INCLUDEnyc BLOG

Students with Disabilities Among Most Segregated in NYC Schools

As a parent to Jack and through my professional work, I live with the implications of student segregation everyday. As a result, I push for systemic policy and cultural changes for better outcomes for the more than 250,000 students with disabilities in New York City.

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We Have High Expectations for Everyone

“As a swim instructor and manager at other companies, I was disheartened by how low the expectations were for children with disabilities. I founded REACHswim on the principle that children with disabilities can be trained like anyone else,” said Florencio Flores Palomo, Executive Director & Founder of REACHswim.

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School in NYC for Newly Arrived Students

There is a crack in the architecture for students with disabilities who arrive in the US over-age (say, between 17-21) and under-credited.

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Creating Community at Camp

“At school, kids can feel bullied. At camp, kids are in a safe space where they can share their experiences, make friends and be themselves,” David said.

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Kids with Disabilities Shouldn’t Have to Fit into Society’s Mold

“Extreme Kids is an open, welcoming place. We believe society can learn a lot from the children and families coming into our space. Kids with disabilities shouldn’t have to fit into society’s mold. Instead, classrooms and the broader community should be more open to neurodiversity,” says Executive Director Caitlin Cassaro.

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Honoring the Past, Building the Future

The 8 years I spent at INCLUDEnyc were the most challenging and the most rewarding of my professional life.

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How We Reached Our 35th Year: You

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.

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Paying It Forward

I want all parents to know that INCLUDEnyc is here for you. You are not alone. Somebody is there to work with you and fight for your child.

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New York City Council Oversight Hearing on School Busing

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.

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Tomorrow

Music has been a part of Levi’s life since the beginning. Even before we found out she had developmental disabilities, my wife and I would often sing our kids to sleep, and she would light up and move to music she liked, even though she was struggling to learn to walk.

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