Resources in the Community

Special Needs

The mission of ACLD is to support the pursuit of an enviable life for people with developmental disabilities. 




The Alliance for Inclusion in the Arts
The Alliance for Inclusion in the Arts is the nation’s leading advocate for full diversity as a key to the vitality and dynamism of American theatre, film, and television. We promote authentic dialogue about race, culture, and disability that embraces the complexity of underlying social and historical issues.




Angela’s House
In 1992, the non for profit Angela’s House, was created to offer families and professionals an agency to call to help medically frail children and their families. Angela’s House has helped to simplify home care options for families by coordinating the extensive array of services needed to support medically frail children at home.



The Center for Special Needs Trust Administration, Inc.

centersThe Center for Special Needs Trust Administration, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation that administers Pooled Trusts and Special Needs Trusts. From the time of its founding on December 8, 2000, it quickly grew to become the largest Pooled Trust provider in the country and has been a clear industry leader ever since.

As consultants, we help guide clients to meaningful choices by making complex issues understandable in normal every-day terms. Because of our multi-company approach, we are able to offer creative solutions that match the specific needs of our clients instead of merely offering products.


Cerebral Palsy Nassau (formerly United Cerebral Palsy of Nassau County)

cpnassauThe mission of Cerebral Palsy Nassau, is to (a) affect positively the quality of life of persons with cerebral palsy, others with severe disabilities and multiple service needs, and the families of both and (b) prevent cerebral palsy and minimize its effects.


Cleary School for the Deaf

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Cleary School for the Deaf believes that all students have the right to a quality education that will support their ability to thrive independently.  Our mission is to provide access to language, communication and learning that will prepare students for essential academic and life skills.


The Guide Dog Foundation Mission
To improve the quality of life for people who are blind, visually impaired, or with other special needs. Since 1946, the Guide Dog Foundation for the Blind, Inc. has provided guide dogs free of charge to blind people who seek enhanced mobility and independence.






IDEAS offers drama artist-in-residency programs designed for youth and their teachers/staff. These residency programs are offered during school and/or after school hours. Through the guidance of a professional teaching artist in residency at the school/site, students and their teachers/staff work side by side throughout the program. Respectful interaction is emphasized in all activities. Teachers and staff are introduced to non-traditional teaching methods and see their students in a new light. In addition to workshops in the classroom, teachers/staff meet with the artist for planning and feedback.



Independent Group Home Living Program, Inc.

ighlProviding lifetime alternatives for people with intellectual disabilities.





Mill Neck Family of Organizations

mill neckThe Mission of the Mill Neck Family of Organizations is to enhance the quality of life for people who are Deaf, or who have other special communication needs, through excellence in individually designed educational, vocational or spiritual programs and services.





National Down Syndrome Society


The mission of the National Down Syndrome Society is to be the national advocate for the value, acceptance and inclusion of people with Down syndrome.




The School for Language and Communication Development

At SLCD, our mission is to identify children with language and communication disorders early and provide educational programs which will prepare them for a world filled with words, sentences, stories and messages. Language is a symbol system; it provides the means to reach out to the world. It is the most important skill that a child must learn early in life. Language provides the foundation for socializing, reading, questioning, writing and thinking.


The Seeing Eye
Since 1929, The Seeing Eye has partnered with people who are blind who seek to enhance their independence, dignity, and self-confidence through the use of Seeing Eye dogs.
More than 15,000 of these specially bred and trained dogs have brought a new level of mobility, safety, and self-sufficiency to almost 8,000 men and women.



Theresa Academy of Performing Arts

2015-04-07_092443TAPA believes that every child has strengths that can be used as a springboard to learn new skills which can enhance each child’s personal sense of accomplishment.

At TAPA, the teachers use a wide variety of teaching methods to accommodate all styles of learning.

The primary goal of TAPA’s classes is for the children to experience the joy of dance, drama, art, and music. There are many other benefits to the children who participate including improvement in coordination, overall fitness, focus, listening, balance, self-esteem, self-expression, rhythm, and musicality.


The Theresa Foundation

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Because children are our future, the Theresa Foundation believes in nurturing each child. An important aspect of every child is their artistic expression.

