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Top Ten: Reasons To Join Our 2014 Central Park Challenge Team, The Foorce Finale!

March 17, 2014 1 comment

bumper stickerOne of my favorite events of the year is around the corner and I am more than happy to tell you ten good reasons as to why you should join our walk/run team this year. The Central Park Challenge is on June 7, 2014, and I truly hope you will be able to be there and see for yourself what all the (well deserved) hype is about.

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1. It’s your last chance to join our team, ever.  Read more…

Only One Week To Left To Support “The Foorce” – Your Help Is Needed!

family shotThe Foorce will be enthusiastically participating in the 2013 Central Park Challenge for our fourth consecutive year next Saturday, June 1st, and it’s not too late to join us!

Last year in an effort to persuade you, I posted The Top Ten Reasons To Join The Foorce 2012

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What more could possibly be said to convince me?, you might be thinking. Well, check out the 2013 Top Ten Reasons To Join The Foorce, Photo Edition! will and james
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Or, if you prefer a more traditional presentation you can visit our team website.
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We’re hoping to have our biggest team yet this year and have some real competitors in the running divisions (no pressure, guys). The event is truly family friendly, with programs for children 2 and up and walkers/runners of ALL ages. There’s also a Kid’s Zone with Play Area, complete with face painting, sand art, dancing, live music, and games. photo (2)
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Each year we’ve had so much fun and love meeting new people – we encourage you to invite your own family and friends to join The Foorce too! If you are unable to join us but would like to support us you can visit our team website – every dollar is appreciated more than you know (and is 100% tax deductible)! We have not yet reached our goal of $1,000 but I know we will. Don’t have a dollar to spare? Well wishes, happy thoughts and prayers are also all appreciated :)
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If you have questions about joining us next weekend or trouble with the site, please don’t hesitate to contact me. If you’ve already signed up (awesome!) keep an eye out this week for details on where and when to meet next weekend.
Thank you from all of us for your time, generosity and consideration as we support a cause near and dear to our hearts.
Warmly,
The Searfoorce Family
(Michaela, Ryan, James, Margaret, Adam and Ian)

Less Than A Month Left To Join The Foorce 2013!

The Foorce will be participating in the 2013 Central Park Challenge for our fourth consecutive year on June 1st, and it’s not too late to join us!  

Last year, in an effort to persuade you, I posted

 
 
What more could possibly be said to convince me?, you might me thinking. Well, you can see my newly updated Top Ten Reasons To Join The Foorce 2013 right here! 
 
Or, if you prefer a more traditional pitch you can visit our team website. Read more…

Putting Our Money Where My Mouth Is – A Central Park Challenge Challenge

The Central Park Challenge weekend is upon us and boy are we excited (and a little nervous about the 30% chance of rain). We have been touched by the outpouring of support and generosity as we work to raise money for the YAI, but we’re just a few drops short of our goal. So, desperate times…

Our family will match the next 3 donations that come in for The Foorce, so act now while your money is worth double (i.e. if you donate $15 it’s like donating $30). 

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To make a donation to our team please go to http://support.yai.org/goto/thefoorcereturns and click on “Support the Foorce!” ANY amount is greatly appreciated by us and by the YAI.
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And there’s still time to join us on Saturday – anyone is welcome, and when I say anyone I mean any age, ability, friends, family and strangers alike. To join, go to http://support.yai.org/goto/thefoorcereturns and click on the button that says “join team.”
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Still not feeling motivated, need more convincing? Please allow me to redirect you to the following link (there are free food offers inside this link, I promise).
The Top Ten Reasons To Join The Foorce 2012:

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We have not yet met our goal but I have 100% confidence (okay, 99.999%) – we have never fallen short and I know we won’t this year either.
If you have questions or trouble with the site, please don’t hesitate to contact me. Thank you from all of us for your time, generosity and consideration as we support a cause near and dear to our hearts.
Warmly,
The Searfoorce Family

There’s Only 1 Week Left And We Haven’t Reached Our Goal – Please Support The Foorce In The Central Park Challenge (June 2nd)

The Foorce will be participating in the 2012 YAI Central Park Challenge for our third consecutive year next Saturday, June 2nd, and we still need your help to reach our goal!
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We’ve been fortunate to have a great support system for James here in the city. We have been truly inspired by the work of the YAI Network and the difference they make in the lives of children and adults with developmental disabilities each day. Children and adults with disabilities rely on the YAI Network for basic services such as preschools, health care, housing, job training and more in order to reach their fullest potential and be active members of our community. We have also had a wonderful experience dealing personally with them as we work on finding services for James.

