Conference on Dyslexia, Oct. 21st


On October 21st, the NYC Bar Association is hosting a conference called Dyslexia: Children in Need of Identification and Representation. One of our attorneys, Paul Kohan, is a co-chair of this conference and our law partner Jesse Cole Cutler is a featured speaker.

This is a CLE event (generally attended by lawyers for professional credit), but it may be of interest to parents and professionals as well. A greatly discounted registration fee of $50 is being offered for non-lawyers, which includes lunch and all event materials. Anyone who can’t afford that fee is able to request a scholarship. Folks can register on the NYC Bar Association’s website.

The esteemed lunch speakers are Dr. Nadine Gaab, Associate Professor of Pediatrics at Harvard Medical School and NYS Assembly Member Jo Anne Simon, who represents parts of Brooklyn in Albany and has been a long-time champion of this community. Dr. Gaab will discuss the latest research on dyslexia, particularly with regards to early screening and early intervention. Assembly Member Simon will discuss her legislative work around early screening and early intervention.

The four panels are:

  • What is Dyslexia? Understanding the Diagnosis from a Clinical & Legal Perspective
    Psychologist: Amy Margolis, Ph.D. (Columbia University Medical Center)
    AttorneysMichelle Kule-Korgood (Kule-Korgood & Associates, P.C.), Kim Madden (Advocates for Children)

  • Strategies for Parents with and without Financial Means to Obtain Remedies for Students with Dyslexia Other than Tuition, Such as Private Evaluations, Research-Based Intervention Services, Tutoring and/or Technology, Including Remedies for Past Violations
    Psychologist: Amy Margolis, Ph.D. (Columbia University Medical Center)
    Clinician: Anna West (Lindamood Bell Learning Processes Inc.)
    Attorneys: Elisa Hyman (The Law Office of Elisa Hyman, Esq.) & Nancy Bedard (Brooklyn Legal Services) 

  • Special Education & Private Schools: The Lawyers Role in Tuition Reimbursement for K-12 Private Schools
    Attorneys: Neal Rosenberg (Law Offices of Neal H. Rosenberg), Jesse Cole Cutler (Law Offices of Regina Skyer & Associates, LLP), Michelle Kule-Korgood (Kule-Korgood & Associates, P.C.)

  • Review of Current Case Law
    Attorneys: Neal Rosenberg (Law Offices of Neal H. Rosenberg), Jesse Cole Cutler (Law Offices of Regina Skyer & Associates, LLP)

Upcoming Events from Skyer Law

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Sep 19, 2019
5:30-7:30pm at the West Side YMCA

Regina Skyer
will be speaking on a panel covering a wide variety of issues facing parents of special needs children. A perfect introduction for those who are new to the special needs parenting world. The event has been organized by special needs financial advisor Liz Kinstlinger. Space is limited, so register in advance. This is a free event.

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Oct 10, 2019
6:30pm-8:30pm at Brooklyn Conservatory of Music

Three Skyer Law attorneys, Regina Skyer, Greg Cangiano, and Abbie Smith, will speak about how to navigate the kindergarten transition process in NYC (often called “turning five”). Register on BCM’s page for this event. This is a free event sponsored by Music Cares of BCM.



Oct 21, 2019
9am-4pm at NYC Bar Association

Skyer Law attorney Paul Kohan is co-organizer of this important CLE event and Skyer Law partner Jesse Cole Cutler is one of the featured speakers. “This full-day CLE on Dyslexia – a significant learning disability affecting approximately 20% of school-aged children – will provide lawyers and clinicians an inside view into how the special education system works for families with potentially dyslexic and diagnosed dyslexic children.” Visit the NYC Bar Association's event page to register.

Please contact Paul Kohan in our office pkohan[at]skyerlaw[dot]com if you are an interested parent or non-legal professional and we will let you know when we learn more about the possibility of reduced registration fees.

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Oct 25, 2019
9am-4pm at the Child Mind Institute

Skyer Law partner Abbie Smith will be speaking on a panel at the Child Mind Institute’s 2nd annual Special Education Symposium. This is “a full-day workshop for parents of children in grades K-12 with language-based learning disabilities — including challenges with listening, speaking, reading, writing, spelling and mathematics.” The agenda includes panels about “evaluations, interventions, legal challenges, and admissions processes for local public, private, and learning support schools.”

Registration is $125 and includes lunch. See the Child Mind Institute’s website for details.


Upcoming Event: Autism Advocacy Panel at Shrub Oak International School 4/16

Shrub Oak International School is hosting a panel discussion about the educational and legal rights of individuals with special needs as part of their ongoing professional series on special education issues. Shrub Oak has assembled an impressive selection of top New York special education attorneys, including Skyer Law partner Greg Cangiano.

The event is being held on Tuesday, April 16th from 7:00pm-8:30pm and includes an informal reception with light refreshments and a Q&A.

Shrub Oak International School is located in Mohegan Lake, NY. RSVP to or call (914) 885-0110, ext. 739, for more information. 

Upcoming Events: Two Turning 5 Talks + JCC School Fair Moves to Spring!

Upcoming events for special needs parents:

Turning 5: Understanding the Special Education Kindergarten Transition Process

Wed, March 13, 6:30-7:45 pm
Parents League, 115 East 82nd Street, New York, NY 10028

This workshop is being presented as part of a special education series at the Parents League office in Manhattan. Registration required. Parents League members enjoy free admission; non-member admission is $35.

