There are 14 Special Education Parent Centers across New York State. These centers will provide parents of children with disabilities with information, resources, and strategies to:
promote their meaningful involvement in their children’s education programs, including information regarding the special education process (referrals, individual evaluations and individualized education program development and transition planning);
assist in understanding their children’s disabilities;
promote early resolution of disputes between parents and school districts;
promote the use of resolution sessions and special education mediation;
assist in understanding procedural due process rights, including the right to impartial hearings and appeals and the State complaint process; and
enhance parents’ skills and levels of confidence to communicate effectively and work collaboratively with other schools and other stakeholders to advocate and actively participate in their children’s education program.
A Parent's Guide to Special Education in NYS for Children 3-21
This guide contains comprehensive information on the special education process in New York State, beginning with the initial referral for special education services. Special education means specially designed individualized or group instruction or special services or programs to meet the unique needs of students with disabilities. Special education services and programs are provided at no cost to the parent.