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Back to School for Shema Kolainu

It’s that exciting time of year again, when classes begin at Shema Kolainu- Hear Our Voices. On Tuesday, September 3, 2013, all teachers and staff were in attendance for a day of orientation presentations and workshops. Shema Kolainu- Hear Our Voices is dedicated to serving children with autism and their families to provide the ultimate care and support, in order to ensure they reach their full potential for independence. Each teacher and assistant must be dedicated to give it their all each and every day.

The morning began at 9:00 am with a presentation given by the school’s Founder and CEO, Dr. Joshua Weinstein. Dr. Weinstein emphasized the importance of attitude, and how important it really is to walk into work everyday with a positive attitude. Children, especially those with autism and other special needs, feed of the positive attitudes of their teachers and therapists.

Dr. Weinstein continued with a recap of Shema Kolainu-Hear Our Voices’ past activities, included visitors from Singapore’s Ministry of Education, New York City Council members, and inspirational speakers. The staff was also filled in on the success of the 11th Annual Legislative Breakfast, held to honor members of the New York City Council as well as State Legislature, for their outstanding work in the autism community. Finally, Dr. Weinstein discussed Shema Kolainu- Hear Our Voices’ partner organization, The International Center for Autism Research and Education (ICare4Autism), a not-for-profit organization dedicated to driving collaborations among leading autism researchers to discover the etiology of autism.

Dr. Weinstein reflects, “The new year is an exciting time for both the teachers and the students here at Shema Kolainu- Hear Our Voices. I look forward to seeing a successful school year for all our children and parents, and for our miracles to occur.”