Special Education Remote Learning Information/Contacts/Resources/Links

November 3, 2022

Coronavirus, Education

Coronavirus Information and Resources

New York Lawyers for the Public Interest (NYLPI) offers information and resources to students with disabilities, their caregivers, and other advocates. We will update the information weekly. Please contact us if you seek advocacy assistance regarding the education of your child with a disability by calling 212-244-4664 or at www.nylpi.org/get-help/.



What is Transition Planning? The federal Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) recognizes the importance of preparing students with disabilities for success after high school, and states that transition planning for students who receive special education services and have an Individualized Education Program (IEP) must begin by age 16 or younger.

To learn more about it please click https://www.nylpi.org/resource/special-education-transition-planning-factsheet/

Read translated editions of the Special Education Transition Planning Guide: Spanish | Chinese | Korean Haitian Creole |  Russian

  • Mental health concerns are a growing epidemic amongst children and young people locally, nationally, and globally. It’s a “silent” epidemic with loud consequences if not treated seriously and holistically. 
  • In nyc, public schools are NYC’s main youth mental health system. Where kids land often depends on what their parents can pay. 
  • Does this seem equitable and fair, especially when black and brown youth are disproportionately affected by these outcomes? Read more about it here >> Mental Health NYC Youth
  • Did you know that only 25% of NYC Subways are accessible to those with varying abilities? The MTA is facing a new legal challenge from New Yorkers with disabilities— just months after the transit agency settled two other lawsuits that resulted in a commitment to add elevators or ramps at most subway stations by 2055. Riders with disabilities are suing the MTA to close the gap between subway trains and the platform. The class-action lawsuit is brought on behalf of riders who are blind or use a wheelchair, represented by New York Lawyers for the Public Interest. Read more about it here: https://www.thecity.nyc/2022/10/25/23422853/riders-disabilities-sue-lawsuit-mta-gap-subway-train-platform
  • NYC School Bus Survey, Encuesta de autobuses escolares de la ciudad de Nueva York | This survey was created on behalf of the Citywide Council on Special Education, and the District 75 Citywide Council to collect parent stories and data about their busing issues and to explore family interest in being a litigant for a class action lawsuit. CCSE believes it will be helpful to have data to show a pattern of negligence by the New York City Department of Education to provide busing services mandated under federal special education laws. Find and participate in survey here >> www.tinyurl.com/NYCBUSINGSURVEY 
  •  Chalkbeat New York:
  • Chalkbeat New York: It is time to address a harsh reality that most prefer not to discuss: More than a century and a half after slavery was abolished, the dehumanization of Black children continues in classrooms across the country. It isn’t only the low expectations, stereotypes, and adultification of Black youth that undermines their physical, emotional, and academic well-being. A vast empathy divide also threatens their lives. White children are generally treated with more trust, compassion, and lighter discipline. Black children typically face harsh discipline, surveillance, and aggressive enforcement cast as “tough love”. Black students don’t need your ‘tough love.’ They need compassion. Read more about this topic here >> An empathy divide threatens the lives and well-being of Black children.
  • The City: Reporting for New Yorkers | Riders with Disabilities Sue MTA to Close the Gap Between Subway Train and Platform
  •  New guidance warns that children suspected of having disabilities are waiting too long for evaluations and special education services are not being fully implemented for some young kids in accordance with the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act. In a joint letter, the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Special Education Programs and the Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of Head Start are calling out state and local special education directors and Head Start programs for problems that they say have escalated since the COVID-19 pandemic. Find out and read more here >> Feds Raise Red Flags About Delayed Special Ed Evaluations, Other IDEA Violations
  • Facing a mounting crisis of delayed payments that have left some preschool providers hurtling toward insolvency, top education department officials vowed on Thursday to clear the backlog and pay providers on time. 
  • In the next two weeks, officials said they are spinning up “rapid response” teams to individually work with the community organizations that operate the bulk of the city’s free preschool programs. Read more about it here >> Chalkbeat: NYC vows to pay pre-K providers after lengthy delays
  • Office of Pupil Transportation | If you are unsatisfied with services and have not received a response to your complaint, please email [email protected]. 
  • District 75 Rideshare call 212 802-1502 or email [email protected] or [email protected].
  • MTA: Introducing Designated Open Stroller Areas | Traveling with babies and toddlers can be challenging. We want to make it a little easier. Currently, strollers must be folded before boarding all MTA NYCT buses. Beginning in the fall of 2022, we are running a pilot program to test Designated Open Stroller Areas on some of our buses. Providing designated space for open strollers on buses will allow your child to stay seated, and you can get on and off the bus more easily. To know more details click here >> https://new.mta.info/accessibility/bus-stroller-areas
  • HITE News: DOH Launches Public Awareness Campaign to Educate about RSV | DOH has launched a public awareness campaign to educate New Yorkers about the respiratory virus infections (RSV) that are spreading rapidly across the State and precautions they can take to protect themselves and their families. DOH requested that GNYHA inform members and others about the campaign so they could reiterate the messaging to parents. A short video includes helpful reminders and tips for keeping kids healthy. Three videos feature DOH Commissioner Mary Bassett, MD, two of which are geared to New Yorkers and one to health care providers. Dr. Bassett’s videos for providers and parents can be viewed via the respective links. Additional information on RSV for the public and providers is available on the DOH website. 
  • LEARNING LAB TUTORS STUDENTS WITH IEPS The Hunter College Learning Lab (HCLL) offers free one-on-one tutoring to children and adolescents with IEPs twice per week for a full year at Hunter College. For more information, contact Admissions Coordinator Carol Deere via email: hclearn[email protected]
  • NYC Taxi & Limousine Commission (TLC) has created a survey to establish a baseline for customer service and securement for passengers who use wheelchairs in accessible TLC-licensed vehicles. The purpose of this survey is to better understand customer experiences. Furthermore, they can assess whether the decal for WAV vehicles are effective and improves the passenger experience.
  • 988 is the updated suicide and crisis lifeline The 988 Frequently Asked Questions document is a helpful guide for sharing information on 988, a valuable resource for those in emotional distress. For more information click on the attached PDF (The PDF is available on the web page in English, Spanish, Simplified Chinese, Traditional Chinese, Haitian Creole, Arabic, Korean, Bengali and Russian): 988-faq-english.pdf
    • Anyone can call, chat, or text 988 who are:
      • suicidal
      • experiencing a mental health or substance use related crisis
      • experiencing any kind of emotional distress
      • worried about someone in distress
  • Chalkbeat: USDOE wants fairer behavior policies in schools for students with disabilities. Read the article here: Feds: Schools should reexamine discipline of students with disabilities – Chalkbeat: Essential education reporting across America
  • YAI provides free Psychological, Psychosocial, and Autism Evaluations for people seeking to apply for OPWDD services. More information found here: Getting Started (yai.org)
  • Interested in how disability and economic justice are related? Here is what you need to know!
  • Chalkbeat: What you need to know about the New Victory Education Partnership. Click here to find out more: School Partnerships | New Victory Theater
  • Hunter School of Education is offering free tutoring for special education students with IEPs in grades 1-12. For more information, contact Admissions Coordinator Carol Deere via email: [email protected]
  • Article – “Lawmakers Drop Plan To Ban Electric Shock Devices For Those With IDD” – read more about it here: Join – Disability Scoop

