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  • Policy Updates

    New York’s Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA

    Service Alert

    Big Changes in OPWDD Services

    Transition to CCO/HH

    What's Up at CIDA

    CIDA Collaborates with Korean-American Churches for Parent Training


    CIDA Goes to Lunar New Year Parade


    February Support Group, Transition Workshop

    Youth Programs

    on the Rise

    Self-Determination Academy

    Community Resource

    GHO's Free Psychological Evaluations

  • February

    2018 News

    CIDA's Latest Updates & Events !

    From the CIDA Newsdesk



    Even though February is the shortest month of the year, CIDA has a long list of exciting news to share! We would like to share some critical updates from the New York State Education Department and the Office for People with Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD).

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    Policy Update

    New York’s Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA)

    States Department of Education (USDE) approved NYS's ESSA

    On January 17, State Education Commissioner MaryEllen Elia announced that the United States Department of Education (USDE) approved New York’s Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) plan. The English version of the ESSA parent information is available here: http://www.p12.nysed.gov/accountability/essa.html. New York State has not published the ESSA materials in the Korean language at the moment. CIDA will hold a special parent session in April to go over the critical shifts in ESSA

    Service Alert

    Big Changes in OPWDD Services

    Transition to CCO/HH

    OPWDD is changing the way Medicaid Service Coordination (MSC) is delivered and reimbursed. These changes will also impact individuals who receive Plan of Care Support Services (PCSS). Beginning July 2018, MSC will become “Health Home Care Management” and PCSS will become “HCBS Care Management.” Both types of care management services will be delivered by a new type of organization, called a Care Coordination Organization/Health Home(CCO/HH). Service agencies have been advised that the transition will not impact any other OPWDD funded services, such as day habilitation, respite, supported employment services, and so forth. Those parents who have questions regarding these changes are welcome to join us at our Transition Workshop in March.

    You can find additional information on the OPWDD Care Coordination Site: https://opwdd.ny.gov/opwdd_services_supports/care_coordination_organizations


    What's Up at CIDA

    Add A Voice of Asian-American Parents

    NYS Advisory Council on Postsecondary Education For Students with Disabilities

    Dr. Bae, our Executive Director, has joined the Advisory Council on Postsecondary Education For Students with Disabilities, New York State Education Department. The Advisory Council was established to advise the NYS Education Department on policies and practices to improve the transition of students with disabilities to postsecondary education and training, fiscal resource needs and disability-related accommodations and supports that will assist a student with college success. Dr. Bae will serve under the Legislative/Regulation Committee subcommittee.

    CIDA Collaborates with Two Korean-American Churches

    CIDA is happy to announce two community collaborations for parent training. All events are part of the Community Parent Resource Center Project funded by the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs.

    The Korean Church of Queens

    The Church has graciously agreed to collaborate with CIDA for parent training, support groups and outreach. The Korean Church of Queens is located at 8900 23rd Ave, East Elmhurst, NY 11369.

    Arumdaun Presbyterian Church

    CIDA will hold a parent conference in collaboration with Beautiful Church (Arumdaun Church) on Long Island on April 18. Training sessions start at 9:30 am. Fifteen agencies will be invited to the vendor session to present various community based services, programs or classes available to the community. Arumdaun Presbyterian Church is located at 1 Arumdaun St, Bethpage, NY 11714.Add paragraph text here.

    Youth Programs on the Rise

    Self Determination Academy

    CIDA’s Self-determination academy that began in January with Group 1 -Young Adults (under the age of 26) is well under way. Self-determination is a combination of skills, knowledge, and beliefs that enable a person to engage in goal-directed, self-regulated, autonomous behavior. It is crucial for our children to learn their strengths and limitations together with a belief in themselves as capable and competent individuals. When acting by these skills and attitudes, individuals have a greater ability to take control of their lives and assume the role of successful adults in our society.

    Group 2 - (High School Students) sessions of our Self Determination Academy will begin in June. Additional details will be announced soon.

    New York State Transition Partner Project

    CIDA has received a $2,300 mini grant from the New York State Transition Partners for a video project with a focus on reaching out to youths and young adults with disabilities. The content will be developed and focused on Self-Determination and informed decision-making during transition processes. Our youths/young adults with disabilities and their families who complete CIDA’s Self-Determination Academy will be involved in each phase of this project. CIDA will disseminate the videos and the booklets through social media, community organizations and local media.


