Archive for January, 2009

Citywide Special Ed conference: parent speakers needed

January 30, 2009

Michael J. Carley of GRASP sent this on. It sounds like a very interesting conference. If anyone plans to go, can they let me know? The Advance is interested.
here’s MJC’s message:
Please get in contact with Dr. Rosen, not myself, if interested (she can be
emailed at But it’d be great to get someone who’s good at
countering the stories of challenges with positive reinforcement.

In thanks,



Dear Michael,

Thank you for speaking with me today. The program for Sat, Feb 28 is an
ambitious and exciting one. Education Update in collaboration with Hunter
College, NYU and District 75 has planned our 2nd NYCitywide Special
Education Conference.

We are presenting the Distinguished Leader in Special Education award to NYS
Regent Merryl Tisch and President Lynda Katz of Landmark College. Professors
and practitioners will be presenting discussions and videos of their work in
ASP, ADHD and Assistive Technology from 10-12 and 1-3 with an awards
luncheon from 12-1.

Our speakers are Professor Shirley Cohen-Hunter College; Donia Fahim-Fellow,
Egypt Program-Hunter College; Professor and Chair Kathryn Garnett-Hunter
College; Prof.Mac Gander-Landmark College; Kathy Burris-Landmark College;
Karen Gorman-District 75; Prof. Lisa Fleisher-NYU, Cecilia McCarton,
M.D.-The McCarton School (invited).

It would be most important to include the parental viewpoint of living with
and coping with children with special needs. Would you be able to suggest
several names of parents who would be willing to participate in a panel for
20 minutes and then field questions for 10 minutes?

I am most appreciative of your help and would be happy to put your materials
out on a table for greater visibility for your work.

With best wishes,


Dr. Pola Rosen
Publisher and Editor in Chief
Education Update
695 Park Avenue
Suite E1509
New York, NY 10065-5024
Tel: 917-375–0497
Fax: 212-772-4769


Autism workshop at PS37, Feb.11 (scroll down)

January 30, 2009

Please be advised that this is a workshop targeted to parents of children with autism in the younger grades. Parents of students in older grades may not need to attend because they may already know much of this information.

If you have any questions please contact Zenaida Martinez, District 75-PS25R Parent Coordinator at (718)984-1526.

“Going into the Community”

A workshop for parents and guardians of children with Autism

Presented by District 75 Office of Autism and The Office of Family Engagement and Advocacy.

Topics will include:

Ø Strategies to decrease behaviors in the community

Ø How to create your own visual supports for the community

Ø How to assist your child/young adult in a variety of places

Ø To include the barbershop, shopping, visiting relatives and much more!

Parents may attend any one of the following sessions:

All sessions begin at 10am to 1pm


February 13, 2009 P79M – 55 East 120th Street, New York NY 10035

(Manhattan) (bet. Park and Madison Avenue ( 4 or 5 train to 125th Street)

January 27, 2009 P255Q@ PB 55 – 40 20 100th Street Corona, NY 11368

(Queens) (bet. Roosevelt Ave.& 43rd street (7 train to 103 Street then walk two blocks. The school entrance is right off Roosevelt Avenue)

January 16, 2009 St. Francis College: Founders Hall Auditorium

(Brooklyn) 182 Remsen Street, Brooklyn NY 11201

(between Court and Clinton street) (2, 3, N, R trains to Court Street; 4,5 to Borough Hall, F, A, C to Jay Street)

February 6th, 2009 P188X- 770 Grote Street, Bronx NY 10460

(Bronx) (between 182 Street and 183rd Street- (2 or 5 train to 174th Street- take the B19 North to 183rd Street and Southern Blvd. Walk one block back to Grote Street)

February 11th , 2009 P37R-Auditorium- 15 Fairfield Street, Staten Island NY 10308

(Staten Island) (Between Corbin Avenue and Fairfield Street)

** Interpretation will be available in following languages: Spanish, Chinese and Haitian Creole.

Please note: At the end of this training there will be a short presentation about understanding the purpose of related services.

Register to attend by contacting your school’s parent coordinator

For additional information about the workshop call the Office of Family Engagement: (212) 802-1685

Please check one box and return the bottom half to your schools parent coordinator

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I will attend Parent training on:

¨ Jan.16th ¨ Jan.27th ¨ Feb.6th ¨ Feb.11th ¨ Feb. 13th

¨ I am unable to attend training but would like more information sent home.

Parent’s Name: ________________________________

Child’s Name: ________________________________

School: ________________________________

Maryalice Fegeley

Regional Coordinator

Parent to Parent of NYS

1050 Forest Hill Rd. Room 108

Staten Island, NY 10314


Fax 718-494-0319




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From Dan Ajello–info for parents of kids with special needs

January 12, 2009


Information and materials will be provided and distributed by Attorney Daniel M. Ajello and Special Needs Life Planner Louis Cook. Come by the Booth to pick up free information and ask questions for yourself or family members. Parents, grandparents, school personnel and professionals are all welcome to come by and obtain information.

Citizens Bank has recognized the importance in helping the community obtain this valuable information and has allowed us to utilize their space.

Date: Friday, January 23rd, 2009 between 10AM and 2PM.

