Stamford JCC Plans Free School Forum for Parents of Children With Special Needs 


(Courtesy of the Stamford JCC) The Stamford Jewish Community Center (JCC) Inclusion Department is presenting a hands-on program for parents, titled “Special Education Parent Forum: Pursuing a Specialized School Placement” on September 26 at 7:00 p.m.  Special education attorney Lawrence Berliner will moderate the panel discussion with professionals who will help parents to navigate the special education private school process. The Stamford JCC is located at 1035 Newfield Avenue in Stamford, Connecticut. 

This is a unique opportunity for parents to interact with experienced professionals in the special education field, such as admissions directors and heads of school. The first part of the program will offer a panel discussion with attorney Berliner and special needs school representatives.  The second part of the evening will offer parents the opportunity to engage in break-out sessions with school representatives to obtain more information and find out how the school could best fit the needs of their child. 

Attorney Lawrence Berliner will offer his legal perspective and will focus on understanding your child’s special education rights. He will guide parents in finding educational solutions and placements. 

Representing Eagle Hill School are Clay Kaufman, head of school, and Sue Rappaport, assistant director of admissions and placement. Eagle Hill School  in Greenwich, Connecticut, is a co-ed day and five-day boarding school for students ages 5-15 with language-based learning differences including dyslexia, dyscalculia,  dysgraphia, auditory processing disorder, executive function disorder and ADHD. 

Dr. Alisa Dror, head of school, and Sunan Jones, director of admissions, will represent Pinnacle School on the panel. The Pinnacle School in Stamford, Connecticut, enables students in grades 2-12 with language-based learning differences to thrive through small class sizes, individualized academic programming, active problem solving and relationship building.  

Beth Sugerman, head of school, and Michelle Rolfe, director of admissions, will represent Winston Preparatory School’s Connecticut campus. Winston Preparatory School is a private day school located in Norwalk, Connecticut, for students in grades 4-12 with learning disabilities, dyslexia and executive function difficulties. 

This workshop is free and open to the public. Reservations are strongly suggested.  To register, please contact Liza Fahey, inclusion/special needs coordinator, at the Stamford JCC at 203-487-0946 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

For more information, please contact Rachel Berliner, public relations assistant at Law Office of Lawrence W. Berliner, LLC, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 203-255-0582. 


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