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Over 50 Groups To Provide Information About City, State & Local Programs Designed For Children & Adults With Special Needs

Senator Andrew Lanza will host his First Annual Special Education Fair at 10:00 a.m. on Friday, March 9th at the Jewish Community Center of Staten Island. Over 50 groups will be on-hand to provide information about the various city, state and local programs designed to help children and adults with special needs.  Special guest speakers will include Arthur Fusco (District 75 Superintendent’s Office),  Lauren Katzman (Executive Director of Special Education, NYC Department of Education) and Ellen McHugh (Co-chair of the Citywide Council on Special Education (CCSE)).

The fair will include panel discussions, informational booths, free handouts & giveaways and refreshments.

Where:           Joan & Alan Bernikow Jewish Community Center
1466 Manor Road, Sea View

When:            Friday, March 9th 
                        10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Schedule of Speakers:


Superintendents D75 Office – Arthur Fusco


NYC Dept of Education – Lauren Katzman Executive Director Special Education


Lifestyles for the Disabled – Jackie Tripodi

Speak about transitioning into adulthood and day programs.


NAMI – 1 Hour presentation

People with mental illness explain their lives


CCSE – Ellen McHugh City Council on Special Ed


C.H.I.P. – Dr. Diane Taranto – Director of Quality Assurance

Speak about Early Intervention and the SEIT program providing quality home, community and center – based services to children, birth through age 5, with autism spectrum disorders and the other developmental delays throughout the five boroughs of NYC.


AMDI Advanced Multimedia Devices Inc. – Ric Dombroski – Product Specialist

Speak about speech generating devices or industry term Augmentative and Alternative communication Devices; is dedicated to improving the lives of people with severe speech impairment.

The following groups will be in attendance:

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Advanced Multimedia Devices

Cerebral Palsy

Children at Play

Chip, Inc.

Community Resources Pre-school

Community Resources /Special Tees

Daniel Ajello

Delco Drugs & Specialty Pharmacy

Eden II Programs

Edenn II

Elizebeth Pouch Center

Extended Home Care

Extrodinary Minds


Fire Safety Education

Head Start Program

Lifestyles for the Disabled

MetLife Cneter for the Special Need

NYC Comm on Human RightsSICSC

NYS Education Dept Adult Career

NYS Institute for Basic Research.

One Step Beyond , Inc

Parent to Parent of Staten Island

PSCH(Promoting Specialized Care)

Ramps/Lifts for Better Living

Special Needs Family Planning

Special Needs Family Planning

Staten Island Center for Independ Living

Staten Island Childhood Direction Ctr

Staten Island Mental Health Society

Staten Island Parent to Parent

Staten Island SIDDC

The Grace Foundation

The Grace Foundation

The New York Public Lib Huguenot Ave

The New York Public Library

The Special Needs Planning Center

Thursdays Child

Touchstone Health

Visiting Nurse Assoc of SI

Volunteers of America

Mercy Drive, Inc

South Shore Speech Pathology


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