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Listed below are some websites that provide information that may be useful to parents and professionals.

Autism/Red Flags

Center for Autism Support and Education (Includes Summer Activities for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders)

The Children's Guild Foundation Autism Spectrum Disorder Center at Oishei Children's Hospital


children crossing Curriculum NY State Standards

Developmentally Appropriate Practice (DAP) in Early Childhood


Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) – A-Z index of disability and other topics

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Developmental Disabilities

Beach Center on Disability conducts research and carries out training and technical assistance all to enhance the quality of life of families and individuals affected by disability.

The National Organization for Rare Disorders (NORD) is committed to the identification, treatment, and cure of rare disorders through programs of education, advocacy, research, and service.

The Center for Autism and Related Disorders, Inc. (CARD)

Down Syndrome Parent Group of Western New York

Guide to Understanding Supports and Services
Administered by the New York State Office for People with Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD) - PDF

The Independence Foundation is dedicated to providing support and assistance to children and individuals with physical disabilities so that they may live independent, self-directed lives.

Learning Disabilities Association of Western New York (LDA of WNY) is a parent and client led, professionally managed human service provider assisting individuals with learning disabilities, neurological impairments and other disabilities with similar needs and their families in leading more productive and meaningful lives.

Chromosome Disorder Outreach is run by parents of children affected by a wide range of chromosome disorders and provides support and extensive information on common and unique/rare disorders and deletions.

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Center for the Improvement of Early Reading Achievement (CIERA)

Council for Exceptional Children, Division for Early Childhood

Early Childhood Technical Assistance System (ECTAC)

ERIC Clearinghouse on Elementary and Early Childhood Education

Parent's Action (formerly I Am Your Child)

National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC)

National Center for Early Development and Learning (NCEDL)

National Center for Education in Maternal and Child Health (NCEMCH)

National Head Start Association

National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD)

National Institute on Early Childhood Development

National Parent Information Network (NPIN) (closed)

ZERO to THREE (National Center for Infants, Toddlers, and Families)


Building Early Learning Systems in the States (BUILD)
Center for Early Literacy Learning (CELL)
Early Childhood Comprehensive Systems (SECCS)
Expanding Opportunities (NECTAC)
National Early Childhood Technical Assistance Center (NECTAC)
National Personnel Development Center on Inclusion (NPDCI)
National Consortium of Deaf–Blindness
Technical Assistance Alliance for Parent Centers
Child Care Bureau
Early Childhood Learning and Knowledge Center (ECLKC)
Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute
U.S. Department of Education – Office of Special Education (OSEP)

Social Emotional Learning/Challenging Behaviors

Special Education Law

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New York State Special Education Publications VESID

Part 200 Regulations of the Commissioner of Education (Updated 10/07):

Parent’s Guide to Special Education in NYS for Children Ages 3-21

“Guide for Determining Eligibility and Special Education Programs and/or Services for Preschool Students with Disabilities”

Chapter 378 of the Laws of 2007: Conforming State Law to Meet the Requirements of the 2004 Reauthorization of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act - August 2007:

SED Memo – Evaluations of Three- and Four-Year-Old Children Suspected of Having Disabilities Pursuant to Section 4410 of the Education Law (August 2003)

The Transition of Children from The New York State Department of Health Early Intervention Program to The State Education Department Preschool Special Education Program or Other Early Childhood Services - February 2005

EI to 4410 Calculator:

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Local School District – Preschool Special Education Chair Person (CPSE)

Regional Associate: NY State Education Dept. Quality Assurance Local Office – Batavia NY 585-344-2002

Western New York Developmental Disabilities Services Office (DDSO):

Erie County Department of Mental Health: Family voices (716) 858-8530

Compeer West – (716) 883-3331

Parent to Parent of New York State – (716) 517-3448

Parent Network of Western New York – (716) 332-4170

Transition from Pre-School to Kindergarten

Watch our new video to learn more about “Transition from Pre-School to Kindergarten” for children receiving special services! Planning the transition for children receiving special education services from preschool to kindergarten can be a challenging and stressful time. As parents the more you know the easier it will be for you and your child. Watch our video to help prepare yourself with the knowledge to support your child!

Typical Development Milestones


NYS Clinical Practice Guidelines

Autism/Pervasive Developmental Disorders – Assessment and Intervention for Young Children (Age 0-3 Years)

Communication Disorders - Assessment and Intervention for Young Children (Age 0-3 years)

Down Syndrome - Assessment and Intervention for Young Children (Age 0-3 Years)

Hearing Loss – Assessment and Intervention for Young Children (Age 0-3 Years)

Motor Disorders - Assessment and Intervention for Young Children (Age 0-3 Years)

Vision Impairment - Assessment and Intervention for Young Children (Age 0-3 Years)

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Last updated: 08/30/2017