Prevention Conference Draws 70 to Bruce M. Wright Memorial Conference Center
October 23, 2014
by Timothy W. Scee II
Special to Newzjunky.com
WATERTOWN, N.Y. —
Orange was the color to wear Wednesday at the Bruce M. Wright
Memorial Conference Center as dozens gathered at a bullying prevention
conference sponsored by the Northern Regional Center for Independent Living.
A group of nearly 70 school officials, parents and students learned about
several ways to combat the issue, including cyberbullying, along with
information about the Dignity for All Students Act signed into law by former
Gov. David A. Paterson in 2010.
NRCIL Parent Training and Information Coordinator Richelle M. David said the
six-hour event at the Faichney Drive facility attracted individuals from as far
away as Onondaga County to hear attorney Julie M. Keegan, Disability Rights New
York, Albany and John P. Warneck, retired coordinator of health and safety
services at the Jefferson-Lewis Board of Cooperative Educational Services,
speak about the issue.
“It’s geared toward all school representatives, parents, families, service
providers, anyone who works with kids and kids with disabilities,” she said.
Ms. Keegan spoke during a morning session about the state legislation, which
did not fully take effect until 2012, which seeks to increase tolerance among
students throughout the state’s public primary and secondary schools.
Ms. David said the former BOCES employee spoke in the afternoon about how that
legislation, and other laws, would specifically affect school districts.
A follow-up free conference about managing school anxiety and avoidance for
students with disabilities will be held 9:30
a.m. to noon, Wednesday, Nov. 5, at the Charles H. Bohlen Technical
Center, 20104 Route 3, sponsored by the Northern Tier Special Education Task
“The reason we’re following up from the bullying is because the kids that
are being bullied typically will avoid school when possible because it is such
a heightened emotional time for them,” Ms. David said.
Topics will include identifying student risk factors, how to help students with
anxiety and avoidance and encourage school reintegration.
Individuals interested in attending the conference may register by visiting http://goo.gl/g9li66.
The registration deadline is Oct.
The color orange was chosen by PACER’s National Bullying Prevention Center to
represent bullying prevention and awareness.
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