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“My [disability] does not define me. It does not limit me, it just helps the fighter in me stay alive.”

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12 CTE report

Addressing barriers to Career and Technical Education for students with disabilities

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13 Jonatan

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15 Micaela

“Thank you for defending the rights of Micaela!!”

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42 Literacy Paper

Meeting the literacy needs of students with and without disabilities in the NYC public schools 

45 Kalilah

“Now, everything is so great. She’s excited to go to school every day.”

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Spotlight

New Report Urges New York State to Address Barriers to Career and Technical Education Programs for Students with Disabilities
12.08.2016 | Today, Advocates for Children of New York (AFC) is releasing a report, Obstacles and Opportunities: Creating Career and Technical Education Pathways for Students with Disabilities [PDF], which analyzes access to high school-level career and technical education (CTE) programs for students with disabilities in New York State... Read more

AFC Submits Amicus Briefs to the U.S. Supreme Court in Two Cases
12.01.2016 | Advocates for Children recently submitted “friend of the court” briefs to the U.S. Supreme Court in two cases, Endrew F. v. Douglas County School District and Stacy Fry and Brent Fry, et al. v. Napoleon Community Schools, et al. Endrew F. presents the important question of what makes an education “appropriate” as... Read more

AFC Urges the City to Formulate a Strategic Plan to Tackle Significant Disparities by Race and Disability in Students Suspended
10.31.2016 | Today, the City released 2015-2016 school year data pursuant to the Student Safety Act showing the number of suspensions totaled 37,647, which is a decrease by approximately 16% compared to the previous year and by almost 46% compared to five years ago. Despite these improvements, Black students and students with disabilities... Read more

AFC Submits Testimony on Bullying, Harassment, and Discrimination in NYC Schools
10.19.2016 | Today, AFC submitted testimony to the New York City Council Committee on Education with recommendations for addressing bullying in New York City public schools and supporting LGBTQ students, students with disabilities, and other vulnerable populations. View testimony [PDF] Read more

AFC in the News

New York Charters Enroll Fewer Homeless Pupils Than City Schools
12.09.2016 | The New York Times | Last year, 99,196 students in the city’s traditional public schools, or nearly 10 percent of students, were classified as being in temporary housing, according to data from the New York State Technical and Education Assistance Center for Homeless Students, known as NYS-TEACHS, which is funded by the State... Read more

Report Urges Removal of Obstacles to Students with Disabilities
12.09.2016 | Public News Service | More students with disabilities could graduate from high school-level programs if state policymakers would maximize access to career and trade education, according to a new report. Last year, fewer than 50 percent of students with disabilities in New York state graduated from high school in four years, compared... Read more

Change Maker: School Justice Project
11.11.2016 | Equality Indicators | Deep in the trenches of this issue is NYC-based, Advocates for Children of New York. Advocates for Children of New York (AFC) works closely with students, teachers, parents, school administrators, city agencies, and other advocates on finding solutions to student misbehavior beyond punitive and exclusionary... Read more

Thousands of students still wait for special education services or don’t receive them at all, city figures reveal
11.01.2016 | Chalkbeat New York | Just 59 percent of students received the full range of services required on their individualized education programs, or IEPs, compared with 60 percent the previous school year. And 33 percent, or roughly 58,000 students, received only partial services — down from 35 percent. The number of students who received no... Read more