*For more information and how to register for some events, please visit here: Inclusive Services | Brooklyn Public Library (bklynlibrary.org)


  • Chalkbeat:Math and reading scores plummet on national test, erasing 20 years of progress” — COVID-19 shocked American education and stunned the academic growth of 9-year-olds… The gap between higher- and lower-performing students was already growing before COVID hit, but federal officials say the pandemic appears to have exacerbated that divide. Academic recovery efforts have been hampered by a host of issues, including a rise in student absenteeism, staffing challenges, and growing student mental health needs. In some schools, educators are also contending with an uptick in behavioral challenges and classroom disruptions. Details and data found here
  • FAFSA Opening October 1st:
    • The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) filing season opens on October 1st! Through FAFSA, students could receive federal grants, loans, and work-study jobs to help fund their education. The earlier families fill out the FAFSA, the better their chances are to receive aid, since some financial aid is awarded on a first-come, first-served basis, or from programs with limited funds. Here are some of the documents needed to apply, including tax documents and information about any investments or savings your family has. A Social Security Number is required, although students with undocumented parents can still apply.
    •  Federal Student Loan Forgiveness and Loan Repayment Pause
      • The Biden Administration announced plans for some student loan forgiveness and a final extension of the student loan repayment pause. The Student Loan Debt Plan includes the following:
        • Forgiving debt for qualifying federal student loan borrowers with annual income below $125,000 if filing as single or $250,000 if filing jointly or as head-of-household.
        • Up to $20,000 in federal student loan debt cancellation for those who attended college and received Pell Grants
        • Up to $10,000 in federal student loan debt cancellation for those who went to college and did not receive Pell Grants
        • A limited number of borrowers will have relief automatically applied but many will need to self-attest their incomes. To be notified when the process for self-attestation opens, sign up at the Department of Education subscription page.


  • Are you a parent to a teen or young adult with a disability living in the metro NY area? Would you like to speak with other parents making decisions for their children associated with age group? Find more information and register for webinars here: 10-6 Parents of Teens Group Flyer (1).pdf
  • FREE small-group literacy tutoring for 3rd graders: Everyone Reading is now accepting applications. Tutoring sessions will be held Saturday mornings via Zoom. The program is free, but attendance is required. For more information visit: After School Tutoring – Everyone Reading


  • The New York State Education Department’s Office of Special Education – Educational Partnership is a professional development and technical assistance network designed to support and empower schools and families in improving equity, access, opportunities, and outcomes for students with disabilities.
  • The Educational Partnership has recently launched a new website (https://osepartnership.org/), intended to be used by the public, including parents and families of students with disabilities, young adults with disabilities and education professionals.  The website includes contact information for Regional Educational Partnership Centers and Family and Community Engagement Centers as well as links to register for upcoming professional development and training offerings.
  • Questions or requests for more information may be directed to the Office of Special Education at [email protected].


  • The Department of Education program will be providing free classes at over 90 locations to help students earn their High School Equivalency Program http://p2g.nyc/contact/



  • More than $370 million in cuts this year to schools across the five boroughs will stand after an appeals court ruled Tuesday that New York City lawmakers won’t have to vote again on the education department budget. 
  • New York City issued significantly fewer suspensions last school year compared with pre-pandemic levels, according to figures released Thursday, even as many students were re-acclimating to in-person learning for the first time since buildings shuttered in 2020. Educators handed out 25,117 suspensions last year, down 23% since the 2018-19 school year, the most recent pre-pandemic year. The declines surprised some observers and experts who expected an uptick in student behavior issues last year, given increased stress, mental health issues, and the isolation many children experienced during the pandemic. Read more about it here >> Even as students returned to class full time, suspensions plunged in NYC last school year
  • On the surface, New Yorkers might assume that the state’s candidates for governor — Democratic Gov. Kathy Hochul and Republican Lee Zeldin — would have polar opposite approaches to education if they were elected. While that likely holds true in several ways, there are still many open questions about how both would craft policy for schools. Learn more here >> Where do Hochul and Zeldin stand on education?
  • A task force charged with rethinking the way New York City distributes school funding released recommendations on Friday that could help shift how hundreds of millions of dollars are distributed to more than 1,500 public schools. Many of the proposals would have implications for a broad swath of schools if adopted, including boosting funding at campuses that enroll more homeless students and those living in poverty. Read more about it here >> Cuts to specialized high schools, a boost to homeless students: NYC task force proposes budget changes
  • At NYC school with the sharpest drop in math scores, high poverty, crowded classrooms and a recent gun scare. Article covered by the Gothamist >>
  • Breaking News 11/2/2022: Affirmative Action in Higher Education– The U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments in two cases that could spell the end of affirmative action in higher education. If the court finds that colleges and universities can no longer consider race in admissions decisions, the ruling would set a precedent that could be used to attack efforts to foster racial diversity in K-12 schools. Read more about it here >> Supreme Court affirmative action cases could bolster attacks on school integration
  • New York City is sending extra money to schools that recently welcomed new students who are homeless, many of whom are asylum-seekers. The $12 million comes as the city has promised to support migrant families from South America who have a variety of needs. But the funding can’t be used to hire staff — and some say it falls short of what schools are owed.
  • A new analysis suggests that remote learning was not the “primary” driver of academic losses during the pandemic– Using the latest national and state testing data, a team of researchers found that districts that stayed remote during the 2020-21 school year did see bigger declines in math and reading than others in their state, but the pattern was inconsistent enough to make them think there were other big factors at work. Next, the team plans to look at how COVID death rates, internet access, and parent job losses may have affected scores. Read more here >> Remote learning not ‘primary’ driver of academic losses, new analysis suggests
  • Read about why we all should be responsible for struggling readers, says a Social Studies teacher in New York City’s Public School System and how many subject-area teachers aren’t trained to identify signs of dyslexia. Read more about it here: Struggling Readers
  • P.S. 16 shares how it has adapted to influx of migrant students: News 12 

