New Mission

New Mission


My mission is to explore how other countries around the world are dealing with education and special education issues.

I would like to visit and observe different types of schools that have proven records of success, wherever those schools may be. I would like to meet with school directors and administrators, government officials, leaders in the business world, and others who are responsible for implementing education systems or otherwise connected to education to learn more about how education is being addressed in their communities.

If you know of any remarkable schools in other parts of the world (especially special needs schools), please let me know about them. If you know of any education experts who are engaged in remarkable work in this field, please introduce me to them.

Please do not hesitate to share your thoughts or ideas regarding the above. Read more about my mission here.

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Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Shema Kolainu-Hear Our Voices 10th Annual Legislative Breakfast

This morning I had the pleasure of attending the 10th Annual Legislative Breakfast of Shema Kolainu-Hear Our Voices ("SKHOV").  For those who are not familiar, SKHOV is a private special education school in Brooklyn dedicated to the education of children with autism spectrum disorders through the use of appropriate evidence-based education and therapy programs.  The school offers parents a panoply of valuable services, resources, trainings, and supports (www.hear-our-voices.org).  This morning's star-studded event included appearances from the following individuals, among others:

  • NYC Council Speaker Christine Quinn
  • Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer
  • Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr.
  • Assemblyman Phil Goldfeder
  • Assemblyman Dov Hikind
  • Councilman Mark Weprin
  • Councilman David Greenfield
  • Councilman Dominic Recchia Jr.

Mayor Bloomberg, though not in attendance, delivered encouraging words by letter. 

The event, presented by Founder and CEO of SKHOV Joshua Weinstein, was well-attended, full of energy, and sprinkled with commitments of continued funding and support for the battle against autism.  Awards were bestowed upon a select group of honorees.

 Anyone in attendance would have noted the diversity in the racial, cultural, and religious backgrounds of the individuals who spoke, which is fitting, and emblematic of the fact that autism knows no racial, cultural, or religious bounds. 

Day-in and day-out I am inspired by my clients, their families, and their stories.  Today's event, however, was inspirational in a different way, and a powerful reminder of our ability, as a group, to effect meaningful change for those who need it the most.