Autism and Medicaid News

Medicaid & Autism: 8 Things You Should Know

  • Earlier this year, the federal government directed the states to cover all medically necessary treatment for autism through their Medicaid programs. Why is this important? What does it mean in your state? Dan Unumb, executive director of the Autism Speaks Legal Resource Center, and Angela Lello, our director of Housing and Community Living, answer questions we have been hearing from you about why this is an important development.

Link here: Medicaid and Autism Insurance

PS 373R October PTA Meeting – All Sites are Welcome!

P.S. 373R

PTA Meeting

 

Tuesday October 13, 2015

9:30 am @

P.S. 373R @ P.S. 58

77 Marsh Avenue – 10314

 

Executive Board Officers:

President                                                                    Julia Luppino

Treasurer                                                                  Jessica Pizzuto

Recording Secretary                                           Antoinette Strikcani

 

Please join us for our monthly PTA meeting.

 

We will be holding our SLT (School Leadership Team) election this month, if you would like to apply for a parent member position please forward your application or just come to the meeting.

Nominations can be taken from the floor but nominee must be present.

 

Maryalice Fegeley, Regional Coordinator from Parent to Parent of NYS will be our guest speaker after the Election.

Take this opportunity to meet her as she presents and discusses

MSC’s for Families

 

While supporting your child’s school it’s a great way to meet other parents and share information.

 

We look forward to seeing you!

 

** REMINDERS / UPDATES **

– School Spirit Apparel sale deadline is October 15th.

– Catalog order forms are due back by October 16th.

– Our next Restaurant Fundraiser will be at October 20th at TGIF (additional details and flyer to follow).

 

If you would like to receive PTA correspondence via email in addition to by backpack please send your email address along with your child’s name and site to Jessica Pizzuto at jecca802@aol.com

 

Any questions or concerns please contact our PTA President, Julia Luppino at luppino6@aol.com or 347-729-3895.

2015 Family Resource and Transition Fair

If you have a child with Special Needs – Please Join Us for Information on Services in Staten Island!
Family Resource and
Transition Fair
                                
                                                                                                                                                                             Sponsored by
                                                                                                            The Richard H. Hungerford School
                                                                                                                                          and
                                                                                      The Staten Island Developmental Disabilities Council
 
 
 
FREE ADMISSION
 
Friday ~ October 30, 2015 ~ 9:00 am-1:00 pm
 
College of Staten Island (Center for the Arts)
2800 Victory Blvd., Building 1P
Staten Island, NY  10314

Browse and meet with representatives from over 50 agency providers and community organizations. Speak with agencies that provide services for children, teens, and adults. Learn more about after school transition programs, recreation opportunities, respite services, camps, and service eligibility. Attend one or more of the informative workshops.

Join us to gain vital information for your loved one and much more!

CONTINENTAL BREAKFAST WILL BE SERVED
FREE CHILDCARE AVAILABLE (PRE-REGISTRATION REQUIRED) For more information or to register for child care,

contact the SIDDC Office
(718) 983-5276/contactsiddc@siddc.org

Staten Island Developmental Disabilities Council (SIDDC)

Click onto the Staten Island Developmental Disabilities Council (SIDDC) Website for services in S.I. http://www.siddc.org/

  • Established in 1969, the Staten Island Developmental Disabilities Council (SIDDC) assists in the planning, promotion and development of services for individuals with developmental disabilities and their family members.  An association of self-advocates, family members, service providers, professionals and other interested individuals. The SIDDC works together in an effort to ensure the quality of life for Staten Islanders with special needs by sharing relevant information and advocacy.
  • Monthly meetings are held at the Elizabeth A. Connelly Center (930 Willowbrook Road, Bldg. 41A) and include guest speakers/special presentations to keep members informed about current issues.  In addition, each of the SIDDC standing committees provide reports, which highlight the work and advocacy efforts being conducted for the purpose of educating and better informing all interested parties on issues and trends impacting individuals with developmental disabilities.

  • The SIDDC also ensures that public and elected officials are informed on the concerns and needs of the people we represent through quarterly Legislative Information Exchange and an annual Legislative Breakfast.  A Family Resource and Transition Fair is held each year, which provides a forum for relevant information regarding available supports and services and development in the field.

