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Josh came to AFC when he was 20 years old because he was desperate to learn how to read.

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Statement by AFC in Response to the Release of NYC’s Grades 3-8 English Language Arts and Math Test Scores
8.15.2014 | The Grades 3-8 English Language Arts (ELA) and Math scores released Thursday show only limited progress for New York City’s students. In particular, students with disabilities and English Language Learners (ELLs), who are some of our most vulnerable students, continue to be left behind their peers. The wide persistent gap between the... Read more

Back to School: Questions and Answers for Families of Students with Disabilities
8.13.2014 | AFC has updated our start-of-school fact sheet for families of students with disabilities, which covers concerns that typically come up at this time of year, such as what to do if a child does not yet have a school assignment or the school assigned says they cannot serve the child’s needs; how to find an accessible school; and... Read more

AFC Submits Comments on Disproportionality under IDEA to the U.S. Department of Education
07.29.2014 | Yesterday AFC submitted comments to the U.S. Department of Education regarding disproportionality under Section 618(d) of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). Our comments focus on racial disproportionality in the identification, placement, and discipline of children with disabilities in New York City. Both citywide... Read more

Updated Resources for Immigrant Families
07.18.2014 | AFC has a newly updated "Know Your Rights" guidebook for immigrant families in the New York City public schools! The guide is available in Arabic, Bengali, Chinese, English, French, Haitian Creole, Korean, Russian, Spanish, and Urdu, and covers topics such as enrolling in school, services for English Language Learners and students... Read more

AFC in the News

Binghamton Teen Takes Part in Reach Higher Initiative
08.04.2014 | Time Warner Cable News, Binghamton | For one Binghamton teen, obstacles are just something you learn to overcome. Machella Raymond didn't have the easiest childhood....but that didn't stop her. After spending years in foster care and being homeless, she graduated high school with honors and received a scholarship...Machella's visit to... Read more

Balancing Special-Education Needs With Rising Costs
07.28.2014 | New York Times | Most of the 190,000 special-education students in the city — and roughly 12,000 being educated privately at public expense — are not as severely disabled. Told of Dylan’s case, supporters of special-needs families and others said they could not understand why the city would fight it, because Dylan’s family had wanted... Read more

New York cyberbullying law violates First Amendment, state appeals court says
07.02.2014 | Student Press Law Center | Advocates for Children of New York, which signed the amicus brief alongside SPLC, is pleased with the ruling, said Dawn Yuster, the group’s School Justice Project director. “Advocates for Children strongly supports positive approaches to discipline, such as ones that improve the school climate and keep kids... Read more

Report shows growing special ed challenge
07.02.2014 | Capital New York | The Department of Education faces a daunting challenge in accommodating a large and growing population of special needs students, statistics in an Independent Budget Office report released Tuesday revealed...“These numbers remind us that students with special needs are not a minor sub-population,” said Kim Sweet,... Read more