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.
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.
Regional associates at the Quality Assurance office located in your school district will answer questions about special education. Within each office, Regional Associates, who are employees of the State Education Department, are assigned to specific school districts and special education programs. The Regional Associate oversees preschool and school-age special education services and serves as a resource to parents, school district personnel, and private providers. Responsibilities include:
The Special Education Quality Assurance Regional Offices. When contacting the regional office, please identify your county, school district, or special education program so that you may be directed to the appropriate Regional Associate.
This web page provides short quizzes that can help you organize your thinking and get closer to making decisions about what is best for your child. The quizzes include:
This web page provides an extensive collection of downloadable tip-sheets, briefs, posters, infographics and videos, many of which were developed and reviewed with input from young adults with serious mental health conditions and given their "stamp of approval."
This Tip Sheet for Teens provides useful information to help teens practice self-advocacy in their Individualized Education Program (IEP) meetings.