Special Education

Additional Resources

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United States Department of Education (USDOE)

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 Services (OSERS) external link provides information about the function of OSERS, IDEA amendments, and projects developed by the U.S. Department of Education.

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.

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.org 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 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.

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 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 - State-level

NYSARC, Inc.external link 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.

Student Resources

The Accredited Schools Online Scholarships & Financial Aid for Students with Disabilities webpage includes information on special financial aid and scholarship opportunities for students with disabilities. 

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Last Updated: August 3, 2022