Naomi Brickel, M.S.Ed., is the Director of Community and Family Education at WIHD. In this role, she oversees the implementation of New York State Education Department (NYSED) grants and contracts related to education and family support, directs the Special Education Parent Center, and is involved in capacity-building initiatives related to student post-secondary transition and self-determination (including student-driven IEPs, school-to-work, and inclusive post-secondary education). She has played an active role in state policy development in all of these areas and is appointed to NYSED’s Commissioner’s Advisory Panel. Naomi co-authored a NYSED Training curriculum and has developed online resources to assist families and students with disabilities to be more engaged in IEP development, including the Student “Draft IEP” Tool. Naomi oversaw establishment of two Project SEARCH programs, a regional SEARCH Consortium, and has provided consultation in the development of several inclusive post-secondary programs, She presents frequently at conferences and other events, which have included the National State Directors of Special Education (NASDSE) Annual Conference, the U.S. OSEP National Leadership Conference, NYSED, state and national conferences of the Council of Administrators of Special Education (CASE) and the Council for Exceptional Children (CEC) and others.
Naomi earned her Master’s degree in Secondary Special Education and Transition from the University of Kansas. She is married with six children (two are students with disabilities) and lives in New Rochelle, NY, where she served previously on the Board of Education. She was also an active Parent Member, participating in hundreds of CSE and CPSE meetings over years. She is the recipient of the 2015 New Rochelle Special Education PTA Bridges Award, in recognition of her work to promote the meaningful inclusion of students with disabilities within school and the community.