell.edu
Web: www.ilr.cornell.edu/ped

Regional Early Childhood Direction Center
Information about resources serving children birth to 5 and their families
601 Elmwood Avenue
P.O. Box 671
Rochester, NY 14642
(716) 275-2263; (800) 462-4344
Call to find out the Early Childhood Direction Center serving your community

Heidi Reichel
Huntington, NY 11743
(631) 423-6215
E-mail: heidi1121@att.net
Heidi Reichel is an Educational Consultant and Learning Disabilities Specialist providing Educational Testing, Individual Tutoring, Remediation, Consultation, Case Management and Advocacy.

Resources for Children with Special Needs, Inc.
116 East 16th Street, 5th Floor
New York, NY 10003
(212) 667-4650
E-mail: info@resourcesnyc.org
Web: http://www.resourcesnyc.org/

Resource Center for Accessible Living, Inc.
592 Ulster Avenue
Kingston, NY 12401
(845) 331-0541; (845) 331-2076 FAX; (845) 331-8680 TTY
Email: rcal@ulster.net
Special Education Advocacy on behalf of students seeking appropriate educational services, Disability Awareness Programs, CSE Workshops for Educators and Parents, Transition Planning Workshops, Benefits Advisement, Information and Referral

Rockland Student Advocacy Program at Volunteer Counseling Service, Center for Conflict Resolution
Beth Kipperman
77 South Main Street
New city, NY 10956
(845) 634-5729,ext.320; Fax: (845) 634-7839
E-mail: bkipperman@volunteercounselingservice.org
We provide information and assistance to all Rockland County residents with children ages 0 to 20. Our service includes information on educational rights for parents and students, help with the special education process, empowerment for parents, information on Special Education Mediation.

Law Offices of Neal Howard Rosenberg
9 Murray Street, Suite 4 West
New York, NY 10007
(212)732-9450
Fax: (212)571-9893
E-mail: nyedlaw@earthlink.net

Jennifer Kahn Ruoff, CSW, MS Ed
Special Education Advocate
4 Oak Street
Irvington, New York 10533
(914) 591- 2225
E-mail: JenRuoff@optonline.net
Helping parents navigate the special education system, attend CSE meetings, get the services their children need, and special needs family counseling.

Samaritans Suicide Prevention Center
P.O. Box 5228
Albany, NY 12205
Confidential Crisis Hotline: (518) 689-HOPE (4673), (518) 689-0080; Fax: (518) 462-0181
E-mail: Sams@fcscapitalregion.org
Web: www.timesunion.com/communities/samaritans
Confidential Suicide/Crisis Hotline for those who are isolated, despairing and/or suicidal. Suicide Prevention Education, Postvention, and Support Groups for adults and teens.

Sean M. Ryan, Esq.
2555 Elmwood Avenue
Buffalo, NY 14217
(716) 874-7200
E-mail: seanryan,edulaw@juno.com

Sinergia/Metropolitan Parent Center
15 W. 65th Street, 6th Floor
New York, NY 10023
(212) 496-1300
E-mail: maito:Sinergia@panix.com
Web: http://www.sinergiany.org/

Sinergia/Metropolitan Parent Center
15 West 65th St., 6th Floor
New York, NY 10023
212-496-1300
Email: Sinergia@panix.com
Website: www.panix.com/~sinergia

South Brooklyn Legal Services
105 Court St., 3rd fl.
Brooklyn, NY 11201
(718) 237-5500 (information)
(718) 222-8296 (special education/disability rights hotline)
Web: www.sbls.org

Special Education
http://web.nysed.gov/vesid/sped/spedmain.html

Special Format Books for Children and Youth Ages 3-19
New York State Talking Book and Braille Library
New York State Library
Cultural Education Center
Albany, NY 12230
(518) 474-5935; (800) 342-3688
E-mail: tbblkids@mail.nysed.gov
Web: http://www.nysl.nysed.gov/tbbl/index.html

Speech and Hearing
NY State Speech-Lang-Hearing Association

Spina Bifida Association of Albany/Capital District
109 Spring Road
Scotia, NY 12302
(518) 399-9151
E-mail: SBAALBANY102@aol.com

Spina Bifida and Hydrocephalus Association
382 Ridge Road
Scotia, NY 12302

State Agency for the Blind and Visually Impaired
Commission for the Blind and Visually Handicapped
Capital View Office Park
52 Washington Street, Room 201
Rensselaer, NY 12144-2796
(518) 473-1801
Web: http://www.ocfs.state.ny.us/

State Department of Education: Special Education
Office of Vocational and Educational Services for Individuals with Disabilities
State Education Department
1 Commerce Plaza, Room 1606
Albany, NY 12234
(518) 474-2714
Web: http://www.nysed.gov/

State Developmental Disabilities Planning Council
New York State Developmental Disabilities Planning Council
155 Washington Avenue, 2nd Floor
Albany, NY 12210
(518) 486-7505; (800) 395-3372
E-mail: scarey@ddpc.state.ny.us
Web: http://www.ddpc.state.ny.us/

State Education Agency Rural Representative
Department of Education
Bureau of School District
Reorganization Unit
Education Building Annex, Room 876
Albany, NY 12234
(518) 474-3936

State Mediation System
Office of Vocational and Educational Services for Individuals with Disabilities (VESID)
One Commerce Plaza, Room 1624
Albany, NY 12234
(518) 486-7462
E-mail: lparis@mail.nysed.gov
Web: www.vesid.nysed.gov/lsn

State Mental Health Agency
Office of Mental Health
44 Holland Avenue
Albany, NY 12229
(518) 474-4403
E-mail: cocojls@omh.state.ny.us

