Committee to Support Students With Special Needs

Advocate for children with special needs by supporting them, their parents, and their teachers within the school community. Often programming that helps students with special needs benefits all children. No special skills are needed on your part—just a willingness to learn about children’s needs and speak up for them.

Please see our new FAQ for PS 154 Parents for information about special needs in New York City Public Schools.

To sign up, please contact Nicole Brier at

PS 154 Support Team Staff

School Psychologist

Dr. Sharon Budd,

IEP coordinator

Irene Vasquez, 

Social Worker

Margaret Dotter,



Family Guide to Special Education Services

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Special Education Mediation

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Past events


MON, SEPT 18, 2017
6:45 - 8:15 PM IN THE MMR

Learn how to speak up for your child with a disability. Become your child’s best advocate and get them the support and services they need in any situation, including in school, in the community, and with healthcare. This event has been organized by the Committee for Students With Special Needs — all parents are invited whether their children are typically developing or have special needs. Learn essential elements of advocacy parents need to resolve disagreements in any system, including entitlements, business, medical or education. Presentation by IncludeNYC.

This is especially relevant because of new legislation just signed by Governor Cuomo, which will instruct the State Department of Education to develop a guidance memorandum for schools, consistent with federal requirements, and inform schools that they may include the names of specific learning disorders, such as dyslexia, dysgraphia, or dyscalculia in IEPs.


Tues, Jan 23, 2018
6:30 PM – 8 PM at PS 154

Wondering if your child could receive speech/physical therapy/occupational services at school? Concerned about your child’s academic progress? Not sure how to get an evaluation and what happens when you do? Then please attend a talk by IncludeNYC on Jan. 23 at 6:30pm and learn all about this and many other topics under the Special Education umbrella. 

FREE event. Please RSVP via this eventbrite link.