Special Education


Commissioner's Advisory Panel (CAP) for Special Education Services

The Commissioner's Advisory Panel for Special Education Services was established pursuant to P.L.94-142 (Education of the Handicapped Act) and reauthorized through PL 108-446 Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). The Panel functions in an advisory capacity to the Office of Special Education and advises the Governor, Legislature and Commissioner on unmet needs in the education of children with disabilities.Its responsibilities are prescribed by section 4403 (6) of the State Education Law in accordance with section 612 of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA).

Current Membership

Members are appointed for a three-year term by the Commissioner of Education to represent one of the following constituencies:

  • Individuals with disabilities
  • Parents or guardians of children with disabilities
  • Teachers of students with disabilities
  • State and local education officials
  • Representatives of institutions of higher education that prepare special education and related services personnel
  • Administrators of programs for children with disabilities
  • Representatives of other State agencies involved in the financing or delivery of related services to children with disabilities
  • Representatives of private schools and public charter schools
  • At least one representative of a vocational, community or business organization concerned with the provision of transition services to children with disabilities
  • Representatives from the State juvenile and adult corrections agencies
  • Representative from the State Welfare agency responsible for foster care
  • Representative from an Education agency responsible for carrying out activities under subtitle B of title VII of the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act (42 U.S.C. 11431 et seq.).

Information on the meetings, By-laws and Annual Report is available.

CAP holds two in-person meetings in Albany and one virtual meeting each school year. CAP members serve without compensation but their reasonable and necessary expenses for attending meetings and performing duties are reimbursed.

Applications for CAP membership are accepted on an ongoing basis and will be kept on file for any available openings.

Announcement: The New York State Education Department (NYSED), Office of Special Education is seeking applicants for new members to serve on the Commissioner’s Advisory Panel (CAP) for Special Education Services in the constituent categories of: parents or guardians of children with disabilities; representatives of institutions of higher education that prepare special education or related service personnel; and representatives of private schools and public charter schools.  Individuals interested in applying should submit an application by September 30, 2021 to be considered for appointment to CAP for a three year term beginning with the 2021-22 school year. 

Individuals interested in becoming a CAP member should complete and submit the CAP Member Application form per the instructions in the form.

If you would like to express your concerns to the Panel, email us. For more information, please call 518-473-2878.

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Last Updated: September 15, 2021