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.
This web page discusses various types of learning and attention issues and includes the following:
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.
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:
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.
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.
It’s one thing to read about learning and attention issues. It’s another thing to see them through your child’s eyes. Experience firsthand how frustrating it is when your hand won’t write what your brain is telling it to. Or how hard it is to complete a simple task when you have trouble focusing. Use these unique simulations and videos to better understand your child’s world.
This Transition Age Youth web page provides numerous links to a broad range of transition resources. Some of the topics include:
This web page provides links to the following transition tip sheets:
Starbridge offers a wide variety of resources and services. Please view the Starbridge website to learn more.
More than 35 million Americans with disabilities are eligible to vote in the United States. The US Election Assistance Commission has a strong commitment to working with both election officials and voters with disabilities to ensure that the election process, polling places and voting services are accessible. Learn about your federal voting rights.
As a parent or caregiver of a teenager with a disability, you may have heard the term 504 plan or Section 504 before, but not really understood what it means and how it can help your child. Section 504 is a civil rights federal law that public school districts are required to follow. This tip sheet offers parents and guardians some information on 504 plans.