DISCLAIMER: the law office of Patricia S. Phelan has compiled this list of resources solely as a convenience to parents and other persons interested in learning more about children with special needs. the law office of Patricia S. Phelan does not claim to have personal knowledge of all of the resources listed. The listings on this site are not intended as a recommendation, referral, or endorsement of any particular resource, nor should this listing be considered a verification of the credentials, qualifications, or abilities, or the appropriateness for your child, of any resource, organization, product or professional listed herein. Nothing contained herein is intended to constitute legal advice. Should you need any legal guidance regarding the special education needs of your child, please contact the law office of Patricia S. Phelan to arrange an initial consultation.





The Association for Behavior Analysis International


Autism One


Autism Research Institute


Autism Society of America


Autism Speaks:


Autism Speaks:  Greater Hudson Valley


The Elija Foundation


Families for Early Autism Treatment


Greater Good:   The Autism Site Store;jsessionid=FFCB24E2D15B3EC37228B42FFC06C2BB


Jessica Kingsley Publishers of books on Autism, Asperger Syndrome and other spectrum conditions


NAET’s Autism Treatment Center


National Autism Association


Academy of Orton-Gillingham Practitioners and Educators


Parents of Autistic Children


RDI = Relationship Development Intervention


Spectrum Magazine


Unlocking Autism





ADHD Resources ~ Web MD


Children and Adults with Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder





Learning Disabilities Association of America:


Learning disabilities and ADHD:


National Center for Learning Disabilities:


Understanding Dyslexia


Wilson Language Training





Brain Injury Association of America


Genetic Disease Foundation


United Cerebral Palsy





Council of Parent Attorney and Advocates


Online resources to supplement From Emotions to Advocacy Book by Pete and Pam Wright:


Giant Leaps Occupational Therapy, PC; go to this site for a valuable list of resources including government resources, CPSE chairs, medical professionals, therapists, therapeutically valuable toys, problem solving techniques, play gyms and other activities for children.


List of developmentally appropriate and sensory enriched toys for children of all ages, which encourage physical, emotional and social development:


Kids Together, Inc.


MD Coalition for Inclusive Education


NAET = Nambudripad’s Allergy Elimination Techniques:


National Alliance for the Mentally Ill


National Association for Gifted children:


National Center on Disability and Journalism


National Dissemination Center for Children with Disabilities:


National Organization for Rare Disorders


Online Colleges; Resources for Students with Disabilities


Parent Information and Resources


Parents helping Parents:


The Family Connection, Parent to Parent Program of NYS:




School Specialty – Special Education Products


Special Education Network of New Canaan, Ltd.:


TASH (Equal, Opportunity and Inclusion for People with Disabilities):


Twice-Exceptional Newsletter


Westchester Institute for Human Development


World Institute on Disability ~ Organizations and Resources




Yellow Pages for persons working in the field of disabilities:





ACCESS VR:  ACCES-VR assists individuals with disabilities to achieve and maintain employment and

to support independent living through training, education, rehabilitation, and career development


Americans with Disabilities Act information


Dignity Against All Students Act--The Dignity Act intends to provide public school students with a "safe and supportive environment free from discrimination, intimidation, taunting, harassment, and bullying"; schools are also responsible for collecting and reporting data about the discrimination and harassment within

Early Intervention Program – NY Department of Health


New York State Approved Private Schools; search by Region or Disability Served


NYS Department of Health - - includes information on the Early Intervention Program:


New York State Department of Special Education


New York State Regulations


Rockland County Services


This site enables you to look up State Review Officer cases, which are cases appealed from IHO decisions [Then go to “topical index” OR “find a decision”]:


US Department of Education





To access a list of free downloadable publications related to special education, go to:


Revised New York State Procedural Safeguard Notice: Rights for Parents of Children with Disabilities, Ages 3-21:


NYS Sample Form to Request and Impartial Hearing [DPHC]:


NYS Sample IEP Form:



Downloadable Resources from the law office of Patricia S. Phelan:


Intake Packet - the law office of Patricia S. Phelan

Summary of Students’ Strengths and Weaknesses  

IEP/504 Meeting Agenda 

IEP Meeting Attendance Record

Document/Educational Records List






The AUTISM ACCEPTANCE book, Being a Friend to Someone with Autism, By Ellen Sabin


