Special Education

New York State Special Education Parent Centers

There are 13 Special Education Parent Centers across New York State. These centers will provide parents of children with disabilities with information, resources, and strategies to:

  • promote their meaningful involvement in their children’s education programs, including information regarding the special education process (referrals, individual evaluations and individualized education program development and transition planning);
  • assist in understanding their children’s disabilities;
  • promote early resolution of disputes between parents and school districts;
  • promote the use of resolution sessions and special education mediation;
  • assist in understanding procedural due process rights, including the right to impartial hearings and appeals and the State complaint process; and
  • enhance parents’ skills and levels of confidence to communicate effectively and work collaboratively with other schools and other stakeholders to advocate and actively participate in their children’s education program.

Please contact the Parent Center located nearest you for assistance.

Long Island Region

Long Island Parent Center
Center for Community Inclusion
Brentwood Campus, Long Island University
100 Second Avenue
Brentwood, New York 11717
516-589-4562
613-952-0809 Fax
http://www.liparentcenterliu.orgexternal link
Contact: Helene Fallon, Project Coordinator
helene.fallon@liu.edu
Region served: Long Island
Covers the following BOCES: Suffolk; Nassau


Brooklyn

Resources for Children with Special Needs, Inc
NYC Parent Partnership
116 E. 16th Street, 5th floor
New York, New York 10003
212-677-4660 (English)
212-677-4668 (Spanish)
212-254-4070 Fax
http://www.resourcesnyc.orgexternal link
Contact: Lourdes Putz , Executive Director, United We Stand
uwsofny@aol.com
(718) 302-4313
Region served: NYC – Brooklyn


Manhattan

Resources for Children with Special Needs, Inc
NYC Parent Partnership
116 E. 16th Street, 5th floor
New York, New York 10003
212-677-4660 (English)
212-677-4668 (Spanish)
212-254-4070 Fax
http://www.resourcesnyc.org/external link
Contact: Megan DaPisa, parent Informaiton and Training, RCSN
mdapisa@resourcesnyc.org
Region served: NYC – Manhattan


Staten Island

Parent to Parent NY, Inc.
Staten Island Special Education Parent Center
1050 Forest Hill Road
Staten Island, NY 10314
718-494-4872
718-494-4805 Fax
https://parenttoparentnyinc.org/home.html external link
Contact: Joanne Vitale, Project Coordinator
Region served: NYC - Staten Island


Bronx

Resources for Children with Special Needs, Inc
NYC Parent Partnership
116 E. 16th Street, 5th floor
New York, New York 10003
212-677-4660 (English)
212-677-4668 (Spanish)
212-254-4070 Fax
http://www.resourcesnyc.org/external link
Contact: Mariko Sakita, Community Collaborations, RCSN msakita@resourcesnyc.org
Region served: NYC - Bronx


Queens

Resources for Children with Special Needs, Inc
NYC Parent Partnership
116 E. 16th Street, 5th floor
New York, New York 10003
212-677-4660 (English)
212-677-4668 (Spanish)
212-254-4070 Fax
http://www.resourcesnyc.orgexternal link
Contact: Jean Mizutani, Family Educator, RCSN
jmizutani@resourcesnyc.org
Region served: NYC - Queens


Western Region

Parent Network of Western New York
1000 Main St
Buffalo, NY 14202
716-332-4170 Main number
716-332-4171 Fax
716-332-4175
http://www.parentnetworkwny.org/ external link
Contact: Susan Barlow, Executive Director
srb@parentnetworkwny.org
Covers the following BOCES:  Erie 1; Erie 2 (Chautauqua-Cattaraugus); Orleans-Niagara-Cattaraugus-Allegany; Buffalo School District


Southern Tier Region

Southern Tier Independence Center, Inc.
135 Frederick St
Binghamton, NY 13904
607-724-2111
http://www.stic-cil.orgexternal link
Contact: Sue Lozinak
susanl@stic-cil.org

Covers the following BOCES: Broome-Delaware Tioga; Delaware-Chenango-Madison-Otsego; Otsego-Northern Catskills; Greater Southern Tier 1


Mid-State Region

Syracuse University Parent Advocacy Center (SUPAC)
Center on Human Policy, Law, and Disability Studies

Syracuse University
805 S. Crouse Avenue
Room 110 Hoople
Syracuse, NY 13244
315-443-4336
877-824-9555 (Toll Free)
315-443-4338 Fax
http://www.supac.org/ external link
Contact:   Amy Zogby, Director
aezogby@syr.edu

Covers the following BOCES: Herkimer-Fulton-Hamilton-Otsego; Madison-Oneida; Oneida-Herkimer-Madison; Oswego County; Onondaga-Cortland-Madison; Tompkins-Seneca-Tioga; Cayuga-Onondaga and Syracuse City School District


 

Hudson Valley Region

The Westchester Institute for Human Development
Cedarwood Hall, Room A106
Valhalla, NY 10595
914-493-7665
914-493-8118 Fax
http://www.hvsepc.orgexternal link
Contact: Naomi Brickel, Director
nbrickel@wihd.org

Covers the following BOCES: Dutchess; Orange-Ulster; Putnam-Northern Westchester; Rockland; Southern Westchester; Sullivan; Ulster and Yonkers City School District


Mid-West Region

The Advocacy Center, Inc.
590 South Ave
Rochester, NY 14620
1-800-650-4967
585-546-1700
585-546-7069 Fax
http://www.specialedparentcenter.org/external link
Contact: Jenny Hutkowski
hutkowski@advocacycenter.com

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


Eastern Region

Wildwood Programs Inc.
Parent Network of the Capital Region
1190 Troy Schenectady Road
Latham, NY 12110
518-640-3320
518-640-3401 Fax
http://www.pncrny.org/external link
Contact:  Liz DeLibero, Project Coordinator ldelibero@pncrny.org

Covers the following BOCES: Capital Region; Hamilton-Fulton-Montgomery; Washington-Saratoga-Warren-Hamilton-Essex; Questar III


Federal Parent Center Website: http://nysparentnetwork.org external link

Last Updated: December 2, 2014