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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.
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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…

Your Special Education Student and the NYC Bus Strike – Info, Tips and Updates (courtesy of RCSN)

January 15, 2013 2 comments

Seeing as how I’m not trekking 2 hours round trip twice a day with 4 kids, we just secured car service to bring James to school. He’s definitely one person who won’t feel put out not having door-to-door busing (wish I could say the same for our wallet!).

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People Get Ready

By Lori Podvesker
Yesterday I attended a meeting with Chancellor Walcott and other key people from the DOE to discuss how students who receive special education services and their families will be impacted by a bus strike.  While there was some talk about the “politics” part of the strike, much of the conversation focused on the DOE’s plans for the strike. This includes parents of students with IEP’s receiving MetroCards to travel with their children to and from school and also being reimbursed when using public transportation is not an option. Go here for more information.lori and jack on NY1 2Without hearing any clear, workable solutions from the DOE, I started to think about what I can do now to hopefully lessen the additional responsibilities that are lying ahead of us—managing and initially funding the transportation needs of getting our child to and from school which may also include making additional childcare arrangements—ugh!
So here’s what I’m thinking of doing. And honestly, I have to say that I will be proud of myself if I can do half of the things that I am telling the rest of NYC parent world to do. Because I don’t call myself the “shoemaker’s kid without shoes” for nothing!
  • Speaking with my supervisor at work about how a strike may affect my work schedule—can’t be good for anyone if this strike last for a few weeks or months
  • Asking my beloved retired neighbor if he is willing to accompany my son to school on the days when I cannot afford to miss work—hoping he gives us a discounted rate if we need him for a lot of trips
  • Calling 2 or 3 car services to ask about an estimated cost of a round-trip to my son’s school—possibly shelling out $60 a day and waiting to be reimbursed is so NOT cool—this is because my son goes to a public school that is 7 miles away from our house
  • Calling all 3 of the therapists who work with my son afterschool–need to let them know that he might be late or entirely miss therapy because of the strike. I think this is the one thing that bothers me the most about a strike
  • Going to my son’s school to get MetroCards for us to travel on the train—the boy loves riding the subways and he is gonna love this!
  • Asking my son’s caretaker/babysitter if she is able to pick him up at school everyday instead of meeting him at home—leading to one more additional cost (childcare) that we will have to absorb during this strike except there are no reimbursement forms to fill out for the DOE—ouch!
  • Talking about the strike with my son,  and how things will look and feel different for us in the morning and afternoon during the course of the strike—not an easy thing for a child like mine who struggles adapting to new environments
That’s it. I can’t think of anything else to say except HANG IN THERE and know that you can always call us if have any questions. Or feel free to email me at lpodvesker@resourcesnyc.org if you just need a space to vent—I totally get it!

You’re Invited to the RCSN Fall Benefit on October 30th

RCSN September Trainings: “About The New IEP” and “What Special Ed Reform Means For You And Your Child”

RCSN_LOGO  September Trainings in Manhattan
Space is limited, register today.

The IEP 
(Individualized Education Program)
What Special Ed Reform Means 
for You and Your Child with Autism
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All school districts in New York State began using new IEP forms last year, and that means changes to how your child’s IEP is developed. Whether you are experienced in the special education process or brand-new to it, this workshop gives you the tools to make sure your child’s IEP is what it should be.
The citywide implementation of special education reform has begun, and parent invovlement is more crucial than ever before. Get the facts and make your plan! Extra Q&A time is built in to this workshop.

FRIDAY
9/21/2012

10:00 am – 12:00 pm
TUESDAY
9/25/2012

11:00 am – 1:00 pm
P.S. M811- Mickey Mantle School (M811)
466 West End Avenue
New York, NY 10024

Trains: 1 to 79th Street
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Community Resources & Services for Children
3410 Broadway, 3rd Floor

New York, NY 10031

Trains: 1 to 137th Street – City College
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When it comes to your child, the expert is you.
Registration required: for a full description of workshops and to register online,
visit 
www.resourcesnyc.org/trainings
Register by phone: 212-677-4650
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Orientation Guide for Families of Students with Disabilities 2011-2012 – Download Here!

Taken from RCSN website (which I love):

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New York City’s Orientation Guide for Families of Students with Disabilities 2011-2012 was published last week. For the first time, the Guide aligns the application and enrollment process for students with disabilities with that of typical children, and gives parents clear information about special education reform and how it works.

Jean Mitzutani continues to represent RCSN in the Turning 5 Work Group that helped create the publication. The work group is a collaboration of the ARISE Coalition, the NYC Department of Education, the Bronx and Manhattan Special Education Parent Centers, and the Early Childhood Direction Centers.

To download the guide, click here.

 

Free High School Application Help (Bronx) For Students With Learning Disabilities

Beginning in 2012, RCSN will help youth who have learning disabilities and live in the Bronx find and apply to an appropriate high school. At present we are looking for Bronx students who will enter 8th grade in the fall of 2012 and would like help with the application process. High school will be here sooner than you think!
For more information about this exciting new program, please contact 212-677-4650 x34 or hmelendez@resourcesnyc.org.