    In-person Flatlands Library
    Tuesdays, November 1, 7, 14, 21 & 28
    4 pm EST

    “Join us as we plant seeds and watch them grow. Read stories, sing, dance. Take home plants and flowers. For children ages 4 to 9 with and without disabilities. A parent or caregiver must accompany the children. This is a bilingual English/Spanish program. Call 718.253.4948 for more information.”

  • Selective admission will return to dozens of New York City middle schools this fall after a two-year pandemic pause, but in far smaller numbers than before the pandemic — dramatically reshuffling the city’s notoriously stressful and complex application process. Read the full story here: NYC middle schools bring back selective admissions, but to far fewer campuses
  • As the COVID-19 pandemic worsened a mental health crisis among America’s young people, a small group of states quietly withdrew from the nation’s largest public effort to track concerning behaviors in high school students. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Youth Risk Behavior surveys that reach more than 80,000 students. Over the past 30 years, the state-level surveys, conducted anonymously during each odd-numbered year, have helped elucidate the mental health stressors and safety risks for high school students. To read more about the survey click here >> States opting out of a federal program that tracks teen behavior as youth mental health worsens
  • The Department of Education recently sent out a call-to-action outlining plans to organize food and clothing drives, resource fairs, “listening sessions” and focus groups leaning heavily on parents and volunteers to address the migrant student crisis. Learn more about what parents, community leaders, school staff, and others throughout the boroughs are doing to show their support >> NYC public schools forming ‘borough response teams’ as migrant crisis overwhelms classrooms
  • Many more students than usual missed big chunks of school during the pandemic, with some school districts seeing their chronic absenteeism rates double. When students miss 10% or more of their school year, they are more likely to disengage from school and drop out, but the metric doesn’t offer any insight into why a student missed so much class — a distinction that mattered a lot last year, when many students were out for long stretches with COVID or in quarantine. So why are students missing school so much? Read more about it here: Why are students missing so much school? The answer may lie in the chronic absenteeism ‘black box’
  • New York State Officials want the narrative to shift around struggling schools. The changes are supposed to be reflective of a system that pushes for improvements and support for all students, officials said, referring to the model as “continuous improvement.” Read more about it here: NY state officials seek to ‘shift the narrative’ around struggling schools
  • Schools are using federal aid to ramp up support for student mental health. How well it’s all going is unclear. Are the efforts to promote student mental health working? Read more about it here: Are efforts to support student mental health working? Help Chalkbeat investigate.
  • Education department budget directors last week warned some principals that they will likely have to pay back hundreds of thousands of dollars as part of a midyear budget adjustment. What does this mean for marginalized communities? Students with disabilities? Read more here: More budget cuts ahead for some NYC schools – Chalkbeat New York
  • A school funding task force has released preliminary proposals that could reshape spending at virtually every New York City public school, from those that serve large numbers of low-income students to the city’s most selective high schools. Here are the 6 recommendations the task force is considering:
    • New funding for high-need students and schools
    • Eliminating a special bonus for elite high schools
    • Reducing funding for career education and alternative high schools
    • Charging schools, the same amount per Teacher
    • Increase base funding for schools

More details and where to read the article can be found here: What is NYC’s school funding task force considering? Here are 5 key changes.

  • NYC Council passes a legislative package for universal childcare. Read about it here: New York Post
  • New data out of New York City, for example, shows that 41% of students in the nation’s largest district were chronically absent last year — the city’s highest rate in decades. Before the pandemic, that number typically sat at 25%, but it climbed to 30% earlier in the pandemic. Officials there hope to bring the rate back down to 30% this year.
  • When New York City schools received more than $7 billion in federal stimulus money last year, city officials planned to spend more than a quarter of it on one of then-Mayor Bill de Blasio’s signature initiatives: expanding preschool for 3-year-olds. As Mayor Eric Adams stares down a massive budget shortfall, New York City has no clear plans to sustain its growing 3-K program. Read the story here.
  • The conservative backlash against anti-racism and LGBTQ inclusion in schools has put intense pressure on many educators, causing schools to change in ways obvious and subtle. Read the story here.



NYC DOE Child Abuse Designated Liaison Training

  • This document provides information on what to do if a student has not attended school, the steps that should be taken, suggested interventions, a reminder of the existing criteria for emotional neglect and how to utilize the Tiered Response Protocol.



Saving Lives, Reducing Trauma: Removing Police from New York City’s Mental Health Crisis Response

  • NYLPI released a report documenting the results from a survey of New Yorkers who experienced mental health crises.
  • The responses show that when police are sent as the first responders to a mental crisis, individuals experience trauma, fear, and a distrust of our mental health system.

