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10.25.2013 | This afternoon, AFC is testifying before the Education Committee of the New York City Council regarding the Department of Education's special education reform. Our school system needs to change how it educates students with disabilities; however, change will not yield positive results unless it is well executed and adequately financed. Our testimony calls on the DOE to provide assurance of the following:

  • Students with disabilities, wherever they are served, will receive all the services they require; 
  • Schools welcoming students with special education needs will be prepared to provide the necessary individualized, research-based literacy instruction and behavior supports; 
  • Technology will be embraced throughout the school system to provide support to all students and to close some of the gaps in access to curriculum for students with special education needs; 
  • Instructional materials will be made truly accessible to all students; and 
  • Students with disabilities will have real access not only to their community schools, but also to some of the more competitive schools and programs.

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10.23.2013 | Today AFC is testifying before the New York City Council Committee on Juvenile Justice regarding the educational needs of students in the custody of the Administration for Children’s Services (ACS) in non-secure placement through Close to Home. Our testimony expresses concerns about the quality and consistency of education across all of the non-secure placement facilities, and encourages ACS to continue to improve the initial placement process by ensuring that the educational needs of youth and a student’s grade and age are given due consideration during the placement process. Read testimony

10.21.2013 | AFC has a new guide for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer or questioning (LGBTQ) students in New York City public schools! It answers common questions about LGBTQ youth in public schools and lays out LGBTQ students’ rights and what to do if these rights have been violated. It covers topics such as bullying and harassment; school transfers; changing your name at school; starting a Gay-Straight Alliance; and the rights of students living in temporary housing. View the guide 

10.17.2013 | Today AFC staff are wearing purple in support of Spirit Day, an annual day in October when millions of Americans speak out against bullying and show their support for LGBTQ youth! Learn more at

AFC staff wearing purple

10.09.2013 | AFC Board Member Kevin Curnin received the Champion of Justice Award from Fordham Law School’s Feerick Center for Social Justice on October 7! Kevin was honored for his work as founding Director of the Public Service Project at Stroock, Stroock & Lavan.

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Kevin with Professor Elizabeth Cooper

10.08.2013 | AFC has a new guide to college! The guide provides information on the application process, financial aid, accommodations and services for students with disabilities, and resources for support. View the guide

10.02.2013 | AFC submitted testimony to the Education Committee of the New York City Council supporting a one-year moratorium on school closings and additional community notification, but opposing a resolution giving Community Education Councils veto power over proposed co-locations. Read our testimony.

9.26.2013 | J.G. et al. v. Mills is a 2004 federal court case brought by Advocates for Children of New York and the Legal Aid Society against the New York City Department of Education (DOE). The settlement requires the DOE to assist students going and coming from court-ordered facilities and the school system. Our updated fact sheet explains students' rights under J.G.

9.04.2013 | The Student Safety Coalition, a diverse group of educators, parents, students, advocates and legal experts, today called on New York City’s next mayor to implement reforms to end overly aggressive policing in the city schools and restore authority over school discipline to professional educators. Read the press release here and the Coalition's guiding principles here.

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AFC Executive Director Kim Sweet speaking at the press conference.

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Student organizers and other attendees.

8.30.2013 | AFC has a newly updated fact sheet to help families of students with disabilities through the start of the school year. It covers a number of concerns that typically come up at this time of year, including: 

  • What to do if a child does not yet have a school assignment or the school assigned says they cannot serve the child’s needs; 
  • How to find an accessible school; and 
  • What to bring to a new school to enroll your child.

Click here to view the fact sheet in English and here to view it in Spanish.