Conference for Families of Students with disABILITIES

Learn about special education – Share your experience – Connect with families and experts

Join us for a day of learning and community building at the New York City Department of Education’s Conference for Families of Students with disABILITIES. Families will have the opportunity to attend workshops, speak with experts, participate in a resource fair with Community Based Organizations (CBOs), and meet families from across the five boroughs!

Event Details:

Saturday, April 5, 2014
High School of Art and Design
245 East 56th Street, New York, NY 10022
8:00am -2:00pm
Whole Group Welcome
Resource Fair

Workshop Opportunities Include:

The IEP Process Step by Step:
Learn how Individualized Education Programs are developed, the family’s role in the process, and the different components of the IEP.
Supporting Positive Behavior at School and at Home:
Learn basic behavior concepts, brainstorm positive behaviors for your child, and design a plan to teach and reinforce new behaviors.
Breaking Barriers: Using Assistive Technologies to Help our Students:
Learn about how assistive technology (from light tech to high tech) may help your child break through barriers to access the curriculum, relate to peers, and demonstrate their learning. Time will be allotted for families to interact with the different types of technology presented.
The IEP Process for English Language Learners:
Learn about the IEP process and specific components that are most relevant to families of English Language Learners.
Raising Readers-Family Tips for Supporting Your Child’s Literacy Development in the Early Grades:
Learn how to partner with schools to raise readers in the 21st century. Families will explore the components of reading instruction (the 5 Pillars) and the role of family involvement in helping children to learn to read in grades K-2.

Minimizing the Impact of the Disability and Maximizing Opportunities to Learn:
Learn more with speaker Dr. Thomas Hehir from Harvard University
Transition for Families- Preparing for Life After High School:
Learn all about transition services and how families and school staff can work together to effectively plan for transition to post-secondary life beginning in middle school.
Graduation and the New Credentials – What Families Need to Know:
Learn about graduation requirements and the two new credentials- the Career Development and Occupational Studies (CDOS) Commencement Credential and the Skills and Achievement Commencement Credential (SAAC).
For questions contact or call (212) 374-6085