Read the full report here https://www.nylpi.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/10/FINAL_Mental-Health-Crisis-Response-Report.pdf



SNAP COVID-19 Information 

  • P-EBT food benefits will be issued as monthly in-person school attendance information provided by schools and school districts is reviewed and processed.
  • You can check the status of your child(ren)’s school in the NYS P-EBT School Listing at https://pebtschoollist.powerappsportals.us/
  • The Payment Status describes the status of a school’s file of eligible students for payment processing and will be one of the following types:
    • In Review: The school’s student file has been received and is being evaluated.
    • Issuing: The school’s student file has been received and NYS is in the process of distributing benefits to the school’s eligible children. It can take several weeks to distribute P-EBT food benefits to all of the eligible children in a school.
    • Pending: The school’s student file is awaiting review or has not yet been received. Please check back at a later date as the information is updated. For detailed information, https://otda.ny.gov/SNAP-COVID-19/Frequently-Asked-Questions-Pandemic-EBT.asp



Social Security Work Incentives

  • The Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) programs offer work incentives.
  • As the work incentive rules are complex, every beneficiary should consult with a certified benefits counselor before entering the work force and whenever an increase in pay is expected.
  • If you have any general questions about the work incentives, contact the Beneficiary Call Center at 866-968-7842 or 866-833-2967.
  • For more information, visit https://yourtickettowork.ssa.gov/resources/work-incentives.html

Rent Freeze and Homeowner Tax Exemption Events for People with Disabilities/65+

  • Find Rent Freeze Updates Here: Rent Freeze Program Updates (nyc.gov)
  • New Yorkers with a disability or over the age of 65 may be eligible for the NYC Rent Freeze Program, which includes the Senior Citizen Rent Increase Exemption (SCRIE) Program and the Disability Rent Increase Exemption (DRIE) Program to help participants stay in affordable housing by freezing their rent.
    • To be eligible, individuals must:
      • Be 62 years old OR at least 18 years old and disabled
      • Be the primary tenant named on the lease/rent order or have been granted succession rights in a rent controlled, rent stabilized or a rent regulated hotel apartment.
      • Have a combined household income for all members of the household that is $50,000 or less; and
      • Spend more than one-third of your monthly household income on rent. To apply Freeze Your Rent (nyc.gov)



A NYCSA light account, which does not require an authorization code, will not allow full access to protected information but will allow parents to change their contact information. You can login at http://www.mystudent.nyc/

  • There are two types of NYC Schools Accounts (NYCSA): NYCSA “full” and NYCSA “light.” To have NYCSA full, you must get a code from your student’s school. NYCSA full will provide all access to student information, including IEPs, transportation, the student’s guardian, school, and test scores, as well as to change basic contact information. You can create an account at http://www.mystudent.nyc/.

Non-Custodial Parents


About OPWDD from NYLPI

  • Undocumented person with developmental disabilities in need of services? No problem-Learn how to apply for OPWDD
  • Please check NYLPI’s Factsheet:

English: https://www.nylpi.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/07/OPWDD-Eligibility-for-UndocumentedFS-FINAL-5-12-21.pdf

Spanish: https://www.nylpi.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/07/OPWDD-Eligibility-Spanish-5-25-21.pdf



  • Chalkbeat: New data out of New York City, for example, shows that 41% of students in the nation’s largest district were chronically absent last year — the city’s highest rate in decades. Before the pandemic, that number typically sat at 25%, but it climbed to 30% earlier in the pandemic. Officials there hope to bring the rate back down to 30% this year.



Cash Assistance

$30 Monthly Discount on internet services through Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP)— Households with children in a NYC public school are eligible for the discount. You may be eligible if you make below a certain income or receive WIC, SNAP, or medical benefits. Learn more and check eligibility status here.

Food Pantries Near You

Emergency Food Assistance Program (EFAP) | NYC Human Resources Administration (HRA) –

Free food is available at pantries and food kitchens near you. Everyone is eligible for emergency food assistance, regardless of immigration status or income.


Services offered by trusted legal service providers at community-based organizations, hospitals, and schools. Free and safe legal help for immigrants could be found here: ActionNYC – ACCESS NYC

Find help in NYC with Food, Money, Housing, Work and more

Supporting Students with Incarcerated Parents 



MTA-OMNY for Reduced-Fare

  • Contactless fare payment program, OMNY, is coming this summer for our Reduced-Fare customers (seniors and those with eligible disabilities)! If you are already a Reduced-Fare customer. Learn more about this program https://new.mta.info/fares/omny-fare-capping

NYC Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs (MOIA)

Free and safe legal help for immigrants

  • ActionNYC offers free and safe immigration legal help regardless of immigration status. Services are offered by trusted legal service providers at community-based organizations, hospitals, and schools. Get free, comprehensive legal screenings to find out if you qualify for any immigration benefit. Get free legal help from an experienced legal representative for a range of cases, including: Citizenship, Green card applications and renewals, Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), Temporary Protected Status (TPS) and more.
  • Your information will be completely confidential and held by the organization helping you with your case. Sensitive information will not be shared with others. Services are offered in your language. The Resource and Referral Guide has information on services for recently arrived immigrant children and their families and caretakers, including refugees. These include education, child and family welfare, health, legal, and other services.

You are eligible if you’re an immigrant living in New York City, regardless of your documented status.



  • From YAI (Trainings)– These trainings will prepare professionals to becomes social-sexual educators and consent assessors for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD). Using a strength-based approach, our experts will share valuable insights that will address negative mindsets, unconscious biases, and dispel myths. Attendees will receive training on the YAI policies, conduct sexual consent assessments using the YAI Consent Tool, and obtain critical skills essential to becoming social-sexual educators. Details:
  • From New York Immigration Coalition (NYIC) Family Resource Fair | Join the NYIC’s Bronx Key to the City Family Resource Fair– The NYIC is organizing a family resource fair in the Bronx for families to connect with legal service providers, renew their IDNYC Cards, learn about educational resources, and more. This event is geared towards recent arrivals, as the school has seen an uptick in their enrollment and registration. Details below:
  • When: 11/29/22
  • Location: P.S. 25 Bilingual School. 
  • Time: 4pm-8pm
  • Register here >> https://www.tfaforms.com/4744959?Id=7014U000001iYG7
  • From IncludeNYC | November 18: Understanding the IEP for families (preschool) Attendees will learn:
    • About the Committee on Preschool Special Education (CPSE) process for developing a preschool IEP and your role within the process
    • How to identify and understand key components of the IEP
    • How to develop relationships and practices that build home-school collaboration and support your student’s success.

