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Schools that offer the basic elementary or secondary curriculum plus creative electives in an informal instructional setting which features an approach to teaching and learning which emphasizes the students' right to make decisions and that views the teacher as a facilitator of learning rather than as a transmitter of knowledge. 

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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. 

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Disability Resource Clearinghouse and Navigators

The Justice Center’s Disability Resource Clearinghouse provides information about disability-related programs, services, laws and regulations. This Clearinghouse links to resources from local, state, federal and national agencies, as well as nonprofit organizations. 

NEED FURTHER ASSISTANCE?

If you cannot find the information you need, call a Disability Navigator toll-free at 1-800-624-4143.  Relay users, please dial 7-1-1 or email infoassistance@justicecenter.ny.gov.  

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Early Childhood Family and Community Engagement Centers (EC FACE Centers)

There are 14 Early Childhood Family and Community Engagement Centers (EC FACE Centers) in New York State. EC FACE Centers are part of the regional teams that use an intensive team approach. The Regional Teams, which include Regional Partnership Centers (RPC), Early Childhood Family and Community Engagement (FACE) Centers and School-age FACE Centers, provide technical assistance and professional development. Families, approved preschool and school-age programs, public schools and districts, and community partners are encouraged to contact the RPC and Early Childhood and School-age FACE Centers in their region of the State for assistance and training.

Please use the MS Navigator Mapping Tool to locate the Early Childhood FACE Center contact information for your location.

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Interagency Case Resolution Unit

The Interagency Case Resolution Unit works to assist caregivers and individuals in receiving the most appropriate community-based or residential services; minimize delays in arranging services or placements, and resolves barriers that impede timely service delivery or placement. 

The Interagency Case Resolution Unit becomes involved ONLY after all program options and dispute resolution procedures have been exhausted at the local and regional levels, or if a caregiver feels their child's needs are not being met by existing systems. 

How to Make a Referral

The agent making a referral on behalf of a child must provide the Council with the following:

  • a completed Intake Form and a signed Release of Information Form;
  • a description of the barriers encountered in attempting to provide appropriate services or placement;
  • a record of the efforts that have been made by the referral source or others to secure services and/or placements for the child; and
  • background information on the child's special needs.

A referral containing all of the information mentioned above may be submitted to:

Sheila Jackson, Coordinator, Interagency Case Resolution Unit 

Kathleen Rivers, Assistant Coordinator, Interagency Case Resolution Unit

Interagency Case Resolution Unit
NYS Council on Children and Families
52 Washington Street
West Building, Suite 99
Rensselaer, NY 12144

Telephone: 518-473-3652
Fax: 518-473-2570
e-mail: sheila.jackson@ccf.ny.gov; kathleen.rivers@ccf.ny.gov

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Jill Chaifetz Education Helpline

Advocates for Children of New York (AFC)’s Jill Chaifetz Education Helpline is your resource for information and guidance on all education-related matters in New York City.
 
Parents can spend an enormous amount of time researching different programs or simply trying to understand their child’s education-related rights. If your child is struggling in school or experiencing school discrimination of any kind, our education specialists will assess your problem and provide you with free assistance, ranging from information you can use to advocate successfully on your own to assigning an education specialist or attorney to work with you directly.

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NYS Special Education Quality Assurance (SEQA) Program

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 serve as a resource to parents, school district personnel and private providers. Responsibilities include:

  • Conduct Quality Assurance Reviews of public and private special education programs. The purpose of the review is to determine compliance with federal and State special education laws and regulations. Areas of strength and weakness in regard to effective evaluation and instructional practices are identified as part of the review process. The goal of the review is to make programs more effective and to positively affect student results.
  • Provide technical assistance to parents, school district personnel, and special education programs.
  • Provide general information regarding services for students with disabilities to parents, school district personnel, private providers, and other stakeholders.
  • Oversee certain grant applications for the expenditure of federal IDEA  funds.
  • Investigate complaints alleging a public or private special education program's noncompliance with federal or state law or regulation pertaining to the education of students with disabilities.

Listed below are the Special Education Quality Assurance Regional Office numbers. 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.

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Office of Federal Acknowledgement Peer TA - Strengthening Self-sufficiency Pathways

OFA Peer TA facilitates the sharing of information across state and local agencies implementing the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program. The goal of Peer TA is to establish linkages among TANF agencies and their partners serving TANF and low-income families at the state, county, local, and tribal level. The Peer TA website acts as a dissemination and communications vehicle, supporting the Peer TA Network in the provision of technical assistance, facilitating a dialogue among organizations serving TANF and low-income families, and helping organizations learn about innovative programs and the latest research around effective strategies to successfully support TANF and low-income families on a path to self-sufficiency.

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Out-of-District Placement: How it Works

This web page discusses options that are available if your child's special education services are not being met. It provides information on things to take into consideration when deciding on an out-of-district placement and provides some key takeaways.

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Placements of Students with Disabilities in Approved Out-of-State Residential Schools

The purpose of this memorandum is to provide updated procedures, forms and policy relating to a school district's responsibility to submit timely and complete applications, as prescribed in section 200.6(j) of the Regulations of the Commissioner of Education, for approval of State reimbursement of tuition costs for placements of students with disabilities in out-of-State approved residential programs. The information in this memorandum updates guidance previously issued in April 2011, March 2012, and March 2013.

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Regional Partnership Centers (RPC)

Regional Teams are located in each region of the State. Using an intensive team approach, the Regional Teams, which include Regional Partnership Centers (RPC), Early Childhood Family and Community Engagement (FACE) Centers and School-age FACE Centers, provide technical assistance and professional development. Families, approved preschool and school-age programs, public schools and districts, and community partners are encouraged to contact the RPC and Early Childhood and School-age FACE Centers in their region of the State for assistance and training.

Please use the MS Navigator Mapping Tool to locate the Regional Partnership Centers (RPC) contact information for your location. Select "Education" under "Map Regional Assets" menu in the Mapping Tool.

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