• June News

    CIDA's Latest News and Event Announcement

    From the CIDA Newsdesk

    Welcome to the June 2018 newsletter from CIDA! We invite you to catch up on our latest content and event news!

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    Policy Update

    Public Comment Period on Proposed NYS Every Student Succeeds Act Regulations has begun on June 5.

    The public comment period on proposed regulations in preparation for the implementation of New York’s approved Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) plan began on June 5, Commissioner MaryEllen Elia announced. The public comment period continues through July 9. Comments on the proposed changes will be accepted through July 9 and can be submitted by email to ESSAREGCOMMENTS@nysed.gov.
    (https://govt.westlaw.com/nyreg/Document/If242dea2535e11e8b101b052329bc141?viewType=FullText&originationContext=documenttoc&transitionType=CategoryPageItem&contextData=(sc.Default))

     

    The NYS Education Department has not released the Korean language translation for the ESSA Parent Information flyer yet. CIDA will make every necessary effort to reach out to the NYS Education Department in order to obtain the Korean version of ESSA parent information material.
     

     

    Special Education Enrollment Trends Upward

    The number of students receiving special education in US public schools is on the rise, according to a new federal report. There were 6.7 million kids with disabilities in classrooms across the country during the 2015-2016 school year, accounting for 13.2% of all students, an increase of 100,000 students from the year prior. The figures, which come from an annual report issued by the U.S. Department of Education’s National Center for Education Statistics, cover children from ages 3 to 21 receiving services under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act.

     

    Among school-age children with disabilities, the report found that 63% of them spent at least 80% of their day in general education classrooms, up from fewer than 50% in 2000. Special education enrollment has been trending upward since the 2011-2012 school year when the number of students with disabilities was at 6.4 million, though this population has steadily accounted for about 13 percent of the nation’s public school students during that time.

     

    Source: Disability Scoop https://www.disabilityscoop.com/2018/06/05/special-ed-enrollment-upward/25150/
     

    What's Up at CIDA

    Intern Program Summer 2018 @ CIDA

    We grow the next generation of leaders

    Every year, CIDA invites college interns to train as future community leaders. The CIDA interns engage in various areas of work including education, community program development, and technology-related tasks. This year again, CIDA has invited four amazing young people to the Summer 2018 internship program. We proudly announce the newest members of the CIDA family: Erin Park (Boston University, majoring in Severe Special Education); Charlotte Hutzler (NYU, majoring in Applied Psychology), Lesley Jeon (NYU, majoring in Foreign Language) and Maria Gulino (Johns Hopkins University, majoring in Math, returning intern).

    NYS OPWDD Korean Family Forum

    June 12, 10:00 am @ Adria Hotel, Bayside, NY

    NYS OPWDD is transitioning its services to a new structure, the Care Coordination Organization (CCO) starting July 1, 2018. CIDA hosted a community forum regarding the recent changes in OPWDD service delivery systems and the needs of Korean families with developmental disabilities. CIDA invited OPWDD (the central office in Albany) for a forum to inform parents about how to access services through the CCO and Self-Direction. Hirah A. Mir, Ph.D., Projects Assistant in Workforce Transformation and Kate Bishop, Director of Programs in the Division of Person-Centered Supports at OPWDD presented the various changes including Care Coordination and Health Home Care Management. In addition, families had questions and comment session to speak out the problems and concerns in the current developmental disability services coordination and delivery systems. Dr. Kimberly Berg and Nabila Ibrahim from the New York State Developmental Disability Planning Council (DDPC) also joined the forum to learn about the needs of Korean-American families.
    CIDA will continue to collect the questions and comments from families until July 15 and forward them to NYS OPWDD and DDPC. We will share their answers and feedback with CIDA families.
     

  • Event Annoucement

    CIDA's Free Workshops, Support Groups and Community Events

    OPWDD Eligibility Application Preparation Workshop

    July 12, 10:00am-11:30pm @ CIDA

    CIDA will help parents to prepare the documents that are required for OPWDD services. Please call 718-224-8197.

    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​

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  • Meet the Family

    Inspired and Empowered

    Wilfree Kim & Mrs. M.J. Kim

    This month, we invited Wilfree and his mother Mrs. Kim to Meet the Family Interview. Like many children with disabilities, Wilfree has endured a few different health-related issues including cancer. Here is a story of a brave young man and his family.

     

     

    Q: What can you tell us about Wilfree?

    Wilfree: I am a very curious person. Although I am shy, I like to push myself to speak more in order to try and learn new things. I also like to help others out whenever I can. I am currently a teacher’s assistant at [a] church where I help teach students in the classroom about their faith and religion.
    Ms. Kim: Wilfree, who is turning 22 years old this year, has nicknames. “Yes-Man” for his diligent work and his positive mindset and “Peterpan” for his innocent perspective of seeing the world.

     
    Q: What were the challenges that Wilfree and his family had to face?
    Ms. Kim
    : We did not know that Wilfree had autism as he did not show any outstanding symptoms. We felt heavy-hearted that he was diagnosed with Asperger' Syndrome when he was in 4th grade, while he was receiving various cancer treatments for two years. While we hoped that he could recover from cancer, autism was something he and our family had to deal with throughout his life, which was a real burden on him and our family. Nevertheless, the biggest reason why we could stand strong after knowing his health issues was that we faced reality and had the attitude to solve problems one by one. Thankfully, he could recover from his cancer after getting about a 3 years-long treatment. However, when he became a sophomore in college, he experienced another challenge, which was bipolar disorder. Due to the illness, Wilfree could not do anything but have a tough time even while getting treatment for it. Having been through all these difficulties after about one year, he currently plans on going back to school and looking for a job.

    Q: What changes occurred in Wilfree’s life after he joined CIDA’s Self Determination Academy?
    Wilfree:
    After attending CIDA’s Self Determination Academy, I found myself helping others more often, using more social media, and keeping in touch with the friends I made in the academy. Using what I learned in the academy, I also now make sure to set certain goals for myself every day [like finishing a drawing] in order to become an illustrator.
    Ms. Kim: The most noticeable is that he became more sociable. He often starts a conversation with people and asks questions to continue the conversation.

