Posts Tagged ‘special education NYC’

NYC Bus Strike Is Over!!

February 17, 2013 Leave a comment

Bus service is supposed to resume Wednesday – hooray! Click here for the full story.

New Meetup Group: New York Special Needs Educators & Parents

New York Special Needs Educators & Parents

Listed in: Special Education, Parents of Special Needs Kids, Social Networking, Education & Technology, Activities for Special Needs Children
Organized by:
jaime openden

Check it out! →

I am a speech-language pathologist currently working in a private special needs school in New York City. My experience has taught me that the greatest hope we have in helping children and teens with special needs is working together – parents, educators, therapists, siblings, doctors. Though we are all in this together, many often feel isolated. Many do not have enough information on how to navigate… [read more]

Reminder: Special Needs School Fair Tonight!

October 25, 2011 Leave a comment

Hope to see you there – I’ll be there for at least the first hour.


334 Amsterdam Avenue

Free Admission! or 646-505-5708 for more info

The JCC in Manhattan and YAI/NYL/LIFESTART partner to present the annual Special Needs School Fair. Representatives from preschools, elementary, middle, and high schools serving the New York City special needs community will be onsite to provide information and answers to your questions. School materials will be available.

Schools that have confirmed their attendance as of October 12th include:

Aaron Academy — The Aaron School — ABC/Merricat Castle School — Auditory/Oral School of NY StriVright — Birch Family Services — Brooklyn Autism Center Academy — Central Park Early Learning Center — Child Development Center, JBFCS — Clarke School for Hearing and Speech/New York — Cooke Center School — NYC Department of Education ASD Program — East River Child Development Center — The ELIJA School — The Gillen Brewer School — The Hallen School — The Ideal School — Imagine Academy for Children with Autism – The Lang School — LearningSpring School – Manhattan Children’s Center – Maplebrook School — Mary McDowell Friends School — Mill Neck Manor School for the Deaf — The Opportunity Charter School — The Parkside School – QSAC — The Quad Manhattan Preschool Program — Rebecca School — Riverdale Nursery School and Family Center – The Shield Institute — Standing Tall — St. Joseph’s School for the Deaf — Stephen Gaynor School — United Cerebral Palsy of NYC (Queens and Manhattan Sites)– West End Day School – Windward School Lower School — The Winston Preparatory School — YAI/NYL William O’Connor Bay Ridge School — YAI/NYL The Gramercy School — YAI/NYL Harry H. Gordon — YAI/NYL Manhattan Star Academy — YAI/NYL Roosevelt Children’s Center

Space is limited! RCSN Workshop, Special Education Made Simple, this Thursday, Sept. 22, 9:30am-Noon

September 20, 2011 Leave a comment

Start the fall off right. Space is limited, register today!


Registration recommended: Register online at
Register by phone:Resources for Children with Special Needs: 212-677-4650




New Special Education Group In Brooklyn

Click here to check out a new meetup group in Brooklyn for special education professionals. The purpose of the group is to network, exchange ideas, and build knowledge about what techniques work with persons who have autism and multiple disabilities.

Special Needs School Fair For Pre-K Through High School – October 25

I plan to attend this even if I have to drag a couple of kids along. Let me know if you want to meet up there, it looks like it will be excellent!

2011 Special Needs School Fair
The JCC in Manhattan and YAI/NYL/LIFESTART partner to present the annual Special Needs School Fair. Representatives from preschools, elementary, middle and high schools serving the New York City special needs community will be onsite to provide information and answers to your questions. School materials will be available.
Tue, Oct 25
5:30 PM – 7:30 PM
Free All
For more information, or to register, please call 646-505-5708.

Info and Meetings Regarding the New IEP Forms for NYC Special Needs Students

Apparently IEPs are being changed to help emphasize long-term educational and post-graduation outcomes for special needs students. Click here for the letter being addressed to families and see below for meeting details in all five boroughs.

Understanding the New IEP Form: Information for Families

The updated New York State Individualized Education Program (IEP) form plays a critical role in ensuring that every student with a disability gets the specific supports and services he or she needs to learn and achieve.Parents and guardians are invited to the following meetings to learn more:





Manhattan June 13, 2011 1pm – 3 pm **New Location**
Department of Education
400 First Avenue
Manhattan, NY 10010
1st floor Conference Room
Queens June 14, 2011 9 am – 11 am Department of Education
28-11 Queens Plaza North
Long Island City, NY 11101
Room 510
Staten Island June 17, 2011 1 pm – 3 pm Petrides High School
715 Ocean Terrace
Staten Island, NY 10301
Building A, Room 118
Bronx June 21, 2011 9 am – 11 am Department of Education
One Fordham Plaza
Bronx, NY 10458
Room 838
Brooklyn June 23, 2011 9 am – 11 am Department of Education
131 Livingston Street
Brooklyn, NY 11201
Room 610

Why has the state developed a new IEP form?

The state developed a new form to help IEP teams focus on services that are most important for your child and to reduce variation of IEP forms across the state. The expectation is that IEPs will be more individualized to each student while at the same time held to the same standards across New York State.

What do the changes in the new IEP promote?

  • Meaningful opportunities for parents/families to participate in the development, review and revision of the IEP, including specific questions aimed at parental input.  Parents remain vital members of the IEP team;
  • Seeing special education as a service, rather than a place where students are sent, by focusing on services and accommodations that will enable a student to be successful in their least restrictive environment;
  • The appropriate preparation of students for their transition to further education, employment, and independent adult living, by focusing on the development of meaningful postsecondary measurable goals and a coordinated set of transition activities.

What are some differences between the previous form and the new one?

  • The new IEP form contains the same basic information as the previously used NYC IEP form; however, there are some differences.
  • The sequence of the information is designed to guide the IEP team through the proper IEP development process. This means that the new IEP should flow more logically beginning with levels of student performance, then the identification of goals, followed by recommendations on how to assist the student in achieving these goals, and finally the identification of the least restrictive environment where the student will achieve success.
  • The IEP is now electronic (created using a secure web-based case management system) and the pages will flow, leaving as much room as needed to fill out each section. As a result, sections will no longer correspond to specific pages.

All IEPs have the same basic components:

  • Identifying Information
  • Present Levels of Performance and Individual Needs
  • Measurable Annual  Postsecondary Goals/Transition Needs
  • Measurable Annual Goals, including Short-Term Objectives and Benchmarks (when appropriate)
  • Reporting Progress to Parents
  • Recommended Special Education Programs and Services
  • Coordinated Set of Transition Activities
  • Participation in State and District-Wide Assessments
  • Participation with Students without Disabilities
  • Special Transportation
  • Placement Recommendations

What is the Special Education Student Information System (SESIS)?

A secure web-based case management system for students with IEPs.  All new IEP documents will be created and maintained in this system.  As has always been the case, all team members, including parents, will continue to be actively involved throughout the IEP development process.’s first survey is here!

I would be very grateful if you would take my first ever survey – it is on the right sidebar under Click Here.

It will help me to decide which directions to pursue first as this site grows, and will hopefully help you in the process!

Your input is extremely valuable to me, and anonymous – please answer what questions you can and spread the word to others in the special needs community. Thanks in advance for your time and effort!

PS – There will also be a weekly poll to the right – after you vote you can see the results. Polls will often be related to a recent or upcoming post.

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