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New York State Commission for the Blind and Visually Handicapped
The New York State Commission for the Blind & Visually Handicapped (CBVH), under the New York State Office of Children & Family Services, is responsible for the administration of programs and services to legally blind individuals. CBVH provides a range of services for individuals who are legally blind through the independent living and vocational rehabilitation provisions of the federal Rehabilitation Act, as well as through programs serving children and older individuals who are blind. Each of the CBVH district offices has a Children's Consultant who acts as a case coordinator, provides assistance to parents and family members, and may serve as an advisor in the development of a child's Individualized Education Plan (IEP) with the school district. The New York City office covers the five boroughs.

Any child who is a resident of New York State and is legally blind is eligible for services through CBVH.

Legal blindness is defined as:
•A visual acuity of 20/200 or less in the better or stronger eye with best correction, or
•A restricted field of vision of 20 degrees or less in the better or stronger eye.

CBVH funds programs for children who are under 14 years of age or, if multi-disabled, under 22 years of age. A parent or guardian can apply for services on behalf of a child who is legally blind.

WHAT SERVICES ARE AVAILABLE?
•Rehabilitation Teaching (skills of daily living)
•Orientation and Mobility (travel skills)
•Low Vision
•Social Casework
•Diagnostic Evaluations
•Adaptive Equipment


http://www.ocfs.state.ny.us/main/CBVH

New York State Department of Health Newborn Screening Program
The Newborn Screening Program in the Division of Genetic Disorders of the New York State Department of Health tests every child born in New York State for diseases that may not be identified at birth, but that may cause illness, mental retardation, or even death if not treated in the first weeks or months of life.

The program tests for more than 40 disorders. Some are inherited, and most are invisible during the first few weeks after birth. Fortunately, if identified and treated early, serious problems can often be prevented.


http://www.wadsworth.org/newborn/newborn_health.html

New York State Office for People With Developmental Disabilities
Developmental disabilities are a variety of conditions that become apparent during childhood and cause mental or physical limitation. These conditions include autism, cerebral palsy, epilepsy, mental retardation, and other neurological impairments.

The Office for People with Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD) provides programs, services and resources to help families raising a child with developmental disabilities. Parents who are seeking services for a child with developmental disabilities should contact the Developmental Disabilities Services Office (DDSO) responsible for services in the county of their residence or a voluntary agency near you.

Effective July 13, 2010, the New York State Office of Mental Retardation and Developmental Disabilities (OMRDD) officially became the New York State Office for People with Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD).


http://www.opwdd.ny.gov/

New York State Office for People With Developmental Disabilities Eligibility
OPWDD, through its local Developmental Disabilities Services Offices (DDSO), determines whether a person has a developmental disability and is eligible for OPWDD funded services. A determination of developmental disability does not mean that the person is eligible for all OPWDD-funded services. Some OPWDD-funded services have additional eligibility criteria.


http://www.opwdd.ny.gov/wt/forms/wt_important_facts.jsp

New York State Office of Alcohol and Substance Abuse Services Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders
The New York State Office of Alcohol and Substance Abuse Services (OASAS) recognizes that the chemical dependence prevention and treatment system must address the need for specialized services for various population groups, including children with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD).


http://www.oasas.ny.gov/fasd/index.cfm

New York State Office of Children and Family Services
The New York State Office of Children and Family Services (OCFS) provides resources to: help parents find child care programs, help people who want to start or are currently running child care programs, and anyone with a concern about the health or safety of a child in a day care program. Information about child welfare, adoption, Even Start foster homes, Head Start, Homeless Youth, permanency planning, Kinship Care and other youth services are also available at this website.

If you need to report suspected child abuse, contact information is located here as well. Information is available in other languages.

OCFS is home to the Early Childhood Advisory Council (ECAC). The ECAC is charged with creating a comprehensive and sustainable early childhood system to ensure the success of all children in New York State.


http://www.ocfs.state.ny.us/main/howdoi.asp

New York State Office of Mental Health
The NYS Office of Mental Health offers services to help you to identify early the emotional health needs of your child and to provide any needed treatment or support. This website has helpful resources about services, supports and information.


http://www.omh.state.ny.us/omhweb/childservice

NYS Commission on Quality Care and Advocacy for Persons with Disabilities
The NYS Commission on Quality Care and Advocacy for Persons with Disabilities (CQCAPD)
is charged with improving the quality of life for New Yorkers with disabilities and protecting their rights. The CQCAPD serves as an advocate and a resource for individuals of all ages with all types of disabilities.

The Commission also serves as the State's Protection and Advocacy agency. The Commission administers eight federal programs which provide legal and other advocacy services to persons with disabilities to assist them in obtaining the services and protections of federal and state laws.


http://cqc.ny.gov/

NYS Commission on Quality Care and Advocacy for Persons with Disabilities TRAID Program
The TRAID program is administered by the NYS CQCAPD. The TRAID Program, in collaboration with the NYS Department of Health Early Intervention Program, provides partial funding for equipment loan libraries for infants and toddlers with disabilities and their families.
http://cqc.ny.gov/advocacy/assistive-technology/traid-program

The Program also operates and maintains the TRAID-IN Equipment Exchange program, which is a service for individuals who are looking to sell, donate or obtain used assistive devices for people with disabilities.

