Senator Golden Hosts Special Education Fair

Martin J. Golden

December 14, 2006

State Senator Martin J. Golden (R-C, Brooklyn) recently hosted a special education fair for families and students of at the Marine & Academic Center Rotunda at Kingsborough Community College.

Dr. Rebecca H. Cort, Deputy Commissioner of the New York State Education Department’s Office of Vocational Educational Services for Individuals with Disabilities was a featured speaker. Additionally, Linda Wernikoff, the Deputy Superintendent of the Office of Special Education, addressed parents and families as well.

Representatives from parent advocacy groups, the New York State Office of Mental Retardation and Developmental Disabilities, the New York State Department of Health, the New York State Office of Special Education Quality Assurance, the New York City Department of Education, the Andrew Heiskell Braille and Talking Book Library, Gateways to Real Lives and many other organizations were on hand to answer questions.

Senator Marty Golden stated, "As a member of the State Senate Education Committee who has worked very closely with our schools and our parents for many years, I have discovered the need to host this special education fair to address the needs, to provide the information, and to allow for the best of opportunities for our children who require special education. I think it is important for parents to understand how to access the services that are available to them in an effort to benefit their children. This event was helpful in preparing our children to learn and grow.