A society without art is a society without soul. Art enables us to express our inner thoughts, fears, joys and sadness. Art is a powerful form of communication, whether it be written, danced, painted or sculpted. Our artistic expression tells us who we are, what is important to us, and how we relate to the world around us.

The Theresa Foundation has a vision of the world where art and artistic expression are as important to adults as they are to children. They believe in a world where every child, regardless of ability or challenging conditions, is free to communicate through any art form available.



Health Care

Alzheimer’s Association
For more than 20 years, the Alzheimer’s Association has provided reliable information, created supportive programs and services for families, increased resources for dementia research, and influenced changes in public policy.


Alzheimer’s Disease Resource Center

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Our continued mission is to support research that may lead to a cure for Alzheimer’s Disease, to provide care, support and education programs for families in need, and to be advocates for local families who are coping with Alzheimer’s Disease and other dementias.



Arthritis Foundation, L. I. Chapter
The mission of the Arthritis Foundation is to improve lives through leadership in the prevention, control and cure of arthritis and related diseases.



Catholic Charities

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As a ministry of the Roman Catholic Church, Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Rockville Centre assists in serving the basic needs of the poor, troubled, weak and oppressed and is committed to addressing the causes of injustice. They aim to organize and empower people to secure the participation of all in the life of the community.





Catholic Health Services of Long Island


Catholic Health Services of Long Island (CHS) is an integrated health care delivery system with some of the region’s finest health and human services agencies. CHS includes six hospitals, three skilled nursing facilities, a regional home nursing service, hospice and a multiservice, community-based agency for persons with special needs. Under the sponsorship of the Diocese of Rockville Centre, CHS serves hundreds of thousands of Long Islanders each year, providing care that extends from the beginning of life to helping people live their final years in comfort, grace and dignity.



Good Shepard Hospice


Good Shepherd Hospice is a non-profit organization that was created in 2001 with the merger of Good Samaritan, St. Charles and Mercy Hospices and represents a combined thirty years of experience serving the community. Our mission is to expand and enhance healthcare at the end-of-life for all individuals and their families living throughout Long Island, and to educate the community about hospice services. Good Shepherd Hospice helps patients and their families live each day fully, focusing on quality of life, control of symptoms and the things that matter to them the most. 
Good Shepherd Hospice employs more than 200 staff members and has a volunteer core of over 100 dedicated people. Good Shepherd Hospice is a member of Catholic Health Services of Long Island and an integral part the healthcare ministry of the Diocese of Rockville Centre.



Live On NY

Live on NYLiveOnNY is a nonprofit, federally designated organ procurement organization (OPO) dedicated to the recovery of organs and tissue for transplant in the greater New York metropolitan area. Established in 1978, LiveOnNY is the second largest OPO in the United States, serving a culturally and ethnically diverse population of 13 million.

They work closely with 10 transplant centers and more than 90 hospitals in the region to facilitate donation. Additionally, they strive to raise awareness for organ, eye, and tissue donation and transplantation, educate the public, and encourage residents to enroll in the New York State Donate Life Registry.



The Multiple Sclerosis Society
The Multiple Sclerosis Society’s mission is: We mobilize people and resources to drive research for a cure and to address the challenges of everyone affected by MS.





Heartillery GroupheartilleryHeartillery Group is a non-profit organization whose mission is to show support, love and gratitude to our troops overseas in simple ways.

Heartillery Group collects cards from all over the world showing love and gratitude to help boost soldier spirits. They send cards to troops who are stationed throughout the globe.


New Groundd


New Ground is a unique agency committed to educating and empowering families and veterans who are caught in the vicious cycle of homelessness. We recognize that the key to resolving homelessness is not only to help those who are homeless now, but also to prevent it in the future.

Our goal is to assist these families and veterans in breaking the cycle of homelessness, allowing them to function independently, for generations to come.


United Veterans Beacon House

united veteranUnited Veterans Beacon House’s mission to provide temporary and permanent residence for U.S. Military veterans and to provide emergency, transitional and permanent residence for families (including men, women, and children) and single men and women.




