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Transition from
Pre School to Kindergarten Video

Going to Kindergarten is an exciting time for every child and family. Learn the differences between preschool special education (CPSE) and school age special education (CSE).

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Gaining Understanding Through Knowledge

Guide & Connect simplifies and delivers information about NYS OPWDD changes that affect the way individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities receive their services and health care.

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Because supporting your child is your #1 priority.

Do you have a question about your child’s development? Speak 1-on-1 with our Support Specialists to discover life-changing services and resources.

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We believe your child's potential knows no bounds.

The Parent Network of WNY enriches the lives of families and individuals with special needs through education, resources and 1-on-1 support.

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Proudly serving all 8 counties of Western New York.

We provide families and individuals with special needs the tools and knowledge to flourish today and tomorrow.

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Attend one of our free Learning Events.

Our small-sized groups provide the space to learn more about your child’s disabilities while getting to know other families in the community.

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Introducing "Guide & Connect"

The “Guide and Connect” campaign with the mission to educate families of individuals with disabilities, as well as community organizations, about changes to healthcare and disability services. ...
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FAMILY & CAREGIVER GROUP – DDAWNY for Parents of Children with Developmental Disabilities - 6/19

The purpose of this group is to provide a welcoming environment for parents and other caregivers of children with autism spectrum disorders to meet, share experiences, ask questions and receive suppor ...
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Allegany County Family Support Group - 6/25

For caregivers of children with developomental disabilities. ...
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Medicaid Service Coordinator (MSC) Core Training - 6/28

You will learn the history and mission of OPWDD, person centered planning and the individualized service environment, how to balance safety and risk, supports and services, MSC responsib ...
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Home and Community Based Services (HCBS) Waiver – 7/19

You will learn the history, background and aspects of the OWDD HCBS waiver, criteria for Waiver eligibility, an understanding of HCBS Waiver services and the role of the MSC ...
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Special Education Parent Workshop - 7/25

You will learn everything you ever wanted to know about special education, the role & requirements of a Parent Member and strategies to become an effective participant during a CSE Meeting. ...
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The Parent Network of WNY is closer than you think.

With 275+ Learning Events available online or in-person, our extended services provide guidance and support to meet your unique needs.

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The contents of this website were developed under a grant from the US Department of Education, #H325160003. However, those contents do not necessarily represent the policy of the US Department of Education, and you should not assume endorsement by the Federal Government. Project Officer, Carmen Sanchez.