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Summer plans

June 25, 2012

First, work on American history in the run-up to the Fourth of July and our trip to Gettysburg next month. Lives of the saints–especially the more gory male ones. Treasure Island?


Need to change the name of this blog

April 28, 2012

I am no longer the chair of the Special Education Committee of the SIFPTA. As soon as I can figure out how to do it, I will change the name of this blog. PRobably just “fedsped’s blog”. i am too tired right now to think of cutesy names.

Autism Speaks doesn’t speak for me

April 27, 2012

I have been reading up on this group and am very disappointed with what I have learned. They still believe that “vaccines cause autism” and that anyone with autism needs to be “cured”. Discuss?

Relationship Development Intervention-please read

May 18, 2009

Extraordinary Minds, Inc.
Open House

Thursday, June 25th, 2009 10 am-noon

with time afterward for question and answer

308 Forest Avenue, 1st floor

This open house is free of charge however, registration is required.

Please RSVP to the email address or phone number listed below.

Space is limited and reserved on a first come, first serve basis.

These meetings are for adults only as we will be speaking directly about your children, it would not be appropriate for them to be present.

Although meetings will be geared towards parents and families, professionals are more than welcome to attend.

Have you heard the buzz about RDI®?

Are you wondering what RDI® is all about?

Do you want to know how RDI® would help your family?

Join Laura Hynes, RDI® Program Certified Consultant at an open house for parents where she will illustrate for you the Relationship Development Intervention® Program and how it can benefit your family.

Find out what motivates people on the autistic spectrum to develop relationships. People with Autism, Aspergers and NLD can learn not only to tolerate, but to enjoy change, transition and to go with the flow. The goal of RDI® is for each person to be excited about expanding their world, rather than to be afraid of it.

For parents of blind/VI kids

May 6, 2009


for Blind/VI Students,
Parents and Educators

Free Demo’s & Door Prizes

Raffle’s of the newest software!

Hands on teaching & training

Saturday May 30, 2009
Starting at 8:30 am
@Selis Manor
135 West 23rd Street

Come see what’s new & hot in the world of
technology for the blind and visually impaired.
Check out the newest hardware, software, screen readers, tactile maps, games, GPS and much more!

This event is proudly sponsored by the
Parents of Blind Children of New York

To register for this event:
718 567-7821 or 800 356-7713
For more info 212 222-1705

“Last one picked, first one picked on”–LD kids and social difficulties

April 22, 2009

A video by Richard Lavoie will be screened at a meeting of the CEC Committee on Special Education , Thursday, April 23 at 7 pm, in Petrides bldg A, rm.118
I apologize for the late notice but I only saw a flyer in the office of my child’s school when I picked him up this evening at 5:30.

Richard Lavoie is a well-known speaker, author and advocate for children with learning disabilities. He has done a lot of work in the area of social skills. Try to see this video if you can.

Lavelle School set to go

April 22, 2009

Staten Island’s first charter school gets OK from state
by Staten Island Advance
Tuesday April 21, 2009, 3:59 PM

Advance file photo
Staten Island’s first charter school is to be named after the late Assemblyman John W. Lavelle.
Many of the teachers have already been hired, the principal has been selected and the location has been discussed.

But today, the founders of Staten Island’s John W. Lavelle Preparatory Charter School finally got official approval from the state that they are, in fact, opening in September. The vote was originally scheduled for January but was delayed.

“I’m still trying to make sure I’m not dreaming,” said Ken Byalin, one of the founders. “It’s terrific.”

The first charter school on Staten Island, the Lavelle school is open to everyone but will focus on students with emotional challenges. Charter schools are publicly funded but privately run, with more flexibility in their operations than traditional public schools. Though there are several dozen charter schools in New York City, this will be the borough’s first.

Now all it needs are some students. A lottery to select the school’s students will be held Thursday at 7 p.m. at the South Beach Psychiatric Center on Seaview Avenue. About 150 applications have been received for 75 seats in the sixth grade. At the event, the school’s principal, Evelyn Finn, will introduce herself to prospective families.

The school is expected to be housed in the former Sea View Hospital Building in 2011. Until then, the Department of Education has proposed placing it in the Staten Island School of Civic Leadership, or PS/IS 861, a new school opening in Graniteville in September.

