Special Education Remote Learning Information/Contacts/Resources/Links

June 9, 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/.

*VERY IMPORTANT*

MANHATTAN DD VIRTUAL COUNCIL RESOURCE FAIR 

A FREE RESOURCE AND EDUCATIONAL EVENT OPEN TO THE ENTIRE COMMUNITY

DATE: JUNE 14, 2022 FROM 10AM-2:00

Learn about services and current program opportunities available to people with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities, their families, and others who support them.

To Register: Please go to MANHATTAN DD COUNCIL VIRTUAL RESOURCE FAIR / MANHATTAN DD COUNCIL FERIA DE RECURSOS VIRTUALES / 曼哈頓發展障礙委員會服務資源網上博覽會 – Manhattan DD Council

Education

Chalkbeat: NYC public school families to receive $375 per child for food benefits through federal COVID relief-6-3-22

Chalkbeat: Albany to give Adams 2 years of mayoral control and calls for shrinking NYC class sizes-5-31-22

Chalkbeat: Sensory canoes and climbing walls: Inside NYC’s recovery program for students with disabilities-5-20-22

  • The SEED program operates after school and on Saturdays at 10 sites across the city — two in each borough. It’s part of a broader effort backed by roughly $200 million in federal relief funding to provide students with disabilities extra services outside of the traditional school day to address pandemic disruptions
  • Once selected, students are eligible to attend at least 10 weekly 45-minute sessions where they receive help from therapists one-on-one or in small groups. They work on skills such as developing strength and coordination, learning to build social bonds, or even how to react if someone bumps into you, which can trigger a more intense response among students with sensory issues. Alex Zimmerman – Chalkbeat: Essential education reporting across America

 

NYS Education 

NYSED Accelerated Review and order of Relief Legislation Broad Overview

Chalkbeat: NYC to expand transfer high schools to help English language learners

Press Release: Strengthening Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act-

  • OCR has announced that it intends to propose amendments to the Department’s regulations at 34 C.F.R. pt. 104, implementing Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. As part of this process, OCR is seeking written suggestions from the public about how best to improve the current regulations. Instructions and cautions are below https://www2.ed.gov/policy/rights/reg/ocr/index.html

Mayor Adams proposes $7.4 million plan for public schools to address dyslexia-Gothamist.com

  •  His executive budget proposes $7.4 million for dyslexia screening and programs, including funding to help launch two new schools for students with reading disabilities in Harlem and the Bronx.
  • Families and advocacy groups welcomed the news but say that the city needs to commit to training all teachers across the system on strong, proven literacy strategies that benefit students with dyslexia and other reading challenges, such as training more teachers in evidence-based interventions. https://gothamist.com/news/mayor-adams-proposes-74-million-plan-for-public-schools-to-address-dyslexia

NYS EDUCATION DEPARTMENT

Diploma and Graduation Resources

  • The Board of Regents approved for Emergency Action at its May meeting a temporary expansion of the existing process to appeal to graduate with a lower score on a Regents Examination
  • Any student who meets the following eligibility conditions may utilize the special appeal to earn a diploma with a lower score on a Regents Exam. These conditions are specific to the special appeal
  • The student must have taken the Regents exam during the June 2022, August 2022, January 2023, June 2023 or August 2023 test administration periods.
  • The student must have a score of 50-64 on the Regents Examination that is the subject of the appeal and was taken during one of the above administrations. For more information, Diploma and Graduation Resources web page

Educational Services for Recently Arrived Evacuees, Refugees, Immigrants and/or Unaccompanied Children-4-2022

  • Memo informing Local Education Agencies (LEAs) of the educational rights of students who are evacuees, who may be living in temporary housing.
  • With many evacuees being resettled in the United States in recent months, there may be some confusion about the services these students are eligible to receive under Title VI, subtitle B of the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act (McKinney-Vento Act). The memo clarifies the services these students are eligible to receive under Title VI, subtitle B of the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act (McKinney-Vento Act) and provides information on several resources that can further support LEAs in their implementation of educational services for the recently arrived evacuees, refugees, immigrants and/or unaccompanied children and youth Educational Services for Recently Arrived Evacuees Refugees Immigrants_.pdf
  • For more information and support about McKinney-Vento, the rights of students in temporary housing, and strategies that schools can implement to meet such students’ needs, please contact Melanie Faby or Jane Fronheiser in the Office of ESSA-Funded Programs at (518) 473-0295 or [email protected].

 Placements of Students with Disabilities in Approved Out-of-State Residential Schools

4-2022

  • Memorandum and application to provide school district committees on special education (CSEs) with procedures, forms and policy for submitting timely and complete applications seeking New York State reimbursement of tuition costs for a student in an approved out of-state residential school.
  • The CSE must submit an application for New York State reimbursement for initial placement in an approved out-of-state residential school within six business days of the date the student enrolled in the school. 2022-23 Out-of-State Residential Placement Memorandum (April 2022).pdf
  • The CSE can submit a reapplication for State reimbursement anytime following a student’s annual review, but prior to June 1, 2022.
  • The application is available at: Frequently Used Special Education Applications.
  • Questions regarding this process should be submitted to [email protected].

