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The New York City school bureaucracy can be difficult for parents to navigate. This is especially true for children needing special services and teens returning from institutional placements. Click on the links below to access brochures detailing the rights and responsibilities, at both the federal and state level, of children and parents dealing with the Department of Education. Also included are suggestions for ensuring that the needs of disabled children are met.

Special Education: Early Intervention Early intervention programs are for children ages 3 to 5. This brochure outlines:

  • Criteria for eligibility
  • The kinds of educational and non-educational services offered
  • The role of the Committee on Preschool Special Education (CPSE)
  • Information on the evaluation process

Special Education: Access and Eligibility Learn about the following:

  • Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) and the Individualized Education Program (IEP)
  • Whether or not your child is eligible for special education services
  • The overall range of placements and programs

Special Education: Requesting an Impartial Hearing This brochure explains the following:

  • What constitutes an impartial hearing
  • The circumstances under which you can request an impartial hearing
  • Who to contact for free or low-cost legal representation
  • Additional important information regarding the overall request process

Re-enrolling in Public Schools This brochure will help parents determine:

  • How to find the region and zoned school for your address
  • How to register your child
  • What rules are applicable regarding transfer eligibility and transfer requests for high school students

To learn more and to receive the complete set of Know Your Rights brochures in English and Spanish, contact The Children's Aid Society, Office of Public Policy and Client Advocacy at (212) 358-8930.