Navigating Special Education in New York City and the Bilingual Child with Special Needs


The special education process can be convoluted for immigrant families to New York City. Also, there is a growing issue of how multi language students are diagnosed, and their classification. The purpose of this panel is to discuss what the law (Individuals with Disabilities Education Act) as well as the state standards and state laws require, to help us better understand the process from early intervention to programs for young adults.

Angela Gigliotti Manessis – MS.Ed: Bilingual Special Education Teacher, Teachers College Columbia University

– Jenny Prince, MS.Ed. Bilingual Special Education Teacher, Kennedy Children’s Center, Bank Street College
– Sheila Blachman, PhD; Coordinator of Special Education Bilingual Programs and Online Gifted Education at LehmanCollege
– Ellen McHugh, Regional Program Manager and Regional Coordinator at
– Shanitah Young, champion for educating the whole child and advancing policy agendas that create equity across race and socio-economic lines.