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Disability Specific Links:


Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder Facts
Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (AD/HD) is a condition that can make it hard for a person to sit still, control behavior, and pay attention. These difficulties usually begin before the person is 7 years old. However, these behaviors may not be noticed until the child is older.

Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder Facts
AD/HD is one of the most commonly diagnosed behavioral disorders of childhood. The disorder is estimated to affect between 3 to 7 out of every 100 school-aged children [American Psychiatric Association (APA), 2000]. This makes AD/HD a major health concern. The disorder does not affect only children. In many cases, problems continue through adolescence and adulthood.

Autism Facts
Autism/Pervasive Developmental Disorder (PDD) is a neurological disorder that affects a child’s ability to communicate, understand language, play, and relate to others. PDD represents a distinct category of developmental disabilities that share many of the same characteristics. The different diagnostic terms that fall within the broad meaning of PDD, include:

Autistic Disorder, Asperger’s Disorder, Rett’s Disorder, Childhood Disintegrative Disorder, and Pervasive Developmental Disorder Not Otherwise Specified (PDD-NOS).

Inpiduals with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) and their families now

have a single comprehensive resource to go to for important information

on ASD and New York State (NYS) services available to address the needs

of these inpiduals and their families. New York ACTS (An Initiative

for Adults and Children on the Spectrum) is a web site developed by the

New York State Interagency Task Force on Autism, a partnership of 11

State agencies.      http://www.nyacts.org/

Cerebral Palsy Facts
Cerebral palsy--also known as CP--is a condition caused by injury to the parts of the brain that control our ability to use our muscles and bodies. Cerebral means having to do with the brain. Palsy means weakness or problems with using the muscles. Often the injury happens before birth, sometimes during delivery, or, after birth. CP can be mild, moderate, or severe.

Deafness and Hearing Loss Facts
Hearing impairment is defined by IDEA as "an impairment in hearing, whether permanent or fluctuating, that adversely affects a child's educational performance."

Deafness is defined as "a hearing impairment that is so severe that the child is impaired in processing linguistic information through hearing, with or without amplification."

Down Syndrome Facts
Down syndrome is the most common and readily identifiable chromosomal condition associated with mental retardation. It is caused by a chromosomal abnormality: for some unexplained reason, an accident in cell development results in 47 instead of the usual 46 chromosomes.

Emotional Disturbance Facts
Many terms are used to describe emotional, behavioral or mental disorders. Currently, students with such disorders are categorized as having an emotional disturbance, which is defined under the Inpiduals with Disabilities Education Act as follows:

"...a condition exhibiting one or more of the following characteristics over a long period of time and to a marked degree that adversely affects a child's educational performance--

An inability to learn that cannot be explained by intellectual, sensory, or health factors.

An inability to build or maintain satisfactory interpersonal relationships with peers and teachers.

Inappropriate types of behavior or feelings under normal circumstances.

A general pervasive mood of unhappiness or depression.

A tendency to develop physical symptoms or fears associated with personal or school problems." [Code of Federal Regulations, Title 34, Section 300.7(c)(4)(i)]

Epilepsy Facts

Epilepsy is a physical condition that occurs when there is a sudden, brief change in how the brain works. When brain cells are not working properly, a person's consciousness, movement, or actions may be altered for a short time. These physical changes are called epileptic seizures. Epilepsy is therefore sometimes called a seizure disorder.

Learning Disabilities Facts
Learning disability is a general term that describes specific kinds of learning problems. A learning disability can cause a person to have trouble learning and using certain skills. The skills most often affected are: reading, writing, listening, speaking, reasoning, and doing math.

Mental Retardation Facts
Mental retardation is a term used when a person has certain limitations in mental functioning and in skills such as communicating, taking care of him or herself, and social skills. These limitations will cause a child to learn and develop more slowly than a typical child. Children with mental retardation may take longer to learn to speak, walk, and take care of their personal needs such as dressing or eating. They are likely to have trouble learning in school. They will learn, but it will take them longer. There may be some things they cannot learn.

