A Parent's Guide to Special Education in New York City by Laurie Dubos

By Laurie Dubos

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Parents are usually crushed by way of the complexity of the detailed schooling placement technique in big apple urban and its surrounding parts. This guidebook presents the data mom and dad have to suggest for his or her baby effectively and to settle on an appropriate tuition. The authors, one a co-founder of the Gillen Brewer college in manhattan urban and the opposite a father or mother of a kid with studying disabilities, percentage their own studies and insights as to how the specific schooling procedure operates and many of the techniques mom and dad can pursue.

This crucial advisor gains profiles of 33 colleges for kids with precise wishes, plus listings of doctors, camps, afterschool courses, evaluate facilities, and members within the box that have been urged by means of households of kids with distinct wishes. Chapters specialise in referrals and reviews, eligibility standards, mom and dad’ rights, stepping into a personal university, the appliance technique, university excursions and interviews, and making the choice.

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It is important to remember to include your child’s name and address and the name of his or her current school. Hearings are usually scheduled within a month of a request. While parents can go to an impartial hearing without legal representation, we strongly recommend that parents retain a lawyer or get help from an advocacy group/agency that is knowledgeable about special education law and the regulations specific to New York state. You may choose to have your child present during the hearing if you feel it would be beneficial to your case.

Is there a PTA? • Does the school provide workshops for parents? • Is there an afterschool program? • How will the school help you in finding the next school/ placement for your child? It helps to put together your own list, one that specifically relates to your child’s needs. There may be certain conditions that you require for your child that are a priority, and other issues that you can compromise on. Don’t fully rely on a school’s administrative staff to determine if a school is the best fit for your child.

Is the school accessible to children and parents who have physical disabilities? • How many classes/children may be participating in each setting? • What types of sensory issues would you anticipate in each setting for your child? 6. What other information about school policies would you want to know? • What kind of communication with administrators and teachers/therapists can you expect? • How often are conferences held during the school year? • How can you request meetings with staff or administrators?

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