English Language Learners (ELL) Parent Conference – May 20, 2011, NYC

ELL Parent Conference

May 20, 2011

The Office of English Language Learners will host The Power of Choice: New York City’s Programs for ELLs-Planning a Summer of Learning and Fun! along with the Office for Family Information and Action, the Division of Community Engagement, the Office of Public Affairs, EPIC (Every Person Influences Children), and Learning Leaders on May 20, 2011 at Columbia University’s Alfred Lerner Hall, in Manhattan. Panelists will highlight the role of parents/guardians in their children’s education and parents/guardians will receive information about learning opportunities for their children during the summer. Translation services, breakfast, and lunch will be provided. Parent Coordinators should send a list of registrants  to Mabel Fu at mfu@metisassociates.com or contact her with registration questions at (212) 430-9188 by Thursday, May 12.  For additional information about the conference contact the Office of ELLs at oell@schools.nyc.gov, or 212-374-6072. Click here for registration forms and flyers available in nine languages.

Staten Island Federation of PTAs Delegate Meeting – Monday, April 11, 2011

REMINDER – Staten Island Federation of PTAs 
Delegate Meeting – Monday, April 11, 2011
Conference Center – Petrides Complex
9:15 Sign In/Breakfast – 9:30 Start
Guest Speaker – Laura Rodriguez – Deputy Chancellor
Division of Students with Disabilities & English Language Learners

Will be discussing Phase I and SESIS


Free Assistive Technology Support Program at Cognitech Cafe


Dear Friends of the Cognitech Cafe’s FREE Assistive Technology Support Program, here are our hours for Spring and Summer 2011. We are available to help any school age children and their families (early intervention to college bound) discover how assistive technologies may help them address learning, communication, vision, hearing and physical access needs in the classroom. Parents may call or e-mail for a free appointment. Details below. Sundays available for appointments: call or e-mail.

  • May 1st at 10, 11, 12 or 1 pm
  • May 8th at 11, 12 or 1 pm
  • May 15th at 10, 11, 12 or 1 pm
  • May 22nd at 10, 11, 12 or 1 pm
  • May 29th at 2, 3, 4 and 5 pm
  • June 5th at 2, 3, 4 and 5 pm
  • June 12th at 2, 3, 4 and 5 pm
  • June 19th at 10, 11, 12, 1, 2, 3, or 4 pm
  • June 26th at 10, 11, 12, 1, 2, 3, or 4 pm
  • July 3rd at 10, 11, 12, 1, 2, 3, or 4 p
  • July 10th at 2, 3, 4 and 5 pm
  • July 17th at 2, 3, 4 and 5 pm
  • July 24th at 2, 3, 4 and 5 pm
  • July 31st at 2, 3, 4 and 5 pm
  • August 7th at 2, 3, 4 and 5 pm
  • August 14th at 2, 3, 4 and 5 pm
  • August 28th 10, 11, 12 or 1 pm

Assistive technologies may be used to augment a child’s ability to communicate, support writing and reading needs of children with learning challenges, and provide direct access to educational materials for children who have vision, hearing or physical impairments. Parents need to become informed consumers of such tools in order to advocate successfully for their children in the school system and on their IEP’s. In NYC, students are guaranteed such support by the Chancellor’s Continuum of Services Appendix B. Under Federal law all children are entitled to a “fair and appropriate education”, and assistive technologies often provide such a means toward success. We are available to support, train, and problem-solve any assistive technology need with parents. All interested parents must make an appointment by e-mail or phone (details below)–we are not available for walk-in services. After our one hour consultations with parents/children, we help them navigate school, public, and private resources for more formal assistive technology and augmentative communication evaluations when needed. Associated professionals are welcome to accompany the family and child as well. Parents are also invited to return with questions or for actual support with assistive technology products they or the schools acquire for the child.

For more information or to schedule an appointment, contact Mark Surabian at ATHelp@me.com or if you do not have e-mail, call 917-586-8000. Please be sure to indicate that you are interested in scheduling a consultation at the JCC in Manhattan. Where Support is Offered by Appointment: The Jewish Community Center In Manhattan – 334 Amsterdam Avenue at West 76th Street New York, NY 10023 Multimedia Center (computing center), Lower Level Two Basement E-mail or Call for Appointments: Mark Surabian, MA, ATP www.cognitechcafe.com  ATHelp@me.com  The CogniTech Cafe, Assistive Technology Support Center @ The JCC of Manhattan 917-586-8000

YAI 10th Annual Conference: Managing Care for Special Populations

Premier HealthCare, a member of the YAI Network, is sponsoring their 10th Annual One-Day Conference on Wednesday, May 4th, 2011.


The Conference will be held at the New York Hilton in midtown Manhattan. The conference program can be viewed at Premier HealthCare Brochure

SIDDC General Council Meeting – Wednesday, April 13, 2011 at 6:30 p.m.

Staten Island Developmental Disabilities General Council Meeting

 Wednesday, April 13th at 6:30pm

 Guests Speakers

 The Honorable Robert J. Gigante and Members of the Richmond County Surrogate’s CourtThe Surrogate’s Court of Richmond County has been recognized as a leader in public outreach and education. At this meeting, Judge Gigante and members of the Court will provide information on the role of the Court as it pertains to individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families, including a discussion on types of Guardianship.

Meeting to be held in the seminar room at:

The NYS Institute for Basic Research, 1050 Forest Hill Road, Staten Island, NY 10314 **RSVP: 718-983-5276 / contactsiddc@siddc.org

PBS NEWSHOUR to Air 6-Part Autism Series



6-part series airs during Autism Awareness Month April 18 – 26, 2011

ARLINGTON, VA (March 29, 2011) – Autism – it’s a developmental disorder that has become increasingly prevalent, affecting 1 out of 110 American children. Despite years of study, little is known about its cause and access to treatment varies.  Meanwhile, hundreds of thousands of American families hungry for answers struggle to care for the unique needs of children with the disorder.  Among them, Robert MacNeil, co-founder of the PBS NEWSHOUR and grandfather of Nick, a 6-year old boy with autism.

“I’ve been a reporter on and off for 50 years, but I’ve never brought my family into a story … until Nick,” MacNeil said, “because he moves me deeply.”

MacNeil and producer Caren Zucker tell the story of Autism Today in a 6-part broadcast series beginning Monday, April 18, 2011 and a robust online component where viewers can join the conversation.  Ms. Zucker has produced many stories on autism and is the mother of a 16-year old son with autism.