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By Sandi Rosenbaum, Littman Krooks LLP This February, the New York Times expanded on its recent reporting of horrific abuse to former residents of Willowbrook Hospital.  The article pointed to risks of significant danger to the most vulnerable New Yorkers, at the hands of New York State.  These former Willowbrook residents suffered substandard care and abuse both at the infamous institution and again, years later, in their state-run group home …

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Uniting the Talents of Dancers (with and without disabilities)

Mary Verdi-Fletcher, founder of the Dancing Wheels Company joins us to discuss what defines a dancer, uniting the talents of dancers both with and without disabilities and equal access in the world of dance and using performances to enhance public awareness of disability issues to promote social change in the field of arts and beyond. [POWERPRESS]

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Students living with one or more disabilities may face a number of challenges in the classroom. Often, these challenges can be overcome with the use of assistive technology. The New York Department of Education considered assistive technology to include “any item, piece of equipment, or product system, whether acquired commercially off the shelf, modified, or customized, that is used to increase, maintain, or improve the functional capabilities of students with …

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Special Olympics New York President and CEO Stacey Hengsterman discusses the history of the Special Olympics, training clubs, coaches, competitions, and opportunities for player and athlete development. Stacey also discusses expanding unified sports, unified champion schools and taking inclusion to new levels within schools and breaking down barriers that exist within sports and students for the next generation of athletes.

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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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Miracle League: Giving Everyone A Chance To Play Baseball

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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Preparing for College and Beyond for Young Adults with ASD

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: What Is It and How Can Children Benefit?

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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