Parents to Improve School Transportation Update 11/16/14
Contents: Activism (3 items); upcoming DOE delegation; Community Events (9)
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Activism (3 items)
1-PIST endorsed and attended a Long Island City rally this weekend to demand fair wages for workers with disabilities at Goodwill stores. Currently the rate can legally be as low as 22 cents and hour!!
A petition on this issue by the National Federation for the Blind can be found athttp://nfb.or/fair-wages
To be involved in similar actions contact email@example.com
2-We joined members and supporters of the School Bus Union of Boston MA at a picketline in Manhattan last night outside the Veolia Company (or as PISTcartoonist puts it, Veoliars!) in regard to their arrogant disregard for experience and dignity in their workforce.
Also see event #6 below
3-PIST also added our signature to a letter put out by the Lead On Network. These social media disabled self advocates wanted to respond to the events in Ferguson, MO this summer. In doing so, they expose several shocking instances of police abuse and murder of persons with disabilities. Follow the link to read more or to add your/your organization’s signature.http://www.leadonnetwork.org/wordpress/2014/08/15/statement-from-members-of-the-disability-community-on-the-events-in-ferguson/
Also see event #1 below
Upcoming DOE delegation
FYI--Leaders of parents of NYC students with disabilities, including PISTmember Amy H., expect to hold a private encounter with as yet unnamed DOE reps this Tuesday morning to follow up on many issues that have already been raised, including the unanimous sentiment that BUSING MUST IMPROVE. We wish the delegation well.
Events (9 items)
Thank you to all the people who sent us these; and apologies for missing deadlines to publicize your other events. Life got in the way...
Date tbd: EMERGENCY RESPONSE PROTEST whether the FERGUSON GRAND JURY INDICTS Darren Wilson or NOT
In NYC, gather at Union Square Park, 14th Street & B'way 5pm on the day of the grand jury decision announcement REGARDLESS OF THE OUTCOME
If the grand jury decision is announced later than 5 pm in the evening or at night,
the response protest will be the following day.
From November 14th through December 3rd, the DOE is holding Kindergarten Orientation Meetings to provide information about the transition to kindergarten to families of students with disabilities born in 2010. Please encourage families to attend these meetings! The schedule is available athttp://schools.nyc.gov/Academics/SpecialEducation/tellmemore/transitioning_to_kindergarten
AFC guides to the ‘Turning Five’ process are at these links:
EARN A CERTIFICATE TO BECOME AN OFFICIAL PARENT MEMBER AT IEP MEETINGS!
November 17 • Monday • 9 AM - 1 PM
Training is free, but registration is required at http://brooklynparentmembertraining.eventbrite.com
• Location: Brooklyn Public Library: Central Library, 10 Grand Army Plaza 3rd Floor, Trustee’s Room; Brooklyn, NY 11238 [Subway: 2 or the 3 to Grand Army Plaza] • More info: Ruth DiRoma, 212-677-4650 x 19
Free Workshop: Programs, Services, and the Law
Wednesday, November 19, 2014
10:00 am to 11:30 am
Lenox Hill Hospital Corwin Hall
Lenox Hill's Manhattan Eye, Ear, and Throat Hospital (MEETH)
210 East 64th Street
New York, NY 10065
Presented by Advocates for Children of New York and
The Center for Attention and Learning at North Shore LIJ/Lenox Hill Hospital
Register online or contact Meredith Nabozny at MNabozny@NSHS.edu.
Space is limited.
The Citywide Education Council for District 75 will host a
Date: Wednesday, November 19, 2014
Time: 6:30pm — 9:00pm
Venue: Tweed Courthouse, 52 Chambers Street, New York, NY
Guest Speakers Corrine Rello-Anselmi, Deputy Chancellor, Division of Specialized Instruction & Student Support, New York City Department of Education
Christine Foti, Chief Operating Officer, Special Education Office, NYCDOE
https://www.facebook.com/events/874321135920323/ invites NY bus parents and workers to support our Boston counterparts against corporate vulture tactics.
Note: this effort could help prevent a school busing strike in that city...and we quote:
Stop Veolia/City Escalating War on USW 8751 Boston School Bus Union
NATIONAL CALL-IN DAY FRIDAY 11/21/14 - Call Suffolk County DA Daniel Conley, 617-619-4000 / fax 617-619-4210.
Ask him to drop the frame-up, anti-union felony charges against USW 8751 union leader Steve Kirschbaum; if Conley is unavailable, be sure to LEAVE A MESSAGE. Just give your name and city and a message such as: "I'm concerned about the anti-union felony charges against school bus driver Steve Kirschbaum. The charges should be dropped immediately."
Post a message if possible at this Facebook page of any response.
ALL OUT Monday, November 24, 2014 at 9:00 A.M.Dorchester District Court 510 Washington St Dorchester, MA Travelers from NY call Tony
November 22, Saturday there is an organizing meeting for an event PISTendorses:
Tuesday December 9 FIGHT EBOLA—NO RACISM—NO STIGMA
March and (indoor) rally for an effective response to this disease.
Ebola is killing children and heroic health care providers while the medical industry sits back. Nurses are striking across the world against a lack of respect for them and their patients.
Gather 5 pm at Harlem State Office Building, 125th Street and Adam Clayton Powell Blvd/8th ave.
Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/926645687363246/
Organizing meeting is 11/22 at 2pm at the Solidarity Center NYC
147 W. 24th Street, 2nd Floor, Manhattan
Tuesday December 2nd, from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm
How can I help my special child? Presenter: Margarita Gendelman, Occupational Therapist
Parents always ask how I can help my special child:
· Become more flexible? - Pay attention? - Sit down? - Eat a variety of foods? - Fall asleep? - Maintain eye contact? - Brush teeth/take showers? - Tolerate loud noises?
Please be prepared to partner up and experience the exercises for yourself. Comfortable clothing is recommended.
RSVP: Via Eventbrite or: Tel# (212)643-2840 Ext #305 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Dec 2 in Bronx, Dec 15 in Brooklyn, Jan 21 in Queens
College is Possible
Workshop for High School Students with Disabilities and parents
Valuable info about what happens after that final IEP!
Experts from CUNY, ACCES-VR, etc.