When it comes to special needs, word-of-mouth is often the best way to learn about new programs, tutors, caregivers, camps, etc. Members of the Parents’ Association have compiled a list of resources that may be of interest to you. These organizations are not affiliated with nor endorsed by The Summit School.
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14th Street Y
Weekend classes in Manhattan for children with special needs.
Asperger Syndrome and High Functioning Autism Association
Annual Spring Conference Adelphi University, Garden City, NY.
Big Apple Day Program (BADP)
BADP in Manhattan is a co-ed summer day program for children ages 7-18 with emotional, behavioral, developmental, and/or learning difficulties.
Blog on New Assistive Technologies and Apps for Learning Disability Issues
This AT and apps blog is published by The Kildonan School, a leading educational institution serving students with dyslexia. Some AT highlights include: Mac-based flash cards, AT mobile apps, and seminar roundups listing additional resources.
Child Mind Institute Parent Workshops
The Child Mind Institute in New York City offers parent and educator support workshops/ events throughout the year on childhood mental health issues.
CogniTech Cafe’s FREE Assistive Technology Support Program
The CongiTech Cafe’s Assistive Technology Support Program offers free information and guidance to all who might benefit from use of assistive technologies.
There are numerous programs from support groups to a tween/teen lounge to a weekend program called “Transitions” for students ages 16 to 18. Additionally, JCC Manhattan, in collaboration with The Cognitech Cafe, is offering assistive technology consultations on select Sundays by appointment only. Click here to learn more.
National Center for Learning Disabilities
The National Center for Learning Disabilities’ (NCLD) mission is to ensure success for all individuals with learning disabilities in school, at work, and in life. The NCLD connects parents and others with resources, guidance, and support so they can advocate effectively for their children. They deliver evidence-based tools, resources, and professional development to educators to improve student outcomes. Additionally, NCLD develops policies and engages advocates to strengthen educational rights and opportunities. Visit their website to learn more and view information about current issues.
Pace University Tech Institute
During the summer and some holiday weeks, Pace University Tech Institute offers technology workshops for children age 13-18 with special needs at its Manhattan campus. The workshop format provides a small student-to-teacher ratio. Students use technology to get exposed to new skill sets such as programming, creating online games, and more. The program includes talks by computer specialists and others in the tech industry, field trips, free time to experiment with computers, socialization, and other activities. Visit their website to see current offerings.
Resources for Children with Special Needs
RCSN helps create bright futures for children and youth with any disability in all boroughs of New York City. The organization’s staff walks with families through transitions and challenges in school, at home, and in the community, from early childhood to life after high school. RCSN provides free workshops for parents at schools, community agencies, and houses of worship throughout the city, on topics from special education to positive behaviors. Additionally, RCNS provides free, one-on-one direct assistance to families and professionals, on the phone and in person. Use RCSN’s free Resource Directory to look for helpful resources near you.
Socialsklz :-) Workshops
Although not specifically designed for special needs children, these workshops teach lessons including greetings and introductions, making a good first impression, starting conversations, patience and thoughtfulness, dining and phone skills, as well as safe Internet interaction for older children. Weekend workshops and after-school programs are available.
Summit Camp Weekender Program
Summit Weekender is for youngsters 11+ who have an interest or need for guided short-term social experiences with peers. This program is not associated with The Summit School.
UJA-Federation of New York
UJA-Federation NY is hosting its fifth annual Hilibrand Autism Symposium on Wednesday, April 25, 2012, at their Conference Center located at 130 East 59th Street in Manhattan. The symposium’s theme is “Culture and Community: Exploring the Changing Dynamics of Living with Autism.” The opening guest speaker, Amy Harmon, Pulitzer Prize-winning New York Times reporter, will present “On Seeking A Foothold in Adulthood.” The keynote address/lecture, “Cultural Perspective on the Social Lives of Individuals with Autism,” will be presented by Roy Richard Grinker, Ph.D., anthropologist, professor, parent, and author of "Unstrange Minds: Remapping the World of Autism." Contact UJA-Federation of New York to be put on the information list when registration opens. Last year’s event was sold out.
Yahoo! Group for Parents of Children with Aspergers Syndrome/High Functioning Autism
This group is for parents and caregivers of children of any age with these issues. This is a place to share services, therapies, classes, support services, and other resources. When possible, play dates may be arranged. Families living in all five boroughs are invited to join. For more information, you can also send an email to: NYCPoKwASemail@example.com.
Internet Safety Resources for Parents
Make a Difference for Kids
Enough is Enough
The Police Notebook
American Library Association
Social Networking and Internet Safety Information for Parents