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Your health benefits during the coronavirus outbreak

With the New York metropolitan area the epicenter of the coronavirus outbreak, we want to inform you about the health benefits that in-service UFT members with EmblemHealth coverage, whether GHI or HIP, have.

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Changes to Special Education Remote Learning Service Plans

The UFT heard from many members about their frustrations with the paperwork demands created by the Department of Education’s Special Education Remote Learning Service Plan. After relaying those concerns, we were able to convince the DOE to extend the deadline for creating a plan to April 3 and change the responsibilities for all related service providers and special education teachers regarding the plan requirements.

The bottom line: No forms must be completed by the end of the day Thursday, March 19..

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Guidance on therapy via video conferencing

We all understand that speech teachers and occupational and physical therapists still have many unanswered questions regarding video conferencing with their students.

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UFT functional chapters

The DOE employs many types of educators and professionals who work with New York City public school students in a variety of ways, from providing guidance to high school seniors to offering physical and occupational therapy to special needs children. They are organized into what the UFT calls functional chapters because what unites the members in each group is their function.

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Sound initiative

As part of a speech literacy initiative launched by the Department of Education in 2014 in about 150 schools, Marjorie James pushes into the kindergarten Integrated Co-Teaching class at the East Elmhurst Community School three times a week and works closely with its teachers.

Snack time is learning time

Snack time is learning time

Snack carts at District 75 school in the Bronx provide an innovative way for students to learn about commerce, coins and communication.

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.