Byalin, the school’s founder, said the Sea View Hospital building required $30 million in renovations but that once the project is complete, the Health and Hospitals Corporation will lease the building for $1 a year for 99 years afterward.

The school is to be named after the late Assemblyman John W. Lavelle, the North Shore lawmaker and Staten Island Democratic Party chairman who made education a top priority.

— Reported by Amisha Padnani

Wrightslaw Conference

April 20, 2009

This would be very interesting and informative for anyone who needs to advocate for an IEP. Please see contact info at the bottom.

Subject: Wrightslaw Special Education Law and Advocacy Training

Dear Colleagues,

We would like to share some exciting news about an upcoming conference which would be of great benefit to parents of children with disabilities and the professionals who work with them.

The Children’s Hearing Institute is sponsoring a workshop on Special Education Law and Advocacy Training at Mercy College in Southern Westchester County on Thursday, July 30th which will focus on Special Education Law, techniques, and test and measurements for ensuring that children obtain all legally guaranteed educational opportunities. Though sponsored by The Children’s Hearing Institute, the Wrightslaw Programs are designed to meet the needs of parents, educators, healthcare providers, advocates and attorneys who represent the interest of children with ANY type of disability.

Attached please find a copy of our Press Release as well as our Conference Brochure with the hope that you will make mention of this course on your website or newsletter to help distribute this information to parents and professionals who will benefit from this workshop. Parent discounts and early registration rates are available. If you wish to receive brochures for distribution, please contact us at 646-438-7858.

For further information and registration visit our website at and click on upcoming events.

Melissa A. Willis
Director of Educational Programming
The Children’s Hearing Institute
New York Eye & Ear Infirmary/Ear Institute
380 Second Avenue – 9th Floor
New York, NY 10010
Direct: 646-438-7858 Fax: 646-438-7859

“Drawing Autism”–FYI

April 15, 2009

Dear Autism Advocate,

My name is Jill Mullin. I am an educator with 9 years of professional
experience working with children and adults who have been diagnosed
with autism; I have a MS in Education as well as a MA in Behavioral
Psychology. I am currently working on a book, provisionally titled
DRAWING AUTISM. The book has a scheduled release date of November 2009
and will be published by Mark Batty Publisher, a publisher that
specializes in books about visual communication.

Over the years I have become more and more interested
in the illustrations people diagnosed on the autism spectrum create.
Of course, the visual is how all of us inform ourselves of our places
in the world, but I have found illustrations by people with autism
possess a unique perspective that is acute, both in how they see the
world and how laypeople can be helped to understand how autistic
people may see the world.

Currently I am collecting submissions of works from many artists, all
the work must be completed by individuals on the autism spectrum.
Works will be collected through May 15th, 2009.

I am writing with the hope that you or someone you know may be
interested in submitting artwork for consideration for this book. A
limited number of artwork will be selected for inclusion in the book.
A portion of the proceeds from this book will be donated to autism

If you are interested in participating in this project please scan and
email any submissions. If you prefer to send samples via mail, my
publisher’s address is listed below. If a work is chosen to be part
of this book, release forms will be sent to the artist from the

If you have any specific questions regarding this project please do
not hesitate to contact me. Thank you so much for your time and
support and I look forward to hearing from you.

Jill Mullin, MSED BCBA

Email submissions can be sent to:

Mail Submissions to:

Attn: Buzz Poole
Mark Batty Publisher, LLC
36 West 37th Street, Suite 409
New York, NY 10018

If sending submissions please include your name and/or artists’ name
and contact information.


Sensory-friendly showing of Hannah Montana–from Linda Wernikoff

April 8, 2009

Hannah Montana: The Movie
Saturday April 18th
Saturday, April 18
AMC Entertainment® and the Autism Society of America have 
teamed up to bring families affected by autism a special 
opportunity to enjoy their favorite films in a safe and 
accepting environment on a monthly basis.
With Sensory Friendly Films, the movie auditoriums will have  
their lights brought up and the sound turned down. 
AMC Bay Plaza 13
AMC Bay Plaza 13 AMC 84
AMC 84th
Street 66
2210 Bartow Ave
2210 Bartow Ave 2310 Broadway
2310 Broadway
, NY 
NY 10475
10475 New York, 
New York, NY  
NY  10024
1659 212
For tickets to this unique experience,
please visit the theatre’s box office the day of the event.