Working With Children With Special Needs

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IncludeNYC has been around for 32 years. The organization was originally known as Resources for Children with Special Needs. The organization remained under this name for the first 31 years of their services, before changing the name to IncludeNYC approximately 18 months ago. During those first 31 years the organization had a history of primarily working with families who had children with special needs. The average age range the organization catered to was from birth to the age of 26. IncludeNYC started as a para-training and information center. IncludeNYC still provides these services but they are now under the program named the Parent Training Information Center (PTIC), which is a federal project to help parents understand their rights and teach them advocacy skills so they are equipped with the necessary tools to help their students with the IEP process. The PTIC also provides professional trainings. IncludeNYC has grown over the years and has added and taken away programs depending on the demand, funding, and other factors. The PTIC (Parent Training Information Center) for New York City, is actually a shared project between Include, Advocates for Children, and the Long Island Care Center. According to their website, the IncludeNYC mission is to “brings love, equity, and access to young people with disabilities in New York City by providing them and their families with the resources and support they need.”3 The organization gives families with children with disabilities the knowledge, confidence, and skills they need to make informed decisions, effectively access and navigate systems and services, and the ability to advocate for themselves and other young people. The staff actively works to change the conversation about people... ... middle of paper ... ...stic or evaluation purposes ▪ School health services and school nurse services ▪ Social work services in schools ▪ Parent counseling and training How to assist student in setting transitional goals: Student interests, and strengths are going to be the driving forces of the transitional goals developed by the IEP team. “Transition services focus on helping a child transition from school to life as an adult. IDEA mandates that all IEPs include descriptions of transition services for students who are 16 years old and older.”8These transitional goals and services should include whether decisions on whether the student plans for post secondary schooling such as college or vocational schools. Transitional services should also address possibilities for employment and independent living skills. All goals must be appropriate and measurable in order to best benefit the student.
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