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Special Needs Dance Classes for NYC Kids

Special Needs Music Classes and Lessons in NYC

Click here to read my latest article on Mommy Poppins about special needs music classes and lessons around NYC. Don’t worry, I didn’t forget dancers – they have their own post coming out soon ūüôā

Special Note: DMF’s big spring concert is on May 19th this year – the theme is Motown (oh yeah). There are two performances, and since they are both awesome and FREE, seating is limited and fills up fast. You can visit http://www.danielsmusic.org or email daniel@danielsmusic.org for more information. James will be performing again, so hope to see you there!

One-Handed Violinist Helps The Disabled Make Music

Every Saturday all 4 of our children have a music class of some kind. With James attending his¬†Daniel’s Music classes today, this article¬†was an especially uplifting way to start my day. The power of perseverance never ceases to amaze me!

Another Special Needs Gift Idea – ELF Tix Now Available!

December 17, 2012 1 comment
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GREAT SIDE MEZZANINE SEATS  AVAILABLE @ $55!
Only at: www.tdf.org/elf
ELF, THE MUSICAL
Autism-Friendly Performance:
Saturday, January 5, 2013 @ 2pm
Al Hirschfeld Theatre, 302 West 45th Street, New York, NY 10036

Theatre Development Fund (TDF), the nation’s largest not-for-profit service organization for the performing arts, is proud to continue serving the autism community with our Autism Theatre Initiative, making theatre accessible to children and adults who have been diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder or other sensitivity issues, and their families. TDF is delighted to offer an autism-friendly performance of the hit holiday musical¬†ELF, THE MUSICAL¬†on Saturday, January 5, 2013 at 2pm.

ELF, THE MUSICAL¬†is the hilarious tale of Buddy, a young orphan who mistakenly crawls into Santa’s bag of gifts and is transported to the North Pole. Buddy is raised unaware that he is actually a human, until his enormous size and poor toy-making abilities cause him to face the truth. With Santa’s permission, Buddy embarks on a journey to New York City to find his birth father and discover his true identity. Faced with the harsh reality that his father is on the naughty list and his step-brother doesn’t even believe in Santa, Buddy is determined to win over his new family and help New York remember the true meaning of Christmas. Based on the 2003 movie¬†Elf¬†starring Will Ferrell,¬†ELF, THE MUSICAL¬†has become a New York holiday tradition!

For this special performance, accommodations will be made, including a supportive audience environment, designated quiet areas, adjustments to lights and sound, and online resource materials.

Tickets are being offered through TDF at the following prices:

Orchestra — $85.00
Front Mezzanine — $85.00
Side Mezzanine — $55.00¬†

Limit 6 tickets per order. For larger groups and further information contact Deborah Stein, Coordinator of the Autism Theatre Initiative: deborahs@tdf.org or call (212) 912-9770 x383.

Tickets for the special performance are only available for purchase at 

www.tdf.org/elf


DMF Fall Events – You’re Invited!

My absolute favorite season is the Fall, which brings along with it one of our all-time favorite activities – DMF. This season Daniel’s Music has some amazing activities and opportunities lined up – the first couple are listed below. If I wasn’t due so soon I would totally take on that 5K… hope to see you there regardless, though!

Hope all is well! We hope that you will be able to join us for some (or all) of our upcoming events.
Please know that we appreciate your continued support and participation and hope to see you soon (and often)!
All the best,
Daniel, Ken, Nancy and Mike Trush
Sunday, September 30th – 5K Race at 10:00AM in Prospect Park with Music That Heals (Rain or Shine)
 
We have known Kathy Lord and Susan Weber (Founders of Music That Heals) for many years; they played music for Daniel in the hospital when he was emerging from his coma back in 1997 and performed at DMF’s very first Music Appreciation Event on February 26, 2006. So it gives us tremendous pleasure to now be collaborating with Kathy and Susan and Music That Heals for its Annual 5K Race in Prospect Park. It will be a fun day with awards, medals, goodie bags and wonderful camaraderie. There will also be a PeeWee Race at 11:00AM for ages 12 and younger. Plus, DMF will also be singing the National Anthem to start the race!
Cost – $20 per participant ($25 on race day); $10 for the PeeWee Race
To Register for the race –¬†click here¬†or call the DMF office at¬†212.289.8912¬†or email us at¬†info@danielsmusic.org
Tuesday, October 2nd – Special concert with jazz pianist and composer, Jeff¬†Franzel, at the Yamaha Artist Piano Salon; an evening of music, wine and hors d’oeuvres from 6:30pm-9:00pm

