I am a single parent of an autistic 6th grader with learning disabilities and ADHD. I joined the council after witnessing so many kids being denied thier civli rights due to disabilities. I want to hold our schools accountable to inclusion, service provision and the law. Fun fact: I knit and complete the NYT crossword daily.
I am a dreamer, a Latinx bilingual special education family advocate and a proud single parent of an Autistic child. I am the co-founder of an independent diverse group, Protect NYC Special Education/Proteger la Educación Especial de NYC. As an intimate partner violence survivor, I know first hand, the hardships that families in the temporary housing go through and the impact that may have on their special education. I am passionate in advocating for equitable language access.
Dr. Sanayi Beckles-Canton is the mother of six sons, four of whom are neurodivergent. She currently has a son attending a school in District 5. She has been a parent leader and education activist for more than 10 years, serving families and children throughout New York City.
Public Advocate Appointee
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