No, David! By David Shannon


Please Say Please! Penguin’s Guide to Manners, By Margery Cuyler


Thank you, Mr. Falker, By Patricia Polacco

True and encouraging story of how a child conquers dyslexia, thanks to her wonderful teacher


The Way I Feel, By Janan Cain


Today I Feel Silly & Other MOODS That Make My Day, By Jamie Lee Curtis


When Sophie Gets Angry – Really, Really Angry…, By Molly Bang





Autism in your Classroom - - A General Educator's Guide to Students with Autism Spectrum Disorders, By Deborah Fein, Ph.D. & Michelle A. Dunn, Ph.D.

This book is a MUST for all educators working with children either diagnosed with or suspected of having an Autism Spectrum Disorder. It is also invaluable for any parent or other person advocating on behalf of a child on the Spectrum. This book will help the reader comprehend the many issues involved in both understanding and educating a child with an Autism Spectrum Disorder.


Autism/Aspergers: Solving the Relationship Puzzle, By Dr. Steven Gutstein

This book summarizes and justifies the basis for the RDI (Relationship Development Intervention) methodology for children on the Spectrum.


The Autism Sourcebook: Everything You Need to Know About Diagnosis, Treatment, Coping and Healing - - From A Mother Whose Child Recovered , By Karen Siff Exkorn


The Autism Transition Guide, Planning the Journey from School to Adult Life, By Carolyn Thorwarth Bruey, Psy.D. & Mary Beth Urban, M.Ed.


Building Bridges Through Sensory Integration, By Ellen Yack, B.Sc., M.Ed., O.T., Paula Aquilla, B.Sc., O.T., & Shirley Sutton, B.Sc. & O.T.

This book is a great overview of Sensory Integration and has easy to understand and practical suggestions for therapy for children with sensory deficits.


Children with Autism, A Parent’s Guide, Edited by Michael D. Powers, Psy.D.


The Complete IEP Guide – How to Advocate for your Special Ed Child, By Laurence M. Siegel

This is a great, easy to read and comprehend guide. It is a terrific overview for any parent advocating for a child with special needs. Particularly if you are new to the special ed arena…this book is a must!


The Elephant in the Playroom, By Denise Brodey

This book is a culmination of numerous stories written by ordinary parents detailing their intimate and candid experiences raising children with special needs.


The Explosive Child, By Dr. Ross W. Greene

This book helps understand easily frustrated, chronically inflexible children, and proposes a “collaborative solving” method with which to deal with these children and their maladaptive behavior.


From Emotions to Advocacy The Special Education Survival Guide, Second Edition, By Pam Wright and Pete Wright

This is a wonderful book, which provides explanations of special education law and gives advocacy tips in order to educate and empower parents advocating for their children.


IEP and inclusion Tips for Parents and Teachers, By Anne I. Eason, Esq. and Kathleen Whitbread, Ph.D.

A wonderful, quick reading resource tool complete with great strategies to encourage a more collaborative relationship between parents and the school district, as well as to facilitate inclusive education for a child receiving special education services.


Is This Your Child?, By Doris Rapp, M.D.

A comprehensive book, including photographs, to assist in the discovering and treating of unrecognized allergies in both children and adults.


Let Me Hear Your Voice, By Catherine Maurice

This book details a real mother’s account of her family’s triumph over autism.


The New Social Story Book, By Carol Gray

This book contains and extensive compilation of social stories and illustrations to help children with autism spectrum disorders tackle everyday life situations.


The Out of Sync Child, By Carol Stock Kranowitz, M.A.

This book deals with “Recognizing and Coping with Sensory Integration Dysfunction”.


The Out of Sync Child Has Fun, By Carol Stock Kranowitz, M.A.

This book provides activities for kids with Sensory Integration Dysfunction.


