Parent Advisory Board meeting on Wednesday, May 24, 2017 at 6:00pm

Dear Parents:

The Queens Borough President Melinda Katz invites you to the next Parent Advisory Board meeting on Wednesday, May 24, 2017 at 6:00pm in Queens Borough Hall, Room 200 located at 120-55 Queens Boulevard, Kew Gardens, NY. We will host several guest speakers during the program focusing on New York City public school students with special needs and their rights, as well as students with individualized education programs (IEPs).

Shelly Klainberg – Deputy Superintendent of District 75
Topic: Services and programs available for special needs students within New York City public schools’ District 75.

Mary Jo Pisacano – Director of Special Education at Queens North Field Support Center
Topic: Obtaining an individualized education program (IEP) and the process that follows.

Emma Mendez – UFT Liaison to the Office of Specialized Instruction and Student Support
Topic: Rights of special needs children and how parents can navigate the education system to ensure that their children’s rights are not violated.

Kerbanoo D’Rozario – Regional Coordinator of Parent to Parent of New York State
Topic: The not for profit, Parent to Parent of New York State, which was established to support and connect families of individuals with special needs to services and programs, from newborns to those over the age of 21.

Pat Barrientos – QSAC is a New York City and Long Island based nonprofit that supports children and adults with autism in achieving greater independence.
Topic: Direct services that provide a supportive and individualized setting for children and adults with autism to improve their communication, socialization, academic, and functional skills.

This meeting will help clarify the rights of students with special needs, how parents can ensure these rights are respected, and the various programs and services available within New York City public schools and New York State.

Please share this invitation with all of your parent contacts, as the Parent Advisory Board meeting is open to the public. Please RSVP via email at education@queensbp.org or via phone at 718-286-2850.

All the best,

Monica Gutierrez
Education Director
Queens Borough President Melinda Katz
(718) 286-2627

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