Beyond Access Series  first workshop of the year kicking off next Tuesday, September 20th, at 7pm.  


Our first session will be on Goals and Priorities for Special Education in the 22-23 school year. We will discuss new programs and initiatives, which will be available to students with IEPs, including compensatory services, specialized program expansion, and more related topics.


As always, the Beyond Access Series live sessions will be held on Tuesdays, from 7:00pm to 8:00pm.

To Register for this event, please use this link Below:

Special Education Recovery REGISTRATION

Use this Link to join the event:

Zoom Link


All Beyond Access workshops will be in English with Spanish and Mandarin interpretations available.

Interpretation Lines:

To Join Spanish Line, Call: +1 347-966-4114

            Phone Conference ID=359661713

To Join Mandarin Line, Call: +1 347-966-4114

            Phone Conference ID=950817356


We are very excited to be bringing you more workshops on topics related to special education and provide sessions that aim to support families with children who have IEP’s.

Thank You

Family Engagement Team

NYC Department of Education

Special Education: Specialized Instruction and Student Support

Parent Vacancy:


The Citywide Council on Special Education has an opening for a CCSE Representative on the Citywide Council on High Schools.  The member will be a voting member of the CCHS.  If you are interested and meet the requirements (see attached resolution), please  



BY EMAIL: and  



Application Deadline October 14, 2022 (5:00 pm)  


"NY State Education Law Sec. 2590(b) 6 (a) (ii) states that the Citywide Council on Special Education shall appoint one voting member to the Citywide Council on High Schools who shall be a parent of a high school student receiving special education services."  

Education Hearings: 


NY City Council Hearing:  Meeting the Needs of All students with Disabilities


Please be advised that the New York City Council Committee on Education will hold a hearing on Wednesday, September 21, 2022 at 1:00 PM in Chambers at City Hall, New York, NY 10007 and via Zoom web-conference, on the following topic.


Oversight: Meeting the Needs of All Students with Disabilities


You are hereby invited to attend and testify, either live via video conferencing, or live in-person at City Hall.


If you are planning on testifying live in person or via video conferencing, please register in advance of the hearing at Each person who intends to testify live via Zoom should register separately. If you plan to testify in person, it would be greatly appreciated if you could bring twenty (20) copies double-sided of your written testimony to the hearing.


Written testimony may be submitted without registration by emailing it to or via the Council’s website at up to 72 hours after the close of the hearing.


The entrance to the hearing and restrooms at City Hall are fully accessible. For questions about accessibility or to request additional accommodations, please contact Nicole Benjamin ( or 212-482-5176) at least 72 hours before the hearing. All other questions about the hearing can be directed to Chloë Rivera (

Thank you,


Chloë Rivera   (she/her)

Senior Policy Analyst, New York City Council



Family Support Services Quarterly Meeting: Sept 20, 2022, 10:30-12:30pm


Developmental Disabilities Advisory Council (DDAC): Sept 29, 2022 ,10-12pm


Autism Spectrum Disorders Advisory Board: October 4, 2022, 11-1pm


All meetings are held on WebEx.

Links provided on the OPWDD website close to the meeting date.

Previous meetings are available to view. All the information is at this link:


The Developmental Disabilities Councils in the

Five  Boroughs are resuming monthly meetings:


Brooklyn DD Council:

Bronx DD Council:

Manhattan DD Council:

Queens DD Council:

Staten Island DD Council:


Representatives from OPWDD, Providers, Self-Advocates & Parents report on current developments & activities important to all people with Developmental Disabilities


2022-23 NYC public school calendar 



Children’s books for helping kids understand emotional and learning challenges 

Child Mind Institute




Schools & bus companies are open! Call to verify route, school start/end times and medical codes are the same all around. If child has Diabetes, verify glucagon action card & worker training are in place. 


* Make a backup plan for the first days of school (9/8 for public, varied for nonpublic); save receipts.


* When a bus shows up, make sure the roster includes your child’s name & correct school!

Note: GPS system that families can track is not in effect yet at most bus bases. 


* Changes to PM drop-off take a while. Submit a request form as soon as you know where your child needs to go at daily dismissal, if other than the home address. This includes shared custody.


If you have no NYCSA account, click ‘Continue as guest’, but you will need a 9 digit student ID and the school district number for the location of the dropoff. 

Seek more detailed instructions and any pdf option we find at


Family Assistance with Bussing


* Advocates for Children Q&A about start of 2022-23 school year includes busing advice also, 

in Spanish:


And English:

Join Us for Three Webinars on Preparing Young Children for School

Ensuring that all children are well prepared for elementary school is a priority for parents, caregivers, guardians, and policymakers. To address this priority, the What Works Clearinghouse, in conjunction with an expert panel, distilled contemporary research into seven practical, user-friendly recommendations for preschool educators in our new Educator Practice Guide, Preparing Young Children for School. Please join us for three webinars that discuss these recommendations in detail:


* Recommended Practices for Social-Emotional Learning and Executive Function will occur on Tuesday, September 27, 2022, at 12 pm PT/3 pm ET. Presenters include:

Margaret Burchinal (Panel Chair), University of Virginia

Karen Bierman, Penn State University

Megan McClelland, Oregon State University

Kimberly Nelson, Rockford Public Schools


* Recommended Practices for Mathematical Ideas and Language will occur on Wednesday, September 28, 2022, at 12 pm PT/3 pm ET. Presenters include:

Margaret Burchinal (Panel Chair), University of Virginia

David Purpura, Purdue University

Julie Sarama, University of Denver

Elizabeth Schlesinger-Devlin, Purdue University


* Recommended Practices for Vocabulary, Letters, and Shared Book Reading will occur on Thursday, September 29, 2022, at 12 pm PT/3 pm ET. Presenters include:

Margaret Burchinal (Panel Chair), University of Virginia

Jorge Gonzalez, University of Houston

Jill Pentimonti, University of Notre Dame

Elizabeth Schlesinger-Devlin, Purdue University 


You can register for all three webinars here.


We hope that you will consider attending and share this information widely. If you cannot attend the webinar live, please consider registering anyway. We will send you a link of the archived webinar and materials after the event. 

The Institute of Education Sciences, a part of the U.S. Department of Education, is the nation's leading source for rigorous, independent education research, evaluation, statistics, and assessment.

On Tuesday, Sept. 20, the Chatham Square Library will be hosting a very special virtual program for Chinese American parents and caregivers. This program is co-sponsored by the Chinese American Family Alliance for Mental Health (CAFAMH), New York University, and Teachers College of Columbia University. The focus of the program is youth stressors and ways that parents and caregivers can promote wellness in children during times of stress. Leading the program will be Cindy Huang, Assistant Professor of Counseling Psychology at Teachers College, and William Tsai, Assistant Professor of Applied Psychology at NYU.

DATE: Tuesday, Sept. 20

TIME: 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM


DIAL IN: 1-646-558-8656

MEETING ID: 94994862726#


Please note that this program will be presented in English, with simultaneous Mandarin interpretation available.