Evidence-Based Social Skills Intervention for Adolescents with Autism Spectrum Disorders
The PEERS intervention is being offered at no cost through the Center for Autism and Related Disabilities at the University at Albany. This social skills intervention for teens on the autism spectrum provides social skills training in a group format. Read more about the program here (PDF).
Parents should try to limit students' screen time
Are you concerned that your kids spend too much time on tablets, smartphones, or other devices? Do you have fewer conversations with your kids than you’d like because of technology distractions? Do you find yourself constantly asking your kids to lower the volume on devices because you can hear the music blaring through their earbuds or headphones?
If you answered yes to any of these questions, you are a typical parent in the digital age. These are struggles for most of us as technology increasingly becomes central to our lives and our children’s lives. [Read MORE - PDF]
Schenectady ARC operates three after-school services within the Scotia-Glenville school district.
All services run five days per week from 2 p.m. - 6 p.m., following the academic calendar. The program is held at Glen-Worden, the middle school and the high school. [Read MORE]
New chairperson for the Committee on Special Education
August 17, 2015
Scotia-Glenville Middle School psychologist Tammy Boyd has been named chairperson for the Committee on Special Education (CSE). She succeeds Kellee deOlde.
"The CSE teams in each building will profit from Tammy’s compassion for students and families, her collaborative leadership style, extensive experience as a school psychologist and CSE member, and her extensive knowledge regarding community educational resources for students with disabilities," said Kenn Handin, director of pupil personnel services at S-G.
"I’m looking forward to working with Tammy as we all strive to provide students with disabilities the services and accommodations they need to have meaningful access to the general education curriculum."
She began her duties on July 20.
Boyd is available by email at TBoyd@sgcsd.net. Her office is located at the Sacandaga Elementary School, 300 Wren Street, Scotia, NY 12302. Call her by telephone at (518) 347-3600 extension 74112. The office FAX number is (518) 386-4307.
Chairperson of Committee on Preschool Special Education named
November 7, 2013
Kathy Lewek, who has been serving as chairperson for the Committee on Special Education since August, will become chairperson of the Committee on Preschool Special Education. She will be responsible for overseeing issues involving the 3,4 and 5 year olds in the school district and the school-age committee for the students who attend Mekeel Christian Academy.
She assumes her new responsibilities on Nov. 18.
Lewek, who has served as the CSE chairperson at Glendaal Elementary, was named interim CSE chairperson in August after Joel Richardson resigned from the position to accept a position at the Waterford-Halfmoon School District.
Handin thanked Lewek for serving as the interim CSE chairperson. "Kathy has managed the process very well and leaves the program in an organized state for our next CSE Chairperson."
Preschool children with
The district Committee on Preschool Special Education (CPSE) is responsible for ensuring that parents are aware of the opportunities available for evaluation of children ages 3 to 5 who are suspected of having a disability and for services to children with disabilities.
The committee consists of representatives from preschool special education agencies, county administrators, parents and the district. All recommendations for services are made to the Board of Education. For more information, contact Pupil Personnel Services at 382-1285/347-3600.
Students with disabilities
All recommendations for placement of students with disabilities are made to the Board of Education by the district Committee on Special Education (CSE). Local programs and local schools are used whenever possible to meet the child’s educational needs. Members of the Committee on Special Education include the director of Pupil Personnel Services, a district psychologist, speech therapists, special education teachers, parent representatives and the school physician when requested. For more information, call Pupil Personnel Services at 382-1285.
Parents of a child with disabilities who reside in the district and who are interested in serving on the CPSE or the CSE should contact the Pupil Personnel Services Office at 382-1285/347-3600.
Here are the changes in the New York State (NYS) Procedural Safeguards Notice: Rights for Parents of Children with Disabilities, Ages 3-21 April 2014 document - two page memo (PDF).
Capital District Center for Independence
Capital District Center for Independence is a private not-for-profit (501(c)(3), community-based Independent Living Center (ILC), located in Albany, NY which provides non-residential services to over 1,250 people with disabilities annually living in the Greater Capital District of New York State.
The Center for Independence promotes independent living for people with disabilities through a wide variety of services, information, education outreach and trainings to people with disabilities. Services provided by the Center include advocacy and self-help instruction, which includes a peer-based approach to managing one’s affairs, the development of self-determination, decision-making skills, self-advocacy skills, assistance in day-to-day community participation, and other social roles to maintain or regain their independence in the community. The center's website is: http://www.CDCIweb.com/index.html