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DOE Launches Special Education Family Office Hours and P311 Hotline

September 12, 2012 1 comment

Thanks to Anne for sharing!

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The Department of Education’s Division of Students with Disabilities and English Language Learners is committed to supporting all families during the citywide expansion of the special education reform initiative.

To this end, it is with great enthusiasm that I am pleased to announce the launch of the Special Education Family Office Hours and a P311 hotline. These additional resources for families were conceived in partnership with City Council Speaker Christine C. Quinn and Education Committee Chair Robert Jackson.

Beginning August 1, 2012, families that need assistance can call a dedicated hotline for special education support at (718) 935-2007. In addition, families can always contact P311.

Family office hours will be held in nine sites across the five boroughs with day, evening, and weekend hours beginning July 31, 2012. During office hours, a special education specialist will be available for meetings with individual families to help resolve their questions about the special education reform and work to reach solutions to support their child. The complete schedule of dates, times, and locations are available through our family web site at: http://schools.nyc.gov/Academics/SpecialEducation/when-is-the-next/2012parent-information-session.htm.

We encourage you to share this information with families and communities. On behalf of all our students, I thank you for your ongoing collaboration and support.

Sincerely yours,

Corinne Rello-Anselmi
Deputy Chancellor
NYC Department of Education
Division of Students with Disabilities and English Language Learners
P: (212) 374-5766
F: (212) 374-5599

New Special Education Group In Brooklyn

Click here to check out a new meetup group in Brooklyn for special education professionals. The purpose of the group is to network, exchange ideas, and build knowledge about what techniques work with persons who have autism and multiple disabilities.

Info and Meetings Regarding the New IEP Forms for NYC Special Needs Students

Apparently IEPs are being changed to help emphasize long-term educational and post-graduation outcomes for special needs students. Click here for the letter being addressed to families and see below for meeting details in all five boroughs.

Understanding the New IEP Form: Information for Families

The updated New York State Individualized Education Program (IEP) form plays a critical role in ensuring that every student with a disability gets the specific supports and services he or she needs to learn and achieve.Parents and guardians are invited to the following meetings to learn more:

Borough

Date

Time

Location

Manhattan June 13, 2011 1pm – 3 pm **New Location**
Department of Education
400 First Avenue
Manhattan, NY 10010
1st floor Conference Room
Queens June 14, 2011 9 am – 11 am Department of Education
28-11 Queens Plaza North
Long Island City, NY 11101
Room 510
Staten Island June 17, 2011 1 pm – 3 pm Petrides High School
715 Ocean Terrace
Staten Island, NY 10301
Building A, Room 118
Bronx June 21, 2011 9 am – 11 am Department of Education
One Fordham Plaza
Bronx, NY 10458
Room 838
Brooklyn June 23, 2011 9 am – 11 am Department of Education
131 Livingston Street
Brooklyn, NY 11201
Room 610

Why has the state developed a new IEP form?

The state developed a new form to help IEP teams focus on services that are most important for your child and to reduce variation of IEP forms across the state. The expectation is that IEPs will be more individualized to each student while at the same time held to the same standards across New York State.

What do the changes in the new IEP promote?

  • Meaningful opportunities for parents/families to participate in the development, review and revision of the IEP, including specific questions aimed at parental input.  Parents remain vital members of the IEP team;
  • Seeing special education as a service, rather than a place where students are sent, by focusing on services and accommodations that will enable a student to be successful in their least restrictive environment;
  • The appropriate preparation of students for their transition to further education, employment, and independent adult living, by focusing on the development of meaningful postsecondary measurable goals and a coordinated set of transition activities.

What are some differences between the previous form and the new one?

  • The new IEP form contains the same basic information as the previously used NYC IEP form; however, there are some differences.
  • The sequence of the information is designed to guide the IEP team through the proper IEP development process. This means that the new IEP should flow more logically beginning with levels of student performance, then the identification of goals, followed by recommendations on how to assist the student in achieving these goals, and finally the identification of the least restrictive environment where the student will achieve success.
  • The IEP is now electronic (created using a secure web-based case management system) and the pages will flow, leaving as much room as needed to fill out each section. As a result, sections will no longer correspond to specific pages.

All IEPs have the same basic components:

  • Identifying Information
  • Present Levels of Performance and Individual Needs
  • Measurable Annual  Postsecondary Goals/Transition Needs
  • Measurable Annual Goals, including Short-Term Objectives and Benchmarks (when appropriate)
  • Reporting Progress to Parents
  • Recommended Special Education Programs and Services
  • Coordinated Set of Transition Activities
  • Participation in State and District-Wide Assessments
  • Participation with Students without Disabilities
  • Special Transportation
  • Placement Recommendations

What is the Special Education Student Information System (SESIS)?

A secure web-based case management system for students with IEPs.  All new IEP documents will be created and maintained in this system.  As has always been the case, all team members, including parents, will continue to be actively involved throughout the IEP development process.

Special Education Meetup Group in NYC

I have been a member of various meetup.com groups for all of my kids, but I wanted to share with you the most recent group I joined, the New York Special Education Meetup Group. Below is the group description taken from their site:

Our Community is made up of Parents, Educators, Caregivers and Students who want to share best practices, network, talk, share stories, and lend support to each other through the sharing of information. The group meets regularly. Anyone is welcome to attend these informative meetings which provide opportunities to: 

• hear from speakers 
• learn about resources in the community 
• network with other parents 
• keep updated on issues affecting children with special needs

Meet with other local Special Education parents, care givers, case workers and educators. Gather to discuss issues facing special education students and programs. Education Through Adventure is dedicated to experiential education and the students, educators and practitioners who utilize its philosophy. We are based in Orange County New York.

You can join the group for free to see photos of their activities, participate in related discussions and be updated about meetings around the city by going to http://www.meetup.com/nyspecialeducation/ and clicking Join Us.

Their next meeting is on June 1 at 7:15pm and is about equipping your home or classroom for the sensory child. I look forward to finding out more about this group and sharing my experience with you!