NYCYF events provide opportunities for Youth Funders to network, share lessons learned, explore new challenges facing New York City youth, and examine the City’s philanthropic and public response to these issues. The network also creates venues in which local funders can learn from youth programming, research, and policy experts, both locally and nationally. In addition to in-person meetings, NYCYF uses diverse vehicles including webinars, conference calls, LIST-SERVS, and policy briefs to communicate with its constituents.
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Getting Through the Front Door
November 14, 2018
Time:9:00 am - 11:00 am
A Campaign to Make Public Schools Accessible
In 2016, an investigation by the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York found that over 80% of the City’s elementary schools were not fully accessible. The situation in middle and high schools was even worse. These findings galvanized advocates, parents, and students to launch a campaign to fix this problem. In June, New York City announced that it would devote $150 million over the next three years to make more public schools wheelchair accessible. It is the largest investment for such modifications in recent memory and a major milestone for disability rights. Please join us to hear from the parents, students, and advocates who brought attention to this issue and how they are working to turn the budget win into real opportunities for students and families with physical disabilities.
- The current situation for students with physical disabilities
- What made this campaign so successful in such a short amount of time
- What promises New York City made on this issue
- What remains to be done
- Rebecca Kostyuchenko,Parent
- Maggie Moroff, Special Education Policy Coordinator, Advocates for Childrenand Coordinator of the ARISE Coalition
- Jaclyn Okin-Barney, Esq, Coordinator, Parents for Inclusive Education
- Rue Zalia Watkins, Education Services Specialist, Vibrant Emotional Health
- Shawn Morehead (Moderator), Program Director, Education & Human Justice, The New York Community Trust
Funders of education, youth and family services, disability rights, and policy advocacy.
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