Pervasive Developmental Disorders Facts
All types of PDD are neurological disorders that are usually evident by age 3. In general, children who have a type of PDD have difficulty in talking, playing with other children, and relating to others, including their family.

According to the definition set forth in the DSM-IV (American Psychiatric Association, 1994), Pervasive Developmental Disorders are characterized by severe and pervasive impairment in several areas of development: social interaction skills; communication skills; or the presence of stereotyped behavior, interests, and activities.

Reading and Learning Disabilities Facts
Learning disabilities are lifelong conditions that may require special understanding and help throughout grade school, high school, and beyond. They are also life disabilities that have important effects outside of the classroom, interfering not only with academic work but also with children's games, daily activities, and even friendships. Therefore, help for these children means more than classroom special education.

Speech and Language Impairments Facts
Speech and language disorders refer to problems in communication and related areas such as oral motor function. These delays and disorders range from simple sound substitutions to the inability to understand or use language or use the oral-motor mechanism for functional speech and feeding.

Traumatic Brain Injury Facts
A traumatic brain injury (TBI) is an injury to the brain caused by the head being hit by something or shaken violently. This injury can change how the person acts, moves, and thinks. A traumatic brain injury can also change how a student learns and acts in school.

Visual Impairments Facts
The terms partially sighted, low vision, legally blind, and totally blind are used in the educational context to describe students with visual impairments.


Local, State and National Resources:


ABC Therapeutics - Occupational therapy and hand rehabilitation services

Autistic Services, Inc.- Delivers a range of inpidualized services to people with autism spectrum disorders

Baker Victory Services - Non-profit agency providing a range of services for children, youth and families in need

Bornhava - Bornhava is a not-for-profit, early childhood environment that works to enable children with developmental disabilities to maximize their potential.

Buffalo Alliance for Education- Building and supporting relationships among business, community and schools in WNY

Buffalo Public Schools/UB Special Ed. Collaboration- Information and resources for parents/teachers of children in special education programs in WNY.

Center for Children & Families - A clinic and research center providing family and school centered treatment for children with ADHD and other behavioral and learning problems.
Child & Family Services - The agency provides children, adults, families and businesses with a vast array of mental health and human service programs
Coalition of Adoption and Foster Family Agencies (CAFFA) - Agencies providing foster care and adoption services in WNY organized to support and enhance the delivery of quality adoption service to families and children
DD Info Link -An online, searchable directory of programs specifically designed for people with developmental disabilities, their family members and service providers.
Developmental Disability Alliance of WNY (DDAWNY)-A collaborative group of member voluntary agencies that provide services to people with developmental disabilities
DisAbility News & Views Radio Show - Public radio show dedicated to topics relevant to children with special needs and their families
EPIC - Every Person Influences Children – Provides programs and resources for parents, teachers and school personnel that help adults raise responsible and successful children Erie County Department of Mental Health - Planning, directing, coordinating, and monitoring programs of prevention, treatment and rehabilitation involving mental health, mental retardation-developmental disabilities
Families of Spinal Muscular Atrophy(SMA) - To help families cope with SMA through information, support and research
Family Voices Network of Erie County - Family Voices Network of Erie County is a system of care for children and youth experiencing serious emotional, social and/or behavioral challenges. Gateway-Longview - Provides a continuum of treatment services for children, youth, and families facing behavioral, emotional or educational difficulties.
KenTon SEPTSA - Special Education Parent Teacher Student Association in the Ken-Ton school district.
Main Mobility - Assists families of those with physical disabilities in converting vehicles, finding equipment, making adaptations to enhance independence
New Directions - Non-Profit Agency that helps children with emotional and behavioral problems, along with their families
People Inc. - WNY's leading non-profit human services agency providing a variety of services to help seniors, families and people with disabilities live more healthy, independent and productive lives.

