INCLUDEnyc Special Education “Back to School” Workshop Series

Understanding Your Child’s Individualized Education Program (IEP)


INCLUDEnyc is offering a series of special education workshops to help young people with disabilities and their families make a smooth transition to back to school.

INCLUDEnyc is a nonprofit providing training, information, and resources to young people with disabilities and their families throughout the five boroughs. The workshop is called “Understanding Your Child’s IEP.” Parents are welcome to bring their child’s Individualized Education Program or IEP, which is the legal document outlining their child’s curriculum and related services and supports, like speech and language therapy or counseling. 

“This workshop is very popular among parents. When families receive the IEP, it’s often not explained to them and it’s not in their native language,” said Alfonso Guzman, INCLUDEnyc Manager of Parent and Family Services. “INCLUDEnyc educators, like me, review the sections of the IEP and identify where to find critical information. We also teach parents that it is their right to receive a copy of their child’s IEP in a language they understand.” 

INCLUDEnyc bilingual educators will teach the workshop in English and Spanish. All workshops are free. Attendees can register for upcoming sessions on INCLUDEnyc’s website:

August 26: 11:45am-1:15pm, Woodstock Library, 761 East 160th Street, 10456

August 26: 3:30pm-5pm, Mott Haven Library, 321 East 140th Street, 10454

August 27: 5-6:30pm, High Bridge Library, 78 West 168th Street, 10452

August 28: 11:30am-1pm, Francis Martin Library, 2150 University Avenue, 10453

August 28: 5-6:30pm, Francis Martin Library, 2150 University Avenue, 10453

August 29: 2:30-4pm, Hunts Point Library, 877 Southern Boulevard, 10459

September 16: 4:30-6pm, Melrose Library, 910 Morris Avenue, 10451

September 18: 3:30-5pm, Aguilar Library, 174 East 110th Street, 10029

September 24: 11:30-1pm, Sedgwick Library, 1701 Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd., 10453 

“Many thanks to each library branch team for hosting and to neighboring schools and community based organizations for connecting parents to this training opportunity,” said Steffany Ruiz, INCLUDEnyc Family Educator. INCLUDEnyc has over 350 community partners throughout New York City, including the New York Public Library.

If you have specific questions about your child, call our Help Line to talk to an INCLUDEnyc educator at 212-677-4660 (English) or 212-677-4668 (Español). For more workshops throughout the year, visit or