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Schools for Children/Youth with Disabilities

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NYS Department of Education (SED)


Schools for Children/Youth with Disabilities include, 853 schools, state-operated schools, special act school districts, and state-supported (4201) schools. These special education schools believe that all students have the capacity to learn in a manner that fosters self-esteem, connects them to a supportive school community and fosters an optimistic worldview. These schools work with children and youth who struggle with internal and external factors beyond their control that have contributed to a failure to thrive in school. These schools strive to create an environment that cultivates interpersonal relationships, maintains structure and provides opportunities to build competence.

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New York State


Academic PerformanceAlternative Schools/Trade Schools/BOCESAutism Spectrum DisordersCommunication SkillsDevelopmental DisabilitiesEducational PlanningHearing Impairment/DeafnessIntellectual Disabilities/Mental DisabilitiesLearning DisabilitiesOut of District PlacementsOut-of-Home/Residential CareSchool Avoidance/RefusalSpecial Education ClassificationsSpecial Education/IEP/504 a or bTraumatic Brain InjuryTutoringVision Impairment/Blindness

Related Terms

853CRPChildren's Residential Projectchapter 853residential schoolsspecial actspecial educationspecial education schoolsstate-operated
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