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ADAPT Family Connect Summit [save the date]

Date: May 1, 2020 from 9:30 am to 2:30 pm

Location: THe New York Academy of Medicine , 1216 5th Avenue, New York, NY

Join us for ADAPT Community Network’s Family Connect Summit
Advocacy: An Ever-Evolving Need to Stay Current with Services and Supports.

Friday, May 1, 20202
New York Academy of Medicine
1216 Fifth Avenue at 103rd St.(entrance on 103rd St.)

Registration Required


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Westchester Arc’s 17th Annual Transition Linkages Fair

Date: March 31, 2020 from 4:30 pm to 7:30 pm

Location: The Arc of Westchester, 265 Saw Mill River Road, Hawthorne, NY

For Families, Educators, and Students with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities

Join us to learn more about the resources available to help plan your child’s transition into the adult world, including:
Housing Options
Benefits & Financial Planning
Case Management
Mental Health
Legal Guardianship
Day Services
Vocations & Employment
Transportation/ Travel Training Post-Secondary Education
Health Services
Self-Directed Services
Autism Supports
Post-High School Transition Programs

Service providers and experts will be on hand to help you explore options and questions like:
-After high school, what opportunities will be available for my child?
-How and when should we apply for services?
-What are the eligibility requirements?
And much, much more!

Families, educators, students, or recent graduates with disabilities ages 12—25 are welcome to attend. A light supper will be served.

Contact Carol Gearing 914-495-4620 cgearing@

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Sinergia Guardianship Workshop

Date: March 26, 2020 from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm

Location: Sinergia, 2082 Lexington Ave. - 3rd Floor, New York, NY

Vice President and Managing Attorney of the Westchester Office, Adrienne Arkontaky, will be presenting on the 17a guardianship process. During this free workshop, Adrienne will use her personal and professional experience to guide you through the guardianship process and planning for the future of a child with disabilities. Focus topics are: Guardianship and how to meet the health, legal and financial needs of children and youth with disabilities, alternatives to guardianship and ways of planning for a loved one’s future needs.

The workshop is free but registration is required. To RSVP please contact:

Godfrey Rivera
Co-Director of MPC/Autism Spectrum Initiative
Sinergia Inc.,
2082 Lexington Ave. – 3rd Floor
New York, NY 10035
Tel:(212)643-2840 Ext:307

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SDC’s “We Are Family” Support Group

Date: March 26, 2020 from 9:30 am to 12:00 pm

Location: Church of the Mediator , 260 West 231st Street, Bronx, NY

Date and Time: Thursday, March 26th @9:30am

Location: Church of the Mediator
260 West 231st Street, Bronx, NY 10463
(Corner of West 231st Street and Kingsbridge Avenue)

• Understanding Your Child’s IEP
• Preparing for Your Child’s IEP Meeting
• School Transportation Issues
• When You Might need a Special Education Attorney

The Cuddy Law Firm has successfully represented many New York City families in navigating the school system, making changes to the IEP and even getting more appropriate school placements. They will present on the IEP process and how families can successfully address issues within the system. Their representative will remain at the meeting after the presentation to discuss individual cases with family members.

Breakfast and Lunch will be served!
Please RSVP to Crusita Ramos at (718) 432-8469 or

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I Wish I Had Known This Sooner

Date: March 24, 2020 from 9:30 am to 11:30 am

Location: Westchester Independent Living Center, 10 County Center Road, White Plains, NY

I Wish I Had Known This Sooner

Understanding your Child’s Rights and Responsibilities under Special Education Law Family

Empowerment Advocacy Series

Parents and Family Members come join us for this FREE session in-depth training to learn about your child’s rights and the special education process, and how to effectively advocate for your child and other children.

WHERE: Westchester Independent Living Center, 2nd Floor
10 County Center Road, White Plains, NY 10607

REGISTER: To register, please click HERE or contact Denise Green or 845- 228-7457, x 1102

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Rebecca School and ICDl Conference & Resource Fair

Date: March 6, 2020 from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm

Location: Executive Conference Center, 1601 Broadway, New York, New York

On March 6, 2020 Rebecca School will be hosting a conference for parents, self-advocates, and professionals at the executive Conference Center in Midtown Manhattan, this is a public event.

Rebecca School is a school that utilizes the DIRFloortime model to support its 155 students ranging in ages 3-21 with neuro-developmental delays in relating and communicating. The Rebecca School staff is specifically trained in the DIRFloortime model which is a respectful, research driven approach that meets the students where they are developmentally and supports them through adulthood. Our families are also supported by attorneys and advocates like you, through the impartial hearing process, fighting for funding year after year. Professionals and families from other schools are invited to attend this event who also take part in the impartial hearing process.

Date: Friday, March 6, 2020 from 8 am to 4 pm

Location: Executive Conference Center- 1601 Broadway New York, NY 10019

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Exceptional Families Resource Fair

Date: March 21, 2020 from 9:30 am to 1:30 pm

Location: Harlem Armory, 40 West 143rd Street, New York, NY

A resource fair for families with loved ones with disabilities.

CLICK HERE for more information.

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Navigating the Special Education System & the Disciplinary Process

Date: March 5, 2020 from 10:30 am to 8:00 pm

Location: Yonkers Riverfront Library, 1 Larkin Center, Yonkers, NY

Please join us on March 5, 2020 for a special education presentation highlighting navigating the special education system and the disciplinary process.

Alison Morris, Esq. will discuss parents’ rights and the role of a school district in providing your child with an appropriate education. This workshop will also focus on how to prepare parents for upcoming Committee on Special Education meetings.

Mark Gutman, Esq. will review what to do if your child has been involved in a suspension or disciplinary action and provide you with tools to help you advocate for your child’s special education needs.

Space is limited, pre-registration is required. Email AFORD@CUDDYLAWFIRM.COM

Thursday, March 5, 2020

Session I: 10:30 am to 12:00 pm


Session II: 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm

Yonkers Waterfront Library

1 Larkin Center,
Yonkers, New York 10701

Parking is located one block away
at Buena Vista Avenue & Main Street.



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