Special Education

Technical Assistance Resources

A variety of technical assistance and professional development resources are available from the New York State Education Department (NYSED), P-12: Office of Special Education for school districts, parents and others interested in the education of students with disabilities.

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Autism

Center for Autism and Related Disabilities (CARD)external link provides evidence-based training and support to families and professionals, and through ongoing research, contributes knowledge to the field of autism spectrum disorders.

Behavior

  • Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS) Technical Assistance Centerexternal link provides high quality training, technical assistance and support to the New York State (NYS) RSE-TASC Behavioral Specialists and other Office of Special Education providers.
  • RSE-TASC Behavior Specialists work with NYSED-designated school districts, particularly with those school districts with significant discrepancies in the long-term suspension rates for students with disabilities, to establish and sustain positive behavioral interventions and supports within those school districts.

Bilingual/English Language Learner (ELL)

  • Intensive Teacher Institute in Bilingual Special Education (ITI-BSE)external link was created to assist with the shortage of certified bilingual and English as a second language (ESL) special education teachers, bilingual teachers of the speech and hearing handicapped, and bilingual pupil personnel professionals. This State-funded program provides tuition assistance for fifteen credits of specialized coursework and facilitates the certification process for these professionals who are currently working in NYS public schools or approved preschools.
  • New York City Preschool Bilingual/ESL Technical Assistance Center - The purpose of the Bilingual/ESL Preschool TAC is to increase the capacity of section 4410 preschools located in New York City to serve preschool students with disabilities with limited English proficiency by providing services in the following two areas training and referrals to ITI-BSE.
  • RSE-TASC Bilingual Specialists provide regional information and technical assistance on NYS requirements and effective practices for bilingual/ELL students with disabilities.
  • Speech-Language and Bilingual Speech-Language Personnel Development Technical Assistance Center (SLPD-TAC)external link provides online coursework and other supports needed to obtain initial or professional certification in teaching students with speech and language disabilities and licensure in Speech-Language Pathology for individuals who are committed to work in New York City Public Schools.

Disproportionality

Technical Assistance Center on Disproportionality (TACD) at New York Universityexternal link - TACD’s work includes building the capacity of regions and districts in understanding the root cause and systemically addressing the disproportionate assignment of various subgroups in special education to develop, implement, and assess a process of providing comprehensive technical assistance and professional development trainings to NYS school districts that are addressing issues of disproportionalityexternal link

Early Childhood

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.

Impartial Hearing Officers

Impartial Hearing Officersexternal link - NYSED and Special Education Solutions, L.L.C., have partnered to provide the training and resources needed to serve as a Special Education Impartial Hearing Officer.

Literacy

RSE-TASC

  • Regional Special Education Training Specialists provide training and information through regional training sessions relating to special education requirements and effective practices
  • Special Education School Improvement Specialists work to build the capacity of school districts with specific low performing school districts and other schools designated by NYSED to improve instructional practices primarily in the areas of literacy, behavioral supports and special education for students with disabilities.
  • Nondistrict Technical Assistance Providers provide training, technical assistance on special education and school improvement to selected school-age approved private schools.       

Mediation

Mediation Services for Special Education - The New York State Dispute Resolution Association (NYSDRA), under a contract with the P-12: Office of Special Education, provides special education mediation for parents and school districts throughout NYS.  

Parent Support

There are 13 Special Education Parent Centers across NYS. These centers will provide parents of children with disabilities with information, resources, and strategies to communicate effectively and work collaboratively with schools and stakeholders to advocate and actively participate in their children’s education program.

Response to Intervention

Response to Intervention (RtI)- Technical Assistance Centerexternal link supports capacity-building efforts of NYS schools to implement proven and promising practices within a RtI model and provides indirect technical assistance and professional development to NYS schools on RtI-related topics.

Specially Designed Instruction

RSE-TASC

  • Regional Special Education Training Specialists provide training and information through regional training sessions relating to special education requirements and effective practices.
  • Special Education School Improvement Specialists work to build the capacity of school districts with specific low performing school districts and other schools designated by NYSED to improve instructional practices primarily in the areas of literacy, behavioral supports and special education for students with disabilities.
  • Nondistrict Technical Assistance Providers provide training, technical assistance on special education and school improvement to selected school-age approved private schools.

Specific Learning Disabilities

RSE-TASC

  • Regional Special Education Training Specialists provide training and information through regional training sessions relating to special education requirements and effective practices
  • Special Education School Improvement Specialists work to build the capacity of school districts with specific low performing school districts and other schools designated by NYSED to improve instructional practices primarily in the areas of literacy, behavioral supports and special education for students with disabilities.
  • Nondistrict Technical Assistance Providers provide training, technical assistance on special education and school improvement to selected school-age approved private schools.

Transition/Post School

Visually Impaired

Intensive Teacher Institute for Teachers of the Blind and Visually Impaired (ITI-TVI) is designed to provide tuition assistance to students and teachers interested in becoming TVIs, to address the shortage across the State, and who are willing to serve as TVIs in NYS for two years following completion of the program.

 

Professional Development

For more information on the following, please see http://www.p12.nysed.gov/specialed/techassist/rsetasc/profdevelop.htm

  • 2013-14 Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS) Regional Forums
  • The Special Education Process for Principals
  • School-Wide Information System (SWIS): Facilitator Training
  • Transition Assessments to Inform the Development of the Individualized Education Program (IEP)
  • Accessible Instructional Materials (AIM)
  • Developing a Quality Individualized Education Program (IEP)
  • Testing Accommodations
  • Training of the Parent Member
  • Chairperson Training


Technical Assistance Materials

 

Last Updated: July 17, 2014