Many programs are available to assist non-English-speaking and limited-English-speaking people. These programs offer opportunities to learn listening, speaking, reading and writing skills with an emphasis on developing the level of communication competence that is essential for people who are living in a setting in which English is the primary language.
2-1-1 (and 3-1-1 in New York City) are easy-to-remember numbers that helps people cut through what can be a confusing and overwhelming maze of information and resources.
2-1-1 (and 3-1-1 in New York City) helps people assess their needs and links them directly to the resources that will help. Whether you are looking for essential services, seeking volunteer opportunities or starting a small business, 2-1-1 (and 3-1-1 in New York City) is there to help.
The Child Mind Institute contains a wide variety of useful information resources for families and educators. The site explores concerns and challenges faced by parents, family members and educators. Learn how to effectively respond to emotional, behavioral and learning challenges. This website also contains many personal story videos.
Th Child Mind Institute is available online or in person (in New York City), offering evaluations, treatment and neuropsychological testing for children, teens and young adults.
The DocTranslator website translates documents using Google Translate. This website currently supports 104 language translations from multiple formats including Word, PDFs, PowerPoint, Excel and text files. The new document(s) created will translate all text into your desired language. Remember that it cannot translate text that are included in images. Accuracy is not guaranteed, but documents should be understandable for individuals who speak a primary language other than English.
Your document will appear in your downloads. You can view/save your changed language document.
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.
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The NYS Office for New Americans (ONA) provides free services to all immigrants in New York State. To locate ONA services and providers near you visit: www.newamericans.ny.gov or call the New York State New Americans Hotline: 1-800-566-7636 (Monday to Friday 9 am – 8 pm). All call information is confidential. Assistance is available in 200+ languages.
ONA’s statewide network of community-based Opportunity Centers provides free and confidential services including Naturalization support & civics test preparation; Free legal services through the ONA Legal Counsels; Informational community workshops & seminars.
ONA Community Navigators
ONA Immigrant Community Navigators are a grassroots network of individuals who help to link immigration-related services and information to those most in need.
The Golden Door program offers mental health support groups for immigrant families across the state and connects to other free resources.
Ramirez June Initiative
The ONA Developmental Disabilities Navigator builds the capacity of ONA’s community partners to provide targeted assistance to new Americans with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD). If you would like to connect with this initiative or schedule a presentation contact NewAmericans@dos.ny.gov
ONA offers Mobile English Language Learning through Cell-Ed, a program that allows you to learn English on the go, anywhere, anytime on your mobile device. Cell-Ed is a free and confidential English-language learning program for all language levels available on any type of cell phone.
ONA Legal Counsels regularly hold legal consultation days at each ONA Opportunity Centers and can provide you with support for naturalization as well as other legal services.
The Liberty Defense Project (LDP) provides legal services to all immigrants, regardless of their status. LDP partners across New York State provide the following: Free legal services including consultations and direct representation for all immigrants, including those facing deportation; Urgent legal assistance through the LDP Regional Rapid Response program; Know Your Rights trainings; Law-related support to families of those who are in removal proceedings or have been deported.