Parents of Special Education Student Training Sessions

Are you the parent of a pre-schooler or school-aged child in special education? Syracuse University Parent Assistance Center is presenting a free training this August that may be of interest:

Committee on Pre-school special education (CPSE)/Committee on Special education (CSE)


August 5, 2015 @ 9:00 am – 12:30 pm

TST BOCES, Deckhouse Bldg.
555 Warren Road
Ithaca, NY 14850

To register, go to: or register by phone at (315) 443-4336 or toll free 877-824-9555.

The Syracuse University Parent Assistance Center (SUPAC) in collaboration with the Mid-State and Central Regional Special Education Technical Assistance Support Centers (RSE-TASC) provides this NYSED vetted training. This three and a half hour training is designed to certify individuals to become a CPSE/CSE Parent Member while ensuring that all members of the CPSE/CSE team work together effectively. The target audience is current or soon-to-be parent members of the CPSE/CSE. It is designed to assist all parent members of the CPSE/CSE in building their base of knowledge about the Committee process and to fulfill their role on the Committee as defined by New York State regulations. Participants will learn the steps of the special education process, basic vocabulary, laws, and regulations pertaining to students with disabilities and understand a child’s special education rights. ­­­As mentioned, this training is designed for those parents looking to fulfill the education requirement to become a CPSE/CSE Parent Member; however, all parents wanting to learn more about the special education process are encouraged to attend. Participants who are planning to be CPSE/CSE Parent Members will receive a certificate to share with their School District.

Chairs are encouraged to attend with a Parent Member. This is a free training; however, registration is required!

Please note that this training requires a minimum of six (6) participants. If the minimum number is not obtained, the training will be cancelled. Registrants will be notified two days before the training on whether the training will continue as planned or if the training is cancelled.

Presented by:

Erica Morat, Regional Special Education Training Specialist
Mid-State Special Education Technical Assistance Support Centers (RSE-TASC)
Kristine O’Brien, Parent Outreach Specialist
Syracuse University Parent Assistance Center (SUPAC)
The Mid-State Special Education Technical Assistance Parent Center

Join us for the NAMI Syracuse Annual Picnic


Saturday, August 8, 2015


at the home of Judy & Joe Ridgway

2503 West Genesee Street, Syracuse

hot dogs and hamburgers provided by NAMI

please bring: dish and/or dessert to pass, beverages and a bathing suit / towel, if you want to swim!

Please let us know if you plan on coming:

Call 487-2085 or e-mail:

Family Advocacy and Leadership Educational meeting: August 4th

What do you need to know to advocate for your child, youth, adult family member or yourself ?

August 4 at 7 pm

Judy Bliss Ridgway and Marla Byrnes will co-lead a discussion on advocating for our family members. We will discuss what has worked and not worked when advocating for our families. We will discuss how we can have an impact as individuals, as a group of family members and as an organization. Let’s talk about what changes in the system would benefit our families. We can make a difference.

Please join us at the NAMI Syracuse office

Tuesday August 4 at 7pm

917 Avery Ave. Syracuse NY

PIZZA will be served!