Special Education Remote Learning Information/Contacts/Resources/Links

May 10, 2023

Coronavirus, Disability Justice, Education, Health Justice, Immigrant Justice, News, Special Education

Coronavirus Information and Resources

New York Lawyers for the Public Interest (NYLPI) offers information and resources to students with disabilities, their caregivers, and other advocates. We will update the information weekly. Please contact us if you seek advocacy assistance regarding the education of your child with a disability by calling 212-244-4664 or at www.nylpi.org/get-help/.


  • How special education funding actually works
    Ed Week
  • For children with disabilities, childcare options are worse than ever
    Hechinger Report
  • 5 things I wish I understood as a disabled youth


  • The Asian Americans with Disabilities Initiative 
    Tuition-free classes for eligible NYC students (21-years-old & older who have not earned a U.S. high school diploma or equivalency) 
    NYC Public Schools
  • From INCLUDEnyc:
    • Resource regarding how to obtain SSI for eligible children under 18 | INCLUDEnyc
  • From Chalkbeat school news: 
  • School districts across the state, including those in Western Pennsylvania, could soon implement new curriculum focusing on political and historical contributions made by people with disabilities. | Pennsylvania School Districts Launch Pilot Curriculum Program To Teach Students Disability Inclusion. | ACL Administration for Community Living
  • Parents with public school children with special education needs sue DOE, allege required services are not being provided. The lawsuit alleges that thousands of students with disabilities in New York City continue to face long delays in receiving special education evaluations AMNY
  • Why being bilingual can open doors for children with developmental disabilities. Studies consistently demonstrate exposure to an additional language, including a minority language, does not impact language outcomes negatively The 74
  • Administration for Community Living: School districts across the state, including those in Western Pennsylvania, could soon implement new curriculum focusing on political and historical contributions made by people with disabilities. Read more about this here
  • Summer Raising Programs Enrollment Open 
    • Summer Rising 2023 is a partnership between New York City Public Schools and the Department of Youth and Community Development (DYCD). Summer Rising is free and available to all NYC students in grades K-8, pending seat availability. Beginning April 17, families can visit this webpage to apply for a Summer Rising seat Summer Rising Grades K-8 (nyc.gov)
  • ACLU
  • From Chalkbeat: Student and School Performance| Are you greeted warmly when you visit your child’s school? Does your child feel safe at school? Is your child’s school kept clean? These are some of the questions New York City’s education department asks parents on its annual survey. NYC wants to know how parents/guardians feel about their student’s school! Read more about it and consider participating in the survey here >> Parent Survey
  • From Chalkbeat: Concerns of guns on campus have rattled and frustrated school systems across the nation. See what is being discussed here >>  With more shootings and guns on campus, schools walk a fine line in response
  • From AFC: NYC LAUNCHES “MYCITY” PORTAL FOR CHILD CARE ASSISTANCE. Mayor Adams announced MyCity, a portal where New Yorkers can access and apply for city service. Currently, users can access childcare services on the site, but will have to wait at least several more months before they can use the portal to apply for other benefits. Learn more >>
  • From AFC: Tell State Leaders to Increase Funding for Early Intervention (EI) for Infants and Toddlers! Take action here >> Early Intervention Advocacy Information
  • From Chalkbeat: March 2023| 64% of NYC’s bilingual special education students didn’t get all of their services last year. Read more about it here >> Chalkbeat
  • From Chalkbeat: New York City schools created the parent coordinator position 20 years ago as a way to connect families to their children’s schools after then-Mayor Michael Bloomberg assumed control of the nation’s largest school system, abolishing the local school boards that had given parents some direct decision-making power. 
  • Though parent coordinators are essential school workers, many feel undervalued and underpaid. Read the full story here >> Parent Coordinators feel undervalued and underpaid report says
  • From Chalkbeat: As summer approaches, New York City families should expect changes in the sign-up process and who will be given priority for the city’s sprawling public summer enrichment program, which will again be open to 110,000 children. Learn how the NYC’s Summer Rising program overhaul might affect your families summer >> NYC Summer Rising Program Overhaul
  • How NYC’s school bus delays trigger missed instruction and services for students with disabilities Chalkbeat


  • From City&State NYC:
    • Affordable Housing: Gov. Kathy Hochul did not succeed in making housing the centerpiece of her proposed state budget, but said she will revisit the issue with the legislature while they’re still in session – Affordable Housing Info
    • The webinar will bring together leaders from government and industry, and will celebrate the unique and insightful perspectives of the most powerful women in New York State, including keynote speaker Rep. Grace Meng! RSVP here >> Women in Government Series: AAPI Heritage Month (cityandstateny.com)
  • From Thrive Alliance Group: Webinar providing support and education around Emotional Regulation Impairment
    Wednesday, May 10, 10:00 am to 11:00 am ET. Register here >> ERI Webinar hosted by Thrive Alliance Group
  • From INCLUDEnyc: Outdoors for Autism in-person event; join INCLUDEnyc and their community partners for an afternoon of art, bubbles, yoga, sprinklers, sports, and of course, the sensory parachute! Details below:
    • When: Sunday June 4th, 2023
    • Time: 11:00am-2:30pm
    • Where: Reverend T. Wendell Foster Park
  • Please register here >> https://includenyc.org/events/2023-outdoors-for-autism-with-includenyc/
  • BROOKLYN CULTURAL ADVENTURERS PROGRAM (BCAP) REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN. BCAP is a summer day camp for kids ages 7–10, produced in partnership with six beloved Brooklyn institutions: Brooklyn Public Library, Brooklyn Botanic Garden, Brooklyn Children’s Museum, Brooklyn Museum, Prospect Park Alliance and Prospect Park Zoo. Generous financial aid is available on a sliding scale for half of all camp spots. Learn more and enroll here


Deadline for 2023-2024 FAFSA June 30th, 2024

  •  Federal Student Loan Forgiveness and Loan Repayment Pause
    • The Biden Administration announced plans for some student loan forgiveness and a final extension of the student loan repayment pause. The Student Loan Debt Plan includes the following:
      •    Forgiving debt for qualifying federal student loan borrowers with annual income below $125,000 if filing as single or $250,000 if filing jointly or as head-of-household.
      • Up to $20,000 in federal student loan debt cancellation for those who attended college and received Pell Grants
      • Up to $10,000 in federal student loan debt cancellation for those who went to college and did not receive Pell Grants

 A limited number of borrowers will have relief automatically applied but many will need to self-attest their incomes. To be notified when the process for self-attestation opens, sign up at the Department of Education subscription page.


