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11 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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13 Jonatan

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15 Micaela

“Thank you for defending the rights of Micaela!!”

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Meeting the literacy needs of students with and without disabilities in the NYC public schools 

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45 Kalilah

“Now, everything is so great. She’s excited to go to school every day.”

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Spotlight

AFC Submits Amicus Briefs to the U.S. Supreme Court in Two Cases
12.01.2016 | Advocates for Children recently submitted “friend of the court” briefs to the U.S. Supreme Court in two cases, Endrew F. v. Douglas County School District and Stacy Fry and Brent Fry, et al. v. Napoleon Community Schools, et al. Endrew F. presents the important question of what makes an education “appropriate” as... Read more

AFC Urges the City to Formulate a Strategic Plan to Tackle Significant Disparities by Race and Disability in Students Suspended
10.31.2016 | Today, the City released 2015-2016 school year data pursuant to the Student Safety Act showing the number of suspensions totaled 37,647, which is a decrease by approximately 16% compared to the previous year and by almost 46% compared to five years ago. Despite these improvements, Black students and students with disabilities... Read more

AFC Submits Testimony on Bullying, Harassment, and Discrimination in NYC Schools
10.19.2016 | Today, AFC submitted testimony to the New York City Council Committee on Education with recommendations for addressing bullying in New York City public schools and supporting LGBTQ students, students with disabilities, and other vulnerable populations. View testimony [PDF] Read more

New York Region 1 PTIC Collaborative Webinar Series on Transition
10.12.2016 | This November and December, the New York Region 1 Parent Training and Information Center (PTIC) Collaborative is presenting a webinar series on transition to adulthood for students with disabilities! Topics include: graduation requirements and diploma options; supporting student participation in the IEP process; available resources... Read more

AFC in the News

Change Maker: School Justice Project
11.11.2016 | Equality Indicators | Deep in the trenches of this issue is NYC-based, Advocates for Children of New York. Advocates for Children of New York (AFC) works closely with students, teachers, parents, school administrators, city agencies, and other advocates on finding solutions to student misbehavior beyond punitive and exclusionary... Read more

Thousands of students still wait for special education services or don’t receive them at all, city figures reveal
11.01.2016 | Chalkbeat New York | Just 59 percent of students received the full range of services required on their individualized education programs, or IEPs, compared with 60 percent the previous school year. And 33 percent, or roughly 58,000 students, received only partial services — down from 35 percent. The number of students who received no... Read more

NYC School Suspensions Down, but Disparities Persist
11.01.2016 | Public News Service | According to Dawn Yuster, school justice project director at Advocates for Children of New York, black students still are being suspended at a rate more than three-and-a-half-times greater than white students...Just as striking is the disproportionate number of students with disabilities being suspended. Yuster... Read more

Student Suspensions Dropped 15 Percent in 2015-16 School Year, DOE Numbers Show
10.31.2016 | NY1 | New numbers from the Department of Education show that suspensions dropped 15 percent in the 2015-2016 school year and are down 46 percent in the past five years. According to the department's report, crime in schools is down 5 percent and school-related arrests are down 37 percent. The group Advocates for Children of New York... Read more