NYC Schools Chancellor David Banks, illustration: Ben Sweeney/Nitin Mukul

Earlier this month, NYC Schools Chancellor David Banks shared plans for transforming and rebuilding trust in the city’s programs for students with disabilities. The plan focuses on four programs that have a track record for success:

  • Sensory Exploration
  • Education & Discovery (SEED)
  • Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) Nest and Horizon
  • Path Programs

The plan entails an investment of $205 million and includes creating a paid internship program for high school students with an Individualized Education Program (IEP) in the fields of physical, occupational, and speech therapy as well as the creation of a Special Education Advisory Council to engage families to be partners in reimagining special education. Read more here

Nicole Perrino is the founder of, a hyperlocal website for Bronx families where she use her influence to celebrate the beauty that the Bronx has to offer. In addition to her role at Bronxmama,...

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