    Q: Would you like to say anything to the community?
    Ms. Kim:
    When we went to a job fair in applying for a job, we saw two assistants were helping nine individuals with disabilities apply for jobs and submit their resumes. As people with and without disabilities become partners to make things work, I hope that there will be more attention and support from the Korean community in order to create inclusion in the local community.

     
    Q: Would you like to say anything to CIDA? 
    Wilfree: I am thankful for being able to become a member of the organization. I appreciate all the members of the team for teaching me that there are many things I can accomplish despite my limitations. At CIDA, I believe that people who usually do not click with other people can become a new community.

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

  • Community Bulletin

    School & Community Resources

    Teachers College, Columbia University is Taking Applications for Speech Treatment Camp for Children With Cerebral Palsy

    A Research Project Provides Free Speech Programs

    At the CP Speech Camp at Teachers College, Columbia University, The free, three-week day camp helps children with cerebral palsy whose speech is difficult to understand, to learn and practice the latest, research-based techniques for improving their speech in a fun, interactive environment.
     
    The CP Speech Camp is seeking campers between the ages of 4 and 17 for its fifth annual summer session, from July 9 through July 27, 2018, from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, on the Teachers College campus, 525 West 120th Street, Manhattan.

    *Contact: cpspeech@tc.columbia.edu

     

    More info here:http://www.tc.columbia.edu/media/centers/speech-production--perception-lab/FLYER_July-9-27,-2018,-Speech-Treatment-Camp-for-Children-with-CP.pdf

     

  • May News

    CIDA's Latest News and Event Announcement

    From the CIDA Newsdesk

    Welcome to the May 2018 newsletter from CIDA! We invite you to catch up on our latest content and event news!

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    Policy Update

    Chancellor Richard A. Carranza Announces Bilingual Programs Expansion, 48 New Programs Opening This Fall

    School Chancellor Richard A. Carranza announced that 32 new Dual Language (DL) and 16 Transition Bilingual Education (TBE) programs will start this fall, which will be including programs in Arabic, Bengali, Chinese, French, Italian, Korean, Polish, Russian, Spanish and Urdu across 42 schools.


    The Chancellor stated, “Every family in our City, including immigrant families and undocumented students, deserves a high-quality education, and language should never be a barrier to equal access.”

    Families can request for either a DL or TBE program in addition to taking English as a New Language (ENL) program. Through both DL and TBE, students can acquire a new language while strengthening their native one, and the goal of both is to educate ELL and English-proficient students in becoming bilingual, biliterate, and bicultural. The Family English Initiative (FEI) is also available for families of ELLs K-2.


    Queens
    PS 7 Louis F. Simeone—Chinese and Bengali DL
    PS 13 Clement C. Moore—Chinese DL
    PS 71 Forest School—Polish DL
    IS 77—Spanish DL
    PS 71 Forest Elementary—Polish DL
    Learners and Leaders—Spanish DL
    PS 330—Spanish DL
    PS 22 Thomas Jefferson—Spanish DL
    IS 25 Adrien Block—Korean DL
    PS/IS 268—Spanish DL
    PS 92 The Harry T Stewart Sr School—Spanish DL
    PS 148 Queens—Spanish DL
    William Cullen Bryant High School—Bengali TBE
    PS 384—Spanish DL 
     

    For more information: http://schools.nyc.gov/Offices/mediarelations/NewsandSpeeches/2017-2018/Chancellor+Richard+A+Carranza+Announces+Bilingual+Programs+Expansion+48+New+Programs+Opening+This+Fa.htm

    Schools Still Winning Most Special Ed Disputes, Even After Endrew F.

    According to Disability Scoop (https://www.disabilityscoop.com), school districts continue to win most disputes over individualized education programs in the year since a U.S. Supreme Court decision affirmed a more ambitious standard for setting goals for students with disabilities, according to a new analysis.


    Perry Zirkel, Professor Emeritus of education and law at Lehigh University in Pennsylvania, analyzed 49 appeals of hearing officer decisions, which were predominantly in favor of school districts, to see if Endrew F. v. Douglas County School District has changed legal outcomes.


    Zirkel found that in cases where the school district won before the high court ruling, 90 percent of those decisions were upheld in the 12 months since the March 2017 Supreme Court decision. The analysis was published in the April edition of West’s Education Law Reporter.

     

    What's Up at CIDA

    CIDA is an Asian Heritage Month Honoree

    New York City Comptroller Scott Springer's Award

    On May 2, New York City Comptroller Scott Springer hosted his annual Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month Night at DC 37 in Manhattan. During the celebration, the Comptroller honored four organization leaders, including CIDA, for its leadership and dedication to the Asian American community. Young Seh Bae, Ph.D., received the award on behalf of CIDA.
    For media report:

    • K Radio http://www.am1660.com/kradio/board.php?bo_table=loca&wr_id=7116
    • The Korea Times (summary version) http://ny.koreatimes.com/article/20180503/1176900

    American Disability Act (ADA) and Community Partnership

    Let's Work Together to Change!

    CIDA hosted the ADA and Community Partnership Workshop in collaboration with the Korean American Association of Queens on May 11 at Adria Hotel in Queens. Taniqua L. Hunter and Michele Delany, Business Relations representatives at ACCES-VR, explained about ADA and other related information to promote the employment opportunities for individuals with disabilities and increasing the capacity of local businesses. Assemblyman Ed Braunstein joined the event to support our community partners for creating more work opportunities for young adults with disabilities.

  • Event Annoucement

    CIDA's Free Workshops, Support Groups and Community Events

    Functional Behavioral Assessment & Behavioral Intervention Plan for Students with Autism

    May 30, 10:00 am @CIDA

    Dr. Sangwon Un from the Eden II Program will present the Functional Behavioral Assessment and behavioral interventions for children and young adults with autism. Dr. Un is a board-certified psychologist and BCBA-D.

    NYS OPWDD Korean Family Forum

    June 12, 10:00 am @ Adria Hotel, Bayside, NY

    NYS OPWDD is transitioning its services to a new structure, the Care Coordination Organization (CCO). CIDA has invited OPWDD (the central office in Albany) for a forum to inform parents about how to access services through the CCO and Self-Direction.

