INCLUDEnyc’s expert staff teaches free workshops at schools and neighborhood organizations citywide. The workshops cover a wide range of disability topics and are designed to meet the most pressing needs of families of young people with disabilities.


Our most popular workshops and our transition-related workshops are listed below. For more information, please contact Rich Overton at 212-677-4650 x11, or

Our most popular workshops

Understanding the Range of Special Education Programs and Services: Discover how to take advantage of the full range of special education programs and services available to students with disabilities in the least restrictive setting.

Intro to Special Education: Learn the NYC process, including timelines for referral, evaluation, services, placement, and parent rights and role.

Top 5 Rights in Special Education: Learn your rights and responsibilities under the federal Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA).

Understanding Your Child's IEP: How to read your child's IEP, understand the sections, and learn where to find recommendations and important information. We also offer this workshop for the preschool IEP, focusing on processes and services for children ages 3-5.

The Special Education Advocate: “No” doesn’t have to be the final answer. Explore the steps you can take to go from “no” to “success” with your child’s education.

Your Kindergarten Guide (Turning 5): If your child with disabilities is turning five, it’s time to prepare for kindergarten. We will help you come up with a successful transition plan.


Special Education Mediation: Are you having problems with your child’s special education? Learn how to solve them with mediation.

Advocacy Skills for Parents: Become your child’s best advocate and get them the support and services they need in any situation.

Parenting a Child with a Disability: One of INCLUDEnyc’s family educators will share their experiences parenting and advocating for their child with disabilities. We also offer this workshop focusing on parents of children ages 0-5.

Exploring the Early Years: Understanding Children with Different Abilities: Learn about child development milestones and common parent concerns, including autism and speech delays.

Busing and Specialized Transportation: Where’s the bus? Find solutions with on-the-spot strategies! Know your role, what to expect, who to contact. We also offer this workshop focusing on busing and transportation for children ages 3-5.

Promoting Positive Behavior in Young Children : Behavior is a way for your child to communicate with you. What is your child trying to say? Learn strategies to manage and prevent challenging behavior at home, in the classroom, and in the community.

Transition Workshops

Our transition workshops cover a range of topics and are designed to meet the most pressing needs of families of young people with disabilities who are preparing to leave high school and begin life as an adult. They are listed below:

Introduction to Transition Planning: Get to know the basics of transitioning into postsecondary life for students with disabilities, including changes in disability law, planning, procedures, evaluations, and next steps.

Understanding Diploma Options and Pathways: Learn about requirements for obtaining a local, Regents, and advanced Regents diploma, as well as alternate pathways such as a high school equivalency degree and CDOS credential. (For parents of students who will take or have taken standard Regents exams)

College Access for Students with Disabilities: Learn about the differences between disability law and accommodations in high school vs. college, as well as the basics of financial aid and college planning. Come knowing what type of diploma your child is working towards! (For parents of students who will take or have taken standard Regents exams)

Turning 18: Rights, Benefits, & Planning: Learn about the benefits, application processes, and guardianship options available to young people with disabilities when they turn 18. (For parents of students with disabilities)


Navigating OPWDD through Transition: Get an overview of OPWDD (Office for People With Developmental Disabilities) services, including the application process, appeals, and supports and services available to people with disabilities once they leave high school. (For parents of students with intellectual or developmental disabilities)

Working While Receiving SSI: Get to know Supplemental Security Income (SSI) work incentives and how to use them to maximize monthly payments. (For people with disabilities who receive SSI and are already working or who are interested in working while receiving SSI, and their parents)

The Road to Independence: Learn about the benefits of and barriers to self-advocacy as you and your child forge a new path to independence and your child with a disability begins to or has already transitioned out of high school and into adult life. (For parents of students with disabilities)