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The mission of UWS is to promote attitudes and practices that are inclusive of persons with disabilities in the community and school system. These attitudes and practices should be culturally and linguistically responsive to diversity, and ensure that parents are knowledgeable about their right... Read More


The mission of UWS is to promote attitudes and practices that are inclusive of persons with disabilities in the community and school system. These attitudes and practices should be culturally and linguistically responsive to diversity, and ensure that parents are knowledgeable about their rights and responsibilities under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) and other statutes and regulations.
 
UWS has been providing services to the families in Brooklyn since 1990.  As a result of the growing needs in New York City, UWS expanded services to include the Borough of Queens, in 2004.  Data collected over the years further indicated that in order to improve overall student academic outcomes, it was necessary to find ways to branch out services so that they would be inclusive of youth. In 2008, we began our Students Achieving Success program in collaboration with one of NYS PTIs, a community-based organization Safe Horizon ( known now as NY Peace Institute) and one of NYC largest middle schools located in Park Slope, Brooklyn.
 
Our youth are the future of our society. Self-determination is widely recognized as a valued outcome of education (Mazzotti,Rowe, Cameto, Test, & Morningstar, 2013; Wehman, 2012), and promoting the self-determination of children and youth with intellectual disability has emerged as best practice (Test et al., 2009), in large part, because of the established relationship between enhanced self-determination and post-school outcomes (Shogren, Wehmeyer, Palmer, Rifenbark, & Little, 2015; Wehmeyer & Palmer, 2003; Wehmeyer & Schwartz, 1997). Enhancing self-determination is also consistent with emerging models of understanding disability that emphasize person-environment fit and strengths-based approaches (see ch. 2) (Shogren, 2013). Instructional strategies and supports have been developed and demonstrated to be efficacious in promoting self-determination in education contexts (Algozzine, Browder , Karvonen, Test, & Wood, 2001; Wehmeyer, Palmer, Shogren, Williams-Diehm, & Soukup, 2013).
 
Increase on-track factors that impact high school graduation (i.e., attendance, behavior, academic), create a safe haven for students with and without disabilities where they will improve social skills, increase participation within the community, increase school retention, and overall high school graduation rates.

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Youth On The Move

Lourdes Rivera-Putz, Executive Director on behalf of

United We Stand of New York

"Student's Achieving Success." Help us strengthen our children and youth's education as they work toward attainable academic and social emotional goals. Empower youth to stay in school, graduate, and become contributing members of society.

Lourdes Rivera-Putz

Lourdes Rivera-Putz, the project director, is a parent of two children with disabilities and a resident of Brooklyn for 50 years. She is the founder and director of UWS since its inception in 1990.

USA: New York.

Recent Donations

  • $250.00

    Ann and Rud

    21 days ago

    We know of no other organization that does so much for so many. UWSNY is a tribute of The True and Original American Way. -- Rud and Ann Turnbull (formerly, Beach Center on Disability, University of Kansas, Lawrence, Kansas, now retired to North Carolina)

  • $5.00

    Amanda Haught

    1 month ago