Parent Center Programs

Parent Center programs are the central services provided by INCLUDEnyc for parents of children and young adult 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, ages 3 to 21 years, through informed, engaged and effective parents.   

Our services help parents of children, youth 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 ages birth to 26 years 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 at parent groups, schools or community organizations please email us (mdapisa@INCLUDEnyc.org) or call (212) 677-4650.  

In addition to scheduling a free presentation or workshop at your site you can also attend our already-scheduled workshops.

Click here to see the current workshop schedule.

The Special Education Parent Center 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.