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Local and National Resources

We have gathered together some of our favorite resources.

Challenger Baseball

The Little League Challenger Program is Little League’s adaptive baseball program for individuals with physical and intellectual challenges.

There are local teams. Contact us, and we'll get you in contact with a coach.


Pathways provides children, adults, and families with specialized programs and services in developmental disabilities, mental health, family support, traumatic brain injury, nursing home alternatives, home care, and child care. We hold ourselves accountable for meeting the expressed needs of those we support and for offering them meaningful opportunities to develop their own capabilities.

Talk Tools

TalkTools® was created to provide the best Oral-Placement Therapy (OPT) techniques, training, and tools to clients, therapists and parents.

Our therapy techniques add a tactile component to feeding and speech therapy, enabling clients to “feel” the movements necessary for the development of speech clarity.

Down Syndrome Education USA

DSE offers evidence-based publications and services to help families, professionals and organizations around the world improve early intervention and education for children with Down syndrome

Baby Signing Time

Baby Signing Tim is a DVD program designed for kids from 0-3 years old to learn their first 100 signs.

Safety Tat

Our proven, award-winning temp-tattoo and labeling solutions not only provide a fun level of security for your little ones, but peace of mind for Moms and Dads as well. And SafetyTat offers a wide range of flexible products to fit your need for literally any occasion. Why leave your child’s safety to chance?

The Arc of Chemung

The Arc of Chemung is a community organization committed to meeting the needs of individuals with developmental disabilities. Through community engagement and acceptance, we create opportunities for   individual growth, productivity and independence. Our passion for excellence is evidenced by our quality services, education, advocacy and family partnerships.

The Arc of Steuben

The Arc of Steuben, a not-for-profit organization, is a partnership of dedicated people committed to working together to support people with disabilities and their families.

We provide personalized opportunities, advocacy and support so that people realize their goals, dreams, and full potential in a positive atmosphere of encouragement and achievement.

The Office for People wtih Developmental Disabilities

The New York State Office for People With Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD) is responsible for coordinating services for more than 130,000 New Yorkers with developmental disabilities, including intellectual disabilities, cerebral palsy, Down syndrome, autism spectrum disorders, and other neurological impairments. It provides services directly and through a network of approximately 700 nonprofit service providing agencies, with about 80 percent of services provided by the private nonprofits and 20 percent provided by state-run services.


The Mission of Starbridge is to partner with people who have disabilities, their families, and others who support them, to realize fulfilling possibilities in education, employment, health, and community living; and to transform communities to include everyone.

Special Olympics of New York State

Corning and Elmira fall in the Genesee Region of Special Olympics NYS. However, we are near the Southern Tier Region, and are able to participate in their programs if it is a better fit.

The mission of Special Olympics is to provide year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-style sports for children and adults with intellectual disabilities, giving them continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy and participate in a sharing of gifts, skills and friendship with their families, other Special Olympics athletes and the community.

NY State Able Saving Accounts

The Stephen Beck, Jr. Achieving a Better Life Experience (ABLE) Act of 2014 allows those with disabilities to save for qualified disability expenses without the risk of losing their benefits from assistance programs like SSI and Medicaid.

NY ABLE is an ABLE program designed specifically for New York residents. NY ABLE accounts give earnings the ability to grow tax-deferred, and allow savings to be withdrawn tax-free for qualified expenses. Qualified expenses are any expenses related to an eligible individual's disability.

The National Down Syndrome Society

The National Down Syndrome Society is the leading human rights organization for all individuals with Down syndrome.

The National Down Syndrome Congress

The National Down Syndrome Congress (NDSC) is a membership-sustained not-for-profit organization dedicated to an improved world for individuals with Down syndrome. Founded in 1973, we are the leading national resource of support and information for anyone touched by or seeking to learn about Down syndrome, from the moment of a prenatal diagnosis through adulthood.

Pathfinder Village

Pathfinder Village is a community where people who have Down syndrome and other developmental disabilities discover their own value and talents, and share these gifts with others. Here, residents are valued for their abilities and contributions. They are encouraged to choose friends and develop goals.

