NYC-based community resources, events, tips and support all in one place, every Monday morning. 
Covid OMH Emotional Support Helpline:
1-844-863-9314
NYC Suicide Prevention Hotline
1-888-NYC-WELL (1-888-692-9355)
Crisis Text Hotline:
Text HOME to 741741
PunkinFutz stands with the black and brown communities in the United States to demand an end to the devastating, pervasive, systematic racism in our country.  #bethechange 

A D V O C A C Y

Advocacy Skills for Families of Children with Disabilities
IncludeNYC and the Chatham Square Branch of the NYPL will help you learn to speak up for your child with a disability and become their best advocate.  Thursday, September 17th from 5:00 to 6:00 pm EDT.  Pre-registration Required:
https://bit.ly/2DJ9wFK

Youth Leadership Forum
AMPLIFY-NY is hosting a Virtual Youth Leadership Forum (VYLF) for young people ages 14-24 to speak up, build leadership and self-advocacy skills, and prepare to take on leadership roles. This peer-run forum brings opportunities to YOUth and gives the next generation of leaders the tools and support they need for success.
September 14-16 & 21-21 from 2:30 to 5 pm via Zoom.  Register:
https://www.ftnys.org/amplify-nys-2020-virtual-youth-leadership-forum/

R E S O U R C E S

Size Matters Handwriting
Come hear the Director of Sensational New York, Occupational Therapist Chaya Gottesman, discuss the importance of handwriting for children in a digital world.  Wednesday at Noon on Facebook Live.
https://www.facebook.com/punkinfutz/

Seaver Autism Center for Research: Advances in Autism Conference
The annual Conference is a one-day event hosted by Seaver Autism Center for Research and Treatment at Mount Sinai. The purpose of the conference is to discuss accurate recognition, diagnosis and treatment of autism with attendees, such as: practicing psychiatrists, neurologists, psychologists, geneticists, other health care professionals, neuroscientists, educators, family members and social workers.  September 17th 10:30 am to 3:30 pm. Free Registration:
https://giving.mountsinai.org/site/SPageServer/;jsessionid=00000000.app216a?NONCE_TOKEN=918F4C9F54D6A6C36C98538D9FB9A6A0&pagename=SeaverAdvancesInAutism

Elementary School Parents: Reducing the Stress of On-line Learning
The Robertson Center of the Success Academy presents a parent-led discussion on how to make things easier. Designed for parents of elementary school students, we’ll talk about common challenges and creative solutions on everything from building positive teacher relationships from behind a screen, setting routines and expectations, balancing being supportive and fostering independence, how to know if your child is on track, and what to do when you need help.  September 17th 4:00 to 5:15 pm EDT.
https://reducingstress.splashthat.com/

Remote Learning Devices
To help students stay connected during emergencies, the DOE is lending internet-enabled iPads to support remote learning for students. Your child’s school will use the contact information you provide to get in touch with you regarding the delivery of your device.  NYC DOE students only.  Form can be found here:
https://coronavirus.schools.nyc/RemoteLearningDevices

NYC DOE Back to School Information Sessions
NYC Department of Education has made recorded information sessions available on-line on a variety of topics regarding getting our children back to school, including the Chancellor and health officials discussing changes in scheduling and precautions being taken.  Bookmark this space to access ongoing recordings.
https://learndoe.org/face/recordings/
Buy Now
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the unemployment rate among the population of adults with disabilities was 80.7% before the start of the pandemic.  All PunkinFutz original products are manufactured in the United States by adults with disabilities.  
#buydifferently  #bethechange

E N T E R T A I N M E N T

The High Line is Now Open!
Get the kids outdoors! Every day from 12 pm to 8 pm.  Get your FREE tickets here and enjoy the fall sunshine among the white birch trees on the High Line!
https://www.thehighline.org/visit/?utm_source=website-alert&utm_medium=website&utm_campaign=reopening&utm_content=welcome

Explore Harry Potter's World through Google Earth
Or if you prefer to explore the world from the comfort of your living room, check out Google Earth's access points for Harry Potter's world!
https://earth.google.com/web/@51.53253181,-0.12415009,47.02231231a,54.14678912d,60y,-0.92843158h,79.30001662t,0r/data=CjASLhIgYjNkZjViZmQzMWQxMTFlN2E2ZTAzZGU4NDgxNmIzNGMiCmdjc19saXN0XzA

The Bronx Museum of the Arts
Enjoy the museum either through virtual tours (access here) or in person for free!  Ticketed time slots available from 2 pm to 6 pm Wednesday through Sunday and must be reserved in advance (reserve here).

A  B I T   O F   F U N

Our bit of fun this week is our multi-talented Head of Design & Production, Rebekah in her side hustle as part of Miwa Gemini!  Check out their original work and their 52 covers and let us know which one is your favorite.  Get a preview here as they cover Beyonce.