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  • New link added to DOE website

    DOE has added a new link to their website. Check it out a Family Resource Corner - on their Special Education Pages of the website

  • New Middle Schools Application Available This Week

    New Middle Schools Application Available This Week
    Beginning this week, your child can apply to new middle schools opening in your community for the 2014-2015 school year. These new middle schools will be pre-populated on the New Middle Schools Application, which will be distributed by your child's elementary school this week. Your child will also receive directory pages providing information about each new school at this time. 

    How to Apply to New Middle Schools

    If you are interested in having your child apply to a new middle school, you should complete and return the New Middle Schools Application to your child's elementary school by Wednesday, March 12, 2014

    New Middle Schools
    The new schools opening are:

    • 02M177 - Yorkville East Middle School
    • 02M933 - City Knoll Middle School
    • 04M072 - The Lexington Academy
    • 06M209 - Hamilton Grange Middle School
    • 14K084 - P.S./M.S. 84 Jose de Diego Magnet School of Visual Arts and Science
    • 18K763 - Brooklyn Science and Engineering Academy
    • 19K760 - Highland Park Community School
    • 28Q332 - Redwood Middle School
    • 30Q300 - 30th Avenue School
    • 31R028 - Eagle Academy for Young Men of Staten Island

    Please note: The following schools, previously under consideration for September 2014, will not be opening:

    • 04M964 - Central Park East II
    • 04M204 - Harlem River Middle School

    New Schools Application vs. Main Round Application

    The New Middle Schools Application is separate from the main round application you completed in December 2013. If your child participates in the new schools application process, and receives an offer, he or she will receive that new school offer in May in the same letter with his or her offer from the original application. Applicants will be able to choose between the new schools offer and the main round offer. Every student is guaranteed a middle school placement.

    Additional Support
    If you have any questions, please email or call 718-935-2398. Directory information, including translated versions of the new schools directory pages, are available online


    We look forward to assisting you through the process.

    Middle School Admissions Team

  • NYC Parents and Families “Come Learn About the New York State Individualized Education Program (IEP)”

    The Department of Education will be conducting Fall Parent Workshops on the new IEP format. Please see attached flyers with details on dates as well as flyers in translated languages. Also, you will be able to find dates the workshops will be hosted on the google calendar under the news and events tab.

  • Parents and Friends Busing – What Next?


    Did your child miss instruction because of the bus strike?
    Did your child miss other special education supports and services
    or afterschool programs?
    Have you been reimbursed for your expenses during the strike?
    Join us at a PUBLIC SPEAK OUT!
    Sponsored by The ARISE Coalition &
    The Citywide Council on Special Education

    Please see attached flyer for further details 
  • Planning for Success: Supporting Transitions through High School to College and Career

    Having a child transition from High School to College? Well check out  this helpful link on the steps and laws. 

  • Presidential Proclamation -- International Day of Persons with Disabilities 2012

    Presidential Proclamation -- International Day of Persons with Disabilities 2012


    Americans have always understood that each of us is entitled to a set of fundamental freedoms and protections under the law, and that when everyone gets a fair shot at opportunity, all of us do better. For more than two decades, our country has upheld those basic promises for persons with disabilities through the Americans with Disabilities Act -- a sweeping civil rights bill that moved our Nation forward in the journey to equality for all. And from making health care more affordable to ensuring new technologies are accessible, we have continued to build on that progress, guided by the belief that equal access and equal opportunity are common principles that unite us as one Nation.

    On the 20th International Day of Persons with Disabilities, we reaffirm that the struggle to ensure the rights of every person does not end at our borders, but extends to every country and every community. It continues for the woman who is at greater risk of abuse because of a disability and for the child who is denied the chance to get an education because of the way he was born. It goes on for the 1 billion people with disabilities worldwide who all too often cannot attend school, find work, access medical care, or receive fair treatment. These injustices are an affront to our shared humanity -- which is why the United States has joined 153 other countries around the world in signing the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, which calls on all nations to establish protections and liberties like those afforded under the Americans with Disabilities Act. While Americans with disabilities already enjoy these rights at home, they frequently face barriers when they travel, conduct business, study, or reside overseas. Ratifying the Convention in the Senate would reaffirm America's position as the global leader on disability rights and better position us to encourage progress toward inclusion, equal opportunity, full participation, independent living, and economic self-sufficiency for persons with disabilities worldwide.