  • FREE small-group literacy tutoring for 3rd graders (2022-23 Saturday Tutoring): Everyone Reading is now accepting applications. Tutoring session will be held Saturday mornings via Zoom. The program is free, but attendance is required. For more information visit: After School Tutoring – Everyone Reading


  • The New York State Education Department’s Office of Special Education – Educational Partnership is a professional development and technical assistance network designed to support and empower schools and families in improving equity, access, opportunities, and outcomes for students with disabilities.
  • The Educational Partnership has recently launched a new website (https://osepartnership.org/), intended to be used by the public, including parents and families of students with disabilities, young adults with disabilities and education professionals.  The website includes contact information for Regional Educational Partnership Centers and Family and Community Engagement Centers as well as links to register for upcoming professional development and training offerings.
  • Questions or requests for more information may be directed to the Office of Special Education at [email protected].


  • The Department of Education program will be providing free classes at over 90 locations to help students earn their High School Equivalency Program http://p2g.nyc/contact/


  • Discipline Discussion: The Power of asking “why”: Discipline Discussions: The Power of Asking “Why” | Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services Blog
  • Grant Opportunity: FY2023 84.325K Grant Competition Program Applicant Resource The current open grant competition is for the Preparation of Early Intervention and Special Education Personnel Serving Children With Disabilities Who Have High-Intensity Needs (New OSEP Funding Opportunities) priority, which opened on April 19, 2023, and will close on June 13, 2023.
  • OSEP May 10th Kickoff Event: Expect, Engage, Empower! The Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) is excited to announce an upcoming kickoff event for the transition initiative, Expect, Engage, Empower: Successful Transitions for All, virtually on May 10, 2023, from 1:00 – 2:30 pm ET! This event is open to the public. Register here
  • The U.S. Department of Education, Rehabilitation Services Administration (RSA) is pleased to announce a notice inviting applications on April 5, 2023 for the Disability Innovation Fund, Pathways to Partnerships Innovative Model Demonstration Project (Pathways to Partnerships), Assistance Listing Number 84.421E. The application deadline is June 5, 2023.
    • OSERS will conduct a pre-application meeting specific to this competition on Tuesday, April 25, 2023, at 2:00 PM ET to respond to questions. More details are forthcoming. Please continue to check https://ncrtm.ed.gov/grant-info for more information.
    • For link to application package, please visit grants.gov





NYC DOE Child Abuse Designated Liaison Training

  • This document provides information on what to do if a student has not attended school, the steps that should be taken, suggested interventions, a reminder of the existing criteria for emotional neglect and how to utilize the Tiered Response Protocol.



Saving Lives, Reducing Trauma: Removing Police from New York City’s Mental Health Crisis Response


SNAP COVID-19 Information 

  • P-EBT food benefits will be issued as monthly in-person school attendance information provided by schools and school districts is reviewed and processed.
  • You can check the status of your child(ren)’s school in the NYS P-EBT School Listing at https://pebtschoollist.powerappsportals.us/
  • The Payment Status describes the status of a school’s file of eligible students for payment processing and will be one of the following types:



Social Security Work Incentives

  • The Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) programs offer work incentives.
  • As the work incentive rules are complex, every beneficiary should consult with a certified benefits counselor before entering the work force and whenever an increase in pay is expected.
  • If you have any general questions about the work incentives, contact the Beneficiary Call Center at 866-968-7842 or 866-833-2967.
  • For more information, visit https://yourtickettowork.ssa.gov/resources/work-incentives.html

Rent Freeze and Homeowner Tax Exemption Events for People with Disabilities/65+

  • Find Rent Freeze Updates Here: Rent Freeze Program Updates (nyc.gov)
  • New Yorkers with a disability or over the age of 65 may be eligible for the NYC Rent Freeze Program, which includes the Senior Citizen Rent Increase Exemption (SCRIE) Program and the Disability Rent Increase Exemption (DRIE) Program to help participants stay in affordable housing by freezing their rent.
    • To be eligible, individuals must:
      • Be 62 years old OR at least 18 years old and disabled
      • Be the primary tenant named on the lease/rent order or have been granted succession rights in a rent controlled, rent stabilized or a rent regulated hotel apartment.
      • Have a combined household income for all members of the household that is $50,000 or less; and
      • Spend more than one-third of your monthly household income on rent. To apply Freeze Your Rent (nyc.gov)



A NYCSA light account, which does not require an authorization code, will not allow full access to protected information but will allow parents to change their contact information. You can login at http://www.mystudent.nyc/

  • There are two types of NYC Schools Accounts (NYCSA):1) NYCSA “full” 2) NYCSA “light.” To have NYCSA full, you must get a code from your students’ school. NYCSA full will provide all access to student information, including IEPs, transportation, the student’s guardian, school, and test scores, as well as to change basic contact information.

Non-Custodial Parents


About Office for People with Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD) from NYLPI

  • The Office for People With Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD) and the Department of Health (DOH) are in the process of making changes to the agreement that OPWDD has with the federal government called the OPWDD 1915 (c) Comprehensive Home and Community-Based Services (HCBS) Waiver.
  • OPWDD is proposing an amendment to the Waiver that permanently adopts flexibilities that were temporarily authorized under the authority of the Appendix K to address the COVID-19 public health emergency.
  • You can send OPWDD your written comments by email at [email protected] or by regular mail at: NYS Office for People With Developmental Disabilities, Division of Policy and Program Development, 44 Holland Avenue, Albany, NY 12229. More information can be found on OPWDD’s website.
  • Undocumented person with developmental disabilities in need of services? No problem-Learn how to apply for OPWDD
  • Please check NYLPI’s Factsheet:

English: https://www.nylpi.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/07/OPWDD-Eligibility-for-UndocumentedFS-FINAL-5-12-21.pdf

Spanish: https://www.nylpi.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/07/OPWDD-Eligibility-Spanish-5-25-21.pdf


AccessNYC wants to help this tax season! You and your household may be eligible for EITC or CDCC tax credits. Click here for more information and other offers >> NYC Free Tax Prep – ACCESS NYC

Cash Assistance

$30 Monthly Discount on internet services through Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP)— Households with children in a NYC public school are eligible for the discount. You may be eligible if you make below a certain income or receive WIC, SNAP, or medical benefits. Learn more and check eligibility status here.

Food Pantries Near You

Emergency Food Assistance Program (EFAP) | NYC Human Resources Administration (HRA) –

Free food is available at pantries and food kitchens near you. Everyone is eligible for emergency food assistance, regardless of immigration status or income.

