(Special Education PTA)
Our objectives are to support, strengthen and promote a greater awareness and understanding of special education and the student with any exceptional needs. We also strive to support parents and caregivers of children with special needs, including sharing information and knowledge of special education regulations.
Feel Better Kids: www.feelbetterkids.orgor 866-257-KIDS
Learning Disabilities and ADHD: www.ldonline.org
National Dissemination Center for Children with Disabilities: www.nichcy.org
New York State Department of Education: www.nysed.gov, Dr. Rebecca H. Cort, Associate Commissioner
New York State Education Department Office of Special Education
55 Hanson Place, Room 514
Brooklyn, NY 11217
National Institute of Mental Health: www.nimh.nih.gov
New York Access Pass: 518-474-2324
OPWDD (Office for People With Developmental Disabilities, formerly OMRDD): 631-434-6100, www.omr.state.ny.us
Parent to Parent: www.parenttoparent.org
Special Ed Moms: www.specialeducationmoms.com
Special Needs Consultant and Financial Planner: Craig Marcott, 631-286-1061 or www.craigmarcott.com. Services offered: Special Needs Planning, Guardianship Services, SSI and Medicaid Applications, Consultations, Insurance, Special Needs Workshops
US Department of Education: www.idea.ed.gov
Woodbine House: www.woodbinehouse.com -- Books on disabilities for parents, children, teachers and professionals
From the Suffok County Office for People with Disabilities and Suffolk County Fire, Rescue and Emergency Services
When a disaster or local emergency strikes, special shelters and transportation assistance may be available to eligible individuals who require assistance. The Suffolk County Joint Emergency Evacuation Program (JEEP) is a voluntary reporting program for individuals who require functional or special needs assistance.There are an estimated 280,000 Suffolk residents that meet current federal definitions for special needs.To be eligible for this program, you must pre-enroll and provide the county with specific information allowing us to plan for your needs.
Seniors and people with disabilities may need to take additional steps to prepare for emergencies. If you or someone in your household has special needs, consider the following tips when preparing your disaster:
Office of Special Education
158 Laurel Avenue
Northport, NY 11768
Director of Special Education:
Chairperson for Special Education (Secondary):
Chairperson for Special Education (Elementary):
Parental Involvement Surveys
From Christina Pulaski, Director of Special Education: Each year the Special Education Department is assigned by the State Education Department to complete a State Performance Indicator. For the 2013-14 school year, we are assigned to complete Indicator #8: Parental Involvement Surveys. Our District is working with the NYSED to collect information on how we help the parents of students with disabilities to be involved in their children’s education. Parents from school districts throughout the state will be completing the same survey. My office has mailed the surveys, along with an explanation from me, home to all parents of students with disabilities. NYSED is working with the Potsdam Institute for Applied Research (PIAR) at SUNY Potsdam, an independent research firm, to collect the information. It is important that parents respond to the survey and return it to PIAR. Parents should feel free to call my office if they have any questions or concerns about the survey.
We received this info from Christina Pulaski, Director of Special Education. The BrainPOP educational website is available for all students from Kindergarten through Grade 12. BrainPOP is an animated educational site for kids. The subjects include: science, social studies, English, math, arts & music, health, and technology.
Check it out at: www.brainpop.com.
Understanding the IEP Form: Information for Families
The updated New York State Individualized Education Program (IEP) form plays a critical role in ensuring that every student with a disability gets the specific supports and services he or she needs to learn and achieve. Scroll down for answers to common questions.
Why has the state developed a new IEP form?
The state developed a new form to help IEP teams focus on services that are most important for your child and to reduce variation of IEP forms across the state. The expectation is that IEPs will be more individualized to each student while at the same time held to the same standards across New York State.
What do the changes in the new IEP promote?
What are some differences between the previous form and the new one?
All IEPs have the same basic components:
What is the Special Education Student Information System (SESIS)?
A secure web-based case management system for students with IEPs. All new IEP documents will be created and maintained in this system. As has always been the case, all team members, including parents, will continue to be actively involved throughout the IEP development process.