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11 Tayloni

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

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13 Jonatan

Back to school with Advocates for Children

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15 Micaela

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

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25 Literacy Paper

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

27 Benefit 2016

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4 Valerie

Back to school with Advocates for Children

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45 Kalilah

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

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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

New York Region 1 PTIC Collaborative Webinar Series on Transition
10.12.2016 | This November and December, the New York Region 1 Parent Training and Information Center (PTIC) Collaborative is presenting a webinar series on transition to adulthood for students with disabilities! Topics include: graduation requirements and diploma options; supporting student participation in the IEP process; available resources... Read more

AFC Comments on NYSED's Proposed Policy on the Least Restrictive Environment
09.30.2016 | Today, AFC submitted comments in response to the New York State Education Department’s proposed plan to promote inclusion among preschool and school-age students with disabilities. Read our comments [PDF] Read more

AFC Testifies on Access to Career and Technical Education Programs
09.21.2016 | Today, AFC is testifying before the New York City Council Committee on Education regarding access to Career and Technical Education (CTE) programs for students with disabilities and English Language Learners (ELLs). CTE is shown to help keep at-risk students – such as ELLs and students with disabilities – engaged and on-track for... Read more

AFC in the News

The city is paying for more students with disabilities to attend private school. But is that helping poor families?
10.28.2016 | Chalkbeat New York | Some advocates said that even if the city can’t prove that the policy is serving more low-income families, those it is serving are often having an easier time. Rebecca Shore, who represents low-income families as litigation director at Advocates for Children, said the administration’s shift has given parents of... Read more

NYC’s Homeless Student Population Reaches a New ‘Disturbing’ High: 105,445, or 1 in 10
10.18.2016 | The 74 Million | One in 10: That’s how many New York City students experienced homelessness in the past school year, according to statistics released Monday on a burgeoning student population that often experiences devastating academic performance. The total for the 2015–16 school year, 105,445, is a 22 percent jump from 2014–15, when... Read more

Homelessness among NYC schoolkids surges as population tops 100,000
10.18.2016 | New York Daily News | A staggering 105,445 homeless students attended city schools in the 2015-16 year, up from 86,694 in the 2014-15 school year, according to data posted online Monday by the New York State Technical and Education Assistance Center for Homeless Students (NYS-TEACHS), a project of the nonprofit Advocates for Children... Read more

30,000 Children Are Living in NYC Shelters: 'The System Is Beyond the Breaking Point'
10.12.2016 | Village Voice | As the rate of homelessness in New York City has reached a record high, with around 60,000 people living in shelters, the effects on the 30,000 children in the system are devastating. Students often move multiple times on short notice, and because the system is so stretched, they’re housed farther from their “school of... Read more