• Helpful Information for Parents

    Procedural Safeguards:  

    As a parent, you are a vital member of the Committee on Special Education (CSE) or Committee on Preschool Special Education (CPSE) in New York State. The CSE/CPSE is responsible for developing recommendations for special education programs and services for your child. You must be given opportunities to participate in the CSE/CPSE discussion and decision-making process about your child’s needs for special education. The following information concerns procedural safeguards that are your legal rights under federal and State laws to be informed about and involved in the special education process and to make sure that your child receives a free appropriate public education.

    The link below will provide the procedural safeguards in a few different languages in addition to English.

    Procedural Safeguards Notice 


    Parent's Guide to Special Education:

    Need help understanding the Special Education Process?  

    This document provides information for parents, guardians and other family members about laws, regulations and policies affecting special education programs and services. However, these protections, rights and opportunities will best help students reach their full potential when parents, families and schools work collaboratively. 

    Parent's Guide to Special Education

    Section 504:   Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act is a civil rights stature which prohibits discrimination against individuals with disabilities.  

    Section 504 covers qualified students with disabilities who attend schools receiving Federal financial assistance.
    To be protected under Section 504, a student must be determined to:
    (1) have a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities; or
    (2) have a record of such an impairment; or
    (3) be regarded as having such an impairment.
    Section 504 requires that school districts provide a free appropriate public education (FAPE) to qualified students in their jurisdictions who have a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities.

    For more information:  Section 504 

    Autism Resources:

    The links below are provided as a resource for additional information about autism.

    Local workshops are organized by the Autism Alliance of Northeastern NY.   

    Click on "resources for parents" at the top of the page to find helpful links for parents.

    The following web sites and publications offer more comprehensive information:

       - Autism Speaks 

       - Autism Society 

       - Kids Health "Autism"


    Categories of Disability under IDEA:

    There are 13 categories of special education as defined by the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA).  In order to qualify for special education, the Committee on Special Education (CSE) must determine that a child has one of the following: 
    1. Autism
    2. Deafness
    3. Deaf-Blindness
    4. Emotional Disturbance
    5. Hearing Impairment
    6. Intellectual Disability
    7. Multiple Disabilities 
    8. Orthopedic Impairment 
    9. Other Health Impaired
    10. Learning Disability 
    11. Speech or Language Impairment
    12. Traumatic Brain Injury 
    13. Visual Impairment
    In order for the CSE to qualify a student for services, they must be found to have one of the 13 categories of special education and it must
    adversely affect the student's educational performance.


    Other links:

    Internet Safety
    Assistance for Parents of Special Education
    New York State Complaint Process