SPECIAL EVENT: Parent Advisory Board to Focus on the Needs & Rights of Special Needs and IEP Students

The following post is a courtesy announcement. Any questions relating to the event may be directed to the contact information listed below.

The Queens Parent Advisory Board, chaired by Borough President Melinda Katz, will convene on Wednesday, April 25 at 6pm in Queens Borough Hall for a public meeting on the rights of special needs students and the services available to them.

The meeting will help clarify the rights of students who have special needs and examine how parents can ensure that those rights are respected. It will also include a review of the programs and services available to students with special needs, as well as students with individualized education programs (IEP).


  • Ketler Louissaint – Superintendent of School District 75
    Will detail the services and programs available for special needs students within New York City public schools’ District 75.

  • Michelle Singleton-Stone – Director of Special Education at Queens South Field Support Center
    Will explain how to obtain an individualized education program (IEP) and the process that follows.

  • Kerry Yefet – UFT Liaison to the Office of Specialized Instruction and Student Support
    Will speak on the rights of special needs children and how parents can navigate the education system to ensure that their children’s rights are not violated.

  •  Kerbanoo D’Rozario – Regional Coordinator of Parent to Parent of New York State
    Parent to Parent of New York State is a nonprofit which was established to support and connect families of individuals with special needs to services and programs, from newborns to those over the age of 21.

This event is free and open to the public. As space may be limited, participants are asked to RSVP in advance by emailing education@queensbp.org or calling 718-286-2850.

Queens Borough Hall
120-55 Queens Boulevard Room 213
Kew Gardens, NY 11415



Tuesday, April 24: Presentation on Strategies for Learning & Attention


The school will host a presentation/discussion on learning and attention strategies. Topics that will be discussed:

  • what are learning and attention issues (& what they are not)
  • which skills can be affected by learning and attention issues?
  • what helps children to improve their skills?
  • discuss how learning and attention issues may result from how the brain processes information
  • questions/concerns that family members may have

The presentation/discussion will take place at the Main Building library beginning 8:30am. Light refreshments will be served. Please join us!

PA General Meeting: Thursday, April 19

PA General Meeting Banner
We have special guest Meara Beirne, a psychotherapist and PS 99 parent, who will show us tools and techniques kids and parents can use to cope with stress. Please join us for this “de-stress for success” event! The meeting will be held on Thursday, April, 6:00-8:00pm in the Main Building auditorium.

Other topics to be discussed:

  • Volunteer for upcoming Scholastic book fair in May (Annex: 5/7-5/9 and Main Building: 5/21-5/23)
  • Donate gently used book donations for classroom libraries and book swap
  • Join the PA board! (Looking for a few superhero parents to join us next year!) Election date: 5/17

Pizza and refreshments will be provided. Babysitting (for school-aged children) is available for parents who would like to attend. The meeting will be held in the Main Building auditorium. We look forward to seeing you in attendance!