Resources for Children with Special Needs, Inc. Presents: Special Camp Fair

Resources for Children with Special Needs, Inc.


Special Camp Fair 2012

Saturday January 28, 2012 from 11AM-3PM

Location: Church of St. Paul the Apostle
(Columbus Ave. and W. 60th St. entrance)

Sign Language and Spanish provided


Receive a free copy of Camps 2011-2012

Learn about summer options for children with disabilities!

212-677-4650 ext. 20 or ext. 34

SIDDC Technology Summit at the JCC – Friday, November 4, 2011

Attached is a pdf file/brochure for a “Technology’ Summit”  on
Friday, November 4, 2011 at the JCC. SIDDC_Tech Brochure
Registration begins at 8:00 am and the conference will end by 2:15.
This summit consist of three inspiring workshops.  It is designed to encourage parents and persons who provide services to individuals that struggle with communication, literacy, cognition and learning to incorporate technology across all settings.  Prior knowledge of technology is helpful but not necessary.  Attendees will learn valuable information and knowledge on how to enhance the quality of life of all people with developmental disabilities by using simple technology tools and applications.

Register today at the low cost of $35. per person and learn how
technology can change lives!

For information email Chairpersons:

Barbara D’Amora
Diane Peruggia

……Or call 718.983.5276

Lives Worth Living – PBS Documentary about Fred Fay and the Disability Rights Movement

People with disabilities are one of the largest minorities in the United States. But for most of American history, they occupied a sub-class of millions without access to everyday things most citizens take for granted: schools, apartment buildings, public transportation, and more. Some were forcibly sterilized under state laws. Others were committed to horrifying institutions where they were left and forgotten.

After World War II, however, things began to change, thanks to a small group of determined people with an unwavering determination to live their lives like anyone else, and to liberate all disabled Americans of the limitations their government refused to accommodate.

Lives Worth Living traces the development of consciousness of these pioneers who realized that in order to change the world they needed to work together. Through demonstrations and inside legislative battles, the disability rights community secured equal civil rights for all people with disabilities. Thanks to their efforts, tens of millions of people’s lives have been changed.

This film is an oral history, told by the movement’s mythical heroes themselves, and illustrated through the use of rare archival footage. The story features Fred Fay, who suffered a spinal cord injury at age 17 in 1961, and simply refused to be relegated to life’s sidelines just because he couldn’t walk. He fought tirelessly for decades for equal rights, access, and opportunity for the disabled, including advocating for programs allowing the disabled to live independently. (Fred died August 20, 2011; the film is dedicated to him.) Also featured is Ed Roberts, who founded the independent living movement in Berkeley and is also considered a father of the disability rights movement.

Echoing footage of Martin Luther King marching in Selma, we see protestors climb from wheelchairs and drag themselves courageously up courthouse steps; we watch as quadriplegic activists maneuver their chairs in front of public buses that are not equipped to accommodate them.

The film ends with the dramatic battle for the Americans with Disabilities Act, one of the most important pieces of civil rights legislation in America’s history. The thousands of individuals who came together to change attitudes and laws demonstrated the power of humanity, cooperation, and self-determination, and what can be accomplished against seemingly insurmountable obstacles.


The People First Waiver – OPWDD Service System Reform – Statewide Video Conference November 9, 2011

Dear OPWDD Stakeholder:

The People First Waiver is OPWDD’s vehicle for service system reform and improvement. It is embodied in this year’s Comprehensive Plan (the 5.07 Plan), which has just been released for review. OPWDD invites you to comment on the draft plan and the waiver initiative at a statewide videoconference hearing that will take place in 13 locations around the state on November 9.

In addition, OPWDD is hosting a series of five informational briefings on the new People First Waiver in early November. These will occur at locations across the state and will provide an update on OPWDD’s development of the new waiver by Commissioner Burke or a staff member from the 1115 Waiver Unit. These briefings also will provide time for you to ask questions. Advanced registration is required.

To view the draft plan and sign up to give testimony at the November 9 hearing, or to register to attend a People First Waiver briefing near you, please visit

Copies of the registration forms are attached and can be sent via fax to 518-402-4325.

OPWDD will continue to provide similar opportunities for dialogue and information exchange in the future. As always, if you are not able to attend a session in person, you are encouraged to contact us via email at or by phone at 1-866-946-9733 or (TTY) 1-866-933-4889 to let us know your thoughts.


Courtney Burke


PS 373R Parent Teacher Conference Schedules

Parent Teacher Conferences November 2011 Date &

Afternoon hours

Evening hours
Main/Mini Thursday, Nov. 3rd

1:00 – 3:00 p.m.

5:30 – 8:00 p.m.
PS 65 Tuesday, Nov. 15th

1:00 – 2:30 p.m.

5:30 – 8:00 p.m.
PS 58 Tuesday, Nov. 15th

12:35 – 2:35 p.m.

6:00 – 8:30 p.m.
PS 861 Thursday, Nov. 17th

1:00 – 3:00 p.m.

6:00 – 8:30 p.m.
Petrides Thursday, Nov. 17th

12:50 – 2:50 p.m.

5:30 – 8:00 p.m.
PS 22 Tuesday, Nov. 15th

12:35 – 2:35 p.m.

6:00 – 8:30 p.m.

AMC Sensory Friendly Films for Families Affected by Autism

In partnership with The Autism Society, AMC Theatres is bringing AMC Sensory
Friendly Films to families affected by autism on a monthly basis in select
communities. Please follow this link to see the schedule of movies and the
locations of the theatres:

AMC Theatres Promenade 16, a 16-auditorium mov...

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. While there
are no AMC Theatres on Staten Island, there are several in New York City and
in New Jersey.