Long Island Advocacy Center featured on Special Needs Long Island Radio

Please join “Special Needs Long Island,” the radio show focused on the special needs community, as we feature Laura Adler Greene, Esq.  Ms. Greene is an attorney with the Long Island Advocacy Center, a not for profit organization  dedicated to protecting the legal rights of students with disabilities.  She represents students in PINS diversion programs as well as school meetings, administrative hearings, suspension and impartial hearings, and in administrative and appellate proceedings. She also lectures to school administrators and bar groups on special education law and the rights of students with disabilities.

Laura Adler Greene will be interviewed on January 9th, 2012 between 6:30 and 7:00 p.m. on Long Island’s WGBB 1240 AM.  For those out of the local broadcast range, or wanting the best clarity, the program is also simulcast on the internet at www.am1240wgbb.com .

Tweet Support #YouMightBeAnAutismParentIf

Twitter?  Isn’t that where everyone talks about what they had for breakfast?  That’s the reaction I often get whenever I mention Twitter as a great support system for parents of children with autism.

 

A twitter hashtag (#) is a way to find tweets that have a common subject, in this case, #autism.  Anyone who searches for #autism will find a whole community on Twitter interested in the same subject matter.  You’ll find humor, resources and sharing.

 

According to this article in the Washington Times, the YouMightBeAnAutismParentIf hashtag became popular several weeks ago, and is still going strong, with tweets both funny and heartfelt.

 

Check it out!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Autism: Tips for the Holidays

Just a very quick post to direct my readers to this page at Autism Speaks.  There are more links on that page  to websites that have tips for helping families and their loved ones with autism have a happy holiday, found here at Autism Services Foundation, and for reducing holiday stress found here at Autism Spectrum Therapies.

 

Above all, have a happy and safe holiday!

K.I.D.S. Plus on Long Island Special Needs Radio

Join “Special Needs Long Island,” the radio program focused on the Special Needs Community, as we feature
Tammie Topel, Founder/President K.I.D.S. Plus, Inc. and David Flood, K.I.D.S. Plus, Inc. Board Member
Monday, December 19th at 6:30pm.

 

K.I.D.S. Plus, Inc. is a 501(c)3 Foundation which was established in 2009.  K.I.D.S. Plus provides therapeutic recreation and developmental sports programs to children with special needs. Physical activity can promote self-esteem, increase general levels of happiness, and can lead to positive social outcomes, all highly beneficial outcomes for individuals with autism and other disabilities. For those with disabilities who are able to participate in team sports, this presents an opportunity to develop social relationships among teammates and learn how to recognize the social cues required for successful performance on the field or court. However, individuals that prefer individual sports such as running or swimming that do not rely as heavily on social cues may still benefit from the positive attributes of physical activity while forming social relationships with coaches or trainers.

Long Island Bus Meets Keystone Cops

In the latest Long Island Bus takeover news, Newsday reports that the parent company of the private bus company that is scheduled to take over for the MTA on January 1st, has declared that it intends to put the transportation arm of its company up for sale, and get out of the transportation business.

Nassau County Executive Edward Mangano is scrambling to figure out what to do before the January 1st takeover.  The MTA has said it would be willing to continue (for a fee) and previous bidders for the privatization are again offering bids.

 

And for your viewing pleasure:

Congrats to Nassau Knights, Special Needs Football Team

The Nassau Knights, Nassau County Police Activity League’s (PAL) flag football special needs team, played and won against a group of Kappa Sigma fraternity members from Adelphi University.

 

According to Newsday, the team of 14-28 year olds with varying disabilities, played its only game against another team this season.  One of the team’s coaches, Harvey Pollack,  stated they usually divide into two teams and play each other, as there are no other special needs teams to play against.

 

The Nassau County Police Activity League is the only PAL in the country to have a Special Needs Unit.

 

Way to go! Congrats to both the Nassau Knights, and the Kappa Sigma Fraternity.

 

 

A Very Special Place on Long Island Special Needs Radio

Tonight, November 29, 2011, Special Needs Radio is hosting Diane Buglioli, Deputy Executive Director of A Very Special Place. A Very Special Place, Inc. was established in 1974 as a not-for-profit corporation to provide services to people with developmental disabilities. A Very Special Place, Inc. provides a comprehensive network of programs and services for people with developmental disabilities and their families.

 

Consumers of the services of A Very Special Place, Inc., who must be residents ofNew York, reflect the socioeconomic, racial, ethnic and religious diversity found throughout the region.  Consumers range in physical and cognitive abilities from individuals who live and work independently with minimal guidance to those who may require continual care.  Today, more than 1600 people with developmental disabilities utilize the array of programs and services offered at A Very Special Place.

 

Diane Buglioli will be interviewed on November 28th, 2011 between 6:30 and 7:00 p.m. on Long Island’s WGBB 1240 AM.  For those out of the local broadcast range, or wanting the best clarity, the program is also simulcast on the internet at www.am1240wgbb.com .

 

Special Needs Long Island is a weekly radio program dedicated to the special needs community on Long Island. 

Long Island Bus Riders Face Increasing Uncertainty and Possible Cuts

Despite a perky new name– the NICE bus, an acronym for Nassau Inter-County Express and a spiffy new paint job (according to Newsday), the bus service for the more than 100,000 Long Island Bus riders, overwhelmingly disabled and elderly who can’t drive, is not about to get any nicer.
 

 Public Hearing December 12 

 

A public hearing, scheduled to take place on November 19, 2011, had to be rescheduled because the public had not been given required notice of the hearing.  The new hearing will take place December 12, less than three weeks before the new service is about to take effect, with the county legislature due to vote on the new contract December 19, only 12 days before the new private bus company is due to take over the MTA.

 

Potential Cuts in Service for Long Island Bus Riders

 

Newsday’s analysis of the new contract  sets forth the circumstances under which the new bus company can make deep cuts in services.  Should there be duplication in service, the bus company can eliminate 6 routes the first six months of 2012, provided there is another bus route within a mile.  A mile can be a very long way for a disabled or elderly rider.

There can be further cuts in service or increases in fares.

 

Attend the Public Hearing December 12, 2011

 

The hearing will convene at the Nassau County Legislature and we should all let our legislature know how important it is to their constituency to keep service and fares the same.

Special Needs Radio features Dr. Lynda Geller, Spectrum Services

 

Tune in this evening at 6:30 to 1240 AM WGBB or on the web at www.am1240wgbb.com to hear our interview with Dr. Lynda Geller, Found of Spectrum Services.   Dr. Geller founded Spectrum Services, a cooperative of independent practices and organizations specializing in Asperger Syndrome and related conditions.

 

Special Needs Long Island is a weekly radio program dedicated to the special needs community on Long Island.  The program is co-hosted by Jeff Silverman, Director of Special Needs Planning for the Center of Wealth Preservation in Syosset, NY, and by Ellen Victor, Victor Law Firm, P.C.  Jeff can  be reached by email at [email protected] or at (516) 682-3363.  I  can be reached at [email protected] or (516) 223-4800.