The Children’s Aid Society Champions Access to Special Education

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New York City is home to thousands of children with special needs. These young people require educational programs which address their needs, programs with individually monitored plans, adapted materials and equipment, and a physical environment to help them to grow into self-sufficient, functioning young adults.  For these children, the individual attention required to help them flourish is not always available to them in a classroom setting.

"Special needs includes children with physical and learning disabilities, as well as emotional, behavioral and developmental disorders. These children require an Individualized Education Program, (IEP) to provide an appropriate and effective educational experience.

The Children’s Aid Society brochure, Special Education: Access and Eligibility, supplies families with eligibility requirements for special education services per the U.S. Department of Education (DOE), including the spectrum of programs, funding and an explanation of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA).  IDEA was passed in Congress to protect the rights of students with disabilities, requiring schools to evaluate and educate children who qualify for special services. Upon meeting the requirements under IDEA, these students are placed in an appropriate, specialized program – their IEP – at no cost to the parents.

By law, the parents are required to be included with the planning of their child’s IEP. The program works towards providing the least restrictive environment, so the child can experience as much inclusion into General Education as possible.

Our dynamic programs, such as the Rhinelander’s Children Center’s Saturday program for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Children and the Respite Services at Wagon Road Camp for developmentally challenged kids, are specifically designed to serve our special needs children. All children deserve an appropriate education, and Children’s Aid supports that with services and advocacy!

For more information, contact The Children’s Aid Society at (212) 358-8930.