New York Post: NYC DOE falls short of preparing students with reading skills

Advocates for Children (AFC): Reaching Every Reader Report 

Department of Health: Discontinuing Participation of School Psychologists in the Early Intervention Program (EIP)

  • Municipalities, service coordinators, and EI provider agencies should work collaboratively to review any service being rendered by a school psychologist and communicate this upcoming change to affected families.
  • Any active/approved/extended service authorizations which include a school psychologist as the rendering provider must be reviewed by the individualized family service plan (IFSP) team. For more information Discontinuation%20of%20QP%20School%20Psychologist%202022%20FINAL%201

Join our “Immigrants Want Access to Public Schools / Immigrants Deserve Public School Access” Rally!

  • Join the New York Immigration Coalition — our Education Collaborative and LIFE Partners — and parents, students, educators, and allies Wednesday, May 11th at 10:30am-12:00 pm in front of Tweed Courthouse to demand that the Department of Education (DOE) give full access to immigrant youth and families. 
  • Together we will ensure the City’s public schools no longer exclude us. Please register here!

NYCDOE’s Division of Multilingual Learners

  • The DOE’s Division of Multilingual Learners is partnering with community-based organizations, including Advocates for Children, for three months of (virtual) evening and weekend workshops for school staff and families of English Language Learners. Topics will include supporting undocumented students and families, special education, advocacy skills, post-secondary opportunities, and much more. To Register https://learndoe.org/equiplearnlaunch/

Parents and Caregivers of People with I/DD: Tell Us About Your Experience During the Pandemic

  • Input from Family/Caregivers of Individuals with IDD Needed on New York’s Response to COVID-19. We know that people with IDD and family members faced unique challenges during the pandemic.  We want to hear about your experiences during the earlier days of the pandemic, so that the New York State Office for People With Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD) and other state agencies can be better prepared should another public health emergency occur in the future.
  • This report will include an evaluation of policies, procedures, and programs that were implemented from March 2020 through April 2021 to determine the impact on safety for people with IDD. The report will also include feedback from stakeholder groups including self-advocates, family members/caregivers, providers, CCOs and underserved communities. Link to Survey <https://ddpc.us11.list-manage.com/track/click?u=b5ba8e60a1cc093a382200353&id=ca5a144fd8&e=800bf0f995>

Lawsuit Brought Against New York State on Behalf of Thousands of Medicaid-Eligible Children Denied Mental Health Treatment 

ChalkbeatNY judge tosses lawsuit for students with disabilities seeking services lost during the pandemic

Department of Justice Issues Web Accessibility Guidance Under the ADA 

  • The U.S. Department of Justice has published guidance on web accessibility and the ADA to inform state and local governments and businesses open to the public on how to ensure their websites are accessible to people with disabilities
  • Learn more at https://beta.ada.gov/web-guidance/

Ed Department Issues Guidance on Howe IDEA applies to Private Schools

 

Youth Employment Program

Paid Summer Job Experiences for Youth

  • NYC youth who are 14-24 years old can get paid job experience and career exploration opportunities every summer. Apply by May 6, 2022. Selection is based on a lottery. You can apply online or get help applying from a community-based organization.

SPECIAL EDUCATION

New Website to Support Families and Education Professionals

  • 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].

Summer Youth Employment Program Applications Open for New Yorkers Aged 14-24

Access-a-Ride Paratransit Users Sue the MTA for Equal Fare Discounts

Governor Hochul Appoints Kimberly T. Hill as the State’s First Chief Disability Officer

  • Hochul announced the establishment of the Office of the Chief Disability Officer to advocate on behalf of persons with disabilities and appointed Kimberly T. Hill as the State’s first Chief Disability Officer.  
  • Ms. Hill has most recently served as the Principal Analyst for the New York State Assembly Standing Committee on People with Disabilities. She previously served as the Director of the Assembly Task Force on People with Disabilities. 

NYC DOE Pathways to Graduation

  • Learn more about District 79’s Adult Education at http://p2g.nyc/
  • 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/

Recovery and Compensatory Service for Students in Special Education “Post Pandemic”

Get Free At-Home COVID Testing Kit

Chancellor Banks Announces Streamlined Cabinet

  • Chancellor David C. Banks announced the appointment of a diverse group of members to his senior leadership team at the Department of Education.
  • The leadership team consists of Daniel Weisberg as First Deputy Chancellor, Dr. Kara Ahmed as Deputy Chancellor of Early Childhood Education, Savita Bharadwa as chief of Staff to the Chancellor, Dr. Desmond Blackburn as Deputy Chancellor of School Leadership, Kenita D. Lloyd as Deputy Chancellor of Family and Community Engagement + External Affairs, and Carolyne V. Quintana as Deputy Chancellor of Teaching and Learning Opportunities. 

At-Home COVID Tests Covered by Insurance

Hochul Proposes Eligibility Equity for Older Adults and People with Disabilities

  • Hochul’s first proposal would raise the maximum income that Medicaid beneficiaries are permitted to earn, and the second would do the same for savings

CHALKBEAT: SCHOOLS NEWS

 

NEW YORK STATE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT UPDATE

Additional Virtual Regional Information Meetings to Discuss Review of Graduation Measures in New York State

  • The Board of Regents and the State Education Department are gathering input from partners including parents, educators, administrators, school support staff, representatives of higher education and the public.
  • To find a full schedule of the updated meetings, visit http://www.nysed.gov/grad-measures/regional-meetings

JOINT GUIDANCE FROM ACS AND NYC DOE ON EDUCATIONAL NEGLECT 

NYC DOE Child Abuse Designated Liaison Training

STUDENTS IN TEMPORARY HOUSING RECOMMENDATIONS

  • More than 101,000 New York City students were identified as homeless during 2020-21.