Find help in NYC with Food, Money, Housing, Work and more

Supporting Students with Incarcerated Parents 

  • Resources supporting students affect by a parent being incarcerated >> https://www.susu-osborne.org/
  • Legal Support| Services offered by trusted legal service providers at community-based organizations, hospitals, and schools. Free and safe legal help for immigrants could be found here: ActionNYC – ACCESS NYC


  • SOUTH BRONX LITERACY ACADEMCY (SBLA) TO OPEN IN FALL 2023 | The Panel for Education Policy voted this week to approve the create of SBLA, which will be the first district public school in NYC designed to serve students with dyslexia and children who face significant challenges in reading. The school will open with 30-40 2nd and 3rd grade seats. Learn more about SBLA here
  • TRANSFER HIGH SCHOOL FAIR | On Friday, May 19 at Murray Hill Academy, hear from representatives from 42 transfer schools and learn more about their courses, internships, job certification programs, and specialized academic & social supports. Learn more here
  • NAVIGATING SCHOOL DISCIPLINE WEBINAR. AFC cover the NYC discipline code and different types of school discipline, and talk about the rights of students facing discipline, including special protections for students with disabilities. Learn more and register here
  • AFC PRESENTS: NAVIGATING SCHOOL DISCIPLINE WEBINAR. This webinar will cover the NYC discipline code and different types of school discipline, and talk about the rights of students facing discipline, including special protections for students with disabilities. Learn more and register here
    • Thursday, April 27 · 10 – 11am EDT
  • CANDID CONVERSATIONS VIRTUAL WEBINAR: WHAT ARE SELF-ADVOCACY SKILLS FOR A SUCCESSUL TRANSITION? We’ll join our Parent Training and Information Center (PTIC) Collaborative partners — INCLUDEnyc, LIAC, and Sinergia — to discuss self-advocacy skills and steps that can lead to a transition that recognizes the full potential of a student with any disability. Learn more and register here
    • Wednesday April 26, 2023 | 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
  • AFC PRESENTS: SPECIAL EDUCATION 101: RELATED SERVICES VIRTUAL WEBINAR. Special education supports can include what’s known as “related services,” like speech therapy, occupational therapy (OT), physical therapy (PT), counseling, hearing and vision services, & more. We’ll cover the different kinds of related services the DOE provides, how to know if your child is receiving them, and what to do if there is an issue. Learn more and register here
    • Tuesday, April 18 · 4 – 5pm EDT
  • CUNY WAIVES APPLICATION FEE FOR NYC HIGH SCHOOL SENIORS. Still considering applying to college? CUNY has announced a blanket waiver for the typical $65 application fee for any NYC high school seniors who apply to a CUNY school before April 15. Learn more and apply
  • APPLY TO THE SUMMER YOUTH EMPLOYMENT PROGRAM (SYEP). SYEP applications are due by March 31. SYEP provides young people aged 14-24 with paid summer jobs in a variety of fields, from retail to government agencies to nonprofits. Any young person who resides in the 5 boroughs is eligible to apply. Apply online or by calling DYCD Community Connect at (800) 246-4646
  • BEHAVIOR SUPPORTS FOR STUDENTS WITH DISABILITIES WEBINAR| Learn more about the education rights of students with disabilities who face behavioral, emotional, or mental health challenges in school, including how to know whether your child needs behavior supports in the classroom; who to contact; what your rights are as a parent of a student with a disability; what your child’s school is NOT allowed to do; and more. Register here: Behavior Supports for Students with Disabilities Webinar Registration
  • Tip Sheet: FAQ for Families of Students with Behavioral, Emotional, or Mental Health Challenges at School. Click here for the information –> Advocates for Children of New York | New Tip Sheet: FAQ for Families of Students with Behavioral, Emotional, or Mental Health Challenges at School
  • DOE ‘SATURDAY ACADEMY’ SITES FOR RELATED SERVICES AND INSTRUCTION. If your child’s IEP calls for Occupational Therapy, Speech-Language Therapy or Physical Therapy services that have not yet been arranged this school year, you should have received information about the DOE’s Saturday Academy. Saturday Academy offers these services (by appointment only) along with small group instruction from a special education teacher. Eligible families can indicate their interest and site preferences via this brief Google survey 
  • BULLYING IN NYC SCHOOLS: HOW TO IDENTIFY IT AND WHAT TO DO– It is crucial that our students feel safe and supported in their learning environments. In this YouTube series, AFC will cover the different types of bullying, the harassment students face, what schools must do to protect students, and available supports. Learn more and watch here >> https://youtube.com/playlist?list=PL3a_EooC0xyd7YH8upy5jBJYqeNyHF6aI 
  • REQUESTING SPECIAL EDUCATION COMPENSATORY SERVICES DUE TO REMOTE LEARNING – Many students with disabilities in New York City were unable to access appropriate services and programs during the period of remote learning. Families should request an IEP meeting as soon as possible if you believe that your child requires compensatory services to address gaps in progress or skill regression as a result of the pandemic. Families can also file impartial hearing requests for claims for compensatory services. Learn more here: https://www.schools.nyc.gov/learning/special-education/family-resources
  • TOOLKIT FOR HIGH SCHOOLS HELPING STUDENTS ACCESS FINANCIAL AID FOR COLLEGE – The Education Trust–NY has released an updated Financial Aid for College: High School Toolkit. The toolkit includes monthly checklists for supporting students in financial aid application completion; how-to guides for hosting financial aid completion nights; sample lesson plans, social media posts, newsletter items, and correspondence with families in English and Spanish; and more. Get the toolkit here: https://newyork.edtrust.org/fafsa-toolkit/





Information on How to Use At-Home Covid test Kits in Multiple Languages

Vaccine Records 

Access for People with Disabilities

Vaccinations for Homebound NYC Residents

  • NYC residents are eligible for the in-home vaccination program if they are fully homebound, have not already been vaccinated, and do not already have access to a vaccination program.
  • If you believe you or a family member may be eligible for an in-home vaccination, fill out this form and you will receive a call back from the city to discuss eligibility:  https://forms.cityofnewyork.us/f/home.

COVID-19 Vaccination Booster 

COVID-19 In-home PCR testing

COVID-19 Additional Information

Website with COVID-19 Vaccine Resources for Community Based Organizations



The AHRC NYC Crisis Intervention and Emergency Case Management Program provides crisis intervention and emergency case management services to individuals with intellectual and/or behavioral disabilities and their caregivers to prevent medically unnecessary and extended hospitalizations and to improve the functional status and quality-of-life for all persons and families served.

  • This program is currently available to all residents of Brooklyn and Queens.
  • Call 646-398-2155 or email [email protected] to make a referral.



