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August 31, 2020
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August 2020

LIAC remains open and ready to serve families!

We can help! Reach us TODAY!

516-248-2222 ext. 10 (Nassau)  

631-234-0467 ext. 10 (Suffolk)

Visit us online at for valuable updated information, links to more in-depth guidance, or to fill out an online intake.            

El Long Island Advocacy Center brinda servicios y recursos en español. Por favor visite nuestro sitio web para más información.


Intake Coordination

Our Intake Coordinators are the first stop for families who are seeking assistance for their childrens’ education.  When you call LIAC, you’ll speak to our intake coordinator to complete an intake and to explain the type of difficulty you’re having with your child’s education or school. Our intake coordinators will then troubleshoot the problem with you by:

  • answering general questions about Education/Special Education Law
  • directing you to the appropriate school personnel in your district
  • discussing general advocacy strategies and language for you to use
  • providing you with information, referrals, and resources

Services are generally provided via phone consultation and technical support such as e-mail, fax, or we can mail information to you.

If the difficulties you’re having with your child’s education require more in-depth and comprehensive assistance, our intake coordinators will connect you to the  appropriate educational advocate or attorney for further consultation and discussion.

To speak with our Intake Coordinator, please call:

516-248-2222 x 10 (Nassau County)

631-234-0467 x 10 (Suffolk County)

To submit an online intake, please click here.

Reopening Schools

The 2020-2021 school year is rapidly approaching and districts are continuing to revise and amend their reopening plans to ensure a safe return to schools. LIAC has created a list of frequently asked questions to help guide parents and students in these ever changing times.

Each district has a unique approach to reopening and parents should refer to their district’s plan.  Nassau districts can be found here. Suffolk districts can be found here.

There are a lot of questions being asked about the reopening of schools. We compiled a list of Frequently Asked Questions and provided answers to all of them.

To read our School Reopening Q&A, please click here.

Have a question we didn’t cover? Please email us at

We will update our Q&A with additional information so keep checking!


Anita Saltzman contacted the Long Island Advocacy Center (LIAC) in 2001 as a parent/client who was seeking assistance with her son’s education. She worked with a LIAC advocate and together they obtained the appropriate accommodations to ensure her son’s access to the learning environment and academic success. In 2005, Anita landed a job at LIAC! With a new law in place, and the implementation of the Alternatives for Youth (AFY) Program, she began working as an education advocate for AFY. She believed in its mission from the outset;  diverting youth from the juvenile justice system and working to improve family functioning by providing home-based crisis intervention and community resources. She provides educational advocacy services which include information, advice, representation at school related meetings, and interfacing with other agencies in the program to ensure a holistic approach to working with the families. Her goal is to empower the parents with information so that they can advocate effectively on behalf of their children's education, thereby improving the quality of life for their child. She prides herself on the relationships she has built over the years which ultimately benefit her clients. A lifelong learner, she returned to college to further her education, earning a paralegal certificate. In addition , she continues to strive to remain up to date on  laws, practices and social issues that impact education. During these most difficult times, she is committed to provide parents with the educational advocacy support they need.

You can contact Anita at: 631-988-6329 or at 

Donna Hemphill holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Childhood Education and joined the LIAC team in 2010 as an educational advocate, working on several programs in both Nassau and Suffolk Counties. In Suffolk County, Donna was an advocate on the Person In Need of Supervision (PINS) Diversion Program and worked with students who had been referred to Probation by their school districts for truancy and/or incorrigible behaviors. She also worked on the Juvenile Delinquent (JD) Program, assisting youth who were arrested and charged with misdemeanor and felony offenses.  She has also worked on the Client Assistance Program (CAP), in both Nassau and Suffolk County, assisting individuals with disabilities to receive Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) services in order to maintain or obtain competitive employment. Currently, Donna works with students in Nassau County on programs through the Office of Youth Services and PINS Diversion, both of which involve advocating for students who are at-risk. Many of the youth she works with have experienced truancy, gang involvement, mental illness, substance abuse problems, and/or difficult behaviors. Donna has a specific interest in working with at-risk students and those with emotional disabilities as she first started to navigate the Special Education system on behalf of her daughter, to make sure she received the appropriate services in school.  “My daughter has Bipolar Disorder so I have seen firsthand the impact mental illness has on a child’s education. I feel so fortunate to have the opportunity to assist other families as a LIAC advocate.”  You can contact Donna at:

LIAC recently hosted its first webinar! We facilitated an interactive panel discussion and showed clips of the documentary Pushout: The Criminalization of Black Girls in Schools.  Our panel included a variety of professionals from youth and empowerment based agencies, educators, and young adults who spoke about their personal experiences.  We had a wonderful turnout for our event and we are excited to host more webinars in the near future. If you missed our Pushout webinar, you can view it by clicking on the image below!

Email us at

Submit an Online Intake

Nassau County: 516-248-2222 x 10

Suffolk County: 631-234-0467 X 10

LIAC Archived Newsletters and Resources:

May 5, 2020 Newsletter

June 10, 2020 Newsletter

June 25,  2020 Newsletter

July 15, 2020

OPWDD Video Presentation

August 13, 2020