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Office for People With Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD) - opwdd.ny.gov
Funds many services for individuals with developmental disabilities in New York State, organized by district office, Developmental Disabilities Services Offices (DDSO). Most DDSOs publish a directory of family services, which is a valuable resource. 

Directory of Family Support Services (see PDFs below)
Lists services available for individuals with a developmental disability and/or their families. In order to use many of these services the person with a developmental disability must live with his or her family in the borough the service is offered.

Manhattan Family Support Guide (pdf)
Brooklyn Family Support Guide
(pdf)
Queens Family Support Guide
(pdf)
Bronx Family Support Guide
(pdf)
Staten Island Family Support Guide (pdf)
Long Island Family Support Guide (pdf)
Westchester Family Support Guide (pdf)

Developmental Disabilities Councils (see links below)
Borough-based councils that collaborate with the New York State Office for People with Developmental Disabilities as well as the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, on many issues. They sponsor monthly meetings and annual family support fairs that offer families of people with developmental disabilities information and opportunities to advocate for whatever is needed. 

Manhattan Developmental Disabilities Council - manhattandd.org
Brooklyn Developmental Disabilities Council - brooklynddcouncil.org
Queens Council on Developmental Disabilities - qcdd.org
Long Island Family Support Services Advisory Council - lifssac.com 

Resources for Children with Special Needs (RCSN) - resourcesnyc.org
An independent nonprofit organization that works for children and families with special needs across New York City providing information and referral, specialized trainings for parents and professionals, educational advocacy, camp resources, a large resource directory and more.

Early Childhood Direction Centers (ECDC) - p12.nysed.gov
Information and referral and assistance centers where parents of children from birth to age five and professionals who work with them can call to obtain information. 

Center for Benefits and Services (CBS) - cssny.org
Provides information and assistance for families and individuals seeking help accessing or maintaining public benefit programs.

Adult Career and Continuing Education Services - Vocational Rehabilitation (Acces-VR) - acces.nysed.gov
Offers access to a full range of employment and independent living resources for people with disabilities.

Independent Living Centers (ILCs) - acces.nysed.gov
Government-sponsored advocacy and information agencies that assist people with disabilities live integrated and self-directed lives.  

LIFENET - newyorkcity.ny.networkofcare.org
A free and confidential hotline offered to New York City residents that provides resources for individuals seeking mental health information.  

National Dissemination Center for Children with Disabilities (NICHCY) - nichcy.org
Offers information on specific disabilities and lists state by state resources, important numbers and contacts. 

311 - nyc.gov/apps/311
New York City’s main source of government information and non-emergency services.

Glossary of Acronyms - Common Acronyms (pdf)

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