  • Cooling Assistance Benefit| The application period for the 2023 Cooling Assistance benefit opens on May 1,2023 and will end close of business on August 31,2023 or until funds are no longer available (whichever comes first). Visit Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP) for more information on the Cooling benefit.
  • Medicaid Renewals| As a reminder, Medicaid easements were lifted as of April 1, 2023. At this time, the continuous coverage requirement (CCR) and continuation of Medicaid easements are no longer tied to the federal COVID-19 Public Health Emergency (PHE). For more information please visit DSS website.
  • Cash Assistance Application Interview on-demand| This new on-demand interview model launched on April 17, 2023, and will be rolling out to serve all new and existing clients. For more information please visit DSS website.
  • NYC Department of Environmental Protection – Amnesty Program| The City’s Dept. of Environmental Protection offers an Amnesty Program which is designed to provide much-needed relief to qualified delinquent customers struggling to pay their water and wastewater bills due to the pandemic. This limited one-time amnesty started on 1/30 and runs for only 90 days until 4/30. Your accrued interest can be reduced or forgiven by paying the principal balance. Click here to learn more. Contact DEP at (718) 595-7000 Monday–Friday (8 am–7 pm) and Saturday (9 am–2 pm) or [email protected].
  • Pandemic EBT (P-EBT) Issuance for the 2020-21 School Year| OTDA recently completed issuing “Children in Child Care” (CICC) P-EBT food benefits to eligible children under age 6 for the 2020-21 school year. Children under age 6 were issued $132 for every month they received SNAP between September 2020 and June 2021.  Children under 6 who received SNAP in June, July or August were also issued $375 PEBT for Summer 2021.  
      • Individuals can check their family’s P-EBT food benefit transaction history by visiting www.connectebt.com or calling 1-888-328-6399.
  • Medicaid Easements Ending| March 31, 2023. For more information, search on the NYC DSS website.
  • COVID-19 Emergency Allotments to SNAP Households Ending After February 2023| For more information, search on the NYC DSS website. Under the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2023, the SNAP Emergency Allotments are scheduled to end after the February 2023 issuance. The continuation of the SNAP Emergency Allotments is no longer tied to the continuation of the Public Health Emergency.
  • HRA will soon begin mandatory in-person appointments for Cash Assistance recipients who are required to participate in an Employment Services program. Read here for more information >> https://www.nyc.gov/site/hra/help/cash-assistance.page 
  • Updates on DSS OneNumber initiative| The DSS OneNumber initiative will modernize and expand the Agency’s call center capabilities, as well as provide clients with the ability to remotely request assistance and receive information about their benefits and services. Notable features of the DSS OneNumber include direct dialog, multi-language support, and call back assist. Click here to see what numbers are being consolidated >>  POLICY BULLETIN # (nyc.gov)
  • End of COVID-19 Emergency Allotments to SNAP Households| Under the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2023, the SNAP Emergency Allotments are scheduled to end after the February 2023 issuance. The continuation of the SNAP Emergency Allotments is no longer tied to the continuation of the Public Health Emergency.   
  • HOPE Count 2023| The City is actively recruiting volunteers for its annual Homeless Outreach Population Estimate (HOPE) count, which will be held on January 24, 2023 from 10pm – 4am. This annual survey helps the City support unsheltered New Yorkers and encourage them to come in off the streets and subways. More information found here >> Hope Registration Portal (nyc.gov).
  • Winter Electricity and Gas Bill Increases – Con Edison & National Grid
    The NYC Mayor’s Office of Climate & Environmental Justice is anticipating higher prices for gas and electric services this winter. There are financial assistance and payment assistance programs available to help income-eligible customers manage their utility bills for here >> Winter Preparedness 2022-2023 (ny.gov)
  • COVID-19 January Emergency Allotments to SNAP Households| Households currently receiving SNAP benefits will see a reduction in the amount of monthly SNAP benefits they receive with the end of these emergency allotments.
  • Ride for Half Price – Fair Fares| The Fair Fares NYC program offers eligible New Yorkers regardless of immigration status a 50% discount on NYC subway and eligible buses and Access-A-Ride paratransit fares. NYC residency requirement does not include a minimum timeframe. Fair Fares enrollment is simple and can be completed online: Apply for Fair Fares on ACCESS HRA!
  • DHS Code Blue | A Code Blue Weather Emergency notice is issued when the temperature drops to 32 degrees Fahrenheit or less between 4 p.m. and 8 a.m., including National Weather Service calculations for wind chill values. No one who is experiencing homelessness and seeking shelter in New York City during a Code Blue will be denied.
      • Code Blue Weather Emergencies include the following options for individuals experiencing homelessness:
        • Shelters
        • Drop-In Centers
        • Street Homeless Outreach
  • SNAP Emergency Allotments|
  • Waiver Extensions| As previously announced, OTDA has extended a waiver permitting New Yorkers to submit SNAP and Cash Assistance applications and recertifications by telephone with HRA staff. To submit an application by telephone, applicants should reach out to Infoline to be referred for assistance. The waiver is extended through close of business on February 28th, 2023.  More information and eligibility requirements found here >> ERAP
  • State emergency Rental Assistance Program (ERAP)| The 2022-2023 New York State budget includes additional funding for the Emergency Rental Assistance Program (ERAP). As a result of the additional funding, the Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance (OTDA) is actively reviewing and processing eligible ERAP applications submitted through September 30, 2022.
    • If clients want to know when their emergency SNAP allotments are available, they can check their available SNAP balance at https://otda.ny.gov/workingfamilies/ebt/.
    • These emergency allotments are scheduled to continue for one month beyond the end of the federal public health emergency, currently scheduled to expire January 13, 2023.
  • Multi-Generational Family Pandemic Payment/Pandemic Emergency Assistance Program (PEAF) Benefit Issuance| As a reminder, the following households received a payment of $1,060 per eligible older individual for this PEAF disbursement:
    • The older adult is 55 years-old or older during the month of August 2022
    • The older adult is active on an open temporary assistance case, which also includes at least one active child 17 or under at any time during the month of August 2022
    • The temporary assistance case remains open on the date of issuance.
    • More details found here >> Pandemic Emergency Assistance Funds (PEAF) | dhs (dc.gov)
