Parent Network of WNY: A resource for families of children with special needs

When a child has a disability, parents often have many questions. What does this mean for our family? Are there any supports available? Will our child be able to receive the same education as other children? What will my child do after graduation? Where do I turn for help? One place parents can turn for help is Parent Network of WNY.

Parent Network of WNY is a community resource for families of individuals with disabilities. Parent Network helps families successfully advocate for their children with special needs, by offering workshops, conferences, support groups, information and referral services and resources. The majority of Parent Network’s board members and staff are family members of people with disabilities, bringing their personal experiences and empathy when working with families.

Every year Parent Network offers around 200 free workshops to the public. The workshops held through the eight counties of WNY include topics such as Special Education, ADHD, Learning Disabilities, and Transition to Adulthood, Autism and many more.

To learn more about what workshops Parent Network has to offer visit or call 332-4170.

For those who have a hard time getting to workshops, Parent Network recently launched three online trainings to make it easier for families and professionals to get the information they are looking for.

Got questions? Get answers! If you have a question, then Information and Referral is for you. Lyn and Mary Jo link people with information and resources regarding disabilities, community resources, and the services available to children with special needs through one-on-one support and assistance. If they do not have the answers you need they can put you in touch with someone who does. To call Mary Jo or Lyn, call 332-4175 or 332-4176.

For more information about Parent Network of WNY call 332-4170 or visit