AHRC – Overview of Waiver Services, Medicaid & Social Security Benefits

AHRC Workshop (Association for the Help of Retarded Children)  Main Office – 83 Maiden Lane, NYC 10038, Penthouse

Thursday, October 22, 2009 from 6pm-8pm

Join AHRC experts as they provide an overview of Waiver Services, Medicaid, and Social Security Benefits for your family member with a developmental disability. We will outline the eligibility requirements and tell you about the details particular to each benefit along with some little known tools and tips of the trade. 

For those who will attend you must register by providing the following information:

1.    Full Name 

2.    Mailing Address

3.    Telephone number

4.    Email Address

5.    Company Name

(Only if the mailing address you have listed is a company address.)

6.    Please tell us if you are an AHRC Member

You may respond by filling out the required information and replying to this email.  You may also call Donna Gifford at 212-780-2713 or Jennifer Amendola at 212-895-3446.  Please feel free to disseminate this form to anyone you think would benefit from this session but make sure that they understand that they have to register.  Registration can be mailed in by printing and mailing this form to either Jennifer or Donna’s attention c/o AHRC 83 Maiden Lane New York, NY  10038.

Transportation Options:

 By Train:    J, M, Z, 4 or 5 to Fulton Street

                             2 or 3 to Wall Street

                             A or C to Broadway Nassau

          By Bus:      M1 or M6 to Cortlandt Street

                             M9, M15 to Maiden Lane

          By Ferry:    To Whitehall Street/South Ferry

Pumpkin Picking at Decker Farms in Staten Island, October 2009


Part of the Historic Richmond Town complex, Decker Farm is accessible from HRT by shuttle bus. Decker hosts seasonal farm activities, including an annual autumn pumpkin patch. Saturdays and Sundays in October, and Columbus Day, Monday, October 12, 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Visit the historic 1800s Decker farm and bring home a pumpkin; enjoy a self-guided tour, hayride and corn maze. Shuttle bus leaves from HRT parking lot; included in site admission. AT HISTORIC RICHMOND TOWN.

Historic Richmond Town link here

$5/person, $16/family of 4.

“It’s Not the Same Old Playground – The Rules Have Changed” Thursday, October 1, 2009

I.D.E.A.L. – Information Dealing with Education and Learning www.sites.google.com/site/31ideal

“It’s Not the Same Old Playground – The Rules Have Changed”

A workshop for families with school age children dealing with issues in the modern world: self-esteem/weight issues, abuse, drinking and drugs.

Meeting will be held at St. John’s University, 300 Howard Ave, SI, NY, 10301 on Thursday, October 1, 2009 from 7 to 9p.m.

Refreshments will be served. Seating is limited. Attendance is always free! RSVP Joan McKeever-Thomas theneeze83@yahoo.com or 178-605-1400 OR Rosette Allegretti allegrer@stjohns.edu

Upcoming “Your Child’s Mental Health” Conference Calls

 From NAMI National Alliance Next Spanish-language call:

Wednesday, October 7 – 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm
Miércoles 7 de Octubre de 2009 – 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Topic/Tema: Psychiatric Medication for Children and Adolescents / Medicación Psiquiátrica para Niños y Adolescentes
Presenter/Conferencista invitado: Jose Romero-Bosch, M.D., Medical Director of Hispanic Counseling Center (Hempstead, Long Island) / Director Médico del Centro de Consejería (Hempstead, Long Island)

Next English-language call:

Wednesday, October 21 from 12:00 – 1:00 pm

Topic: Back to School: School Anxiety and School Refusal
Presenter: Joanna A. Robin, Ph.D., Columbia University

To participate in conference calls:
Dial toll free 1.866.502.8312, then enter pass code 990738#. You will be prompted for your name, but if you wish to be anonymous just say: “parent,” “provider” or “other.”
Para poder participar de manera gratuita en esta conferencia siga los siguientes pasos:
Marque al: 1.866.502.8312, seguido por el código 990738#. Inmediatamente le pedirán su nombre. Pero, si desea participar de manera anónima sólo diga: “padre,”  “proveedor” u “otro.”

Body & Soul: Diana & Kathy on PBS.org

Body & Soul: Diana & Kathy premieres Thursday, October 1, 2009.

The film Body & Soul: Diana & Kathy chronicles the lives of two of the country’s most remarkable advocates for people with disabilities. Diana Braun, who has Down syndrome, and Kathy Conour, who has cerebral palsy, met three decades ago and vowed to fight to live independent lives. Fearful of being shut away in a nursing home or forced into a state-run institution, Diana and Kathy broke the rules, escaped the system, and modeled a grand experiment in independent living.

As a result of their efforts, today Diana and Kathy are well-known as a tireless and dynamic pair of lobbyists and activists in the disability movement. Although Kathy is non-verbal, through the help of a mouth stick and the Pathfinder assistive communication device, she writes articles for national magazines and has a lively email correspondence with leaders in the disability rights movement. Kathy also serves on boards, and continues to lobby effectively for disability rights—Kathy was once even arrested, power chair and all. Diana drives, cooks, shops, takes care of scheduling doctor’s appointments and has been Kathy’s personal assistant and friend for more than 35 years.

Diana and Kathy participate in the democratic process by visiting their congressional representatives and helping to influence laws that support people with disabilities (Credit: Dean Williams and Associates).


ARIS Parent Link – Go On-Line and See Your Child’s Academic Information

In ARIS Parent Link, you can find:

  • Up-to-date academic information about your child, available in nine languages

  • Results and explanations of assessments your child has taken

  • Your child’s attendance record

You can log in to ARIS Parent Link anytime, from any computer.

To get started, you need:

  1. A computer with Internet access
  2. An e-mail address
  3. Your child’s ID number (OSIS #)
  4. Your temporary password (you can get this from your child’s school)

 Go to: www.arisparentlink.org

If you need assistance in logging on to your child’s account, call the Parent Coordinator for PS 373R, Kirsten Rorke (718) 816-8897 ext. 2511

PS373R September PTA Meeting and Potluck Dinner – Tuesday, September 29, 2009

You are invited to the PS 373R PTA Meeting and Potluck Dinner!

On Tuesday, September 29th we are having our first PTA meeting/Potluck Dinner of the year! Please join us in the Auditorium at our Main Site, 91 Henderson Ave. (corner of Lafayette) Doors open at 4:30 p.m. and the meeting starts at 5:00 p.m. Bring your favorite dish to share! All families from ALL of our sites are invited. Please come meet the other families, meet your Principal, and enjoy a nice night out.

Questions? Call John Scarso, PTA President (718) 986-8856.