The State Education Department
The University of the State of New York

March 2009

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TO: District Superintendents
  Superintendents of Schools
  Presidents of Boards of Education
  Superintendents of State-Operated and State-Supported Schools
  Executive Directors of Approved Private Schools
  New York City Board of Education
  Organizations, Parents and Individuals Concerned with Special Education
  Commissioner's Advisory Panel for Special Education Services
  SETRC Professional Development Specialists
  Regional School Support Centers
  Impartial Hearing Officers
  Other State Agencies
FROM:  James P. DeLorenzo  Signature of James P. DeLorenzo
SUBJECT: Special Education Parent Centers

The New York State Education Department (NYSED) Office of Vocational and Educational Services for Individuals with Disabilities (VESID) announces the addition of eleven (11) new Special Education Parent Technical Assistance Centers (TACs) across New York State (NYS), including five (5) centers in New York City (one per borough) and six (6) additional centers throughout the upstate region.  The existing Special Education Parent TACs on Long Island and Western New York will continue, resulting in the operation of thirteen (13) Special Education Parent Centers in NYS.  The centers will contribute to the implementation of the NYS Board of Regents Policy on Improving Student Achievement and School Performance through Parent and Family Partnerships. 

The Special Education Parent Centers will provide parents of children with disabilities with information, resources, and strategies to:

In order to promote the development of effective parental and family engagement statewide, the Parent Centers will:  

The contact information for the Parent Centers is attached and will also be posted on our website at or you may contact our office at (518) 473-2878. 

To ensure dissemination to appropriate individuals within a school district, I ask Superintendents to please share this memorandum with individuals such as Directors of Special Education, School Psychologists, Committee on Special Education (CSE) and Committee on Preschool Special Education (CPSE) Chairpersons, Guidance Counselors, Directors of Pupil Personnel and Parent Teacher Associations. 

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New York State Special Education Parent Centers

Brooklyn Center for Independence of the Disabled
27 Smith Street, Suite 200,
Brooklyn, NY 11201
718-998-3743 Fax
Contact person:  Marvin Wasserman, Executive Director

Region served:  NYC - Brooklyn

Resources for Children with Special Needs, Inc
The Manhattan Parent Center Without Walls
116 E. 16th Street, 5th floor
New York, New York 10003
212-254-4070 Fax
Contact person:  Rachel Howard, Executive Director

Region served:  NYC – Manhattan

Parent to Parent NY, Inc.
The Research Foundation for Mental Hygiene
1050 Forest Hill Road
Staten Island, NY 10314
718-494-0319 Fax
Contact person:  Joseph J. Matori- Deputy Director

Region served:  NYC - Staten Island

Resources for Children with Special Needs, Inc
The Bronx Parent Center Without Walls
116 E. 16th Street, 5th floor
New York, New York 10003
212-254-4070 Fax
Contact person:  Rachel Howard, Executive Director

Region served:  NYC - Bronx

United We Stand of New York, LTD
Mail to: 91 Harrison Ave
Location: 98 Moore Street
Brooklyn NY 11206
718-302-4315 Fax
Contact person:  Lourdes Rivera-Putz, Executive Director

Region served:  NYC - Queens

Family Resource Network, Inc.
46 Oneida Street
Oneonta, NY 13820
607-432-5516 Fax
Contact person:  Pamela J. Larsen

Region served:   Southern Region

Covers the following BOCES:
Broome-Delaware Tioga;
Otsego-Northern Catskills;
Greater Southern Tier

Center on Human Policy, Law, and Disability Studies
Syracuse University
805 S. Crouse Avenue
Syracuse, NY 13244
315-443-9361 Fax
Contact person:   Steven J. Taylor, PhD, Centennial Professor
Patricia Lowney, Ph.D, Executive Director

Region served:  Mid-State
Covers the following BOCES:
Oswego County;
Cayuga-Onondaga and
Syracuse City

Northern Regional Center for Independent Living, Inc
210 Court Street, Suite 107
Watertown, NY 13601
315-785-8612 Fax
Contact person:  Brenda S. Campany, Executive Director

Region served:  North Country

Covers the following BOCES:
Clinton-Essex-Warren-Washington; Franklin-Essex-Hamilton;
St. Lawrence-Lewis;

The Westchester Institute for Human Development
Cedarwood Hall, Room 326
Valhalla, NY 10595
914-493-7899 Fax
Contact person:  Ansley Bacon, PhD, President and CEO

Region served:  Hudson Valley

Covers the following BOCES:
Putnam-Northern Westchester;
Southern Westchester;
Ulster and
Yonkers City

The Advocacy Center, Inc.
590 South Ave
Rochester, NY 14620
585-546-7069 Fax
Contact person:  Paul J. Shew, Executive Director

Region served:  Mid-West

Covers the following BOCES: 
Genesee Valley;
Monroe 1;
Monroe 2 –Orleans;
Ontario-Seneca-Yates-Cayuga-Wayne; and Rochester City

Wildwood Programs Inc.
Parent Network of the Capital Region
1190 Troy Schenectady Road
Latham, NY 12110
518-640-3401 Fax
Contact person:  Liz DeLibero, Project Coordinator

Region served:  Eastern

Covers the following BOCES:
Capital Region;
Questar III


Current Parent Centers

The Long Island Parent and Family Technical Assistance Center/Just Kids
887 Kellum St
Lindenhurst, NY 11787
631-603-3300 Main number
631-603-3303 Fax
1-800-432-0199 Toll free
Elizabeth DeFazio-Rodriguez - Program Coordinator
Steven Held - Executive Director of Just Kids Early Learning Center, Inc.
Dr. Ginny Barry- Project Administrator

Parent Network of Western New York
1000 Main St
Buffalo, NY 14202
716-332-4170 Main number
716-332-4171 Fax
716-332-4175 Information and referral
Contact: Susan Barlow - Executive Director