This Thanksgiving, as I reflect back on my time with INCLUDEnyc, I’m filled with so much pride and gratitude. I’ve been with INCLUDEnyc for 26 of its 35 years, witnessing the struggles and triumphs. I’ve watched us grow from fewer than 10 staff members to over 30 today, with every one of those individuals helping us to reach more families than I could have imagined when I first embarked on this journey.
We testify today to highlight the need for better quality and delivery of school transportation services for more than 100,000 students with disabilities in New York City. We believe there is a direct relationship between students with disabilities safely getting to school and home each day with the extent to which they make educational progress.
I recently heard that Sesame Place had become a Certified Autism Center, which means that staff members are trained in various areas, like sensory awareness, communication, and emotional awareness. Our last trip to Sesame Place had gone well and we did have fun, but would it be different now?