  • Child Care Assistance | Families may now be eligible for childcare assistance with income up to 300% of the Federal Poverty Level with an approved reason for seeking child care (“reason for care”). Eligibility is based on family size, residency, income, and reason for care. 
  • ACCESS HRA Multi-Factor Authentication |To comply with City Cyber Command, ACCESS HRA’s optional multi-factor authentication process will become mandatory when clients try to access their SNAP, Cash Assistance, Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP), Fair Fares, or Medicaid case data online in 2023. Currently, clients can provide an email address to optionally set-up multi-factor authentication on ACCESS HRA. In December, this will be expanded so that clients can provide a phone number to receive a text message or phone call to set-up multi-factor authentication. DSS is exploring methods for clients without an email address or phone to access their benefit information online, such as via challenge questions, to be in place when multi-factor authentication becomes mandatory in 2023.
  • EBT Scams Currently Impacting Recipient Households | The Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance (OTDA) has been made aware of increasing incidents of temporary assistance and SNAP benefits theft via several scams, including phishing and card skimming. Phishing scams have employed deceptive tactics ranging from “smart tablet giveaways, in which recipients are asked to submit personal case information to participate. OTDA will never send correspondence prompting a recipient to provide their account information. OTDA has shared information that can be used by households to help safeguard their benefits going forward by: 
    • Frequently changing the EBT account PIN. 
    • Reviewing the account and transactions on a regular basis. 
    • Reporting suspicious devices and activity. 
  • *Households may report their card lost or stolen at the EBT Customer Service Helpine (1-888-328-6399), or on the web here, or on the ConnectEBT mobile app. For additional information about what steps can be taken to safeguard information and benefits, please click here.
  • Medicare Open Enrollment and Changes for 2023 | The Medicare Open Enrollment period commenced on Saturday, October 15 and remains open through December 7, 2022. Medicare’s Open Enrollment period gives people with Medicare the opportunity to make changes to their health plan or prescription drug plan, pick a Medicare Advantage plan, or return to Original Medicare (also referred to as Medicare Part A and Part B). There are several important changes for Medicare recipients in 2023, more information about these changes can be found here. Additional information and links for assistance can be found here. To enroll visit here.
  • Social Security Administration (SSA) Benefit Increase for 2023 | On Thursday, October 13th, the Social Security Administration (SSA) announced an 8.7 percent benefit increase for 2023. Social Security and Supplemental Security Income (SSI), which benefits approximately 70 million Americans, will see an increase of 8.7 percent in their benefit payments beginning in January 2023.Social Security and SSI beneficiaries are normally notified by mail starting in early December about their new benefit amount. Recipients can also find out new benefit amount by accessing the My Social Security account to view the cost-of-living (COLA) notice online.
  • SNAP emergency Allotments | The State Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance (OTDA) will issue an emergency SNAP supplement to households who are issued SNAP benefits for October 2022. The emergency allotment will be the difference between their budgeted allotment and the maximum allotment for their household size or $95, whichever is greater. Further information is available here: https://otda.ny.gov/policy/gis/2021/21DC019-Attachment-1.pdf
  • Changes to IDNYC and Fair Fares Application Requirements | Effective August 26, 2022, both IDNYC and Fair Fares NYC have modified their documentation requirements at initial eligibility to accommodate the incoming population of non-citizens from the southern border.
    • The following documents will now be able to be used as additional forms of proof:
      • U.S Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Notice to Appeardated no more than one year prior to the date submitted and including complete name, file number, and official stamp/signature. Form I-862. Document will serve as proof of identity. 
      • U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Alien Booking Recorddated no more than one year prior to the date submitted and including complete name, photo, and fingerprint. May be issued by U.S. ICE as Form I-385. Document will serve as proof of identity and photo, if photo is included.
      • U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Order to Release on Recognizance dated no more than one year prior to the date submitted and including complete name, file number, and official stamp/signature. May be issued by U.S. ICE as Form 1-220A. Document will serve as proof of identity.
      • U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Order of Supervision dated no more than one year prior to the date submitted and including complete name, file number, and official stamp/signature. May be issued by U.S ICE as Form I-220B. Document will serve as proof of identity.
      • Foreign Birth Certificate (copy)A copy of a certificate of birth issued by a current of former sovereign nation may be accepted as proof of identity only if accompanied by a U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) document accepted by IDNYC/Fair Fares. Copy must be legible/readable.
      • Foreign Passport (copy)A copy of a foreign passport may be accepted as proof of identity and photo only if accompanied by a U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) document accepted by IDNYC/Fair Fares. Copy must be legible/readable.
  • NYC Emergency Executive Order DeclarationNew York City Mayor Eric Adams issued Emergency Executive Order 224, formally directing all relevant city agencies to coordinate efforts to respond to the asylum seeker humanitarian crisis and construct the city’s Humanitarian Emergency Response and Relief Centers. In an address, Mayor Adams also called for emergency federal and state aid to handle the continued influx of asylum seekers as the city projects costs of more than $1 billion related to asylum seekers in this fiscal year, as well as expedited work permits, a national decompression strategy, and a resettlement strategy. Remarks can be found here.
  • DHS Services for Asylum Seekers Arriving in NYC– As of 9/8, approximately 9,806 asylum seekers had come to DHS, about 7,372 of whom remained in shelter as of that date. Meeting the needs of this population goes well beyond DHS; we are collaborating closely with our colleagues at the Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs (MOIA). MOIA opened a “Navigation Center” which will provide a range of services at a centralized location to those recently arrived in New York City. Other agencies involved in the effort include Education, Health, Emergency Management, etc. As Mayor Adams has noted, we are a welcoming City, DSS and its collaborating agencies across the City are committed to meeting the needs of asylum seekers. The RFP can be found here: HRA/DSS – Doing Business with HRA (nyc.gov) 


