Assuring that school personnel and families have the knowledge and skills which enable them to effectively assist students with disabilities in attaining high standards is a key goal of the Office of Vocational and Educational Services for Individuals with Disabilities (VESID).

This publication is one in a series being developed to support this goal. More importantly, it is intended to help educators and families work collaboratively in supporting students with disabilities through their school years.

VESID has adopted a vision that we use to shape all our efforts on behalf of individuals with disabilities. The vision for students is that they will leave school prepared to:

  • live independently,

  • contribute to society,

  • pursue meaningful careers,

  • enjoy self-determination,

  • make choices, and

  • enjoy integration in the economic, political, social, cultural and educational mainstream of American society.

As you use the information contained in this material, please remember the vision that is the foundation for our collective efforts.

If you have any questions about this information, please contact the VESID Special Education Policy Unit at 518-473-2878 or your Regional Associate at one of the following VESID Special Education Quality Assurance Regional Offices:

Eastern Regional Office (518) 486-6366

Hudson Valley Regional Office (914) 245-0010
Long Island Regional Office (631) 884-8530
New York City Regional Office (718) 722-4544
Central Regional Office (315) 471-4796
Western Regional Office (585) 344-2112, ext. 420

Any comments or suggestions on ways to improve our technical assistance material will be very much appreciated.

Lawrence C. Gloeckler
Deputy Commissioner


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Revised January 2002