NYC families & professionals are welcome! Presented by the Queens Regional Partnership Center and the Early Childhood Family and Community Engagement (FACE) Center

  • Advocates for Children (AFC): MIDDLE & HIGH SCHOOL APPLICATION SEASON IS HERE. Students can submit an application online at MySchools.nyc, by visiting a Family Welcome Center, or through their current school counselor. The deadline to apply is December 1, 2022. Learn more and explore your options here: NYC DOE – HS 
  • HITE: Health Insurance Enrollment and Medical Respite Program NYS of Health Marketplace Open for Enrollment— New Yorkers can visit the New York State of Health Marketplace to recertify, enroll in, or change their 2023 health insurance through January 2023. For assistance with the Marketplace, individuals can call 1-855-355-5777 (TTY 1-800-662-1220). Assistance is available Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m., and Saturday, 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Please visit hitesite.org to find health insurance information and enrollment services.
  • The East NY Gives/ Refugee and Asylum Seekers Resource Event | Asylum seekers welcome! Resource event will be distributing food, clothing, and personal care items. Providers will be available for legal, health, and benefits related services. IDNYC will be on site; its encouraged to bring any identifying documents and residency information. Link to flyer and more details here >> Recently Arrived Immigrants and Asylum Seeker Resource Event Flyer


Advocates for Children (AFC)

  • BULLYING IN NYC SCHOOLS: HOW TO IDENTIFY IT AND WHAT TO DO– It is crucial that our students feel safe and supported in their learning environments. We’ll cover the different types of bullying and harassment students face, what schools must do to protect students, and available supports. Learn more and watch here >> https://youtube.com/playlist?list=PL3a_EooC0xyd7YH8upy5jBJYqeNyHF6aI 
  • DOE TRANSFER HIGH SCHOOL FAIR. Meet representatives from 42 transfer schools across NYC and learn more about NYS Regents Diplomas, their small learning communities, AP courses, Learning-to-Work internships, job certification programs and more. Learn more here >> Transfer High School Fair
  • HIGH SCHOOL APPLICATION SEASON IS HERE. The high school application for students entering ninth grade in fall 2023 is now open! Students can submit an application online at MySchools.nyc, by visiting a Family Welcome Center, or through their current school counselor. The deadline to apply is December 1, 2022. Learn more and explore your options here: NYC DOE – HS
  • REQUESTING SPECIAL EDUCATION COMPENSATORY SERVICES DUE TO REMOTE LEARNING – Many students with disabilities in New York City were unable to access appropriate services and programs during the period of remote learning. Families should request an IEP meeting as soon as possible if you believe that your child requires compensatory services to address gaps in progress or skill regression as a result of the pandemic. Families can also file impartial hearing requests for claims for compensatory services. Learn more here: https://www.schools.nyc.gov/learning/special-education/family-resources
  • TOOLKIT FOR HIGH SCHOOLS HELPING STUDENTS ACCESS FINANCIAL AID FOR COLLEGE – The Education Trust–NY has released an updated Financial Aid for College: High School Toolkit. The toolkit includes monthly checklists for supporting students in financial aid application completion; how-to guides for hosting financial aid completion nights; sample lesson plans, social media posts, newsletter items, and correspondence with families in English and Spanish; and more. Get the toolkit here: https://newyork.edtrust.org/fafsa-toolkit/
  • QUEENS COUNCIL ON DEVELOPMENTAL DISABILITIES (QCDD) FAMILY SUPPORT CONFERENCE –The annual QCDD Family Support Conference is an in-person event and will be held Friday, October 28 at the Sheraton Hotel in Flushing. There will be a resource fair and workshops on topics like transitioning to adult services and more. For more details and where to register click here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/qcdd-38th-annual-family-support-fair-tickets-393163140537
  • Virtual Event – College is Possible: A panel of experts will present information for high school students with IEPs about college programs. This event is happening October 25th and on-diploma credential program on October 26th. Learn more and register here: College Is Possible: College Programs | INCLUDEnyc, College is Possible: Non-Diploma Credential Programs | INCLUDEnyc
  • Event – All ages, all abilities HOOP CAMP: Happening October 22nd, City College of New York is offering a basketball clinic for children and adults with special needs of all ages. The event cost $40. Learn more and register here





Information on How to Use At-Home Covid test Kits in Multiple Languages

Vaccine Records 

Access for People with Disabilities

Vaccinations for Homebound NYC Residents

  • NYC residents are eligible for the in-home vaccination program if they are fully homebound, have not already been vaccinated, and do not already have access to a vaccination program.
  • If you believe you or a family member may be eligible for an in-home vaccination, fill out this form and you will receive a call back from the city to discuss eligibility:  https://forms.cityofnewyork.us/f/home.

COVID-19 Vaccination Booster 

COVID-19 In-home PCR testing

COVID-19 Additional Information

Website with COVID-19 Vaccine Resources for Community Based Organizations



The AHRC NYC Crisis Intervention and Emergency Case Management Program provides crisis intervention and emergency case management services to individuals with intellectual and/or behavioral disabilities and their caregivers to prevent medically unnecessary and extended hospitalizations and to improve the functional status and quality-of-life for all persons and families served.

  • This program is currently available to all residents of Brooklyn and Queens.
  • Call 646-398-2155 or email [email protected] to make a referral.



  • Child Care Assistance | Families may now be eligible for childcare assistance with income up to 300% of the Federal Poverty Level with an approved reason for seeking child care (“reason for care”). Eligibility is based on family size, residency, income, and reason for care. 
  • ACCESS HRA Multi-Factor Authentication |To comply with City Cyber Command, ACCESS HRA’s optional multi-factor authentication process will become mandatory when clients try to access their SNAP, Cash Assistance, Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP), Fair Fares, or Medicaid case data online in 2023. Currently, clients can provide an email address to optionally set-up multi-factor authentication on ACCESS HRA. In December, this will be expanded so that clients can provide a phone number to receive a text message or phone call to set-up multi-factor authentication. DSS is exploring methods for clients without an email address or phone to access their benefit information online, such as via challenge questions, to be in place when multi-factor authentication becomes mandatory in 2023. 
  • EBT Scams Currently Impacting Recipient Households | The Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance (OTDA) has been made aware of increasing incidents of temporary assistance and SNAP benefits theft via several scams, including phishing and card skimming. Phishing scams have employed deceptive tactics ranging from “smart tablet giveaways, in which recipients are asked to submit personal case information to participate. OTDA will never send correspondence prompting a recipient to provide their account information. OTDA has shared information that can be used by households to help safeguard their benefits going forward by: 
    • Frequently changing the EBT account PIN. 
    • Reviewing the account and transactions on a regular basis. 
    • Reporting suspicious devices and activity. 
  • *Households may report their card lost or stolen at the EBT Customer Service Helpine (1-888-328-6399), or on the web here, or on the ConnectEBT mobile app. For additional information about what steps can be taken to safeguard information and benefits, please click here.