Do You Need Information on NYC DOE Atlantic Bus Bankruptcy?

INFORMATION REGARDING ATLANTIC EXPRESS COMPANY BANKRUPTCY

bus stop sign Effective December 31, the Atlantic Bus Company and affiliated companies (Amboy, Staten Island Bus and Atlantic Queens Bus) are no longer providing school bus service for the NYC Department of Education. All bus routes operated by Atlantic Bus Company in the past will now be operated by other bus companies. Normal bus service for General Education and Special Education students will start after Winter Recess on January 2, 2014.

Visit the School and Student Transportation Search page on the OPT website to find contact information on the bus company that will now provide service for your child’s route, and to confirm the route number that your child is assigned. As these bus companies begin providing service, please be aware of the following:

  • The name painted on the bus may be different, or the bus may still be identified as an Atlantic Express Company bus; please check the route number in the window to confirm that your child is being placed on the correct bus;
  • You may know the driver and/or attendant on the bus, or the driver and/or attendant may be new;
  • The bus should arrive at the regular stop at the regular time. However, if a bus is late please contact OPT at 718-392-8855 as soon as possible to report the lateness and to find out about the status of the route.

You can view this memorandum in other languages:

Find Your Child’s Bus Stop or Route

Which bus route has my child been assigned? If you know your child’s student ID and birthday, you can get the answer to this and other questions on the Transportation Search Page.

If you don’t know your child’s student ID, call The Office of Pupil Transportation at 718-392-8855.

 

 

December 2013 Calendar of Events from the Staten Island Developmental Disabilities Council

Date Time Event
Front Door Information Sessions  Various Dates & Times OPWDD ~ Front Door Access to Services Information Sessions for Individuals and Families http://www.opwdd.ny.gov/welcome-front-door/home

 front_door_info.pdf
12/04/2013 10am-12pm Parent to Parent New York, Inc. ~Aspergers Support Group 2013DECEMBERflyer.pdf
12/05/2013 6pm-8pm Eden II:Parents as Partners ~ ABA & Behavioral Strategies Parents_as_Partners_2013-2014_Flyer.pdf
 12/06/2013 6:30pm-8:00pm Parent to Parent New York, Inc. ~Sibling Support Group 2013DECEMBERflyer.pdf
12/08/2013  9am-2pm Sensory Santa Free Event ~ Hosted by Person Centered Care ServicesPCCS_Photo_with_Santa.jpg
12/11/2013 9:30am-11:30am FSSAC Meeting @ 930 Willowbrook Road, Building 12G
 12/11/2013  10am-12pm  Parent to Parent New York, Inc. ~ Mothers Support Group 2013DECEMBERflyer.pdf
 12/11/2013  7pm-9pm  Parent to Parent, NY Inc. ~ Fathers Support Group 2013DECEMBERflyer.pdf
12/12/2013 7pm-9pm Parent to Parent NY, Inc. ~ Workshop: Does the IEP Meet Your Child’s Needs?2013DECEMBERflyer.pdf
 12/12/2013 10am-12:30pm YAI Autism Family Support Series ~ Behavior Management yai_fs_series.pdf
12/13/2013 9:30am-11:30am SIDDC General Council Meeting ~ Celebrating Achievements @ 930 Willowbrook Road, Building 41A SIDDC_Flyer_Dec..pdf
12/16/2013 10am- 12pm Willowbrook Property Planning Meeting @ AVSP, 49 Cedar Grove
12/18/2013 9:30am-11:30am Health & Clinical Committee Meeting @ Elizabeth Pouch Center 657 Castleton Ave.
 12/18/2013 9:30am-11:30am Education Committee Meeting ~ 930 Willowbrook Road, Building 41A Conference Room
12/18/2013 10am- 12pm Parent to Parent New York, Inc. ~Aspergers Support Group 2013DECEMBERflyer.pdf
12/20/2013 10am-12pm Parent to Parent New York, Inc. ~Mothers Support Group 2013DECEMBERflyer.pdf

REVISED DANCE WORKSHOP SCHEDULE

IMPORTANT NOTIFICATION! Our dates have changed. We are unable to meet on Tuesday, April 23rd. Our next class is Tuesday, April 30th! 

