There are several online resources and local blogs that focus on special needs education and our community’s issues that we recommend following.
If you live in Manhattan and are not already a member of the Facebook group Manhattan Special Kids, we recommend following it closely. The issues raised among this group are likely to be the same as yours. If not, then you should join it, which would allow you to crowdsource your questions among savvy parents who are likely to have gone through the same things as you.
Wolf & Friends is a terrific app made for moms. It’s designed to connect like-minded parents who are raising children with special needs and offers a peer-to-peer support system via direct messaging.
Autism Speaks is perhaps the largest non-profit advocacy group for promoting solutions across the spectrum and throughout the life span of individuals with autism and their families. Their website is a rich resource for special needs kids diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder.
The website of Skyer Law has a great glossary of special needs terminology you will often encounter when navigating the New York City system. They also provide background on relevant case law that is helpful for understanding the foundation upon which special needs advocacy is built. Also check out these links for information on local advocacy groups as well as information on NYC bussing and relevant government agencies.