REMOVING POLICE FROM NYC’S MENTAL HEALTH CRISIS RESPONSE

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

PANDEMIC ELECTRONIC BENEFIT TRANSFER (P-EBT)

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 detail information, https://otda.ny.gov/SNAP-COVID-19/Frequently-Asked-Questions-Pandemic-EBT.asp

SOCIAL SECURITY ADMINISTRATION

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+

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)

DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION (DOE)

FACE Townhall

  • This is a great opportunity to elevate our School Communities’ voices and be heard. The Chancellor will get to know our amazing District 4, including Students, Parents, Teachers, Superintendent, CECs and all our partners.
  • Please join on Wednesday, May 11th, 2022, at 6:30 pm for a conversation with our DOE Chancellor, Banks. Have questions, concerns, or comments? Please email us at [email protected]. Register at https://learndoe.org/cec/

U.S. Department of Education Reminds States of Early Intervention Obligations Under IDEA

U.S. Department of Education Released a new resource: Supporting Children and Student Social, Emotional, Behavioral and Mental Health

  • The resource guide highlights seven key challenges to provide school or program-based mental health support across schools and provides corresponding recommendations.
  • See more https://www2.ed.gov/documents/students/supporting-child-student-social-emotional-behavioral-mental-health.pdf?utm_content=&utm_medium=email&utm_name=&utm_source=govdelivery&utm_term=

NYC SCHOOLS ACCOUNTS (NYCSA)

  • 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. You can create an account at http://www.mystudent.nyc/.
  • 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.
  • 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/

NYS SENATE

Governor Hochul Enacted A.3130/S.1836 to Reinstate the Office of the Advance for People with Disabilities 

  • The office will now be known as the Office of the Chief Disability Officer. It will represent the rights and interest of all disabled people in New York. It will also serve as the State’s ADA Coordinator, ensuring better access. 

OPWDD

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

THE STATE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT

School District Responsibilities for Preschool Inclusion in Publicly Funded Prekindergarten Programs.

  • The Office of Special Education and Office of Early Learning have issued joint guidance on preschool students with disabilities’ inclusion in prekindergarten programs (PreK). 
  • This guidance contains federal and New York State expectations that school districts ensure resident preschool students with disabilities have equal access to enroll and attend the district’s public PreK programs in accordance with the provision of a free appropriate public education (FAPE) in the least restrictive environment (LRE).  
  • If a preschool student with a disability satisfies the enrollment and selection requirements applicable to other resident children for the district’s PreK program, the Committee on Preschool Special Education must develop or review the student’s Individualized Education Program (IEP) to identify the appropriate supplementary supports and services and special education services to support the child within the PreK program.  
  • Removal of that child from the PreK program and provision of special education services in a setting with no regular contact with age-appropriate peers without disabilities must be documented on the child’s IEP and may only be considered when the nature or severity of the child’s disability is such that education in a less restrictive environment with the use of supplementary aids and services cannot be achieved satisfactorily.

ACCESS NYC

Get Text Messages With New Job Openings

  • TXT-2-WORK is a service that sends you text messages with job openings in sectors such as security, retail, nonprofit administration, and healthcare. 
  • Sign up at http://www.nyc.gov/html/hra/businesslink/html/contact/text_2_Work.shtml?utm_source=ACCESS+NYC+Newsletter&utm_campaign=e6825b6294-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2022_2_2&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_aa67394696-e6825b6294-68517457

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

With COVID Relief Money, Schools Take on a Bigger Role in Mental Health

  • The pandemic relief to schools has been more than $190 billion. Mental health investments have gone into staff training, wellness screenings and curriculum dedicated to social-emotional learning.

Feds Launch Hotline To Help People With Disabilities Access COVID-19 Vaccines

  • The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services is unveiling what it’s calling a first-of-its-kind national hotline offering information and services directly aimed at boosting access to the shots for people with disabilities.
  • The Disability Information and Access Line can be reached between 9 a.m. and 8 p.m. ET at 888-677-1199 or by emailing [email protected]

The Seaver Autism Center is providing a webinar series to help provide parents with virtual tools and supports to more effectively manage their children’s behavior during the COVID-19 pandemic

Questions and Answers on Civil Rights and School Reopening in the COVID-19 Environment

  • Education Department Sets Expectations for Special Education.
  • As Schools Reopen, the U.S. Department of Education is laying out how the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act and other civil rights laws apply as schools return to in-person learning. https://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ocr/docs/qa-reopening-202105.pdf

Emergency Broadband Benefit Program (EBB)

EBB is a Federal Communications Commission (FCC) program that provides a temporary discount on monthly broadband bills for qualifying low-income households. If your household is eligible, you can receive:

  • Up to a $50/month discount on your broadband service and associated equipment rentals. 
  • Up to a $75/month discount if your household is on qualifying Tribal lands.
  • A one-time discount of up to $100 for a laptop, tablet, or desktop computer (with a co-payment of more than $10 but less than $50). To apply for this program, please check www.getemergencybroadband.org

Special Education Recovery Services

  • The DOE will launch the Sensory Education, Exploration and Discovery (SEED) program in January at ten designated therapeutic spaces in public schools across the city. 
  • Beginning this fall, every DOE school will offer an after-school or Saturday program to deliver Special Education Recovery Services.
  • This week, all families of children with disabilities should have received a letter about Special Education Recovery Services. The letter can be found here https://www.schools.nyc.gov/docs/default-source/default-document-library/special-education/letter-to-families-on-special-education-recovery-services
  • Special Education Recovery Services are specialized instructions and services created to each student’s unique needs. 
  • https://www.schools.nyc.gov/learning/special-education/family-resources/beyond-access-series  or visit their website https://www.schools.nyc.gov/learning/special-education/family-resources

Prepaid transportation available for families who have not received bussing services 

Financial Support for College 

Supporting Students with Incarcerated Parents 

 

*IMPORTANT*

YAI LATINO CONFERENCE

CONFERENCIA LATINA-GRATIS EN ESPAñOL

Friday, June 10, 2022-Viernes, Junio 10

    • En linea, Para padres, personas con discapacidades, profesionales

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.