  • Announcements

    CIDA's Free Workshops, Support Groups and Community Events

    Bimonthly Parent Support Group

    February 13 - 11 AM @ CIDA

    Bi-monthly Parent Support Group. Meet and talk with other parents/family members that are raising children with disabilities. We will also be having a Yoga demonstration. Learn a relaxing way to meditate, exercise and center yourself.


    CIDA goes to Lunar New Year Parade

    February 16 - 6 PM & February 17 - 11 AM

    CIDA has been invited to participate in the 2018 Lunar New Year Parade on February 17. CIDA will also join the parade preparation night at the KumGangSan Restaurant starting 6 pm on February 16. March with CIDA and then join us for Duk Gook and K-pop entertainment. If you are interested in volunteering or marching in the parade please call CIDA office at 718-224-8197.

    Preparing Transitions Through K-12

    March 4, 2:00 pm @ the Korean Church of Queens

    CIDA will provide a parent workshop on transition issues during K-12 and adulthood. The Korean Church of Queens will be collaborating with CIDA for space and registration. For RSVP, call 718-224-8197.

    Midwinter Vacation

    February 16 -23

    CIDA offices will be operating on limited hours during the mid-winter break. No meetings will be held during the break. We hope everyone enjoys their vacation.

    More Events

    For more event news and announcement, please check "Events" on the drop-down menu on top of this page.

  • Community Bulletin

    Community Resource

    Free psychological and psycho-social evaluations

    General Human Outreach (GHO)

    General Human Outreach provides free psychological and psychosocial evaluations for Queens residents. The evaluation aids in determining eligibility to obtain the New York State Office for People with Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD) services. All applicants must not be eligible for Medicaid. For more information about applying for Free Psychological and Psychosocial evaluations, please call Insil Choi, a Korean Outreach Coordinator, at 718.307.6570.

  • Meet the Family

    Inspired and Empowered

    Joo Hee Lee & Mrs. Jung Sook Lee.​

    CIDA would like to initiate a community discussion related to the issues and unique needs of girls and women with disabilities. As our first effort, we proudly introduce Joo Hee Lee and her mother Mrs. Jung Sook Lee.

    Joo Hee is a 16 year old girl with Down syndrome and a two times winner of CIDA’s Very Special Art Festival in 2016 and 2017. Joo Hee not only likes to paint but she also loves to speak, sing and dance.

    However, since she was going through puberty, the whole family has experienced tough times. She suddenly stopped speaking and just wanted to be left alone. The Lee Family has moved her to a different school, had Joo Hee undergo a variety of clinical tests and do everything they can do to find out what was wrong. Then, Joo Hee started to receive art therapy together with clinical consultation. She now asks her family to take a look at her art and has shown some improvements. Mrs. Lee says that the positive changes began after the two times winning at the CIDA’s art festival. It seemed the attention from many people gave her the opportunity to feel proud and confident about herself. Also, after enjoying the hip hop dance competition at CIDA’s New Year Party, she recently joined a dance school. The family is now focusing on figuring out what Joo Hee likes to do, and assisting growing her talent for her future.

    As a parent of a girl with a disability who is growing into a woman, Mrs. Lee realizes her limits to help her daughter’s future, and it is the most challenging thing that she has endured. Although Joo Hee is safe under the family’s care at the moment, Mrs. Lee continually worries for Joo Hee’s well-being as a woman, and whether or not her talents are acknowledged in the community.
    Despite all her worries, Mrs. Lee says that Joo Hee still loves to draw and express her feelings through art, and her family will do everything they can help her live an independent life in the community. Finally, she added that she wishes the whole community give more attention to young women with disabilities and help them live independent and safe lives.

    CIDA gives a big cheer to Joo Hee and the Lee family, and wishes all the best!

  • Valentine's Day Special

    I Love You This Much!

    Here is an easy craft to do with your kids. It is a creative and fun way for your kids to tell someone special how much they love them. A book that you can read with this craft is Guess How Much I Love You by Sam McBratney.



    • Construction Paper (any color your child wishes), 
    • Scissors
    • Glue
    • Markers.
    1. Trace each of your child's hand.Then cut out the hands. Make sure your hands match up.
    2. On one hand write “ I love you”. You can write your child’s name or whoever they are giving the craft to on the other hand.
    3. Cut out a long strip of paper. It is up to you and your child how long you want to make it…..(remember this is how much you love them).
    4. On that long piece of paper write “This Much” and decorate if you would like.
    5. Then fold the paper accordion style.
    6. Glue one end of the paper to the inside of one hand and the other side of the long strip to the other hand.
    7. Let dry and you are set!
  • Rock Your Day!

    Take a 5 min Break & Enjoy this Music

    It's a good day to have a good day!