The Accessibility Student’s Advisory Panel (ASAP!) — a Citywide student group facilitated by ARISE and Parents for Inclusive Education that focuses on school accessibility issues — is looking for new members for the coming school year! Last year, the group met with key DOE staff and City Council members to share their experiences, concerns, and recommendations for making schools more accessible and inclusive. Students in grades 9, 10, and 11 who have physical disabilities are eligible; the application [PDF] is due September 25.
On February 25, 2019, the ARISE Coalition testified before the New York City Council Committee on Education regarding the provision of special education services. The City must do more to extend the vision of equity and excellence in education to students with disabilities and to ensure that the needs of students with disabilities are considered and addressed in every DOE policy decision. Read our testimony [PDF]
Today, the ARISE Coalition is testifying before the City Council Committee on Education about the importance of improving the school transportation system and in support of a bill to provide real-time GPS bus location data to parents. Our testimony [PDF] highlights some of the trends Coalition members have seen that make this system so problematic for individual families and their children with disabilities.