    • Contact GetCoveredNYC: nyc.gov/GetCoveredNYC Call 311 and say “Get Covered”  Or text CoveredNYC to 877877


  • Families Together in NYS updated directory – Regional PA Directories | Families Together in NYS (ftnys.org)
  • [Event]– The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) NYC is hosting a free, virtual 6-session education program that provides you with essential information, skills, and resources to better understand and support your child or teen.
    • You’ll learn about: Mental health conditions and treatment options, communication strategies and coping skills, and self-care techniques.
    • Fridays, April 28- June 910:30 AM-1 PM (no class May 26)
      Wednesdays, May 17-June 216-8:30 PM
  • Register here >> https://naminycmetro.org/programs/nami-basics-course/



  • Education councils are part of New York City’s school governance structure. There is a Community Education Council (CEC) for every community school district. There are also four Citywide Councils:
    • Citywide Council on High Schools (CCHS)
    • Citywide Council on Special Education (CCSE)
    • Citywide Council on English Language Learners (CCELL)
    • Citywide Council for D75 (CCD75)
  • Learn more about citywide councils here: https://www.schools.nyc.gov/get-involved/families/education-councils.



Newly Arrived Immigrants





Brooklyn Public Library Remote Schooling

Other Support



INCLUDEnyc Help Line


  • Takeaways on the recent Supreme Court decision on special education and the differences between Section 504 and IDEA  
  • Adult ADHD is the wild west of psychiatry
    The Atlantic
  • This is what it’s like to be color blind
    The Verge
  • An emotional letter to a new autism mom – from a mom who’s 4 years in
    She Knows
  • New York Education Department proposes limiting restraints on students
  • Meet the principal of NYC’s first district school exclusively for students struggling to read  
  • Employment recovery is slow for New Yorkers with disabilities
    NYS Comptroller
  • More girls are being diagnosed with autism
    New York Times
  • How the media can positively impact children’s perception of autism
  • NYC public schools to expand partnership with Special Olympics (video)
  • Alice Wong on the “unwinding” of Medicaid coverage and disabled Americans
    Teen Vogue
  • Supreme Court unanimously rules for student in special education case
  • When dyslexia meets artificial intelligence Psychology Today
  • How NYC’s school bus delays trigger missed instruction and services for students with disabilities Chalkbeat
  • Deaf Students Are Entitled To An Education, But There’s A Shortage Of People Qualified To Teach Them Yakima Herald
  • Movie Starring Actors With Disabilities Set For Nationwide Release Disability Scoop
  • A new report finds states need to be more innovative and inclusive with standardized tests for students with disabilities K-12 Dive
  • Why Black disabled history matters World Institute on Disability
  • The pros and cons of identifying as disabled Forbes
  • When dyslexia meets artificial intelligence Psychology Today
  • How NYC’s school bus delays trigger missed instruction and services for students with disabilities Chalkbeat
  • Deaf Students Are Entitled To An Education, But There’s A Shortage Of People Qualified To Teach Them Yakima Herald
  • Movie Starring Actors With Disabilities Set For Nationwide Release Disability Scoop
  • A new report finds states need to be more innovative and inclusive with standardized tests for students with disabilities K-12 Dive
  • Why Black disabled history matters World Institute on Disability
  • The pros and cons of identifying as disabled Forbes


  • Outdoors for Autism Community Event: Join INCLUDEnyc and their community partners for their annual Outdoors for Autism Event. Details below: 
  • Career Launch Professional Devlopment Workshop Series beginning Tuesday May 2nd, 2023. Learn how you can best help improve the success of young people with disabilities in the workforce. Sign up and register here >> Career Launch Workshop Series | INCLUDEnyc




Overview of NYCHA

Learn about NYC’s Public Housing program under the New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA). Discover NYCHA’s eligibility guidelines and the process of obtaining a public housing apartment in NYC. Learn who qualifies for public housing, how to apply for public housing, what are priority codes and how they work, NYCHA’s screening process, and, finally, the apartment offer. Details: Wednesday 11/9/2022 10:00 AM-12:00 PM | $50 fee to register | Register here

NYC affordable housing guide for people with disabilities 
Mayor’s Office for People with Disabilities

  • From City and State NY: Special Report Affordable Housing- This publishing is pleased to present AFFORDABLE HOUSING running in the May 15th issue of the magazine and online! This is an opportunity to get in front of New York’s decision-makers on affordable housing and what happens next. For print and digital advertising opportunities please reach out to [email protected]. Ad Deadline: May 11th
  • NYC’s Adult Literacy Program (English language reading and writing services for adults & out-of-school youth 16+)

Section 8 Vouchers

  • HPD Section 8 team is still available to the public. Voucher holders facing rent hardships due to drops in income should email [email protected] or fax at 212-863-5299.
  • During this time, any HPD Section 8 voucher set to expire will be automatically renewed. Clients do not need to reach out to HPD for an extension.
  • All subsidy terminations in process are suspended until further notice. All tenant conferences and briefings are postponed and will be rescheduled.
  • All hearings for appeal are canceled until further notice.
  • HPD will continue to pay subsidies until final determinations are made. All non-emergency Section 8 Housing Quality Standard inspections are suspended until further notice.

Accommodations for DHS Shelter Residents



  • [Event] Join the NYIC’s Queens Key to the City Family Resource Fair on May 10th | Families can connect with legal service providers, access health services, learn about educational resources, and more. To register for a legal clinic appointment, please sign up here nyic.me/may10. To register to table at this event, please email [email protected]. Details below: 
    • Location: Queens Public Library Langston Hughes, 100-01 Northern Blvd, Queens, NY 11368
    • Time: 12 pm – 4 pm
    • Questions? Email [email protected]
    • Download the event flyer here.
  • [Event] The Asian American Student Advocacy Project (ASAP) at the Coalition for Asian American Children and Families (CACF) invites you to ASAP’s Community Briefing. Please visit the links for more details regarding the project. Event details below: 
  • [Resource] NYSYLC has come out with The Non-Citizen’s Guide to Entrepreneurship. The guide is geared to non-citizens with work authorization, those without it, and those who want to prepare for the possibility of losing work authorization.
  • [Legal Supports] KIND is excited to announce a new project to support family reunification through the Central American Minors (CAM) program (still have slots open)!
      • KIND is providing parents and legal guardians with free assistance to determine if they may be eligible for CAM, and if so, to prepare their applications for the program.
      • KIND will host an in-person clinic in New York City on April 15-16, 2023
  • [Event] New York State Youth Leadership Council Undocu Working event series. RSVP to join the NYSYLC event series about making an income while undocumented! For more information and registration please visit the website.
  • [Community Event]: Save the Date and join the NYIC’s Education Collaborative, families, youth, educators, and advocates for this year’s Immigrant Community Celebration and Integration Teach-In 
  • [Advocacy Rally]: Save the Date and Join us as we pressure NYC to systematically address a long-standing injustice – quality public school programs are inaccessible for thousands of immigrant youth and families. 
  • [FILM Resource] Sinergia Presents! A Film Release on Transitioning into Adulthood & the Importance of Self-Advocacy Skills. “Candid Conversations: Handing Over the Reins” is a full-feature film that aims to address many questions and concerns parents and self-advocates may have around the transition from high school and into adulthood. You may even see some familiar names & faces! The entire film is 1 hour and 17 minutes, however, they have also divided this into three smaller parts to facilitate viewing:
    • Part I: Hopes and Dreams (@ 25 minutes)
    • Part 2: Independence & Advocacy (@ 33 minutes)
    • Part 3: A Few Words of Advice (@ 21 minutes)

PROMISE NYC: NEW PROGRAM PROVIDES CHILDCARE ASSISTANCE TO LOW-INCOME FAMILIES WITH UNDOCUMENTED CHILDREN. Families of children who are undocumented may now qualify for child care assistance through Promise NYC. To be eligible, families must live in New York City and have a child under the age of 13 who does not have qualified immigration status, and the family income must be under 300% of the federal poverty levels. Learn more >>

[ADVOCACY] Join the NYIC, families, Albany legislators, and NY City Council Member Aviles on Feb 16th at 12 pm at City Hall Park to tell our representatives it’s time to get NY’s working families the CASH and CREDIT they deserve! Register here to join. 

