Posts Tagged ‘Educational Programs’

Creating a Meaningful Life after High School: Keynote Event June 6, 2011

Just passing along an email I received earlier today. This looks like a really excellent event for parents and special needs young adults. James is not quite here yet but I think about this topic all the time and would love to attend this panel discussion, and hope someone can benefit from this information:

Steven Morales graduated from the AHRC New York City Melissa Riggio Higher Education program at Kingsborough Community College in May 2010. He now works as a film production assistant, and contributes to the important mission of a vibrant non-profit organization in Manhattan.

Every parent wants their children to realize their dreams.

On Monday June 6, all parents and professionals have a chance to hear from leaders in the field of individualized supports about how to help their children design a meaningful life at this free event. Parents will learn how to explore and build on their young person’s passions and abilities, and design person-centered supports to help young adults live a life they choose, not one defined by their disability.

This is a chance for all parents to get a glimpse of the amazing possibilities that can be achieved through person-centered planning–and to understand the public funding streams available to support this work.

Steven Morales will be there to tell his story as well–together with Lisa Severino, a young staff member with the Self-Advocacy Association of New York State who has been living in supported housing with HeartShare for the past seven years, and Todd Irby-Rannair, a 2005 graduate of the Manhattan Occupational Training Center now working at a midtown law firm.

Please forward to any parents or professionals you know who might need this vital information. (Printable PDF here.) The event is free, but seating is limited. Online registration strongly recommended! Registered attendees will receive a free publication at the event.

Bright Futures FLYER

Another good reference for special needs programs around NYC

May 20, 2011 1 comment

I love Mommy Poppins and generally use it as a reference for my younger two children and for family activities around the city, but the site also has the occasional special needs resource. The link below has information about academic classes, sports programs and some unique therapies like hippotherapy (horseback riding) around the city.

Spring Break Week at The Quad

Spring Break Week at The Quad2011
For Preschool and School Age!

Modeled after our successful summer program, Quadsters enjoy a daily structure plus a smattering of all The Quad has to offer!


“Core”  is like a homeroom and kids are grouped on age and compatibility. Core Mates are together during drop off and wind down,  Morning Meeting, Sensory gym, lunch and snack and for work on social skills and friendship building.

Choices and Centers

  • TECH!


  • -MAKE!










Tutoring pull-out available


Go to Quad Website Now

Monday – Friday

  • April  18-22 , 2011
  • 9 am to 2:45 pm (school-age)
  • 9:30-12:30 (preschool)

Special Introductory Price


Regular afterschool classes  are running as scheduled during Spring Break!

Sarah Clay, Associate Director / 54 Reade Street / New York, New York 10007 /


Parent Survey for Students with Disabilities – ongoing through April 30, 2011

Public Advocate Bill de Blasio launched a survey for parents and guardians of students with disabilities. The link to the survey is

The survey is open from now until April 30, 2011. Currently the website has the survey both in English and Spanish; at local events our staff will have hard copies available in English, Spanish, Hebrew, Creole and Mandarin.

Here is a contact person in case you need a hard copy or if you have questions:

Ursulina Ramirez, MSW

Senior Policy Associate

Office of the Public Advocate

1 Centre Street, 15th Floor

New York, NY 10007

T: (212) 669-7606

F: (212) 669-4701



2011 Young Child Expo – April 7-8

Taken from the website:

“It is our great pleasure to present the 8th Annual Young Child Expo & Conference 2011 – a joint project of Fordham University’s Graduate School of Education and Los Niños Services.  Our goal is simple – to provide useful information to professionals and parents in order to help all young children learn, grow and reach their full potential.  Our conference brings over 800 people together across all kinds of programs, disciplines, and interest areas from speech pathologists to parents, to those working in children’s museums, day care centers, preschools, and those working with children who have autism, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, or other special needs.  In one unique event, this conference integrates learning about typically developing children as well as those with special needs, including autism.”

Is anyone going this year or has anyone gone previously? Looks good but probably not feasible with the kids this week. For more info about the conference go to

10% off at The Quad

Sign up by April 2nd and get 10% any class or program at The Quad! Be sure to mention this blog to receive your discount.

Some of you might remember meeting Kimberly Busi, Director and Sarah Clay, Associate Director at one of our recent meetings. For those of you who may not be familiar with The Quad, I have pasted a summary from their website,, below:

“The Quad Manhattan is an educational and recreational center dedicated to a Twice Exceptional model of learning.  The term “Twice Exceptional” or 2e refers to children who have gifts or talents in one area (one exception) yet have cognitive or social learning differences  (the other exception).  Following 2e best practices, The Quad is truly individualized,  differentiating for BOTH strengths and differences.  While some may NEED this model to meet their academic and social potential, it is our belief that ALL children benefit from it.  Through our unique classes,  highly sophisticated  instruction and individualized support , The Quad builds an inclusive community of tolerance and respect for all members of the family.”

The Quad has a sensory gym, a lot of really unique pre-school and school age classes and programs including film-making, robotics workshops, gaming, doll making, dancing and martial arts, and tutoring services. They are located at 54 Reade Street in Manhattan.

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