Support Groups for Families of Kids with Special Needs

For parents of kids with special needs, finding support and resources can be a challenge. Here you can find groups for families with loved ones who have autism, developmental disabilities, ADHD, hearing impairments, severe injuries, and more–in NYC, Long Island, and Westchester, Rockland, and several New Jersey counties. 

The importance of having a circle of support cannot be underestimated. One good friend who is going through the same challenges you are is worth five who can only imagine what you’re going through.

We've compiled lists of support groups for families of children with special needs in the New York metro area. Check out the options in your region below.

New York City





Staten Island

Long Island



New York City Suburbs

Westchester County

Rockland County

Bergen, Passiac, Essex, and Middlesex counties in New Jersey

Another option is starting a group yourself. Spread the word in your child’s school and your place of worship. Parents who have done it name three things that bolster attendance: providing child care for younger siblings, organizing carpools, and snacks! Establishing a “calling tree” to remind parents of upcoming events also helps keep meetings going strong.