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Communication Skills

Communication skills help participants impart and exchange information. Communication Skills programs develop or refine their communication skills, usually by focusing on communication in a particular context, e.g., helping parents communicate with their children, helping professionals communicate with their clients and so forth. 

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Helping Youth Build Work Skills for Job Success: Tips for Parents and Families

This InfoBrief addresses the need for youth to acquire work skills and offers strategies parents and families can use to work with their youth to develop skills that lead to success on the job. This InfoBrief also includes information on how to incorporate work skill development into school documents, such as the Individualized Education Program and the Summary of Performance.

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Helping Youth Develop Soft Skills for Job Success: Tips for Parents and Families

This report discusses the importance of soft skills and offers strategies parents and families can use to help their child develop skills for employment success.

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Improving Communication - Developing Effective Communication Skills

Communication is simply the act of transferring information from one place to another, whether this be vocally (using voice), written (using printed or digital media such as books, magazines, websites or emails), visually (using logos, maps, charts or graphs) or non-verbally (using body language, gestures and the tone and pitch of voice). This website provides useful and practical communication tips.

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Information for Parents of Preschool Students with Disabilities Ages 3-5

The New York State Education Department (SED), Office of Special Education oversees a statewide preschool special education program with school districts, municipalities, approved providers and parents. Evaluations and specially planned individual or group instructional services or programs are provided to eligible children who have a disability that affects their learning. Funding for these special education programs and services is provided by municipalities and the state.

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Learning and Attention Issues - Types of Issues

This web page discusses various types of learning and attention issues and includes the following:

  • Understanding Dyslexia
  • Understanding ADHD
  • Dyslexia: Strategies you can try at Home
  • Dyslexia: What it is and What it isn't
  • Dysgraphia: What You're Seeing
  • Video: Inside the Dyslexic Brain

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National Disability Navigator Resource Collaborative (NDNRC)

This project develops disability-content materials, including a technical assistance guide; a dedicated website with URL that will include all materials as well as state-specific information, resources, and experiences; provides on-going TA to navigators via typical TA methods (e.g. webinars, topic-specific fact sheets, short issue briefs, newsletters, list serves); and discusses the feasibility of providing “hands-on” technical assistance to navigators and/or their host organizations.

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NY Connects

NY Connects provides information and assistance related to long-term services and supports in New York State for people of all ages or with any type of disability. NY Connects uses a searchable directory for programs, providers, and services in your area.

NY Connects staff can help link you to long-term services and supports, such as home care, transportation and meals. The goal is to help individuals live as independently as possible while meeting their medical, social and functional needs that arise from aging or disability. This program helps individuals, families, caregivers, and professionals.

Contact your local office to:

  • Get information by phone, online, or in person.
  • Connect to long-term services and supports regardless of diagnosis, age or how you will pay for services.
  • Receive guidance and coordination as you go through assessment and eligibility processes.
  • Help with completing applications and enrollment in public assistance benefits, such as Medicaid.
  • Or for any additional information.

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NYS Medicaid Speech Generating Device & Related Accessories Guidelines

Augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) includes all forms of communication (other than oral speech) that are used to express thoughts, needs, wants and ideas. People with severe speech or language problems rely on AAC to supplement existing speech or replace speech that is not functional. Speech generating devices and related accessories are covered when NYS Medicaid's minimum coverage criteria have been met. This document provides information on the coverage guidelines for speech generating devices and related accessories.

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Schools for Children/Youth with Disabilities

Schools for Children/Youth with Disabilities include, 853 schools, state-operated schools, special act school districts, and state-supported (4201) schools. These special education schools believe that all students have the capacity to learn in a manner that fosters self-esteem, connects them to a supportive school community and fosters an optimistic worldview. These schools work with children and youth who struggle with internal and external factors beyond their control that have contributed to a failure to thrive in school. These schools strive to create an environment that cultivates interpersonal relationships, maintains structure and provides opportunities to build competence.

View Chapter 853/Union-Free/Special Act Schools using the MS Navigator mapping tool.

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Self-Advocacy Online

This website provides a directory of self-advocacy groups by state and/or zip code. Contact information and a description of products and services offered as well as the mission statement is listed for each program.

This website also contains many stories from self-advocates, as well as a section to help individuals learn about self-advocacy. 

A toolkit that provides easy-to-use tips and strategies to help individuals find, choose and keep high quality direct support professionals is also provided.

Developed by the Council on Children and Families and Funded by the Developmental Disabilities Planning Council