Today was a full day and boy did I learn a lot! I went to a developmental disabilities council meeting all about children’s services. I then went to my SD ( Self directed ) launch meeting which was great!
Last I participated in a Parent to parent webinar that was all about part 200 commissioners regulations for NYS.
Where I learned that a major issue for NYC DOE parents is that the city guidelines really fail in their SOP IEP procedures manual and chancellors regulations to effectively translate the state Commissioners Regulations as far as defining what the special education continuum of services are that can be offered at IEP meetings.
It seems that often what takes place around NYS does not take place in NYC. We are left out because of our size which seems to be very unfair to our children. They are denied services and access to basic resources.
For example when is the last time that you saw a Special needs child offered a one to one Para for the district funded or PTO funded after school program? Often the special needs child is not allowed to participate or cannot participate because the ratio is too high.
The district does nothing to help these parents access after school options, which further oppresses a family. It does not empower them to be independent or successful.
I went to a conference at tweed where a special needs parent asked about special needs children and after school services which of course are available to all children at the participating public school.
The chancellor for special education who’s name I will not mention, failed to even attempt to answer this question. She completely avoided it and changed the topic. This is violation of IDEA and ADA at its worst, our children are clearly being discriminated against by not being able or allowed to access after school programs that are available to typical developing children.
Look out for the next Blog that will provide a list of helpful links to the updated Part 200 NYSED section, the SOP IEP NYC book and of course the Safeguards.
I also plan on developing a state complaint resource outline.