Special Needs Guide for the Greater Binghamton Area!

By Katherine Troy, Publisher - Binghamton Macaroni Kid July 11, 2019

ACHIEVE was founded in 1952 by 10 families looking for social and educational opportunities for their children in Broome County. Since that time, ACHIEVE has grown to serve over 2,200 individuals with disabilities in 3 counties- Broome, Chenango and Tioga.

Broome County Health Department
Through the Children with Special Health Care Needs program, assistance is given to families in finding appropriate community resources. Families are referred to community or state agencies to help them access health insurance and/or services for their children with special needs. Follow-up is offered to check on the need for further assistance. Outreach is provided within the community, including various community agencies, medical offices, daycare centers, preschools, and health fairs regarding services for children with special needs.

G & E Therapies

G&E Therapies is a community based rehabilitation company serving the needs of the people, agencies and facilities in our area.  This includes, but is not limited to, Early Intervention, Pre-School and School age children, Home Care and Nursing Home coverage.

GiGi's Playhouse
Programs at GiGi’s Playhouse offer foundational learning opportunities for individuals with Down syndrome, their families and the community.


HCA, Helping Celebrate Abilities, has been providing services to the disabled population since 1947. These programs include 15 residential group homes, 10 integrated preschool classrooms as well as respite, habilitation, counseling, employment, and self-directed services.  HCA is a NYS Cerebral Palsy Affiliate as well as a United Way Member Agency.


The New York State Office for People With Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD) is responsible for coordinating services for nearly 140,000 New Yorkers with developmental disabilities, including intellectual disabilities, cerebral palsy, Down syndrome, autism spectrum disorders, Prader-Willi syndrome, and other neurological impairments. It provides services directly and through a network of approximately 650 nonprofit service providing agencies, with about 80 percent of services provided by the private nonprofits and 20 percent provided by state-run services.

Southern Tier Independence Center is a not-for-profit 501(c)3, community-based advocacy and service organization for children and adults with all types of disabilities.

Shepherds Camp at Arrowhead 

Shepherds Camp offers an exciting Bible based program with a full year of camp opportunities and a rich history of serving adults with developmental disabilities since 1962

Low Sensory / Special Needs Events

AMC Theater

 2nd & 4th Saturday every month

AMC is proud to partner with the Autism Society to offer unique movie showings where we turn the lights up, and turn the sound down, so you can get up, dance, walk, shout or sing! Our Sensory Friendly Film program is available on the second and fourth Saturday (family-friendly) and Tuesday evenings (mature audiences) of every month. Please check your local theatre listings for specific showtimes, and don't forget to share your family fun with #AMCSensoryFriendly.

Chuck E. Cheese

1st Sunday of Every Month

Chuck E. Cheese's is proud to support families who have children with autism and other special needs. We offer a sensory-friendly experience on the first Sunday of every month at participating locations, opening our stores two hours before their normal opening time. Our Sensory Sensory events include a trained and caring staff that work to ensure each guest has a fun-filled visit. We realize that the Chuck E. experience can be very stimulating for any child, so our mission is to create an event that allows ALL kids to be a kid.

P3 - Planet 3 Extreme Air

Sensory day every Thursday in July, 2 - 4 pm. 

Regal Cinema

2nd & 4th Saturday of the Month

Regal Cinemas’ My Way Matinee program allows everyone to experience a trip to the movies. The lights will be turned up and the volume turned down, which makes it a safe space where guests can express themselves by singing, crying, dancing, talking, or otherwise expressing themselves.
All My Way Matinee screenings begin at 10:30 a.m. on the second and fourth Saturday of the month at participating theaters for a discounted ticket price. Check listings at your local Regal Cinema and contact individual locations to find out how much ticket prices are there.

Sensory Showing Aladdin 2019

Annual Events
7th Annual Autism Awareness Event

Local Handicapped Accessible Parks and Playgrounds

Otsiningo Park 

Recreation Park - New York States largest, fully accessible park!

Feeling alone? Reach out to this amazing group of parents that have been there!

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