Reeder Guest Speaker At Fortnightly Meeting

Fortnightly met on Nov. 30 at the Gloria Dei Church in Lakewood for the last meeting of 2017. Refreshments were served and conversation enjoyed.

A short business meeting was conducted by president Fran Lipinski. The speaker of the day was Carole Reeder, who spoke on “The Educational Outliers: Trends in Special Education and Gifted Education.” She started with the history of special education; in 1975 special education programs were made mandatory in the United States by Congress. These were later modified to strengthen protections to students with disabilities.

The NYS Early Intervention Program is for infants and toddlers under three years of age who may not be making progress like other children. These services are provided at no cost to the user and can be provided anywhere the child spends most of his time.

The Individuals with Disabilities Educational Act provides educational opportunities to students from 3 to 18 or 21.

Gifted and talented children do not have a specialized program and the responsibility for educational planning falls upon the student’s parents. Because there is no federal program there is no guidance for gifted children. The most recent option for students who are ahead of their class level is offering advanced placement classes. A question and answer period followed her talk.

The next meeting will be Thursday, Jan. 25, at the Gloria Dei Church, where the speaker will be Carolyn Stow.