Friday, October 31, 2008

College for Students with Disabilities

Resources for Children with Special Needs, Inc.
Invites Educators, Advocates and Parents to a Panel Discussion

College for Students with Disabilities:
Perspectives for Parents and Students on Preparing for College, the Selection and Application Process, and Maximizing the College Experience

Thursday, December 11, 2008 from 5 - 7:30 p.m.
5:00 Coffee Reception with Panelists • 5:30 Panel
Credit Suisse, 11 Madison Avenue at 24th Street,
Auditorium Level 2B

Advance Registration $35 ● At the Door $40 (Space Permitting)

Dr. Jack Gentul, Dean of Students at New Jersey Institute of Technology, was the first Coordinator for Students with Disabilities at Rutgers University from 1976-1979. Dr. Gentul was the Director of the Moses Center for Students with Disabilities at NYU from 1983-1999, which served the largest population of students with disabilities in private higher education. He has also served on the Mountain Lakes, NJ K-12 Board of Education and was the Dean of Students at Pace University in Pleasantville.
Owen Parker, recent graduate of Goucher College, currently employed at Rockefeller University.
Jim Rein, nationally recognized lecturer on post-secondary options for learning disabled students, was the Dean of the Vocational Independence Program at the New York Institute of Technology for 20 years. Prior to that he was the Executive Director of the Little Red School House/Elizabeth Irwin High School and Assistant Director of the Churchill School. For the past 2 years he was the head of guidance for the Churchill School, coordinating their college placements.
Moderator: Dr. Elizabeth Sharpless, a licensed psychologist and certified school psychologist, is currently the Director of the Saul and Gladys Gwirtzman Learning Center of the Jewish Board of Family and Children’s Services. She is a member of the faculty of the Derner Institute at Adelphi University and also at the Institute of Child, Adolescent and Family Therapy. Dr. Sharpless is the chair of the Board of Advisors of Resources for Children with Special Needs, Inc.

To register: Mail or fax the form below with your registration fee to:
Panel, Resources for Children with Special Needs
116 East 16th Street, 5th Floor, NY, NY 10003
(212) 677-4650 ● FAX (212) 254-4070

December 11th Panel Registration Form

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Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Conference Season #5: Michelle Garcia Winner at NYU Child Study Center

Michelle Garcia Winner, M.A., CCC-SLP
Looking Into the Mind of Autism Spectrum Disorders and Like Disabilities: How Assessment, Mental Health & Transition Issues Link to Practical Program Development
October 29, 2008, 8 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Alumni Hall B, NYU Langone Medical Center
550 First Avenue, New York, NY 10016
RSVP by visiting the Calendar of Events on
The autism spectrum and related disabilities represent a very heterogeneous population across a broad range of functioning. The core social challenges experienced by this population are complex and are based on the dynamic and synergistic process of the development of communication and social cognition.
To be presented:
• Videos of various-aged students across three levels of perspective taking
• Information on informal assessment, related treatment approaches and integrating students into mainstream settings
• Handouts that discuss different types of treatment while recognizing that there is no single treatment for people on the autism spectrum
• Strategies to help prepare for successful transition to adulthood along with specific methods for working with older students and adults
This presentation is intended for both professionals who work with children on the autism spectrum and parents who want to have a broader understanding of the development of social cognition.
Registration form available at:

NYU Child Study Center Asperger Institute • 145 East 32 Street, 5th Floor • New York, NY 10016
T: 212 2652 1961 • F: 212 652 1950 •

8 - 8:30 a.m.
Register and use appropriate social skills to chat
8:30 - 10:30 a.m.
Introduction to the Concept of Perspective Taking Model - 3 Levels of Perspective Taking Deficits
10:30 - 10:40 a.m.
10:40 - 12:00 p.m.
Exploring how Perspective Taking Applies to Kids in School
12 - 1 p.m.
Lunch on your own
1 - 2:20 p.m.
4 Step Treatment Model of Communication
Exploring Functional Treatment Activities
2:20 - 2:30 p.m.
2:30 - 3:30 p.m.
Effective Interventions for Social Skill Development:
Being a Knowledgeable Consumer
Discussant: Lynda Geller, Ph.D.
Michelle Garcia Winner is a speech and language pathologist who specializes in working with students with social cognitive deficits. Michelle’s goal is to help educators and parents appreciate how social thinking and social skills are integral parts of academic, vocational and community success. She was honored with a “Congressional Special Recognition Award” in 2008.

