Youth Advisory Panel
The Youth Advisory Panel was established to advise the Office of Special Education on proposed policies related to the education of students with disabilities. Panel members engage in facilitated discussions with NYSED staff on policy issues relating to the education of students with disabilities. In addition to commenting on and providing their recommendations regarding proposed policies, panel members share their concerns and recommendations for future policy consideration. Their participation serves to advise NYSED from a first-hand perspective on ways to improve the quality of special education services and student outcomes. Participation on the panel also provides students with the opportunity to sharpen their self-advocacy and leadership skills and network with other youth.
The Youth Advisory Panel consists of 10 to 15 youth either currently attending high school or having exited high school within the past two years (former student nominees are not required to have graduated with a Regents or local diploma). Members have been identified as students with disabilities and are receiving or have received special education services pursuant to the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act. Members are appointed for a two-year term.
Nominations for membership are accepted on an ongoing basis and kept on file for any available openings. A youth may be nominated by a parent, teacher, employer, or other adult familiar with the individual. Youth who are 18 years of age or older may nominate themselves.
Completed nomination forms should be mailed to:
New York State Education Department
Office of Special Education
89 Washington Avenue, Room 309 EB
Albany, New York 12234
Attention: Youth Advisory Panel
The Youth Advisory Panel meets three times per year. Meetings are typically held at the State Education Building in Albany. It is preferred that members attend meetings in person. However, phone conferencing options may be considered on a limited basis.