Beyond Access Series

The Beyond Access Series is presented by the New York City Department of Education's Division of Specialized Instruction and Student Support. The series supports families of students with disabilities by providing sessions on topics related to special education.

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Upcoming Sessions

Students with Intellectual Disabilities: Getting Ready for College

Tuesday, November 29th from 7:00pm – 8:00pm

This session will be led by guest speaker Dr. Kathy Becht, PhD, Technical Assistance Coordinator for Think College.

  • We will learn about an alternate pathway for students with intellectual disability to attend college, earn a college certificate, and transition to employment upon graduation.
  • We will explain what the college expectations look like for this new college student population, what they can work on in high school and at home to prepare for college, and how to go about searching for just the right college with the right level of supports for them.
  • Kathy will provide downloadable resources. For a sneak preview, explore the website.

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Students in Special Education: Information & Resources for Newly Arrived Families

Tuesday, December 6th from 7:00pm – 8:00pm

This session will be led by the office of Council Member Rita Joseph in collaboration with Project Open Arms.

  • We will be focused on informing our newly arrived families who are new residents of NYC and/or asylum seekers on resources for students with special education needs. Information such as "Borough Response Teams", "Know your Rights", and "Students with IEP" are all topics that will be touched on.
  • Council Member Joseph in partnership with Project Open Arms will share relevant information tailored to families who are newly arrived that may have children with special needs. 

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Newly Arrived Families REGISTRATION

Fostering Communication in Early Childhood Grades

Tuesday, December 13th from 7:00pm – 8:00pm

This session will be led by three presenters from the NYC Department of Education: Melanie Leong, Director of Speech Services, Nataly Tarnarider, Manager of Speech Services and Kismet Ware, Supervisor of Speech Services

  • We will review ways parents can embed language when interacting with young children during daily routines. It will highlight the parallel between language development and play and provide ideas on fostering communication skills. 
  • Considerations for multilingualism will be discussed.

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Fostering Communication REGISTRATION

Sensory Strategies and Supports + SEED Expansion

Tuesday, December 20th from 7:00pm – 8:00pm

Presenters for this Webinar will be led by 2 speakers: Kristyn Dandrea and Jackeline Ortiz, Supervisors of Occupational Therapy for NYC Department of Education

  • We will present an overview of self-regulation and sensory processing skills. It will explore how sensory processing, along with other factors, can influence a child’s behavior and performance.
  • General sensory supports will be provided to help your child cope and thrive at home.
  • A discussion and detailed information will be provided regarding SEED Expansion for this academic school year.

Register for this Upcoming Session:

Sensory Strategies REGISTRATION

All Beyond Access Sessions include Spanish and Mandarin Interpretation Phone Lines

Recorded Sessions (Open external link)

    Beyond Access YouTube Page (Open external link)

    Past sessions can be viewed on YouTube. If you are trying to access translated captions, please turn on closed captioning first by clicking the "CC" icon. Then in the setting gear select "Subtitles/CC" then select "Auto-translate" and select the language.

    Past session topics include:

      • Access Resources and Support
      • Literacy & Writing
      • Social Emotional Learning
      • Executive Cognitive Function
      • Student Support at Home
      • The IEP Process
      • Disability Inclusion
      • Related Services
      • Suicide Prevention
      • And much more!

      Translated Presentations

      More Information on how to access these presentations will be posted soon!