Archive for November, 2008

Healing Mass

November 18, 2008

for people with special needs on Sunday November 23 at 11:00 M, Blessed Sacrament Church, Forest and Manor Rd.



November 17, 2008

The blog looks terrible now. I hope it is readable. I am trying to cut and paste various pieces of information which come my way. It is a process, I am learning all the time. Please bear with me and check back frequently!!

Turning Five: preschool to kindergarten info

November 17, 2008
Visit this site for a calendar of “Turning Five” Information Fairs for parents of preschoolers transitioning to kindergarten:
many useful links here.







ASD workshop Weds. 11/19 at IS 24

November 16, 2008

From Families Helping Families–A very worthwhile presentation! RSVPs a Must!

Please RSVP to attend.

Drs. Neubrander and DeFina will follow-up on their presentation from March 2008.


ASD “Lunch & Learn”

We’ll treat you to dinner

and a presentation on treatments

for children with Autism Spectrum Disorders by

Dr. Philip DeFina & Dr. James Neubrander

Dr. Philip DeFina is well-known author, lecturer and clinical neuropsychologist. He was a Guest Researcher at the National Institutes of Health and was a member of the international neuroscience subcommittee of The World Health Organization. He has been a pioneer in developing and directing national clinical training programs in the cognitive neurosciences.  Dr. DeFina has developed a comprehensive neurodiagnostic procedure with specific neurobehavioral and cognitive interventions for Autism Spectrum Disorders.

Dr. James Neubrander is a renowned physician specializing in an advanced biomedical treatment approach to assist children and adolescents with Autism Spectrum Disorder.


Who      S.I. families with children with autism.


When    Wednesday, November 19th, from 6:00 –8:00 pm.


Where     IS24 – 225 Cleveland Ave, Staten Island 10308


You must RSVP to attend.  Please leave your name, phone number, and the number of people who will attend, at:

718-285-6548 or


City Access New York promotes lifelong access to educational, vocational and cultural programs for New Yorkers of all abilities. CANY identifies barriers to participation, in schools and in the community, and adapts programs to the diverse needs of people with disabilities.

Lunch-n-Learn workshops are made possible by a generous grant from the FAR Fund.



City Access New York




Budget cuts–what you can do

November 10, 2008

1. On Thursday, November 13, our state senator Diane Savino and assembly member Lou Tobacco have offered to meet with parents concerned about the cut of state funding to education. The meetings are at 4 pm (bring your kids!). Ms. Savino’s office is at 36 Richmond Terrace and Mr. Tobacco’s office is on Amboy Rd. in Great Kills (directly across from Top Tomato). Please come and tell your friends to come too.


2. Attend the Legislative Forum on Friday November 14, 9:30 am til noon, at the Jerome Parker Campus, 100 Essex Drive (behind the mall) and register to speak. You can sign up that day or ahead of time (please!) with me at


3. Write, call or email your elected representatives. The more we tell them, the better.



**Confused by graduation requirements?

November 10, 2008

You’re not alone. 

On Thursday, December 11, Cheri Goldstein and Candace Lee from the Office of Special Education Initiatives will present information about graduation requirements for students with disabilities. The meeting is at 10 am til 12 noon at the Petrides Complex, A-118. Please RSVP to Kathleen at so I can give them some idea of how many people to prepare for.

Don’t miss this opportunity! Find out if your child is required to pass regents exams, if RCTs are allowable, are there still “local” diplomas, what is an “IEP diploma” and much more.

hope to see you there!

Resources for Children w/Special Needs workshops

November 5, 2008

Resources for Children with Special Needs, Inc.


What’s Out There and How to Get It

2008-2009 Free Training Series

For Families and Professionals Needing Programs and Services for Children with Disabilities


Gary Shulman, MS.Ed.:212-677-4650

searchable website

Staten Island


Joan and Alan Bernikow Jewish Community Center of Staten Island

1466 Manor Road, Staten Island NY 10314


Dec. 4, 2008  Getting Appropriate Educational Services 10 AM-1 PM

Jan. 6, 2009  Early Childhood Services: Birth to 5 10 AM-1 PM

Feb. 5, 2009 Transition from School to Adult Life 10 AM-1 PM

March 18, 2009  Advocacy Skills for Parents 10 AM-1 PM

April 7, 2009 Community Resources  10 AM-12 Noon

Special Camps Fair–sooner than you think

November 5, 2008




For Immediate Release


Contact:  Gary Shulman, 212-677-4650


Presented by Resources for Children with Special Needs, Inc.


            Parents and caregivers of children and teens with disabilities can plan ahead for summer with the wealth of information offered at the 24th annual free Special Camp Fair on Saturday, January 31, 2009 from 11 AM to 3 PM. at theChurch of St. Paul the Apostle, (Entrance to Fair on Columbus Ave. near W. 60th St.) NYC .  The Fair is presented by Resources for Children with Special Needs, Inc.,  (212)

            Representatives from 70 New York City day camps and sleepaway camps in the northeast will be on hand to help parents and professionals plan productive summer experiences for children with disabilities.  The Fair will also feature information on  travel programs, remedial education programs, volunteer and job opportunities and early childhood programs.  Spanish and sign language interpreters will be available.

            Visitors to the Fair will receive a free copy of the  Camps 2009 Directory.




Challenger Flag Football–for kids with special needs

November 4, 2008

From Rick Clark, of SI PeeWee Football, comes this notice of a new program for kids of all ages with special needs. It is free and is a fun opportunity for kids to run around, learn a new sport, and interact with others. There are volunteers to provide one-on-one support as needed. This sounds like a worthwhile activity and everyone should check it out!


SIPWFL Challenger Flag Football Program 

will begin this Sunday, November 9th!!

It will take place from 10:00-12:00 at Farrell High School Football Field.

Registration is still being accepted, if you know of any more players.

Please wear athletic attire and sneakers.  Be sure to bring water.

If you need further information, please call Rick at 917-836-7088

Looking forward to a fun filled day for the flag football players.

News from the Lavelle School

November 3, 2008

RSVP: Ken Byalin
PHONE: 347.581.4147

Please join supporters of the John W. Lavelle Preparatory Charter
School for An intimate gathering as we hear Ed Knight’s personal story
of recovery from mental illness.  Learn why ‘the possibility of
recovery’ is the big idea around which we are building Lavelle Prep.
It is an inspirational evening not to be missed!

About Ed Knight:

Edward L. Knight, Ph.D., a Verrazano Foundation Board member since 2004, is
Vice President for Recovery, Rehabilitation and Support at ValueOptions and
an Adjunct Professor of Rehabilitation Sciences at Boston University. He has
served as President of National Artists for Mental Health, Inc. and on the
boards of various advocacy organizations. Ed received his Bachelor’s degree
from the University of Detroit, his Master’s degree from the University of
Michigan and his Doctorate from the New School for Social Research, all in
sociology. He is very widely published and much in demand as a speaker.