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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: 


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)





Department of Educations Library of guidance documents:

 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):

VESID Special Education site:

VESID Special Education Publications:


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:


Guidance document on Testing Accommodations:

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

New Parent’s Right Guidance Document:

 VESID Sample State Education Complaint form:

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

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

Information for pre-school parents of students with disabilities:

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

Guidance document on Functional behavioral assessments:

 Least restrictive Environment (LRE) Policy document:

 New IDEA requirements:

 VESID “Help for Parents” site:

VESID site on Alternate Assessments:

Department of education (DOE) site for student support services:

 DOE link to the Impartial hearing Office:

 Link to the VESID Transition home page

Link to VESID Frequently Asked Transition questions

VESID Student and Family resource Link menu:

 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:

VESID menu of links to community resources:

The New York State Education Department Menu to “Resources for Individules with Disabilities”:

The State Education Department (SED) Home Site:

SED Information on FOIL rights and requests:

SED Higher Education (college):

SED Laws and regulations site:

SED Family Education Rights  and Privacy Act:

VESID Link to the IDEA:


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In Memory of Patrick Dalton

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Spring 2018 Flower Fundraiser!

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