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LIU Brooklyn Hosts Brooklyn Parent Conference May 31, Offering Day of Resources for Parents of Children with Disabilities

Brooklyn District Attorney Charles J. Hynes and Jaclyn Okin Barney, Esq. will speak at the free event


Fatima Kafele,Deputy Director of Public Relations
LIU Brooklyn,
Long Island University

Brooklyn, N.Y. – Parents, grandparents and caregivers of children with disabilities, ages 3 to 21, will have an opportunity on Friday, May 31, to access resources and information at a free conference at the Library Learning Center at LIU Brooklyn.  District Attorney Charles J. Hynes will be a guest speaker at the Fourth Annual Brooklyn Parent Conference.

“I am pleased to address such an important conference. Children are our greatest treasure.  It is our privilege to help those who need it to overcome their disabilities so they can better make their way in the world,” Hynes said. “My office stands ready to help in any way we can.”

Admission to the conference, which will run from 8:30 a.m. - 3 p.m., is free, but pre-registration is required. Registration is available at or by calling 718-998-3000. The conference is hosted by the Brooklyn Parent Center, a program of Brooklyn Center for Independence of the Disabled, Inc. (BCID), a non-profit, grassroots organization operated by a majority of people with disabilities for people with disabilities. Support for the event will come from the Occupational Therapy Department at LIU Brooklyn.

“Many parents have a desperate need for information about resources and supports for themselves and their children,” said Joan Peters, executive director of BCID. “Also, the conference gives parents an opportunity to see how our presenters with disabilities have learned to successfully navigate the world.” 

The conference includes workshops, a continental breakfast, lunch with live music, exhibitors, a resource guide and free raffle prizes. Workshop topics include: Audio, Braille and Large Print Books; Behavior Management (ages 3-5); Creating a Health Care Notebook; A Parent’s Guide to Discipline and Suspensions (grades K-12), Life Coaching and Autism. Jaclyn Okin Barney, Esq., a disability rights attorney and coordinator of Parents for Inclusive Education (PIN), will deliver the keynote address.

“I am thrilled and honored to be participating in this year's conference.  As an attorney with a disability who advocates for students and people with disabilities, I am excited to speak to parents about my personal and professional experiences,” Barney said. “I hope to encourage parents to continue advocating for their children and more importantly teach their children to become strong advocates for themselves.”

The Brooklyn Parent Conference will be inside the Library Learning Center at LIU Brooklyn, located in Downtown Brooklyn at 1 University Plaza at the corner of DeKalb and Flatbush Avenues. For more information about the program, email

The Occupational Therapy program, part of the School of Health Professions at LIU Brooklyn, offers a dual B.S./M.S. degree. It is designed to educate entry-level occupational therapists with skills and training to prepare them to practice competently in the rapidly changing urban health care environment and to equip patients and clients with skills for the workplace and for home. The occupational therapy curriculum offers students the opportunity to focus on individual professional growth, to participate in community-service learning, to refine cultural sensitivity and practice skills, to use health promotion in community settings, to utilize activity to promote health and independence, and to develop the skills required to treat the whole person.

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LIU Brooklyn is distinguished by…
dynamic curricula reflecting the great urban community it serves. Distinctive programs encompass the arts and media, the natural sciences, business, social policy, urban education, the health professions and pharmacy, and include the Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology, the Ph.D. in Pharmaceutics, the D.P.T. in Physical Therapy and the Pharm.D. in Pharmacy. A vibrant urban oasis in downtown Brooklyn, this diverse and thriving campus offers academic excellence, personalized attention, small class size and flexible course schedules. In 2006, a $45-million Wellness, Recreation and Athletic Center was opened to serve the Campus and the surrounding community. In 2007, the Cyber Café was launched, providing a high-tech hot spot for students and faculty members to meet and eat.

Posted 04/29/2013

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