SI Parent 2 Parent

Parent to Parent Staten Island Office

Serving Staten Island

Welcome to the Staten Island Office of Parent to Parent of NYS — a place where families of individuals with special needs, and the professionals who support them, can meet and share information.

Because Parent to Parent of NYS believes in the power of parents helping each other, it is our hope that the information we share here will flow both ways. If you belong to a group or association that has information of local interest to families in our community, please let us know and we will pass on the word. Our goal is to provide you with connections, tools and resources to support you in your role.

“Many parents know the challenges and joys of raising a child with a disability, but we often can’t find each other. Or we assume that everybody else knows what they’re doing, and we are the only ones who are confused and hurt and lonely. Parent to Parent groups help us connect to each other in new ways. Sharing our experience makes us strong. Together we will bring our children and our families out of the shadows.”

– Sue Swenson, Commissioner, Administration on Developmental Disabilities, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Welcome to the Staten Island Office of Parent to Parent of NYS – a place for us to find each other, a place for us to be made strong.


There are 2 new items posted on the Special Education Web site:

* New York State’s Annual State Application under Part B of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) for Federal Fiscal Year 2009 has been posted for public review for 60 days (through April 10, 2009).

* New York State’s Special Education Annual Performance Report (APR) for 2007-08 was submitted to the United States Education Department on January 30, 2009.

Please share as appropriate. Thank you.

Janice Fitzgerald

Parent to Parent of NYS

P.O. Box 1296

Tupper Lake, NY 12986

518-359-3006, fax 518-359-2151

As people who support individuals with exceptional needs, we have to understand early on that people with disabilities are human beings with potential and that we are the ones best positioned to unlock that potential. Part of the work at Parent to Parent of NYS is to empower parents to face the challenges and believe in their child and advocate so they can reach their potential.

Staten Island News

 Positive Behavior Management parent training program offered by YAI/NIPD. Six sessions run from January 20 – March 3, 2009. For more information, call Nicole Kirby at (212) 273-6200.

Advocate – the Staten Island Family Support Services Consumer Councils Need You.
Parents of children with a developmental disability are needed to participate on the Family Support Consumer Council to develop and monitor family support services for Staten Island.
The Family Support Consumer Councils work in partnership with the Developmental Disabilities Services Offices to develop and monitor policies, services and supports to enhance a family’s ability to provide in-home care to their family member with a developmental disability. Services range from counseling and training, respite, recreation, to family reimbursement for the purchases of goods and services. For further information, contact Lisa Michaels, 718-982-1903


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