These local groups offer support, inspiration, and resources for parents and families of children with special needs.
212-222-7122 • 212-222-7198 TTY
In addition to offering peer counseling and support groups for people living with disabilities, the Harlem Independent Living Center, a nonprofit organization, works in the community to help these people live independently.
116 E. 16th St., 5th Floor, Gramercy Park
INCLUDEnyc offers a monthly support group for parents of children with any disability.
334 Amsterdam Ave., Upper West Side
The JCC has support groups that cater to parents, grandparents, fathers, parents of twins, and parents of teens. Support groups are for parents of children who have been diagnosed with developmental challenges of all kinds. Facilitators and parents’ experiences provide those in the support group with resources, the chance to network, emotional support in a sense of community, and the opportunity to solve problems. Groups meet on select Mondays from 5-6:30pm.
250 W. 64th St., Upper West Side
Lighthouse Guild’s Parent Support Network is a program that includes open, informational phone forums for parents to discuss their concerns about raising children who are visually impaired. Parents can also subscribe to the Parent Support Network mailing list.
Manhattan Mothers & Others
160 E. 65th St., Apt. 25D, Upper East Side
Advised Advocacy Network for children of all ages with any developmental disabilities. Family members who share similar experiences in raising a child with developmental disabilities—as well as friends of these children—provide support for one another in this safe community.
411 W. 114th St., 3rd Floor, Upper West Side
Bernstein Pavilion of Beth Israel Medical Center,
9 Nathan D. Perlman Place, Gramercy
This is a support group for parents and loved ones of individuals of mood disorders. Group members can receive support and have their questions, concerns, and problems addressed. Groups are offered on the UWS on Wednesdays and in Gramercy on Fridays from 7:30-9:15pm.
Support Group Manager: Christina Bradley
505 Eighth Ave., Suite 1103, Midtown
The National Alliance on Mental Illness of New York City offers a broad range of nearly 30 support groups that are categorized by age, type of relationship, or illness. All groups aim to provide support, education, and advocacy.
333 W. 39th St., Midtown
Parents of adopted children benefit from peer support as part of the Parent Support Group, which helps parents cope with the unique developmental and psychological issues they and their adopted children may face. Youth Support Group is also provided for young people to communicate and interact with their peers in a safe, non-judgmental environment. Parent-and-Youth Support Groups provide a safe forum to discuss conflicts that might have escalated at home, enhancing communication between parents and their adopted children, and allowing them to discuss sensitive issues effectively.
NYC Family Advocacy Information Resource
Parents of Individuals with Autism Support Group
Lynn Decker, administrator
This Facebook group is for families affected by intellectual and development disabilities. The forum provides a safe space for parents to share their insights, stories, and resources. Those who are not parents or guardians can send resources or information to the address above to be distributed to the group.
25 Beaver St., Room 405, Financial District
Ellen McHugh: [email protected]
This is a place where families of individuals with special needs can meet to discuss information, share resources, and support each other.
253 W. 35th St., 14th Floor, Midtown
718-7-AUTISM (728-8476) x2060
These support groups provide a forum for parents to discuss the successes, disappointments, and anxieties that come from raising children with disabilities.
PWSN empowers parents of children with special needs, strengthens the parent-child connection, and enhances independence. The program works to accomplish goals parents identify for their families through many different activities, including a Support and Skills Group.
460 W. 34th St., 11th Floor, Chelsea
888-YAI-AUTISM (924-2884) • 212-273-6100
Family Support resources include strategies for managing everyday stress and changes in funding for people with developmental disabilities. YAI offers directories for family support resources for all five boroughs, including support groups for parents, siblings, and caregivers who have a relative with developmental disabilities.
Ridgewood Space, at P.S. 71, 62-85 Forest Ave., Ridgewood
These monthly parent and caregiver support groups allow parents to discuss their experiences—or any topic—with other parents on similar journeys. Parents can drop their kids at Extreme Kids’ Open Play session and head to the support group a few doors down, knowing their children are safe. Visit the website to RSVP for a group.
MOCHA’s goal is to raise awareness of autism and related developmental disabilities, advocate for parents and children, and form alliances between parents. MOCHA aims to increase the amount of information available about autism within communities of color. Groups currently meet on Wednesdays at 12:30pm in Astoria.
The National Alliance offers peer-to-peer support groups, an eight-week peer-to-peer support class, and two different family support groups for individuals with psychiatric diagnoses and their families. The general family support group allows individuals to connect with their families and other people in similar situations. However, the 10- to 12-week family-to-family class is offered solely for family members to connect with each other.
Queens Parent Resource Center
112-40 Francis Lewis Blvd., Queens Village
The Parent Federation holds monthly workshops and meetings for families and parents of children with developmental disabilities to learn about the latest medical advances, provide support, and discuss government policies as they relate to developmental disabilities.
358 St. Marks Place
This chapter of Families Together in New York State is a nonprofit dedicated to assisting families and caregivers of children who are experiencing or who are at risk for emotional, behavioral, or mental health disabilities.
460 Brielle Ave.
This nonprofit works to improve the lives of children and families affected by autism spectrum disorder. Support groups, which meet on the second and fourth Tuesdays of every month, are geared toward parents and caregivers who learn from each other through sharing experiences and information. Support is also offered over the phone for parents and caregivers that cannot make group times.
1765 South Ave.
This nonprofit has more than 175 social service and mental health programs in New York, including child and adolescent services, early childhood and learning programs, and services for people living with developmental disabilities.
Institute for Basic Research, 1050 Forest Hill Road
Fathers’ Support Group: Page Plaza Diner, 75 Page Ave., Tottenville
The center offers support groups at various times for individuals with Asperger’s syndrome, as well as mothers, fathers, and siblings in order to find informational, emotional, and social support and resources. People interested in attending the sibling support group must RSVP.