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Adult Career and Continuing Education Services-Vocational Rehabilitation (ACCESS-VR)  formerly known as VESID

ACCESS-VR offers access to a full range of employment and independent living services that may be needed by persons with disabilities through their lives.  Through its administration of vocational rehabilitation and independent living programs, VR coordinates policy and services relating to transition services, vocational rehabilitation, independent living services and business services.

The Arc of The United States

For the past 60 years, The Arc of The United States has been nation's leading advocate for all people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families.

American Association on Intellectual & Developmental Disabilities (AAIDD)

The AAIDD promotes progressive policies, sound research effective practices and universal human rights for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

American Network of Community Options & Resources (ANCOR)

ANCOR advocates for the needs and interests of private providers of services for people with intellectual and other developmental disabilities and seeks to obtain resources to recruit, train and retain a sustainable direct support workforce.  ANCOR offers organization, professional, leadership development and networking opportunities and services.

Autism Now
The Autism Now Center is the nation's source for resources and information on community-based solutions for individuals with autism, other developmental disabilities, and their families. A national initiative of The Arc.

Autism Speaks
Autism Speaks is dedicated to increasing awareness of autism spectrum disorders, to funding research into the causes, prevention and treatments for autism, and to advocating for the needs of individuals with autism and their families.

Autism Support Network

Resources, news, events and a free support community, the Autism Support Network helps you connect with thousands of families and individuals touched by Autism Spectrum Disorder.

The Council on Quality and Leadership (CQL)

CQL works with human service organizations systems to continuously define, measure and improve the quality of life for all people.  CQL offers consultation, accreditation, training and certification services to organizations.

Disability Scoop-Developmental Disability News
The national developmental disability news site covering autism, cerebral palsy, Down Syndrome, intellectual disability and more.

The Epilepsy Foundation

Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD) Center for Excellence

The FASD Center is a Federal initiative devoted to preventing and treating FASD.  This web site offers great information and resources.  You can also find information on training, technical assistance and conference/event speakers.

First Signs
First signs is the leader in early identification and intervention of children with developmental delays and disorders.

Institute on Community Integration:  University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities

The Institute on Community Integration is a federally designated University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities.  Through collaborative research, training, and information sharing, the Institute improves policies and practices to ensure that all children, youth, and adults with disabilities are valued by, and contribute to, their communities of choice.  The "Topics" section is particularly useful.  Content includes: community life, culture and diversity, direct support workforce, early education and development, education practices (K12 and transition), educational accountability and assessment, employment and postsecondary education, health and safety, housing and residential services, specific disabilities, and specific life stages.

LD online

If you are a parent of a child with a learning disability and/or ADHD, this website will provide lots of basic information and resources.

Museum of disABILITY History

The Museum of disABILITY is dedicated to the collection, preservation and display of artifacts pertaining to the history of people with disabilities.Includes a wonderful, interactive on-line museum experience.

My Child with Cerebral Palsy

My Child's mission is be a comprehensive resource and compassionate voice for all things related to caring for a child with cerebral palsy, Erb's Palsy, and other neurological injuries.

The mission of NADD is to advance mental wellness for persons with developmental disabilities through the promotion of excellence in mental health care. The website has a number of resources available to professionals, care providers and families.

National Alliance for Direct Support Professionals (NADSP)
Together, we are working to enhance the status of direct support professionals and promote the development of a highly competent human services workforce. We recognize that people needing support are more likely to fulfill their life dreams if they have well-trained, experienced, and motivated people at their side in long-term, stable, compatible support relationships. Learn about state chapters, DSP credentialing accreditation and the Code of Ethics.

National Arts Disability Center, Arts and Disability
The National Arts and Disability Center (NADC) promotes the full inclusion of audiences and artists with disabilities into all facets of the arts community. The NADC is a leading consultant in the arts and disability community, and the only center of its kind. Our information is aimed at artists with disabilities, arts organizations, museums, arts administrators, disability organizations and agencies, performing arts organizations, art centers, universities, arts educators, and students. The NADC is a project of the University of California Los Angeles, Tarjan Center.

National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence, Inc. (NCADD)

Has information on drug and alcohol related birth defects including Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD).  FASD is the leading known cause of preventable mental retardation.

New York State Association of Community and Residential Agencies (NYSACRA)

NYSACRA supports not-for-profit agencies that provide services and support to people with intellectual and other developmental disabilities through education, resources, and advocacy at the federal, state and local levels.

New York State Industries for the Disabled

NYSID is a not-for-profit member agency organization that has been meeting the purchasing needs of state and local government agencies while advancing employment for New Yorkers with disabilities.  NYSID acts as a "virtual storefront" for a statewide network of 160 community rehabilitation agencies and private sector business partners to employ skilled people with disabilities in production facilities and community-based job.

New York State Office for People With Developmental Disabilities


NYSARC, Inc., The Arc Otsego's parent organization, was founded in 1949 to improve the quality of life for people with intellectual and other developmental disabilities.  Today, NYSARC is a leading advocate in NYS and the US for people with developmental disabilities and their families.

Quality Mall
Free information about person-centered supports for people with developmental disabilities

R-word: Spread the Word to End the Word
Pledge your support to eliminate the demeaning use of the R-word.

Sarah Stup-Her autism, her writings
Acclaimed author with autism shares her books, CDs & activities for children, adults, parents & teachers.

Sibling Leadership Network

The Sibling Leadership Network offers siblings of individuals with disabilities the information, support and tools to advocate with their brothers and sisters and promote the issues important to them and their entire families.

Special Olympics

Created in 1968, Special Olympics transforms lives through the joy of sports by providing year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for children and adults with intellectual disabilities throughout the world.

Think College!  College Options for People with Intellectual Disabilities

Think College is an initiative of the Institute for Community Inclusion (ICI) at the University of Massachusetts Boston.  The website contains a great college search feature.

TUCK Sleep Foundation's Guide to Autism Spectrum Disorder and Sleep
Sleep is a major issue for many adults and children who have been diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). This article explores some of the most common sleep issues among adults and children with ASD, as well as tips and treatment options.

United States Department of Labor Office of Disability Employment Policy

Welcome Sibling Support Project
A national effort dedicated to the life-long concerns of brothers and sisters of people who have special health, developmental, or mental health concerns.

Williams Syndrome Association

Wrights law

A site for parents, educators, advocates and attorneys looking for information about special education law, education law, and advocacy for children with disabilities.

Wrong Planet-Autism Community
A web community designed for individuals (and parents/professionals of those) with Autism, Asperger's Syndrome, ADHD, PDDs & other neurological differences. Info, discussions, etc.

The Arc Otsego is a chapter of NYSARC, Inc. and a member of The Arc of The United States
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