Special Needs Services

Half Hollow Hills Community Library Social Story

We’ve developed social story presentations as tools to show your children what they can expect when they visit one of our libraries. Available in video and PDF.

Dix Hills Library

Melville Library

Talking Books Program

To assist low-vision and blind patrons in obtaining free Talking Books, the Half Hollow Hills Community Library works closely with the Andrew Heiskell Library of the New York Public Library. This longstanding program now provides easy-to-operate free digital players and tens of thousands of recordings, as well as Braille. Patrons place their orders via a toll-free number, and titles are delivered to their residences and returned to Heiskell via postage-free mail.

Special Needs Support Organizations

Autism Society of America
Offers support and educational materials for children, adolescents, and adults (and their families) with autism and related disorders including Asperger’s Syndrome and pervasive developmental disorder.

Children and Adults with Attention Deficit Disorders (CHADD)
Resources and support for children and adults with attention deficit disorders and their families.

LD Online: The Interactive Guide to Learning Disabilities for Parents, Teachers and Children
Updated frequently, this site is a great place to stay current with the latest news and developments. Includes online newsletter and a bulletin board.

National Down Syndrome Society
NDSS offers education, research and advocacy at this site with general, clinical and special programs information, as well as links to other sites on the Internet focusing on Down Syndrome.

Half Hollow Hills Special Education PTA (SEPTA)
HHH SEPTA is an organizational structure providing resources and the opportunity to be a collective voice for all special needs children.

Half Hollow Hills Support Our Autism Rainbow (SOAR)
SOAR is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization and is entirely supported through fundraising. 100% of donations go directly to providing social skills programs and increasing the understanding of autism in our community.

Alternatives for Children
Alternatives for Children is approved by the New York State Department of Health as an Early Intervention Program provider under contract with Nassau and Suffolk counties, and is a New York State Preschool Special Education provider, offering both integrated and self-contained preschool classes.

Center for Applied Special Technology
CAST is a nonprofit research and development organization that works to expand learning opportunities for all individuals through Universal Design for Learning.

Center for Parent Information and Resources
CPIR serves as a central resource of information and products to the community of Parent Training Information (PTI) Centers and the Community Parent Resource Centers (CPRCs), so that they can focus their efforts on serving families of children with disabilities.

Early Childhood Technical Assistance Center
This page was designed to help families understand their rights under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), connect with other families, and find high-quality resources related to caring for infants, toddlers and young children with disabilities.

Early Childhood Direction Center
The Long Island Early Childhood Direction Center provides information to parents and professionals who are concerned about a child from birth – five years of age, with or at risk of learning disabilities.  LI ECDC services are confidential and free of charge to residents of Nassau and Suffolk counties.

My Child @ Cerebral Palsy
We provide information, resources, support and unlimited inspiration to all those touched by cerebral palsy, and other neurological conditions.

National Center for Learning Disabilities
The National Center for Learning Disabilities improves lives of all people with learning difficulties and disabilities by empowering parents, enabling young adults, transforming schools, and creating policy and advocacy impact.

New York Therapy Placement Services Inc.
New York Therapy Placement Services (known as NYTPS) is a NYS approved provider of early intervention (birth-3) and Preschool services (3-5) under contract with Nassau and Suffolk County, NYC DOE and NYS DOH.

Office Of Special Education & Rehabilitative Services
The Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) is dedicated to improving results for infants, toddlers, children and youth with disabilities ages birth through 21 by providing leadership and financial support to assist states and local districts.

Technology Related Assistance For Individuals With Disabilities
Provides statewide coordination of assistive technology activities for people with disabilities, fosters development of state and federal policies and programs to enhance availability of assistive technology.

U.S. Department of Education
Provides links to information for your special needs assistance.