The following are published by the New York State Education Department as resources for parents of students with disabilities. These links to the SED website are posted here as a convenience.
- A Parent's Guide to Special Education in NYS for Children Ages 3–21 provides information for parents, guardians and other family members about laws, regulations and policies affecting special education programs and services. Also in Spanish.
- A Parent's Guide for Preschool Students with Disabilities, Ages 3-5 provides information to parents of preschool children suspected of having a disability. It is also available in Spanish.
- A Parent's Guide to Response to Intervention provides information for parents, families and others regarding Response to Intervention (RtI). RtI is a process used in schools which provides additional help to assist students to keep up with learning, particularly in reading and math.
- Resolving Concerns About Your Child's Special Education Services? provides information and steps to resolve concerns regarding your child and his/her special education programs or services.
- Are You the Parent of a Child with a Disability? contains information relating to access to the general education curriculum and the safety net for students with disabilities who pursue a Regents or local high school diploma.
- Special Education Mediation - Real Solutions Where Everybody Wins describes a cooperative way to help resolve differences of opinion between parents and school districts regarding special education programs and services.
- Parts 200 and 201 of the Regulations of the Commissioner of Education dictate the responsibilities of school districts and provide definitions as related to services for students with disabilities.
- Vocational Rehabilitation Services for High School Students – Q & A for Parents provides information on eligibility for vocational rehabilitation services and placement services including job-seeking skills training, employer referrals, work tryouts and on-the-job services. A similar brochure is available for students also.
You may also register for the SED listserv to receive notice of the latest information and publications available relating to students with disabilities.
- Wrights Law "The Special Ed Advocate It's Unique... and Free!"
- Council of Parent Attorneys and Advocates COPAA
- Laws and Regulations Related to Special Education and Students with Disabilities of New York State