District offering informational series for parents of students with disabilities

— The Baldwinsville Central School District will offer a series of three informational sessions for parents of students with disabilities.

The first session is intended for families with pre-school children who currently receive special education services and will be eligible to enter kindergarten in the coming year. At the session, participants will learn how Baldwinsville delivers special education programs and services to its kindergartens by hearing from a panel of staff from the elementary buildings. There will be a question and answer period. The information session will take place from 4 to 5 p.m. Feb. 28 at Elden Elementary School, 29 East Oneida St., Baldwinsville.

The second session will be a presentation from the Learning Disabilities Association of Central New York. Dianne Pennings, director of children services, and Lisa Bianchi, director of adult services, will discuss learning disabilities and their impact in school, at home and into adulthood (post-secondary schools and employment). This presentation will take place from 7 to 8:30 p.m. March 21 in Ray Middle School’s large group room.

The last session will be on using Bookshare.org. Bookshare allows visually impaired and print disabled students, for all grades and even college bound, to have access to free downloads of textbooks and required readings using multiple formats, software programs and devices. The workshop will include demonstrations of the steps taken to download a book on a PC, contact information for additional help if needed and a "recipe book" of easy-to-use steps for other popular devices such as iPads, Macs and MP3 players. The presenter will be Mary C. Dressel, teacher of the visually impaired for the district. This workshop will take place from 7 to 8:30 p.m. April 15 in Baker High School’s Large Group Room.

The district is requesting that parents register for these sessions to ensure that sufficient materials are available for all participants. You can register by contacting Nancy Wilson in the Special Education Office at 638-6061 or by email at nwilson@bville.org.

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