New York State Education Department Office of Special Education
The Special Education Office provides assistance to parents, advocacy groups, and schools related to services and programs for students with disabilities. This site contains many resources, documents, and other comprehensive information. Read through the publications and policy memos issued by the special education office at NYSED which can be found under the ‘Publications’ tab in the center along the top of the website page. Memos can be searched by date, or alphabetically by topic. If you have a question about anything relating to special education, see if there is a memo related to the topic in question. The “News” tab on the top-left is another good way to stay current on special education policy issues in NYS.
New York State Office for People with Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD)
OPWDD is responsible for coordinating services for people with developmental disabilities, including intellectual disabilities, cerebral palsy, Down syndrome, autism spectrum disorders, and other neurological impairments. It provides services directly and through a network nonprofit service providing agencies. This website provides information and resources for individuals, families, professionals, employees, and service providers about OPWDD, services and supports available, related regulations and guidance, community connections, contact information, and much more.
Adult Career and Continuing Education Services-Vocational Rehabilitation (ACCES-VR)
ACCES-VR offers access to a full range of employment and independent living services that may be needed by persons with disabilities through their lives. Through its administration of vocational rehabilitation and independent living programs, VR coordinates policy and services relating to transition services for students with disabilities from school to adult services; vocational rehabilitation services for working age individuals with disabilities; independent living services for people with disabilities of all ages; and business services for hiring a qualified diverse workforce. This website provides information on application procedures, business services, district office contact information, publications, and more.
New York State Office of Mental Health (OMH)
OMH operates psychiatric centers across the State, and also regulates, certifies and oversees more than 4,500 programs, which are operated by local governments and nonprofit agencies. These programs include various inpatient and outpatient programs, emergency, community support, residential and family care programs. This website provides information and resources to families, professionals and providers about the mental health system, programs available, contact information for area offices, up to date news, and much more.