2018 April News

CIDA’s Latest News and Event Announcement
From the CIDA Newsdesk

April is here! We are now surrounded by flowers and the warm air. CIDA’s Newsletter for this month is about Summer Camps and special afternoon school programs.


Policy Update

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Toward Alternatives That Promote Greater Self-​Determination
The National Council on Disability (NOD) has determined that guardianship is overused and often unnecessarily deprives individuals with disabilities of their rights. Although guardianship is commonly seen as a “benevolent measure” that guarantees protection under the ADA and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, which are laws intended to increase the ability of individuals to live and work in the community, it also entails the removal of rights protected by the U.S. Constitution. The Beyond Guardianship report explains how guardianship law has evolved, explores due process and other concerns with guardianships, offers an overview of alternatives to guardianship, and examines other relevant topics. Read more here: http://www.parentcenterhub.org/beyond-guardianship-toward-alternatives/

http://cidainfo.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/ESSAStatePlanBanner2016_mbwns0.pngAmendments to IDEA Made by ESSA
Elimination of the term, “highly qualified”
The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), the nation’s major law related to public education in grades pre-kindergarten through high school, made several changes to the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). These amendments to IDEA were incorporated into federal regulations on June 30, 2017. One major change made was that all requirements and references to the term “highly qualified” when referring to teachers were eliminated; The qualifications necessary to be considered highly qualified were prescribed by NCLB and included requirements for minimum education, teacher licensure, and subject matter competency. These requirements in NCLB have been replaced by the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). Read more here: http://www.parentcenterhub.org/amends-to-idea-essa-fact-sheet/

What’s Up at CIDA

ADA Workshop & Community Partnership

Community Inclusion & Development Alliance (CIDA) invites local employers to our American Disabilities Act (ADA) employer workshop for a community partnership. We have launched the Korean-American Network for Employment & Community Training (KANECT) in February. The goal of KANECT Project is to build a bridge between employment opportunities for young adults with disabilities and local communities’ needs. This workshop aims to educate local businesses about reforming the workplace to include diverse workforce development and further economic opportunities by expanding the capacity of the local community.

  • Attendees: Local employers, business owners, individuals affiliated with religious institutions, law officials, accountants, and social workers
  • Date: 10 a.m. Friday, May 11, 2018
  • Location: Adria Hotel Conference Center, 221-17 Northern Blvd, Bayside, NY 11361 (718) 631-5900
  • Speakers: NYS ACCES-VR, CIDA


  • American Disability Act (ADA)
  • Tax benefits and technical assistance available to local employers
  • Contract opportunities with the New York State ACCES-VR through youth internship/employment

For more information please contact Dr. Bae 917-715-5516.

Media Reports

April is Autism Awareness Month!
We need your voice!

Each year during the month of April, individuals and organizations across the globe celebrate Autism Awareness Month with events to educate local communities and raise public awareness about autism. Almost 50 years have passed since the Autism Society held the first National Autism Awareness month in April of 1970.

How you can become a part of Autism Awareness Month:http://cidainfo.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/image-e1542784902945.png

1. When you post on Social Media, add #autismawareness2018
2. Email us at cidaofny@gmail.com regarding your family stories involving Autism. CIDA will share your stories and photos via our next Newsletter.