Special Education

Additional Resources

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Supported by NYSED

The Metropolitan Center for Urban Education at NYU external link has a contract with NYSED to develop, implement, and assess the provision of comprehensive technical assistance and professional development to New York State School districts that are addressing issues of disproportionality.

United States Department of Education (USDOE)

Family Information Guide to Assistive Technology and Transition Planningexternal link (Spanishexternal link) was developed by the Family Center on Technology and Disability as administered by the Academy for Educational Development (AED), in partnership with the Parent Advocacy Coalition for Educational Rights (PACER Center), the Alliance for Technology Access (ATA), and InfoUse. The Family Center is funded by the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Special Education Programs.

Postsecondary Transitioning Resources for Students with Disabilities - The U.S. Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights, has posted two letters to provide information about the legal rights of students with disabilities as they transition from high school to postsecondary education institutions.

The U.S. Department of Education external link provides information on the national educational priorities, major new 1999 initiatives, and the Partnership for Family Involvement in Education.

The U.S. Department of Education's Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Service (OSERS) external link provides information about the function of OSERS, IDEA amendments, and projects developed by the U.S. Department of Education.

Planning for Collegeexternal link is an online planning tool young adults with disabilities can use to help plan for college. It provides video clips, activities and additional resources that can help a student prepare for college life.

For assistance related to civil rights (including Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act) external link , you may contact the Office of Civil Rights (OCR) headquarters office in Washington D.C. external link or the OCR enforcement office serving your state or territory.

No Child Left Behind - A Parent's Guide is a publication developed by the USDOE external link that summarizes NCLB, answers questions about the law, and tells what it means for parents.

The Technical Assistance Center on Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS) external link has been established by the Office of Special Education Programs, US Department of Education to give schools capacity-building information and technical assistance for identifying, adapting, and sustaining effective school-wide disciplinary practices.

CADRE, The National Center On Dispute Resolution external link , is funded by the United States Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs. CADRE supports parents, educators and administrators to benefit from the full continuum of dispute resolution options that can prevent and resolve conflict and ultimately lead to informed partnerships that focus on results for children and youth. The CADRE web site includes frequently asked questions about the mediation process.

Identifying and Treating Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder: A Resource for School and Home PDFpdf icon (420 KB) is a publication from United States Department of Education.

IDEA Practices external link is a site which was developed as part of the IDEA Partnerships projects funded by the United States Department of Education in an effort to address parents, service providers, administrators and policy makers regarding the recent amendments to the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA).

The Regional Resource and Federal Centers (RRFC) Network external link is made up of the six Regional Resource Centers for Special Education (RRC) and the Federal Resource Center (FRC). The six RRCs and the FRC are funded by the federal Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) external link to assist state education agencies in the systemic improvement of education programs, practices, and policies that affect children and youth with disabilities. These centers offer consultation, information services, technical assistance, training, and product development.

DisabilityInfo.gov external link provides quick and easy access to comprehensive information about disability programs, services, laws and benefits. You can begin your search by visiting any of the nine subject areas at the top of this page. To find disability resources in your state just click on the Find State and Local Resources map located in each of these subject areas.

The New York Deaf-Blind Collaborative (NYDBC)external link is a five-year federally funded project which provides technical assistance--a system of program development and support--to improve services for children and youth who are deaf-blind (ages 0-21). The NYDBC is housed at Queens College in Flushing, New York, and is funded by the United States Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP).

Other State Offices/Agencies

The New York State Office of Children and Family Services Commission for the Blind and Visually Handicapped provides a guidance document titled Transition: A Guide for Parents and Studentsexternal link PDF Document that includes information about preparing students who are blind or visually impaired for post school living, learning and working.

The Office of State Review was created in July 1990 to assist the New York State Review Officers in reviewing the decisions of impartial hearing officers concerning the identification, evaluation, program or placement of children who have, or are suspected of having, an educational disability. This web site as a service to parents, boards of education, attorneys and other interested parties. Either the child's parents or the board of education may appeal to the State Review Officer from an impartial hearing officer's decision.

The New York State Department of Health external link provides general health information for consumers, providers, and researchers. Find out how to get New York State vital records information, notices of public health forums, and links to other health-related sites.

The New York Recommended Childhood Vaccination external link includes schedules for children birth to age twelve endorsed by New York State and New York City's Departments of Health.

Associations/Organizations - National

Making the Move to Managing Your Own Personal Assistance Services (PAS) external link assists students with disabilities transition to adulthood. Provided by the National Collaborative on Workforce and Disability, it includes sample worksheets and questions about things to consider along the path to greater independence.

