Raising a child with special needs in Brooklyn, NY? Find support by connecting with other families, parents, and caregivers in your community who have kids with special needs. Read on to find a support group in Brooklyn.
Autism Society Of America - Brooklyn
Terry Sciametta, president
225 Avenue S, Gravesend
With autism chapters nationwide, the Autism Society has several local chapters with support groups that are all led by volunteer parents and care providers of children with autism, providing families with information, support, and encouragment. (See other region listings for locations in the Bronx, Manhattan, and Queens.)
Helen Keller Services for the Blind - Brooklyn
57 Willoughby St., Downtown Brooklyn
Free workshops are hosted by the Parent & Early Education Resource Center at the Children’s Learning Center. The center also provides services for people of all ages who are blind or have vision impairments.
Institute For Community Living Brooklyn Family Resource Center
2581 Atlantic Ave., Cypress Hills
This community-based program operated by parents of children with special needs is for parents whose children have emotional/behavioral issues. They provide services like clinical consultation, supportive counseling for parents and families, workshops, and after-school programs for children, plus monthly family nights. Services in Bedford Stuyvesant, Brownsville, Bushwick, Crown Heights, and Williamsburg.
Jewish Child Care Association
Program Director: Denise Stephenson
3003 Avenue H, Flatbush
The association offers a variety of support groups for parents in varying phases of the adoption process, from discussing pre-adoption anxieties to learning how to answer difficult questions from your adopted child. Groups meet in Brooklyn, Queens, and Long Island, as well as Westchester and Rockland counties.
Living Above Disorder Shared Journeys Support Group
Clinton Hill Public Library
380 Washington Ave., Clinton Hill
This organization has a wealth of support to offer children with special needs, their siblings, and parents. It inspires hope through the support group Shared Journeys; in the Imagination Social Inclusion Playgroups for children; in spa days, game nights, and mixers for adults; and through workshops.
My Time, Inc.
9719 Flatlands Ave., Room 103
and 1312 E. 84th St., Canarsie
Parent support group sessions focus on a range of topics relating to children’s developmental disabilities, including sharing development and play-time ideas for children. Guest speakers also provide different perspectives and insights. There are specific groups for fathers and grandparents. All groups provide positive coping behaviors, ongoing support, and are places to share ideas and find emotional support.
Support Groups for Parents of Children with Special Needs in the Bronx
Support Groups for Parents of Children with Special Needs in Manhattan
Support Groups for Parents of Children with Special Needs in Queens
Support Groups for Parents of Children with Special Needs in Staten Island