Family Resource Corner
Resources from Citywide Conference for Families of Students with disABILITIES
On Saturday, April 5th, the Office of Special Education held a Conference for Families of Students with disABILITIES at Art & Design High School in Manhattan. The day began with an outstanding performance from a student band at P53K in Brooklyn, as well as remarks from parent leaders and DOE officials. A senior at Channel View School in Queens and student representative on the Citywide Council for Special Education, shared his compelling personal story in overcoming obstacles and being accepted to several colleges next year. Dr. Tom Hehir, a professor at the Harvard Graduate School of Education and an expert on inclusive education, gave the keynote address. The 350+ participants also had the opportunity to attend workshops on special education issues ranging from assistive technology to transition, and take advantage of a resource fair staffed by over 60 organizations. It was a successful day of learning, community building, and celebrating the exceptional abilities of all students—judging by the feedback received from participants: "It was a great afternoon and I’m energized to help my son"; "I attended both workshops and the information presented was priceless"; "The event was great and I will be coming next year!"; and "Gracias por ayudar a nuestros jóvenes a crecer y aprender." If you were not able to attend, videos of each session from the Conference for Families of Students with disABILITIES will be posted later this Spring, and you may now view and download the materials and resources.
Inclusive Education Student Summit
The Inclusive Education Student Summit is an opportunity to identify and grow student-led expertise in NYC public schools that builds school-level and community based inclusive practices and celebrates disability as an aspect of diversity. Through the school year students in different schools across NYC create activities geared toward building inclusive communities and on this day share what they have accomplished and learned. They will also spend time working with students from other schools to discuss next steps to further develop their inclusive communities.
A Shared Path to Success: A Parent's Guide to Special Education Services for School-Age Children (Updated for School Year 2012-2013)
A comprehensive guide for parents of students with disabilities. It details parents' roles, rights and the processes associated with Special Education identification, referral, and services.