 

NYS Office of Mental Health’s Office of Diversity and Inclusion 

  • Webinar: Strategies for Behavioral Health Equity webinar series – Trans 101: Creating a Safe and Affirming Environment for Transgender Consumers being held on Tuesday, May 17, 2022 from 10:00am – 11:30am ET.  
  • We will be joined by Christian Huygen, Ph.D and Parker Jordan, MSW from Rainbow Heights Club. This engaging presentation will focus on how to affirm, support and work with mental health consumers who identify as transgender or gender nonconforming and will also highlight the mental health concerns that disproportionately impact this community due to stigma and marginalization Register Here!

 

ANNUAL DOE SPECIAL EDUCATION DATA REPORT

Read the February 2021 report here: https://infohub.nyced.org/docs/default-source/default-document-library/special_education_data_report_-_february_2021.pdf

 

IMPORTANT EVENTS

Interactive After-School Art Program for Children with Autism 

  • On Wednesdays in May and June from 4:30-5:30, children 3-13 can join an interactive after-school art program.
  • Contact intake line at 212-643-2860 ext. 602 or email [email protected] to learn more about the program and request an application.

Navigating the System

  • June 1 from 10-11am, find out about eligibility and access to services through the OPWDD.
  • Register at:

Visual Supports for Behaviors and Skill Building 

Virtual After School Art Program

  • The Autism Initiative presents a virtual afterschool program for Bronx residents between ages 3-13 who have been diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Please contact Doris Rodriguez with any questions at 212-643-2840 ext. 342

ADAPT

Thursday, June 2nd 10 am – 12 pm “Sensory Smart Strategies for School Success” will provide real-life tips and proven techniques that can help students stay tuned and thrive in school. Lindsey Biel, a noted pediatric occupational therapist, and author will be our expert speaker.

  • Please click on RSVP to register to attend “Sensory Smart Strategies for School Success.”
  • If there is an issue with the RSVP links, you can register by emailing [email protected] or call (718) 436-7979 Ext. 704

 

OTHER IMPORTANT NEWS

Opinion: Toxic Positivity Harms the Disabled Community

  • Toxic positivity occurs when people casually disregard the struggles and challenges rather than accepting it, and it often erases real experiences of pain. 
  • Read more about the problems of dismissing people’s genuine struggles at https://www.thenationalnews.com/opinion/comment/2022/04/18/toxic-positivity-harms-the-disabled-community/

Mayor Adams and Chancellor Banks Announce Expansion of Gifted and Talented Programs Citywide

  • Mayor Adams and Chancellor Banks are adding 100 kindergarten seats and 1,000 third grade seats, expanding both entry points to all districts.
  • Applications for both programs open on May 31st

Summer 2022 Programs 

Social Security Administration Releases Equity Action Plan 

  • The Social Security Administration released its first Equity Action Plan, supporting President Biden’s whole-of-government equity agenda to advance equity, civil rights, racial justice, and equal opportunity for all.
  • Learn more at https://www.ssa.gov/open/materials/SSA-EO-13985-Equity-Action-Plan.pdf

Know Your Rights

Kindergarten Offers Are Here

  • Kindergarten offers have been mailed to all families who applied by the January 21 deadline. Get your child’s offer by logging into MySchools https://www.myschools.nyc/en/

The Bridge Project is New York’s First Guaranteed Income Program

  • This project provides low-income mothers in NYC during their first 1,000 days of their children’s lives by providing them with consistent, unconditional cash on a biweekly basis. 
  • Learn more at https://bridgeproject.org/

ADM #2022-03 OPWDD Housing Subsidy Program 

  • The OPWDD Housing Subsidy Program supports individuals who choose to live independently in the community and who meet program eligibility. This program was previously called Individual Supports and Services (ISS).  

Biden Budget Calls for Increase in Special Education Spending 

Grant Opportunity

  • The NYIC invites Member organizations to submit proposals for Afghan Support Regrant RFP, which will provide $20,000 awards to help organizations support Afghan evacuees and their families.
  • Learn more at https://www.tfaforms.com/4972881

June & August Regent Exams 

  • NYSED announced that Regents exams will be administered in June 2022 & August 2022. 
  • Email any questions directly to the Office of State Assessment (OSA) at [email protected].

