Autism Seminars Albany NY

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Families Together in New York State, Inc.
(518) 432-0333
737 Madison Avenue
Albany, NY
Support Services
Disability Advocacy, Marriage & Family Counseling, Support Organization, Training/Seminars

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Technology Resources for Education (T.R.E.) Center - AT & UDL for NYS
(518) 464-6346
TRE Center - Maywood School, 1979 Central Ave.
Albany, NY
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Other, Training/Seminars

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Quality of Care and Advocacy for Persons with Disabilities
(800) 624-4143
401 State Street
Schenectady, NY
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Disability Advocacy, Government/State Agency, Training/Seminars

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Alternative Autism Solutions
(315) 449-0040
Syracuse, NY
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Psychological Counseling, Training/Seminars
Ages Supported
1-5 Grade,11-12 Grade,6-8 Grade,9-10 Grade,Adult,Kindergarten,Preschool

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DisAbility News & Views Radio Show
(716) 522-9185
P.O Box 1077
Williamsville, NY
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ABA/Discrete Trial, Adult Support, Auditory Integration Therapy, Disability Advocacy, Hippotherapy (Horseback Riding), Job Coach, Marriage & Family Counseling, Music Therapy, Nutritional Counseling, Occupational Therapy, Other, Products/Stores, Sensory Integration, Social Skills Training, Speech Therapy, Support Organization, Training/Seminars, Verbal Behavior
Ages Supported
Preschool,Kindergarten,1-5 Grade,6-8 Grade,9-10 Grade,11-12 Grade,Adult

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Center for Autism and Related Disabilities, Unviersity at Albany
(518) 442-2574; (866) 442-2574
1535 Western Avenue
Albany, NY
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Marriage & Family Counseling, Research, Support Organization, Training/Seminars

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Lisa Frankel, M.S. Spec. Ed
(518) 421-2855
2230 Budd Terrace
Schenectady, NY
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Behavorial Intervention, Early Intervention, RDI, Training/Seminars
Ages Supported
1-5 Grade,11-12 Grade,6-8 Grade,9-10 Grade,Adult,Kindergarten,Preschool

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Nancy Tarshis, MA, MS, CCC/SLP
(212) 864-3046
309 West 104th Street
New York, NY
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Assistive Technology, Early Intervention, Speech Therapy, Support / Tutoring, Training/Seminars, Verbal Behavior
Ages Supported
1-5 Grade,Kindergarten,Preschool

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RELATE (Debbie Meringolo, MA, MS)
(718) 430-3914
1165 Morris Park Avenue, Rousso Building 2nd Floor
Bronx, NY
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Academic Assessments, Colleges/universities, degrees in teaching/special ed., Dentists, Disability Advocacy, Doctors, Pediatric Neurologist, Early Intervention, Educational Advocacy, Helpful Websites, Nutritional Counseling, Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy, Play Therapy, Research, Social Skills Training, Speech Therapy, State Resources, State Resources, Education, State Resources, Parent Training, Support / Tutoring, Support Group Meetings, Training/Seminars
Ages Supported
Preschool,Kindergarten,1-5 Grade,6-8 Grade,9-10 Grade

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Enable
(315) 455-7591
1603 Court Street
Syracuse, NY
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ABA, Therapy Services, ABA/Discrete Trial, Academic Assessments, Aquatic Therapy, Assistive Technology, Camps, Career Counseling, Disability Advocacy, Doctors, Pediatrics, Early Intervention, Early Intervention, Educational Advocacy, Job Coach, Medical, Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy, Residential, Schools, Preschool, Typical, Sensory Integration, Social Skills Training, Speech & Language, Speech Therapy, Summer Camp/ESY, Support Organization, Therapy Providers, Training/Seminars
Ages Supported
Preschool,Kindergarten,1-5 Grade,6-8 Grade,9-10 Grade,11-12 Grade,Adult

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The Meaning Of Advocacy

The meaning of advocacy

Jeff Katz

One of the first, and in retrospect most important, lessons that Karen and I learned, way back when we first met Phyllis Kupperman, was “be Nate’s advocate.” We were new to the world of autism and hyperlexia, and, besides having to become amateur speech therapists and twice-weekly visitors to the Center for Speech and Language Disorders, now we had to become “advocates.” What did it mean?

No doubt, it means different things to different people. Perhaps some interpret it this way:

“Look, my child is no different from yours. Don’t call him/her autistic, don’t label him/her as someone with special needs.” That tack is usually accompanied by much yelling.

Or this:

“I’m sorry, I’m sorry. He/she doesn’t mean to be disruptive.” This is often part of a strategy that involves taking your child away from the scene of the incident, avoiding embarrassment the top priority.

Here’s what we did: always, always, make sure that Nate’s improvement was addressed first and foremost. I can recall the first school meeting in Lincolnshire, IL when labeling Nate autistic was put on the table. Some parents genuinely recoil at that label. It hurt, sure, but what did it matter if, by categorizing Nate as such, he would get the services and extra help he needed to succeed. We asked questions regarding privacy, and making sure his personal information was not fair game, and the answers were satisfactory.

Would we have changed our acceptance of the label if the answers weren’t good enough? Probably not, because what he received as a result of the autism tag was what he needed. Our damaged feelings were inconsequential compared to the big picture of helping Nate. We always saw ourselves as partners with the school in the grand cause that is Nate Katz; we were never adversaries.

I went through a transformation when Nate took, in effect, the same math course for three years straight. I was a solid math student and was upset that Nate was, except for a few units here and there, subjected to identical material in grades 6-8. The epiphany, my V-8 slap in the head moment, came unexpectedly, but it came. Nate’s stagnant math career was of no consequence to his overall development. It was a problem for me and another adjustment of expectations. I look back at that as an important moment of separating my needs from Nate’s

Even now, we are fighting the good fight. As a recent post noted, Nate has a new test reader at SUNY-Cobleskill. He got one bad grade and we’re unsure on the other. Nate puts a lot of effort into studying, but he may get anywhere from 0 to 100 (and has). All we care about is that he is given the best chance at showing his skills to the best of his ability. We’re always in the process of making that happen.

Look, everyone meets their challenges in different way. I’m not suggesting your way is wrong, and ours is right. You can only do what you’re capable of. Yet, at the core, every parent of an autistic child...

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