Resources for Individuals and Families

Whether you are just getting started on your child’s educational journey, getting them ready for college or making long-term financial plans, there are agencies and experts ready to give you the best advice available for your family’s ongoing success.

These are some of the resources many of our parents and caretakers have found invaluable.

NYSARC, Inc.: NYSARC, Inc., is the largest not-for-profit organization serving children and adults with intellectual and other developmental disabilities. NYSARC is the parent organization of The Arc of Orleans County.

New York Developmental Disabilities Planning Council: New York State agency that encourages changes which lead to a better way of life for New Yorkers with developmental disabilities and their families.

New York State Rehabilitation Association: A statewide not-for-profit organization serving people from all disability groups.

The Arc Governmental Affairs Action Center: An interactive website for communicating with Federal and State lawmakers.

The Arc of the United States

The NYS Office for People with Developmental Disabilities

The NYS Education Department: Information on vocational and educational service, special education, and preschool for individuals with disabilities.

The NYS Department of Health: Information on Early Intervention.

The New York State Office for the Aging: Information on aging services.

Orleans County Department of Social Services: Information on social services in Orleans County.

U.S. Social Security Administration: How to apply for and receive social security benefits.

Acces-VR: Information on special education, vocational rehabilitation, and independent living programs.