Many Schools Aren’t Made for Kids with Learning Disabilities. The Pandemic Amplified That

Medicaid Drug Rebate Program Notice

Important updates from Advocates for Children’s Blackboard Bulletin: 

  • AFC WEBINAR. ICYMI: WHAT WE KNOW SO FAR ABOUT SUMMER RISING YEAR TWO. We reviewed the different programs being developed for the DOE’s Summer Rising, including supports for multilingual students and students with disabilities and tips to help parents advocate for their children’s needs. Watch the recording and see slides & resources from the webinar >>
  • GIFTED AND TALENTED APPLICATION IS NOW OPEN. NYC families with children entering kindergarten or grades 1-3 can apply by June 13, 2022. Eligibility varies by program type, grade level, and applicants’ current programs & schools. Learn more at schools.nyc.gov/GT, and apply online at MySchools.nyc or at a DOE Family Welcome Center.
  • DOE RELEASES 2022-2023 SCHOOL YEAR CALENDAR. September 8 will be the first day of classes for New York City students next school year. Find the full calendar on the DOE’s website >>
  • EVENT. INCLUDEnyc PRESENTS: OUTDOORS FOR AUTISM. Celebrate the 5th anniversary of Outdoors for Autism with an afternoon of sporting events, arts activities, informational resources, and more at Reverend T. Wendell Foster Park in the Bronx! The event is focused on young people with autism (aged 0–18) and their families, but all are welcome. Learn more and RSVP >>
  • RESOURCE FAIR. NYIC’S KEY TO THE CITY: HARLEM FAMILY RESOURCE FAIR. This weekend, join NYIC in Harlem to connect with legal service providers, renew your IDNYC Cards, learn about immigration relief options, and connect to local resources. Learn more (flyer available in 8 languages) >>
  • SCREENING. FREE CRIP CAMP SCREENING AND Q&A WITH DIRECTOR JIM LEBRECHT. This award-winning documentary tells the story of Camp Jened and its impact upon the disability rights movement. Jim LeBrecht, who attended Camp Jened and went on to play an integral role in the disability rights movement, will lead a Q&A after the film. No RSVP required; this event is first come, first served. Learn more >>

Letter to Educators and Parents Regarding New CDC Recommendations and their Impact on Children with Disabilities

AFC’s Policy Agenda 

YAI’s FREE WORKSHOPS

June 1, 2022
10:00 am – 11:00 am
Navigating the System

June 2, 2022
10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Visual Supports for Behaviors and Skill Building

July 6, 2022
6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Navigating the System

August 3, 2022

12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Navigating the System

YAI Reimbursement Funds Are Available

Federal Court Rules NYCDOE Violated ADA 

Evaluations on Telehealth Services on Mental Health Outcomes for People with IDD 

  • Dr. Joan Beasley and the START research team at the UNH Institute on Disability received a 5-year funding award from the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute to study the effectiveness of telemental health service delivery for people with IDD 
  • To learn more visit https://mcusercontent.com/767afbe8bd6db50de03889b40/files/cdd8f95e-c2ad-e78c-0d7d-96cf069a56b9/PCORI_Telehealth_Easy_Read_2022.pdf?mc_cid=4fb6bac9f4&mc_eid=0d969c5ebb

Secretary Calls for Increased Funding For IDEA

How Immunocompromised People get Overlooked by an “Everyone will get COVID’ Mentality

  • Roughly 7 million immunocompromised Americans remain especially vulnerable to COVID.

Racial Disparities in the Delivery of Special Education Services for NYC Preschoolers

  • Relative to overall enroll in 3-K and Pre-K, children of color are underrepresented among preschoolers with IEPs, while White children are over-represented.
  • Read more of the report findings at https://www.advocatesforchildren.org/sites/default/files/library/not_yet_for_all_psse_data_report.pdf?pt=1

NYCDOE Special Education Recovery Services 

  • As of January 31, families will be able to view academic interventions services (AIS – non-special ed IEP services) and/or special education recovery services in their NYC Schools Account under the new Student Academic Supports Page in MyStudent.

Emergency Rental Assistance Program (ERAP) has re-opened for a limited time

Recommendations for Ensuring Continuity of Special Education/ENL Service Coverage

  • To ensure that students with IEPs and MLs/ELLs continue to receive their mandated programs and services, principals are encouraged to exhaust other options before reassigning certified special education, English as a new language or bilingual education teachers.

Two Predictions Around Special Education for 2022

Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Allows States to Loosen Financial Eligibility Rules for Medicaid HCBS Sender: Justice in Aging 

MetroCards and Transportation Reimbursement for Special Education Recovery Services

Years After NY Medicaid Overhaul, Kids’ Access to Mental Health Care Still in Crisis

NYPD is Sending Youth Coordinator Officers to Schools

  • Youth Coordinator Officers (YCO) focus on crime prevention by tracking teens and connecting them to social and educational services before they break any laws. They were put in each precinct as a first point of contact between students and the police.
  • However, many are still wary about sending more police into schools. Additionally, over 1/3 of the 90 YCOs had at least one complaint against them https://ny.chalkbeat.org/2021/11/16/22785186/nypd-youth-coordination-officers-in-schools

How NYC Must Fix Pupil Transportation

  • Black and Hispanic children compromise around 80% of the city’s special education population. They are more dependent on buses than any other group, and yet they have longer average bus rides than their peers. 

