It’s all about balance.
We strive to create a positively positive experience in special education. We strongly believe in supporting a collaborative learning community, and promote the team approach.
Access 7 Services, Inc., formerly known as Access 7 Consulting, Inc., is a Placement and Educational company that provides Special Education related and professional services to School Districts across Long Island (Nassau & Suffolk Counties) and in New York City. All Access 7 Therapists and Teachers are licensed and qualified to provide services to the School Districts, and proof of such licenses and qualifications are provided to clients on an ongoing and continuous basis. Access 7 has provided related services to clients since 1998, and is managed by an owner with over thirty years experience within the field of Special Education.We work closely with School District Staff, Professional Therapists and Teachers and Parents to ensure a Free and Appropriate Education (FAPE) is provided to special needs children in the Least Restrictive Environment. Access 7 Related service professionals are monitored over the course of the school year to ensure mandate fulfillment and quality of services through periodic student IEP Program progress reporting, Annual Reviews and CSE Meetings. In addition we have developed several early educational programs utilizing Speech, Occupational Therapy and Special Education Teacher professionals, who function in coordination with RtI and early screening. Entitled “Smart Start”, these multi-sensory development programs are designed to provide children with many of the tools necessary for future academic success, and identify atypical or developmental delays early on when such identification is critical.
Jo DiStefano is the President of Access 7 Services and has been a treating Occupational Therapist since 1984. A current member of the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT) and World Federation of Occupational Therapists (WFOT), she is SIPT Certified, and NDT trained. Abreast of the latest in a continually evolving field, she combines a holistic and nurturing approach to help individuals achieve optimal independent functioning in the school and home environments. She has a unique outlook and understanding of both typical and atypical development as well as a strong foundation in treatment/facilitation techniques to make the individuals she serves more independent and successful in everyday life. Jo’s professional history spans private practice, treating patients of all ages pediatric through geriatric. She is a well respected professional in the special education community and has provided services to school districts across Long Island for over 10 years. Hands on and still treating, Jo is not only up to speed with the latest in the field, but is applying it as well. Jo’s personal philosophy is to create and promote balance with an emphasis on bridging disciplines for child centered development.
Dr. Jacqueline Harris is an integral part of Access 7's branding, coordination of services, recruitment and daily operations. A veteran special education educator with over 35 years of experience serving children and families on Long Island. She uses her passion and expertise to assist school districts, clinicians, and parents in the development of equitable, high-quality specialized services in the least restrictive environment. She's earned her Bachelor's Degree in Special Education from Cheyney State University, Master's Degree in Educational Technology from LIU CW Post, Professional Diploma in School Leadership and Staff Development from the College of New Rochelle, and Doctorate in Educational Leadership from St. John's University. She is also a recently retired Deputy Superintendent of Schools who has worked hard to master the skills necessary to lead educational programs, create inclusive programs at all PreK-12 levels, collaborate with colleagues, support practitioners, and engage parents in the pursuit of excellence for all children. As an accomplished and highly regarded special education expert, she has been recognized nationally for her work on disproportionality, access, and equity.
Susan Izeman is Access 7’s Director of Clinical Services. Susan graduated from Brown University and received her Ph.D. in Developmental Psychology from the University of Massachusetts. She has worked in the field of Autism, Developmental Disabilities, and Applied Behavior Analysis for more than 35 years. In her career, Dr. Izeman has worked with people of all ages, from under 2 to adulthood, and has worked in homes, schools, and a wide range of community settings.
Doreen Ivory is a Board-Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) and the Assistant Director of Clinical Services at Access 7 Services. She graduated from Queens College in 2017 with a Masters Degree in Psychology and a concentration in Applied Behavior Analysis. She received training in the Downstate SUNY inpatient psychiatric hospital collaborating with staff to reduce patients’ behaviors and decrease the use of restraints. In addition, she worked in the Franklin Square School District training and collaborating with staff on implementing behavior strategies to reduce problem behaviors and making sure children with special needs are receiving the least restrictive environment in their education. As a BCBA, she has specialized in school consultation, parent training, behavior intervention services at home, Functional Behavior Assessments (FBA) and Behavior Intervention Plans (BIP), Functional Analysis (FA), toilet training, and verbal behavior training. She has led staff development workshops, and overseen RBT, BaCBA and BCBA candidates by providing supervision and training.
Erin earned her Master’s of Science in Occupational Therapy from the University of Scranton in 2004 and has been a treating Occupational Therapist specializing in pediatrics for over 10 years. She has a history working with children from as young as six weeks to high school students in camp, home, school and daycare settings long before working as an Occupational Therapist. Erin’s career as an occupational therapist spans the school systems and home-based care throughout Long Island and New York City. She is a current member of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA), World Federation of Occupational Therapists (WFOT) and is certified with the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT) and the Rehabilitation Engineering and Assistive Technology Society of North America (RESNA). Constantly improving her knowledge base and staying updated in the field, she has been trained in Bal-A-Vis-X, Therapeutic Listening, Powered Up and Running, Nonviolent Crisis Intervention, Neurobiological Foundations of Sensory Integration, Vestibular Activation of the Core, Brain Gym, Handwriting without Tears, Wilson Reading Program/ Fundations, and Assistive Technology. Erin takes every opportunity to promote and educate parents, administration, staff and other therapeutic disciplines to the mission and purpose of Occupational Therapy and Assistive Technology over the life span. She believes that the more people know and understand the connection between physical and cognitive development, the greater asset and support they can be to a child’s learning, functional growth and success.
Justin earned a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology at the University of North Alabama in his hometown of Florence. While earning his graduate degree in Counseling from Freed-Hardeman University in Tennessee, he provided training to foster families on strategies for behavioral, emotional, and cognitive issues in children; led groups of parents in learning strategies to address disabilities, psychological diagnoses, and emotional and mental challenges in children; and worked through insurance, school districts, and the legal system to provide parent counseling and training, family reunification, intensive family preservation services, youth support services, addiction counseling, and anger management. This work continued after earning his graduate degree.
Since moving to Long Island, New York, he has continued his work with parents and children, focusing on developmental disorders, and has been working with residences and day programs for adults with disabilities as a behavior intervention specialist. He has given presentations and led seminars in school districts and at the NYSADSP Symposium, the NYAII Annual Conference, and national conferences.
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