Friday, July 30, 2004

Calling the NYC Board of Education

This is a bit of a test post as I just signed on to our exciting new blog and I'm eager to dive right in. Ever try to call the NYC Board of Ed?  Need a cpse meeting, annual review or an evaluation?  Well, a bit of advice.  Don't leave a message on someone's machine.  They never, ever, ever will call you back.  For those who need the NYC Bd of Ed. number, I've permanently etched it in my brain--it's 9173391600.  The other day, I was calling the Bd. to get an annual review for my son.  I must have called about 15 times before I got someone who could help me..an actual real person.  A bit of advice.  Once you dial that number, just press 0 for operator--then pray that the operator will answer.  If he does, you're golden and explain to him who you want.  Often you will get a non-working number and/or a message saying--I'm on vacation, I'm no longer in this position, I no longer work for the Bd of Ed.  Then, dial the main number again, hope and pray you are actually connected to the operator, tell him you DON'T want to be connected to a voicemail, that you want a real live person. Do those people exist at the Board of Ed?  FYI, did you know that staff at the board only works from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. the entire summer?  I want a job like that.  Pleazzzze.  Okay, back to your quest.  Once you reach a real, live person after about an hour or so...be VERY VERY nice.  Compliment them on what a great job they are doing, say how nice they are to help you.  Catch the bee with honey.  Take their phone number and make them promise to call you back.  Tell them you can't sleep at night, you're having a nervous breakdown if you...don't get an evaluation, appointment for an annual review, whatever.  They will feel sorry for you.  Afterall, you are trying to do your job as a parent.  Is that so wrong?  So, now you've got a person who is seemingly trying to help you.  Once you put in your request, get their phone number, just hope and pray they will take pity on you and call you back. I guarantee this method will work.

Wednesday, July 21, 2004

Facetime Group Goes Online

The Downtown Spectrum Parent Support group has been meeting since 2000. Lots of stories, wisdom, and warmth has been shared across a coffeeshop table. Now we're ready to archive the best information, questions from our monthly sessions and open the the group up for more people.

The objective of this group is to share information about raising kids on the autism spectrum in New York City.

Spectrum parents everywhere should read the Schafer Autism Report, a free newsfeed of events, news items, and research.