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Next Steps Speaker Series

The Next Steps Transition Program at The IDEAL School of Manhattan announces its inaugural speaker series. The virtual webinars feature experts in fields related to services, employment, housing, benefits, and financial planning for adults with disabilities. Families with children of all ages are invited to attend. The events are open to IDEAL families and the broader community. All events are presented on Zoom from 5-6:30 PM. 

RSVP to Kathia Regalado, Assistant to the Head of School, at kregalado@theidealschool.org.


October 7, 2021: Introduction to Adult Services--Presented by Job Path
Speaker: Amanda Becker-Torres, MSW

November 2: Planning 101--Maximizing Benefits and Services, Part 1
January 26: Planning 101--Maximizing Benefits and Services, Part 2

Speaker: James Traylor, CLU, ChFC, ChSNC, President, Upstate Special Needs Planning

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James Traylor is a sibling, advocate, and professional who has focused his entire professional career on creating the organization of choice for families of individuals with disabilities. He is a national speaker and regularly provides continuing education for legal, financial, and tax professionals. Mr. Traylor is the immediate past Chair for the New York State Developmental Disabilities Planning Council, a member of the board of directors for the ARC of Monroe County, a member of the Estate Planning Council of Rochester, a member of the Society of Financial Services Professionals, and a graduate of Partners in Policymaking.  

February 23: Navigating Housing and Self-Direction
Speaker: TBA

April 27: Guardianship, Estates, and Trusts
Speaker: Ellyn S. Kravitz, Esq., Partner, Abrams Fensterman