    We have come far in the long march to achieve equal opportunity for all. But even as we partner with countries across the globe in affirming universal human rights, we know our work will not be finished until the inherent dignity and worth of all persons with disabilities is guaranteed. Today, let us renew our commitment to meeting that challenge here in the United States, and let us redouble our efforts to build new paths to participation, empowerment, and progress around the world.

    NOW, THEREFORE, I, BARACK OBAMA, President of the United States of America, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and the laws of the United States, do hereby proclaim December 3, 2012, as International Day of Persons with Disabilities. I call on all Americans to observe this day with appropriate ceremonies, activities, and programs.

    IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this third day of December, in the year of our Lord two thousand twelve, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and thirty-seventh.


  • Resources related to access of children and youth with disabilities to physical education and extracurricular athletics

    Please view attachment for further details 

  • RTI Reference Guide and Overview

    Attached please find the RTI Reference Guide and Overview. 

  • Sensory City Pediatric Occupational Therapy

    Hey Parents! 

    Are you in need of Occupational Thereapy (OT) services for your child, and reside in Queens? If so check out this newly open site!

    Sensory City Pediatric Occupational Therapy]

    Address: 11-11 44th Road, Suite 402

                      Long Island City, NY 11101

    Phone #: (718) 433-4434

    Fax #: (718) 433-4464




    Sensory City Pediatric Occupational Therapy,Where Fun Furthers Function!


    A new state-of-the-art pediatric sensory gym located in Long Island City

    specializing in play-based therapy in a fun and goal-driven environment to help children develop vital skills in the areas of sensory, fine motor, gross motor and communication.


    Services at Sensory City Pediatric Occupational Therapy are organized for

    success and are offered in a fun and nurturing family-oriented environment. 

    We provide a supportive space that embraces individuality and builds self esteem 

    in children through sensory play. 


    Our specialties include but are not limited to working with children with difficulties in attention, sensory defensiveness or sensory seeking behavior, handwriting, fine motor, gross motor, visual perception, strength, self help skills, motor planning, receptive and expressive language and self regulation.


    Your child's senses will be stimulated by our specialized play equipment:

    • giant ball pit
    • zip lines
    • monkey bars
    • swings
    • rock climbing walls
    • two-story castle complete with fine motor areas!


    Our fun-filled, child-safe space is available for Open Sensory Gym and Parties of up to 10 children, ages 1 through 8.


    We will also be offering special groups including a Handwriting Group, a

    Social Skills Group and Mommy & Me Classes.


    We accept many healthcare insurance plans, private pay, CPSE & CSE RSA's

    through the NYC DOE and Early Intervention


    Thank you very much,


    Nicole L. Abate-Gioino, MS, OTR/L

  • Social Security Disability Forum



    We want to thank you for providing help and support to disabled individuals. We would like to do our part by answering any questions people may have in regards to the Social Security Disability Program.

    We have recently re-activated our Social Security Disability Forum ( We launched the forum in an effort to provide support and guidance on the lengthy and strenuous disability application process. We ask that you please share the forum with your members and readers who may have questions regarding Social Security Disability.

    In addition, if you would an article for your site on the Social Security Disability Application Process, we would be more than happy to write one. 


    Social Security Disability Help

  • Standard Operating Procedures Manual: The Referral, Evaluation, and Placement of School-Age Students with Disabilities
  • Summer Options for Children with Disabilities

    Please see the attached flyer for more details

  • The Seeing Eye, Inc

    The Seeing Eye, Inc. is the oldest existing dog guide school in the world. Training both dogs and new owners (people who are blind or visually impaired), they transform challenges into opportunities. 

  • Tourette’s Syndrome Association

    Tourette’s Syndrome Association (TSA) mission is to identify the cause of, find the cure for and control the effects of Tourette’s Syndrome.  TSA offers resources and referrals to help persons with TS and their families, and works to raise public awareness and counters media stereotypes about TS. 

  • Turning Five Students with Disabilities and the New School Reform

    If you have a child turning five, this resource link will provide information on the new school reform.