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Motor/Physical Disabilities

Any of a variety of conditions that may be due to muscular, skeletal or neuromuscular disorders, paralysis or absence of one or more limbs, which impose physical limitations on the individual.

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Reba McEntire PSA on Accessing OPWDD Services

Reba McEntire delivers a PSA encouraging people to access services from the NYS Office for Persons with Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD) to support individuals with developmental disabilities to live the richest life possible.


Resource Directory for Children and Young Adults with Special Health Care Needs

This resource directory is for the families of children and young adults who have a serious illness or long-lasting condition for which they need extra health care and support services. Children and young adults with special health care needs might have a serious or long-lasting:

  • Physical condition
  • Intellectual or developmental disability or
  • Behavioral or emotional condition.


Searchable Online Accommodation Resource (SOAR)

The Job Accommodation Network (JAN's) Searchable Online Accommodation Resource (SOAR) system is designed to let users explore various accommodation options for people with disabilities in work and educational settings. These accommodation ideas are not all inclusive. If you do not find answers to your questions, please contact JAN directly. JAN's experienced consultants are happy to discuss specific accommodation needs in a confidential manner. 


Social Security Office Locator

The Social Security Office Locator is an online tool that will locate your local Social Security office using a zip code. It provides the address, telephone number, hours of operation and a link to map and get directions to the office. This site allows people to apply for most types of benefits online, estimate your future benefits and more.


Statewide School Health Services Center

The New York Statewide School Health Services Center is a contracted Center of the NYS Education Department that provides technical assistance, resources and professional development focused on student health and wellness initiatives.

This website provides legal information related to school health and nutrition, as well specific information on medication administration, field trips, confidentiality - really all aspects of school-related health management.


The Shield Institute Preschool Program

The Shield Institute's preschool programs, located in the south west section of the Bronx as well as in Flushing, Queens, provide services to approximately 300 preschoolers on a daily basis. The preschool program is regulated and funded through the New York State Education Department. It provides developmentally appropriate instruction in a variety of classroom models.


The Shield Institute School Age Program

The School Age Program at The Shield Institute provides special education classrooms and related services for students ages 5-21. Their classrooms are highly individualized and provide structured teaching, augmentative communication, aided language and the use of technology according to the New York State Alternative Learning Standards.


Through Your Child's Eyes - Parent Toolkit

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.



Kevin, 24, lives with his parents. His short term memory, anxiety and anger are a result of diabetes-induced seizures as an infant. He now copes with his setbacks by eating foods that do not trigger outbursts.

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