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Changes to Social Security Rules

­Emergency first responders often possess little more than the information contained in a 911 call and a street address. While this might suffice for most situations, when the emergency involves a resident with special needs, customary rescue operations can be traumatic for the resident and challenging for emergency personnel. To solve this problem, city officials in Yonkers, New York, recently created the First Responders Disability Registry, a voluntary database of …

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By Marion M. Walsh, Esq., Littman Krooks LLP Imagine you have an illness that is invisible.  You look healthy and are functioning on the surface but are in pain all the time, both emotionally and physically.  The illness saps all your strength.   You cannot concentrate.   Many days, you cannot get out of bed.   You often cannot sleep or sleep all the time.  You feel both numb and extra sensitized.   The …

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By Sandi Rosenbaum, Special Education Advocate, Littman Krooks LLP On February 13, 2018, the OPWDD Autism Spectrum Disorders Advisory Board (“the Board”) held an Upstate Forum, which included the Hudson Valley via video-conference.   The Board held a second forum in Manhattan on February 22, which included Long Island and Queens via video-conference. In November of 2016, New York State, through legislation, created the Board to help provide guidance and information …

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Our guest this week is Jordan Jankus, Coordinator of Person-Centered & Cognitive Supports at Arc of Westchester,  the largest agency in Westchester County supporting children, teens and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities, including individuals on the autism spectrum, and their families. Jordan joins Bernie to discuss personal technology and smart phones, how to utilize apps for people with special needs, and, helping people with cognitive disabilities find person-centered technology …

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Updates to New IDEA Website

Special Education Law

by Arshi Pal, Esq., Littman Krooks LLP  Beginning April 30, 2018, the United States Department of Education has announced that the original “Building the Legacy: IDEA 2004“ website from 2004 will no longer be active. However, parents should not panic. Instead, any individual who visits the website will be redirected to the new Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) website. The Department of Education  has explained that the original “Building …

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By Marion M. Walsh, Esq., Littman Krooks LLP Many of us still lack power and heat after the storm and many schools are still not open.  In addition,  students and school staff are facing continued fear and anxiety after the Parkland, Florida shooting.    For  youth with disabilities, the changes in routines and the increased stress can be devastating.  The recent storms and the continued fears of violence give us an …

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Update on Endrew F.

By Arshi Pal. Esq., Littman Krooks LLP Almost a year ago, in a seminal ruling, on March 22, 2017, the Supreme Court of the United States  held that school districts must provide an education “reasonably calculated to enable a child to make progress appropriate in light of the child’s circumstances.”   The Court was clear that a school district does not provide a free appropriate public education if a student in …

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By Arshi Pal, Esq., and Sandi Rosenbaum, Special Education Advocate On December 18, 2017, New York State Governor, Andrew M. Cuomo announced that the State has awarded $58.9 million to 53 partner agencies, to create 83 certified residences for 459 individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities, in the first phase of a multi-year initiative. New York State Office for People With Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD), the state agency which coordinates services …

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