For more information about the TRAID-IN Equipment Exchange Program:
http://cqc.ny.gov/advocacy/assistive-technology/traid-in-equipment-exchange-progr


http://cqc.ny.gov/advocacy/assistive-technology/traid-program

NYS Commission on Quality Care and Advocacy for Persons with Disabilities TRAID Program
The TRAID program is administered by the NYS CQCAPD. The TRAID Program, in collaboration with the NYS Department of Health Early Intervention Program, provides partial funding for equipment loan libraries for infants and toddlers with disabilities and their families.
http://cqc.ny.gov/advocacy/assistive-technology/traid-program

The Program also operates and maintains the TRAID-IN Equipment Exchange program, which is a service for individuals who are looking to sell, donate or obtain used assistive devices for people with disabilities.

For more information about the TRAID-IN Equipment Exchange Program:
http://cqc.ny.gov/advocacy/assistive-technology/traid-in-equipment-exchange-program


http://cqc.ny.gov/advocacy/assistive-technology/traid-program

NYS Department of Education Office of P to 12 Education
The New York State Department of Education oversees public education, including special education for children age 3 and older. The Office of Special Education oversees the implementation of federal and State laws and policy for students with disabilities. The Office of Special Education also provides general supervision and monitoring of all public and private schools serving New York State preschool and school-age students with disabilities.

Each local school district is responsible for child find, or finding preschoolers with disabilities, under Section 4410 of the State Education Law and Section 619 of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA).


http://www.p12.nysed.gov/specialed/quality/parents.htm

NYS Department of Health Bureau of Early Intervention
The Early Intervention Program is a statewide program that provides many different types of therapeutic and support services to eligible infants and toddlers with disabilities and their families. In New York State, the Department of Health is the lead agency responsible for the Early Intervention Program. To be eligible for services, children must be under 3 years of age and have a confirmed disability or established developmental delay, as defined by federal and state law and regulation, in one or more of the following areas of development: physical, cognitive, communication, social-emotional, and/or adaptive.


http://www.health.ny.gov/community/infants_children/early_intervention/

NYS Department of Health Child Health Plus Program
NYS Department of Health Child Health Plus Program

New York State has a health insurance plan for children called Child Health Plus. Your child may be eligible to join either Children's Medicaid or Child Health Plus—it depends on your family's income. Both Children's Medicaid and Child Health Plus are available through dozens of providers throughout the state.

For more information about Child Health Plus and Children's Medicaid, call this toll-free number: 1-800-698-4KIDS (1-800-698-4543). If you are hearing impaired call the TTY number, 1-877-898-5849.


http://www.health.ny.gov/publications/0548/child_health_plus.htm

NYS Department of Health Children and Youth with Special Health Care Needs Program
The Children and Youth with Special Health Care Needs (CYSHCN) are children birth to-21 years of age who have, or are suspected of having, a serious or chronic physical, developmental, behavioral or emotional condition. These children also require health and related services of a type or amount beyond that required by children generally. Any child with a special health care need residing in a county that has a CSHCN Program is eligible for information and referral services.


http://www.health.ny.gov/community/special_needs/

NYS Department of Health Children with Special Health Care Needs Resource Directory
This resource directory is for the families of children and young adults who have a serious illness or a long-lasting condition for which they need extra health care and support services.
The conditions can include cerebral palsy, muscular dystrophy, asthma, sickle cell anemia, diabetes, heart conditions, depression, mental retardation or developmental disability, conduct disorder, autism, and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).

The directory will give you information about programs to help your family obtain and pay for the special services your child might need. There are phone numbers at the end of each section to talk to a staff person for more information. The directory is also available in English, Spanish, French, Russian and Chinese.

English: http://www.health.state.ny.us/publications/0548/
Chinese: http://www.health.ny.gov/publications/4816.pdf
French: http://www.health.ny.gov/publications/4818.pdf
Russian: http://www.health.ny.gov/publications/4817.pdf
Spanish: http://www.health.ny.gov/publications/0549.pdf


http://www.health.ny.gov/publications/0548/

NYS Department of Health Genetic Services Program
The purpose of the Genetic Services Program is to ensure that individuals with genetic disorders have access to comprehensive genetics services which include diagnostic, counseling and preventive services.

Call the New York State Department of Health's Genetic Service Program at (518) 474-7148 for information on the genetic center(s) nearest to you. Information is also available at: www.wadsworth.org/newborn


http://www.wadsworth.org/newborn/services.html

NYS Department of Health WIC Program
The Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC) offers nutrition education, breastfeeding support, referrals and a variety of nutritious foods to low-income pregnant, breastfeeding or postpartum women, infants and children up to age five.

You can get the name and phone number of the WIC agency near you by calling 1-800-522-5006 or through the New York State Department of Health web site:
http://www.health.ny.gov/prevention/nutrition/wic/index.htm


http://www.health.ny.gov/prevention/nutrition/wic/index.htm

NYS Office of Mental Health Community Support Services
Provides information and resources about the Home and Community Based Services Waiver (HCBS); Intensive/Supported/Blended Case Management Program; Single Point of Access; Telepsychiatry; Crisis Residences; Home Based Crisis Intervention (HBCI); Community Residences; Family-Based Treatment Program (FBTP); and, Teaching Family Homes Programs.


http://www.omh.ny.gov/omhweb/childservice/community_support.html

NYS Office of Mental Health Community Support Services
Provides information and resources about the Home and Community Based Services Waiver (HCBS); Intensive/Supported/Blended Case Management Program; Single Point of Access; Telepsychiatry; Crisis Residences; Home Based Crisis Intervention (HBCI); Community Residences; Family-Based Treatment Program (FBTP); and, Teaching Family Homes Programs.


http://www.omh.ny.gov/omhweb/childservice/community_support.html

NYS Office of Mental Health Family Support Services
Family Support Services include, but are not limited to, education and information, individual advocacy, family support groups, respite, and family recreation events.


http://www.omh.ny.gov/omhweb/childservice/family_supp.htm

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