  • Medicare Open Enrollment and Changes for 2023 | The Medicare Open Enrollment period commenced on Saturday, October 15 and remains open through December 7, 2022. Medicare’s Open Enrollment period gives people with Medicare the opportunity to make changes to their health plan or prescription drug plan, pick a Medicare Advantage plan, or return to Original Medicare (also referred to as Medicare Part A and Part B). There are several important changes for Medicare recipients in 2023, more information about these changes can be found here. Additional information and links for assistance can be found here. To enroll visit here.
  • Social Security Administration (SSA) Benefit Increase for 2023 | On Thursday, October 13th, the Social Security Administration (SSA) announced an 8.7 percent benefit increase for 2023. Social Security and Supplemental Security Income (SSI), which benefits approximately 70 million Americans, will see an increase of 8.7 percent in their benefit payments beginning in January 2023.Social Security and SSI beneficiaries are normally notified by mail starting in early December about their new benefit amount. Recipients can also find out new benefit amount by accessing the My Social Security account to view the cost-of-living (COLA) notice online.
  • SNAP emergency Allotments | The State Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance (OTDA) will issue an emergency SNAP supplement to households who are issued SNAP benefits for October 2022. The emergency allotment will be the difference between their budgeted allotment and the maximum allotment for their household size or $95, whichever is greater. Further information is available here: https://otda.ny.gov/policy/gis/2021/21DC019-Attachment-1.pdf
  • Changes to IDNYC and Fair Fares Application Requirements | Effective August 26, 2022, both IDNYC and Fair Fares NYC have modified their documentation requirements at initial eligibility to accommodate the incoming population of non-citizens from the southern border.
    • The following documents will now be able to be used as additional forms of proof:
      • U.S Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Notice to Appeardated no more than one year prior to the date submitted and including complete name, file number, and official stamp/signature. Form I-862. Document will serve as proof of identity. 
      • U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Alien Booking Recorddated no more than one year prior to the date submitted and including complete name, photo, and fingerprint. May be issued by U.S. ICE as Form I-385. Document will serve as proof of identity and photo, if photo is included.
      • U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Order to Release on Recognizance dated no more than one year prior to the date submitted and including complete name, file number, and official stamp/signature. May be issued by U.S. ICE as Form 1-220A. Document will serve as proof of identity.
      • U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Order of Supervision dated no more than one year prior to the date submitted and including complete name, file number, and official stamp/signature. May be issued by U.S ICE as Form I-220B. Document will serve as proof of identity.
      • Foreign Birth Certificate (copy)A copy of a certificate of birth issued by a current of former sovereign nation may be accepted as proof of identity only if accompanied by a U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) document accepted by IDNYC/Fair Fares. Copy must be legible/readable.
      • Foreign Passport (copy)A copy of a foreign passport may be accepted as proof of identity and photo only if accompanied by a U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) document accepted by IDNYC/Fair Fares. Copy must be legible/readable.
  • NYC Emergency Executive Order DeclarationNew York City Mayor Eric Adams issued Emergency Executive Order 224, formally directing all relevant city agencies to coordinate efforts to respond to the asylum seeker humanitarian crisis and construct the city’s Humanitarian Emergency Response and Relief Centers. In an address, Mayor Adams also called for emergency federal and state aid to handle the continued influx of asylum seekers as the city projects costs of more than $1 billion related to asylum seekers in this fiscal year, as well as expedited work permits, a national decompression strategy, and a resettlement strategy. Remarks can be found here.
  • DHS Services for Asylum Seekers Arriving in NYC– As of October 12, 2022, over 19,475 asylum seekers have come to DHS, over 14,777 of whom remain in shelter as of that date. DHS is meeting its legal and moral mandate to provide shelter to all who need it, and since July have opened 55 emergency sites to accommodate need. These numbers are updated weekly as this information changes daily.  
    • DHS RFP for Shelters for Asylum Seekers– DHS is soliciting proposals for providers to run shelters for Asylum Seekers. We are looking to stand up 5,000 units of capacity to serve the influx of Asylum Seekers coming from the southern border. DHS is seeking providers who are prepared to quickly stand up sites, and who can provide culturally competent services to this population. The RFP can be found here: HRA/DSS – Doing Business with HRA (nyc.gov)
    • DSS Info Sessions for CBOs | Navigating Benefits for New Arrivals/Asylum Seekers– In response to demand for info sessions provided in early October, DSS is offering additional community information sessions relating to the possible benefits eligibility for new arrivals to NYC from the southern border. The information session will provide general overviews of the different immigration statuses and situations of those newly arriving as well as potential benefits eligibility as they relate to those categories. Register by selecting one of the scheduled sessions from the drop-down list here.
    • ACCESS HRA Provider Portal – In response to questions received on our monthly community call, community-based organizations can enroll in the ACCESS HRA Provider Portal by emailing [email protected] to receive the onboarding package and information on how to become a Provider Portal Partner.
    • Online ACCESS HRA Trainings – DSS is offering online ACCESS HRA training webinars. These are open to CBOs and elected officials’ offices. Please see the training descriptions below and sign up online.
  • Monthly DSS Community Call: The office of DSS Outreach encourages New Yorkers to sign up for the community wide call for weekly communication. For more information visit Community Updates webpage. If you are not on the list to receive invitations to the monthly call, please contact [email protected].
      • Access the audio recording here.
      • Passcode: Covid-19
      • DHS Services for Asylum Seekers Arriving in NYC
        As of 9/8, approximately 9,806 asylum seekers had come to DHS, about 7,372 of whom remained in shelter as of that date. Meeting the needs of this population goes well beyond DHS; we are collaborating closely with our colleagues at the Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs (MOIA). MOIA opened a “Navigation Center” which will provide a range of services at a centralized location to those recently arrived in New York City. Other agencies involved in the effort include Education, Health, Emergency Management, etc. As Mayor Adams has noted, we are a welcoming City, DSS and its collaborating agencies across the City are committed to meeting the needs of asylum seekers. The RFP can be found here: HRA/DSS – Doing Business with HRA (nyc.gov)
  • SNAP – Fiscal Year 2023 Cost-of-Living Adjustments
    • SNAP Emergency Allotments
      • These emergency allotments are scheduled to continue for one month beyond the end of the federal public health emergency. The public health emergency is currently set to end on October 13, 2022.
    • The USDA announced the COLA adjustments that will go into effect October 1, 2022. Learn more here and access documents that identify the other COLA adjusted amounts.
    • Contact GetCoveredNYC: nyc.gov/GetCoveredNYC Call 311 and say “Get Covered”  Or text CoveredNYC to 877877
    • As of October 3, the maximum FHEPS rent levels will increase in line with our State approved FHEPs plan.