Legal Advice

Cuddy Law Firm, P.L.L.C

Cuddy Law FirmCuddy Law Firm, P.L.L.C is a Special Education Law Firm who specializes in providing comprehensive legal services to families of individuals with special needs.




Russo Law Group, P.C. (formerly Vincent J. Russo & Associates, P.C.) 
RLG smaller bug logo Russo Law Group, P.C., Long Island’s Signature Elder Law, Special Needs and Estate Planning Law Firm with offices in Garden City, Islandia, Lido Beach, and Manhattan, New York has championed the rights of seniors and people with special needs since 1985. 



Turley Redmond Rosasco & Rosasco, L.L.P.

Rosasco logoTurley Redmond Rosasco & Rosasco, L.L.P., has over 25 years’ experience representing injured and disabled workers in Queens and Long Island.




Financial Planning


MetLife, Inc. is a leading global provider of insurance, annuities and employee benefit programs. Through its subsidiaries and affiliates, MetLife holds leading market positions in the United States, Japan, Latin America, Asia, Europe, the Middle East and Africa.


Walter the Vault

Walter the Vault is here to teach kids about money.

You will learn that money has value and is a medium of exchange for things you want and need.  You will also learn consumer skills and banking skills.  Finally, I will teach you how to make responsible and informed decisions about your money.





Additional Organizations

The Fortune Societyfortune societyFounded in 1967, The Fortune Society’s vision is to create a world where all who are incarcerated or formerly incarcerated can become positive, contributing members of society.  We do this through a holistic, one-stop model of service provision.  Our continuum of care, informed and implemented by professionals with cultural backgrounds and life experiences similar to those of our clients, helps ensure their success.



The Girl Scouts of Nassau County

girl scoutsGirl Scouting builds girls of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place.

Girl Scouting In Nassau County started in 1917. A non-profit organization, Girl Scouts of Nassau County is chartered by GSUSA to develop, maintain and administer Girl Scouting in Nassau County. The Council, 1 of 112 in the United States, serves girls and adults through 36 local geographic Girl Scout Associations throughout all of Nassau County’s school districts.


Holocaust Memorial and Tolerance Center of Nassau
Our important mission remains the same – connecting the lessons of the Holocaust to fight the bullying, apathy and prejudice of today’s world.


St. John the Baptist Diocesan High School

st johnIn the spirit of St. John the Baptist, prophet and herald, we, a diocesan college preparatory school, educate a mosaic of young people from a variety of backgrounds and of diverse abilities. We nurture mind, body and soul in an environment of mutual respect, social justice, and loving compassion. Guided by Catholic tradition, this community- students, faculty, staff, graduates and their families – strives to live lives rich in courage, faith and gentleness, and in so doing, bring the Gospel to a world in need.




Red Bandanna Project

RBP-Logo2Supported by the Fetzer Institute in partnership with the Welles Remy Crowther Charitable Trust, the Red Bandanna Project, social and emotional learning curricula for students of all ages, has been created. The lessons taught are Leadership, Caring for Others, TEAM, The Power of One, Bridging Divides, Forgiveness andCarpe Diem. Five separate curricula for elementary, middle and high school classrooms, sports teams and camps/youth programs have been pilot tested in 100 schools and youth programs across the country and received by teachers, students , coaches and parents with much enthusiasm.



Welles Remy Crowther Charitable Trust

Crowther-Trust-LogoThe Welles Remy Crowther Charitable Trust was established in September 2001 by the Crowther Family to honor and keep their beloved son’s memory alive through good works benefiting young people. The mission of the Welles Remy Crowther Trust recognizes and awards academic and athletic excellence in young men and women who serve their communities through education, health, recreation and character development. The Trust supports other not-for-profit organizations that benefit young people through annual gifts and special awards.


Elder Care

Our Lady of Consolationour ladyCatholic Health Services of Long Island, as a ministry of the Catholic Church, continues Christ’s healing mission, promotes excellence in care, and commits itself to those in need. CHSLI affirms the sanctity of life, advocates for the poor and underserved, and serves the common good. It conducts its healthcare practice, business, education, and innovation with justice, integrity, and respect for the dignity of each person.




A Brooklyn-Based Advocacy and Networking Group for Professional Serving Seniors