Parent Advocate for Special Needs Children & Adults
Linda Karasick – Linda graduated from Stern College for Women, Summa Cum Laude, with a degree in Psychology. She is a founder of the Sinai Schools. Founded over 35 years ago, Sinai Schools, a New Jersey based institution currently serves 150 students, has 2 elementary programs based in mainstream schools, with a third scheduled to open in September 2018. In addition, Sinai has 4 high school programs and a one group home. Mrs. Karasick has served as a Vice President and a member of the Board of Directors of Sinai, as well as a member of the Boards of P’TACH, Keren Or and Emunah. Linda has endowed the Ruth Ulevitch Art Therapy Program at Yachad in New Jersey as well as the Pesya Karasick z”l Fund for Enhanced Education, at the Bet Sabah Elazraki Children’s Home in Netanya. She has been a long-time proponent of encouraging parents to advocate for themselves. This is a lesson that she learned as a parent of two special needs sons, who have B”H, brought he a great deal of pleasure and nachas. Linda learned early on that the best one to advocate for a child is the parent himself. She has worked way through local and State authorities and agencies, and sued her own township on two occasions – once for each of her sons. Mrs. Karasick has devoted decades to empower parents to do their utmost for themselves, thereby fulfilling the Talmudic maxim: ‘If I am not for myself, who will be for me’! She has succeeded in encouraging neophytes not to be overwhelmed with the challenges involved in confronting bureaucracies. She has shown them that, to the contrary, an educated and committed parent can succeed where no one else can.
• Sinai Schools YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/SinaiSchool
• Website of Makor Disability Services Community Residences: http://makordisabilityservices.org/
• Hebrew Academy for Special Children http://www.hasc.net/
• New York Developmental Disabilities Division https://opwdd.ny.gov/