Parent Center Programs

Parent Center programs are the central services provided by INCLUDEnyc for parents of children and young adults with disabilities. These core programs include:

Special Education Parent Centers for the boroughs of Brooklyn, Queens, Manhattan and the Bronx. These programs are funded by the New York State Education Department (NYSED) to promote positive futures for children with disabilities — age 3 to 21 years — through informed, engaged, and effective parents.

Our services help parents of children and young adults with disabilities:

  • become meaningfully involved with their children’s education and access information about the special education process, including referrals, evaluations, individualized education program (IEP) development and transition planning;
  • better understand their children’s disabilities;
  • encourage early resolution of disputes with school districts using resolutions sessions and special education mediation, and
  • enhance their skills and confidence to communicate effectively and work collaboratively with schools and other stakeholders to advocate and actively participate in their children’s education

Federal Parent Centers provide training and assistance to families with children from birth to 26 years of age who have any disability (physical, cognitive, behavioral or emotional). Under the Federal Parent Center program, INCLUDEnyc provides one-to-one support and assistance, workshops, publications, and digital resources to help parents access the services and supports they need to guide their children toward their full potential. This center is funded through the U.S. Department of Education under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) and is one of 6 such funded programs in New York State.

The New York State Transition Partners is a collaboration of Starbridge, the Parent Network of Western New York, and INCLUDEnyc (formerly Resources for Children with Special Needs). Together, we won a 5-year federal grant from the Federal Rehabilitation Service Administration (RSA) to provide New York state-specific information and strategies to help young adults with disabilities and their families to access and navigate vocational rehabilitation and other public systems that can help with financial stability, meaningful employment, and post-secondary education.

To schedule workshops and presentations a school or community organization please contact Rich Overton at roverton@INCLUDEnyc.org, or call 212-677-4650, x11.

In addition to scheduling a free workshop at your location, you can also attend our already-scheduled workshops. Click here to see the current workshop schedule.

Our office is located at:
116 East 16th Street, 5th floor, New York, NY 10002

Click here to see a map of this location and to get public transportation, walking and driving directions.

Office hours: Monday-Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The contents of this website were developed under a grant from the US Department of Education, #H235F140012. However, those contents do not necessarily represent the policy of the US Department of Education, and you should not assume endorsement by the Federal Government. Project Officer, Carmen Sanchez.