[Toolkit] DOES YOUR CHILD’S SCHOOL HAVE AN OPEN STREET? Open Streets for Schools are Open Streets that are run and maintained by NYC schools, creating a safe space for students to play, learn, and travel to and from school, but currently only 40 schools participate in the program. This step-by-step toolkit, created by Open Plans and Transportation Alternatives, is designed to help more schools successfully apply for an Open Street. Get the toolkit >> A School Streets Toolkit — Open Plans

[Mayor Adams Second State of Address] In his State of the City address, Mayor Adams barely mentioned immigrants and asylum seekers, and largely excluded them from his vision for NYC. Read more about it here.  

[Newcomer Resources] Check out the NYIC’s new Legal Services One Pagers. These new resources were designed to meet the needs of our communities by providing an overview of the resources that The NYIC distributes to community members. Topics include, but are not limited to immigration legal assistance, food resources, educational referrals, and more. Additionally, the city has created this webpage with resources. Please help us identify the issues affecting newcomer asylum seekers by participating in this survey.

Asylum Seekers:

[Newcomer Survey] – Please help us identify the issues affecting newcomer asylum seekers by participating in this surveyUse the survey or feel free to email, text, or call Andrea Ortiz Sotelo (Senior Manager of Education Policy) at (941-320-6087) to let us know what is happening on the ground and to ensure that we are addressing the relevant issues.

[Newcomer Resources] – Here is the latest information and resources I currently have for asylum-seeking newcomers arriving from the border. Links include contacts for legal services, food resources, educational referrals, and more. Additionally, the city has just created this webpage with resources.

Parent Survey

New Yorkers for Racially Just Public Schools (RJPS) is asking parents to take their short survey to understand how recent budget cuts are affecting their child, their education and their school. Mayor Adams recently cut hundreds of thousands of dollars to public schools, adding to the stress and challenges our most vulnerable families have been disproportionately facing during the pandemic. Please take a few minutes to share with us through this survey what your experience has been. We have the survey in both English and Spanish


Special Education Information in My Language: Translation and Interpretation Tip Sheet

  • AFC’s newest tip sheet, available in 10 languages, covers NYC’s right to receive special education information in their language and reviews the process on how to request written translations of IEPs, evaluations, 504 information and other special education documents. Find the tip sheet here: https://advocatesforchildren.org/get_help/guides_and_resources/immigrant

ImmSchools Know Your Students Rights Guide

Working Papers – Employment for Minors

Guide for Undocumented High School and College Students

  • Informed Immigrant has put together a guide for undocumented high school and college students, both with and without DACA. The guide collects resources and information to help undocumented students make informed decisions about their futures and acquire the tools they need to advocate for themselves at the high school and college levels. Find the guide here: https://www.informedimmigrant.com/guides/higher-education-undocumented-students/


Advocates for Children

[Event] HOW TO ACCESS MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES THROUGH NYC SCHOOLS. The CITY, a nonprofit digital NYC news platform, will be hosting a conversation at the Brooklyn Public Library on mental health resources in New York City public schools, and how students can get appropriate support. Learn more and RSVP here

NYS Office of Mental Health

  • Thrive Alliance Group
  • Thrive Continuum of Services: Thrive provides a continuum of mental health services to meet the needs of students, staff, and the entire school community. Click the link to view their services >> Thrive Alliance Group Services
  • Active Minds
    • Our students are facing unprecedented challenges to their mental health and wellbeing.  CDC reported that 42% of high school students felt sad or hopeless almost every day for at least two weeks in a row, causing them to stop doing usual activities. Sadly, these numbers increased significantly among LGBTQ+ and BIPOC youth.
    • Active Minds provides students with the peer-to-peer, evidence-informed programs and tools they need to lead open, honest conversations around mental health among their peers. Our award-winning curriculum empowers young people to:
      • Reduce stigma around mental health challenges
      • Build peer support networks
      • Encourage seeking help

988 FAQ’s

Resources for School and Mental Health Partners



  • The Division of Multilingual Learners is developing guidance to support multilingual learners in any language, to maintain continuity of learning, including how co-teaching can work remotely. Find more information here:  https://www.schools.nyc.gov/learning/multilingual-learners.
  • Parents can request assistance to fill out the survey by calling 718-935-5100, Option 5.
  • DOE is also looking into accommodating “low incident languages.” Families in need of translation services should reach out to DOE.



  • A collaboration between the Office of Family and Community Empowerment (FACE) and the Division of Instructional and Information Technology (DIIT). Register for classes at https://parentu.schools.nyc/.
  • Send suggestions to DOE for additional resources to Michele at [email protected].




Students Experiencing Homelessness

Evaluation Process 



Free Evaluations

  • YA1 provides free Psychological, Psychosocial and Autism evaluations for people seeking to apply for OPWDD services.

The Queens Intensive Parenting Training Program

  • The Queens Intensive Parenting Training Program works with Parents living with an IDD who reside in Queens. They provide in-home services and advocacy.
  • Please contact [email protected] 347-491-1185.

Home Sharing Program

  • The New York Foundation for Senior Citizens offers this service that matches hosts with an extra bedroom or private space in their houses or apartments with compatible guests looking for affordable housing in New York.
  • One of the participants must be 60 or above, the other can be 18 or above. Call 212-962-7559 or www.nyfsc.org



Sexual Health Innovation Network for Equitable Education with Youth with Intellectual Disabilities

  • Project SHINE: “The Sexual Health Innovation Network for Equitable Education with Youth with Intellectual Disabilities.” The goals of The SHINE Project are to address inequities in sexual health by ensuring accessible education and health services for youth with intellectual and developmental disabilities ages 16-24 and the people who support them. For more information, please click here.







