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Special Education

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.

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Laws & Guidance

Dear Colleague Letter on Education for Highly Mobile Children

The “Dear Colleague Letter” on Education Highly Mobile Children from the U.S. Dept of Education’s Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (OSERS) includes important information about expedited evaluations and provision of comparable services when highly mobile students transfer districts.

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Laws & Guidance

IDEA Regulations

United States Department of Education

This website contains the most up-to-date regulations written by the U.S. Department of Education for the implementation of IDEA.

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Forms & Templates

IDEA Sample Complaint Form

New York State Education Department

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).

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Guides & Fact Sheets

Navigating the Intersections of the McKinney-Vento Act and Individuals with Disabilities Education Act: Coordination to Help Homeless Children and Youth with Disabilities

Homeless children and youth face educational challenges that include a lack of basic necessities, such as food, clothing, and medical services; discontinuity of education due to mobility; and trauma caused by the chaos, poverty, and instability of their family’s circumstances, or in the case of an unaccompanied homeless youth, their own circumstances

About the Source Funded by the U.S. Department of Education, the National Center for Homeless Education (NCHE) operates the Department’s technical assistance center for the federal Education for Homeless Children and Youth (EHCY) Program. In this role, NCHE works with schools, service providers, parents, and other interested stakeholders to ensure that children and youth experiencing homelessness can enroll and succeed in school.

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Parent Training and Information Centers - STATE FUNDED

There are fourteen state-funded parent training and information centers. Parent centers provide information and trainings to parents about special education issues. Some also provide advocacy and case management services in specific geographic regions.

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Parent Training and Information Centers -FEDERALLY FUNDED

There are six federally-funded parent training and information centers. Parent centers provide information and trainings to parents about special education issues. Some also provide advocacy and case management services in specific geographic regions.

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Laws & Guidance

Regulations of the Commissioner of Education: Students with Disabilities

New York State Education Department

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.

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Guides & Fact Sheets

School Help for Homeless Children with Disabilities: Information for Parents

NCHE Brief

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.

About the Source

Funded by the U.S. Department of Education, the National Center for Homeless Education (NCHE) operates the Department’s technical assistance center for the federal Education for Homeless Children and Youth (EHCY) Program. In this role, NCHE works with schools, service providers, parents, and other interested stakeholders to ensure that children and youth experiencing homelessness can enroll and succeed in school.

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Guides & Fact Sheets

Special Education Glossary

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.

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Special Education Quality Assurance Regional Offices

New York State Education Department

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.

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Guides & Fact Sheets

Supporting Homeless Children and Youth with Disabilities: Legislative Provisions in the McKinney-Vento Act and the Individuals with Disabilities Act

NCHE Brief

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.

About the Source

Funded by the U.S. Department of Education, the National Center for Homeless Education (NCHE) operates the Department’s technical assistance center for the federal Education for Homeless Children and Youth (EHCY) Program. In this role, NCHE works with schools, service providers, parents, and other interested stakeholders to ensure that children and youth experiencing homelessness can enroll and succeed in school.

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Guides & Fact Sheets

Surrogate Parents and Unaccompanied Homeless Youth under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act

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.

About the Source

The National Association for the Education of Homeless Children and Youth (NAEHCY) is a national membership association dedicated to ensuring educational equity and excellence for children and youth experiencing homelessness.

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Laws & Guidance

The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act

The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) is federal legislation that addresses the public education of children and youth with special needs.