ReStart Academy 

  • ReStart Academy is an alternative education program that provides transitional services for students 13-21 who live in temporary or involuntary settings. 
  • Learn more about how to enroll at https://www.restartacademy.org/

New York Proposes Fixes to Special Education Complaint Backlog

NYC Reconsiders Eliminating High School Attendance Zones 

Getting Academic Services in College

What Happens When Students in College Need Live in Caretakers

Federal Jobs Program Moves to End Subminimum Wages

National Recruitment and Referral Program for Current College Students and Recenty Graduates with Disabilities

InsideSchools Launches Free Classes to Help Families Navigate School Applications

  • The online classes are available in Spanish and English, and they help families find the best pre-K, elementary and high school for their child.
  • Learn more at https://plus.insideschools.org/landing

Asian American students are undiagnosed when it comes to learning disabilities  

Assistance for New Yorkers Who Test Positive for COVID

  • NYC Health & Hospitals’ Test & Trace Corps is providing special services for New Yorkers who test positive and their close contacts: 
  • “Take Care” packages which include enough personal protective equipment for a household of three to quarantine for 10-14 days.  
  • A free hotel room for up to 14 days if quarantining at home is impossible. To learn more or call (212) 268-4319 to book a room. 
  • Free dog walking and other pet drop-in services to ensure New Yorkers can remain safely separated in a hotel or at home. https://www.nychealthandhospitals.org/test-and-trace/take-care-package/

Fact Sheet on Students’ Mental Health Rights

For Special Education Students with IEP’s (Grades 1-12)

Libraries Eliminate Late Fees

  • Brooklyn Public Library, NYPL and QPL have all eliminated late fees for life.  

Medicaid Alert

  • New York State has resumed the transition of Medicaid cases eligible under the Modified Adjusted Gross Income (MAGI or MAGI-Like) rules from Welfare Management System (WMS) to the NY State of Health Exchange (NYSOH).
  • For any questions, please contact the New York State Health Customer Service at 855-355-5777.

National Bus Driver Shortage is Impacting Children with Disabilities

New Guidance on IEPs from the U.S. DOE

  • On September 30, 2021, the DOE issued new guidance interpreting the requirements of the IDEA incorporating the challenges of COVID-19.
  • Please see more information here https://sites.ed.gov/idea/idea-files/return-to-school-roadmap-development-and-implementation-of-ieps/

NYC Adding Metal Detectors and Police After Guns Found in Schools

NYC Parents of Medically Fragile Students 

NYC approves $43 million to replace troubled education data system

NYC School Attendance Rates for Students Living in Shelters is Lower than Permanently Housed Peers

  • Advocates for Children of New York released a policy brief demonstrating the pandemic’s negative impact on attendance for students living in homeless shelters. 
  • The policy brief also asks the New York City Department of Education to use federal COVID-19 relief money to overhaul the education system in shelters. 
  • Read the full report at https://www.advocatesforchildren.org/node/1857

NYS Higher Education Services Corporation Financial Aid for College Events

  • NY HESC is hosting a variety of virtual live and on-demand events for students and families about advice for accessing and financing a college education. 
  • For more details on the offered events and registration, visit https://startheregetthere.ny.gov/events

Ramadan Relief Fund

  • The Ramadan Relief Fund provides monetary relief to individuals and families who are struggling to cover basic living costs.
  • The application for financial assistance is open and available here: https://zakatfundofnyc.org/nyc-ramadan-relief 

What’s it like to serve on a Community Education Council?

3-K Resources from Advocates for Children

ALTERNATIVE SCHOOLS & PROGRAMS (DISTRICT 79)

BEHAVIOR

Behavioral Health

  • Students who need mental health services as it relates to remote learning should contact school administrators. Emails for school principals are posted on the school website. They can also contact the school’s superintendent.
  • Social workers have been providing mental health supports for families to help students access to behavioral health services. DOE encourages families to use schools as the first line because of “the comfort levels.”
  • Behavioral health resources:

Behavioral Expectations and Guidance

BEREAVEMENT AID

Reimbursement for COVID-19 Burial Costs

  • Families who lost loved ones to COVID-19 are able to apply for retroactive reimbursements for burial costs. Applicants can receive up to $9,000 per burial.  
  • The deceased’s documentation status is not considered, but the applicants must be U.S. citizens, legal residents, asylees, refugees, or non-citizen nationals.
  • To apply, call 844-684-6333. The call center is open from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.  

CHILDREN AND YOUTH EVALUATION SERVICE (C-YES)

 

COVID-19 TESTING AND VACCINATIONS

News

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

  • Find instructions in 12 different languages at https://www.mass.gov/lists/covid-19-self-test-at-home-instructions-graphic

Vaccination and Testing Apps 

  • New Yorkers can meet vaccine/testing requirements with the following: CDC Vaccination Card, NYC Vaccination Record or other immunization record, NYC COVID Safe App, Clear Health Pass or NYS Excelsior Pass

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

CRISIS INTERVENTION AND EMERGENCY CASE MANAGEMENT 

  • 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. 

