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.org
Contact: Helene Fallon, Project Coordinator
helene.fallon@liu.edu
Region served: Long Island
Covers the following BOCES: Suffolk; Nassau


Brooklyn

Brooklyn Center for Independence of the Disabled
27 Smith Street, Suite 200,
Brooklyn, NY 11201
718-998-3000
718-998-3743 Fax
http://www.bcid.org/
Contact: Revere Joyce , Project Coordinator 
Region served: NYC – Brooklyn


Manhattan

Resources for Children with Special Needs, Inc
The Manhattan Parent Center Without Walls
116 E. 16th Street, 5th floor
New York, New York 10003
212-677-4650
212-254-4070 Fax
http://www.resourcesnyc.org/content/manhattan
Contact: Rachel Howard, Executive Director rhoward@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
Contact: Joanne Ward, Project Coordinator
Region served: NYC - Staten Island


Bronx

Resources for Children with Special Needs, Inc
The Bronx Parent Center Without Walls
116 E. 16th Street, 5th floor
New York, New York 10003
212-677-4650
212-254-4070 Fax
http://www.resourcesnyc.org/content/bronx
Contact: Rachel Howard, Executive Director rhoward@resourcesnyc.org
Region served: NYC - Bronx


Queens

United We Stand of New York, LTD
Queens Special Educaiton Parent Center
Mail to: 91 Harrison Ave
Location: 98 Moore Street
Brooklyn NY 11206
718-302-4313
718-302-4315 Fax
http://www.meetup.com/QueensSpecialEducationParentCenter/
Contact:  Lourdes Rivera-Putz, Executive Director lriveraputz@uwsofny.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/ 
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

Family Resource Network, Inc.
46 Oneida Street
Oneonta, NY 13820
607-432-0001
607-432-5516 Fax
http://www.familyrn.org/
Contact: Matthew Harby, Director
parentcenterdirector@familyrn.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/
Contact:   Amy Schlegel, Director
aeschleg@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


North Country Region

Northern Regional Center for Independent Living, Inc
210 Court Street, Suite 107
Watertown, NY 13601
315-785-8703
315-785-8612 Fax
http://www.nrcil.net/sepc.asp
Contact: Charlie Merrick, Director
charliem@nrcil.net

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


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.org
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/
Contact: Barbara Klein, Director
klein@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/
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

Last Updated: March 24, 2014