Advocates for Children of New York works on behalf of children who are at greatest risk for school-based discrimination and/or academic failure due to poverty, disability, race, ethnicity, immigrant or English Language Learner status, sexual orientation, gender identity, homelessness, or involvement in the foster care or juvenile justice systems.
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Congratulations to our 2017 high school graduates!

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11 Cheick

AFC’s help enrolling in a new high school marked “the beginning of my happiness!”

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13 Immigrant rights

Resources for immigrant students and families in NYC public schools

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2 Omar

“I can’t imagine how different [his] circumstances would’ve been without your advocacy.”

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25 Benefit 2017

Thank you for supporting Advocates for Children’s 2017 Spring Benefit!

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Addressing barriers to Career and Technical Education for students with disabilities

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4 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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45 Gloria

“Thank you so much for all your help and support!”

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Spotlight

New Data Analysis Shows Racial Disparities in Schools’ Response to Students in Emotional Crisis
11.02.2017 | Today, Advocates for Children of New York is releasing a brief analyzing data reported by the New York City Police Department (NYPD) showing that Black students are significantly over-represented in NYPD “child in crisis” interventions – incidents involving students in emotional distress sent to the hospital for psychological... Read more

Response to Release of NYC DOE Special Education Data
11.01.2017 |  Today, Kim Sweet, Executive Director of Advocates for Children of New York (AFC), issued the following statement in response to the New York City Department of Education’s annual report of information regarding students receiving special education services pursuant to Local Law 27: In reviewing the data just released by the... Read more

AFC Testifies on Preventing and Addressing Bullying Behavior
10.30.17 | Today, AFC testified before the City Council Education Committee offering several recommendations to prevent and address bullying behavior, including expanding whole-school trainings that improve school climate, better utilizing existing data, better utilizing Field Support Center personnel, increasing awareness of anti-bullying... Read more

AFC Testifies on Support for Students in Temporary Housing
10.11.2017 | Today, AFC is testifying before the City Council Committee on Education and Committee on General Welfare about support for students who are homeless. We are calling on the City to ensure there is high-level leadership on this issue, expand the number of DOE social workers for these students, and devote additional resources to... Read more

AFC in the News

To help students with physical disabilities navigate a maze of barriers, NYC releases new reports on high school accessibility
11.14.2017 | Chalkbeat New York | Some also pointed out that the information is difficult to find. The city’s official high school directory only says whether schools are “accessible” or “not accessible,” a potentially misleading indicator given that most schools fall somewhere in between. And the city’s “School Finder” site, essentially a... Read more

New York City says testing waiver sought by state could lower standards for students with disabilities
11.09.2017 | Chalkbeat New York |  Maggie Moroff, a special-education policy expert at Advocates for Children, a New York City-based group that opposes the waiver, said she recognizes how frustrating it can be for students with disabilities to sit for exams they find extremely difficult and are unlikely to pass. Nonetheless, “the... Read more

Thousands of City Children Not Getting Special Education Help
11.01.2017 | New York Times | Tens of thousands of New York City public school children did not receive mandated special education services last year, the education department said in its annual report to the City Council on Wednesday, offering further evidence that eligible children are not getting the education the city is obligated to provide... Read more

More students with disabilities got required services last year, but large gaps remain
11.01.2017 | Chalkbeat New York | Advocates acknowledged that the data shows more students receiving all of their services. But that still leaves over 48,000 students, or 27 percent, getting partial support or none at all, the advocates noted. “That’s really significant,” said Maggie Moroff, a disability policy expert at Advocates for Children. “... Read more