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Education and Early Childhood

Topics in Special Education

13 Disability Classifications for IEPs in NYS [pdf document]

Dyslexia [pdf document]

Understanding Sensory Processing Challenges [pdf document]

What are 504 Plans? [pdf document]

Family/Student Meeting Preparation Guide [pdf document]

Guia para prepararse para las reuniones escolares [pdf document]

Understanding and Addressing Bullying [pdf document]

Early childhood

Center for Early Literacy Learning

Technical Assistance Center on Social Emotional Intervention for Young Children

Early Intervention Family Alliance


Special Education documents and information - English

Understanding the Differences Between IDEA and Section 504


NYSED documents and information

A Parent's Guide to Special Education in NYS

New York State Laws and Regulations that Differ from Federal Requirements

NYSED Index of Programs & Services

NYSED Publications for Parents

NYSED Sample Complaint form

Response to Intervention - New York State Education Department Guidance Document

The Dignity for All Students Act

Engage NY - NYSED resources related to Common Core Learning Standards

NYS Immunization Policy Guidance, dated August 2019 [pdf version]


Sample Letters

Letter of Understanding [editable Word document]

Requesting a 504 Plan [editable Word document]

Requesting a CSE Meeting [editable Word document]

Requesting a Functional Behavioral Assessment [editable Word document]

Requesting Additional Evaluations [editable Word document]

Requesting an Assistive Tech Evaluation [editable Word document]

Requesting an Independent Evaluation [editable Word document]

Requesting Initial Evaluation and Parent Referral to CSE [editable Word document]

Requesting Records [editable Word document]

Requesting Reevaluation [editable Word document]

Requesting Reevaluation after No Changes to Program or Placement [editable Word document]

Student with a 504 Plan, Notifying School about Bullying [editable Word document]

Student with an IEP, Notifying School about Bullying [editable Word document]


Universal education information

Reading Rockets: Teaching Kids to Read and Helping Those Who Struggle

Help your disorganized student tips, tools and solutions

WXXI Educational Outreach Center Adult Education


Assistive technology

Accessible Instructional Materials (AIM)

Assistive Technology Catalog from Enabling Devices

Center on Technology and Disability

I-Tunes App for full-featured augmentative and alternative communication solution for people who have difficulty speaking


Family involvement

Parent to Parent of New York State

Family and Community Engagement Trust


CADRE - The Center for Appropriate Dispute Resolution in Special Education

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Transition from High School to Adult Life

ACCES-VR - NYS Adult Career and Continuing Education Services-Vocational Rehabilitation

NYS Transition Partners

Transition Readiness Questionnaire (Includes questions in English and Spanish)

Transitioning from High School to College Academics: Taking the shock out of the change

Center on Disability and Education

Center for Technology and Disability

College Resources for Students with Disabilities

College Scholarships for Students with Disabilities

College Survival Skills for Students with Disabilities

Think College! College options for people with intellectual disabilities

Technology Resources for College Students with Disabilities

I am Determined

Ready by 21: supporting all children and youth to be ready for college, work and life

TransitionSource - support for educational programs and agencies in NYS

Disability Car Insurance: What Are My Rights?


Tip Sheets:

ACCES-VR - What is it?

ACCES-VR - Roles and Responsibilities for Young Adults and Parents

Developmental Disabilities

Disability Disclosure in a Community Setting

Disability Disclosure in a Postsecondary Institution

Graduation Chart

Housing Discrimination and Accommodations for People with Disabilities

Individualized Plan for Employment (IPE)

Key Terms for Self-Directed OPWDD Services

Life Beyond High School for Students with Developmental Disabilities

Making Transition Stick

Medicaid Service Coordination (MSC)

Navigating Adult Services

NYS Commission for the Blind (NYSCB) Vocational Rehabilitation Services

Preparing Your Child/Young Adult for Work

Social Security Administration (SSA)

Tips for Navigating Non-Sensory Friendly Places

Transition Timeline

What is the "Front Door"?

What the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) Means for Young People with Disabilities in NYS