      
    The OPWDD Central Office staff will present the various changes in OPWDD and answer questions regarding Self-Direction, describe how to access services through CCO and discuss other issues in services coordination.
    Place: Adria Hotel 221-17 Northern Blvd, Bayside, NY 11361

    More information, call 718-224-8197

    NYS OPWDD Front Door Session

    Korean Parent Session June 7, 10:00 am @CIDA

    CIDA invites the OPWDD Front Door team for an English-Korean session. In order to apply for OPWDD services, you must attend a Front Door Session. Please register if you plan to apply for the OPWDD Programs.

    Place: CIDA 38-50 Bell BLVD. Suite B, Bayside, NY 11361
     

     

     

    Korean-Speaking Parent Support Group

    May 29, 11:00 am @ CIDA

    Meet and talk with other parents/family members that are raising children with disabilities. The meeting will be facilitated in Korean.

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  • Meet the Family

    Inspired and Empowered

    Jong-Nam and Dr. Ji Young Kim

    This month, we invited to Dr. Ji Young Kim and her son Jong-Nam, a young man with multiple disabilities, for their special story. Dr. Ji Young Kim currently works with CIDA as an Education Specialist.

    Q1: What can you tell us about Jong-Nam Kim?

    A: Jong-Nam Kim, who is a twenty-five year old individual with multiple disabilities, likes music and enjoys meeting people. Although he has several disabilities such as intellectual disability, seizure disorder, and mild cerebral palsy from childhood brain damage, he has a pure, good heart and sparkling eyes like he were still three years old.
    Most people from Jong-Nam’s school knew him and gave him a warm greeting because he always went to people and shook their hands to greet them as he likes meeting people. Jong-Nam no longer goes to school after K-12 and stays at home with me, but even now, he asks me to invite people whom he has met outside for the first time to our house as a friendly gesture. Jong-Nam also likes helping others, so he often introduces himself as a police officer, a doctor, a singer, and a minister.
    As a parent, I could contemplate about innocence and purity that many adults tend to have forgotten or lost with their age, seeing how purely Jong-Nam treats others with his childlike heart regardless of his age. Thanks to Jong-Nam, it was possible for me to have that life lesson.

    Q2: What are the challenges that Jong-Nam Kim and your family face these days?
    A: The most challenging part is Jong-Nam’s status. All of our family members successfully got citizenship a few years ago, but only Jong-Nam was refused for it because of the mistakes that a lawyer had made several times. After all, it is on the process of review at USCIS, but to this day which is five years after his high school, I have had to give up on my career and to sacrifice myself to take care of Jong-Nam everyday. It has been difficult and exhausting for our family to carry all this burden without any help or services from the government for the last five years. We hope that Jong-Nam can get the citizenship soon and other family members can have their own independent lives.

     

    Q3: Would you like to say anything to the community?

    A: When Jong-Nam was in K-12, it felt like the school was the whole world. However, there was another whole new, real world after Jong-Nam finished K-12. I could see the life path that Jong-Nam faces in the future would be longer, harder, and more complicated than the one from K-12. When he was in school, teachers and parents could be the safety net for him, but in “the real world,” he should be able to protect himself and to do certain things on his own. As a parent who has a child with disabilities, I think my job is to make the community a better place where individuals with disabilities can live without difficulty. It is not just about raising my child but about changing the community culture and the atmosphere where individuals with disabilities, like Jong-Nam, can happily live without discrimination based on their disabilities. I hope that the community becomes a place where both individuals with disabilities and their families can live more independently and happily with substantial support and a mature attitude towards others. I also hope that families that have people with disabilities as family members can make a voice together in order to create change in the community.

     

     

    Q4: Would you like to say anything to CIDA?
    It has not been a long time since I found CIDA, but I have a lot of hope for the organization as it is necessary for Korean-American families who have family members with disabilities. First of all, I hope that CIDA can be the representative alliance that delivers the Korean-American families’ needs and voices to the community. As my child grows up, I realize that it is impossible for a family to support the child without help from outside. The representative alliance for Korean-American families as the minority is critical in that, through its function, the community can know what families with a person with a disability want and need. There are many places that provide daily care services, but I believe that there is no other place that empowers parents and bands them together. I hope that CIDA can play a role in creating Korean-American family solidarity. Second of all, I hope that CIDA continues educating and empowering parents, so that the parents can raise their own children with ample knowledge and experiences regarding special education. I know CIDA has been working for the goal already, but I hope it will grow more and more to the point where all families including individuals with disabilities, their parents, and their siblings can develop their capabilities.


    Lastly, I hope that as CIDA has pursued, it can continue taking on the significant tasks of connecting Korean-American families with individuals with disabilities in order to integrate them into their communities.

     

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

  • 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 special afternoon school programs.

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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 aims to educate local businesses about reforming the workplace to include diverse workforce development and further 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

    Topics

    • 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.

  • 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?
    A:
    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 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?
    A:
    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?
    A:
    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?
    A:
    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.

  • March News

    CIDA's Latest News and Event Announcement

    From the CIDA Newsdesk

    March is here and Spring is just around the corner. This month’s CIDA’s Newsletter delivers helpful resources for parents and updates about new events.

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    Policy Update

    New York City’s Incoming Chancellor, Richard Carranza

    Who is He?

    On Monday, Mayor De Blasio named Richard Carranza, Superintendent of Houston schools, as New York City Schools chancellor to replace the retiring Carmen Fariña. Mr. Carranza served as superintendent of the San Francisco Unified School District for four years before going to Houston. Apart from his work as an educator, Carranza is an accomplished mariachi musician who was inducted into the Mariachi Hall of Fame in 2016. Media reports that his appointment was seen as an effort to connect with the city’s Hispanic students, the largest and fastest growing ethnic group in public schools

    New York State Protects Transgender Students

    NYS Education Commissioner MaryEllen Elia Sents a Letter to School Districts

    New York State Education Commissioner MaryEllen Elia and New York Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman informed NYS Schools that NYS Education Department is in opposition to the recent decision by the Federal Department of Education to terminate investigations of civil rights complaints from transgender students regarding access to bathroom facilities. In the letter sent to school districts across New York State, Attorney General and Commissioner stated, “irrespective of the federal government’s decision, Schools in NYS have independent duties under federal and state law to protect transgender students from discrimination and harassment in their schools and at all school functions.”
    Read more here: http://www.nysed.gov/news/2018/state-education-commissioner-elia-and-ag-schneiderman-remind-schools-new-york-state

    What's Up at CIDA

    CIDA Launches KANECT Project

    On February 28, CIDA presented the KANECT Project, a program that develops the employment opportunities for Korean-American young adults with disabilities, in a formal press release conference. This program is funded by the Nanum Foundation, Southpole Foundation and CIDA’s Board of Directors. As mentioned in the previous newsletter, The KANECT Project’s goal is to build a bridge between employment opportunities for young adults with disabilities and local communities’ needs, in addition to strengthening and stabilizing the economy of local communities.

