Help Advocate to Keep Medicaid Services

Looming budget cuts to Medicaid will effect benefits to many people, including those with special needs.  Recently the Stepping Stones Learning Center in Rochester closed its doors suddenly leaving many families without services for their children and the staff unemployed. Read the article and view the video-it genuinely exemplifies, “Just because you have a service

Transition Age Youth and Mental Health Resources

Recently Parent Network had the honor and privilege to host a Webinar for New York State Transition Partners on Transition Age Youth and Mental Health Resources. Our guest speaker was Karl Shallowhorn, Director of Community Advocacy for the Mental Health Association of Erie County and Compeer Buffalo. He is a New York State Credentialed Alcoholism and

Hot Topic! Superintendent Determination of Graduation with a Local Diploma

A new graduation option is available for students with disabilities who, because of their disability, are unable to demonstrate proficiency (passing) even with testing accommodations, on one or more of the other three Regents examinations required for graduation. To be eligible for the Superintendent Determination, students must achieve a minimum score (55) on the English

Special Education Often An Uphill Battle For Military Families

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. — When Navy Capt. Cassidy Norman was assigned executive officer of the aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman, he and his wife, Michelle, were relieved. His career path was taking them back to Virginia Beach — where they’d lived before and knew to be a good fit for their daughter with severe

Hot Topic! SSI Benefits and Section 301

Section 301 allows a student to continue receiving benefits if they are enrolled in or have one of the following: Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) Ticket to Work PASS plan Individualized Education Program (IEP) (only 18-21 years old) The Continuing Disability Review or Medical Review Section 301 Protection in a timely manner Cooperate with all SSA field

April is Month of the Military Child!

The month of April provides an opportunity to recognize and honor the service of our youngest heroes, military children. Established by former Secretary of Defense Caspar Weinberger in 1986, the designation of April as the Month of the Military Child acknowledges the significant role military youth play in our communities.  They are resilient and take pride in

Jim Kelly / Parent Network of WNY Scholarships

Many organizations in Western New York hold conferences for youth with disabilities and /or their family. Often these conferences have a registration fee or additional costs (for example: the cost of lunch or transportation) to attend, which could prevent individuals from attending. The Jim Kelly Parent Network scholarship has been created to help with this.