The Center on Community Inclusion at the LIU Post is dedicated to providing resources to school districts, service providers and families so that individuals with disabilities will meet with success in inclusive environments. The CCI offers a variety of programs to the community including: intensive autism training for professionals in the special needs field, programs that build family bonds and communication, and workshops that build independence, confidence and skills in individuals with special needs.
Lose the Training Wheels
LIU Post is a participating school in Lose the Training Wheels, a national organization that uses adaptive equipment, trained professionals and volunteers. With 75 minutes of instruction each day for five days, approximately 85 percent of participants learn to ride a conventional bicycle independently. Within days of learning to ride, many children exhibit independent behaviors for the first time ever, which helps them gain assurance and self-reliance in many other aspects of their lives.
Each participant with a disability and his/her typical peer is paired with a graduate student enrolled in LIU Post’s Special Education, Curriculum and Instruction, Psychology, or Speech-Language programs.
To be eligible to enroll, participants must be at least eight years old. They must have a disability but be able to walk without an assistive device such as a walker or cane and be able to side-step quickly to both sides. Participants should have a minimum inseam measurement of 20 inches and weigh no more than 250 pounds.
The fee for the camp is $125. Some scholarships are available. Please select the "Events" tab on the left-hand navigation bar to see when we are hosting the next Lose the Training Wheels camp. Contact email@example.com for more information. To learn more about the national organization, please visit www.losethetrainingwheels.org.
Connections: A Program for Children with Autism and Their Siblings
Connections is a supportive bond-building program for children with autism and their siblings. The Program provides social, communication and leisure skill instruction for children with autism, support for siblings and inclusive sibling interaction opportunities.
Instruction is provided by faculty and graduate students from multiple departments from the LIU Post, including Counseling & Development, Psychology, Communication Sciences & Disorders, Special Education & Literacy, and Health, Physical Education & Movement Science. This program is made possible by a grant from the Doug Flutie Jr. Foundation for Autism and Autism Speaks.
The Center for Community Inclusion is an approved provider of autism coursework. In the Fall and Spring semesters, the Center offers an intensive three-hour course on Autism Spectrum Disorders. The course is designed for educators and professionals in the special needs field who wish to bolster their knowledge. For more information contact the CCI at 516-299-2231 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.