Alumna Jane Hsu (MA ’06) Helping Autistic Children Make Social Contacts

Finding a Network for Special Needs Children

“Every parent with a child who has autism knows the pain of trying to schedule play dates with other children,” says Jane Hsu, a special education teacher in a New York City public school. “While parents of typical children spend weekends carting their kids around to activities, the parents I know struggle to find places where their kids can fit in and feel welcome.” Helping her student Natalie (pictured with Hsu and her family) inspired Hsu to start her own website SpecialPlaydate.com. The new online service connects parents seeking opportunities for their children. Membership to the site is free. Hsu developed the resource with her own savings.