REVISED Workshop Schedule:

  • Tuesday, April 9th – Welcome Dances

  • Tuesday, April 16th – Rhythm Day

  • Tuesday, April 30th – Story Dancing

  • Tuesday, May 7th– Hula Hoop Day

  • Tuesday, May 14th – Freestyle Day

Contact Person: Virginia Carmona, Parent Coordinator

Email: VCarmona@schools.nyc.gov

Telephone: (718) 816-8897 and press “1″ then “3″

Spider-Man: Turn Off The Dark Producing Autism-Friendly Show

 

Spiderman 3

Spiderman 3 (Photo credit: Oscar J Baeza)

LINK HERE

 

Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark is that Broadway musical version of Spider-Man
that was plagued by accidents and legal problems.

Now that things are running much smoother for the production, they have
announced they will be performing a first-ever autism-friendly production!

The show is going to seriously cut down on things like strobe lights and
loud, harsh sounds that could really bother an autistic person.

There will also be autism experts staffing quiet areas inside the theater.
They’ll have bean bag chairs and coloring books for anyone who is
overwhelmed by the show and needs a break.

The director of the Theatre Development Fund, a nonprofit that provides
access to live theater, said:

“We’re grateful to the show’s producers, management and creative staff
and crew for accommodating the Autism Theatre Initiative and uniting with us
to make the show an unforgettable experience for all.”

The nonprofit bought every single matinee ticket there was for the April
27th show at Foxwoods Theatre and will offer them at a discount to autistic
kids and adults.

Tickets will range in price from $35-$80, so if you have an autistic family
member, friend or have autism yourself, grab a ticket and go see one heck of
a play!

RESPECT FOR ALL WEEK at the NYC DOE!

 

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Respect For All Week February 11-15

Respect for All Week begins February 11. Schools will have the opportunity to highlight and build upon ongoing diversity programs and instruction in schools and embark upon new projects that engage students in meaningful lessons, such as preventing bias-based harassment, intimidation and bullying. Letters have been sent to school communities along with a flyer for posting. Additional resources are available on the DOE’s website.

Advocates for Children Workshop Series

LINK FOR AFC’s WEBSITE: http://www.advocatesforchildren.org/ 

Winter & Spring 2013 Free Workshop Series AFC’s Parent Training Information Center is offering the following free workshops:

  • February 28, 2013, 6 pm  Turning 5: The Transition from Preschool Special Education to Kindergarten
  • April 4, 2013, 6 pm Behavioral Issues and School Discipline
  • May 2, 2013, 6 pm Section 504 of the Americans with Disabilities Act:  An Alternative to Special Education?

 All workshops will be held at 151 West 30th Street, 4th Floor, New York, NY 10001.  

 For information or to register, contact Joanne Buccellato, jbuccellato@afcnyc.org or (212) 822-9505.  Space is limited.

Important Information for Families of Pre-K Students with Disabilities (Students “Turning Five”)

Important Information for Families of Pre-K Students with Disabilities (Students “Turning Five”)

Later this month, the DOE will host kindergarten orientation meetings for families of preschool students born in 2008 who currently receive special education services. Translations of the material below and additional information is available on the Transitioning to Kindergarten page of the DOE’s website. A schedule of meeting dates and resources can be found in the links below:

2013 GED Campaign to Finish!

Finish your GED in 2013

In 2014, a new high school equivalency test will take its place in New York State. To avoid losing your GED course work, you’re encouraged to participate in the 2013 GED® Campaign to Finish to prepare to complete or retake your GED test before January 1, 2014. For more information, you can direct people to call 718-557-2525 or text GED to 30644.

NAMIWalk 2013! Support for families and Individuals Living with Mental Illness

NAMIWalk 2013!

NAMIWalks NYC 2013 will be held on Saturday, May 11 at the South Street Seaport.

The 5K Walk route begins at 10 AM. Walkers will travel over the Brooklyn Bridge and back to the Seaport for a Post-Walk Wellness Fair with activities such as free massage, yoga, basic health screenings, raffle prizes, and more!

Join over 5,000 New Yorkers in the city’s only Walk to support mental health and fight the stigma people affected by mental illness and their families face every day. Proceeds fund NAMI’s free support and education programs for families and individuals living with mental illness.

