1. WHY DO FAMILIES ENTER THIS SYSTEM
Most families enter this system. Some families need access to special education (IDEA, NYS Regulations of the Commissioner of Education) or related services (IDEA, NYS Regulations of the Commissioner of Education or Section 504) or just accommodations (Section 504).
2. HOW DO FAMILIES ENTER THIS SYSTEM
- Committee on Preschool Special Education (CPSE) : 3-5 year olds.
Referral for evaluation goes to CPSE chairperson at your local school district in writing. Parent given choice of evaluator. If determined to need services-county of residence (Dept. of Health) pays for services.
- Committee on Special Education (CSE): 5-21 year olds.
Referral for evaluation goes to CSE chairperson at your local school district in writing. School district provides evaluator-AI determined to need services school pays for services. Referral may be made by either school staff or parents.
Section 504 Committee Referral goes to 504 committee chairperson at your local school district in writing. School district provides for an evaluation (in the case of 504 this may not mean testing, but a gathering of data and information in order to determine eligibility). If determined eligible the school pays for services. Schools may have differing process for hey Typically, CSE would also serve as Section 504 Committee.
3. WHAT DOES THIS SYSTEM PROVIDE
Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) - Federal provision of Special Education services a. protections.
NYS Regulations of Me Commissioner of Education Parts 200 1.201 -State provision of Special Education services a. protections.
Section 504 - Federal provision of services necessary to "level the playing field" for students with disabilities who do not require Me services of a special education teacher Le. accommodations, related services, assistive technology.
4. WHAT ARE THE ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS
A child with a disability who qualifies under one of the distinct classifications described in Me statute In NYS those classifications are - Autism, Deafness, Deaf- blindness, Emotional disturbance, Hearing Impairment, Learning Disability Mental Retardation, Multiple Disabilities, Orthopedic Impairment, Other Health Impaired, Speech or Language Impairment, Traumatic Brain Injury, Visual Impairment including blindness.
Section 504 - child who has a disability that substantially limits their ability to benefit from regular education.
5. WHAT ARE THE LAWS OR REGULATIONS OP THIS SYSTEM?
Individuals with Disability Education Act 2004 (IDEA 2004), No Child Left Behind (NCLB), Office of Civil Rights (OCR), Article 84, Parts 100, 200. 300.
6. WHAT FAMILY SUPPORTS EXIST WITHIN THIS SYSTEM
Parent Teacher Association (PTA)
Parent Training Information Centers (PTIC)
Parent Information Resource Centers (PIRG)
Early Childhood Direction Centers (ECDC)
Special Education Parent Centers (SEPC)