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Please consider:
1) by joining our team – anyone is welcome, and when I say anyone I mean any age, ability, friends, family and strangers alike. To join, go to http://support.yai.org/goto/thefoorcereturns and click on the button that says “join team.”
2) by donating to our team – ANY amount is greatly appreciated by us and by the YAI. To donate to our team, please go to http://support.yai.org/goto/thefoorcereturns and click on “Support the Foorce!”
3) by cheering us on, in person or in spirit. Well wishes, happy thought and prayers are always appreciated 🙂
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Still not feeling motivated, need more convincing? Please allow me to redirect you to the following link (there are free food offers inside this link, I promise).
The Top Ten Reasons To Join The Foorce 2012:

We hope to have our biggest team yet this year. Remember that this event is incredibly family friendly – even my 1 and 3 year old will be racing in events for kids during the day! Each year we have so much fun and love meeting new people – feel free to invite your own family and friends to join us as well!
Again, if you are unable to join us but are able to support us please visit our team website – http://support.yai.org/goto/thefoorcereturns – every dollar is appreciated more than you know! Have you found this blog helpful at all? How about my awesome summer guide? Is it worth $1, or $5 to you? Perhaps you would consider donating this amount toward our race efforts next weekend. We have not yet met our goal but I have 100% confidence (okay, 99.999%) – we have never fallen short and I know we won’t this year either.
If you have questions or trouble with the CPC site, please don’t hesitate to contact me. Thank you from all of us for your time, generosity and consideration as we support a cause near and dear to our hearts.
Warmly,
The Searfoorce Family

My Own Collection Of Summer Events, Extracurricular Activities and Camps in the NYC Area for Children With (any) Special Needs 2012

If you’re looking for a little light reading this weekend, CLICK HERE to open the main document that was handed out at this morning’s meeting. Though growing bigger every year, this labor of love still offers a manageable bite of some of the best programs out there this summer. It’s a pretty awesome resource, even if I do say so myself 🙂

Thanks to all who made it out this morning! It was really lovely to see and meet so many new faces, and I hope to see you again at one of the social group meetups this summer (if you missed the meeting, keep an eye out for more info on the free social group that meets over the summer, entering its fourth year and continuing to grow).

Top Ten: Reasons You Might Drop By The Last Meeting, Tomorrow at 9:00!

1. a really awesome handout, created by me. It’s updated from last year with dozens of new activities!

2. the chance to sign up for the Central Park Challenge (see my Top Ten reasons to join The Foorce for details)

3. get a free copy of Special Parent magazine. It’s good, and I don’t just say that because I have an article in there 🙂

4. a social occasion to chat with other parents (they do exist)

5. find out about summer classes, events and camp options in all 5 boroughs of NYC as well as surrounding areas.

6. learn about one-of-a-kind opportunities to try surfing, beach days, dance lessons, adaptive tennis, swimming, track and field, and kayaking, many free or low cost (I don’t know about you, but I’m not brave enough to try surfing with James alone!).

7. sign up for free playdates for your special needs child, their siblings and you, all at the same time (they do exist).

8. get free brochures, booklets, and information about hundreds of programs in the NYC area (more free stuff).

9. find out about some popular Fall activities like soccer and music classes – registration is already open!

10. meet the woman behind the madness and witness some of the madness (2 of my 3 children will be in attendance).

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Insider’s tip: stop at Malecon across Amsterdam from PS 163 for the best cup of cafe con leche you’ll ever have. Unlike most things at this meeting it’s not free, but is really worth the $1.50. Hope to see you bright and early tomorrow!

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’s 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 – 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 – 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 – “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!

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 – 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 – 12:30PM
“Hey! Get Back Here!” 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!