Visit our Official Walk Page

Click Here to Register!

About NAMI-NYC Metro

The National Alliance on Mental Illness of New York City, Inc. (NAMI-NYC Metro) is a grassroots organization that provides support, education, and advocacy for families and individuals of all ethnic and socio-economic backgrounds who live with mental illness. As the largest affiliate of the National Alliance on Mental Illness, they work collaboratively with our state and national affiliates, and with other stakeholders in the community, to educate the public, advocate for legislation, reduce stigma, and improve the mental health system.

Reelabilites Film Festival 2013 at the JCC

JCC of Staten Island

Joan and Allan Bernikow Building 1466 Manor Rd Staten Island, NY, 10314

Admission: $10
718.475.5286
www.sijcc.org

Saturday, March 9th

 

6:30 PM Wine and Cheese

 

7:15 PM  Feature Film: Wampler’s Ascent  (77 min)

Steve Wampler, a man with severe form of cerebral palsy ascends the biggest rock face in the world, El Captain in Yosemite National Park. 20,000 pull-ups, 5 nights 6 days on the sheer face of the mountain and, with only the use of one limb, this is a story of terror and triumph. Steve Wampler’s story is a American feel-good tale which will leave the viewer inspired and happy. 

 

 

Sunday, March 10th

 

2:00 PM Short Film: Willowbrook (16 min)

In 1964, a young pediatrician begins his residency at Willowbrook State School in Staten Island, only to discover that the institution is conducting Army-funded experiments on developmentally disabled children. Based on true events, Willowbrook addresses the awful conditions in which people with developmental disabilities were warehoused and the controversial research experiments that took place in the 1960s.

 

2:30 PM Feature Film: The Importance of Tying Your Own Shoes (110 min)

Alex’s high opinion of himself isn’t backed up by reality as he is unemployed and having trouble with his girlfriend. When he finally gets a job with the local council/municipality of Hudiksvall his life is about to change. Suddenly Alex finds himself the leader of a local theatre group of people with learning difficulties. Through their work together, Alex comes to appreciate that we all have our own talents which can grow if given the opportunity and support. “How many cranberries are in the world?” is based on the work of the Glada Hudik Theatre whose performances have met with success in Sweden and internationally since it was formed in 1996.

GRACE Foundation Weekly Update – Information for Families w/Children with Autism

  • CLUB L.I.F.E. (Learning, Independence, Fun, Empower) Location: 264 Watchogue Road Friday Nights 6:00pm-9:00pm This is a socialization program for teens and young adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Participants will plan a weekly schedule of activities under the supervision of trained staff. Activities include but are not limited to social interaction with peers, on site movies, video games, seasonal activities, community service and daily living skills.
  • MEDICAID SERVICE COORDINATION The Grace Foundation provides Medicaid Service Coordination. Medicaid Service Coordination is a Medicaid State Plan service provided by the Office of Mental Retardation and Developmental Disabilities (OMRDD) which assists persons with developmental disabilities and mental retardation in gaining access to necessary services and supports appropriate to the needs of the individual. For assistance and further information please contact Lina Suarez at 718-983-3800.
  • PARENT SUPPORT GROUPSREGISTRATION IS REQUIRED. Support groups meet the 2nd and 4th Tuesday of the month. Meetings are held at 264 Watchogue Road. Please contact Dolores Ragazzo at the Grace Office 718-983-3800 to register.
  • SOCIAL SKILLS CLASSES FOR INFORMATION ON THE SOCIAL SKILLS CLASSES PLEASE CALL DAWN BEACHAM AT THE GRACE OFFICE 718-983-3800.
  • RECREATION PROGRAMS: For additional information or to register for any of the recreation programs, please call Dawn Beacham at the GRACE office 718-983-3800.
  • BOWLING AT SHOWPLACE located at 141 East Service Road -off Victory Blvd. Sundays, 10:00am – 11:30am.GYM PROGRAM – Saturdays Saturdays. P.S. 55, 54 Osborn Street, Staten Island. Please call the GRACE office at 718-983-3800 for further information. Session 1 – 9:15am-11:15pm Session 2 – 11:30am- 1:30pm
  • LITTLE LEAGUESundays Great Kills Little League, Greaves Avenue 10:00am-12:00pm
  • SWIMMING – Saturdays Elizabeth Connelly Center Therapeutic Pool 930 Willowbrook Road
Medical form is required from the Elizabeth Connelly Center pool.
Please call the GRACE office at 718-983-3800 for further information.
  • Mother’s Night Out – Wednesday, February 6th, 2013 at 7:30 p.m. – Jimmy Max Restaurant, 280 Watchogue Road – $25.00 per person R.S.V.P. GRACE office: 718-983-3800 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Letter from Advocates for Children about NYC SCHOOL BUSING ISSUES

