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Where to get information on UPK

Posted by ECDC on October 19, 2012 at 9:30 AM Comments comments (0)

information for parents on related services for preschool students

Posted by ECDC on September 28, 2012 at 11:25 AM Comments comments (0)

Information for Parents on

Related Services for Preschool Students

Fall 2012

Preschool students with disabilities have the right to get all the services that are listed on their Individualized Education Programs (IEPs). A child’s IEP may include related services such as speech therapy, occupational therapy, or physical therapy. If a preschool child’s IEP includes related services and does not include a preschool special education class, the NYC Department of Education’s Committee on Preschool Special Education (CPSE) will assign a related services provider to provide those services.1

Here is a description of the current process for assigning a related services provider and information about what you can do if your child’s preschool related services are not in place.

Process for Assigning a Related Services Provider To a Preschool Student

Most preschool students will receive related services through an agency that has a contract with the CPSE. Each agency works with many different providers who provide services such as speech, occupational, and physical therapy. Your child’s CPSE administrator will send your child’s case to an agency, and the agency will assign the student to a related services provider who works for the agency. If the agencies that have contracts with the CPSE cannot find a provider for your child, the CPSE will find a different provider, called an “independent provider,” to work with your child.

The CPSE will take the following steps:

1. The CPSE will send your child’s case to a first group of agencies. The first group has five days to assign a related services provider to your child.

2. If the first group of agencies does not assign a provider within five days, the CPSE will send your child’s case to a second group of agencies. They will also have no more than five days to assign a provider.

3. If the second group of agencies does not assign a provider, the CPSE will send your child’s case to a third group of agencies. They will also have no more than five days to assign a provider.

4. If the agencies that have contracts with the CPSE do not assign a provider to your child within the overall 15-day window, the CPSE will select and sign a contract with an independent provider.

1 Children recommended for a preschool special education class and related services should receive their related services at their preschool special education program, so the process described in this fact sheet does not apply.

In some preschool students’ cases, the CPSE had already signed an agreement with an independent provider before the 2012-13 school year began. These agreements will remain in place, and the CPSE will not follow the above steps. In addition, if a preschool student has a 12-month IEP and was already receiving a related service from an independent provider over the summer, the student can continue working with the same provider during the school year. For all other preschool students, the CPSE will follow the steps above to assign a provider.

Process To Use if Preschool Related Services Are Not in Place

Unless your child was recently evaluated for the first time, your preschool child’s related services should now be in place. If services are not in place, you may take the following steps. You may also take these steps if there is a problem with the location of the provider (e.g., the provider expects to come to your home, but your child is in preschool during the day, or the provider expects you to travel a long distance to the provider’s office).

1. Call your child’s CPSE administrator.

2. If the CPSE administrator does not respond or is not helping to arrange for services to begin quickly, e-mail [email protected], an e-mail address the DOE has established to respond to problems with related services. Please include your child’s name, date of birth, NYC ID #, CPSE administrator, a description of the problem, and a description of your efforts to address the problem by working with your CPSE administrator. Please feel free to copy Jessica Rubin-Wills at Advocates for Children at [email protected] on your e-mail so that we are aware.

Know Your Rights

It has always been the CPSE’s responsibility to arrange for related services providers for preschool students, and the legal rights of preschool students and their parents remain unchanged. Children continue to have the right to receive appropriate services pursuant to their IEPs and to receive those services in a timely manner. Children have the right to receive these services in the least restrictive environment, which is usually the child’s preschool, child care center, or home. Sometimes, the IEP team determines that a child should receive services in a different location such as a related services agency. Preschool students who receive services at a related services agency have the right to transportation reimbursement or transportation services.

Advocates for Children of New York, Inc.

151 West 30th Street, 5th Floor, New York, NY 10001

Phone: (212) 947-9779, Fax: (212) 947-9790

Jill Chaifetz Education Helpline: 1-866-427-6033 (toll free)

Monday through Thursday, 10am to 4pm

This fact sheet does not constitute legal advice. This fact sheet attempts to summarize existing policies or laws without stating the opinion of AFC.

If you have a legal problem, please contact an attorney or advocate.

