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Adaptive sports allow the necessary modifications for people with disabilities to participate in sports at a recreational or competitive level. On this episode, Eileen Andreassi, Director of Recreational Therapy and Adaptive Sports at Burke Rehabilitation Hospital discusses the benefits of adaptive sports and recreation in rehabilitation and the growing field of therapeutic recreation.

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The Miracle League of Westchester brings baseball programs for people of all ages with disabilities. It provides an opportunity for those individuals to experience the joy and benefits that come from playing  baseball. Join Rick Monzon, Executive Director, and Bernie on this podcast to discuss the benefits of joining, playing and volunteering in the Miracle League.

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By Sandi Rosenbaum, Special Needs/Special Education Advocate, Littman Krooks  LLP Preparing for jobs, college and beyond is challenging for young adults with autism and families.  College readiness is fundamentally different from high school competence.  Many of the demands of college are not generally imposed in high school, especially upon students with disabilities: Student, not parent or special education teacher, has primary responsibility for the student’s success, and as such must …

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Improvisation teaches many valuable skills, like problem-solving, quick-thinking, teamwork, listening, as well as building self-confidence and communication skills like voice projection and eye contact. Stand Up for Downs Co-Founder Rob Snow and Bernie discuss how these skills can be taught to those with Down Syndrome and how their workplace and social opportunities can expand greatly on this episode of the Littman Krooks Podcast.

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Early intervention (EI) represents the earliest stage of the special education process. EI refers to publicly funded supportive services given to eligible children younger than three.  These services are designed to help children by addressing developmental issues to give them better outcomes overall. To qualify children must have, or be at risk for, developmental delays. “This early support is so essential and can change a child’s trajectory and improve outcomes, …

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Bernie speaks with Adam Davis, LMFT and Adam Johns, MA Ed, founders and executive directors of Game To Grow, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization founded on the belief that games have the power to improve people’s lives. Adam and Adam combined their training and expertise in family therapy, education, and drama therapy with years of experience as gamers and facilitators to harness the power of tabletop role-playing games to improve players’ …

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Have You Reviewed Your Child’s IEP?

College Transition

By Marion M. Walsh, Esq., Littman Krooks LLP It may be time to review your child’s Individualized Education Program (IEP) and ensure that it is correct and that it accurately reflects your child’s needs. If you have not received a copy of the IEP, contact your district immediately. The law requires that your child have the IEP in place at the beginning of the year and you should have a …

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EPIC Players is a nonprofit, neuro-inclusive theatre company dedicated to creating professional performing arts opportunities and supportive social communities through the arts for people living with developmental disabilities. Through neuro-inclusive mainstage productions and showcases, skills-based classes and career resources, they aim to break down social stigmas surrounding neuro-diverse communities, increase employment opportunities and increased inclusion in the arts. Talia Eapen, Director of Operations, Harrison Gottfried a performer coming back to …

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Littman Krooks Special Education Advocacy

By Marion M. Walsh, Esq., Littman Krooks LLP The transition to college and young adulthood, while exciting, can be difficult for parents. Parents must not overlook obtaining advance consent from their children so they can have access to important health and educational information—or risk begin left out in an emergency. Once a person turns 18, the law presumes that they have the capacity to make their own medical, personal, and …

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New York Special Needs Planning Lawyer

By Marion M. Walsh, Esq., Littman Krooks LLP As your child heads back to school this year, make sure you know his rights and entitlements to services. Federal and state laws protect the rights of students in school, yet many parents are unaware of their child’s legal protections as a student.  Here are five rights that your child—from kindergarten to high school—possesses in a public school: The right to be …

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