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NEWS

New York City schools could remain open if a student or teacher tests positive for coronavirus in the fall, but their specific classrooms will be closed, the education department revealed Thursday.

Disruptions to our personal and professional lives, due to the Covid-19 virus, has created schedule changes. New social distancing norms and school and programs closings present unique challenges to individuals with developmental disabilities / intellectual disabilities and their families.  Because we are sensitive to the needs of these individuals and their families, Sinergia has compiled these resources aimed at providing current information about programs and services in our community that we hope, will help to reduce anxiety and restoring new avenues to access serviced during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Please feel free to contact our main intake line at 212-643-2840 ext. 336 or send us an email at mpc@sinergiany.org  or should you have any education-related question.
We will update this list frequently and want to invite you to share with us information about other programs that other families can benefit from it, email us at mpc@sinergiany.org
Thank you and we urge you to be vigilant in protecting the health and safety of yourselves, your families and your communities.

Link:https://drive.google.com/file/d/1yLpxS92wSYlbag3tpEcdTaJxmzEKcfkD/view?usp=sharing

Spanish
 
Las interrupciones en nuestra vida personal y profesional, debido al virus Covid-19, han creado cambios en nuestras rutinas. Las nuevas normas de distanciamiento social y el cierre de escuelas y programas para personas con discapacidades presentan desafíos únicos para las personas con discapacidades del desarrollo / discapacidades intelectuales y sus familias. Debido a que somos sensibles a las necesidades de estas personas y sus familias, Sinergia ha recopilado estos recursos destinados a proporcionar información actualizada sobre programas y servicios en nuestra comunidad, que esperamos,  le ayude a reducir la ansiedad y a acceder a otros servicos  durante la pandemia del COVID -19.
No dude en comunicarse con nuestra línea de intake al 212-643-2840 ext. 336 o envíenos un correo electrónico a mpc@sinergiany.org   si tiene alguna pregunta relacionada con la educación especial de su hijo (a).
Actualizaremos esta lista con frecuencia y queremos invitarle a compartir con nosotros información sobre otros programas que otras familias pueden beneficiarse de ella, nos puede enviar un correo electrónico a mpc@sinergiany.org
Gracias y les instamos a que estén atentos para proteger la salud y la seguridad de ustedes, sus familias y sus comunidades.

Enlace: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1yLpxS92wSYlbag3tpEcdTaJxmzEKcfkD/view?usp=sharing
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BELFAST, Maine — When Patricia Saucier was a teenager, she felt as if her life story would be defined by what she could not do.

As a child, she was diagnosed with an intellectual disability. By the time she was 16, her parents signed her up to receive Supplemental Security Income from the government. They wanted to make sure she would be financially OK, but it made her feel different — and not in a good way.

“The city education department’s inability to meet legal deadlines for resolving complaints filed by families of special education students is causing “material, demonstrable harm” — and  requires an immediate fix, advocates say. These delays disproportionately affect low-income children whose families do not have the means to pay for the services they require on their own while waiting for their claims to be processed…”  The link below will let you learn more details about this situation.

President Donald Trump approved an extension of the nation’s primary autism law, authorizing $1.8 billion in spending on the developmental disorder in the coming years. Trump signed the Autism Collaboration, Accountability, Research, Education and Support, or Autism CARES, Act.  The act, which originated in 2006, allocates funding for research, prevalence tracking, screening, professional training and other government activities related to autism.

Prevent Abuse of People With Disabilities

Abuse can happen to anyone. There are many forms of abuse. Learn more about the types of abuse and who it happens to. Learn what you can do to advocate for prevention. 
endAbuse is a new website funded by the New York State Developmental Disabilities Planning Council that provides a wealth of information and resources about the abuse of people with disabilities

http://end-abuse.org/

            Advocates met with top officials at the U.S. Department of Education last week after learning that the agency is planning to change or reinterpret policy on IDEA’s requirement that students with disabilities be served in the least restrictive environment, or LRE.

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Thousands of people with disabilities and their advocates marched through Midtown Manhattan Sunday morning for the city’s fifth annual Disability Pride Parade, many of them public school parents and teachers.

Complaints filed against the city Department of Education by parents of special education students have skyrocketed since 2014 — sparking a “crisis” that leaves some kids without essential service for months on end, a state-commissioned report found.

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