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Learning Disabilities

A neurological disorder that affects one or more of the basic psychological processes involved in understanding or in using spoken or written language. The disability may manifest itself in an imperfect ability to listen, think, speak, read, write, spell or to do mathematical calculations. Learning disabilities should not be confused with learning problems which are primarily the result of visual, hearing, or motor handicaps; of intellectual disabilities; or of emotional disturbance.

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College-level Reading - Tips and Tools to Help with Comprehension and Fluency

This is a guide for parents and students and provides a quick overview of tools and strategies to aid comprehension and fluency while reading college level text.

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College: You Can Do It! Tip Sheet

This tip sheet provides helpful information to help students with disabilities prepare for college.

The document covers three phases: 

  • Preparing for college while in high school.
  • Staying in college, which requires numerous self-management skills.
  • Preparing to move beyond college and into a career.

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Dual Diagnosis - A Guide for Caregivers

This guidebook gives caregivers the tools they need to understand how mental illness might look in a person with a developmental disability, and information on what to do and where to go for help. It was written in order to help caregivers to partner with health care providers. This guidebook was originally written in 2011 and was revised in 2015. It was created for the New York State Institute for Health Transition Training with grant support from the New York State Developmental Disabilities Planning Council.

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Early Childhood Transition Process

This guide provides information to help families of children with special needs prepare for smooth and effective transtions. It includes general information on the rights and responsibilities of families as well as eligibility under IDEA and Settings for Preschool, School Registration Requirements, Program Options for 4-year-olds and Areas of Development.

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Essential Skills to Getting a Job

The "Essential Skills to Getting a Job: What Young People with Disabilities Need to Know" brochure describes essential competencies that young people to enter the workforce.

 

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Getting Help for Struggling Students

This tip sheet highlights a variety of resources available to students who need help with school. It includes information on Supplemental Educational Services (SES); Academic Intervention Services (AIS); P-3 Letters; and private tutoring programs.

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Guide to Transition Services

This is a guide to assist in the transition process for youth with disabilities and their families. Topics include: definitions of IEP; categories of transition services; post-secondary goal; the rights of students and parents; and advocacy tips. The guide also includes a list of transition services and supports in New York City and transition planning timeline.

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Personal Allowance Manual

This publication provides guidance on:

  • What personal allowance is
  • How personal allowance should be spent
  • How to comply with personal allowance rules
  • How to calculate the amount of personal allowance

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Resource Directory for Children and Young Adults with Special Health Care Needs

This resource directory is for the families of children and young adults who have a serious illness or long-lasting condition for which they need extra health care and support services. Children and young adults with special health care needs might have a serious or long-lasting:

  • Physical condition
  • Intellectual or developmental disability or
  • Behavioral or emotional condition.

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Special Education In Plain Language

This publication provides information for parents, advocates, and school districts about the laws and regulations that define special education programs and services.

 

Developed by the Council on Children and Families and Funded by the Developmental Disabilities Planning Council