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The New York State Office for People With Developmental Disabilities is responsible for coordinating services for more than 128,000 New Yorkers with developmental disabilities, including intellectual disabilities, cerebral palsy, Down syndrome, autism spectrum disorders, and other neurological impairments. It provides services directly and through a network of approximately 750 nonprofit service providing agencies, with about 80 percent of services provided by the private nonprofits and 20 percent provided by state-run services. 

The Staten Island Developmental Disabilities Council (SIDDC) assists in the planning, promotion and development of services for individuals with developmental disabilities and their family members.  An association of self-advocates, family members, service providers, professionals and other interested individuals. The SIDDC works together in an effort to ensure the quality of life for Staten Islanders with special needs by sharing relevant information and advocacy. 

INCLUDEnyc helps create bright futures for the city’s at-risk children and youth by empowering their parents. INCLUDEnyc parent advocates provide personal, knowledgeable, and compassionate direct assistance to thousands of families each year, through workshops, events, and outreach. INCLUDEnyc trainings and materials are available in Spanish and English, with growing availability in Chinese. We empower parents with the knowledge, skills, and confidence to advocate for their children. And we advise and collaborate with educators, mental health professionals, and all levels of government to bring a family perspective to the systems that are designed to help children.

The mission of Community Assistance Resources and Extended Services is to assist individuals with developmental and intellectual disabilities and their families to obtain, identify, and maintain resources by: – Developing and implementing new programs and initiatives to improve the lives and independence of individuals with developmental or intellectual disabilities and their families. – Training community members to obtain the necessary knowledge and skills to assist individuals who have developmental or intellectual disabilities. – Helping families within undeserved multilingual communities obtain access to information, resources and services. – Conducting ongoing research and evaluate the effectiveness of interventions to enhance program results.

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. New York City Office of Parent to Parent of NYS is a place where families of individuals with special needs, and the professionals who support them, can meet, and share information. It is a place for us to find each other, a place for us to be made strong.

The Self-Advocacy Association of New York State is a not-for-profit, grassroots organization run by and for people with developmental disabilities. The goal is to help create a person-centered and person-directed system of supports. To further this goal, the SANYS executive board supports self-advocates and self-advocacy groups regionally and statewide. SANYS encourages them to speak for themselves individually and collectively.

In Staten Island, if you are trying to get your evaluations done and do not have Medicaid, you can get them for free at the NY State Institute on Disability. Their phone number is 718-494-6457.

The NYC DOHMH is one of the largest and oldest public health agencies in the world. On their website, you can find information regarding current and past health concerns, press releases, health care providers, and job opportunities. Their site also contains portals to vital New York City information for residents visitors, and businesses.

Special Olympics offers over 30 Olympic-type individual and team sports that provide meaningful training and competition opportunities for people with developmental disabilities. Having fun, developing skills and building self-esteem, all while participating in year-round sports training and competition is the life of a Special Olympic athlete.

This website hosts a compilation of Staten Island news, alerts, events, and attractions straight from the Borough President’s Office. It also contains a local map, along with links to computer information, volunteer opportunities, business information, and educational information.

ACCES-VR assists individuals with disabilities to achieve and maintain employment and to support independent living through training, education, rehabilitation, and career development.

This website provides information for advocacy, systems change, and capacity building efforts that promote self-determination, integration and inclusion.

This website provides family, advocacy, information & resources for people with intellectual & developmental disabilities/

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