Thinking in Pictures and other Reports from my Life with Autism, By Temple Grandin


The Power of Positive Parenting, By Dr. Glenn I. Latham

This book supplies parenting rules and strategies based upon the simple premise that “[r]esearch has shown that the most effective way to reduce problem behavior in children is to strengthen desirable behavior through positive reinforcement rather than trying to weaken undesirable behavior using aversive or negative processes.” (Dr. Sidney W. Bijou, The International Encyclopedia of Education, 1988)


Prosody Intervention for High-Functioning adolescents and Adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder: Enhancing communication and social engagement through voice, rhythm, and pitch, By Michelle Dunn & Larry Harris

Relationship Development Intervention with Young Children, By Dr. Steven Gutstein and Rachelle Sheely

This book provides social and emotional development activities for young children with Asperger Syndrome, Autism, PDD and NLD.


Replays: Using Play to Enhance Emotional and Behavioral Development for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders, By Karen Levine and Naomi Chedd

This book gives the reader strategies to use to help children on the autism spectrum to access their emotions through interactive, symbolic play.


Special Diets for Special Kids, By Lisa Lewis, Ph.D.

Excellent overview of issues surrounding food allergies and dietary intervention into autism and related developmental disorders. Also contains recipes to assist in implementing the special diet.

Say Good-Bye to Illness, By Devi S. Nambudripad, M.D., D.C., L.A.c., Ph.D. (Acu.)


Say Good-Bye to Allergy-Related Autism, also By Dr. Nambudripad

These books explain a non-invasive, revolutionary treatment called NAET to battle allergies and allergy-related conditions including allergy-related autism. NAET incorporates various medical disciplines such as allopathy, acupuncture, chiropractic, kinesiology and nutrition.


THE SOCIAL SKILLS PICTURE BOOK Teaching play, emotion, and communication to children with autism, By Jed Baker, Ph.D.

This book has terrific real-life photographs which accompany its social skills rules to help teach children with autism how to develop their social skills.


S.O.S. Social Skills in Our Schools, By Michelle A. Dunn, Ph.D.

This book - - the only one of its kind - - complete with charts, graphic organizers and other visual aids -- details a social skills program including “peer mentors,” for children with Autism Spectrum Disorders and their typical peers. The author is a definitive expert on children with Autism Spectrum Disorders with a particular concentration on their social skills deficits.


Writing Measurable IEP Goals and Objectives, By Barbara D. Bateman and Cynthia M. Herr

This book helps parents and educators write present levels of performance and measurable IEP goals and objectives. It includes the latest updates in IDEA 2004. This book can be a wonderful resource when preparing for an IEP meeting.




"Inclusive Education ~ Integrating special needs and typical students in the classroom", By Patricia S. Phelan, Published in ParentGuide News, pp.16-17, October 2009


“Advocating for Your Special Needs Child's Education ~How to Prepare for an IEP Meeting”, By Patricia S. Phelan, Published in ParentGuide, pp. 14-15, March 2008




the law office of Patricia S. Phelan

(845) 620-1100


County Health Departments:


Nassau County (516) 227-9408

New York City (347) 396-7964

Rockland  County (845) 364-2956

Orange County (845) 615-3884

Putnam County (845) 808-1390

Suffolk County (631) 854-0205

Westchester (914) 995-7522


Rockland County Department of Social Services

Main Phone:

(845) 364-2000


Report Child Abuse or Neglect:

New York State Central Registry



Adult Career and Continuing Ed Services

Rockland County (845) 426-5410

Westchester County (914) 946-1313

NY County (212) 630-2300

SCHOOL DISTRICTS ~ Rockland County


East Ramapo Central School District

 (845) 577-6000


Clarkstown Central School District

(845) 639-6424


Nanuet School District



North Rockland Central School District

(845) 942-3000


Nyack School District



Pearl River School District



Ramapo Central School District Offices

 (845) 357-7783


South Orangetown Central School District




Main Office Telephone: (845) 627- 4700


VESID [Vocational and Educational Services for Individuals with Disabilities] Special Education Quality Assurance Regional Offices:


Central Regional Office (315) 428-4556

Eastern Regional Office (518) 486-6366

Hudson Valley Regional Office (518) 473-1185;

     914-245-0010 [Nancy Oskow]

Long Island Regional Office (631) 952-3352

New York City Regional Office (718) 722-4544

Western Regional Office (585) 344-2002

Nondistrict Unit (518) 473-1185


VESID Special Education Policy Unit in Albany = 518-473-2878









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