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#TEXT4 Caregivers

With funding from the Developmental Disabilities Planning Council, Parent to Parent of NYS is pleased to introduce our latest initiative, Text4Caregivers. Text4Caregivers is a free text service that distributes timely and relevant self-care and stress-management support via text messaging. As a caregiver, you take care of others; this service exists to remind you to take care of you.


411 on Disability Disclosure: A Workbook for Youth with Disabilities

This Workbook is designed for youth and adults working with them to learn about disability disclosure. This workbook helps young people make informed decisions about whether or not to disclose their disability and understand how that decision may impact their education, employment, and social lives. Based on the premise that disclosure is a very personal decision, the Workbook helps young people think about and practice disclosing their disability. The workbook does not tell a young person what to do. Rather, it helps them make informed decisions about disclosing their disability, decisions that will affect their educational, employment, and social lives.



A Comparison of ADA, IDEA, and Section 504

This fact sheet offers a comparison of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA), the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973.


A Parent's Guide to Special Education in NYS for Children 3-21

This guide contains comprehensive information on the special education process in New York State, beginning with the initial referral for special education services. Special education means specially designed individualized or group instruction or special services or programs to meet the unique needs of students with disabilities. Special education services and programs are provided at no cost to the parent. 


A-Z of Disabilities and Accommodations

The Job Accommodation Network (JAN) provides free consulting services for individuals with physical or intellectual limitations that affect employment. Services include one-on-one consultation about job accommodation ideas, requesting and negotiating accommodations, and rights under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and related laws. Although JAN does not help individuals find employment, JAN does provide information for job seekers.

JAN provides information on: various disabilities, impairments, and conditions; accommodations and other ADA issues; and accommodation ideas by physical limitations.


ABLE Accounts: 10 Things You Should Know

ABLE Accounts are tax-advantaged savings accounts for individuals with disabilities and their families. The beneficiary of the account is the account owner, and income earned by the accounts will not be taxed. Contributions to the account made by any person (the account beneficiary, family and friends) will be made using post-taxed dollars and will not be tax deductible, although some states may allow for state income tax deductions for contribution made to an ABLE account.


About Autism and Other Autism Resources

The Autistic Self Advocacy Network is a nonprofit organization run by and for autistic people. The About Autism page lists common characteristics of autism spectrum disorder. This website also has a catalog of publications serving the cross-disability community.


Accessibility Animations

This website contains a number of animated videos displaying and describing the American's with Disabilities (ADA) guidelines and standards. Captioned videos are also provided.


Accessing Home and Community-Based Services: A Guide for Self-Advocates

Accessing Home and Community-Based Services: A Guide for Self Advocates is a tool designed to help people with disabilities, families, and friends find and use available resources. This may include family and friends, community-based services, state funded waivers and programs, and other resources to help empower people with disabilities to live as independently as possible and make our own choices about what we need. It is a tool to inform about various resources and how to access them. It is also a reference about resources that, although you may not need or want them now, you can use in the future.


ADA, Section 504 & Postsecondary Education

It is important that students and their advocates become knowledgeable about their rights and responsibilities in postsecondary education. Although protections exist, the students have considerably more responsibility in postsecondary education to request their own accommodations. This responsibility is ongoing. For many students with disabilities, good self-advocacy skills are the key to success, and knowing their rights is one essential element of effective self-advocacy.

Terms / Acronyms for:


Administration on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities(AIDD)

Adults With Disabilities

Americans with Disabilities Act(ADA)

Children and Youth With Disabilities

Day Treatment for Adults With Developmental Disabilities

Developmental Disabilities

Developmental Disabilities Activity Centers

Developmental Disabilities Behavior Management Programs

Developmental Disabilities Day Habilitation Programs

Developmental Disabilities Regional Offices(DDRO)

Developmental Disabilities Social/Recreational Programs

Disabilities and Health Conditions

Early Intervention for Children With Disabilities/Delays(EI)

Families/Friends of People With Disabilities

Foster Homes for Children With Disabilities

Functional Disabilities

Group Homes for Children and Youth With Disabilities

Group Residences for Adults With Disabilities

Home/Community Based Developmental Disabilities Programs(HCBDDP)

In Home Developmental Disabilities Habilitation Programs

Intellectual Disabilities

Intermediate Care Facilities for Individuals With Developmental Disabilities(ICF/DD)

Learning Disabilities(LD)

Mental Illness/Emotional Disabilities

Mild Intellectual Disabilities

Moderate Intellectual Disabilities

Multiple Disabilities

Parents of People With Disabilities

Parents With Disabilities

Persons With Disabilities

Postsecondary Opportunities for People With Disabilities

Profound Intellectual Disabilities

Programs for Offenders With Mental Disabilities(MDO Programs)

Programs for Sex Offenders With Mental Disabilities(MDSO Programs)

Protection and Advocacy for Individuals With Disabilities

Reading Services for People With Disabilities

Residential Placement Services for People With Disabilities

Semi-Independent Living Residences for Adults With Disabilities

Severe Intellectual Disabilities

Siblings of People With Disabilities

Supported Living Services for Adults With Disabilities

Technology-Related Assistance for Individuals with Disabilities(TRAID)

The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act(IDEA)

Transition Services for Students With Disabilities

University Centers for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities(UCEDD)


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