Useful Resources for Students with Disabilities and their Families


    NYSED Procedural Safeguards Notice (April, 2014), Rights for Parents of Students with Disabilities (classified), Ages 3-21

    This notice explains parents' rights, under federal and state laws, to be informed about and participate in the special education process for their children.   
    Parent centers are located across New York State and offer information, strategies, and support for parents of students with disabilities. The local office is at the Westchester Institute for Human Development, Cedarwood Hall, Room A106, Valhalla, NY 10595. (914) 493-7665; 
    OPWDD provides supports for persons with developmental disabilities throughout the lifespan. Parents of students who are classified with disabilities that cause substantial difficulties with functioning, including (but not necessarily limited to) Autism, Traumatic Brain Injury, or Intellectual Disability, are encouraged to apply through the Front Door. Most OPWDD services are provided through Medicaid, and these services can include respite care, service coordination, and health/medical-related services. OPWDD can also assist older students transition from school into adulthood via supported employment and community habilitation. Some services can be provided through Medicaid, regardless of income level, for students and families who qualify. The Front Door contact number for the Taconic regional office in Kingston is 844-880-2151. 
    ACCES-VR provides vocational rehabilitation services, such as job coaching and transition planning, to eligible students with IEPs or 504 plans ages 14 and older whose post-high school goal is to be employed. The local office is in Poughkeepsie: (845) 452-5425. Referral forms are available from the high school.  
    This page contains information from federal and state resources that students and families may find helpful when planning for what to do after high school completion.