State Mental Health Representative for Children and Youth
Bureau of Children and Families
Office of Mental Health
44 Holland Avenue
Albany, NY 12229
(518) 473-6902
E-mail: cocompz@omh.state.ny.us

State Mental Retardation Program
New York State Office of Mental Retardation and Developmental Disabilities
44 Holland Avenue
Albany, NY 12229
(518) 473-1997
Web: http://www.omr.state.ny.us/

State Vocational Rehabilitation Agency
Office of Vocational and Educational Services for Individuals with Disabilities
State Education Department
1 Commerce Plaza, Room 1606
Albany, NY 12234
(518) 474-2714
Web: http://www.nysed.gov/

Strong Center for Developmental Disabilities
University of Rochester Medical Center
601 Elmwood Avenue
P.O. Box 671
Rochester, NY 14642
(716) 275-2986
E-mail: phil_davidson@urmc.rochester.edu
Web: www.urmc.rochester.edu/strong/scdd

Teacher to Student Inc.
Rochelle Hendlin Granville
203 Seeley Street
Brooklyn New York 11218
(718) 788-3243
E-mail: RHendlin@aol.com
Educational advocacy within the New York State area with the hope of empowering parents to acquire an appropriate education for their child with special needs, Assistance to parents during the evaluation, placement, process as well as during the impartial hearing process is available.

Technology Resources for Education (T.R.E.) Center
Maywood School
1979 Central Avenue
Albany, NY 12205
Phone: 518-456-9290.
Fax: 518-456-9289.
Toll free in NY: 1-800-248-9873.
E-mail: David@TREcenter.org
Web: www.trecenter.org

Tourette Syndrome Association of Western New York
Susan Conners, President
20 Thomas Jefferson Lane
Snyder, NY 14226
Phone: 716-839-4430
Fax: 716-839-1956
E-mail: conners@adelphia.net
We provide regular suppport groups for adults and children, a tri-annual newsletter, numerous family activities, TS literature, school advocacy, family support, physician's referral as well as a link to the national TSA web site and other services.

Transition information
http://web.nysed.gov/vesid/sped/trans/tranmain.htm

United We Stand Lourdes Rivera-Putz
728 Driggs Ave.
Brooklyn, NY 11211
718-302-4313
Email: uwsofny@aol.com
Website: www.taalliance.org/ptis/uws/

United We Stand of New York
312 S. 3rd Street
Brooklyn, NY 11211
(718) 302-4313/4314
E-mail: uwsofny@aol.com

University Affiliated Programs
DD Center/St. Lukes-Roosevelt Hospital Center
1000 10th Ave.
New York, NY 10019
(212) 523-6230

Univ. Affiliated Program/Rose F. Kennedy Center
Albert Einstein Coll. of Medicine- Yeshiva University

University Centers for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities
Developmental Disabilities Center
St. Lukes - Roosevelt Hospital Center
1000 10th Avenue
New York, NY 10019
(212) 523-6230

University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities Education, Research and Service
Albert Einstein College of Medicine/Yeshiva University
1410 Pelham Parkway, S.
Bronx, NY 10461
(718) 430-8522
E-mail: hcohen@aecom.yu.edu

UCP of Greater Suffolk
250 Marcus Boulevard
P.O. Box 18045
Hauppauge, New York 11788-8845
Telephone # 631-232-0011
E-mail: info@ucp-suffolk
Web: www.ucp-suffolk.org

Ronald L. VanNorstrand, Esq.
201 East Jefferson Street, Suite 530
Syracuse, New York 13202
Telephone (315) 422-3300
Fax (315) 474-0250
E-mail: vannorst@ix.netcom.com
An attorney who represents parents (solely parents - no representation of school districts) in special education matters as well as other education matters and civil rights matters in general. I have been in sole practice for the last five years and prior to private practice I was an attorney at Legal Services of Central New York, Inc. for twelve years and practiced in the Protection and Advocacy for the Developmentally Disabled Unit, which focused on special education cases.

VESID Special Education Policy Unit
The VESID Special Education Policy Unit develops special education law, regulations and policy which provide the appropriate legal framework that promotes equity and opportunity for all students with disabilities to meet educational standards established for all students in the least restrictive environment; develop informational materials which provide parents, educators;and other individuals with the necessary information to be effectively involved in the education of school-age students with disabilities.
http://web.nysed.gov/vesid/sped/policy/policymain.htm

VSA arts of New York City
18-05 215 Street Bayside, Suite 15N
Bayside, NY 11360
(718) 225-6305 (V, TTY)
E-mail: Bbvsanyc@msn.com

Volunteer Counseling Service,Rockland Student Advocacy Program
Beth Kipperman
77 South Main Street
New City, NY 10956
(845) 634-5729,ext.320; Fax: (845) 634-7839
E-mail: bkipperman@volunteercounselingservice.org
We provide information and referrals regarding educational rights for parents and students, ages 0 to 20; help with the special education process;empowerment for parents and direct advocacy.

WIHD/University Center for Excellence
Westchester Medical Center
Valhalla, NY 10595
(914) 493-8204
E-mail: Ansley_Bacon@NYMC.edu
Web: www.nymc.edu/wihd

Youth Advocacy Program
Youth Advocacy Intake Clerk
65 W. Broad St., Suite 400
Rochester, NY 14614
(585) 232-4090
A program of the Legal Aid Society of Rochester. This Program provides advocacy for youth and families that live in Monroe County, to resolve problems relating to education and other service systems. Services include representation of students with disabilities at CSE and 504 meetings. We also assist with school suspension and enrollment for both special and general ed students.

Youth Educational School Services of Family Empowerment
225 Dolson Avenue, Suite 403
Middletown, NY 10940
(845) 343-8100
E-mail: momalley@familyempowerment.org
Web: http://www.familyempowerment.org

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