Shema Kolainu-Hear Our Voices provides exceptional services to the autism community. Our mission is to give our students the necessary tools including the best education and therapy services to help them reach their full potential. This goes beyond the classroom, our workshops and visitors assist in helping us make these goals a reality.
The strides we make at our school attract a wide range of attention. This past April, in recognition of Autism Awareness Month, Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams visited our school and students. Donned in the royal blue of New York State and Autism Awareness, Mr. Adams had a personal guided tour through the classrooms and activity areas that make up Shema Kolainu school.
In addition to our local community members, Shema Kolainu also hosted friends from Armenia who modeled their school after ours. After visiting SKHOV’s school, the leaders of the International Child Development Center were inspired and used our standards & methods to revamp their educational program.
Having such high-profile supporters and visitors solidifies our presence as a model school and leader in the treatment of autism.
2018 marked the impressive milestone: 20 years of serving our community at Shema Kolainu – Hear Our Voices. To commemorate the event, the annual Legislative Breakfast welcomed citywide leaders, including Attorney General-elect Letitia James, Borough Presidents from Queens, the Bronx, and Brooklyn (Melinda Katz, Reuben Diaz, Jr., and Eric Adams respectively), Former Governer of New York David Patterson and other government officials and representatives.
During the event, attendees spoke of the impact made by Shema Kolainu throughout the years. Shema Kolainu also offered some student artwork as a thank you and an indication of the continued success of teaching our students.
Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams, who had recently visited Shema Kolainu - Hear Our Voices, said, “We can’t be a city, a borough or a nation where we judge ourselves by brick and mortar. We must also judge ourselves by building people. And the most important body of people to build is the children with special needs. These are not their children, these are our children.”
The Legislative Breakfast is an annual event and will be held again in 2019 to present the continued progress since last year’s milestone.
Through the NYC Council funding, SKHOV was awarded to present Free Workshops to the public. Attendees learned various skills in working with children with autism, including how to manage emotions, teach yoga as therapy, implement augmentative and alternative communication devices, and methods to eradicate bullying.
Our next workshop will be hosted by Dr. Stephen Shore on Tuesday, January 29th at Touro College in NYC. Click here to register to attend. It’s free!
Improving the lives of children with autism is a group effort. Through continued research, improved methods, and the spread of knowledge, we can make a difference. You can help make a difference as well. Make a donation and change the life of students today!