We have had a wonderful relationship with Yamaha, since Daniel met Lori Frazer, current DMF Board Member, at an AARP convention in September 2008 (no Daniel is not 50 but he knows people who are). The bond has strengthened through the added participation of Dr. Barry Bittman, CEO of Yamaha Music and Wellness Institute (also a DMF Board Member) and Bonnie Barrett, Director of Yamaha Artist Services here in NYC.
Yamaha Artist Services has arranged a special concert at their Piano Salon at 689 Fifth Avenue, 3rd Floor, with extraordinary jazz pianist and composer, Jeff Franzel, who has performed alongside such legendary entertainers as Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis Jr. and Mel Tome. His original songs have been written for and performed by artists as diverse as Josh Groban, Placido Domingo, Clay Aiken and N’Sync.
The evening promises to be intimate and inspiring with wine and hors d’oeuvres and a special performance of Hear My Voice by the DMF Voice Technique class.
Tickets are $50 and seating is limited. Please RSVP to: info@danielsmusic.org
or call the DMF office at¬†212.289.8912. Credit card payments accepted at¬†click here¬†or checks can be made payable to Daniel’s Music Foundation, c/o The Trush Family, 1641 3rd Ave. #21A, New York, NY 10128.

There Are Still A Few Tickets Left – Don’t Miss “We Will Rock You,” Today at 1:00 and 4:00!

The big day is finally here and it’s not too late! I cannot recommend this event enough, and whether or not you have a special needs loved one in your life, this is a “must attend” at least once if you live in the city. Details on tickets and concert times (two to choose from) can be found in the message below from the Trush family.

**Please make sure to reserve and print your free tickets through the link provided as remaining space to these events is very limited.**

To our friends,

We hope all is well and that you are enjoying the beautiful spring weather!

It’s that time of year again, and you are cordially invited to join us on Sunday, May 20th for our free concert, “We Will Rock You – A Musical Celebration.” It will be a high energy performance and will have you singing, dancing and “rockin out” in your seats with performances like – I Love Rock N Roll, Aquarius, This Love, a song medley from Elvis, Born To Be Wild, Bohemian Rhapsody, among many others! So please mark your calendars and join us (for either one or both of our 2 different shows):

The Dalton School
108 East 89th St. (between Lexington and Park Ave.)
1:00PM-2:30PM and/or 4:00PM-5:30PM.

Please RSVP if you will be able to attend by using Eventbrite –¬†http://dmf-rock-and-roll.eventbrite.com/¬†or if you prefer, contact us at¬†daniel@danielsmusic.org¬†or¬†212-289-8912.

As always, many thanks for being part of the DMF Community! We hope to see you on the 20th!
Warm regards,

Daniel, Ken, Nancy and Mike

Daniel’s Music Foundation
www.danielsmusic.org
DMF Blog –¬†www.danielsmusic.tumblr.com
(212) 289-8912

Special Needs Events in NYC – May 2012

Seminars, concerts, workouts, conferences, even yoga sessions – don’t say you were bored this month! Sorry for the last minute posting on some of these – it took forever to combine all of the May event emails (which is kind of a good thing).

MAY 2012 EVENTS:

Ongoing, every Sunday in May (and June):¬†WSLL, Challenger’s division. Special needs baseball at Riverside Park. Late registration available – email me for details.

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Tuesday, May 8, 6:30PM

Managing Your Child’s Behavior: Tools and Strategies for Parents, with Dominick Auciello, PsyD, Child Mind Institute

PS 163 Auditorium, 163 W. 97th St. (Amsterdam/Columbus)
 
Dominick Auciello, PsyD, is a leading neuropsychologist with extensive expertise providing neuropsychological assessments to children, teens, and young adults with learning and psychiatric issues. He is widely respected for his knowledge of how neuropsychological evaluations relate to a child’s school and home environments.  Among Dr. Auciello areas of expertise are dyslexia, autism spectrum disorders, attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), developmental language disorders, and concussions.
To attend, you must RSVP to Andi Velasquez by stopping by the P.S. 163 main office, calling (212) 678-2854, ext. 0, or emailing ps163pc@yahoo.com. Spots will be given on a first come, first serve basis.
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WEDNESDAY MAY 9

Dr. Ravitz, “Raising Resilient Children”¬†in partnership with Tuesday‚Äôs Children @ The Conference Center, 130 East 59th Street¬†¬†New York, NY 10022,¬†6-8pm in NYC

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THURSDAY MAY 10

Dr. Dickstein, “Raising Healthy Children in a Digital World”¬†@¬†92nd Street Y: 6:30 ‚Äď 8pm

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FRIDAY MAY 11, 12:00-1:00PM

Live Speak Up for Kids Facebook Event:¬†Dr.Fernandez, “Managing Problem Behavior: Strategies for Parents and Educators”,¬†

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May 12 in Central Park, Achilles Kids Workout – call 212-354-0300. ext. 305 for more info.