Monday, October 13, 2008

Conference Season #4: Birch Family Services, 11/6

Birch Family Services 11th Annual Autism Conference: Addressing the Challenges of Autism: Getting the Social Stuff Right

At this year’s conference, you’ll hear the challenges — and triumphs — of helping those with ASD understand and manage social interactions with others. Not only will you further your knowledge on this issue, but you’ll come away with practical strategies that will enhance your daily interactions with individuals with ASD. You’ll also receive a unique perspective on the subject from Michael John Carley, who was diagnosed with Asperger Syndrome in 2000 (along with his then 4-year-old son).

November 6, 2008
Alfred Lerner Hall, Columbia University

Brenda Smith Myles, PhD, Keynote Speaker University of Kansas — Dept. of Special Education Author of The Hidden Curriculum: Teaching What is Meaningful; Asperger Syndrome and Difficult Moments: Practical Solutions for Tantrums, Rage and Meltdowns (with Southwick); and, Asperger Syndrome and Adolescence: Practical Solutions for School Success (with Adreon). Brenda has made over 500 presentations all over the world and written more than 150 articles and books on autism and Asperger Syndrome.

Nancy Reichle, PhD University of North Carolina — Division TEACCH Director of Division TEACCH’s Carolina Living and Learning Center (CLLC), a residential and vocational treatment program for adults with autism. Coauthor of the following: Effects of a Model Treatment Approach on Adults with Autism (in press) in the Journal of Autism and Developmental Disabilities; Residential Treatment for Individuals with Autism in Handbook of Autism, 2nd Edition; and, The Environmental Rating Scale (ERS): A Measure of the Residential Environment for Adults with Autism in Research in Developmental Disabilities, Vol. 19, No. 5, 1998.

Elisa Gagnon, MS. Ed University of Kansas — Asperger Syndrome Project Coordinator of the Asperger Syndrome Project at the University of Kansas Medical Center. Author of Power Cards: Using Special Interests to Motivate Children and Youth with Asperger Syndrome and Autism, and Coauthor of This is Asperger Syndrome.

Michael John Carley and members of G.R.A.S.P. [Global and Regional Asperger Syndrome Project] Panel Presentation
Michael John Carley is Founder and Executive Director of G.R.A.S.P., the largest organization comprised of adults on the autism spectrum. He has appeared in the media widely, most notably in The New York Times, Washington Post, New York Newsday, The London Times, The Chronicle of Philanthropy, the Chronicle of Higher Education, Newsweek OnAir, Psychology Today, and on radio on Terry Gross’ Fresh Air as well as The Infinite Mind.

For more information or to register please log on to

Wednesday, October 08, 2008

2008 DD Council Family Resource Fairs

Each borough's Develomental Disability Council holds a family resource fair, with expo tables for agencies and trainings for parents and professionals. If you aren't plugged into needed services, this is a great place to start. If you are entering a new phase of services, this is a good place to get a sense of what is out there.