     

    Through this project, CIDA will match the interests of job seekers (with disabilities) with local employers through a community partnership and network. Furthermore, CIDA will connect these local efforts with both local and state governments. By doing so, CIDA expects that both employment opportunities for disabled individuals will expand and the local community will benefit by developing further.

     

    During 2018, CIDA will focus on assisting internship and employment program referrals and support services. Also, CIDA will hold a workshop to local employers with American Disability Act training on May 11. KANECT Project participants are adults with disabilities (regardless of age or disability) and residents of New York State. For further information, please contact CIDA at 718-224-8197.
     

  • Community Bulletin

    Community Resource

    NYC Department of Education

    Preschool & Kindergarten Open Houses

    NYC Department of Education

    The season for transitioning from Preschool to Kindergarten has begun. Get to know NYC programs by going to their open houses.

     

    * Check Preschool open house event details here:
    http://schools.nyc.gov/ChoicesEnrollment/PreK/events/default.htm

     

    * Check Kindergarten event details here http://schools.nyc.gov/ChoicesEnrollment/Elementary/events/Default.htm

  • Meet the Family

    Inspired and Empowered

    Junsang and the Yoon Family

    CIDA proudly introduces Mr. Junsang Yoon and his family. Junsang is a participant of Self-Determination Academy and a man of many talents and dreams. Here is our interview with Mrs. Kyungja Song, Junsang’s mother.

    Q: What can you tell us about Junsang?
    A: Junsang is a young adult with epilepsy and a developmental disability. He was born in South Korea and lived there until he was in middle school. When Junsang went to middle school, he was bullied by other children and had an unbearably difficult time. Eventually, our family decided to immigrate to the U.S. for Junsang’s better future. Junsang is born with many talents. He loves to build and create designs. He often spends whole nights assembling Legos or a robot. Junsang also plays the violin. Sometimes, he plays gospel music in his church.

    Q: What are the challenges that Junsang and his family face these days?
    A: After graduating high school, Junsang was not able to continue his education or job training due to his learning difficulties and health issues. It has been difficult for him to find a career that he likes to pursue. Recently, he became interested in baking. He reads baking books and watches Youtube videos.

    Q: What are the challenges that Junsang and his family face these days?
    A: After graduating high school, Junsang was not able to continue his education or job training due to his learning difficulties and health issues. It has been difficult for him to find a career that he likes to pursue. Recently, he became interested in baking. He reads baking books and watches Youtube videos.

     

    Q: What changes occurred in Junsang’s life after he joined CIDA’s Self-Determination Academy?
    A: Junsang used to go to art therapy or art lessons to spend his time. Then we learned about CIDA’s Self-Determination Academy. In the beginning, my husband and I were worried that he would not be able to adjust to the new setting or the new people around him. However, we are very happy to see that he now waits for Thursdays to meet other peers in the program. I see he has changed so much – he is energized and enthusiastic. I guess learning self-determination skills with other young adults gave him confidence about himself. I did not expect that this program would make such positive changes in him.

    Q: Would you like to say anything to the community?
    A: Many young adults with disabilities have great difficulties in finding what to do after graduating high school. I hope that there are more opportunities for our children to show their potential and live as members of this society.

     

    Q: Would you like to say anything to CIDA?
    A: When we moved to New York, it was very difficult to find a resource for Junsang due to our language barrier. Now, we are resolving the problems one at a time because CIDA helps us. I hope that the parents work together and make CIDA stronger so that this organization makes a real difference in our community.
     

  • 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 about 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
     

     

  • See Me for Me Campaign​

    March is Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month!

    In 1987, President Ronald Reagan made a public proclamation that the month of March should be recognized as Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month to “increase public awareness of the needs and potential of Americans with developmental disabilities.” The National Association of Councils on Developmental Disabilities (NACDD), the Association of University Centers on Disabilities (AUCD) and the National Disability Rights Network (NDRN) have collaborated to plan a campaign for Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month 2018! This year’s theme is “See Me for Me,” emphasizing the need to look beyond disabilities and see disabled individuals simply as people.

     

    CIDA is joining this movement to raise awareness about developmental disabilities, to teach the importance of inclusion within every aspect of life, and to share the stories of disabled individuals to show that a successful life is possible!

     

    Here are things you can join “See Me for Me” activities with CIDA:
    1. When you post on Social Media, add #DDAwareness2018
    2. Email us at cidaofny@gmail.com regarding your family stories involving developmental disabilities. CIDA will share your stories and photos via our next Newsletter.
     

  • February News

    CIDA's Latest Updates & Events !

    From the CIDA Newsdesk

    Greetings,

     

    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.

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  • 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.

     

    Materials:

    • 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!
  • Meet the Family

    Inspired and Empowered

    Junsang and the Yoon Family

    CIDA proudly introduces Mr. Junsang Yoon and his family. Junsang is a participant of Self-Determination Academy and a man of many talents and dreams. Here is our interview with Mrs. Kyungja Song, Junsang’s mother.

    Q: What can you tell us about Junsang?
    A: Junsang is a young adult with epilepsy and a developmental disability. He was born in South Korea and lived there until he was in middle school. When Junsang went to middle school, he was bullied by other children and had an unbearably difficult time. Eventually, our family decided to immigrate to the U.S. for Junsang’s better future. Junsang is born with many talents. He loves to build and create designs. He often spends whole nights assembling Legos or a robot. Junsang also plays the violin. Sometimes, he plays gospel music in his church.

