Special Education

Student privacy is an important issue, to that end, NYSED recently proposed changes to increase information security measures to safeguard the Personally Identifiable Information (PII) of students and certain school personnel.

Some of the items addressed are: data collection transparency and restrictions, a parent’s bill of rights, training for educational agency employees, restrictions for third party contractors, and ways for parents’ to file a complaint. A 60-day public comment period is open through March 31.

Link to parent fact sheet regarding student privacy: http://www.nysed.gov/common/nysed/files/programs/student-data-privacy/data-privacy-parent-fact-sheet.pdf

Instructions for submitting comments:


Navigating Online College as a Disabled Student

AS THE FALL SEMESTER begins and students head back to class, many are doing so virtually. Colleges are taking coronavirus prevention precautions, with hundreds opting for fully or partially online classes. Read more at US News & World Report.

Special education remote teaching resources: https://www.uft.org/teaching/remote-teaching/learning-activities-students/special-education-remote-teaching-resources

How One Company Is Providing Jobs For Those With Autism

Unemployment among those with autism is approximately 85 percent. This statistic means that roughly two-thirds of people with autism are not working. In general, those with autism had lower employment rates and higher rates of social isolation than people with other kinds of disabilities. These numbers are daunting for those with autism and the families and caretakers who love them. Read the full story at Forbes.

COVID-19 Information for ELL and Multilingual Families

Guidance on Civil Rights of Students with Disabilities

U.S. Department of Education Releases Guidance on Civil Rights of Students with Disabilities Click here to go to their website for more information


U.S. Department of Education Releases Guidance On Civil Rights of Students with ADHD

The U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights (OCR) today issued guidance clarifying the obligation of schools to provide students with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) with equal educational opportunity under Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. For more information please click here


Department Office of Special Education

Assistance for Parents Page

Pathways to Graduation Options

IEP Facilitation Program

Long Island Regional Office:Special Education

NYS Education Department Advisory Panel on Special Education

Important Links

Parent to Parent of NYS

The Center for Parents Information and Resources

Self Advocacy Association of NYS

Supporting Individuals with Autism Through Uncertain Times resource page from Autism Focused Intervention Research & Modules (AFIRM).

National PTA Special Education Toolkit

New York State Career Development and Occupational Studies Commencement Credential

Career Plan (Commencement Level)

Work-Based Learning Programs

Comparison of National Employability Skills Credentials

Transition and the New York State Career Development and Occupational Studies (CDOS) Commencement Credential

Diploma/Credential Requirements

Amendment to Section 100.5 of the Regulations of the Commissioner of Education Relating to the Safety Net for Students with Disabilities to Graduate with a Local High School Diploma

Compensatory Option Safety Net

Skills and Achievement Commencement Credential for Students with Severe Disabilities

Changes to the New York State Procedural Safeguards Notice: Rights for Parents of Children with Disabilities, Ages 3-21

School Districts Impacted by Hurricane Sandy and Requests for Flexibility in Special Education Requirements

New York State Key Staff in Special Education

Resource booklet about restraint and seclusion in schools

Response to Intervention (RTI) for Students in Grades K-4 who have a Learning Disability in Reading

School District Model Annual Professional Performance Review Plans (APPR)

Common Core Standards

Federal government website for comprehensive information on disability programs and services in communities nationwide

Adult Career and Continuing Education Services-Vocational Rehabilitation (ACCES-VR)

ACCES-VR offers access to a full range of employment and independent living services that may be needed by persons with disabilities

Gifted and Talented Websites:

Supporting Gifted Children

Diagnostic Screening of Gifted Students

Screening of Students for Handicapping Conditions and Giftedness

Teaching Talented Art Students

John Hopkins Center for Talented Youth

Davidson Institute

Jack Kent Cooke Foundation

Publications about Gifted and Talented

Role of Parent of Gifted Student

Related Organizations and Resources for Gifted Students