Speakers: Diana Gersten and Greg Cangiano

For NYC parents of preschool-aged children who have special education needs, transitioning to kindergarten can be overwhelming. The experienced team of attorneys at Skyer Law have guided thousands of clients through this stressful “turning 5” process. Founding partner, Regina Skyer, literally wrote the book on How to Survive Turning 5. This workshop will explain your legal rights, placement options, and share strategies on how to successfully position yourselves for an appropriate kindergarten placement.

JCC/NYL Special Needs School Fair

Mon, Apr 15, 5:30-7:30 pm, Free
JCC Manhattan

The annual Special Needs School Fair is moving to the spring! Each year, the Marlene Meyerson JCC Manhattan and NYL Lifestart partner to present the fair. Representatives from preschools through high schools serving the New York City special needs community come together on-site at the JCC to provide information and answers to your questions about the application process, class profiles, tuition costs, and more. School materials are available.

Click here for more information and to register.

Kindergarten and Special Education Part Two: Understanding Your Child’s Legal Rights

Thurs, May 2, 6:30-8:30 pm, Free
Brooklyn Conservatory of Music Concert Hall
58 Seventh Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11217

This workshop is being offered as part of a two-part series by Music Therapy Parent Talks at the Brooklyn Conservatory of Music. Part one is being presented by special education advocate Sarah Birnbaum on April 18th. This is a free event, but registration is appreciated.

Speakers: Abbie Smith and Greg Cangiano

If your child may need special education services in kindergarten, understanding your legal rights is crucial. Skyer Law partners Greg Cangiano and Abbie Smith will provide a foundation for understanding your child’s rights, the educational options that exist in NYC for students with disabilities, and how to navigate the process successfully.

Dr. Stephen Shore to Speak at Skyer Law Autism Conference Dec. 14th

Our December 14th conference, Autism & Education in New York City, will feature a keynote address by Dr. Stephen Shorea professor of Special Education at Adelphi University and the author of many highly regarded books on autism and education. Dr. Shore is also an autistic self-advocate. Every parent of a child with autism—young or older—should hear Dr. Shore speak. He is a memorable speaker, equal parts informative and inspiring, who has a gift for illuminating the experience of autism to parents and educators—with an eye to a child’s education planning.

Here is a description of his keynote:


Join Dr. Stephen Shore on an autobiographical journey beginning with his early nonverbal days as he relates his life to the many challenges facing people on the autism spectrum.  Some of the areas he will discuss include classroom accommodations, teaching musical instruments, and what he terms “The Hidden Curriculum.” He will also discuss the challenges faced by young adults and adults in regards to relationships, self-advocacy, higher education, and employment.  The talk includes an audience activity that helps to demonstrate what it feels like have autism and to struggle through some of the challenges surrounding communication and socialization.


Diagnosed with "Atypical Development and strong autistic tendencies" and labeled as "too sick" for outpatient treatment, Dr. Shore was recommended for institutionalization as a child. Nonverbal until four, and with much support from his parents, teachers, wife, and others, he is now a professor at Adelphi University where his research focuses on matching best practices to the needs of people with autism.

In addition to working with children and talking about life on the autism spectrum, Stephen is internationally renowned for presentations, consultations, and writings on lifespan issues pertinent to education, relationships, employment, advocacy, and disclosure. His most recent book College for Students with Disabilities combines personal stories and research for promoting success in higher education.

A current board member of Autism Speaks, president emeritus of the Asperger's Association of New England, and advisory board member of the Autism Society, Dr. Shore serves on the boards of the Asperger Syndrome and High Functioning Autism AssociationThe US Autism and Asperger Association, the Scientific Counsel of OAR, and other autism related organizations.

Learn more about Dr. Shore, his work, and his published works at

We are honored to announce the list of distinguished speakers who will speak on the above four panels, representing many of the finest clinicians, experts, programs, and schools in New York:

Chantal Aflalo (educational consultant), Michael Boardman (ABA supervisor, NYLEL Lifestart), Allison Graham Brown (Director of Professional Development, NYU ASD Nest Support Project), Dr. Jennifer Cross (developmental and behavioral pediatrician, New York-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical Center), Dr. Rebecca Doggett (Clinical Director, ASD Service at NYU Child Study Center), Michelle Finkelman (Director, Harlem Center for Child Development), Dr. Iris Fishman (Director, Speech-Language-Hearing Disorders Clinic at the Department of Communicative Sciences and Disorders at NYU), Lauren Gallo (Director of College Placement & Transition Planning, Winston Prep), Dr. Amy Davies Lackey (Education Director, Manhattan Childrens Center), Dr. Cecelia McCarton (developmental pediatrician; founder, The McCarton Center), Tina McCourt (Director, Rebecca School), Margaret Poggi (Head of School, LearningSpring), Julie Russell (Educational Director, Brooklyn Autism Center), Dr. Francis Tabone (Head of School, Cooke), Dr. Laura Tagliareni (neuropsychologist, Pediatric Assessment Learning & Support), Dr. Susan M. Vener (Director, New York Child Learning Institute)

The conference will held on December 14th, from 8:45am-2:15pm at the Forchelli Center at Brooklyn Law School, 205 State Street, 22nd Floor. Registration is $35 and includes lunch. (If you cannot afford this registration fee there are scholarships still available; please contact Eliyanna Kaiser.)