Copyright © September, 2012 by Advocates for Children of New York, Inc.

Parent support group for children with feeding concerns

Posted by ECDC on September 24, 2012 at 1:40 PM Comments comments (0)

Challenge Early Intervention Center is holding a

Parent Support Group for parents of Young Children with Feeding concerns

facilitated by Dr. Sharon Beaumont-Bowman

Will have its first meeting on

Monday, October 15, 2012

9 a.m.-11 a.m.

Challenge Early Intervention Center,

649 39th Street, Brooklyn, NY 11232

For more information and to RSVP, contact Shoshana Tanenbaum

718-851-3300 Ext 155 [email protected]

Parent Workshops for parents with children that are school age (5-21)

Posted by ECDC on September 24, 2012 at 1:25 PM Comments comments (0)

NYC is Reforming Community Schools.

Do you know how it will affect your child?

Would you like to know how the reform will impact your child?

Do you have a copy of your child’s Individual Education Program (IEP)?

Would you like help to get a copy of your child’s IEP?

Do you need help understanding your child’s IEP?

CIDNY Step Up is a free program that is ready to help you and your child with information on school reform and the IEP.

For help, contact: Aillen Aponte, Youth Programs Coordinator

646-442-4152, [email protected]

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Free September 2012 Parent Workshops

Wed, 9/12, School reform: learn how it will affect your child

Wed, 9/26, Individual Education Program (IEP): what is in your child’s IEP

Wed, 10/3, walk-in clinic: bring your child’s IEP to review with us

**All workshops will be from 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm

**please contact us for locations

CIDNY Step Up is a free program that is ready to help you and your child with information on school reform and the IEP.

If you are interested in attending or finding out more information:

Contact: Aillen Aponte, Youth Programs Coordinator

646-442-4152, [email protected]

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Important Checklists

Posted by ECDC on September 7, 2012 at 11:40 AM Comments comments (0)

Here are some great checklists provided by the ECDC in Syracuse

Click here for the following checklists:

-developmental checklist in english

-Developmental checklist in spanish

-Preschool checklist for motor,adaptive, and sensory processing.

-Behavior observation

Advocates for Children answer important questions

Posted by ECDC on August 28, 2012 at 3:15 PM Comments comments (0)

Advocates for Children wanted to share with you  a document theycreated at AFC answering questions pertinent to families of students with disabilities that typically come up at this time of year (E.g. what to do if your child doesn’t have a school assignment yet, what if a child is registered for a school but when they get there next week the school says there’s no longer a seat available, etc…).

This is the English version

This is the Spanish version

If you want to do some further reading, the DOE’s “Back to School Flyer” is available at http://schools.nyc.gov/ChoicesEnrollment/PE12_Documents in English and 9 other languages.

Gigi's Playhouse

Posted by ECDC on August 28, 2012 at 3:15 PM Comments comments (0)

MONTHLY EVENTS:

NEW PARENT GROUP

Join new parents to discuss their experiences. Make connections, receive support and learn about resources helpful to the Down syndrome community. This is for anyone with a child in Early Intervention (ages 0-3). Stacey Calcano will host this group.

When: Sunday, September 9th at 10 am

FAMILY PIZZA NIGHT

Join host Camille Saunders for Pizza Dinner at the Playhouse. Parent chat, kids play, most kids leave in PJs. It`s a Playhouse tradition to meet old friends and make new ones.

When: Wednesday, September 12th at 5:30 pm

EDUCATOR OPEN HOUSE

GiGi`s Literacy and Math programs are looking to partner with educational institutions around the city as well as teachers and therapists. These partnerships will support academic tutoring and therapeutic programs at the Playhouse. Please encourage your therapists and teachers to join this informative event!

For more information contact [email protected]

When: Thursday, September 13th at 6:30 pm

 

VOLUNTEER ORIENTATION/BRAINSTORM

This is your chance to learn the nuts and bolts of how the Playhouse works and discover ways to use your skill, talent and time to enrich the community. If you are new to volunteering or want to expand a program you are already involved with, please join.

