New York

Learn more about what New York is doing to increase opportunities for youth and young adults with disabilities as they transition to employment or post-secondary education!

COVID-19 Response:

Memo: Emergency Regulations for the Provision of Special Education Programs and Services and Due Process Procedures in Response to the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Outbreak in New York State

Summary: This is a memo regarding the continuity of learning for special education programs. Most significantly, it adjusts all IEP meetings such that they must occur virtually, and provides for special education programs to occur online.

Operated by: New York State Department of Education

Topic: IEP

Provision of Services to Children with Disabilities During Statewide School Closures Due to Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Outbreak in New York State

Summary: This document outlines initial practices for New York educators instructing students with disabilities during the COVID-19 pandemic. The document provides a list of both public and private resources available to New York schools that assist educators teaching students with disabilities. It also provides guidance for the tele-facilitation of IEP services, including teletherapy and teleintervention services. The document also provides the guidance that virtual IEP meetings can occur via videoconferencing or conference call mediums.

Operated by: New York State Department of Education

Topic: Distance Learning, IEP

Recovering, Rebuilding, and Renewing: The Spirit of New York’s Schools Reopening Guide

Summary: This document guides educators in providing necessary services to students on an IEP plan. It emphasizes that schools must adjust IEP plans to account for COVID-19 related complications, adjust remote or hybrid instruction to IEP students’ needs, and consider moving students to school buildings with necessary resources. It also provides federal and state-level resources for parents with questions about their student’s IEP, encouraging them to engage in their student’s learning experience. The document further requires that, when necessary, individual school districts must provide students with disabilities necessary assistive technology.

Operated by: New York State Department of Education

Topic: Assistive Technology, Distance Learning, Family Engagement, IEP

Social Emotional Learning

Summary: This web page provides resources to parents and students coping with mental health concerns related to COVID-19. Specifically, the web page provides resources helping parents and educators speak to their children about COVID-19-related trauma, self-care resources and mental health resources for parents adjusting to distance learning.

Operated by: New York State Department of Education

Topic: Mental Health

Supplement #1 – Provision of Services to Students with Disabilities During Statewide School Closures Due To Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Outbreak in New York State

Summary: This Q&A document provides supplemental information to parents and educators of New York students with disabilities. It emphasizes that IEP teams should create contingency plans for IEP students with additional distance learning requirements as needed. It also provides a list of resources for educators and families seeking to help students with disabilities adjust to distance learning. 

Operated by: New York State Department of Education

Topic: Distance Learning, IEP

Supplement #2 – Provision of Services to Students with Disabilities During Statewide School Closures Due To Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Outbreak in New York State

Summary: This Q&A document provides supplemental information to parents and educators of New York students with disabilities, specifically focusing on extended and/or compensatory education. It provides the circumstances under which IEP committees should provide students with either extended school year or compensatory educational services. It then defines these terms, describing best practices for the conduct of the aforementioned practices.

Operated by: New York State Department of Education

Topic: IEP

Supplement #3 – Provision of Services to Students with Disabilities During Statewide School Closures Due To Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Outbreak in New York State

Summary: This Q&A document provides supplemental information to parents and educators of New York students with disabilities. This document emphasizes that students with applicable IEPs will receive extended school year services throughout July and August, thereby providing additional resources to students with disabilities who had reduced access to necessary resources due to distance learning. 

Operated by: New York State Department of Education

Topic: IEP

Frequently Asked Questions and Answers Regarding the Provision of Services to Students with Disabilities During the 2020-21 School Year

Summary: This memo from the New York State Education Department Office of Special Education highlights multiple considerations for New York students with disabilities as schools begin reopening. It notes additional necessary safety protocols for students with disabilities. It also highlights continued New York law requiring the free provision of assistive technology, discussing ways to provide such services safely during the COVID-19 pandemic. Finally, it provides a required start date and meeting requirements for IEPs that are adjusted due to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Operated by: New York State Education Department

Topic: Assistive Technology, IEP

Transition Planning Resources During COVID-19

Summary: This document lists resources for transition-age youth with disabilities seeking to plan for the next stage of their life during the COVID-19 pandemic. It includes job-search resources for youth with disabilities and resources for youth with disabilities seeking higher education.

Operated by: New York State Education Department

Topic: Transition

Handbook for Summer School Administrators and Principals (2020)

Summary: The “Students with Disabilities” section of this document highlights circumstances under which IEPs may be amended due to the COVID-19 pandemic to provide summer school services. The section specifically focuses on the distinction between providing summer school programs and extended school year services to students with disabilities to assist with COVID-related learning difficulties. 

Operated by: New York State Education Department

Topic: IEP

Resources for Mental Health and Talking to Young People about COVID-19

Summary: This document provides both state and federal resources for helping youth cope with mental health concerns during the COVID-19 pandemic. It specifically discusses speaking to children about COVID-19, as well as providing crisis and grief resources. 

Operated by: New York State Education Department

Topic: Mental Health