Support Groups for Families of Kids with Special Needs

Support Groups for Families of Kids with Special Needs


Local groups offer support, inspiration, and resources for parents and families of children with special needs. Find a special needs support group, including groups for those dealing with autism, learning disabilities, ADD, in New York City, Long Island, and Westchester, Rockland, and Fairfield counties.


The importance of having a circle of support cannot be underestimated. One good friend who is going through the same challenges you are is worth five who can only imagine what you’re going through.

We've compiled lists of support groups for families of children with special needs in the New York metro area. Check out the options in your region below.

New York City





Staten Island

Long Island



New York City Suburbs

Westchester County

Rockland County

Fairfield County, Connecticut

Another option is starting a group yourself. Spread the word in your child’s school and your place of worship. Parents who have done it name three things that bolster attendance: providing child care for younger siblings, organizing carpools, and snacks! Establishing a “calling tree” to remind parents of upcoming events also helps keep meetings going strong.