    Q: What are the challenges that Junsang and his family face these days?
    A: After graduating high school, Junsang was not able to continue his education or job training due to his learning difficulties and health issues. It has been difficult for him to find a career that he likes to pursue. Recently, he became interested in baking. He reads baking books and watches Youtube videos.

    Q: What are the challenges that Junsang and his family face these days?
    A: After graduating high school, Junsang was not able to continue his education or job training due to his learning difficulties and health issues. It has been difficult for him to find a career that he likes to pursue. Recently, he became interested in baking. He reads baking books and watches Youtube videos.

     

    Q: What changes occurred in Junsang’s life after he joined CIDA’s Self-Determination Academy?
    A: Junsang used to go to art therapy or art lessons to spend his time. Then we learned about CIDA’s Self-Determination Academy. In the beginning, my husband and I were worried that he would not be able to adjust to the new setting or the new people around him. However, we are very happy to see that he now waits for Thursdays to meet other peers in the program. I see he has changed so much – he is energized and enthusiastic. I guess learning self-determination skills with other young adults gave him confidence about himself. I did not expect that this program would make such positive changes in him.

    Q: Would you like to say anything to the community?
    A: Many young adults with disabilities have great difficulties in finding what to do after graduating high school. I hope that there are more opportunities for our children to show their potential and live as members of this society.

     

    Q: Would you like to say anything to CIDA?
    A: When we moved to New York, it was very difficult to find a resource for Junsang due to our language barrier. Now, we are resolving the problems one at a time because CIDA helps us. I hope that the parents work together and make CIDA stronger so that this organization makes a real difference in our community.
     

  • Event Annoucement

    CIDA's Free Workshops, Support Groups and Community Events

    ACCES-VR Workshop

    Tuesday March 20, at 10:30 am - 12:30 pm @CIDA

    CIDA will hold a workshop to present the career training and services available through New York State ACCES-VR. NYS ACCES-VR assists individuals with disabilities in achieving and maintaining employment and supports independent living through training, education, rehabilitation, and career development.


    Speaker: Michele Delany, MA.,CRC, LMHC
    Place: CIDA 38-50 Bell BLVD., Suite B, Bayside, NY 11361
    RSVP: By March 15 via email us or online registration
    Registration link: https://goo.gl/forms/9b8GA1Zx2lh3dDmB2

     

    If you wish learn more about the workshop, please contact us us 718-224-8197.

    Korean Speaking Parent Support Group

    February 13, 11 am @ CID

    Meet and talk with other parents/family members that are raising children with disabilities. The meeting will be facilitated in Korean. To register, please call 718-224-8197 or fill out the following form: https://goo.gl/forms/b8UdsCyrR4gQssou1

    Parent Conference & Service Expo

    August 16, Thursday 9:30 am - 2:00 pm @Arumdaun Church

    CIDA holds a Parent Conference and Service Expo in collaboration with the Arumdaun Church in Long Island. The Arumdaun Church generously contributes the conference space, volunteers and food for the day.

    Parent Workshops during the conference:

    * Registration will open on June 19.

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  • January 2018 News

    CIDA's Latest Updates & Events !

    Happy New Year!

     

    Happy New Year everyone!!

     

    We are starting 2018 with many great news and updates. When we cut the tape as a new 501c3 organization last year, everyone at CIDA was nervous and afraid. Months later, and we are now prepared and ready to sprint towards a great year. The Community Parent Resource Center Project funded by the US Department of Education, Office of Special Education will continue to serve Korean-American parents who have children with disabilities between the ages of 0 and 26 years of age. We have parents workshops, One-on-One Assistance, and support group meetings that are scheduled every month. We are also excited to announce that CIDA’s workforce development program, Korean-American Network for Employment & Community Training (KANECT) is launching this year. Even though we are starting on a small scale, we anticipate that this program will grow and provide a resolution for the unemployment issues of individuals with disabilities in the near future.

     

    Please read more of our exciting news below! We hope to see you soon at one of our upcoming events.

     

    May 2018 will bring laughter, health and prosperity to all our families and to our community!

     

    Young Seh Bae, Ph.D., Executive Director

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    Holiday Party

    Celebrated New Year at the Reception House

    On December 28, CIDA held its annual Holiday Party at the Reception House. With over 80 people in attendance, our families were prepared to have a lively and entertaining day. The event was brimming with music, hip hop performances, special piano performances by some of our CIDA kids, games and food.

     

    Our Executive Director Dr. Bae welcomed and reiterated CIDA’s commitment in helping families with disabilities and continuing to expand our outreach to the Korean American community. The families were excited to be able to have fun and to have a social outlet for their children during the winter break.

     

    CIDA families were honored with performances from professional Hip Hop dancers Jean Bae, Allison Bedell & Charnele Crick. Families were also able to listen to the musical talents of some of our CIDA young adults. Wilfree Kim & Young K Song dazzled us with their drum and guitar performance and the final performances of the day were the piano stylings of John Park & William Choe. Thank you to all our performers.

     

    You can read and hear about the K-Radio coverage on our event: http://www.am1660.com/kradio/board.php?bo_table=loca&wr_id=6002&sca=Local+News

     

    We did it again!

    CIDA was awarded the Nanum Foundation Grant

    CIDA was awarded the Nanum Foundation, U.S.A Grant in the amount of $12,500 for the 2018 fiscal year. The grant will be used to initiate the Korean-American Network for Employment & Community Training (KANECT) in January. The goal of KANECT is to develop effective community partnerships in which individuals with disabilities will be able to find employment opportunities while the needs of local employers are understood and met. During the 2018 fiscal year, CIDA will focus on developing a community partnership by reaching out to local businesses and employers with an ADA workshop. CIDA will also make referrals and provide State employment training resources to young adults with disabilities who are seeking employment opportunities.

     

    Photo: From the left, Dr. Young Seh Bae (Executive Director, CIDA), Dr. Anna Lee (Executive Director, Nanum Foundation), Mr. Henry Lee (Budget Committee Chair, CIDA) & Dr. Samuel Cho (Board Chair, CIDA)

  • Meet the Family

    Inspired and Empowered

    William Choe and Mrs. In Yoon Lee

    Our CIDA family of the month is William Choe and his mother, Ms. In Yoon Lee. William graced us with a wonderful performance at the CIDA holiday party, showing off his talented piano skills. William is a 19 year old young adult with a disability, and has been playing the piano for about 5 years. William likes to write in his journal, play on his computer or iPad and practice on his piano daily.

