Community Services

Advocacy Services

Advocate for Persons with Disabilities

Provides information and referral and informs persons of their rights within systems to appeal or contest decisions made on their behalf.

For more information call 1-800-522-4369

ARISE Child and Family Services, Oswego Satellite Office

Provides education and health care advocacy.

For more information, please call 342-4088

• Children’s Rights Clinic

Offers free legal services via law students supervised by practicing attorneys, represent children and families in cases dealing with education rights; school disciplinary and suspension hearings; special education; custody/guardianship; emancipation;

For more information, please call 443-4582

• CNY Developmental Disabilities Service Office

Provides advocacy services.

For more information, please call 598-6120

• Exceptional Family Resources

Provides advocacy for every phase of a child’s life

For more information, please call 478-1462 x337.

• Legal Services of Central New York

Provides free civil legal services for low-income families and individuals, including housing, public assistance, consumer law, SSI, Medicaid/Medicare, and education law.

For more information, please call 475-3127

• New York State Office of Advocate for Persons with Disabilities

A systems advocacy agency for people with disabilities. We offer up-to-date, comprehensive information and referral to programs and services available to people with disabilities and their families. Technical assistance on legislation protecting the equal rights of people with disabilities such as the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).

For more information, please call 1-800-522-4369

• Northern Regional Center for Independent Living, Family Support Services

This program area offers advocacy to families of children with disabilities in medical and educational systems as well as other public forums with the goal that their children will grow up in a healthy, integrated and accepting society.

For more information, please call 785-8703

• Oswego County ARC 3-5 Parent Advocacy and Training

This program provides advocacy and parent training to families whose children have entered the 3-5 Preschool Special Education System.

For more information, please 598-3108

• Parents of Special Children, Education Resource Program

This program can help families in search of answers to the special education process.

For more information, please call 598-7672

Education (workshops and conferences)

• Central New York Coalition for Young Children with Special Needs

Laws & Regulations

New York State Public Health Law regarding the Early Intervention Program

Final regulations for the Early Intervention Program

Part 200 of the New York Stated Education Law

Article 89 of the New York State Education Law

Individuals with Disabilities Education Act 2004 (IDEA)

Other website links related to NYS Special Education

Part C: side-by-side comparison of IDEA 97 to the new Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act (IDEA – 2004)

New York State Education Quality Assurance offices

New York State Vocational and Educational Services for Individuals with Disabilities

Educational resources for identification of Children with Autism Spectrum


New York State Special Education Publications

Medicaid Service Coordination

Medicaid Service Coordination (MSC) is a Medicaid State Plan service administered by the NYS Office of Mental Retardation and Developmental Disabilities (OMRDD). MSC assists people with developmental disabilities in gaining access to necessary services and supports to lead successful lives in the community according to their own needs and desires.

Parents/caregiver rights:

People (family members) receiving Medicaid Service Coordination have the right to:

· Select the MSC vendor of choice.

· Request a change of MSC vendor or service coordinator if you are not happy with the quality of service.

· Request as many monthly face-to-face meeting with their service coordinator as needed.

· Request a change in his or her ISP.

· Provide information to the service coordinator about health, safety, or environmental concerns with the residence in which the person lives.

· Request to withdraw from MSC.

For more information or to see if your child qualifies for Medicaid Service Coordination, you can contact any of the agencies listed below.

Medicaid Service Coordination Providers in Oswego County

• ARC/Oswego Industries

7 Morrill Place

Fulton, NY 13069


Contact: Cherryl Grant


253 East 10th Street

Oswego, NY 13126


Contact: Peter Williams

• Central NY Developmental Disabilities Office

5 Tower Drive

Fulton, NY 13069


Contact: Patrician Gallivan

• Community Options, Inc.

216 Manlius St.

East Syracuse, NY 13057


Contact: Natalie Bogdanowicz

• Oswego County Opportunities

239 Oneida Street

Fulton, NY 13069


Contact: Patrick Waite

Recreational Opportunities

•Oswego County ARC, Community Recreation and Services

Provides a wide range of social and recreational options for residents that are 18 and over.

For more information, please call 598-6007

•Oswego County Special Olympics

Provides year round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of sports for all children and adults with developmental disabilities.

For more information, please call 342-3226


Central New York Developmental Disabilities Office

Financial reimbursement for respite.

For more information, please call 598-6120

•Parents of Special Children with Special Needs

Family reimbursement program assists families with cost of respite care and purchase of good related to an individual’s disability.

For more information, please call 598-7672

Screening and Consultations

•First Look

Provides developmental screenings for children in daycare and preschool settings.

For more information, please call 472-4404

•Oswego County ARC

Child specific consultations are offered to community childcare and preschool staff.

For more information, please call 598-3108