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Special education offers instruction that is specifically designed to meet the unique needs of a child with a disability, at no cost to parents. The McKinney-Vento Act works together with the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) to ensure that the needs of students in temporary housing with special needs are met. Click below for helpful resources regarding the rights of students in temporary housing who have special educational needs.
Find answers to commonly asked questions about special education for students in temporary housing situations.
Parent Training and Information Centers — six federally-funded and fourteen state-funded
The two links above are lists of the federally-funded and state-funded parent centers in New York State. Parent centers provide information and trainings to parents about special education issues. Some also provide advocacy and case management services in specific geographic regions.
The NYSED Special Education Quality Assurance Regional Offices provide information and technical assistance to parents, school district personnel, and to private providers about special education services.
Surrogate Parents and Unaccompanied Homeless Youth under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act [PDF]
This document was created by the National Association for the Education of Homeless Children and Youth (NAEHCY) and the National Association of State Directors of Special Education (NASDSE) to help school districts ensure that unaccompanied youth who are homeless and who have disabilities are able to access special education services.
This document was created by the National Center for Homeless Education (NCHE) to provide information to parents about the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) and how it can help students in temporary housing with special needs.
Supporting Homeless Children and Youth with Disabilities: Legislative Provisions in the McKinney-Vento Act and teh Individuals with Disabilities Education Act [PDF]
This document created by the National Center for Homeless Education (NCHE) provides information about how the Individual with Disabilities Education Act and the McKinney-Vento Act can work together to provide services to students in temporary housing with special needs.
Special Education Glossary [Word doc]
The special education vocabulary includes many unique terms and abbreviations.These guides can be a helpful tool each time you encounter a new term each time you encounter a new term.
Parents, individuals, or organizations may use this form if they believe a school district or public agency has violated a requirement of Part B of IDEA or New York State laws or regulations related to students with special needs. This model form, which includes the elements required by the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), may be used to submit a complaint to the New York State Education Department (SED).
Laws and Guidance
The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) is federal legislation that addresses the public education of children and youth with special needs.
This website contains the most up-to-date regulations written by the U.S. Department of Education for the implementation of IDEA.
October 2016 Regulations of the New York State Commissioner of Education on Students with Disabilities
This document provides the most up-to-date special education regulations from the New York State Education Department and includes information on IEP evaluations, school discipline, transportation, and other subjects. N.Y.C.R.R. § 200-201.
Upcoming Workshops and Trainings
03/19/18 Orange-Ulster BOCES
03/20/18 DCMO BOCES
03/13/18 Early Childhood Education (NYC)
03/21/18 Unaccompanied Youth (NYS & NYC)
04/17/18 Liaison Responsibilities (NYC)