Summit Educational Resources - A private, not-for-profit organization that provides educational and therapeutic services to children with learning, communication and behavioral challenges The Independence Foundation - Providing support and assistance to inpiduals with physical disabilities so that they may live independent, self-directed lives
Western Region Parent Teacher Association (PTA) - A branch of the New York State PTA®; covers Erie (with the exception of the City of Tonawanda and Grand Island), Genesee and Wyoming counties
WNY Disabilities Forum - Provides links to a variety of resources for parents of children with special needs STATE RESOURCES
New York State Education Department - Official website for the NY State Department of Education
Parent to Parent of NYS - A statewide organization known for supporting families of inpiduals with special needs
VESID - Vocational and Educational Services for Inpiduals with Disabilities - To promote educational equity and excellence for students with disabilities while ensuring that they receive the rights and protection to which they are entitled NATIONAL RESOURCES
Autism Information Center - Provides links to information and resources about autism
Autism Speaks - Goal is to change the future for all who struggle with autism spectrum disorders through research, raising public awareness and supporting families.
Bridges for Kids - A non-profit parent organization providing a comprehensive system of information and referral for parents of children from birth through transition to adult life
Council for Exceptional Children - Dedicated to improving educational outcomes for inpiduals with exceptionalities, students with disabilities, and/or the gifted
Disabilities Resources – nonprofit organization established to promote and improve awareness, availability and accessibility of information that can help people with disabilities live, learn, love, work and play independently
Families & Advocates Partnership for Education (FAPE) - A partnership that aims to improve the educational outcomes for children with disabilities

Family Center on Technology and Disability - A resource on the subject of assistive technologies designed to support organizations and programs that work with families of children and youth with disabilities
Foster Parent Information - Training; share information between foster, adoptive families, and all other professions working with abused and neglected children
IDEA Partnership - The IDEA Partnership is dedicated to improving outcomes for students and youth with disabilities by joining state agencies and stakeholders through shared work and learning
International Dyslexic Association - A non-profit organization dedicated to helping inpiduals with dyslexia, their families and the communities that support them
Jib Lubin's disability Resources - Provides links to various information and resources about disabilities Learning Disabilities Association of America - The largest non-profit volunteer organization advocating for inpiduals with learning disabilities
Learning Disabilities - The world's leading web site on learning disabilities and ADHD, providing accurate and up-to-date information and advice about learning disabilities and ADHD
National Center on Dispute Resolution (CADRE) - Supports parents, educators and administrators to benefit from the full continuum of dispute resolution options
National Clearinghouse on Educational Facilities Accessibility in Schools - List of links, books, and journal articles on how school buildings and grounds can accommodate students with disabilities
National Council on Disabilities - An independent federal agency making recommendations to the President and Congress to enhance the quality of life for all Americans with disabilities and their families
National Down Syndrome Society (NDSS) - The mission of the National Down Syndrome Society is to benefit people with Down syndrome and their families through national leadership in education, research and advocacy
National Organization of Rare Diseases - A unique federation of voluntary health organizations dedicated to helping people with rare diseases and assisting the organizations that serve them
National Parent Information Network - Educational software and services for middle school, high school, and college students
Non-Verbal Learning Disorder Association - a non-profit corporation dedicated to research, education, and advocacy for nonverbal learning disorders
Parent Advocacy Coalition for Educational Rights Center (PACER) - Expands opportunities and enhances the quality of life of children and young adults with disabilities and their families

Public Education Network - A national association of local education funds and inpiduals working to advance public school reform in low-income communities across our country

Cradle Beach Camp and Respite Services

http://www.cradlebeach.org - Cradle Beach Camp, nestled on the shores of Lake Erie, has been operating for the children of WNY since 1888. We serve the needs of children with and without disabilities and low-income children from the area and beyond. We provide a healthy environment and organized activities to promote socialization, independence, and decision-making in an atmosphere of love and acceptance.

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