  • From YAI Seeing Beyond Disability:
  • Strategies for Supporting Families to Address the Social-Sexual Needs of their Neurodiverse Children | This training qualifies for 4 social work CE hours and is held in-person at YAI’s headquarters in Midtown Manhattan. >> 6/6/23 9:30am – 2pm ET
  • YAI and its network of affiliate agencies offer children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) a comprehensive range of services.
  • Preparing Professionals To Become Social-Sexual Educators and Consent Assessors | This training qualifies for 12 social work CE hours and is held in-person at YAI’s headquarters in Midtown Manhattan. >> 4/26/23 9:30am-5pm ET 4/27/23 9:30am-5pm ET
  • Understanding How People With I/DD Age and How To Support Them | This training qualifies for 12 social work CE hours and is held in-person at YAI’s headquarters in Midtown Manhattan >> 2/23/23 9:30am – 5pm ET 5/24/23 9:30am – 5pm ET
  • YAI Knowledge trainers bring their expertise to nonprofits, corporations, and community on everything from HIPAA requirements and fire safety to accommodating and expanding neurodiversity in the workplace. Click the link to find workshops that may interest you (dates and times may vary) >> VIEW ALL TRAININGS HERE
  • Parent to Parent NYC: Are you considering residential placement for your family member? Parent to Parent of New York State hosts a Parent Discussion Group facilitated by Regional Coordinator Sharon Linne for families with children and adults of all ages who are considering placement in a residential school, a group home, or other setting. Details below: When: 11/29/22
    Time: 7PM ESTRegister and Join via Zoom >> Parents Considering a Residential Placement Discussion Group

The Integration Transition Program

  • The program will focus on development of independent life skills including self-advocacy, independent living, communication skills, and struggles for developing positive relationships.
  • The program will take place virtually Wednesdays 4:00-5:45pm with some community activities on Saturdays from 10:00am-12:00pm.
  • Register at https://forms.office.com/r/dxYxJMdCGB

Online Social Skills Groups



  • From IncludeNYC| Adult Career and Continuing Education Services | NYS Education Department ACCES-VR
  • What is Transition Planning? The federal Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) recognizes the importance of preparing students with disabilities for success after high school, and states that transition planning for students who receive special education services and have an Individualized Education Program (IEP) must begin by age 16 or younger.
  • Students with IEPs who need to be connected with adult/postsecondary services or education and have otherwise completed school:
    • Can get transition supports (help applying to OPWDD, AccessVR, vocational programs, and other adult programs/services) through their borough TCAC or the District 75 Transition Office as appropriate to access this service. Contact [email protected] or, for students in D75 programs, [email protected]
  • Families in need of transition services and assistance can contact, The Transition and College Access Services (TCAC). There is one in each borough. Families can email their borough for support.
  • ACCES-VR is not having virtual sessions. Families should contact AccessVR directly for questions at http://www.acces.nysed.gov/vr.



  • MTA: Introducing Designated Open Stroller Areas— Traveling with babies and toddlers can be challenging. The MTA wants to make it a little easier. Currently, strollers must be folded before boarding all MTA NYCT buses. Beginning in the fall of 2022, the MTA launched a pilot program to test Designated Open Stroller Areas on designated bus routes. Providing a designated space for open strollers on buses will allow children to remain seated, and parents the flexibility to move more freely on and off buses. For more details click here >> https://new.mta.info/accessibility/bus-stroller-areas 
  • NYC School Bus Survey— Have you experienced busing issues? Share your story! | This survey was created on behalf of the Citywide Council on Special Education, and the District 75 Citywide Council to collect parent stories and data about their busing issues and to explore family interest in being a litigant for a class action lawsuit. More details and how to participate found here >> www.tinyurl.com/NYCBUSINGSURVEY    
  • Office of Pupil Transportation— If you are unsatisfied with services and have not received a response to your complaint, please email [email protected].  
  • NYC Taxi & Limousine Commission (TLC) has created a survey to establish a baseline for customer service and securement for passengers who use wheelchairs in accessible TLC-licensed vehicles. The purpose of this survey is to better understand customer experiences. Furthermore, they can assess whether the decal for WAV vehicles are effective and improves the passenger experience.   

MTA-OMNY for Reduced-Fare

Contactless fare payment program, OMNY, is coming this summer for our Reduced-Fare customers (seniors and those with eligible disabilities)! If you are already a Reduced-Fare customer. Learn more about this program https://new.mta.info/fares/omny-fare-capping

Fair Fares NYC

  • 274,994 New Yorkers have enrolled in Fair Fares NYC! This program helps low-income New Yorkers with transportation costs. Participants can receive a 50% discount on subway and eligible bus fares. Check for info on eligibility and how to apply here: https://www1.nyc.gov/site/fairfares/index.page.

Students with Disabilities

  • The Office of Pupil Transportation is working case by case, including bus paraprofessionals and other staff. OPT is making bus alternatives available.
    • Metro cards: OPT has shipped FREE MetroCards to all schools for students and parents.
    • Reimbursement process: OPT is also offering to reimburse families who use other methods of transportation (car services, taxis, Ubers, etc.). Reimbursement process will be expedited and simpler.



  • YAI provides free Psychological, Psychosocial, and Autism Evaluations for people seeking to apply for OPWDD services. More information found here: Getting Started (yai.org)
    • YAI offers free workshops every month explaining how to apply for eligibility and services through the New York State Office for People with Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD). These informational presentations are open to families, caregivers, people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, and professionals. Visit the upcoming trainings page to register and learn more.
    • Apply for groups starting in May
  • YAI’s Independent Living Skills Program is currently enrolling new applicants for its spring virtual group. Groups will be held via Zoom on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 5:00 – 6:15 pm. Participants will learn and socialize around topics like decision-making, relationships, planning, and more
  • Brooklyn Groups for Children with Autism:
    • The Ballet-Yoga group in Brooklyn is for children ages 4-10 on the autism spectrum. The group helps members to work on social skills while improving balance, coordination, strength, and attention.
      • Applicants must have an autism diagnosis, OPWDD eligibility, and reside at home with family in Brooklyn to enroll in this service.
      • Details: Zoom sessions are held on Mondays from 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm.
  •  Social Skills Program:
        • Open to children ages 5-12 on the autism spectrum.* Groups cover topics including communication, feelings, and friendship. 
        • Details: Zoom sessions are held on Thursdays from 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm
    • Taking the Fear Out of Dental Visits for Patients With Developmental Disabilities; Read more about it here >> Dental Visits for Patients with Developmental Disabilities
      • Navigating the System series:
      • Life Skills Group- The virtual sessions will take place via Zoom on Thursdays from 3:30 pm to 5:00 pm. March 9 – June 22
      • Kitchen Skills– The sessions will take place in Manhattan on Mondays from 3:30 pm – 5:30 pm. March 6 – May 8
      • Yoga Mindfulness- The sessions will take place in Manhattan on Wednesdays from 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm. March 15 – June 28
      • Get started and register here >> Getting Started (yai.org)
  • Interested in the Hudson Valley Autism Conference? Register here: https://hvac2022.funraise.org/
  • YAI provides free Psychological, Psychosocial, and Autism Evaluations for people seeking to apply for OPWDD services. More information found here: Getting Started (yai.org)
  • YAI offers free workshops every month explaining how to apply for eligibility and services through the New York State Office for People with Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD). These informational presentations are open to families, caregivers, people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, and professionals. Visit the upcoming trainings page to register and learn more.

LAST UPDATED: 5/11/2023

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