  • Education councils are part of New York City’s school governance structure. There is a Community Education Council (CEC) for every community school district. There are also four Citywide Councils:
    • Citywide Council on High Schools (CCHS)
    • Citywide Council on Special Education (CCSE)
    • Citywide Council on English Language Learners (CCELL)
    • Citywide Council for D75 (CCD75)
  • Learn more about citywide councils here: https://www.schools.nyc.gov/get-involved/families/education-councils.



Newly Arrived Immigrants





Brooklyn Public Library Remote Schooling

Other Support



INCLUDEnyc Help Line

From INCLUDEnyc News Board


Confronting ableism on the way to justice
Learning of Justice

Students with disabilities urge smoother transition to college
Education Week

Scholar Sami Schalk seeks to merge the worlds of black activism and disability advocacy– “There is not black liberation without disability justice, and there is not disability justice without black liberation” says the Scholar and Author of “Black Disability Politics” Read more about it: Essence //  Black Disability Justice

MAKE THE MOST OF THIS MONTH’S PARENT TEACHER CONFERENCES | Feel prepared to have a productive conversation with our list of questions to ask and tips for what to do before, during, and after the conference with your child’s teacher. We’ve also developed a list of questions to ask about how well your child is learning to read and write.

Join INCLUDEnyc for a virtual screening party of the award-winning documentary Forget Me Not: Inclusion in the Classroom, followed by a talkback with the film’s director Olivier Bernier and Lori Podvesker, Director of Disability and Education Policy at INCLUDEnyc, on November 10, 2022, at 6 pm. The screening will include Spanish closed captions and a Spanish-speaking interpreter will be available for the talkback. Register here: https://includenyc.org/forget-me-not-inclusion-in-the-classroom-screening-party/

Understanding Your Childs IEP


Transition planning for life after high school: an introduction to the process for families



  • News and Perspectives

    • NY Civil Liberties Union on how New York treats people with developmental disabilities 50 years after a landmark lawsuit NYCLU
    • John Fetterman drama shows media’s ignorance of disability AdWeek
    • How deaf and hearing people co-navigate the world Navigation
    • What some people with invisible disabilities wish you knewPrevention
    • Social Security benefits and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) increase in 2023 United States Government
    • Accessibility in NYC Parks NYC Department of Parks and Accessibility
  • Understanding Rights and Resources for College Students with Disabilities
    • The history of National Disability Employment Awareness Month National Today
    • Supreme Court will decide a significant special education case Ed Week
    • Things to know about college disability services Understood
    • Opinion: I grew up Latinx and disabled Refinery
    • The rise of adaptive fashion awakens more than just a business opportunity Forbes
    • National Resource Center for Supported Decision Making Supported Decsion Making
    • The complex process for determining who gets federal disability benefits Mother Jones
    • Why so few disabled politicians Teen Vogue



  • Children’s books for helping kids understand emotional and learning challenges
    Child Mind Institute
  • NYCDOE special education standard operating procedures manual for NYC public school staff and providers
  • Hispanic Heritage reading resources



Overview of NYCHA

Learn about NYC’s Public Housing program under the New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA). Discover NYCHA’s eligibility guidelines and the process of obtaining a public housing apartment in NYC. Learn who qualifies for public housing, how to apply for public housing, what are priority codes and how they work, NYCHA’s screening process, and, finally, the apartment offer. Details: Wednesday 11/9/2022 10:00 AM-12:00 PM | $50 fee to register | Register here

NYC affordable housing guide for people with disabilities 
Mayor’s Office for People with Disabilities

  • NYC’s Adult Literacy Program (English language reading and writing services for adults & out-of-school youth 16+)

Section 8 Vouchers

  • HPD Section 8 team is still available to the public. Voucher holders facing rent hardships due to drops in income should email [email protected] or fax at 212-863-5299.
  • During this time, any HPD Section 8 voucher set to expire will be automatically renewed. Clients do not need to reach out to HPD for an extension.
  • All subsidy terminations in process are suspended until further notice. All tenant conferences and briefings are postponed and will be rescheduled.
  • All hearings for appeal are canceled until further notice.
  • HPD will continue to pay subsidies until final determinations are made. All non-emergency Section 8 Housing Quality Standard inspections are suspended until further notice.

Accommodations for DHS Shelter Residents



[Newcomer Resources] Check out the NYIC’s new Legal Services One Pagers. These new resources were designed to meet the needs of our communities by providing an overview of the resources that The NYIC distributes to community members. Topics include, but are not limited to immigration legal assistance, food resources, educational referrals, and more. Additionally, the city has created this webpage with resources. Please help us identify the issues affecting newcomer asylum seekers by participating in this survey.

Asylum Seekers:

[Newcomer Survey] – Please help us identify the issues affecting newcomer asylum seekers by participating in this surveyUse the survey or feel free to email, text, or call Andrea Ortiz Sotelo (Senior Manager of Education Policy) at (941-320-6087) to let us know what is happening on the ground and to ensure that we are addressing the relevant issues.

[Newcomer Resources] – Here is the latest information and resources I currently have for asylum-seeking newcomers arriving from the border. Links include contacts for legal services, food resources, educational referrals, and more. Additionally, the city has just created this webpage with resources.

