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Self-Direction Services for Kids With Special Needs in New York: What You Need to Know

Self-Direction Services for Kids With Special Needs in New York: What You Need to Know

Self-Direction Services (SDS), a New York State-funded program for children with special needs, offers parents funding for services of their own choosing.

Young Man With Special Needs Celebrates Booming Sock Business

Young Man With Special Needs Celebrates Booming Sock Business

John Cronin, a young man with Down syndrome from Long Island, co-founded John’s Crazy Socks. In just two months the online sock store has reached 1,000 customers.

Temple Beth Sholom Welcomes Adults with Special Needs for Havdalah Celebration

Temple Beth Sholom Welcomes Adults with Special Needs for Havdalah Celebration

On Thursday, April 27 at 7:30pm, Temple Beth Sholom in New City will welcome 80-plus adult guests from Rockland ARC, Camp Venture, HVDDSO, and Jawonio for a Havdalah celebration.

15 Questions to Ask When Looking For a Special Needs Tutor

15 Questions to Ask When Looking For a Special Needs Tutor

There are a lot of things to consider when looking for a tutor for your child with special needs. Ease your search with this list of questions from a mom with experience.

'Special Needs Got Talent' Competition to Be Held on Long Island

'Special Needs Got Talent' Competition to Be Held on Long Island

The first Long Island “Special Needs Got Talent” competition will be held in the style of the X-Factor and American Idol on Feb. 4 in East Islip.

Dining Out with a Child with Autism

Dining Out with a Child with Autism

Going out to dinner with a child who has autism can be very stressful. These are five tips from a mom who has been there.

What Parents Need to Know When a Child with Special Needs Turns 21

What Parents Need to Know When a Child with Special Needs Turns 21

What to consider when your child with special needs turns 21—and is no longer a child.

Autism Study Seeks Participants

Autism Study Seeks Participants

A study that aims to research whether specific genes are linked to autism is looking for participants.

Transitioning Your Child with Special Needs to a New School

Transitioning Your Child with Special Needs to a New School

A mother shares her tips to help her son with special needs transition to a new school this fall.

How To Choose a Babysitter for Your Child with Special Needs

How To Choose a Babysitter for Your Child with Special Needs

Choosing a babysitter for a child with special needs poses challenges to parents. Here are tips for how to find a sitter for your child with special needs.

Top Things to Do in NYC for Kids with Autism

Top Things to Do in NYC for Kids with Autism

Best places in New York City for a fun day with a child who has autism--activities without long lines, loud noises, or other common challenges, including The Central Park Zoo, the Apple Store, and walking the Brooklyn Bridge.

Being the Sibling of a Child with Special Needs

Being the Sibling of a Child with Special Needs

Their brothers and sisters have special needs, but these children face their own unique challenges—and opportunities for growth.

Tommy Hilfiger and Runway of Dreams Launch Adaptive Clothing Line

Tommy Hilfiger and Runway of Dreams Launch Adaptive Clothing Line

Runway of Dreams, a nonprofit that collaborates with fashion designers to adapt mainstream clothing for the differently abled community, announced the launch of its collaboration with Tommy Hilfiger.

Shopping Cart for Special Needs Families Coming to Target

Shopping Cart for Special Needs Families Coming to Target

Caroline’s Carts are coming to Target and they will help families with children with special needs shop with greater ease.

NYC To Pay Bullied Girl’s Private School Tuition

NYC To Pay Bullied Girl’s Private School Tuition

In a landmark decision by the US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, New York City will pay for a learning-disabled student’s private school tuition.

Mother Receives a Flood of Support Following Her Request of Primrose Markers Donations for Her Son with Autism

Mother Receives a Flood of Support Following Her Request of Primrose Markers Donations for Her Son with Autism

Stacey Haley lives in Bowmanville, Ontario in Canada and wrote a Facebook post asking for Primrose marker donations for her son with autism, and received an overwhelming amount of support.

Long Island Siblings Named as Owners of Coffee Business That Benefits Those with Special Needs

Long Island Siblings Named as Owners of Coffee Business That Benefits Those with Special Needs

Stacey Wohl is a mother of two children with autism and has opened a business called Our Coffee with a Cause to help other special-needs families.

Financial and Future Planning for a Child with Special Needs

Financial and Future Planning for a Child with Special Needs

The costs of all those services for your child with special needs add up. Plan ahead and know what's tax-deductible, how to deal with insurance companies, the benefits of Medicaid waivers, and how to write a letter of intent to plan for your child's future.

How to Write a Letter of Intent

How to Write a Letter of Intent

Tips for writing a letter of intent for your child with special needs, including the format, pertinent information, and who should help write it.

Why You Should Apply for a Medicaid Waiver

Why You Should Apply for a Medicaid Waiver

Medicaid waivers offer similar benefits of Medicaid, but with certain requirements waived. Here are the benefits of Medicaid waivers for those with special needs, the application process, and why you should apply now.

Special Needs Services That Can Be Claimed on a Tax Return

Special Needs Services That Can Be Claimed on a Tax Return

While we can’t give tax advice, we’ve got some expert tips on things to consider when itemizing your taxes. Many services and expenses you might not have realized could be tax deductible.

Do You Feel Sorry for Your Atypical Child?

Do You Feel Sorry for Your Atypical Child?

Feeling sorry for a child who struggles with a special need is a common, understandable reaction from a loving parent. But it's not going to help your kid. Here's how to adopt a new mindset that will.

7 Things to Do After Your Child's Special Needs Diagnosis

7 Things to Do After Your Child's Special Needs Diagnosis

Receiving a special needs diagnosis for your child can be overwhelming. Here are seven steps to follow that will put you on the right path from the beginning.

Change Your Own Attitude to Help Your Child Do Better in School

Change Your Own Attitude to Help Your Child Do Better in School

Parents' attitudes have a tremendous impact on how their children experience school, especially if the child is an atypical learner. Here, seven ways to adjust your attitude that will set your child on a path to success in school and beyond.

New York Ranks 4th in States with Best Disability Services

New York Ranks 4th in States with Best Disability Services

New York State ranks fourth in the nation for states that have the best services for individuals with special needs and their families.




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