Issues: Special Education

Senator Martins Congratulates Nicholas Center for Autism and Spectrum Designs Foundation

Senator Jack M. Martins visited the Nicholas Center for Autism and Spectrum Designs Foundation in Port Washington and met with co-founder Stella Spanakos and director of development Nicole Sugrue to congratulate them on the opening of the center, which offers educational workshops and vocational training.

“I applaud the efforts of the Spectrum Designs Foundation and Nicholas Center for Autism. There are many families that are affected by Autism and dedicated educators ensure that those who fall within the spectrum receive the quality attention they deserve,” Senator Martins said.

December 5, 2011
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Senator Martins Visits Just Kids Early Childhood Learning Center

Senator Jack M. Martins visited the Just Kids Early Childhood Learning Center site in Middle Island where he was able to witness why they have received an impressive record and long standing reputation as an integrated program helping children with disabilities and their families. Just Kids has been at the forefront, continuously fighting the battle to provide special needs children with the best education possible.

August 5, 2011
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SENATOR MONTGOMERY HONORS LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD RECIPIENT DOROTHY BURNHAM, A BROOKLYN “RENAISSANCE WOMAN”

The lifetime achievements of Brooklyn native Dorothy Burnham were recognized and lauded by NYS Senator Velmanette Montgomery (D-Brooklyn) during the reading of a Senate resolution, which was unanimously passed by the full Senate during the final days of the 2011 Legislative Session. The resolution paid tribute to Dorothy Burnham’s many notable contributions to our public education system, the advancement of civil rights, and to the promotion of racial and economic equality. Ms. Burnham was also honored for her designation as recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award by the New York Friends of the People's World. “Dorothy Burnham is a Renaissance Woman,” said Senator Montgomery.

July 11, 2011
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$2.9 M Grant Announced To Serve NYC Schools

Queens Gazette quoted Senator Gianaris from the press release announcing of millions of dollars in funding for City Year New York. This initiative was led by Congresswoman Maloney, and Senator Gianaris is grateful for her hard work to make this happen.

June 22, 2011
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SENATOR GOLDEN JOINS SENATE COLLEAGUES IN VOTING TO APPROVE LANDMARK AUTISM INSURANCE REFORM

Albany- State Senator Martin J. Golden (R-C-I, Brooklyn) on Friday joined his colleagues in the New York State Senate in approving legislation S. 4005A, which he co-sponsored, to enable individuals with autism spectrum disorders to receive insurance coverage for screening, diagnosis and treatment. The bill would save tens of thousands of dollars in out-of-pocket expenses spent by families caring for individuals with autism and address insurance companies’ refusal to cover costs for autism treatments and therapies.

 

Autism Spectrum Disorders affect individuals of all ethnic, racial, and socioeconomic groups. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) estimates that 1 in 110 children, including 1 in 70 boys, are currently affected with autism.

 

June 20, 2011
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Senator Martins Visits Eden II Genesis School for Individuals with Autism

Senator Jack M. Martins recently visited the Eden II Genesis  School in Plainview for individuals with Autism. The Eden II Genesis program has been a leader in the intervention and education of invididuals with Autism for over 30 years. The satellite school in Plainview opened in September 1995.

The school offers speach therapy and adaptive physical education per IEP mandates. As children age of the education system, they enter the Adult Day Hab program, which focuses on community integration, increasing independence and activities of daily living, socialization and developing and enhancing skill acquisition at various job sites.

May 23, 2011
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Valesky Legislation Promotes Shared Services

Legislation sponsored by State Senator David J. Valesky(D-Oneida) that encourages cooperative sharing of services betweenorganizations passed the Senate.

May 12, 2011
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5/10/2011: Lexington School for the Deaf visits Albany

News From New York StateSenator Shirley L. HuntleyFor Immediate Release: May 11, 2011Contact: Bryant G. Gaspard| gaspard@nysenate.gov | (518) 455-3531

**Press Release**

Senator Huntley fights against cuts to Blind and Deaf Schools (4201 School’s)

(D-Jamaica) Senator Shirley L. Huntley and her senate colleagues were able to successfully restore budget cuts to 4201 schools that serve blind and deaf students. Governor Cuomo proposed cutting funding to some of the most vulnerable students in New York State by shifting the cost to operate these schools to local governments.

May 10, 2011
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Faces of Autism: An Educational Forum

Presentations by: New York Families For Autistic Children, Autism Speaks, The School for Language and Communication Development, Queens County Parents Autism Coalition, New York Christian Parents of Children With Autism and Jackson Developmental Center 

 

• Learn about the signs of Autism and the importance of early intervention

• Ask questions about issues related to caring for children living with Autism

• Share stories of frustration, joy and hope

• Make connections with other parents 

 

Translators will be available at the event.

