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  • What Changes?

    Elimination of the term "highly qualified" teacher in ESSA

    Community Event

    Queens North Family Engagement Night

    Summer Camps & After-School Programs

    Program Lists & Resources

    What's Up at CIDA

    ADA Workshop & Community Partnership

    April is Autism Awareness Month

    We need your voice!

  • April News

    CIDA's Latest News and Event Announcement

    From the CIDA Newsdesk

    April is here! We are now surrounded by flowers and the warm air. CIDA’s Newsletter for this month is about Summer Camps and afternoon school program special.

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    Policy Update

    Beyond Guardianship

    Toward Alternatives That Promote Greater Self-​Determination

    The National Council on Disability (NOD) has determined that guardianship is overused and often unnecessarily deprives individuals with disabilities of their rights. Although guardianship is commonly seen as a “benevolent measure” that guarantees protection under the ADA and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, which are laws intended to increase the ability of individuals to live and work in the community, it also entails the removal of rights protected by the U.S. Constitution. The Beyond Guardianship report explains how guardianship law has evolved, explores due process and other concerns with guardianships, offers an overview of alternatives to guardianship, and examines other relevant topics.
    Read more here: http://www.parentcenterhub.org/beyond-guardianship-toward-alternatives/

    Amendments to IDEA Made by ESSA

    Elimination of the term, "highly qualified"

    The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), the nation’s major law related to public education in grades pre-kindergarten through high school, made several changes to the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). These amendments to IDEA were incorporated into federal regulations on June 30, 2017. One major change made was that all requirements and references to the term “highly qualified” when referring to teachers were eliminated; The qualifications necessary to be considered highly qualified were prescribed by NCLB and included requirements for minimum education, teacher licensure, and subject matter competency. These requirements in NCLB have been replaced by the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). Read more here: http://www.parentcenterhub.org/amends-to-idea-essa-fact-sheet/

    What's Up at CIDA

    ADA Workshop & Community Partnership

    Community Inclusion & Development Alliance (CIDA) invites local employers to our American Disabilities Act (ADA) employer workshop for a community partnership. We have launched the Korean-American Network for Employment & Community Training (KANECT) in February. The goal of KANECT Project is to build a bridge between employment opportunities for young adults with disabilities and local communities’ needs. This workshop is aiming to educate local businesses about innovating their workplaces to include a diverse workforce develop and economic opportunities by expanding the capacity of the local community.

    • Attendees: Local employers, business owners, individuals affiliated with religious institutions, law officials, accountants, and social workers 
    • Date: 10 a.m. Friday, May 11, 2018
    • Location: Adria Hotel Conference Center, 221-17 Northern Blvd, Bayside, NY 11361   (718) 631-5900
    • Speakers: NYS ACCES-VR, CIDA


    • American Disability Act (ADA)
    • Tax benefits and technical assistance available to local employers
    • Contract opportunities with the New York State ACCES-VR through youth internship/employment

    For more information please contact Dr. Bae 917-715-5516.

  • Community Bulletin

    School & Community Resources

    Queens North Family Engagement Night

    NYC Department of Education

    District 24, 25, 26 and 30 are providing the Family Engagement Night on April 25 at 5pm - 8pm. It is an opportunity for parents to talk to special education specialists about IEP and learn various academic resources. CIDA will join the event in the resource room to share reading and math resources.

    • Place:  MS 74 61-15 Oceania Street, Bayside, NY 11361 

    Please contact your school parent coordinator or register via this link: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScSNUcovX6Yxe4Sdhky_SgO5Ie6VxoW8iTfWD57m-JMm8-FwQ/viewform


  • Summer Camps & Afterschool Programs


  • Summer Camps

    There are still available summer programs in NYC and Long Island.

    Please download the file here

  • Recreation & Afterschool

    Check out the community programs available in your area.

    The programs are open to children and teens with disabilities.

  • Meet the Family

    Inspired and Empowered

    Jared Lee and Mrs. Hyeleon Jo

    CIDA proudly introduces Jared Lee and his family. Jared Lee is an 11-year-old child with autism and has a special story to share. Here is our interview with Mrs. Hyeleon Jo, Jared Lee’s mother.

    Q: What can you tell us about Jared Lee?
    Jared likes roleplaying school activities by making a chart of his daily tasks and checking through each task. He also spends his time on various activities such as learning how to play the drum, Taekwondo, and horse riding. Sometimes, he expresses that those activities are challenging to him and shows that he feels nervous learning the new skills. But he always tries his best to learn them, and I think that is his best quality. Out of all the activities, he loves learning horse riding the most. He has been learning the basics for about two years, and he now hopes that he can get to the level of riding a running horse in the near future.

    Q: What are the challenges that Jared and your family face these days?
    We often have difficulties in communicating and finding an appropriate way to manage his explosive behaviors. When he cannot express his emotions or when he thinks that his emotions and thoughts are not properly understood by others, he becomes more difficult. As his mom, I really want to help him overcome these challenges and learn different ways to express his emotions, but it is so hard to find the right way to deal with these difficulties.


    Q: Would you like to say anything to the community?
    We have noticed that people often react negatively react to Jared’s disability. I hope that the community can become more open and kind to individuals with disabilities to increase inclusion and diversity in the community. I also hope that as members of society, individuals with disabilities can lead independent, self-determined lives when they live by themselves in the community. The community should support them so that they won’t be discriminated against, simply because they have disabilities.

    Q: Would you like to say anything to CIDA?
    I think CIDA has worked as a significant alliance in the community by holding many workshops and other events for parents who do not have any access or knowledge about community services related to special needs. I would like to thank CIDA for their hard work in providing the opportunity for our family to build strong bonds with school and other service organizations for Jared. I hope that CIDA continues to help people in need.

    We thank Mrs. Lee and Jared's family for sharing their story!


    * If you wish to share your family stories, please contact CIDA at 718-224-8197.

  • April is Autism Awareness Month!

    We need your voice!

    Each year during the month of April, individuals and organizations across the globe celebrate Autism Awareness Month with events to educate local communities and raise public awareness about autism. Almost 50 years have passed since the Autism Society held the first National Autism Awareness month in April of 1970.


    How you can become a part of Autism Awareness Month:

    1. When you post on Social Media, add #autismawareness2018
    2. Email us at cidaofny@gmail.com regarding your family stories involving Autism. CIDA will share your stories and photos via our next Newsletter.

  • Rock Your Day

    5 minute Music Break

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