Resource Guide for Families of Children with Disabilities for Developmental Delays: 2017
Sustainable Development Goals: 3
- SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-Being
Families receiving Early Intervention (EI) services face unique challenges in locating and accessing resources. The "Resource Guide for Families of Children with Disabilities or Developmental Delays 2016" provides a comprehensive list of community resources for parents and families of young children with developmental delays and disabilities and the professionals who work with them.
About the Resource Guide
This resource guide, created by the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, was developed to help families, service coordinators and service providers in New York City meet the needs of children with developmental delays and disabilities. The resources were identified by a broad-based partnership of local experts.
This Resource Guide contains information about national, state and local agencies that provide specialized services and information for families of children with developmental disabilities and delays.
Some of the resources listed may require payment. Payment types include Medicaid, insurance, sliding scale fee or fee for service. When contacting any of the resources listed, ask if there is a charge for the services provided.
Chapter 1: Health, Medical and Mental Health Resources
Information about free and low-cost mental health, dental, insurance and medical resources. This chapter also provides information about accessing the New York State Benefit Exchange and links to screening tools for federal, state and New York City medical benefit programs.
Chapter 2: Social Service Resources
Information about agencies that provide assistance to families with social service needs, such as housing, government benefits, immigration, domestic violence, food pantries, the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), and special education services.
Chapter 3: Children’s Resources
Information about services specific to young children, including child care, recreation resources, sensory gyms and organizations granting wishes for chronically or terminally ill children.
Chapter 4: Parent Supports and Services
Includes information for parents on accessing services such as advocacy, financial assistance, transportation and support groups.
Chapter 5: Parent Education and Information
Information about laws that protect the rights of children with developmental delays and disabilities, strategies for organizing documents to use for accessing different benefits, and websites that contain information frequently requested by parents of children with delays and disabilities.
How to Navigate the Resource Guide
Navigate the Resource Guide by any of the following:
- Scrolling through the entire manual based on the page numbers indicated in the table of contents
- Selecting a section from the bookmarks on the left-hand side of the screen
- Searching for a particular section or topic
- Printing out the full document