    William's mother, Ms. Lee, says that it wasn’t easy finding something William enjoyed doing. They tried many things from swimming to Tae Kwon Do, but none of these things interested him. She eventually had William try the piano and he finally found something he loved. Ms. Lee says that sometimes it is challenging for families with disabilities to figure out their children's real interests or help them develop their talents because of the limited community resources. However, it is very important for children to keep trying to find something they love and that parents should always never give up.

  • Announcements

    CIDA's Free Workshops, Support Groups and Community Events

    Overview of Early Intervention Services and IFSP

    January 16, 2018, 9:00 am- 11:00 am

    This workshop will focus on the procedures of Early Intervention (EI), the services in New York State, and the Individualized Family Service Plan (IFSP). Participants will also learn about the preschool transition processes and the basics of special education services under IDEA Part B. Speaker: Mi-Young Choi, Program Director, All About Development. Mi Young Choi has more than 15 years of experiences in EI. For more info, call 718-224-8197, or click here to register: https://goo.gl/forms/yb7S0z59VuxgdsAn

     

    Self-Determination Academy for Young Adults Group First Meeting

    January 18, 10:00 am

    CIDA’s Self Determination Academy (SDA) is starting in January! SDA has two groups of participants: Group 1 is for young adults (ages 19- 26) and Group 2 is for youths (ages 14- 18). During this 10-session program, participants will learn important soft-skills that are key to developing self-determination through enjoyable activities, including planning, self-awareness and self-assessment skills. Participants will also learn how to lead IEP meetings or ISP meetings of their own. The initial meeting with young adults (Group 1) and their parents will take place on January 18 to discuss the meeting times and activity schedule.

    IEP Goals and Assessments

    January 23, 10:00 am

    This workshop will discuss how to read and understand the standardized assessment results on your child’s IEP, developing observable and measurable IEP goals and the importance of aligning the State Standards and IEP goals. We highly recommend this workshop to those parents who participated in the Federal Laws and IEP workshop (12/5/2017) last year. This is an opportunity to deepen your knowledge about developing IEP goals for your child. Speaker: Executive Director, Dr. Young Seh Bae.

    For more info, call 718-224-8197, or click here to register: https://goo.gl/forms/BfM2jyd7gkmkp3oh1​

    January Support Group

    Postponed to February

    Due to schedule conflicts, the January Support Group Meeting is postponed to Tuesday, February 13 at 11am

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  • Parent Stress Management

    Calming Down Quickly with Mindfulness

    No one can deny that parents are under stress. When you have a child with a disability that stress can sometimes be even greater. It is important that parents take care of themselves as well as their children. One way to help with stress is Mindfulness. Mindfulness is when you calm your mind in the present moment. (?) One way is through breathing techniques.

     

    Breathing Exercise

     

    Open or close your eyes. Start focusing on your breathing. Take a deep breath through your nose and let it out through your mouth. Focus on how you are breathing in and out and just focus on the motion of breathing. While being focused on the breathing for a minute your mind will start to wander. If it does, try and refocus on your breathing. By clearing your mind of all other thoughts and just focusing on the motion of breathing you will be able to clear your mind for a few minutes. Hopefully this will help you relax and become re-centered.

     

    You can also use this technique while lying down on the floor or sitting in the chair. Focus on the moment of breathing and allow your body to relax and just focus in that moment of breathing.

    There are many other ways to help you to relax. You can take a walk around the block, go for a cup of coffee, or go to your room and just sit for 5 minutes. In fact, it is impossible to completely clear your mind. The key is not to focus on stressful events in your life but focus on you. Remember, It’s important for parents to take a few minutes to take care of themselves.

     

    Here is another example relieving stress (video):

  • December News

    CIDA's Latest Updates & Events !

    Season Greetings!

    We have less than a month left until the end of 2017!

    It has been an unforgettable year for myself and the CIDA staff members.

    We are very thankful for the many incredible opportunities given to CIDA. For the 2018 year, our staff members are determined to work even harder, and are committed to achieving our goals of giving our children a better future and the inclusion of every person with disabilities in our community!

     

    We wish everyone a Happy Holidays and a healthy New Year!

     

    Young Seh Bae, Ph.D., Executive Director

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    What's Up at CIDA

    Parent Leadership Training!

    Federal Laws & IEP Workshop

    The Federal Laws & IEP workshop conducted on December 5 was a huge success! Over the course of the year, CIDA hosts a series of workshops on various topics. As recognition of our hard working parents that attend our workshops, CIDA would like to give a certificate of completion to those who attend ten or more seminars during the year. We would also like to invite those individuals to come with us to community events to represent CIDA as a parent leader and share your experiences. Please check back for more updated on CIDA events.

    CIDA goes to U.N.

    International Day of Persons with Disabilities (IDPD) at U.N.

    December 3 is the annual observance of the International Day of Persons with Disabilities (IDPD), proclaimed by the United Nations General Assembly resolution in 1992. This year, the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA) organized the 2017 IDPD celebration on December 1, 2017, at the UN Headquarters in NYC. Six CIDA staff members, a parent and two young individuals with disabilities participated all main events of the day. During the opening ceremony, H.E Miroslav Lajčák, President of the UN General Assembly delivered the U.N.’s commitments to empower individuals with disabilities. Ambassadors from many countries presented their current projects to support individuals with disabilities and their families. CIDA was also able to listen to the musical talent of young adults with disabilities from South Korea. Our members even were moved by the touching testimony given by Boum Jun Bae, a young adult with an intellectual disability. You can read more stories about Boum Jun and his family below.

    CIDA's Workforce Development Programs

    Korean-American Network for Employment & Community Training (KANECT)

    CIDA is starting a new employment project for young adults with disabilities, Korean-American Network for Employment & Community Training (KANECT) in January. The goal of KANECT is to develop effective community partnerships in which individuals with disabilities find employment opportunities and the needs of local employers are understood and met. This partnership will focus on skill training and shift the community culture. CIDA will announce the details of the program and community collaboration shortly.

