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  • July News

    From CIDA Newsdesk

    Welcome to CIDA’s July 2018 newsletter!


    This month, a few sections won’t be showing due to the reconstruction of our website. We promise we will see you in September with a beautiful and improved design.

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    Laws & Things

    You Must Know

    Selective Service Systems (SSS)

    Almost all male U.S. citizens and male immigrants, who are 18 through 25, are required to register with Selective Service.

    With very few exceptions, all males between ages 18 and 25 must register with the Selective Service System (SSS) within 30 days of arriving in the United States. This includes U.S. born and naturalized citizens, parolees, undocumented immigrants, legal permanent residents, asylum seekers, refugees, and all males with visas of any kind which expired more than 30 days ago. The few individuals who are exempt from this requirement are those on current non-immigrant visas. A complete list of acceptable documentation for exemption may be found.


    Person with Disability

    Disabled men who live at home must register with Selective Service. A friend or relative may help a disabled man fill out the registration form if he can't do it himself.


    Men with disabilities that would disqualify them from military service still must register with Selective Service. There is a difference between exemption of the requirement to register, and classification of ability to serve in times of National emergency. Selective Service does not presently have authority to classify men for National service, but even men with obvious handicaps must register now, and if needed, classifications would be determined later.

    The criteria for exemptions from registration are:

    • If a man is placed in a hospital, nursing home, long-term care facility, or mental institution on or before his 18th birthday, had no breaks of institutionalization of 30 days or longer, and remained institutionalized until his 26th birthday, he is not required to register.
    • If he is confined to home, whether his own or someone else’s (including group homes), on or before his 18th birthday and cannot leave the home without medical assistance (for example, by ambulance, or with the help of a nurse or EMT), and remained homebound until his 26th birthday, he is not required to register.

    Depending on the condition of the young man, while he would not be able to serve in the military in a crisis, it does not exempt him from the Selective Service registration requirement. Even though this may not seem to make any sense, the facts are neither the Military Selective Service Act nor the Presidential proclamation provide an exemption from registration because of a man's mental or physical condition unless Selective Service is provided with documented evidence that the man is hospitalized or institutionalized; or homebound and unable to function outside the home, with or without physical assistance; or is in such a physical or mental condition that he would not comprehend the nature of his registration with the Selective Service System. In these cases, a determination can be made by Selective Service as to whether or not the man qualifies for exemption from registration. Otherwise, Selective Service is not allowed to "classify" men until the Congress and the President authorize a return to the draft in an emergency. Thus, all men must register even those with obvious disqualifying disabilities. Men are considered no longer draft eligible at age 26. However, if you do not register SSS on time, it may cause problems for being qualify for citizenship.


    For more information regarding the Selective Service System, see here: https://www.sss.gov/Registration/Who-Must-Register/Men-With-Disabilities

    What's Up at CIDA

    Self Determination Academy II

    High School Students June 26-July 3

    We successfully completed the 2nd round of Self Determination Academy with four high school students with disabilities. Five interns and Program Coordinator Hae Li Her spent a whole month to prepare the curriculum and lesson plans for the amazing five days of the journey in order to teach self-determination skills, including learning how to participate in IEP meetings and become self-advocates.

    We thank all intern teachers, staff, students and parents who made this very challenging project successful.

    Self-determination Academy will re-open in Spring 2019.

    CIDA is moving

    New Office Space

    CIDA is moving to a bigger space in October. Due to increasing numbers of service requests, we made the decision to expand our office space. CIDA will move to Suite A-2 in the same building starting October 2018.

  • Event Annoucement

    CIDA's Free Workshops, Support Groups and Community Events

    Self Determination Academy for Youths with Disabilities

    June 26 - July 3, 10am-2pm @CIDA

    Self Determination Academy for high school students with disabilities starts on June 26. The participants will learn important skills to build self-determination and knowledge about their IEP meetings. For more information, please contact Dr. Bae at 718-224-8197.

    Family Conference & Service Exp

    August 14 from 9:30am-2:00pm. @ Arumdaun Church

    CIDA will hold a parent conference in collaboration with Beautiful Church (Arumdaun Church) on Long Island, August 14th. Training sessions start at 9:30 am. Fifteen agencies will be invited to the vendor session to present various community-based services, programs and classes available to the locale. Arumdaun Presbyterian Church is located at 1 Arumdaun St, Bethpage, NY 11714.

    * Online Registration

    Korea Registration click here

    English Registration click here

    My Community Life @ Family Conference

    August 14 from 9:30am-2:00pm. @ Arumdaun Church

    During the Family Conference on August 14 at Arumdaun Church, we will have a presentation titled “My Community Life.” This one and a half hour session will teach youths and young adults (age 14-26) with disabilities the concepts of transition and independent life. A special focus will also be given to sexual abuse prevention and decision making. A consent form should be completed before the session.
    If you wish to register for the session, please login here: ​​https://goo.gl/forms/JwPAr3BP1cqMOK7r2​

    More Events

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

  • Summer Camps & Afterschool Programs


  • Summer Camps

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

    Please download the file here:

  • Summer Programs

    Tech Kids Unlimited Summer Programs
    The programs prepare students from ages 14-21 with autism, Asperger’s ADHD, OCD, and other learning and social/emotional challenges for internships, transition, college, and the workforce. Students will learn about collaboration, team building, work ethic, and technology skills through project-based work.

    *Early Bird Registration: May 15, 2018
    *For further information and registration: www.techkidsunlimited.org/events

  • Recreation & Afterschool

    Check out the community programs available in your area.

    The programs are open to children and teens with disabilities.

  • Rock Your Day

    5 minute Music Break

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

    Bounce! Bounce!