Student MetroCard (Grades: 7-12) (face)

Student MetroCard (Grades: 7-12) (face) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Dear friends,

As you all know, New York City’s school bus drivers are striking.  We wrote you a few weeks ago urging you to follow the story and get updates from the DOE on alternative options for families that rely on yellow bus service to travel to and from school.  AFC is continuing to push the Department of Education for a solution that works for all of our youth, but we wanted to write now to make sure that you are aware of some more specific resources available to help get your children to school during the strike.

  • If you don’t know yet, and need to determine if your child’s bus route has been disrupted by the strike, see here.
  • For general information about the use of MetroCards and reimbursement for driving or taking a taxi or other car service see here.  A few things to note about these options:
    • MetroCards are available for all students who use yellow bus services through school offices. 
    • MetroCards are available for some parents of students who use yellow bus services to allow them to accompany their children to and from school. 
      • Parents of all preschool and all school-age children with IEPs are eligible.
      • Parents of general education students in grades K-6 are eligible. 
    • Parents of students in grades K-6 who receive yellow bus services will be reimbursed for driving costs at a rate of 55 cents per mile upon completion of reimbursement forms.
    • Parents of students in grades K-6 who receive yellow bus services may also be reimbursed for cab fares upon completion of reimbursement forms. 
    • Families of students who are eligible for yellow bus services who cannot utilize public transportation and cannot afford to pay carfare costs up front and then seek reimbursement should reach out to their school administrator or CSE for further assistance.  If the family qualifies for free or reduced price lunch and the child receives specialized transportation, protocols have been set up to arrange to have families’ fees for car services assigned to and paid by the DOE.  A list of car service providers is available on the DOE website or by calling the Office of Pupil Transportation’s Customer Service number at (718) 392-8855. Families who can demonstrate financial hardship regardless of Title 1 status should reach out to their schools as well. If that is not successful, contact your Committee on Special Education.
    • Students who have IEPs that require paraprofessional or nursing support for transportation should continue to get those services.   Speak with your school directly about this.
    • Students who don’t generally have paraprofessional support on their yellow buses, who are traveling during the strike to school by subway or through a car service, and whose families are, for whatever reason, unable to accompany them, but who still may need an adult other than a parent to travel with them by train or by car, should also speak directly with their schools to determine what arrangements can be made under the circumstances.
  • For information specific to finding an accessible ride, go here
  • For a copy of the travel reimbursement forms in multiple languages, see here.

As always, we urge you to continue checking back on the DOE’s website or contacting 311 for updates and to advocate with your schools and central DOE offices if you need assistance (see here for AFC’s tips on advocacy).  If you are confused or encounter unexpected obstacles obtaining MetroCards, reimbursement, securing accessible transportation services, or arranging for other forms of assistance, contact the AFC Helpline at 1-866-427-6033 for information and assistance or send specific information about your case to us at josep@advocatesforchildren.org

Sincerely,

Advocates for Children of New York

The Citywide Council on Special Education November Public Meeting

The Citywide Council on Special Education

November Public Meeting

Talk to Officials from the Division of Students with Disabilities

Thursday, November 15, 2012

6:00 p.m.

The Institute for Basic Research (IBR)

1050 Forest Hill Road

Staten Island, NY 10314

Please keep comments to less than three minutes.

Translation services will be provided.

