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Education Resources

504 Accommodation Plans
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Addressing Healthcare in the Individualized Education Plan: Points to Consider

To ensure successful transition to adult living, learning, and earning, the Individualized Educational Plan (IEP) for students receiving Special Education Services should address any chronic health care conditions that affect their education transition.

Developed by Parent to Parent of NYS with funding as NYS’ Family to Family Health Care Information Center.

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Council for Exceptional Children (CEC)

The largest international professional organization dedicated to improving educational outcomes for individuals with exceptionalities, students with disabilities, and/or the gifted. CEC advocates for appropriate governmental policies, sets professional standards, provides continual professional development, advocates for newly and historically underserved individuals with exceptionalities, and helps professionals obtain resources necessary for effective professional practice. The website has a wealth of resources and links to other valuable sites.

Fostering Respectful Relationships in Education:  Disability Awareness

Now, more than ever, society is recognizing the importance of respecting the individuality of all people.  The classroom, school bus, lunchroom, gymnasium, assembly, athletic field, playground and other school environments are places to model, learn, and teach disability awareness and etiquette.  When everyone models respect in everyday interactions and when students see this, they too learn to value and admire all people for who they are and what they do.

Developed by Parent to Parent of NYS with funding as NYS’ Family to Family Health Care Information Center.


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Individual Health Plan (IHP)

The individual Health Plan (IHP) clarifies the provision of medication, monitoring of health status and other aspects of health managment. 

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Internet Resources for a Successful School Year

Compiled for the start of the 2013-14 school year by Parent to Parent of New York State.

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LD Online

A service of The Learning Project at WETA, Washington D.C., in association with the Coordinated Campaign for Learning Disabilities. Included are a newsletter, many reports and documents, and links to many other valuable sites.

LD Resources

This site has been providing resources for people with learning disabilities since 1995. The site includes The LD Reader (newsletter) information on organizations; conferences; people; education; reading, writing, and learning; essays and articles; tools (high and low tech); electronic text; and books and videos.

Math and Reading Help for Kids: Learning Disabilities and Problems

Directory of hundreds of original articles, tips, and resources centered on the topic of children's learning. Comprehensive Just for Kids section containing dozens of articles written for a younger audience and Reading Help for Kids.

National Center for Learning Disabilities (NCLD)

Strives to be an easy-to-use resource for people seeking authoritative information on learning disabilities (LD).

National Dissemination Center for Children with Disabilities

has training modules on critical IDEA topics available on their website

New York State Career Zone

An online career exploration and planning system designed specifically for New York State students. It assists middle and high school students in developing online, interactive career plans. It uses the New York State career plan model that was developed by the New York State Education Department.

NLD on the Web!

Nonverbal Learning Disorder (NLD) is also called Nonverbal Learning Disabilities. NLD on the Web! was designed and developed by and for parents.

NYS Education Department – Special Education

PACER Center

Created by parents of children and youth with disabilities to help other parents and families facing similar challenges. PACER is staffed primarily by parents of children with disabilities and works in coalition with 20 disability organizations. In addition to a competent and caring staff available to answer questions and offer one-on-one help, PACER publishes newsletters and other publications. PACER's free Catalog of Publications offers educational materials to parents and social service professionals on issues related to special education and disabilities.

PACER’s National Bullying Prevention Center

Unites, engages and educates communities nationwide to address bullying through creative, relevant and interactive resources. PACER’s bullying prevention resources are designed to benefit all students, including students with disabilities.

Parent Teacher Conference Tip Sheets for Principals, Teachers and Parents

Face-to-face interaction between parents and teachers is the cornerstone of school family engagement efforts. These newly revised Parent–Teacher Conference Tip Sheets provide key strategies for both parents and teachers to walk into conferences informed and prepared, in order to ensure the most successful outcomes. A tip sheet aimed at school principals also outlines how school administrators can support parents and teachers to that end.

Designed to be used as a set, the tip sheets combine consistent information with targeted suggestions, so that parents and educators enter conferences with shared expectations and increased ability to work together to improve children's educational outcomes.

Parent Training & Information Centers

a federally funded program through the US Dept. of Education, Office of Special Education Programs

Parent Training & Information Centers (PTIC) and Community Parent Resource Centers (CRPC)

An article about PTIC and CPRC

Parent’s Guide to Special Education - English
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.
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Parent’s Guide to Special Education - Spanish

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.

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Partners in Education

A self-study course designed to help parents of children with developmental disabilities navigate the special education system and help their children make the most of their potential.

PEAK Parent Center

PEAK Parent Center is Colorado's Parent Training and Information Center. PEAK is a statewide organization of parents of children with disabilities reaching out to assist other parents and professionals. The mission of PEAK Parent Center is to ensure that children, youth, and adults with disabilities lead rich, active lives and participate as full members of their schools and communities.

Project LEARNet

An online resource developed by the Brain Injury Association of NYS that is a problem solving system and resource website for parents, teachers and clinicians designed to help identify useful procedures for helping students with brain injury in school and at home. The website contains many tutorials, video tutorials, parent specific pages, kid specific pages and teacher specific pages which provide useful information on brain injury and strategies.

Sample 504 and IEP Plans

Display or download these sample 504 and IEP plans for children with diabetes.

Section 504 Fact Sheet
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Special Education in Plain Language- English

A User Friendly Handbook in Special Education Law, Policies and Practices in New York. Created and provided by the Special Education Taskforce-  Updated March 2013

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Special Education Law

Parents, advocates, educators, and attorneys come to Wrightslaw for accurate, up-to-date information about advocacy for children with disabilities.

The Early Intervention Program - A Parents Guide
The Early Intervention Program is a statewide program that provides many different types of early intervention services to infants and toddlers with disabilities and their families. In New York State, 
the Department of Health is the lead state agency responsible for the Early Intervention Program. 
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The HEATH Resource Center

Serves as a national clearinghouse on postsecondary education for individuals with disabilities, managed by The George Washington University Graduate School of Education and Human Development

The Resource Room

A website with links and resources for learning, especially for people who learn differently or who have learning difficulties or specific learning disabilities. Beginning in January, 2002, the site has new resources added at least once a week. It has a focus on articles and ideas about reading comprehension and teaching middle, secondary and post-secondary students.

Think College

Doors to colleges are opening for people with intellectual and other developmental disabilities in many different ways all over the country. This website is designed to share what is currently going on, provide resources and strategies, let you know about training events, and give you ways to talk to others.

Understanding Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973

What Am I Looking For? Observing a Child, Looking at a School

By Ellen McHugh, Lead Coordinator, New York City Office

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Zero to Three

The nation's leading resource on the first three years of life. They are a national non-profit charitable organization whose aim is to strengthen and support families, practitioners and communities to promote the healthy development of babies and toddlers.