Support for young people with disabilities

School-Age and Early Childhood Family and Community Engagement (FACE) Centers | NYS Department of Education (NYS DOE); INCLUDEnyc

People with Disabilities Everyone

School-Age and Early Childhood Family and Community Engagement (FACE) Centers help young New Yorkers with disabilities who are 0 to 21 years old. Help is also available for their families and the professionals who support them.

  • FACE center services are available for free to young people and their parents who live in the five boroughs.
  • FACE Centers offer many services including:
    • guidance to help children with disabilities and their parents navigate early childhood.
    • teaching special education students to advocate for themselves in school. This includes teaching them how to participate meaningfully in their Individualized Education Program (IEP) meetings.
    • teaching parents and special education students about the college admissions process.
    • helping youth transition into adult life. This means working with youth to plan for job training, work, higher education, and engaging with the community.
    • workshops and activities to help young adults develop social-emotional skills and life skills for independent living.
  • Parents can also get support through workshops on topics like:
    • understanding IEPs (Individualized Education Programs)
    • the special education process
    • school placement
    • accessing work and public benefits
    • parent advocacy

Who is eligible

All NYC families who care for a child with disabilities are eligible to receive services for free. Trainings are open to everyone.

How to apply


You can speak one-on-one with an expert to get help and information on services. Call or text IncludeNYC’s Help Line to schedule an appointment.


Request help by completing the online form on IncludeNYC’s website.

How to get help

Visit the IncludeNYC website

Visit for more information and services.

Email IncludeNYC

[email protected]

Call the IncludeNYC Help Line

English: 212-677-4660

Spanish: 212-677-4668

Other People with Disabilities Programs

Children and Youth with Special Health Care Needs (CYSHCN)

NYC Department of Health & Mental Hygiene (DOHMH)

Health care for children and youth with disabilities

Help for children with medical conditions that require special medical services.

Updated March 25, 2022