Project Forum at the National Association of State Directors of Special Education (NASDE) external link and the National Center for Homeless Education (NCHE) external link developed a guidance document titled "Homeless and Special Education Administrative Collaboration: Recommendations"external link which describes the unique challenges that administrators face as they support implementation of services for children with disabilities who are homeless and provides strategies to improve the coordination and provision of services to these students.

The Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) external link is a nonpartisan, nationwide, nonprofit organization of public officials who head departments of elementary and secondary education in the states, the District of Columbia, the Department of Defense Education Activity, and five U.S. extra-state jurisdictions. CCSSO provides leadership, advocacy, and technical assistance on major educational issues.

The Early Childhood Outcome (ECO) Center external link seeks to promote the development and implementation of child and family outcome measures for infants, toddlers, and preschoolers with disabilities. These measures can be used in local, state, and national accountability systems.

The Federal Interagency Coordinating Council (FICC) external link assures that all children ages zero to eight with or at risk for developing disabilities and their families benefit from an integrated system of services and supports that is family centered, community based, and culturally competent.

The National Center for Education Statistics external link is the primary federal entity for collecting and analyzing data that are related to education in the United States and other nations. Find information on the Nation's Report Card which assesses the academic performance of fourth, eighth, and twelfth graders in a range of subjects. Text in Spanish is available at this Website.

Private Associations/Organizations - Statewide

The Brain Injury Association of New York State (BIANYS) external link is a statewide organization providing assistance to families of children who have a brain injury.

Parent Associations/Organizations - National

The National Parent Information Network (NPIN) external link is a project sponsored by the ERIC Clearinghouses on Elementary and Early Childhood Education and Urban Education. The purpose of NPIN is to provide information to parents and those who work with parents and to foster the exchange of parenting materials. This Website includes parent news, parent list serves, and articles on family life, child development, and parenting from birth through early adolescence.

The National Coalition for Parent Involvement in Education (NCPIE) external link is dedicated to developing effective family/school partnerships in schools throughout America. NCPIE's mission is to advocate the involvement of parents and families in their children's education and to foster relationships between home, school, and community that can enhance the education of all our nation's young people. This Website provides guidelines for developing effective family/school partnerships in schools throughout America, special activities, and a catalog of publications from NCPIE members.

Parent Associations/Organizations - State-level

NYSARC, Inc. is the largest not-for-profit agency in the nation supporting people with intellectual and other developmental disabilities, governed and led by family members. Through 55 Chapters, NYSARC offers services and supports encompassing all aspects of a person’s life, from birth through end-of-life care, including: early intervention, health care, education, preparation for employment, help in finding and keeping a job, independent living, skill training, and recreation activities.

The New York State PTA external link has more than 385,000 members statewide in over 1500 local units and councils in 16 districts. Members include parents, teachers, and other child advocates. This Website includes information on the New York State and National PTA convention, local and national PTA news, and legislative news.

Putnam Family Support and Advocacy, Inc. external link offers support, information, and referrals to families whose children are at risk and serves as a bridge to professional services in the community.

Parent Resources

Spanish Language Resources from the National Dissemination Center for Children with Disabilities (NICHY)external link provides information and assistance in Spanish on specific topics. This page is presented here in English and in Spanish to help both those who are looking for information in Spanish for themselves and those looking for Spanish materials to share with their Spanish-speaking families.

No Child Left Behind - A Parent's Guide external link is a publication developed by the USDOE that summarizes NCLB, answers questions about the law, and tells what it means for parents.

The Early Childhood Direction Centers (ECDCs) provide information about programs and services for young children, ages birth through five, who have physical, mental, or emotional disabilities and help families obtain services for their children.

There are 13 Special Education Parent Centers across New York State. These centers will provide parents of children with disabilities with information, and a variety of resources and strategies to assist in their involvement in their child's education.

Parent Education Resources external link includes information on helping parents prepare their children for Kindergarten. This web site also includes other helpful links for parents.

The Family Advocates Partnership for Education external link is a new project which aims to inform and educate families and advocates about the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act of 1997 and promising practices. This Website includes a newsletter, topics related to IDEA, promising practices for educating children, culturally diverse material, and links to OSEP sponsored Websites. This Website also provides information in Spanish.

University of Virginia Curry School of Education Office of Special Education Parent Information Resources external link includes additional links to resources for parents of students with disabilities.

Resources for Children with Special Needs external link , a New York City-wide not-for-profit organization provides information, training, FAQ page, and advocacy for parents and professionals each year.

Disclaimer of Endorsement

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Last Updated: October 5, 2012