Advocacy & Parent Support
ELIJA's Special Education Advocacy Support Group:
The ELIJA Foundation Special Education Advocacy Support Group provides support and information to parents and caregivers of children with Autism. Our aim is to support each other and enrich the lives of our children so they may reach their fullest potential to lead an independent life within their community. We host guest speakers and share new information, ideas and advice to become better advocates for our children. Our group meets periodically to encourage and strengthen each other, by striving to increase our knowledge, understanding about Autism and appropriate services. We encourage collaboration among parents, educators and the community at large.
For Long Island:
Early Childhood Direction Center (for Early Intervention/Preschool)
The Early Childhood Direction Centers (ECDCs) provide information about programs and services for young children, ages birth through five, who have physical, mental, or emotional disabilities and help families obtain services for their children
The Long Island Advocacy Center
The Long Island Advocacy Center, Inc. (THE LIAC) is a private not-for-profit agency dedicated to protecting the legal rights of students and individuals with disabilities
Ask the advocate online: http://www.theliac.org/Ask_the_Advocate.html
The Long Island Parent Center
There are 13 Special Education Parent Centers across New York State. These centers will provide parents of children with disabilities with information, resources, and strategies
NYS Quality Assurance
Responsibilities of the Quality Assurance Offices: Within each office, Regional Associates, who are employees of the State Education Department, are assigned to specific school districts and special education programs. The Regional Associate oversees preschool and school-age special education services, and serves as a resource to parents, school district personnel and private providers
Nassau/Suffolk Law Services, Inc
Wide range of legal assistance services such as:
Provide legal assistance in equal opportunity and discrimination cases to physically disabled individuals (PAIR), and to developmentally disabled individuals (PADD).
Provide legal assistance to low income clients in matters relating to SSI (Supplementary Security Income) and SSD (Social Security Disability).
Provide legal assistance to residents of licensed Adult Homes on Long Island. The focus of the unit is on matters that relate to the rights of adult home residents and conditions in the homes, but also handles issues related to Social Security, public assistance and Medicaid.