~ Refreshments will be available ~

Calendar of Events for PS 373R

  • Tuesday, November 13                    -PS 58 Parent Teacher Conference
  • Wednesday, November 14              -PS 58 Parent Teacher Conference
  • Thursday, November 15                  -School Spirit -T-Shirt Orders Due
  • Friday, November 16                       -Main/Mini Picture Day                                                      
  • Tuesday November 20                    -School Leadership Team Meeting – and -P861 Site Parent/Teacher Conferences
  • Thurs 11/22 & Frid 11/23              –NO SCHOOL –Thanksgiving break
  • Tuesday November 27                    -Petrides Picture Day AM
  • Thursday November 29                  -PTA Fair set up – and -Main/Mini/Petrides Parent/Teacher conference rescheduled

CON EDISON RESIDENTIAL CLAIM FOR FOOD AND MEDICINE SPOILAGE

Please link for the Con Ed Claim for Food and Medicine Spoilage resulting from loss of power during the Hurricane.

This applies to anyone who lost power during the storm long enough hours for refrigerated food and medicine to spoil.

Instructions are on the form. Questions should be addressed directly to Con Edison.-LINK HERE:  con ed claim form

Advocates for Children: Assistance Resources

 

Dear friends,

We hope you and your loved ones made it safely through Hurricane Sandy. As you know, the New York City public schools have experienced a number of disruptions due to the storm. We wanted to pass along the following information and resources to assist you and your families as students transition back to school.

School Closures and Relocations

The majority of New York City schools reopened today. A number of schools, however, sustained severe damage from the storm and remain closed. Those schools will be temporarily relocated, and the Department of Education says they will reopen to students on Wednesday, November 7. You can find a list of relocated schools, as well as the schools that will host them, here. In some instances, schools will be relocated across multiple sites. Additional schools remain closed today because they are serving as shelter sites or do not have power. Students in those schools can return on Wednesday, November 7. 

All schools will be closed on Tuesday, November 6 for Election Day.

For the most current information on school closures and relocations, visit the Department of Education’s website.

Students Living in Temporary Housing

Many families have been displaced by the storm and are currently staying with friends or relatives, or at a motel or shelter. These families are considered homeless under the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act. Under McKinney-Vento, homeless children residing outside their original school district have the right to continue to attend their school of origin OR enroll in a school closer to their temporary residence. 

Displaced elementary and middle school students who wish to attend the zoned school for their temporary residence can find their zoned school by visiting schools.nyc.gov or calling 311. If there is no zoned school for an address, you should visit an enrollment office. To find the enrollment office nearest you, visit schools.nyc.gov or call 311. All displaced high school students should visit an enrollment office if they would like to enroll at a high school that is closer to their new residence. Displaced students do not need to provide any documents in order to enroll.

For more information on students’ rights under the McKinney-Vento Act, visit the website of Advocates for Children’s New York State Technical and Education Assistance Center for Homeless Students (NYS-TEACHS) at www.nysteachs.org or call the NYS-TEACHS toll-free Helpline, 1-800-388-2014. 

Additional Resources

If you or your loved ones have been affected by Hurricane Sandy and are in need of assistance, you can register with FEMA for aid. To do so, call (800) 621-3362 or TTY (800) 462-7585 or register online at http://www.disasterassistance.gov/.
 
The Red Cross has shelters throughout affected areas. Visit their website for a listing or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).
 
Distribution locations for food, water, and blankets can be found here
 
Information on Disaster Unemployment Assistance is available here
 
Additional information about the relief effort can be found at http://www.nyc.gov/html/index.htmlhttp://www.governor.ny.gov/, and http://www.fema.gov/sandy
 
 
For other questions related to the NYC schools, AFC will try to help. Call the Jill Chaifetz Education Helpline, 1-866-427-6033, Monday to Thursday, 10 am to 4 pm.

2012 Halloween Events in Staten Island: Pooch Parade, Spooktaculars and More!

  • “Spooktaculars,” Oct. 21, 5:30-9 p.m. at Staten Island Zoo, 614 Broadway, 718-815-0242; StatenIslandZoo.org. Oct. 26, 7 p.m. at St. George Theatre, 35 Hyatt St.; 718-442-2900; StGeorgeTheatre.com. Oct. 26, 8 p.m.-midnight at The Renaissance, 2131 Hylan Blvd.; 718-354-9322 or 718-219-9564; cfhalloween@verizon.net.  

