Educational Institutions

Philadelphia Hune Inc

  • Philadelphia, PA
  • www.huneinc.org

Mission Statement

Hispanos Unidos para Niños Excepcionales (HUNE) empowers parents of exceptional children to obtain a free and appropriate quality education for their children and other children with disabilities. HUNE provides training programs on all aspects of Special Education and Support, including Transition Services. HUNE provides training, supports and limited individual assistance for parents of exceptional children.

ruling year

2000

Principal Officer

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Mrs. Luz Hernandez

Keywords

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FAPE, Hispanics, Disabilities, Free and Appropriate Public Education, Children, Education, Spanish and English trainings, technical assistance, outreach, individual assistance, referals, Special Education, Special Eduation Laws

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Also Known As

HUNE

EIN

23-3049815

 Number

2048000708

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Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (B01)

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (P01)

Disabled Persons' Rights (R23)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

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Program 1

HUNE provides a continuum of services designed to meet the varied individual needs of its client population, and engages in advocacy efforts designed to improve access to services for its client population as a whole. These include: Information, Referral, and Guidance: HUNE provides information and guidance to parents/caregivers of special needs children in person, via telephone, and through educational literature. These parents/caregivers are provided with information on the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) and the No Child Left Behind Act, as well as more practical information on how to go about accessing special services for their children. When parents/caregivers need additional assistance, counseling, mental retardation services, transition services, psychiatric or psychological services, HUNE provides them with referrals to other agencies. Training: HUNE conducts training sessions for parents/caregivers and professionals, to provide them with a thorough understanding of the rights of students with disabilities, the laws governing public education for special needs children, and the processes through which parents/caregivers can access these services. Typical training modules consist of 3 or 4 sessions or a total of 12 hours of engagement with an expert trainer. Direct Assistance and Individual Advocacy: For parents/caregivers who are having trouble accessing specialized services for their children through the Philadelphia School District due to bureaucratic obstacles, language barriers, or lack of knowledge or understanding, HUNE provides direct assistance to the parent in working with School District personnel. HUNE serves as a direct advocate for children and their parents/caregivers, by contacting relevant departments and attending meetings to ensure that parents receive all the services they are guaranteed under the law. Advocacy and Policy Reform Efforts: Based on information gathered from working directly with parents, HUNE identifies policy issues that must be resolved if children's educational needs are to be met. HUNE advocates with the School District for improvements in existing policies. For example, when parents/caregivers expressed a concern about the lack of special education forms and materials in Spanish and the lack of available bilingual translators, HUNE took the lead in addressing the issue with the Philadelphia Board of Education. Special Education Helpline: A confidential helpline is also available to answer parents, professionals, and individuals with disabilities' questions and concerns about Special Education laws, services available to individuals with disabilities, and ways to communicate with the child's school if she/he attend the School District of Philadelphia. HUNE plays an active leadership role in the field of special education for Philadelphia's Hispanic population by serving as an active Latino member of Coalition for Advocates and Parents (CAP), a coalition that meets bi-monthly to discuss and address systemic issues affecting children with disabilities in the Philadelphia Public School System. HUNE also serves as an active member and provides a Hispanic voice on the Statewide VALUE Coalition, a statewide network of organizations that serve children with disabilities. The HUNE Director has testified at the Pennsylvania State Board of Education on special education issues.

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Philadelphia H.U.N.E., Inc.
Fiscal year: Oct 01-Sep 30

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Philadelphia Hune Inc

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Principal Officer

Mrs. Luz Hernandez

BIO

HUNE's Executive Director, Luz Hernandez, provides overall management of all of HUNE's programs. She is a Hispanic woman who noticed that children with disabilities, especially Hispanic children, were not receiving the appropriate supports and services that they needed in order to receive a Free and Appropriate Public Education (FAPE). She established HUNE in 1998, and she provides training and supervision to the staff. She has extensive experience in accessing services for children with disabilities from the public school system.

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