Parents with Special Needs (PWSN)

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Parents with Special Needs (PWSN) is a program to empower parents, strengthen parent/child interaction, and enhance independence. The program focuses on goals identified by the parents to enhance their effectiveness and lead a balanced parenting lifestyle.  

We provide a variety of services including in-home and community-based training as well as support and skills groups. Most work is completed in a 1:1 setting for 9-12 months with the support of trained clinicians.

We facilitate:

  • Parent Support and Skills Group
  • Parenting and Family Empowerment
  • Skill Training: Infant Care, Behavior Management, Safety Awareness and Money Management
  • Self Advocacy and Community Resources  
  • Exploring Independence vs. Interdependence 
  • Enhancing Parental Self Esteem and Confidence 


  • Our training techniques are tailored specifically for parents with developmental disabilities.
  • Parents must meet OPWDD eligibility before qualifying for our services.  
  • Parent can participate in our service as long as their parental rights are not terminated. 

OPWDD eligibility is required to enroll in this service.


For more information about applying for Parents with Special Needs (PWSN), please call YAI LINK at 212.273.6182