  • Announcements

    CIDA's Free Workshops, Support Groups and Community Events

    U.S. Citizenship Application for Individuals with Disabilities

    December 14, 10;00 am-12:00 pm

    CIDA invites Minkwon Center to learn their expertise on the current immigration issues and what you need to know when you apply for citizenship for individuals with disabilities (for those who have a green card). Call 718-224-8197 for RSVP.

    Are you ready for the Party? ​

    New Year’s Party, 12:00 pm – 2:30 pm, Reception House

    Come and celebrate the New Year with us on December 28. The Reception House is located at 167-17 Northern Boulevard, Flushing, 11358. Hip-Pop dance by the special guests, music performance by two CIDA families. Lots of fun and music! Please RSVP by December 23 to 718-224-8197 or cidaofny@gmail.com.

    Overview of Early Intervention Services and IFSP

    January 16, 2018, 9:00 am- 11:00 am

    The procedures of Early Intervention (EI), the services in New York State, and Individualize Family Service Plan (IFSP) will be presented. Speaker: Mi-Young Choi, Program Director, All About Development. Mi Young Choi has more than 15years of experiences in EI and is a member of the CIDA Professional Advisory Committee. For more info, call 718-224-8197, or click here to register: https://goo.gl/forms/yb7S0z59VuxgdsAn2

    Self-Determination Academy – Initial Meeting for Young Adults

    January 18, 2018 (Time TBA)

    Youth & Young Adult Programs are coming back! Self Determination Academy Registration will be available in 2 groups; a young adult group (age 19- 26) & a youth group (age 14- 18). Participants will learn essential soft skills, such as planning, self-awareness and self-regulation skills that are key to developing self-determination. We also will have fun social activities! Please contact Dr. Bae at 917-715-5516 for more information.

    January Support Group

    January 30, Tuesday 11:00 am - 12:30 pm

    CIDA Parent Support Group Meetings are held every other month on the last Tuesday of that month. January meeting discusses seasonal mood disorders and how to deal with parental stress. This is an excellent opportunity to meet other parents. By finding other parents who encounter the same issues, many parents feel better able to navigate a path they never envisioned. Please email or call us at 718-228-8197 for RSVP.

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  • Community Bulletin

    Community Resource

    Healing Camp

    Esther Ha Foundation

    Date/ Time: 12/26-12/28/17, 9:30am – 5:00pm
    *social skill, personal stress, academic pressures, depression Etc.

    Mental Health Awareness and Support Talk Camp

    Free registration: For more information call: 917-993-2377

  • Meet the Family

    Inspired and Empowered

    Mr. Beom Joon Bae and his Family

     

    This month’s family spotlight is on Mr. Beom Joon Bae and his mother, Mrs. Tae Young Kim. Boum Jun Bae is a 20-year-old person with a disability. Boum Joon and his mother arrived from South Korea to be a part of the International Day of Persons with Disabilities (IDPD) on December 1 at the United Nations.

     

    Beom Jun is a talented cellist who has played numerous venues and concerts and his music has touched many hearts around the world. Beom Jun had dreamed of speaking at the United Nations since he was young, and he accomplished his dream on December 1, 2017. Boum Jun is the first person with intellectual disability spoke at the U.N IDPD Convention. Boum Jun delivered a passionate speech about the rights of persons with disabilities and his hope for being included in the society. Here is a small excerpt from his speech:

     

    Here, I have something to say.

    People with intellectual disabilities are not babies.
    People with intellectual disabilities are not toys.
    People with intellectual disabilities are not disposable products that are used and discarded when needed.

    I have an intellectual disability, but I am a person before I am one of "them."

    During their visit, Beom Joon and his mother Mrs. Kim gave a few interviews with the local media outlets arranged by CIDA. During his meetings with K-Radio, KRB, and TKC Channel, Mrs. Kim mentioned how they are determined and passionate about delivering a message of hope and strength to everyone living with a disability. Even though they had a very tight schedule while visiting NYC, Boum Jun and his mother had time to visit the CIDA office and to meet with some of the CIDA families. Boum Jun and his family inspired many Korean-American families. We thank Boun Jun and his family for delivering a fantastic message of hope, courage, and self-determination to the world and our community.

     

    Media Resource: Click here to see and hear Boum Jun's interview with K-Radio

  • Winter Break Project

    Winter is defiantly here! Here is a fun idea for something to do at home with your children!

    How To Make 3-Ingredient Slime

    Makes 2 cups

     

    Ingredients

    • 2 - (4-oz) bottles washable school glue, such as Elmer's
    • 1 to 2 drops liquid food coloring (optional)
    • 1/4 cup glitter (optional)
    • 1 teaspoon baking soda
    • 2 to 3 tablespoons saline solution (contact lens solution), divided

    Equipment

    • Measuring spoons
    • Glass or plastic mixing bowl
    • Mixing Spoon
    • Airtight container for storage

    Instructions

    1. Color the glue (optional): Pour the glue into a medium bowl. Stir in the food coloring and glitter, if desired. Use colors your child like and add glitter to make it sparkle.Remember the food coloring and glitter is optional!
    2. Add the baking soda: Add the baking soda to the glue mixture and stir until smooth.
    3. Add the contact lens solution: Pour in 2 tablespoons of the contact lens solution and stir slowly. The mixture should begin to harden, becoming stringy. Do not let it become too hard.
    4. Mix until ball forms: Continue mixing slowly until a ball of slime forms.
    5. Knead by hand: Pick up the slime and work between your two hands, until smooth. If the slime is particularly slimy, add another 1/2 tablespoon of contact lens solution as needed.
    6. Time to play! Once mixed, you can play with the slime immediately or store for future play in an airtight container. 

    Some extra ideas to add fun!

    • Hidden Figures: Fold small figures or cars into the slime and ask your children to find them.
    • Cut-and-Measure Slime: Provide your kids with a metal or plastic ruler and kid-safe scissors. See who can stretch their slime the furthest. Alternatively, practice counting and cut the slime into 10-inch pieces.
  • November News

    Fall is Here!

