Posts Tagged ‘Special needs families NYC’

Special Needs Friendly Playgrounds In NYC

September 22, 2012 Leave a comment

Oops, meant to share this before it gets too cold for the playground.

Click here for my latest review of playgrounds around NYC that are fun for all of my kids, special needs or not.

Also feel free to add your own favorites in the comments section – would love some more ideas!

DOE Launches Special Education Family Office Hours and P311 Hotline

September 12, 2012 1 comment

Thanks to Anne for sharing!


The Department of Education’s Division of Students with Disabilities and English Language Learners is committed to supporting all families during the citywide expansion of the special education reform initiative.

To this end, it is with great enthusiasm that I am pleased to announce the launch of the Special Education Family Office Hours and a P311 hotline. These additional resources for families were conceived in partnership with City Council Speaker Christine C. Quinn and Education Committee Chair Robert Jackson.

Beginning August 1, 2012, families that need assistance can call a dedicated hotline for special education support at (718) 935-2007. In addition, families can always contact P311.

Family office hours will be held in nine sites across the five boroughs with day, evening, and weekend hours beginning July 31, 2012. During office hours, a special education specialist will be available for meetings with individual families to help resolve their questions about the special education reform and work to reach solutions to support their child. The complete schedule of dates, times, and locations are available through our family web site at:

We encourage you to share this information with families and communities. On behalf of all our students, I thank you for your ongoing collaboration and support.

Sincerely yours,

Corinne Rello-Anselmi
Deputy Chancellor
NYC Department of Education
Division of Students with Disabilities and English Language Learners
P: (212) 374-5766
F: (212) 374-5599

(Some) Special Needs Events Around NYC August/September 2012

Sorry, I’ve fallen a bit behind on posting great events like these this summer. Here are some of the unique meetings, workshops, events and classes being offered through September for special needs children and caregivers. And don’t forget to check Upcoming Events for social meetups of The Foorce.


8/15/12, 10:00AM

How to Seek and Maintain Accessible Housing

UCP, 1770 Stillwell Ave,1st floor, Bronx

718-436-7979 ext 704,


8/16/12, 10:00AM

Getting Your Child To and From School: The Ins and Outs of School Transportation

Central Library, 10 Grand Army Plaza, Brooklyn

718 – 998-3000


8/17/12, all day events 

Surfers’ Environmental Alliance’s 6th Annual: SEAPaddle NYC Event and White Water Evening for Autism


8/23/12, 10:00-12:30PM  

Sexuality Education: Why it Matters and Where to Start

YAI,460 West 34th St., 11th floor, Manhattan

YAI LINK 212-273-6182 or toll free 1-866-2-YAILINK


8/30/12, 10:00AM  

Yoga and Relaxation

YAI,460 West 34th St., 11th floor, Manhattan

YAI LINK 212-273-6182 or toll free 1-866-2-YAILINK


9/8/12, 7:30PM

My Time Inc. Wine and Cheese

1312 E 84th St, Brooklyn


9/12/12, 10:00-12:30PM

What to do if You’re Just Getting Started- Accessing Services

YAI, 460 West 34th St., 11th floor, Manhattan

YAI LINK 212-273-6182 or toll free 1-866-2-YAILINK


9/15/12, 3:00-4:00PM

Dance FUNdamentals – ages 11-17

Mark Morris Dance Studios, Brooklyn

runs through 11/3/12  every Saturday, $130


9/22/12, 10:00AM




9/22/12, 12:00PM

18th Annual NYC Buddy Walk in Central Park


9/30/12, 1:00PM

Autism Friendly performance of “The Lion King”

Minskoff Theater, 200 W 45th St, Manhattan (get on the waitlist in case there are cancellations)

A Look At The Week Ahead – July 8, 2012

Despite the intense heat, it was nice to see new and familiar faces last Friday at the playground, and the kids certainly had fun in the sand and sprinklers! It should be a little cooler over the next few days so here’s hoping for more friends to join us again:

July 13, 11:00AM at Mariner’s 84th Street Playground – Central Park Brass interactive concert and playground time, picnic lunch to follow.

July 15, 12:00-4:30PM at New York Botanical Gardens: Dig! Plant! Grow! Join us for a picnic lunch at the gardens followed by hands-on family gardening in the Ruth Rea Howell Family garden at 2:00PM.

In addition to the scheduled social events, James will be starting adaptive swim and tennis lessons this week. I believe there are still limited spots open for both programs – email me or click the links for more info.

Also keep an eye out for a bunch of new posts this week – the Monday Minute, weekly Top Ten, travel reviews near and far (watch for special tropical discounts), and stories about everything from graduations to playground meltdowns.

New Meetup Group: NYC ADD/ADHD Superstar Kids!

NYC ADD/ADHD Superstar Kids!

Organized by:

Check it out! →

This group is to join parents and children of NYC together that are dealing with ADD/ADHD. This forum will be used to discuss how we live our lives with children of ADD/ADHD and other facets of our children’s lives. We are all dealing with medications, school, family life and other areas where we tend to struggle with from time to time and I would like to meet other parents that can share their advice… [read more]

Upcoming meeting reminder – May 6, 2011

Just a reminder that once we are back from Spring break, there will be another meeting at PS 163 on May 6th, at 9a.m. This might be our last meeting of the school year, so please try to attend if you can!

The featured speaker will be Dina Shanowitz of The Friendship Circle (see my separate post). There will be the opportunity to sign up for the Central Park Challenge and the informal social group that meets over the Summer. Also, information about Special Needs Soccer for the Fall and future meeting topics will be available, as well as hard copies of the Summer Activities document I have been handing out at the past few meetings. Lastly, you can RSVP to the fantastic DMF concert on May 22nd at the meeting (see separate post for more details).

Hope to see you there! Keep an eye out for new posts this weekend and early next week – I’ve been home with all three kids for Spring break so my free time is virtually nonexistent.

Happy Easter to all who are celebrating this weekend!

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