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Tuesday
May 15th
10AM ‚Äď 1PM
Understanding the New IEP Lori Podvesker, M.S. Ed., Family and Community Educator, Resources for Children with Special Needs
  • Pre-registration is required by calling¬†YAI¬†LINK¬†at 212-273-6182.
  • Parents and caregivers only! No children please.
  • Location: 460 West 34th Street, 11th floor, New York, NY 10001
  • Structure: 1st half (Presentation), 2nd half (Support)
  • Fee: None!

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May 18, 9:00AM at PS 163 (W. 97th and Amsterdam) – final meeting of The Foorce, “Special Needs Summer Activities and Programs”

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May 19¬†at JCC –¬†Achilles Kids Workout – call 212-354-0300. ext. 305 for more info.

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May 20

DMF Spring Concert –¬†‚ÄúWe Will Rock You ‚Äď A Musical Celebration.‚ÄĚ It will be a high energy performance and will have you singing, dancing and ‚Äúrockin out‚ÄĚ in your seats with performances like ‚Äď I Love Rock N Roll, Aquarius, This Love, a song medley from Elvis, Born To Be Wild, Bohemian Rhapsody, among many others!

The Dalton School
108 East 89th St. (between Lexington and Park Ave.)
1:00PM-2:30PM and/or 4:00PM-5:30PM.

Please RSVP if you will be able to attend by using Eventbrite –¬†http://dmf-rock-and-roll.eventbrite.com/¬†or if you prefer, contact us at¬†daniel@danielsmusic.org¬†or¬†212-289-8912.

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Wednesday, May 23

Resources for Children With Special Needs presents: Friendship, Dating, & Sexuality: A Free Symposium for Parents and Professionals

Where: Credit Suisse , 11 Madison Avenue (24th Street) Entrance on Park Avenue South at 24th Street

Panel:

Dr. Michelle S. Ballan, Assistant Professor of Social Work, Columbia University, Leading researcher, writer, professor, mentor, and advocate, disability studies and sexuality; recipient of numerous awards, including the Columbia University Presidential Teaching Award, Services for Students with Disabilities Faculty Award, Association on Higher Education and Disability Recognition Award, and others.

Dr. Chris Rosa, PhD, Dean of Students at CUNY,¬†Serves on several local and national committees on disabilities, is a published disability studies scholar, and a faculty member at CUNY’s MA program in Disabilitiy Studies. A product of New York City public education, Chris was born, raised in, and presently resides in Flushing, Queens.¬†¬†

Brian Schwanwede, Student, Sophomore at Fairleigh Dickinson University (Honors List), English Major, Film Studies Minor, FDU Equinox Newspaper, National Society of Leadership and Success, The National Society of Collegiate ScholarsCOMPASS:  College-based Support for Students with Asperger Syndrome

5pm Coffee Reception with Panelists, 5:30pm Program

Please do not hesitate to call RCSN with any questions: 212-677-4650

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Thursday
May 24th
10AM ‚Äď 12:30PM
Yoga and Relaxation Laura Mitchell, LMSW, LMT, YAI LINK, Certified Kripalu Yoga Instructor
  • Pre-registration is required by calling¬†YAI¬†LINK¬†at 212-273-6182.
  • Parents and caregivers only! No children please.
  • Location: 460 West 34th Street, 11th floor, New York, NY 10001
  • Structure: 1st half (Presentation), 2nd half (Support)
  • Fee: None!

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May 26 at JCC –¬†Achilles Kids Workout – call 212-354-0300. ext. 305 for more info.

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Thursday
May 31st
10AM ‚Äď 12:30PM
‚ÄúHey! Get Back Here!‚ÄĚ Learning to Manage Wandering and Elopement in the Community Lana Small, MSW, Coordinator, Project A.S.S.I.S.T.

Mary Downing, BA, Senior Supervisor, Project A.S.S.I.S.T.

  • Pre-registration is required by calling¬†YAI¬†LINK¬†at 212-273-6182.
  • Parents and caregivers only! No children please.
  • Location: 460 West 34th Street, 11th floor, New York, NY 10001
  • Structure: 1st half (Presentation), 2nd half (Support)
  • Fee: None!

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June 2¬†– Central Park Challenge –¬†CLICK HERE TO JOIN The Foorce!!

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Feel free to email me if you need more information or if there are typos regarding any of the above events. Or, you can add your own events in the comments section below. I’m also collecting event emails for June now through the last week of May so keep them coming!