The Town Hall centered around the realities, challenges and priorities for students with disabilities in Pre-K through college. The audience heard testimonials from educators, parents and students, followed by a panel of key stakeholders and changemakers who discussed opportunities for improvements to direct and systemic issues present in the education system.


  • Rachel May, NYS Senator, 53rd District
  • John Mannion, NYS Senator, 50th District
  • Al Stirpe, NYS Assemblyperson, 127th District
  • Kimberly Hill Ridley, New York State Chief Disability Officer
  • Christopher Suriano, Assistant Commissioner of Special Education, NYS Education Department
  • Christy Ashby, Director of the Center on Disability and Inclusion
  • Beth Myers, Director of the Taishoff Center for Inclusive Higher Education
  • Irastina Reid, Director of Special Education, SCSD
  • Lori Saile, Executive Director, Jowonio School

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