Naomi Brickel, MSEd

Director, Community Support Network and Coordinator of Policy, Westchester Institute for Human Development

914-493-3965

nbrickel@wihd.org

EDUCATION

University of Kansas

MSEd, 2015

Special Education

University of Scranton

BA, 1991

English

BRIEF BIO / PROFESSIONAL INTERESTS

Ms. Brickel is currently the Director of the Community Support Network (CSN) and Coordinator of Policy at Westchester Institute for Human Development. In this role, she oversees WIHD’s Self-Advocacy programs, Self-Direction Services, the implementation of state grants and contracts related to education and technical assistance for families and professionals navigating disability services across the lifespan.  CSN also provides professional development and assists school districts in program development and implementation.

DESCRIPTION OF RESEARCH INTERESTS/ACTIVITIES

Ms. Brickel’s areas of expertise and research interests include student and family engagement, post-secondary transition (including student-driven IEPs and inclusive post-secondary education), and educational policy.

RESEARCH INTERESTS/ACTIVITIES CATEGORIES

SOCIAL/BEHAVIORAL AND EDUCATION

  • Self-Advocacy and Self-Determination in Individuals I/DD across the Lifespan

SELECTED PRESENTATIONS

Brickel, N. & Levine, L. (April 2018). New York State Special Education Policy: Key Updates and Initiatives. Westchester Institute for Human Development, Valhalla, NY

Brickel, N., & Lequia, J. (2018, February). Student and teacher perceptions of the Student “Draft IEP” Tool. Poster session presented at the Council for Exceptional children Special Education Convention and Expo, Tampa, FL

Brickel, N. (July 2017). Rethinking IEP Goals: promoting active student participation in IEP process. NY CASE Summer Institute, Albany, NY

Brickel, N. & Levine, L. (April 2017). New York State Special Education Policy: Key Updates and Initiatives. Westchester Institute for Human Development, Valhalla, NY

Brickel, N. (March 2017). Resources to promote active student participation in IEP development. Greater Rochester Special Education Task Force Conference, Rochester, NY

Brickel, N. & Wozniak, S. (November 2016). Supporting active student engagement in the IEP process. NYS Division on Career Development and Transition Conference, Saratoga Springs, NY

Fallon, H., Brickel, N., Goorevitch, Y. & Kienke, D. (September 2016). Shifting the culture: a story of collaboration. National State Directors of Special Education/Council of Administrators of Special Education Annual Conference, Milwaukee, WI

Brickel, N. & Levine, L. (September 2016) Supporting active student engagement in the IEP process. New York State Rehabilitation Association Summit, Albany, NY

Brickel, N. & Levine, L. (July 2016) Supporting active student engagement in the IEP process. New York Council of Administrators of Special Education Summer Institute, Albany, NY

Brickel N. & Haught, A. (July 2016). Own your education- and your future! Youth Power of NYS Summer Youth Institute, Albany, NY

Fallon, H., Brickel, N., & Kienke, D. (May 2016). Shifting the culture: a story of collaboration.  New York University Technical Assistance Center on Disproportionality Summer Institute, New York, N Y

Brickel, N., (April 2016) Supporting active student engagement in the IEP process. NYSED Special Education Parent Centers Statewide Meeting, Albany, NY

Brickel, N. & Levine, L. (April 2016). New York State Special Education Policy: Key Updates and Initiatives. Westchester Institute for Human Development, Valhalla, NY

Bencosme, L. & Brickel, N. (April 2016) Effective strategies for working with teachers, families and community. New York State Education Department  Regional Special Education Technical Assistance and Support Centers Statewide Professional Development Conference: Evidence-Based Practices that Address Cultural and Linguistic Diversity of Students with Disabilities, Albany, NY

Brickel, N. & Levine, L. (July 2015) Supporting active student engagement in the IEP process. New York Council of Administrators of Special Education Summer Institute, Albany, NY

Fallon, H., Brickel, N., Goorevitch, Y. & Kienke, D. (July 2015). Shifting the culture: a story of collaboration. United States Office of Special Education Programs Leadership Conference, Washington, DC

Brickel, N. Effective Partnerships in Transition: Implications of the New NYS Exiting Credentials – NYS Developmental Disabilities Planning Council, Fall Meeting 2013

Brickel, N. Developing Effective Partnerships in Transition: Family Perspective and Professional Insights – Special Session, NYCASE Summer Institute, 2013

Brickel, N. Disability and Opportunity: Insights and Perspective on the Education of Students with Disabilities . Superintendents Conference Day, Blind Brook UFSD, September 2013

Callaghan, C., Brickel, N., Goorevitch, Y. and Lau, G. Crossing Academic Borders: GAELS RICE at Iona College. NYCASE Summer Institute 2012

Brickel, N. & Goorevitch, Y. Moving From Adversary, Past Advocacy, to Effective Parent Collaboration. CASE National Fall Conference 2011, NYCASE Summer Institute 2011 and 2012

Brickel, N. Project SEARCH and Inclusive Post-Secondary Programs: Innovative Practice in Transition to Employment Programs. Lower Hudson RSE-TASC, Transition to Employment Institute, Fall 2012, Spring 2013

SELECTED PUBLICATIONS

Brickel, N. (2015). Promoting active student participation in transition planning and IEP development: the Student “Draft IEP” Tool.

Brickel, N. (2014, September). Student “Draft IEP” Interactive Tool. http://www.hvsepc.org/iep-tool.html.

Brickel, N. and Levine, L (2010, September). Training of the Parent Member of the CPSE and CSE. The University of the State of New York, State Education Department, Office of Special Education.