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Nisky C.A.R.E.S.

(Connecting through Advocacy, Resources, Education and Support)

Who is Nisky C.A.R.E.S.?

A group of parents educators, students and administrators working collaboratively with the purpose of creating a school culture that embraces, by greater understanding, the learning needs of individuals with all abilities.

  • CONNECTING—create a space for learning and sharing strategies for all those who help our children to succeed.
  • ADVOCATING—inform parents about positive strategies for advocating that support your child in the least restrictive environment.
  • RESOURCE—base for parents, teachers, students and administration. A variety of resources will be posted and updated on the Student Support Services website regularly.
  • EDUCATION—create educational opportunities at Community Forums, Professional Development Days, Superintendent Days, PTO meetings, Dessert Nights, upcoming conferences, etc.
  • SUPPORTING—a systemic approach to understanding differentiated instruction and learning.
Best Buddies Program

Best Buddies is a friendship club for disabled and non-disabled peers. It is a way to enjoy each other's company through email, phone calls, in the halls, at lunch, and during meetings. Iroquois Middle School (contact: Laura Carroll), Van Antwerp Middle School (contact: Kevin McFerran) and Niskayuna High School (contact: Fred Ebert) all participate in Best Buddies. Watch a video to learn more about about Best Buddies.

Friday Knights Family Support and Recreation Program

The Friday Knights Family Support and Recreation Program is a program coordinated by students at the College of St. Rose that is designed to help autistic children and teens develop social skills through recreation. View a video clip of the program that was broadcast on NBC's Today Show.

Summer Programs for Students with Disabilities
  • Clover Patch Camp - Special Needs Summer Camp (PDF)
  • Camp Spectacular - For Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders (PDF)
  • TSL Adventures - Togetherness, Sharing & Learning Summer Camp