special-needs directory
local, regional and national organizations and resources

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Aim Services, Inc. * 518-587-3208
Community and residential programs, advocacy and education

American Occupational Therapy Association * 1-800-377-8555
National professional association representing occupational therapy practitioners and students of occupational therapy

Capital District Child Care Council * 1-800-521-5437
Resource and referral agency for parents and public agencies

Catholic Charities Disabilities Services * 518-783-1111
Residency and in-home services

Center for Disability Services * 518-437-5700
A range of services relating to a broad spectrum of physical, mental and developmental disabilities

Dake Foundation for Children * 518-226-0252
Direct support and referral for young people disabled by neurological, musculoskeletal, and metabolic/growth disorders

Developmental Pediatrics * 518-782-7733
Medical and developmental consultation and screening; newborn follow-up; adoption assessment; parent education, counseling and support

Kennedy Krieger Institute * 1-800-873-3377
Focus on pediatric brain disorders, interdisciplinary treatment, research and therapies

Living Resources * 518-218-0000
After-school and day programs; employment and community opportunities programs; residential and in-home programs

New Horizon Toys * 1-877-8080
Adaptive toys for children with delays and disabilities

Northeast Parent and Child Society * 518-377-8714
Residential care, special education, family foster care, children’s mental health, family preservation, career development

Parent to Parent of New York State * 1-800-305-8817
A network of families of individuals with special needs and the professionals who support them; resources, listserv, training

Parsons Child and Family Center * 518-426-2600
Counseling and mental health services, parent and special education, child abuse/neglect prevention and treatment, family support

Sports Are for Everyone * 518-383-8076 * e-mail: sportsareforeveryone@gmail.com
Sport training and competition for children with intellectual and physical disabilities

Upstate Access Network
Regional resource for disability issues and information; interactive accessibility guide

Vanderheyden * 518-283-6500
Residential treatment center, educational and diagnostic facilities, community services, Home and Community-Based Services Waiver program

Wildwood Programs * 518-836-2300
Comprehensive services for children and adults with autism spectrum disorders, complex learning disabilities and other developmental disabilities



ASPIRe NY, Inc. * 518-932-4356
Social, recreational and educational opportunities for teens and adults with social-relatedness disorders; family support

Autism Society of America (Albany chapter) * 518-355-2191
Advocacy, public awareness, education, support and research

Capital Region Autism Discussion Board * e-mail: cdautism-subscribe@yahoogroups.com
Open forum for parents, caregivers and professionals to discuss services, education and treatment options for children in the greater Capital District with autism spectrum disorder

Center for Autism and Related Disabilities * 518-442-2574
UAlbany-affiliated resource center providing evidence-based training and support to families and professionals; ongoing research

New York Initiative for Adults and Children on the Autism Spectrum
Current information on New York State services and support for individuals with autism

Upstate New York Autism Awareness
Education, assistance and community inclusion for families affected by developmental disabilities

Wildwood Programs * 518-836-2300
Comprehensive services for children and adults with autism spectrum disorders, complex learning disabilities and other developmental disabilities



Bus Stop Club * 518-221-4402
Support for siblings of children with chronic illness or special needs

Capital Region Autism Discussion Board * e-mail: cdautism-subscribe@yahoogroups.com
Open forum for parents, caregivers and professionals to discuss services, education and treatment options for children in the greater Capital District with autism spectrum disorder

Dad’s Place * 1-800-305-8817 * e-mail: JMSwart1@verizon.net
Support group for fathers and male caregivers of children with special needs

Families Together in New York State * 1-888-326-8644
Family-run organization providing access to information, support and services for families of children and youth with social, emotional and behavioral challenges

Northeast Parent and Child Society * 518-377-8714
Residential care, special education, family foster care, children’s mental health, family preservation, career development

Parent Network of the Capital Region * 518-640-3320
Information, individual assistance, connections, training and resources for parents of special-needs children

Parents Anonymous * 518-374-3394 ext. 147
Child-abuse prevention program providing strategies that promote mutual support, parent leadership and personal growth

Parents in Transition * 518-783-6203
Self-help group run by parents, for parents of residents at the Center for Disability Services in Guilderland NY

Parent to Parent of New York State * 1-800-305-8817
A network of families of individuals with special needs and the professionals who support them; resources, listserv, training

Parsons Child and Family Center * 518-426-2600
Counseling and mental health services, parent and special education, child abuse/neglect prevention and treatment, family support

Sensory Processing Disorder Parent Connections Group * e-mail: beethepeace@yahoo.com
Parent-run grassroots effort providing support and information



Developmental Disability Planning Council * 1-800-395-3372
New York State agency focusing on community involvement, employment, recreation and housing for New Yorkers with developmental disabilities and their families

Upstate Access Network
Regional resource for disability issues and information; interactive accessibility guide

Upstate New York Autism Awareness
Education, assistance and community inclusion for families affected by developmental disabilities

Wildwood Programs * 518-836-2300
Comprehensive services for children and adults with autism spectrum disorders, complex learning disabilities and other developmental disabilities



Capital District Child Care Council * 1-800-521-5437
Resource and referral agency for parents and public agencies

Circle of Friends Preschool * 518-478-0722
Play-based programs for young children, some with special needs at locations in Delmar, Ravena and Glenmont (community partner with Bethlehem Public Library)

Disability-Friendly Colleges
News, resources, relevant links, college information and blog related to higher education and the disabled

Helping Hands and Academy Nursery School * 518-664-5066
Preschool for children age 2-5 with special needs

Joy S. Emery Educational and Clinical Services Center
CSR-affiliated nursery school and preschool, educational evaluations, programs and clinics, tutoring, skill groups, client and family services, support groups, recreation

More Than Words: a Hanen Program of Kids Care * 518-786-1665
Family-focused group sessions for parents of children with autism spectrum disorder and other social communication disorders

St. Catherine’s Center for Children * 518-453-6700
Community-based services including parent skills training, counseling and support, aide services, respite care, clinical assessments, case management

School’s Out, Inc. * 518-439-9300
Before- and after-school child care, special-needs, vacation and summer programs for children living in the Bethlehem Central School District

Think College!
Information about postsecondary education options for people with developmental disabilities

Vanderheyden * 518-283-6500
Residential treatment center, educational and diagnostic facilities, community services, Home and Community-Based Services Waiver program

Wildwood Programs * 518-836-2300
Comprehensive services for children and adults with autism spectrum disorders, complex learning disabilities and other developmental disabilities



Sports Are for Everyone * 518-383-8076 * e-mail: sportsareforeveryone@gmail.com
Sport training and competition for children with intellectual and physical disabilities

STRIDE Adaptive Sports * 518-1279
Multidisciplinary educational organization specializing in therapeutic recreation-related services for individuals with disabilities



Northeast Mobility Center * 518-438-3646
Retail source for adaptive equipment, disposable medical supplies, and home access modifications



Libraries and Autism: We’re Connected
Customer-service training video for staff serving individuals with autism and their families

Schneider Family Book Award (ALA)
Honors an author or illustrator who portrays the disability experience for child or adolescent audiences



Down Syndrome Aim High * 438-1113
Parent-to-parent and professional services to individuals with Down Syndrome and their families

Sensory Processing Disorder Parent Connections Group * e-mail: beethepeace@yahoo.com
Parent-run grassroots effort providing support and information

Tourette Syndrome Association of Greater New York State * 716-839-4430
Affiliate of the national Tourette Syndrome Association, Inc., a national voluntary health organization dedicated to identifying the cause of TS, controlling it, and finding a cure

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