Place: Inside Stop & Shop

Staten Island [Inside New Dorp Stop & Shop] 2754 Hylan Blvd., Staten Island, NY 10306Feel free to email any questions or request any specific material you may want to have available that day. GETFAPE@AOL.COM

IEPs and College

January 6, 2009

From Inside Schools:

Q: My son is graduating from high school this coming year. He has anIEP. Will this IEP automatically follow him through college and is there such a thing as special education in college? Are there any programs you know of that can assist him, and are there any majors for special education students?

A: The fact that your son has an IEP (Individualized Education Plan) indicates that you have been an advocate for him! But this plan will not follow him to college — IEPs, as guaranteed by the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), apply only to elementary and secondary schools. It is possible for students with disabilities, including learning disabilities, to receive special services in publicly-funded colleges; this is covered by the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1973. But to obtain these services, you and your son will have to be proactive and ask for them — the colleges will not know he needs services unless he discloses this fact. So save your IEP and any supporting documents in order to request services. Colleges and universities vary in the accommodations they offer and the evidence they require in order to grant these services. And bear in mind that some schools offer more help than others. You will simply have to check with each school’s disability services or student services office.

In terms of which colleges your son might consider, that depends largely on his individual interests and abilities. Does he want to stay close to home? Does he want a commuter college or does he want to live in a dorm? Are finances an issue? All of these questions should be taken into consideration.

There are a few schools that offer programs especially aimed at students with disabilities. Landmark College in Vermont was specifically established to help students with dyslexia, ADHD, and other learning disabilities. The SALT program at the University of Arizona offers a similar program. You can obtain further assistance by consulting the National Center for Learning Disabilities (this organization offers a scholarship as well). You can also read and download a government brochure titled “Students with Disabilities Preparing for Postsecondary Education”. In addition, there is an excellent website, LD online, which outlines resources about college for students with learning disabilities.

The law protects the rights of students with disabilities to obtain the services they need to help them succeed, but the law does not guarantee admission. To avoid disappointment, plan realistically. Start by discussing with your son his hopes and dreams. Then discuss with his school counselor which schools might offer the best possibilities. Without knowing the nature of his IEP or his interests, it is difficult to recommend specific schools. However, the schedule flexibility of the community college system, along with its moderate cost, might be a good way for your son to start his post-secondary studies.

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**IMPORTANT** Speak out for parents of kids with special needs

January 6, 2009

CEC Meeting Schedule

January 6, 2009


CEC MEETINGS WILL BE HELD ON MONDAY, JANUARY 5th at the Petrides Complex, Building A – Room 118A 









Date:            Monday, January 5, 2009

Time:            6:30 p.m.

Location:       Petrides Complex, Building A – Room 118A

715 Ocean Terrace, Staten IslandNY 10301



Date:            Monday, January 5, 2009

Time:            7:30 p.m.   

Location:       Petrides Complex, Building A – Room 118A

715 Ocean Terrace, Staten IslandNY 10301




Thank you,

Community Education Council 31 (CEC 31)

715 Ocean Terrace

Staten IslandNew York 10301

Phone:  718-420-5746

Fax:     718-420-5745


SIPWFL Flag Football for all kids (via Families Helping Families)

January 6, 2009


WHO: Boys and Girls from 5-17, of all functioning levels

WHAT: Staten Island Pee Wee Football League (SIPWFL) Presents:


WHEN:  Sunday, January 11, 2008 from 1:00 to 2:00 PM

WHERE: At the Victory Sports Arena 425 Wild Avenue
(on the serve road off the West shore Expressway)


Families Helping Families has found another recreation program in Staten Island that is eager to significantly expand the size of their program and the number of children they serve. The SIPWFL Challenger Flag Football League is a wonderful program for special needs children of all ages and functioning levels. The coaches are dedicated and caring and the children ALL have an excellent time!

We at Families Helping Families have shared with SIPWFL how great the demand is for good, quality recreation program for special needs children and we have shared with them how large the number of children who would be interesting in participating in this program is.

Through our discussion with the organizers of this league, we discovered how eager and excited they were in expanding this program to serve a greater number of children of all ages and functioning levels. To that end, they were very quick to accept our offer to promote the program and our assistance in expanding it. 

Although this program is only running for one more week, we are asking you to come in force and in large numbers, so that SIPWFL will have a better understanding of the true number of children that will be attending next session.


If we want this to be as successful as our Soccer program was, we need you to attend THIS SUNDAY!


Please reply back if you intend to attend.

For more information please contact Coach Rick Clark at:

Special Camp Fair 1/31

January 6, 2009

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 freeSpecial Camp Fair on Saturday, January 31, 2009 from 11 AM to 3 PM. at the Church 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.



Jackie Tripodi

Outreach Coordinator

Staten Island Disabilities Council

Elizabeth Connelly Center

930 Willowbrook Road Building 41A

Staten Island, NY 10314






Learning Disabilities Workshops

January 6, 2009

Learning Disabilities Series
Thursday Night Bimonthly Workshops for Parents
6:30 – 8:00 pm
Members Free/ Non Members $5.00

RSVP: Contact Diana Naples at 212 691 1930 ext. 12 or

January 8, 2009 Advocacy: Getting Appropriate Services
Mel Hoffman, Esq., Private Practice

January 29, 2009 Organization & Study Skills

Ginny O’Hare, Director of Outreach, Mary McDowell Center for Learning

Location: New York Branch – International Dyslexia Association

                   71 West 23rd St., Suite 1527 (Corner of 6th Avenue)