Parent Survey

New Yorkers for Racially Just Public Schools (RJPS) is asking parents to take their short survey to understand how recent budget cuts are affecting their child, their education and their school. Mayor Adams recently cut hundreds of thousands of dollars to public schools, adding to the stress and challenges our most vulnerable families have been disproportionately facing during the pandemic. Please take a few minutes to share with us through this survey what your experience has been. We have the survey in both English and Spanish


Special Education Information in My Language: Translation and Interpretation Tip Sheet

  • AFC’s newest tip sheet, available in 10 languages, covers NYC’s right to receive special education information in their language and reviews the process on how to request written translations of IEPs, evaluations, 504 information and other special education documents. Find the tip sheet here: https://advocatesforchildren.org/get_help/guides_and_resources/immigrant

ImmSchools Know Your Students Rights Guide

Working Papers – Employment for Minors

Guide for Undocumented High School and College Students

  • Informed Immigrant has put together a guide for undocumented high school and college students, both with and without DACA. The guide collects resources and information to help undocumented students make informed decisions about their futures and acquire the tools they need to advocate for themselves at the high school and college levels. Find the guide here: https://www.informedimmigrant.com/guides/higher-education-undocumented-students/





988 FAQ’s

  • 988 is the updated suicide and crisis lifeline. The 988 Frequently Asked Questions document is a helpful guide for sharing information on 988, a valuable resource for those in emotional distress. For more information click on the attached PDF (The PDF is available on the web page in English, Spanish, Simplified Chinese, Traditional Chinese, Haitian Creole, Arabic, Korean, Bengali and Russian): 988-faq-english.pdf
  • Anyone can call, chat, or text 988 who are:
    • suicidal
    • experiencing a mental health or substance use related crisis
    • experiencing any kind of emotional distress
    • worried about someone in distress

Resources for School and Mental Health Partners



  • The Division of Multilingual Learners is developing guidance to support multilingual learners in any language, to maintain continuity of learning, including how co-teaching can work remotely. Find more information here:  https://www.schools.nyc.gov/learning/multilingual-learners.
  • Parents can request assistance to fill out the survey by calling 718-935-5100, Option 5.
  • DOE is also looking into accommodating “low incident languages.” Families in need of translation services should reach out to DOE.



  • A collaboration between the Office of Family and Community Empowerment (FACE) and the Division of Instructional and Information Technology (DIIT). Register for classes at https://parentu.schools.nyc/.
  • Send suggestions to DOE for additional resources to Michele at [email protected].



Resource Guide for Families



Students Experiencing Homelessness

Evaluation Process 



DOH Proposes Medical Respite Program Regulations

  • The New York State Department of Health (DOH) recently posted proposed regulations for New York State-certified medical respite programs. Comments on the proposed regulations are due on December 19 and can be sent to [email protected]. Please visit hitesite.org for additional housing and homeless services.

Free Evaluations

  • YA1 provides free Psychological, Psychosocial and Autism evaluations for people seeking to apply for OPWDD services.

The Queens Intensive Parenting Training Program

  • The Queens Intensive Parenting Training Program works with Parents living with an IDD who reside in Queens. They provide in-home services and advocacy.
  • Please contact [email protected] 347-491-1185.

Home Sharing Program

  • The New York Foundation for Senior Citizens offers this service that matches hosts with an extra bedroom or private space in their houses or apartments with compatible guests looking for affordable housing in New York.
  • One of the participants must be 60 or above, the other can be 18 or above. Call 212-962-7559 or www.nyfsc.org



Sexual Health Innovation Network for Equitable Education with Youth with Intellectual Disabilities

  • Project SHINE: “The Sexual Health Innovation Network for Equitable Education with Youth with Intellectual Disabilities.” The goals of The SHINE Project are to address inequities in sexual health by ensuring accessible education and health services for youth with intellectual and developmental disabilities ages 16-24 and the people who support them. For more information, please click here.







  • Parent to Parent NYC: Are you considering residential placement for your family member? Parent to Parent of New York State hosts a Parent Discussion Group facilitated by Regional Coordinator Sharon Linne for families with children and adults of all ages who are considering placement in a residential school, a group home, or other setting. Details below: When: 11/29/22
    Time: 7PM EST

    Register and Join via Zoom >> Parents Considering a Residential Placement Discussion Group

The Integration Transition Program

  • The program will focus on development of independent life skills including self-advocacy, independent living, communication skills, and struggles for developing positive relationships.
  • The program will take place virtually Wednesdays 4:00-5:45pm with some community activities on Saturdays from 10:00am-12:00pm.
  • Register at https://forms.office.com/r/dxYxJMdCGB

Online Social Skills Groups



  • Students with IEPs who need to be connected with adult/postsecondary services or education and have otherwise completed school:
    • Can get transition supports (help applying to OPWDD, AccessVR, vocational programs, and other adult programs/services) through their borough TCAC or the District 75 Transition Office as appropriate to access this service. Contact [email protected] or, for students in D75 programs, [email protected]
  • Families in need of transition services and assistance can contact, The Transition and College Access Services (TCAC). There is one in each borough. Families can email their borough for support.
  • ACCES-VR is not having virtual sessions. Families should contact AccessVR directly for questions at http://www.acces.nysed.gov/vr.



Fair Fares NYC

  • 274,994 New Yorkers have enrolled in Fair Fares NYC! This program helps low-income New Yorkers with transportation costs. Participants can receive a 50% discount on subway and eligible bus fares. Check for info on eligibility and how to apply here: https://www1.nyc.gov/site/fairfares/index.page.

Students with Disabilities

  • The Office of Pupil Transportation is working case by case, including bus paraprofessionals and other staff. OPT is making bus alternatives available.
    • Metro cards: OPT has shipped FREE MetroCards to all schools for students and parents.
    • Reimbursement process: OPT is also offering to reimburse families who use other methods of transportation (car services, taxis, Ubers, etc.). Reimbursement process will be expedited and simpler.




  • YAI offers free workshops every month explaining how to apply for eligibility and services through the New York State Office for People with Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD). These informational presentations are open to families, caregivers, people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, and professionals. Visit the upcoming trainings page to register and learn more.

Click here for more details on when the trainings are and how to register: Navigating the System


LAST UPDATED: November 29, 2022

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