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Announcing State Plan Public Meetings on Vocational Rehabilitation and Supported Employment Services

 The New York State Office of Adult Career and Continuing Education Services- Vocational Rehabilitation (ACCES-VR),…

 
CCSE Public Meeting Agenda 03-20-2014

CCSE Public Meeting Agenda 03-20-2014

Please click this post to see the CCSE Public Meeting Agenda for 03-20-2014  

 
 

Helpful links to guidance documents to assist you with navigating through the special education system: 

Courtesy of  FAMILIES HELPING FAMILIES

Updated 2012 Medical Accommodation Form for Busing (PDF, “Request for Medical Transportation Accommodations, NYC Office of School Health”)

PARENT’S RIGHTS BOOK (Procedural Safeguards booklet)

ENGLISH: http://www.vesid.nysed.gov/specialed/publications/policy/PSGN109.pdf (PDF)

 http://www.vesid.nysed.gov/specialed/publications/policy/psgn109.htm

SPANISH:http://www.vesid.nysed.gov/specialed/publications/policy/spanishpsgn109.pdf (PDF)

 

LINKS TO DOE POLICY: 

Department of Educations Library of guidance documents:

http://schools.nyc.gov/Academics/SpecialEducation/EducatorResources/default.htm

 New- Standard Operating Procedures Manual: The Referral, Evaluation, and Placement of School-Age Students

with Disabilities – September 2008

New-Practitioner’s Guide with Primary Emphasis on Assessing Achievement as Part of an Evaluation for Special Education – Fall 2007

New- Standard Operating Procedures Manual: The Referral, Evaluation, and Placement of School-Age Students with Disabilities – September 2008

Wilson Administrators Guide (PDF)

A Guide to Special Education for Principals (PDF)

A Guide to Understanding the IEP Process – (from the Spring 2008 Parent Conference) (PDF)

The Continuum of Services for Students with Disabilities (PDF)

Creating a Quality IEP (PDF)

 A Guide to Understanding the IEP Process – (from the Spring 2008 Parent Conference) (PDF)

 

The New York State office of Vocational and Educational Services for Individuals with Disabilities (VESID: Home site):     

 http://www.vesid.nysed.gov/

VESID Special Education site:  http://www.vesid.nysed.gov/specialed/

VESID Special Education Publications:  http://www.vesid.nysed.gov/specialed/publications/

LINKS TO LAW

Parts 200 and 201 of the Regulations of the Commissioner of Education (Updated 10/08)

Proposed Mandatory Individualized Education Program (IEP), Meeting Notice and Prior Written Notice Forms – October 2008

New Requirements for the Provision of Special Education Services to Home-Instructed (“Home-Schooled”) Students – July 2008

Parental Consent for the Use of Public Benefits or Insurance Pursuant to the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act – June 2008

Application for Exception to the One Percent Cap on Proficient or Above Scores Based on Alternate Achievement Standards2007–08 – February 2008

Provision of Special Education Services to Students with Disabilities who are Instructed at Home by Their Parents – January 2008

Burden of Proof for an Appeal in an Impartial Due Process Hearing – September 2007

Chapter 378 of the Laws of 2007 – Guidance on Parentally Placed Nonpublic Elementary and Secondary School Students with Disabilities Pursuant to the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) 2004 and New York State (NYS) Education Law Section 3602-c – September 2007

Revised New York State Procedural Safeguards Notice: Rights for Parents of Children with Disabilities, Ages 3-21 – August 2007 - Available in Spanish

Child-Specific Allowance to Temporarily Exceed an Approved Special Class Size for Preschool Students with Disabilities – Revised 8/07

Special Education Itinerant Teacher (SEIT) Services and Related Services for Preschool Students with Disabilities – July 2007 – Joint Memorandum (VESID/OMS)

Important New Information Affecting How Your Child Will Receive Special Education Services – July 2007

Sample State Complaint Form – December 2006

 

 

NEW EDUCATION LAW as of September and October 2007:

http://www.vesid.nysed.gov/specialed/publications/lawsandregs/coverpage.htm

http://www.vesid.nysed.gov/specialed/publications/lawsandregs/part201.htm
http://www.vesid.nysed.gov/specialed/publications/lawsandregs/200contents.htm
http://www.vesid.nysed.gov/specialed/publications/policy/nonpublic907.htm
http://www.vesid.nysed.gov/specialed/publications/policy/burdenproof.htm

 

Guidance document on Testing Accommodations:

http://www.vesid.nysed.gov/specialed/publications/policy/testaccess/policyguide.htm

Guidance document regarding Extended School Year (ESY or 12 month) services:

http://www.vesid.nysed.gov/specialed/applications/esy/ja2007.htm

New Parent’s Right Guidance Document: http://www.vesid.nysed.gov/specialed/publications/policy/psgncover.htm

 VESID Sample State Education Complaint form: http://www.vesid.nysed.gov/specialed/publications/policy/covercomplaint.htm

Changes in the law governing the DOE in their servicing of Non-public school children:

http://www.vesid.nysed.gov/specialed/publications/policy/nonpublicparent.htm

Guidance document on the CSE’s and school’s responsibilities to your child:

http://www.vesid.nysed.gov/specialed/publications/persprep/cse/home.html

Information for pre-school parents of students with disabilities:

http://www.vesid.nysed.gov/specialed/publications/preschool/brochure.htm

Guidance document on discipline procedures for a child with a disability:

http://www.vesid.nysed.gov/specialed/publications/policy/discipcover.htm

Guidance document on Functional behavioral assessments:

http://www.vesid.nysed.gov/specialed/publications/policy/functionbehav.htm

 Least restrictive Environment (LRE) Policy document: http://www.vesid.nysed.gov/specialed/publications/policy/lrepolicy.htm

 New IDEA requirements: http://www.vesid.nysed.gov/specialed/idea/requirememo.htm

 VESID “Help for Parents” site: http://www.vesid.nysed.gov/specialed/quality/qaparents.htm

VESID site on Alternate Assessments: http://www.vesid.nysed.gov/specialed/alterassessment/home.html

Department of education (DOE) site for student support services: http://schools.nyc.gov/StudentSupport/default.htm

 DOE link to the Impartial hearing Office: http://schools.nyc.gov/Administration/Offices/ImpartialHearingOffice/default.htm

 Link to the VESID Transition home pagehttp://www.vesid.nysed.gov/specialed/transition/

Link to VESID Frequently Asked Transition questionshttp://www.vesid.nysed.gov/specialed/transition/faq.htm

VESID Student and Family resource Link menu: http://www.vesid.nysed.gov/specialed/transition/sandf.htm

 VESID Transition requirements and Guidelines site providing info on what is required of school districts and agencies in providing transition planning and services for your child:

 http://www.vesid.nysed.gov/specialed/transition/randg.htm

VESID menu of links to community resources: http://www.vesid.nysed.gov/specialed/transition/whocan.htm

The New York State Education Department Menu to “Resources for Individules with Disabilities”: http://usny.nysed.gov/disa/

The State Education Department (SED) Home Site: http://www.nysed.gov/

SED Information on FOIL rights and requests: http://www.oms.nysed.gov/foil/

SED Higher Education (college): http://usny.nysed.gov/highered/

SED Laws and regulations site: http://usny.nysed.gov/lawsregs/

SED Family Education Rights  and Privacy Act:  http://www.ed.gov/policy/gen/guid/fpco/ferpa/index.html

VESID Link to the IDEA: http://www.vesid.nysed.gov/specialed/idea/home.html

 

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