DEPARTMENT OF SOCIAL SERVICES UPDATES

  • On April 16, 2022, the United States Department of Health and Human Services extended the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency for another 90 days. 
  • On April 30, 2022, from 10am-2:30pm, CUNY Citizenship Now is hosting an in-person citizenship application event at John Jay College. Appointments are required. Call 646-664-9400. 
  • Due to rising concerns over the BA-2 variant, NYC Health and Hospitals is partnering with NYC DOE to offer 100 pop up sites for children 5-11 https://www.schools.nyc.gov/about-us/messages-for-families
  • Medicaid easements have been extended through June 2022.
  • The NYC Department of Youth and Community Development is hosting a CBO/MWBE Exchange networking event on Tuesday, May 24 from 8am-1pm. 
  • April is Sexual Violence Awareness Month. 
  • Starting in April 2022, all Cash Assistance and SNAP households that are due to return either a CA Six-Month Mailer or a SNAP Periodic Report must do so to keep getting their benefits.
  • The St. Nicholas Job Center located at 132 West 125th Street has reopened to the public as of April 11, 2022. 
  • There is a new scam in which thieves are using card-swiping machines to steal personal information from debit and credit cards. In some cases, skimmers have been used to steal EBT card information https://www1.nyc.gov/site/hra/help/fraud-prevention.page
  • The HEAP Cooling Assistance Component will open on May 2, 2022.
  • OTDA has extended SNAP and CA Waiver extensions through May 31, 2022. 
  • New York State will now allow new applications for the Ida for Relief Excluded New Yorkers program to be submitted through April 29, 2022 https://dos.ny.gov/ida-relief-excluded-new-yorkers
  • The open enrollment period for New York State private health insurance coverage for 2022 is extended through the end of the Public Health Emergency which is currently. Through May 31, 2022 https://nystateofhealth.ny.gov/
  • OTDA will continue to conduct Fair Hearings through March 12, 2023. 
  • The Public Engagement Unit’s Tenant Helpline serves as a one-stop-shop to inform New York City tenants about their legal rights and connect them to housing-related resources. Call 311 and ask for the Tenant Helper.
  • The United States Department of Health and Human Services recently published its annual update of the HHS poverty guidelines. 
  • OTDA and HRA have an approved plan to raise the FHEPS rent levels to 108% of the FMR. The best way to renew a CityFHEPS is to return a completed and signed CITYFHEPS Renewal Request Form and all supporting documents to [email protected]
  • The ODTA is preparing to distribute Summer P-EBT, which will provide eligible students with $375 in food benefits. 
  • Register for Ready Up NYC Webinar Series at https://nycem-nyc.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_lAVlRZF1SruGh6AsuJGWVA?utm_source=ReadyUp
  • Assistance Center for Survivors of Bronx Fire at 333 East 181st Street https://www1.nyc.gov/site/em/resources/east-181-street-bronx-fire.page
  • Replacement of Food Purchased with SNAP Benefits for E 181st Street Residents https://otda.ny.gov/
  • The U.S. Department of Education extended the student loan payment pause through May 1, 2022. 
  • Seniors and people with disabilities can now apply for a Reduced-Fare MetroCard online at https://new.mta.info/fares/reduced-fare
  • Access New York City’s fact sheet about COVID-19 vaccines https://www1.nyc.gov/assets/doh/downloads/pdf/covid/truth-about-covid-19-vaccines.pdf
  • To join the weekly standing information calls on Tuesdays at 4:00pm, please reach out to [email protected]

EARLY CHILDHOOD

EDUCATION COUNCILS

  • 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.  

ENROLLMENT

Newly Arrived Immigrants

EXTENSION OF SERVICES FOR STUDENTS AGE 21+

  • NYSED issued an April 13, 2021 memo encouraging schools and districts to allow those students who will age out of school the opportunity to return for summer school and, if necessary, attend school in the 2021-2022 school year, in order to complete their education and earn a diploma. 
  • If you or your child needs more time to finish high school due to COVID-19, share this memo with your school and ask about attending summer programming or returning to school next year.
  • Read the memo here: http://www.nysed.gov/common/nysed/files/programs/coronavirus/memo-over-age-students.pdf 

 

FAMILY WELCOME CENTERS

GRADING POLICY 

HOMEWORK HELP

Brooklyn Public Library Remote Schooling

Other Support

HOTLINES

INCLUDEnyc Help Line

From INCLUDEnyc News Board

June 7: Explicit vocabulary instruction for families: Supporting vocabulary development at home

HOUSING

Join Sinergia’s Housing Court

  • Housing Court Answers Seminars. This webinar will be hosting a question-and-answer session towards the end of the presentation. Simultaneous English to Spanish interpretation will be provided.
  • Overview of Housing Court  |  Tuesday, May 31, 2022 |Time: 2:00 PM – 3:30 PM

RSVP contact: Mariam Chardiwall, 212-643-2840 Ext. 379
E-mail: [email protected]

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 cancelled 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

IEPS

IEPs and Program Adaptations Documents: What’s the Difference?

IMMIGRANTS

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 at https://advocatesforchildren.org/get_help/guides_and_resources/immigrant

ImmSchools Know Your Students Rights Guide

  • ImmSchools created a student resource for undocumented students and students in mixed status families. 

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/

 

MEDICAID

Reassignment of Medicaid Provider Claims-5-16-22

  • This final rule reinterprets the scope of the general requirement that State payments for Medicaid services under a State plan must generally be made directly to the individual practitioner or institution providing services or to the beneficiary.
  • In the case of a class of practitioners for which the Medicaid program is the primary source of revenue. Specifically, this final rule explicitly authorizes States to make payments to third parties on behalf of individual practitioners, for individual practitioners’ health insurance and welfare benefits, skills training, and other benefits customary for employees, if the individual practitioner consents to such payments on their behalf. Effective June 15, 2022. https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2022-05-16/pdf/2022-10225.pdf

1115 Medicaid Redesign Team Waiver Information –5-2022

 

MENTAL HEALTH

Resources for School and Mental Health Partners

 

MULTILINGUAL LEARNERS

  • 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.
  • For information, visit 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.

