22 12, 2016

Danielle Caminiti, Parent Representative

2016-12-23T16:20:11+00:00

Danielle Caminiti has joined SLA’s advocacy team. Having a child with special needs, she understands the EI, CPSE and CSE process and can appreciate how difficult and confusing navigating the system can be for a parent. With both her professional and personal experience, Danielle empathetically guides parents through the CSE process helping them get the services their children need and deserve.

Danielle is also an attorney with a JD from Fordham University School of Law. Prior to joining SLA, she has had both civil and criminal trial experience. As a senior associate at a medical malpractice defense firm, Danielle was involved in many cases involving birth injury, global developmental delays, cerebral palsy, autism, cognitive deficits, and seizure disorders. She has vast knowledge of the services such infants and children receive and the quality medical and therapist experts who provide them.

Danielle Caminiti, Parent Representative2016-12-23T16:20:11+00:00
22 11, 2016

Tom Feola, Parent Representative

2016-11-22T21:27:43+00:00

Tom Feola worked for over 20 years for the Department of Education as a school social worker where he coordinated the school guidance team and the school peer mediation program. Tom counseled students with special needs on the high school level and is NYS certified. He also has over 10 years experience working as a caseworker at the Veterans Administration Drug Treament program and was coordinator of the VA Post Traumatic Stress Disorder program.

Tom Feola, Parent Representative2016-11-22T21:27:43+00:00
22 11, 2016

Ina Miles, Parent Representative

2016-11-22T21:25:48+00:00

Ina Miles holds a B.A in Early Childhood Education, an M.S. in both Early Childhood and Special Education, and a Certificate of Advanced Study in Education. She is New York State certified in Early Childhood, Elementary, and Special Education. Ina taught in the New York City school system for twenty-two years, sixteen of them teaching children with special needs. She is a Special Education docent at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and is an active member of AHA – the Asperger Syndrome and High Functioning Autism Association.

As a parent of a child with special needs, Ina is very familiar with the CSE process and understands how difficult and confusing it can be. With her experience and expertise, Ina guides parents through the CSE process helping them get the services required to meet their child’s individual special needs.

Ina Miles, Parent Representative2016-11-22T21:25:48+00:00
22 11, 2016

Elizabeth Scheer, Parent Representative

2016-11-22T21:24:56+00:00

Elizabeth has a B.S. in Special Education from the University Of Cincinnati and an M.A. in Deaf Education from New York University. She has 35 years of experience teaching children and adults with special needs. She worked with high school age and adult clients with physical and cognitive disabilities at United Cerebral Palsy of NYC for 5 years; at St. Joseph’s School For The Deaf with elementary school students, utilizing total communication (speaking and signing) skills to implement lessons; and then at the NYC Board of Education, working as a special education teacher for 28 years.

Elizabeth taught in the following special education programs:

  • The Bronx Center For Multiply Handicapped Students, where she learned to adapt equipment, position students, and work on range of motion exercises to promote students optimum performance while working on classroom tasks
  • P.S. 89, in self contained 12:1:1 K, 1st, and 2nd grade classes teaching students with mild cognitive disabilities, speech and language impairments, and emotional disabilities
  • P.S.176 a school for students with Autism, working with middle school age students, developing lessons and activities to increase receptive and expressive language skills and social skills.

Elizabeth has always tried to engage and inform the parents of her students. She believes that parents are an important part of the educational planning team and are essential to implementing a comprehensive program.

Elizabeth Scheer, Parent Representative2016-11-22T21:24:56+00:00
22 11, 2016

Adrienne Schorr, Parent Representative

2016-12-22T23:09:16+00:00

Adrienne Schorr received a B.A. in Fine Arts and Secondary Education from Lehman College, C.U.N.Y. and an M.A. in Special Education with a focus on physical and multiple disabilities from Columbia University, Teachers College to fulfill her desire to teach art in a more therapeutic/rehabilitative setting.

Adrienne began teaching art at United Cerebral Palsy of New York City’s Brooklyn Teenage and Adult program and subsequently taught in the New York City public schools for 10 years. Her experience in New York City included teaching art to multiply disabled students 5 – 21 years of age and middle school students with a wide range of learning and emotional disabilities and speech and language impairments. She taught art in the Poughkeepsie City School District for the next 20 years. This experience included elementary school for 5 years and then high school. Throughout her years of teaching the “general population” Adrienne specialized in and advocated for those students with special needs who were mainstreamed into her art classes; working closely with their teachers, families and support professionals, and often attending CSE meetings. In addition to her teaching responsibilities she acted as Advisor and Advocate of the Gay/Straight Alliance at Poughkeepsie High School.

Adrienne was an adjunct lecturer at both Queens College and Lehman College, teaching a graduate course “Visual Arts for Students With Learning Problems”. She held summer positions teaching art to incarcerated youth, mentoring teenage gifted girls, and has given private art lessons to an autistic teenager. One of the highlights of Adrienne’s teaching career was the opportunity to share her knowledge and experience in Japan when she participated in a Fulbright Memorial Fund Teacher Program in 2003. She is excited to now use her extensive experiences as an educator to advocate for students with special needs as part of SLA’s team.

Adrienne Schorr, Parent Representative2016-12-22T23:09:16+00:00