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Rocket Laces

Children are able to tie their shoes with no tension due to the malleable materials used in these laces. This allows for a non-frustrating, non-floppy shoe tying experience. The patent pending technology used in these shoelaces provide for an engaging learning experience for the shoe-tying learner. Our innovative design  accommodates the lifestyle of any wearer. The perfect medium between flexibility and stiffness allows for no fine motor strain while tying and more security once tied. Every child will feel more confident as they independently tie their own shoe and accomplish every step with ease.s this item about? What makes it interesting? Write a catchy description to grab your audience's attention...

Lions Camp Badger

Our Mission is to provide services that enhance the educational, vocational, personal growth and independence of differently-abled youth and adults.

Lions Camp Badger is a residential summer camp for teens and adults with special needs. We offer individualized camper-centered programming through a wide array of activities and events. Campers enjoy swimming, boating, arts & crafts, music, fishing, sports, vocational experiences, and so much more.


We believe in the capabilities of our campers and use a positive approach to help them reach their fullest potential. Lions Camp Badger is operated by the Empire State Special Needs Experience, Inc. and supported by the Lions Clubs of New York State and Bermuda.

Rotary Camp Star

Camp STAR is a week-long camp for children, ages 6 through 12, with a physical or developmental disability that might keep them from enjoying a typical camping experience. 


Nestled into the peaceful, rural setting that is Watson Homestead, it is our goal to provide a safe and supervised way for your child to enjoy camping and swimming.

Reins of Hope

Individuals with many types of challenges can experience the benefits of recreational horseback riding at Reins of Hope.

The opportunity to form a relationship with a horse and complete a goal inspires self confidence, ability and teamwork in the rider as well as the horse. Riders can also experience increased balance, posture, muscle control and better strength because of the unique walking gait a moving horse provides. 

Wellness G.I.F.T.S.

Hosted by Hickory Hill Family Camping Resort, in the heart of the Finger Lakes, Wellness G.I.F.T.S. offers all family members much needed respite care while participating in educational, recreational and therapeutic activities. Hickory Hill Camping Resort offers a variety of camping options, including full-service campsites, cabins, cottages and lodges.

Wellness G.I.F.T.S. Inc. offers camping retreats to families who have a family member with developmental disabilities, living at home with their parents or caregivers.  Respite, Recreation, and Rejuvenation are the three ‘R’s we strive to achieve.  Our families enjoy a weekend camping resort experience in a safe family friendly, atmosphere.  Wellness G.I.F.T.S. Inc. provides a catered breakfast, lunch, and dinner for the families throughout the retreat.  In the welcome bag that we give to families upon arriving, are T-shirts that help our volunteers and staff (who also wear specific shirts) distinguish our campers from Hickory Hill Family Camping Resort campers.


Erin's World, is a frame line designed to accommodate and fit the features of children and adults with Down syndrome, as well as, other individuals with unique facial features. This innovative eyeglass design includes a bridge which is adjusted to properly fit a low nasal bridge and temples (or "arms" of the glasses) which are modified to keep the glasses from constantly slipping down.

NBZ Apparel - Down's Designs

How NBZ® Apparel Supports People with Disabilities

Loss of independence is a major issue which impairs the lives of millions of people mentally, physically, and financially.  For example, over 65% of working-age adults with disabilities are unemployed… many times the national unemployment rate!

The lack of easy-to-put-on, quality clothing for the disabled is a major impediment to a person with a disability finding work.  This is because it is difficult to get and maintain a job if all a person can only wear is sweat pants.  The next time you get dressed try putting on your pants with one hand as if you were an amputee, or try manipulating a zipper or buttons as if you were a person with autism, MS, Cerebral Palsy, Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s, or a stroke victim.   You will quickly understand why people worldwide can benefit from NBZ® Apparel clothing which features pull-on pants with a mock fly and buttons.

David's Refuge

The mission of David's Refuge is to provide respite, resources and support to parents and guardians of children with special needs or life threatening medical conditions where they will be refreshed, restored and renewed in their role as caregivers.

Greek Peak Adaptive Snowsports

Greek Peak Adaptive Snowsports mission is to provide snowsports experiences and skill development for people with disabilities utilizing the safest and most effective adaptive equipment and qualified/trained volunteer staff in a fun, supportive, and positive learning atmosphere.

Greek Peak Mountain Resort not only supports the GPAS program but also supports the skiers and snowboarders with disabilities by offering reduced price lift tickets during the GPAS Sunday program.

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