Friday, November 7th -- 8:30 a.m. -3:00 p.m.
Queens Family Support Conference and Resource Fair
Sheraton La Guardia East Hotel 135-20 39th Avenue, Flushing
More info:

Thursday, November 20th -- 10 AM to 2 PM
Manhattan Family Support Conference and Resource Fair
St. Paul the Apostle, Amsterdam Avenue between 59th & 60th Streets

Workshops, 10:30 - 11:45:
Community Resources for Children Gary Shulman, Program Director, Resources for Children with Special Needs
Becoming an Effective Self-Advocate! A Session for People with Developmental Disabilities Cathy James, Co-Director, Life Coaching Project, Job Path, & members of Life Coaching Project
Autism: What's New in the Field Charles Cartwright, MD, Director, YAI Autism Center
Medicaid Waivers: What They’re All About Larry Domenech, Development Representative, OMRDD; Jane Salchli, Director of Programs, SKIP of NY
Residential Services: What Parents Need to Know Howard Wasserman, Development Representative, OMRDD; parent to be announced

Workshops, 12:30 - 1:45
12 Tips for Successful Educational Advocacy Christopher Treiber, Director of Advocacy Services, AHRC NYC; Yesenia Estrella, Educational Advocate, Sinergia; Miguel Salazar, Program Director for Public Education, Resources for Children with Special Needs
Future Planning: Guardianship, Wills, Health Care Proxies, Special Needs Trusts Randi Rosenstein, Esq., Director of Legal Services, AHRC NYC
Technology: New Developments for People with Developmental Disabilities Darinka Vlahek, Director of Community Services; Andrija Sekulic, Director of Technology; Justin Russo, Director of Travel Training; Lorraine Cohen, Director of Augmentative Communication; AHRC NYC
Preparing for Puberty & Beyond: Addressing Physical Changes and Sexuality Issues Kristi Hickey-Vigilante, LMSW, YAI Center for Specialty Therapy; Juliet Hawkins, MA, YAI Clinical and Family Services

For more information about the Manhattan Family Support Fair:
AMY BITTINGER at 212-979-9700, EXT. 707/708 or JENNIFER SHAOUL at 212-273-6289

These events are free to families, and some offer a cash raffle or gift bag. A great place to find out about residences, day programs, waiver and non-waiver recreation, respite, and family reimbursement services. Medicaid Service Coordinators can get training credits.

Thursday, October 02, 2008

Senator Golden's 2nd Annual Special Education Forum

Are You the Parent of a Child with Special Needs?

Do You Wonder About Higher Education Opportunities for Your Special Needs Child?

Do you have Questions about Services Offered by Advocacy Organizations?

Saturday, November 3, 2007

10 AM to 2 PM


KingsboroughCommunity College

2001 Oriental Boulevard,Brooklyn, NY11235

Contact Senator Martin Golden

Room 946 LOB • Albany, New York12247• (518) 455-2730

7403 5th Avenue• Brooklyn, New York11209• (718) 238-6044

Invited Speakers include:

Linda Wernikoff, Executive Director

Office of Special Education Initiatives

Yolanda Cacciolo, Director

New YorkUniversity, CRC Counseling

Students with Chronic Illnesses & Psychological Disabilities

Information Tables:

Local Advocacy Organizations

Resources in the Community

State & City Agencies Devoted to

Special Education

Senator Martin Golden’s

2nd Annual Special Education Forum


Owen H. R. Johnson, Legislative Analyst

Hon. Martin J. Golden

New YorkStateSenate, 22nd District

7408 Fifth Avenue

Brooklyn, NY11209

Tel 718.238.6044

Fax 718.238.6170

Wednesday, October 01, 2008

Conference Season #3: Emphasis on Speech

Teaching Children with Developmental Disabilities To Speak:
Current Research and Best Practice

November 13-14, 2008 ~ New York City (Queens), NY


Martha Burns, PhD, CCC-SLP
Nancy Kaufman, MA, CCC-SLP
Tamara Kasper, MS, CCC-SLP, BCBA
Sara Rosenfeld-Johnson, MS, CCC-SLP


Professionals: $290 each
Parent: $150 each...or, $200 total for both parents (or 2nd family member)

More information and color brochure here:

Sponsor / Contact:
Northern Speech ~ 888.337.3866 ~ ~