University at Albany – SUNY – Professional Development & Parent Seminars

The Center for Autism and Related Disabilities (CARD Albany) is pleased to announce 2016-17 professional development and parent seminars – The seminars are offered at no cost to participants living in NYS.

 

Addressing the Core Deficits of Autism Spectrum Disorder in the Classroom: Evidence-Based Strategies for Teaching Social- Emotional Skills to Students with ASD

Students with ASD have persistent deficits in social communication and social interaction across contexts; these deficits often include social-emotional reciprocity and non-verbal communication. This seminar will focus on foundational social skills, an overview of assessment/curriculum tools and it will highlight several instructional strategies to help support students with ASD.

 

Addressing the Core Deficits of Autism Spectrum Disorder in the Classroom: Supporting the Understanding and Development of Peer Relationships

As a core deficit in ASD, students have deficits in developing, maintaining, and understanding relationships, ranging, for example, from difficulties adjusting behavior to suit various social contexts; to difficulties in sharing imaginative play or in making friends; to absence of interest in peers. This session will discuss the importance of friendships, along with interventions that target the development of peer relationships.

 

Seminar flyer: http://www.albany.edu/autism/files/Fall_2016_PDPS_Flyer.pdf

 

Register online: http://www.albany.edu/pdps/form.php

Superintendent Determination of Graduation with a Local Diploma – NYSED Special Education Field Advisory

June 2016 

SPECIAL EDUCATION FIELD ADVISORY

From: Patricia J. Geary 

Subject: Superintendent Determination of Graduation with a Local Diploma

At the June 2016 meeting, the New York State Board of Regents approved through emergency action an amendment to section 100.5 of the Regulations of the Commissioner of Education to require superintendents to make a local determination as to the academic proficiency for eligible students with disabilities to graduate with a local diploma. 

Guidance on Procedures Relating to Special Education Impartial Hearings–Special Education Field Advisory

June 2016 

SPECIAL EDUCATION FIELD ADVISORY

From: Patricia J. Geary

Subject: Guidance on Procedures Relating to Special Education Impartial Hearings

PDF Version of Memo  

The purpose of this memorandum is to provide clarification regarding some of the procedural requirements relating to special education due process hearings pursuant to section 200.5 of the Regulations of the Commissioner. 

Matter of Paul T. v South Huntington Union Free Sch. Dist. (2015 NY Slip Op 25207)

Being bullied is not itself a legally recognizable disability if it does not rise to the level of adversely impacting educational performance.

Notice of Public Hearing: Special Education : P-12 : NYSED

 

 

United States Department of Education
Notice of Public Hearing 
July 16, 2014
1:00 pm-3:00 pm and 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
New York State Education Department
Office of Professional Discipline
1411 Broadway 
Regents Room 10th Floor
New York, New York

On Wednesday, July 16, 2014, the United States Department of Education (the Department) will conduct public hearings, pursuant to section 457 of the General Education Provisions Act (GEPA), 20 U.S.C. § 1234f to determine whether it should enter into a Compliance Agreement with the New York State Education Department (NYSED).  Written public comments on this issue will also be accepted through July 26, 2014.  NYSED has requested that the Department allow NYSED to enter into a Compliance Agreement to resolve its noncompliance with a specific requirement under Part B of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA).  Since April 2012, NYSED has not been in compliance with the IDEA Part B requirement to issue within thirty (30) days, unless a party requests and is granted a specific extension, the State-level independent decision in an appeal of an impartial due process hearing officer’s decision.  (20 U.S.C. § 1415(g); 34 CFR §§ 300.514(b) and 300.515(b)).  NYSED has stated that it is not able to correct this noncompliance within one year due to the significant and unanticipated increase in the number of appeals of due process hearing decisions under Part B of the IDEA.

 

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You must have a photo ID and should arrive early to process through security.  To facilitate security processing, all individuals planning to attend must notify the Department by July 7, 2014 so that a list of attendees can be provided to Building Security.  In addition, please indicate if you plan to give testimony.  Participation notification and requests for reasonable accommodations should be submitted to: Jocelyn Logan-Friend with the Department at OSEPnysedhearinginfo@ed.gov by July 7, 2014. 

 

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n consideration of information provided through this public comment process, the Department will determine whether it is feasible for NYSED to reach compliance within one year and, based on that determination, will issue Written Findings and a Decision to that effect, which will be published in the Federal Register along with the substance of any Compliance Agreement. 

To obtain a copy of this notice, please contact Jocelyn Logan-Friend atOSEPnysedhearinginfo@ed.gov

You may also click here.

 

 

New US manual for diagnosing mental disorders published | DSM-5 | guardian.co.uk

 

The field of mental health will face its greatest upset in years on Saturday with the publication of the long-awaited and deeply-controversial US manual for diagnosing mental disorders.

Early drafts of the book, the fifth edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, or DSM-5, have divided medical opinion so firmly that authors of previous editions are among the most prominent critics.

Known informally as the psychiatrists’ bible, the $199 tome from theAmerican Psychiatric Association is the guidebook that US doctors will use to diagnose mental disorders. The latest edition is the first major update in 20 years.

Read entire analysis by Guardian.

 

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Announcement of Annual State Application Under Part B of IDEA as Amended in 2004 for Federal Fiscal Year 2013: Special Education : P12 : NYSED

Annual State Application Under Part B of IDEA as Amended in 2004 for Federal Fiscal Year 2013

New York State’s Annual State Application Under Part B of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) PDF document (116 KB) for Federal Fiscal Year 2013 has been posted for public review for 60 days (through April 23, 2013).  The application includes the identification of State requirements that are not otherwise required by federal law and regulations pursuant to IDEA section 608(a)(2).
Written public comment on the IDEA Part B ApplicationPDF document (116 KB) will be accepted by the P-12: Office of Special Education for 30 calendar days as required by federal law, starting February 27, 2013 until March 29, 2013.  Written comments will be accepted by email with the subject line NYS Part B Application Public Comment to spedpubliccomment@mail.nysed.gov or may be submitted by mail to:

New York State Education Department
Office of P12 Education: Office of Special Education
89 Washington Avenue, Room 309 EB
Albany, NY 12234
Attention: NYS Part B Application Public Comment

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