When: Saturday, September 15th at 1 pm

PICNIC IN THE PARK

Join our 3rd Picnic in Central Park. Relax with new friends and old while the kids enjoy the lake, playground, fishing and exploring. Everyone is welcome: siblings, cousins, friends... the more the merrier! Bring a dish to share and a blanket to sit on.

visit our on-line calendar for detailed directions:

http://gigisplayhouse.org/newyork/calendar

When: Sunday, September 16th at 11am

NDSS BUDDY WALK

Annual Walk to raise awareness and funds for the National Down Syndrome Society. Meet us at the GiGi`s table. Look for the red balloons and smiling faces.

Join us afterward for a picnic on the Great Hill.

Our on-line calendar has detailed directions:

http://gigisplayhouse.org/newyork/calendar

When: Saturday, September 22nd at 10 am

KIRSTEN DeBEAR - GAMES FOR LEARNING

Kirsten DeBear, MSEd, OTR will share her expertise in helping children learn academic skills through table top games. This lecture will introduce games that help children learn to focus, attend and organize their actions, develop perceptual motor skills and learn to think.

When: Wednesday, September 26th at 6:30 pm

Join us for our September Events

 

GiGi's Playhouse is the ONLY community center specifically designed for individuals with Down syndrome and their families. And it's all free! Learn more.

PLAYHOUSE IS CLOSED 9/1 - HAPPY LABOR DAY!

MONTHLY EVENTS:

NEW PARENT GROUP

Join new parents to discuss their experiences. Make connections, receive support and learn about resources helpful to the Down syndrome community. This is for anyone with a child in Early Intervention (ages 0-3). Stacey Calcano will host this group.

When: Sunday, September 9th at 10 am

FAMILY PIZZA NIGHT

Join host Camille Saunders for Pizza Dinner at the Playhouse. Parent chat, kids play, most kids leave in PJs. It`s a Playhouse tradition to meet old friends and make new ones.

When: Wednesday, September 12th at 5:30 pm

EDUCATOR OPEN HOUSE

GiGi`s Literacy and Math programs are looking to partner with educational institutions around the city as well as teachers and therapists. These partnerships will support academic tutoring and therapeutic programs at the Playhouse. Please encourage your therapists and teachers to join this informative event!

For more information contact [email protected]

When: Thursday, September 13th at 6:30 pm

 

VOLUNTEER ORIENTATION/BRAINSTORM

This is your chance to learn the nuts and bolts of how the Playhouse works and discover ways to use your skill, talent and time to enrich the community. If you are new to volunteering or want to expand a program you are already involved with, please join.

When: Saturday, September 15th at 1 pm

PICNIC IN THE PARK

Join our 3rd Picnic in Central Park. Relax with new friends and old while the kids enjoy the lake, playground, fishing and exploring. Everyone is welcome: siblings, cousins, friends... the more the merrier! Bring a dish to share and a blanket to sit on.

visit our on-line calendar for detailed directions:

http://gigisplayhouse.org/newyork/calendar

When: Sunday, September 16th at 11am

NDSS BUDDY WALK

Annual Walk to raise awareness and funds for the National Down Syndrome Society. Meet us at the GiGi`s table. Look for the red balloons and smiling faces.

Join us afterward for a picnic on the Great Hill.

Our on-line calendar has detailed directions:

http://gigisplayhouse.org/newyork/calendar

When: Saturday, September 22nd at 10 am

KIRSTEN DeBEAR - GAMES FOR LEARNING

Kirsten DeBear, MSEd, OTR will share her expertise in helping children learn academic skills through table top games. This lecture will introduce games that help children learn to focus, attend and organize their actions, develop perceptual motor skills and learn to think.

When: Wednesday, September 26th at 6:30 pm

 

SPOTLIGHT ON NEW PORGRAMS:

LITERACY TUTORING

GiGi's National Literacy Programs have taught thousands of children with Down syndrome to read. The program uses techniques that focus on the visual and kinesthetic strengths of learners with Down syndrome. If you'd like to apply for one-on-one literacy tutoring in the Fall, please email an application request by August 15th to: [email protected]

When: After school & weekends, October - December

Who: Children 4 and up are eligible.

