New Mission

New Mission

My idea is to explore how other countries around the world are dealing with education and special education issues. I’d like to see different successful schools, wherever they may be, up close. I’d like to sit down with directors and administrators. I’d like to speak with government officials who keep a pulse on the education affairs of their communities. I want to learn more about education around the globe through speaking with locals, seeing the schools, and shaking hands with the people responsible for implementing the systems. If you know of any outstanding (public or private) special needs schools in other parts of the world, I’d love to hear about them. If you know any education experts from around the world, I’d love to be introduced to them. Please do not hesitate to share your thoughts or ideas. Read more about my mission.

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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 (  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.