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Resources for Parents and Professionals
National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT)
NBCOT represents occupational therapy practitioners by providing testing and certifications for occupational therapists.
www.nbcot.org
 
National Seating and Mobility
Our company provides durable medical equipment such as power and manual wheelchairs, custom seating and positioning systems, standing wheelchairs and devices, secure sleep systems, and bath and toileting systems. 
 
Preston Sammons Medical Equipment
Full line of medical and theraputic equipment.
www.pattersonmedical.com

Developmental Disabilities Alliance of Western New York
Development Disabilities Alliance of Western New York has a guide to services as well as a Recreation and Leisure Services Directory. Click the link below to access this information, or copy and paste the URL into your internet browser.
www.ddawny.org

The American Occupational Therapy Association
The national organization for Occupational Therapy.  This website contains valuable information for consumers and therapists.  Click on the link to go to the AOTA Website.
 
General Government Links
New York State Education Department
This website provides information regarding NYS Department of Education for parents, teachers, administrators, licensed professionals and the public.  Information regarding disabilities and education can be accessed through "search".
www.nysed.gov
 
Centers For Disease Control and Prevention 
Information on a variety of diagnoses can be accessed through A-Z index or "search".  The ASD Homepage provides informational links for families, individuals, health care professionals, educators, medical and policy makers.  It also offers information on facts, screening/diagnosis, treatment, data/statistics, research, articles, free materials, and popular links.
www.cdc.gov
 
US Department of Health and Human Services 
Provides general information regarding signs and symptoms, screening and diagnosis, treatments, causes, risk factors, research, and clinical trials.  Also includes links to publications and organizations.                                
www.hhs.gov
 
Adult Career and Continuing Education Services (ACCES-VR)
Offers access to a full range of employment and independent living services that may be needed by persons with disabilities through their lives.  Such as:  transition services for students with disabilities from school to adult services, vocational rehabilitation services for working-aged individuals with disabilities, and independent living services for people with disabilities of all ages. 
www.acces.nysed.gov/vr/
 
The National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH)
Provides mental health information for a variety of diagnoses.  The site provides "quick links" information on various disorders, sign/symptoms, treatments, clinical trials, etc. 
www.nimh.nih.gov
 
National Center for Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities
Provides factual information on various disabilities.  Includes information on screening/diagnosing, treatment options, data and statistics and current research. 
www.ede.gov/nebddd/dd/
 
NYS Office for People with Developmental Disabilities
Here you will find information on topics important to individuals and families, like eligibility, finding the right supports and services, and staying healthy. 
www.opwdd.ny.gov
 
General Disability Links
Parent Network of WNY
This website is a community resource for families or individuals with special needs and for professionals who work with these families.  They provide information on conferences and referral services and resources.  
www.parentnetworkwny.org
 
Recreation Resources
Monthly Sensory Friendly Films at AMC
Offers families affected with a developmental disability an opportunity to enjoy their favorite films in a safe and accepting environment. The local theater offering these films is AMC Maple Ridge 8, 4276 Maple Road, Amherst.
AMC Sensory Friendly Films webpage

Special Needs Bowling Leagues
A league for any age special needs individuals.  Saturday at 9:00 a.m. 
For more information, call 716-773-0062.

Find Your Niche Recreation Program Ages 5-9 and 10-15
Town of Hamburg Recreation Program for children with Autism, PDD or Asperger's Syndrome.  You do not need to be a resident to participate. 
Call 716-646-5145.
 
Building Connections
For children with social difficulties related to Autism, Asperger's and PDD. 
Contact Summit Educational Resources at 716-629-3422.
 
SABAH
SABAH's mission is to challenge individuals with special needs and volunteer partners to experience the success, pride, freedom and joy of therapeutic ice-skating while achieving personal growth. 
www.sabahinc.org
 
DDAWNY Recreation Guide
This is a guide to WNY recreation options and programs and camps for people with disabilities.  It has a variety of informaiton including location, ages and prices. 
www.ddawny.org
 
Clarence Adaptive Learn to Swim Program
Clarence Learn to Swim offers several programs for children and their families.  Two of their programs are specifically geared towards children with special needs and significant medical conditions.
www.clarencelearntoswim.com
 
Links for Physical Disabilities
Main Mobility
This is a great resource for someone who is looking for mobility, whether it's a scooter, wheelchair, or van conversion. 
www.mainmobility.com
 
AMS Vans
This is a great resource for someone who is looking for mobility whether it's a scooter, wheelchair or van conversion.
www.mobilityvansny.com
 
Buffalo Wheelchair
This company provides medical equipment such as wheelchairs, walkers, and durable medical equipment. 
www.buffalowheelchair.com
 
Dove Medical
This company provides medical equipment such as wheelchairs, walkers, and durable medical equipment. 
www.dovemedical.net
 
Autism
Interactive Autism Network (IAN)
The IAN community is an online environment designed to act as a library meeting place where everyone concerned with autism can learn more about Autism research.  It has information regarding research, therapies, treatments and behavior.
www.iancommunity.org
 
NIH Autism Research Network
This is a site that covers a wide array of information regarding causes, symptoms, signs and tests, as well as treatment.
www.health.nih.gov/topic/Autism
 
National Autism Center
Provides comprehensive information and resource materials for anyone interested in learning more about Autism Spectrum Disorders.  It includes an online library and advocates for evidence-based treatment approaches. 
www.nationalautismcenter.org
 
Autism Society of America
General information site with links to causes, symptoms, diagnosis, treatments and research.  It includes information about living with autism, getting involved, research, and news for individuals on the spectrum, family members, professionals and advocates.  Publications are available as free downloads.  This site has an online resource data base and links to find resources for local chapters and events.  Membership driven. 
www.autism-society.org
 
Autism Speaks
This website is dedicated to increasing awareness of Autism Spectrum Disorders, and to funding research into the causes, prevention and treatments of Autism.
www.autismspeaks.org
 
Association for Science in Autism Treatment
Provides information about Autism, treatment, conferences and media resources.  
www.asatonline.org
 
Other
Medicaid Compliance Plan for Erie 1 BOCES and How to Report Suspected Fraud
Medicaid Compliance