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Our Mission

The members of the ARISE Coalition (Action for Reform in Special Education) have joined together to provide a collective and powerful voice on behalf of students with special needs in New York City. We seek to compel systemic reform to improve special education, promote greater transparency and accountability of the education system, and most critically, assure more positive outcomes and options for all students.

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Supporting Organizations and Individuals



Adaptive Design Association

Advocates for Children of New York

AHRC New York City

Cathy Albisa

Mark Alter, Steinhardt School of Culture, Education & Human Development, New York University

David C. Bloomfield, Professor of Education, Brooklyn College and The CUNY Graduate Center

Bronx Independent Living Services

Bay Brown

Brooklyn Center for the Independence of the Disabled

Brooklyn Defender Services

Center for Hearing and Communication

Center for the Independence of the Disabled, New York

Citywide Council on Special Education

Citywide District 75 Council

Coalition for Educational Justice

Tamesha Coleman

The Cooke Center for Learning and Development

Ziograin (Zio) Correa, Sr., M.S.Ed

Helene Craner

Susan Crawford, Director, The Right to Read Project

Sahre Davis, Parent/Community Advocate

Ruth DiRoma

Disability Rights New York

Dyslexia (Plus) Task Force

Education Rights Project of the Partnership for the Homeless

Richard and Lora Ellenson

Everyone Reading, Inc.

The Go Project

Goddard Riverside Community Center

Olga C. Gonzalez

Jay Gottlieb, New York University

Paul Hutchinson

Include NYC

Revere Joyce

The Learning Disabilities Association of New York State

Lenox Hill Neighborhood House

Aurelia Mack

Matthew Mandelbaum

Shelly McGuinness

Diana Mendez

The Mental Health Association of New York

Metropolitan Parent Center of Sinergia, Inc.

National Economic and Social Rights Initiative

Dana Neider

New Alternatives for Children

NYC Special Education Collaborative

New York Lawyers for the Public Interest

New York Legal Assistance Group

New York Performance Standards Consortium

Jaclyn Okin Barney, Esq.

Parents for Inclusive Education

Parent to Parent of New York State

Parent to Parent New York, Inc.

Partnership for Children's Rights

Samantha Pownall

Cathy Rikhye, Ed. D., Department of Curriculum and Teaching, Teachers College, Columbia University

Raphael Rivas

Miguel L. Salazar

Jennifer and Peter Sellar

Iriss Shimony

Jon Sigall

Jo Anne Simon, Jo Anne Simon, P.C.

Karin Spraggs

Mark Surabian, MA, ATP, Instructor, Assistive Technologies, Pace Graduate School of Education

Teachers College Inclusive Classrooms Project

United Federation of Teachers

United We Stand

Constance Van Rolleghen

RueZalia Watkins

Wishes of Literacy