May 23, 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
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Senator Martins Visits Helen Keller National Center, Will Participate in Helen's Walk

On Friday, April 22, Senator Jack M. Martins visited the Helen Keller National Center in Sands Point to learn about the programs the center offers for deaf-blind youths and adults. Senator Martins came away extremely impressed with the work the center does and the abilities the students possess.

The mission of the Helen Keller National Center is to enable each person who is deaf-blind to live and work in the community of their choice. The center teaches skills that empower individuals to live independent lives.

Senator Martins met with Executive Director Joseph J. McNulty, Director of Marketing and Development Suzanne V. Ressa and Director of Direct Services Susan Ruzenski.

April 25, 2011
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Senator Martins Discusses Autism Issues

As part of his continuing listening tour of the 7th Senate District, State Senator Jack M. Martins huddled with Elmont School Superintendent Al Harper and Principal Ken Rosner and discussed Autism issues in the greater community. The Elmont School district currently has a widely recognized and celebrated Autism educational program where two dozen elmont students are successfully enrolled in the Clara H. Carlson School. Senator Martins was briefed on the program and its many facets during a tour of the Saturday academy this past week. "Clearly the Elmont schools are working very hard to address the needs of the children and families with this very specialized and well thought out program," said Senator Martins.

April 14, 2011
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KLEIN VISITS LAVELLE SCHOOL FOR THE BLIND, ANNOUNCES 4201 SCHOOL FUNDING RESTORED IN 2012 BUDGET

On Thursday, State Senator Jeff Klein (D- Bronx/ Westchester) joined Frank Simpson, Superintendent for LaVelle School for the Blind, Diane Tucker, Upper School Principal for LaVelle School for the Blind, representatives from the New York Institute for Special Education, Noreen Collins of St. Joseph’s School for the Deaf, students, parents and teachers at LaVelle School for the Blind to announce the restoration of funds for 4201 Schools in the 2012 Executive Budget.

April 7, 2011
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Autism Awareness Month

News From New York StateSenator Shirley L. HuntleyFor Immediate Release: April 6, 2011Contact: Antonio Rodriguez | arodrigu@nysenate.gov | (518) 455-3531

APRIL IS AUTISM AWARENESS MONTHSenator Shirley L. Huntley supports Autism Advocacy

Senator Shirley L. Huntley (D-Jamaica) recognizes April as Autism Awareness Month and encourages New Yorkers to learn more about autism and its effects on children and their families, as well as what can be done to help the cause.

April 6, 2011
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SENATOR GOLDEN: DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION APPROVES NEST PROGRAM FOR MARINE PARK JUNIOR HIGH SCHOOL

For Immediate ReleaseThursday, March 31, 2011Contact: John Quaglione(718) 238-6044 or (917) 232-2966

April 1, 2011
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Education is a right not a privilege

On March 15, 2011 Senator Pekins joined with advocates in the State Capitol Building to fight for education.

March 15, 2011
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KLEIN VISITS WITH STUDENTS AND TEACHERS AT LAVELLE SCHOOL FOR THE BLIND

Senator Jeff Klein visited with students and teachers at Lavelle School for the Blind, one of three 4201 schools in the Bronx.

March 14, 2011
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KLEIN VISITS STUDENTS AND TEACHERS AT LAVELLE SCHOOL FOR THE BLIND

Senator Jeff Klein visited with students and teachers at Lavelle School for the Blind, one of three 4201 schools in the Bronx.

March 14, 2011
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KLEIN RALLIES TO SAVE FUNDING FOR 4201 SCHOOLS IN NEW YORK

Senator Klein Fights To Help Save Money That Supports Deaf, Blind and Physically Disabled Schools

BRONX, NY –  State Senator Jeff Klein (D- Bronx/ Westchester) joined concerned students, parents and educators during an Albany rally to save the funding for schools that serve deaf, blind and physically disabled students. 

The Bronx  is home to three of these schools otherwise known as 4201 schools -  Lavelle School for the Blind, St. Joseph’s School for the Deaf and New York Institute for Special Education.

March 10, 2011
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3/1/2011: Press Conference on Eating Disorders

New York State Legislature

For Immediate Release: Thursday, March 1, 2011

Contacts: Anton Konev | Assemblyman Peter M. Rivera | (518) 455-5102

Bryant Gaspard | Senator Shirley L. Huntley | (518) 455-3531

Lynn Grefe, CEO of National Eating Disorder Association (917) 226-9145

CALL FOR AN ONLINE TRAINING FOR PHYSICIANS ON EATING DISORDER PREVENTION

March 1, 2011
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