The Committee on Special Education (CSE) arranges for special services for children with disabilities. These include children with learning disabilities, emotional disabilities, visual and hearing impairments, speech delay, orthopedic disabilities, health problems which impede learning, intellectual disabilities and autism. A parent, staff member or physician may refer a child (including one who attends a non-public private school) to the CSE. The CSE will then arrange to have the child evaluated and invite the parents to the CSE meeting to discuss the evaluation results and plan for any special services that may be needed.
Districts also are required to establish a Committee on Preschool Special Education (CPSE). The CPSE accepts referrals on children aged three to five and arranges to have the children evaluated at an authorized preschool selected by the parents. If the child has special needs, he or she may be recommended to attend a special preschool or receive special services at a regular nursery school. The CPSE is responsible for making these plans but, unlike services to school-aged children, the cost of the services is borne by the state and county, not the district.
If you have any questions or believe that your child may require special services, please call the office of the Director of Special Education and Pupil Personnel Services, at 277-5050.
Regulations and Guidelines
NYSED Part 200/201 Regulations
Parent and Educator Resource for Section 504 Accommodation Plans
A Transition Guide to Postsecondary Education and Employment for Youth with Disabilities
Graduation Requirements: Safety Net Options Available for Students with Disabilities
Presentations for PArents
Bilingual Family Night (October 2019)
Parent Preschool Orientation to Kindergarten
Postsecondary and Transition Planning for Students with Disabilities (January 2019)
Transition Planning for Students with Disabilities: Information, Strategies, and Tools to Support the Development of Self-Determination and Self-Advocacy (November 2019)
Agencies that Support Families and Children with Special Needs
ACESS-VR Adult Career and Continuing Education Services- Vocational Rehabilitation assists individuals with disabilities to achieve and maintain employment and to support independent living
OPWDD Office for Persons with Developmental Disabilities assists individuals and families with options for services, person-centered, short, and long-range planning.
CPSE & CSE Parent Resource Guides
Procedural Safeguards English
Procedural Safeguards Spanish
Parent's Rights English
Parent's Rights Spanish