Specific Disability


Over a billion people live with some form of disability. Information about the different disabilities in infants, toddlers, children, and youth can be complicated. We offer information on the full spectrum of disabilities in children, including developmental delays, learning disabilities and disorders. While this is not a comprehensive list of all disabilities, we want to highlight some of the more common disabilities.

For more information on Specific Disabilities, download our fact sheets:

Specific Disability

Additional Information


  • American Foundation for the Blind — Expanding possibilities for people with vision loss
  • Autism Information Center — Provides links to information and resources about autism
  • Autism Services
  • Autism Society of America — The Autism Society improves the lives of all affected by autism through education, advocacy, services, research and support.
  • Autism Society of America – WNY Chapter — The Western New York chapter has information on area events, programs and conferences and serves as a resource for people in the area.
  • Autism Speaks — dedicated to funding research into the causes, prevention, treatments and a cure for autism; increasing awareness of autism spectrum disorders; and advocating for the needs of individuals with autism and their families.
  • Autism Videos — online video trainings designed as a continuing education tool for educators.
  • Braille — What the IDEA means for Braille learners
  • Brain Line — Preventing, treating, and living with TBI
  • Buffalo Hearing & Speech Center — Improves the quality of life for adults, children and infants with communication disorders by delivering cutting edge diagnosis and treatment of hearing and speech impairments and related special education services
  • Cerebral Palsy Lawyers FAQs — Seeking information about the underlying reasons for a child's birth injury is completely natural. However, given the complexities of the medical / legal field, such answers are rarely straight forward. This website is intended to be a resource to provide you with the information you desire as yourmore
  • DD Info Link — An online, searchable directory of programs specifically designed for people with developmental disabilities, their family members and service providers
  • Developmental Disability Alliance of WNY (DDAWNY) — A collaborative group of member voluntary agencies that provide services to people with developmental disabilities
  • Down Syndrome Parents Group of WNY — Is a non-profit organization consisting of parents and families of children with Down syndrome. DSPG seeks to enhance the lives of people with Down syndrome and their families. The organization's informational and social events provide a broad range of opportunities for families to support andmore
  • Epilepsy Association of WNY — A nonprofit organization offering professional services to individuals with Epilepsy and/or seizure disorders, their families and significant others
  • Epilepsy Foundation — Provides resources for parents and caregivers
  • Epilepsy.com — Features information about epilepsy and furthers the vision of the Epilepsy Therapy Project to create a powerful resource for everyone involved in caring for, or treating, those with epilepsy
  • Footsteps of WNY — Program serves the needs of individuals with cerebral palsy who need financial assistance
  • Hearing & Speech Center of WNY — Provides speech evaluation and therapy as well as complete hearing and hearing aid evaluations
  • LD Online — An online resource for parents and professionals 
  • Learning Disabilities Association of WNY — This local agency provides services, supports, and education to empower individuals with learning and/or developmental disabilities
  • Lions Club — Offers assistance with vision needs
  • My Child — Website designed to connect those touched by cerebral palsy with the information, resources, experts, and inspiration they need and their child deserves
  • National Center for Learning Disabilities — Comprehensive resources for parents, professionals and people of all ages who have LD
  • National Down Syndrome Congress (NDSC) — Provides information, advocacy and support concerning all aspects of life for individuals with Down syndrome
  • National Down Syndrome Society (NDSS) — 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
  • NYS Commission for the Blind — Provides vocational rehabilitation and other direct services to legally blind NYS residents, including children, adults, and elderly persons
  • Olmsted Center for Sight — Service provider helps adults and children with visual impairments and other challenges live independently without barriers
  • Project Learn — A resource for teachers, clinicians, parents, and students by the Brain Injury Association of NYS
  • Statler Center for Hospitality Career Training — A program of Olmsted Center for Sight, which provides skills training in hospitality services and job preparation to working age adults who are visually impaired and/or physically disabled
  • United Cerebral Palsy — United Cerebral Palsy educates, advocates and provides support services to ensure a life without limits for people with a spectrum of disabilities

Related Events

  • 1Apr

    Sensory Processing Disorder

    Workshop  |  Specific Disability  |  Erie

    Saturday, April 1, 2017, 9 am–3 pm

    Does your child/student seem unsteady, uncoordinated and sensitive to sounds and touch?  Is a challenging behavior a choice or a simple reaction to what is happening around him/her?    Participants will gain an understanding of how the senses work and ways to improve their functions.

  • 29Apr

    Advocate. Educate. Support. Love. #downsyndrome

    Community Event  |  Behavior,Developmental Disability,Specific Disability 

    Saturday, April 29, 2017, 10 am–2 pm

    Join us Saturday, April 29th for a specialized workshop on behavior and Down Syndrome. Author of the popular book, Supporting Positive Behavior in Children and Teens with Down Syndrome: The Respond but Don't React Method, Dr. David Stein of Boston will be in Buffalo to present the basic neuroscience of Down Syndrome, and how this informs effective behavior management.

  • 13May

    Sibshops - Workshops for siblings of children with special needs

    Community Event  |  Specific Disability  |  Niagara

    Saturday, May 13, 2017, 10 am–2 pm

    A workshop for siblings of children with special needs

  • 8Jul

    Sibshops - Workshops for siblings of children with special needs

    Community Event  |  Specific Disability  |  Niagara

    Saturday, July 8, 2017, 10 am–2 pm

    A workshop for siblings of children with special needs

  • 9Sep

    Sibshops - Workshops for siblings of children with special needs

    Community Event  |  Specific Disability  |  Niagara

    Saturday, September 9, 2017, 10 am–2 pm

    A workshop for siblings of children with special needs

  • 25Sep

    All About Autism

    Workshop  |  Specific Disability  |  Erie

    Monday, September 25, 2017, 9 am–12 pm

    Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). What does that mean? Participants in this workshop will learn about supports and services available through school, doctors and other community resources and walk away with the information necessary to take the next steps toward success.

  • 11Nov

    Sibshops - Workshops for siblings of children with special needs

    Community Event  |  Specific Disability  |  Niagara

    Saturday, November 11, 2017, 10 am–2 pm

    A workshop for siblings of children with special needs


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