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App Recommendations that our families find Useful coming soon

One of  DSCLI’s goals is to share resources and to make that information easily accessible to families.  Parents should however note that we make no specific recommendations and that this list is in no way complete.  We are always looking for more resources to add, so please e-mail us and share any of your connections.

Remember that we are a parent-run, non-professional group and what works for one family might not be a good solution for another.  Families should always consult with their health care providers and professional support teams before starting any new treatment or therapy.

Developmental Preschools

Special Needs Law and Estate Planning

Therapeutic Tools / Toys

Recreational Opportunities




Inspirational / Religious

  • Down Syndrome Dreams Video
  • Man with Down syndrome owns a restaurant video
  • International Down Syndrome Coalition World Down Syndrome Day 2013 Video
  • Our Lady Queen of Martyrs (Catholic Church in Centerport) – Offers monthly mass for friends with special needs and provides a monthly support group for parents of children with special needs (volunteers are available to provide child care while attending support group.
  • The Chai Center – Dix Hills – Hebrew School for Children with Special Needs


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Did you know?

  • Families are entitled to state reimbursement of up to $1,000 per year once approved by the NYS Office of People with Developmental Disabilities for expenses such as respite, social programs, camps, unreimbursed medical expenses, diapers/pull-ups/wipes after the age of 6.  Funds are limited.
  • Residents with disabilities receive free or discounted use of state parks, historic sites, and recreational facilities operated by the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation and the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation.  Must apply for the pass here.
  • U.S. citizens with a disability could obtain a lifelong National Park pass.  For application instructions, click here
  • Most amusement parks offer a guest pass for an individual with a disability and their party of a limited number.  Must visit the guest relations desk at the parks.  (Some may require a doctor’s letter).  Also provided at places such as the Bronx Zoo.
  • Planning a trip to Florida?  The UK?  Manhattan?  You may be eligible for free passes into some amusement parks with the organization Merlin’s Magic Wand.