NYC DISCONNECTED YOUTH TASK FORCE

Student Contact Information

Non-Custodial Parents

PARENT COORDINATORS

  • Parent Coordinators will still be supporting families, principals will still be supervising the parent coordinators, but all will be shifting to remote-only work.
  • The DOE has set up a Parent Empowerment Hub for Parent Coordinators here: https://parentcoordinatornyc.connectwithkids.com/. Here school Parent Coordinators will find information and guidance to help them support families.

PARENT UNIVERSITY

  • 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].

REPORTS AND RESOURCES

Videos for Parents of Children with Cognitive Disabilities

Resource Guide for Families

THE CITY and Chalkbeat NY Special Education Resource Page

Center for Parent Information and Resources (CIPR)

Collaboration for Effective Educator Development, Accountability, and Reform (CEEDAR) Center

  • The Office of Special Education is sharing the following resource provided by the Collaboration for Effective Educator Development, Accountability, and Reform (CEEDAR) Center, a national technical assistance center funded by the Office of Special Education Programs: https://ceedar.education.ufl.edu/
  • The Family Guide to At-Home Learning has practical strategies that work for helping children of all ages who may be struggling with an at-home learning task. Families may find these strategies useful when helping their children complete various reading, math, and/or behavioral tasks at home. The guide is available here: https://ceedar.education.ufl.edu/family-guide-to-at-home-learning/

Parent and Family Digital Learning Guide

Respectability: Resource Guide for Virtual Education and Students with Disabilities

BCO Contact Sheet

RESOURCES FOR STUDENTS WHO ARE HOMELESS OR IN TEMPORARY HOUSING

Temporary Housing

Students Experiencing Homelessness

Evaluation Process 

 

SERVICES

Free Evaluations

  • YA1 provides free Psychological, Psychosocial and Autism evaluations for people seeking to apply for OPWDD services. 
  • Apply now at https://www.yai.org/getting-started

Free Online Tutoring

  • The Tutor Practicum Program by LearnUp is available and free for students to get reading help. 
  • For more information visit https://www.learnupcenters.org/free-reading-tutoring-page

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 visit nyfsc.org for more information. 

 

SEXUAL HEALTH

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

SNAP

  • SNAP On-Demand telephone eligibility interviews will resume on June 1, 2022.
  • Beginning June 1st , once they submit their application or recertification form via ACCESS HRA, at a PC Bank, in-person, or by mail, clients are able to call HRA at 718-SNAP-NOW (718-762-7669) anytime between 8:30am and 5:00pm, Monday to Friday, for an “on-demand” telephone interview. If an applicant has an emergency need for SNAP they should call right after they submit their application. Clients have up to 30 days from the time they submit their form to make this call and fulfill the interview requirement. 
  • The New York OTDA has simplified the SNAP enrollment process for adults ages 60 and older who are disabled and have no earned income. Apply at https://www.mybenefits.ny.gov/mybenefits/begin
  • You can now use your SNAP benefits to shop online for fresh produce and groceries. Participating online stores now accept SNAP benefits for online orders and will deliver to you. For participating stores, please visit https://www1.nyc.gov/site/hra/help/snap-online-shopping.page

SOCIAL SECURITY SERVICES DURING COVID-19

Social Security 1.3% Benefit Increase for 2021

  • The 1.3% cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) will begin with benefits payable to more than 64 million Social Security beneficiaries in January 2021. Please check the SSA 

STUDENT RECORDS

 

TRAININGS

Spanish Parent Leadership Training

  • Apple academy is a series trainings and activities designed to increase Spanish immigrant families, caregivers, and people with intellectual and developmental disabilities to be advocacy leaders and engage in civic activities.
  • The trainings will occur on Wednesdays from 10:30am-12:30pm
  • See here for more details https://drive.google.com/file/d/1X-sGLAjIue2RJYH3bNb9ffCtitlE5ZXH/view

Bilingual Summer Institute – Teacher Training

The Integration Transition Program

  • The program will focus on development of independent life skills including self-advocacy, independent living, communication skills, and straggles 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

TRANSITION PLANNING

  • 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) during 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

TRANSPORTATION

Fair Fares NYC

  • City program to help 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.

UNEMPLOYMENT

Partial Unemployment Benefits

  • Under a new plan to boost partial unemployment benefits, unemployed New Yorkers who accept part-time work are not penalized by basing their partial unemployment benefits on the hours they actually work, rather than the number of days they work in a given week. Partially employed workers can now work up to seven days weekly and still receive partial benefits if they are working fewer than 30 hours weekly and earning less than $504/weekly. 
  • Information on applying can be found here: https://dol.ny.gov/unemployment/partial-unemployment-eligibility

VOCATIONAL SERVICES AND PROGRAMS

NYC Unity Works – Workforce Development Project

  • NYC Unity Works is a new initiative launched through a partnership between the NYC Unity Project, the Administration’s citywide LGBTQI policy and programming initiative, and the Ali Forney Center, the nation’s largest LGBTQI homeless youth service provider. 
  • The program will be a comprehensive workforce development program for LGBTQI communities and will specifically focus on supporting homeless and runaway LGBTQI youth by connecting them to a full suite of services including basic and higher educational opportunities; paid internships and training, work credentials, and job placements; career coaching, and comprehensive, LGBTQI affirming case management that incorporates full wraparound supports and mental health counseling. 
  • Click here for more information: https://www1.nyc.gov/office-of-the-mayor/news/283-21/de-blasio-administration-partners-ali-forney-center-launch-nation-s-largest-workforce

LAST UPDATED: May 26, 2022

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