    Greeting from the Executive Director

    Dear CIDA Families and Friends,

     

    I cannot believe it is November and we are in the middle of autumn. As we announced through media and various channels, CIDA has started to work as a federally funded Community Parent Resource Center (CPRC). CIDA is currently preparing a variety of informative programs, including parent workshops, support groups, one-on-one assistance, youth self-determination programs and newsletters. Additionally, in January 2018, we will resume the Workforce Development/Worker Cooperative Project ( a CIDA Board Funded Project), which had been temporarily stopped due to preparation for the CPRC project. Please check our website and Newsletter for updated information!

     

    CIDA is committed to strengthening the capacity of Korean-American students with disabilities and their families to lead in the inclusion of people with disabilities in the community through a more rigorous approach with the support from the U.S. Department of Education, OSEP.

     

    There is a long road ahead of us. However, I have no doubt that, we as parents and the community work together, we can reach our goals much faster. One of our main goals for our children is for them to live an independent life and be valuable members of society in an integrated world.

     

    I hope you enjoy the beautiful fall weather and I will see you at the support meeting on 28th at 11:30 am.

     

    Young Seh Bae, Ph.D. Executive Director

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  • 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

    CIDA is proud to introduce our family of the month

    Charles Lee & Mrs. Mija Lee

     

    Every month CIDA will feature one of our special families. This month we are shining our spotlight on Charles Lee and his mother Mija Lee. Charles Lee is a student with Autism who is currently a fifth grader in the Great Neck School District. Charles was our first place winner of the 2017 CIDA Very Special Art Festival. Charles was awarded a trophy and scholarship for his talented work. Charles's award-winning work was a picture of the opening ceremony which took place earlier in the day in front of the St. John’s University Student Center. Charles's picture captured the moment when everyone in attendance released balloons which were filled with wishes written made by everyone in attendance.

    We were happy to be able to ask Charles and his mother a few questions.

     

    What does Charles like?

    Charles likes drawing and writing. Charles's writing is better than adults.

     

    Can you share some of your ideas or tips that you use that helps Charles?

    We often make Charles practice how to say “hello” first to other people. It helps him socialize with other people. If possible, teach your child to say both the person’s name and his/her title during the introduction (ex: Mr. XXX, Mrs. XXX). Make sure the other person responds and says the child's name when they respond. Remembering each other's names makes it much friendlier and easier to start a conversation.

     

    How has “CIDA” helped the Lee family?

    CIDA helped us to learn and figure out what direction to take for Charles's special education when we just immigrated to the US and had no idea where to start. We hope CIDA will continue to help us and other families to improve their knowledge on our rights and help us to solve problems together.

     

    Is there anything you would like to say to the community?

    It is important for Korean families to claim their right to services. I hope that we should all mutually be appreciating partners with our schools and government as we fulfill our responsibilities as a parent.

     

  • Announcements

    Please don't forget to check our events, training and support meetings

    November Support Group

    Tuesday, November 28 at 11:30 am-1:00 pm.

    CIDA Monthly Parent Support Group Meetings are held every other month on the last Tuesday of that month. This is a great opportunity to meet other parents. By finding other parents who are facing, or have faced, the same issues, many parents feel better able to navigate a path they never envisioned. Please email or call us at 718-228-8197 for RSVP.

    Parent Workshop

    Federal Laws & IEP Workshop: December 5, 10:00 am - 1:00 pm

    This intense workshop will be broken down into 3 categories: Federal Education Law, Individualized Education Program (IEP) and Parent Procedural Guards. Please email or call us at 718-228-8197 for RSVP.

    Free Stress Management Sessions

    Take care of your stress

    CIDA is preparing a series of parental stress management events, such as yoga, skin care and meditation. Please check our event page for upcoming class information.

    More events

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

  • Holiday Special

    Holidays are coming!

    Here are helpful advice and tips from other parents

    How to survive holidays with your child

    While most families look forward to Thanksgiving, some families of children with special needs find these times stressful. Preparation is the best way to eliminate or prevent the stresses that the holiday season can bring upon your child. Preparing yourself ahead of time can lighten your workload this Thanksgiving, and getting your entire family on board can make the transition into the holidays much easier. These tips can be used during the entire holiday season!

     

    Sensory overload for your child on the holiday can be a bit overwhelming. Reduce the stress on both your child and yourself. Scheduling specific times that are set aside for quiet time or creating quiet zones in your house can lower stress levels.

     

    Friends and family want to help, but when it comes to children with spe- cial needs they often don’t know what to do. Make a list of how family mem- bers can help you. If there is a family member that isn’t supportive it’s okay to walk away.

     

    Food for your child. Remember if your child only likes certain foods or certain textures remember to pack a separate container of food for them.

    Holidays may not be the best time to introduce new foods to your child.

     

    Include your child by giving your child a job can help distract them and gives them the feeling of being included during the holiday chaos. Simple tasks such as taking people’s coats, answering the door, or passing out drinks or food can help them reduce the stress of what is going on by focusing on one given task. Check out an easy recipe below to try with your child.

     

    Schedules are important. Try to stay to your child’s schedule or create a special one for the holidays. Creating a schedule that marks when they can expect changes is also a great way for special needs children to understand what to expect. Help them even more by making notes to prepare them for what may go on that day.

     

    Special Time is important. Getting overwhelmed with all you have to do for the holy days can leave your child craving attention. Set aside 5-10 minutes where you commit to focusing solely on your child and tuning into what they are feeling and doing while you are busy getting everything ready.

     

    Prepare a Bag of Activities if you find yourself traveling to another family member’s house, fill a backpack with your child’s favorite toys to help calm them. If you notice that they are getting overwhelmed, find a quiet corner and give them some of the things in their bag.

     

    Social Stories can be a great help. Show pictures of what happened the year before to spark your child’s memory and keep them from being overwhelmed.

     

    Most important, enjoy your time with your child, and remember, we can’t control everything.

     

    Cooking Recipe from Heaven

    Creamy Chive Potatoes

    Try this super simple recipe with your child during this holiday!

    • ½ cup Milk
    • 3 lbs of White potatoes, peeled, boiled, and mashed
    • 1 8-oz block of Cream Cheese cut into pieces
    • 2 Tbsp snipped chives
    • Salt and pepper to taste
    1. Heat milk to a simmer on stove top. Add milk and cream cheese to potatoes, and mash until combined. Stir in chives.
    2. Season with salt and pepper.