  • “The 20th Annual El Dia de los Muertos Celebration,” 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Oct. 21, Bldg. P, Snug Harbor Cultural Center & Botanical Garden, 1000 Richmond Terr., Livingston; 718-425-3517 or 718-448-8348.

  • Haunted Houses by Corinne May Botz- Photo exhibit at Alice Austen House, 2 Hylan Blvd., Staten Island – starting Friday, October 19, 2012 11a.m. to 5p.m. For more than ten years, the Corinne May Botz searched for ghost stories in buildings across the United States. She ventured into these haunted places with both camera and tape recorder in hand; her photographs, accompanied by first-person narratives, reveal a rare glimpse into American interiors, both physical and psychological. $3.00 donation LINK HERE 
  • Autism Friendly Halloween Party – Saturday, October 27th, Noon to 4 p.m. at The Lake Club, 150 Clove Road T. (718) 442-3600 Pumpkin Painting, Scarecrow Making, Face Painting, Prizes, Costumed Characters and Much More! All Proceeds go to GRACE foundation. $5.00 per child, $15.00 per family (3 or more children).

  • Pooch Parade Saturday, October 20, 2012 at 12:00 p.m.2:00 p.m. Location: Hylan Boulevard and Cornelia Avenue (in Wolfes Pond Park), Staten Island Who will the winner be? Bring your pooch our for our fantastic Halloween party for pooches.  Prizes awarded for best costume, longest tail, and much more. This event is presented by Syfy. Syfy is the proud sponsor of 14 NYC Parks fall-themed events across the city, including Pumpkin Fest in Central Park on Saturday, October 27!

 

Staten Island Developmental Disabilities Council October Meeting Schedules

  • Family Support Services Advisory Council Committee Monday, October 15th @9:30 am 930 Willowbrook Road Building 12G Conference Room RSVP:  Diane Peruggia @Dperuggia@aol.com
  • Health & Clinical Committee Wednesday, October 17th @9:30 am Always on the third Wednesday every month A Very Special Place 55 Quintard Street RSVP:  Dorothy Clark @Dorothyaclark10@aol.com
  • Advocacy Committee No Meeting scheduled       Proposal Review Committee No meeting scheduled
  • Staten Island Disabilities Council General Council Meeting  Tuesday, October 23rd 9:00 am – 1:00 pm IBR1050 Forest Hill Rd Residential Quality of Life Presentation *Registration begins at 8:30 am RSVP:  Angela Edwards@  contactsiddc@siddc.org  Note: this meeting replaces the original date on Friday 10/19
  • Service Coordination Committee Tuesday, October 23rd @ 2:30 pm A Very Special Place 55 Quintard St. RSVP: Cris Marchionne cmarchionne@pccsny.org
  • Willowbrook Property Planning Committee  Wednesday, October 24th @ 9:30 am @College of Staten Island, Bldg. 1L Archives Section of the Library   RSVP:  Diane Buglioli @  dbuglioli@avspny.org
  • Adult Services Committee Friday, October 26th @ 9:30 @ IBR 1050 Forest Hill Road  RSVP: Iris Goldberg IJED4@aol.com
  • Education Committee Tuesday, October 30th @ 9:30 am @ Elizabeth Connelly Center 930 Willowbrook Road, Bldg. 41A Conference Room RSVP:  Laura Kennedy lkennedy@siuh.edu

Fundraiser at Hair Essentials for “Speaks for Autism” Sunday, October 14, 2012

Hair Essentials

SPEAKS FOR AUTISM

AND

STANDS UP TO CANCER

Sunday, October 14, 2012

11:00am to 5:00pm

$20.00 Blow Out

Half of the proceeds will benefit THE GRACE Foundation of NY

And

Half of the proceeds will benefit Making Strides for Breast Cancer

Walk-ins or Appointments

Hair Essentials

3279 Richmond Avenue

(Greenridge Shopping Center)
718-356-8300

Parents as Partners Week in NYC – Staten Island Meeting

Staten Island Federation Parent-Teacher Associations Meeting 

Monday, 10/15/2012 
9a.m. Sign-In

Petrides Complex, Building C
715 Ocean Terrace
Staten Island, NY 10301

Division of Family and Community Engagement Executive Director

Jesse Mojica will give opening remarks at this month’s Delegate Assembly

meetings to kick-off Parents as Partners week.