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NYC/NYS Special Education Guides:
Advocates for Children (AFC) Special Education Guide: AFC is dedicated exclusively to protecting every child’s right to an education. The Special Education Guide provides a detailed step-by-step explanation of the Special Education process in NYC.
A Parent's Guide: Special Education in New York State for Children Ages 3-21: This guide provides information for parents, guardians, and other family members about laws, regulations and policies affecting special education programs and services in New York State.
NYC DOE Family Guide to Special Education Services: This guide was created to provide information about how the New York City Department of Education (DOE) determines if a student ages 5 to 21 is eligible for special education services and how the DOE provides special education services. (click on the PDF link on the webpage for the guide).
NYC DOE Family Guide to Pre-School Special Education: This guide describes the services and supports available to preschool children and will help to understand your rights as the parent of a child who has been referred or identified as having a disability. It also contains recommendations on how to best collaborate with your child’s school and Committee on Preschool Special Education (click on the PDF link on the webpage for the guide).
NYC Special Education Standard Operating Procedure Manual: The SOPM reflects current information on major school-age special education processes and procedures in the DOE. It is a “living” document, updated on an ongoing basis as policies change and processes and descriptions are refined (click on the SOPM link on the webpage for the manual).
NYS Department of Education - Procedural Safeguard Notice for NY Parents: This guide concerns procedural safeguards that are a parent’s legal rights under federal and State laws to be informed about and involved in the special education process and to make sure that the child receives a free appropriate public education (FAPE).
NYC Department of Education – Related Services: This NYC DOE webpage provides information about the various related services provided to students.
Specialized Transportation – NYC: This NYC DOE webpage provides information on specialized transportation for students with Individual Education Programs that recommend this service.
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