New York State’s Board of Regents Votes to Ease Graduation Regulations for Students with IEPs

From the New York Times

Fewer Hurdles to Graduation for Disabled Students in New York

The Board of Regents, New York State’s highest education authority, voted on Monday to make it easier for some students with disabilities to graduate from high school.

Under a new regulation, students with individualized education plans would need to pass two Regents exams — English and math — rather than five. They would still have to take three other exams, in social studies, science and one optional subject, but if they did not pass, their district superintendent could still grant them a diploma if they demonstrated proficiency in those subjects through coursework. Click here to READ THE REST

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From the New York State Education Department Website

Regents Expand Diploma Opportunities for Students with Disabilities; Action Continues Efforts to Provide Multiple Pathways to Graduation

The New York State Board of Regents today adopted new rules that allow certain students with disabilities to meet the academic requirements to earn a Local Diploma without passing every Regents exam that is otherwise required for graduation. The rules become effective on June 20, making it possible for students with disabilities who are otherwise eligible to graduate, to do so later this month. School superintendents are now required to determine, at the local level, if a student with a disability is eligible for graduation. Click here to READ THE REST

Parent to Parent NYS Support Parent Training Webinar

Parent to Parent of NYS is always looking for parents willing to help families who face parenting challenges similar to those they have faced.

Every parent of a child with a disability or special health care need has experiences to share that will assist another parent or family.

Support Parents are the heart of their Parent Matching program.  Through their Parent Matching program they offer parents/caregivers the opportunity to connect one-to-one with a parent/caregiver of an individual with the same or similar disability or special health care need – someone who has “been there.”

Support Parent Training Webinar
May 6, 2016 from 11:30 AM – 1 PM
Register at . After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

Other Upcoming Webinars Include:

  • Medicaid Service Coordination for Families – Getting the Most from Your Child’s Program
  • Loss, Grief, and Adjustment for Parents of Children with Special Needs
  • Housing Options for People with Disabilities in NYS
  • A Guide for Families to Understanding Supports & Services Administered by OPWDD

For information, visit

Would you like to connect with a support parent?  Contact Parent to Parent NYS if you would like to connect with someone who has “been there,” and can relate to the challenges you are facing.

Contact Person:

Maryalice Fegeley

Regional Coordinator

Parent to Parent of NYS

1050 Forest Hill Road

Staten Island, NY  10314

718-494-3462 / 800-866-1068

Fax:  718-494-0319

Family Support Services Advisory Council Meeting on May 9th

Our next evening Family Support Services Advisory Council meeting will take place on Monday, May 9, 2016    The meeting will start at 7:30 pm and end by 9:30 pm. at HealthCare Assoc 2535 Arthur Kill Road.   Wine & Cheese will be served.

We URGE new members to join us at ANY time.   We encourage you to forward this email to other family members (parents, grandparents & siblings) who might be interested in joining. Membership is open to all family members who have a relative with a developmental disability and to individuals with a developmental disability.

Topics of discussion will include a State wide report regarding changes to our supports and services.  The Governor’s budget, advocacy, the front door, and self-direction.  Representatives from the state will be available to answer questions.


Our last meeting before the summer break will take place at Harvest Cafe at no cost to our membership on Thursday, June 9, 16 at 9:30am.

Kindly confirm your attendance to us at the below email addresses.  If you have additional question please  call.718.983.5276.

NYC Fatherhood and Family Enrichment Conference – Saturday, April 9th

Borough President Oddo is pleased to join The ROLE Call to host the NYC Fatherhood and Family Enrichment Conference. The conference will take place on Saturday, April 9th from 9:30am to 3pm at Port Richmond High School.

The free conference will feature seminars and workshops from experts in family and fatherhood services. One of the keynote speakers, Bill Davis, will tell his story of raising a son with autism, which is documented in the book “Far From the Tree” by Andrew Solomon. Some of the other topics covered in the workshops include Fatherhood Engagement and Involvement, Positive Co-Parenting, New Fathers Workshops, Child Support Information and Family Financial Planning. There will also be workshops specifically for members of the Spanish speaking community and for parents of children with autism. The theme of this year’s conference is “Strong Fathers Build Strong Families, Strong Families Build Strong Communities.”

The ROLE Call’s mission is to increase and enhance Fatherhood Engagement for the benefit of families by providing training and resources to fathers, single mothers, young men and women without fathers and to absentee fathers looking to reconnect with their children. The ROLE Call connects children with a responsible male adult for guidance and fathering/mentoring.

The conference is free, but attendees must pre-register at For more information on the workshops, email or call 718-971-6682.

Click Here to visit the conference page and for additional announcements from the SI Borough President’s Office.

Link here to Complete Your School Survey!

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Dear Families,

If you haven’t already completed your NYC School Survey, it’s not too late!

Every year, all parents, teachers, and students in grades 6-12 complete the NYC School Survey, ranking it among the largest ever conducted nationally. Through this confidential survey, you can provide your school with valuable feedback and input on how well it is meeting the needs of your child, in areas like instruction, safety, and family engagement.

Don’t miss your opportunity to tell us what you think! This year, the survey ends on Friday, April 1. So please complete the paper survey provided to you, or complete the survey online at

To take the survey online, you will need your survey access code located on the bottom right-hand corner of the paper survey that has been provided to you by your child’s school. If you cannot find your paper survey, please call the survey hotline at 1-800-690-8603. If you have additional questions about the survey, please contact your school’s survey coordinator.

We’re looking forward to hearing from you!