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By Sandi Rosenbaum, Special Education Advocate, Littman Krooks LLP Will everyone be free on Independence Day? As COVID-19 cases have dropped and New York has opened up, region by region, people with developmental disabilities have been left out. The New York State Office for People With Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD) has not updated its March 24 guidance suspending all home visits and community outings for residents of certified group homes. Residential …

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Announcing A Plain-Language Resource on Police Violence

By Sandi Rosenbaum, Littman Krooks LLP People with disabilities, particularly mental or developmental disabilities, are often injured and sometimes killed in the course of their interactions with police.  A number of police forces, particularly in Westchester County, have begun to train new recruits in awareness of these disabilities; that the presentation of individuals with these conditions, who rarely pose any threat, differs from those who threaten public safety, and how; …

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By Marion M. Walsh, Esq., Littman Krooks LLP Finally, after months of parental advocacy, Governor Cuomo, on Friday, June 5, 2020, signed a new Executive Order, No. 202.37.  The Order states that school districts may provide required in-person special education services during the summer term. It is essential to act now to advocate for your child.  The Executive Order leaves open more questions than answers, as the directive states that …

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A Message to Our Clients and Friends

Dear Client and Friends,  We are pleased to announce that we are open for in-person business beginning on Tuesday, June 9th, 2020. At Littman Krooks, the health and safety of our clients and staff is our highest priority. We pride ourselves on exemplary and individualized services to our clients. We understand the paramount importance of these tasks, as we serve many elderly clients and families with children with health concerns. Here are …

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Marie Considine, Director of Development at NAMI Westchester joins Bernard A. Krooks, Esq., on the Littman Krooks Podcast to discuss mental health awareness month, how to participate in NAMIWalks Your Way Westchester, fighting the stigma of mental health challenges, medical telehealth considerations and how to stay in touch with loved ones during quarantine.

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Marjorie Madfis, Founder of Yes She Can, Inc. returns to the Littman Krooks podcast to discuss how Yes She Can’s job skills development program works remotely. Marjorie and Bernie talk about remote coaching, counseling and social engagement programming that trains participants to adapt and adjust quickly and to learn new skills while practicing their skill sets in flexibility, resilience, and perseverance.  

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By Marion M. Walsh, Esq., Littman Krooks LLP Littman Krooks is proud to sponsor NAMIWalks Westchester. Team LK will virtually walk with NAMIWalks Your Way on Saturday, May 30, 2020 at 10:00AM. I am honored to lead our virtual walk team – Team LK: Marion’s Marchers. Our work at Littman Krooks is aligned to NAMI’s work in helping individuals with mental health concerns-from youth to elderly. We work to help families …

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Social Distancing with Special Olympics New York

Stacey Hengsterman, President and CEO of Special Olympics New York, the largest Special Olympics chapter in the country joins Bernard A. Krooks to discuss fighting isolation during social distancing for athletes with intellectual disabilities during COVID-19. Stacey also discusses virtual work-out programs, advocacy for inclusion and fan support for athletes.

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Caregivers May Be Eligible for Paid Leave Under CARES Act

In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, families across the country are suffering unimaginable hardships. However, nowhere has been hit as hard by COVID-19 as New York City. Whether it be illness, job loss, lack of childcare or loss of a loved one, all New Yorkers have been affected by the virus in one way or another. The COVID-19 pandemic has been hard for all parents with children living at …

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