- For SKIP Families •
As part of SKIP’s commitment to you, your family and your disabled child, we want to make as much information as possible available to you. This page includes links to a range of resources designed to help you find the answers to questions you may have about Medicaid, your child’s rights, education, summer and after school activities, respite, equipment sources, environmental modifications and more. If you do not find what you’re looking for here, or if you prefer, contact your SKIP Case Manager directly.
SNACK – SNACK (Special Needs Activity Center for Kids) aims to fill a void in the lives of children, teens, and adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder, and other developmental and behavioral disabilities by providing after-school and weekend recreational programs designed and staffed to address their needs. Visit www.snacknyc.com for more information.
CO/LAB Theater Group – CO/LAB (Creative Opportunities without Limits And Boundaries) Theater Group is a non-profit organization that has been providing individuals with developmental disabilities a creative and social outlet through theater and arts since 2011. Visit www.colabtheatergroup.com for more information.
Metropolitan Museum of Art – The Met is celebrating the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act for the whole month of July. Take part in multisensory experiences, art making, films, performances and more! Click here for a full list of ADA@25 programs. Click here for information about the Met’s ongoing programs for visitors with disabilities. Click here for information about accessibility in the museum.
Create Ability with MoMa – Join MoMA (Museum of Modern Art) for their program for individuals with learning or developmental disabilities and their families. Each month they focus on a different theme while exploring various works in the galleries and making art in the classroom. Visit http://www.moma.org/visit/calendar/programs/35 for a full schedule. Call 212-333-1265 to register.
Universal Makerspace at the Brooklyn Public Library – An accessible space for experimenting and hanging out, where teens can innovate, create, and make something great! Second Saturday of every month from 10 am-12 pm. Call 718-253-4948 for more info. http://www.bklynlibrary.org/calendar/universal-makerspace-central-library-info-comm-110814
Advocates for Children of New York – Works on behalf of special needs children to ensure that their educational needs are being met. Click here for more information.
American Red Cross – Health and safety services and training as well as emergency preparedness. Visit www.redcross.org for more information.
The Andrew Heiskell Braille and Talking Book Library operates a books-by-mail program that delivers thousands of recorded and braille titles postage-free. Residents of all ages in New York City and Long Island are eligible for these services if they have difficulty reading standard printed materials because of one or more of the following:
- visual impairment
- a physical disability that limits their ability to hold a book or turn pages
- a reading disability (such as dyslexia) resulting from organic dysfunction
For more information visit: talkingbooks.nypl.org
Developmental Disabilities (DD) Councils
Official advisory body to the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene and to the New York State Office for People with Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD), DD Councils advocate for people with special needs. Comprehensive annual resource guides are published listing local programs and services in the five borough offices.
Staten Island: www.siddc.org
Manhattan Parent and Caregiver Support Group – NAA NY Metro Chapter is proud to make available a monthly support group in Manhattan, for parents and caregivers of individuals on the autism spectrum. Moderated by Adam J. Holstein, PD, LP. For more information, click here
Queens Parent and Caregiver Support Group – NAA NY Metro Chapter is proud to make available a monthly support group in Queens, for parents and caregivers of individuals on the autism spectrum. Moderated by Dr. Lauren Tobing-Puente. For more information, click here
RCSN (Resources for Children with Special Needs) – The organization’s website offers an extensive listing of resources available to special needs children in New York. Visit www.resourcesnyc.org for more information.
SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) – Offers nutrition assistance to eligible families. Click here for more information about SNAP.