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Guidance on the first two days of the school year

The first day of school for teachers, paraprofessionals, school counselors, attendance teachers, nurses, therapists, lab specialists and technicians, school secretaries, psychologists and social workers is Tuesday, Sept. 3.

Sarah Wiesel, a speech therapist at PS 161 in Crown Heights, Brooklyn, and her s

Better Speech and Hearing Month Celebration

Thirty-two student projects were honored May 30 at the 13th annual Better Speech and Hearing Month Celebration at UFT headquarters in Manhattan, where about 200 students, parents and speech and hearing providers gathered in Shanker Hall for a ceremony and dinner.

Hands and feet and a bear walk, oh my!

Learning in leaps and bounds

PS 9 on Staten Island transformed part of their first-floor hallway into a sensory pathway that can settle kids down and is particularly helpful for students who may need a break and redirection.

Melissa Toribio

What I Do: Melissa Toribio, speech therapist

Melissa Toribio, a bilingual speech language therapist at PS 531, PS 536 and PS 691 in the Bronx, works to ensure that all her students are able to express themselves and understand others in the classroom and in their daily lives.

Say goodbye to SESIS

After almost a decade of complaints, malfunctions and payments of more than $70 million to thousands of UFT members to compensate them for work outside school hours, the DOE is finally pulling the plug on the $130 million Special Education Student Information System that it launched in 2011.

Good riddance

It’s not right to dance on a grave, but with SESIS we’ll make an exception.

A student tries out a racing wheelchair.

Enhancing access

The largest school district in the nation has an unacceptably low number of buildings that are accessible for students with disabilities.

UFT functional chapter leaders - 2019

UFT functional chapters

The Department of Education employs many types of educators and professionals who work with New York City public school students in a variety of ways, from providing occupational therapy to adapting computers for special needs children. Here is how the UFT represents them.

Building bridge

Building bridges for educators and students

Let me introduce myself. I’m MaryJo Ginese, the union’s new vice president for special education.

Carmen Alvarez, who recently retired as the UFT vice president for special educa

A legacy of passion and commitment

When UFT President Michael Mulgrew introduced Carmen Alvarez, the winner of the Charles Cogen Award at Teacher Union Day, he praised her passion for advocating for special needs children during her 28 years as the UFT vice president for special education.