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Happy Special Camp Fair Day!

One of my favorite resource events ever, and especially pertinent as we consider trying a summer camp for James this year.
You’re invited to RCSN’s FREE Special Camp Fair TODAY!

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Winter is the time to think about summer camp. Camps open registration in the next few weeks, and space and financial assistance is limited.

You can meet experts from over 70 summer programs serving children and teens with special needs at the Special Camp Fair TODAY, from 11 AM to 3 PM, at Church of St. Paul the Apostle, Manhattan (see map below). Camp Fair is a “come as long as you want to” event. Come whenever you can and stay as long as you need to.  Read more…

Bus Strike Meeting in Brooklyn Tomorrow – 1/24/13

I don’t know about you, but this car service thing is getting a little old (and expensive)… If anyone has heard anything feel free to post updates in the comments section. If not, maybe this meeting is for you!


Brooklyn Parent Center
Brooklyn Center for Independence of the Disabled (BCID)

Questions about the Bus Strike?
Get them Answered by the NYC Department of Education
Office of Pupil Transportation (OPT)

Thursday, January 24, 3:30pm – 5:00pm
Brooklyn Heights Auditorium
Brooklyn Heights Library
280 Cadman Plaza West Read more…

Family & Professional Resource Fair this Thursday 11/29 – not to be missed!


The Family & Professional Resource Fair for parents, family members, people with developmental disabilities and professionals.
Thursday, November 29, 2012
10:00 am – 2:00 pm
Church of St. Paul the Apostle
405 West 59th Street at 9th Ave.
Free Admission!
Info from over 90 service providers
8 invaluable workshops
free Manhattan Family Support  Directory
5-minute massage for caregivers and caregiver gift bag
Spanish and Chinese interpretation at the workshops
free cash raffles

Parent Support for Special Needs Teens in NYC

This group meets monthly and allows parents to gain support and resources to help their teens with special needs.  The group leaders are a guidance counselor and a social worker at a school specifically for students with special needs and have a wealth of knowledge to impart to interested parents.

Click here for more info or to join online.

Free RCSN Workshops November 2012 — Autism, CP, Seizure Disorder, Intellectual Disabilities

If your child has a developmental disability…OPWDD Image
autism – intellectual disabilities –
cerebral palsy – seizure disorder

…be sure to come to one of these free workshops

Read more…

Ready New York: My Emergency Plan (before the power goes out!)

Ready New York: My Emergency Plan is a workbook designed to help New Yorkers – especially those with special needs – create an emergency plan. My Emergency Plan walks users through establishing a support network, capturing important health information, evacuation planning, and gathering emergency supplies. First responders or caregivers can also use the workbook to help people with special needs during an emergency.

Click the link above to access My Emergency Plan (in PDF) in seven languages. Fill in the fields in the workbook and save it or print it. Store it in a safe, accessible place such as your Go Bag.

Special Needs School Fair – October 25th 5:30-7:30

This fair is an AMAZING resource, and we found it very useful last year when looking at middle schools for James. That being said, if your child is sensitive to crowds you may want to leave them home. I made the mistake of bringing James and it was really, really crowded – I would have liked to stay longer but within 45 minutes he was so overwhelmed with being bumped and squeezed that we had to leave.

Special Needs School Fair