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

Motivators of Behavior… and tips on how to best respond!

Presenter: Kristyn Dandrea  
Tuesday, April 26, 7:00pm to 8pm 

All behavior serves a purpose! This presentation will identify different functions of behavior (i.e. avoidance, attention, sensory, etc.) and offer ways to best respond in order to meet the unique needs of a child.

Motivators of Behavior: Registration 

Calm and Comfortable: Self-Regulation Techniques

Presenter: Anne Buckley-Reen 
Tuesday, May 3rd, 7:00pm to 8:00pm 

This workshop will provide parents, caregivers and students strategies for reducing stress and improving the ability to self-regulate (Self regulate: The ability to feel calm, safe and comfortable across activities and environments). Learn simple routines, and activities to support stress reduction, reduce anxiety and reactivity and promote calm and happy students and families.

Calm and Comfortable: Registration 

Special Education Foundations: Three Part Series with INCLUDE NYC

INCLUDE NYC is a nonprofit organization that fosters positive futures and enhances the quality of life for young people with known or suspected disabilities birth-26 and their families in New York City. 

Intro to Special Education: The IEP Process 

Presenter: Kim McCoy, Senior Family Educator
Tuesday, May 10, 7:00pm to 8:00pm 

Learn about the special education process in NYC, including timelines for referral, evaluations, services, placement, and parent rights and role.

The IEP Process: Registration 

Understanding Your Child’s IEP

Presenter: Diana Biagioli, Family Educator
Tuesday, May 17, 7:00pm to 8:00pm 

Explore the Individualized Educational Program (IEP), including its purpose, how it’s developed, and how parents and students participate.

Understanding the IEP: Registration 

Preparing for IEP Meetings

Presenter: Kpana Kpoto, Manager of Parent & Family Engagement
Tuesday, May 24, 7:00pm to 8:00pm 

Get tips on preparing for your child’s Individualized Educational Program (IEP) meeting, including information about your role, who attends, and tips for getting organized.

IEP Meeting: Registration 

Get Engaged: Summer Moves 

Tuesday, May 31, 7:00pm to 8:00pm

Strategies, Routines and opportunities for healthy movement at home and in the community- Build healthy habits for the body and mind while developing daily movement routines. Help your family balance screen time with movement and outdoor opportunities. Great ideas to keep you family physically active and enjoying the many outdoor opportunities and resources.

Get Engaged: Registration 

Recorded Sessions

Beyond Access YouTube Page

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:

  • Literacy
  • Social Emotional Learning
  • Executive Cognitive Function
  • The IEP Process
  • Related Services
  • Suicide Prevention
  • And much more!
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