(Also, note our Educator Open House on September 13th)

 

ADAPTIVE BALLET CLASS with Madeline Day

Children will learn classical ballet techniques, presented in a modified way that will encourage students to learn (and maintain) steps, terms and basic forms. Dance games will keep this class light while introducing the basics of classical ballet. Learning ballet can help with posture, body awareness and self confidence. If you are interested in signing your child up, please email an application request to: [email protected]

When: Tuesdays 4pm, starting September 18th

Who: Children 4-6 and 6-8

PHYSICAL THERAPY WORKSHOP

with Lisa Yoon PT, MS, PCS

After a successful summer pilot with infants and 4-year-olds, Lisa Yoon, PT, MS, PCS will expand these monthly group therapy workshop to include additional age groups. If you are interested in signing your child up, please email an application request to: [email protected]

When: Sunday mornings, once a month

Who: Several groupings of 3-4 children of similar age

UNDER 2's

with KIRSTEN DeBEAR MSEd, OTR

In this weekly playgroup parents & caregivers will benefit from the expertise of an experienced occupational therapist. Expect hands on assistance in facilitating play and life skills. If you are interested in signing up, please email an application request to: [email protected]

When: Wednesdays at 10am

Who: Children 2 and under and their caregivers

 

We're adding programs every day, so check our website for more events: www.newyork.gigisplayhouse.org

 

 

Welcome all!

GiGi's Playhouse NYC

educate. inspire. achieve.

[email protected]

www.gigisplayhouse.org/newyork

Hotline for Parents

Posted by ECDC on July 31, 2012 at 2:30 PM Comments comments (0)

NYC DOE Special Education Office Hours for Families

Special Education Hotline

Beginning 8/1/12, Available from 9pm-­‐5pm

Dial 311 OR 718-­‐935-­‐2007

click here for more information

Queens

30-­‐48 Linden Place

Flushing, NY 11354

90-­‐27 Sutphin Boulevard

Jamaica, NY 11435

 

TRAID-IN Program

Posted by ECDC on July 30, 2012 at 3:25 PM Comments comments (0)

What is TRAID-IN?

The TRAID-In Equipment Exchange Program is a statewide service that connects individuals with disabilities, searching for an afforable means to acquire needed devices, with people who have devices they wish to sell or donate.

 

TRAID-In participants advertise, at no cost, through a database containing both "wanted" and "available" listings, similar to those found in "want ad" digests.

For more information on TRAID-IN contact:

NYS commission on Quality of Care and Advocacy for Persons with Disabilities

401 State Street

Schenectady, NY 1305

800-624-4143

www.cqc.ny.gov

TRAID PROGRAM

Posted by ECDC on July 30, 2012 at 2:35 PM Comments comments (0)

What is Traid?

Technology-Related Assistance Individuals with Disabilities (TRAID) is a federally funded program administered by the New York State Commission on Quality of Care and Advocacy for Individuals with Disabilities.  The program's goal is to increase awareness and appropriate use of assistive technology by individuals with disabilities.

 

What is assistive Technology?

And assistive technology (AT) device is any item, product or piece of equipment that can be used to increase, maintain or improve the functional capabilities of individuals with disabilities...simple as a modifies toothbrush handle...complex as a voice activated computer system.

Assistive Technology services enable persons to know about, obtain and use devices that meet their needs.

What can Traid provide?

information and referral services

The TRAID-in equipment exchange services

Increased access to assistive technology through device demonstrations and loans.

Training on assistive technology.

What is available in my region?

The TRAID program, in collaboration with the Department of health Early Intervention Program, has twelve (12) Regional TRAID Centers, These centers provide:

Device Demonstration

Information and referral

Public Awareness and training

Local Advocacy Services

Early Intervention AT loan library-and more.

 

Who can use these services?

Services are available to individuals with disabilities of all ages, their family members, service providers, employers, educators, and others who are interested in diability related issues or assistive technology.

For more information on TRAID, contact:

NYS commission on Quality of Care and Advocacy for persons with Disablities.

401 State Street

Schenectady, NY 12305

www.cqc.ny.gov

1800-624-4143

 


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