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


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Spiderman 3 (Photo credit: Oscar J Baeza)



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 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

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.