New York

The information presented below is a brief overview of this state's special education support system. Please contact the state education agency or follow the included links for more detailed information.

Educational definitions of disabilities

  • Autism - consistent with the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act
  • Intellectual disability - consistent with the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act
  • Emotional/behavioral disorder - uses emotional disturbance and is consistent with the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act

More detailed information is available at eligibility criteria.

Numbers of students with disabilities served

For the 2012 child count, New York reported the following:

  • Autism - 26,955 students, fifth highest among disability populations
  • Intellectual disability - 12,087 students, seventh highest among disability populations
  • Emotional/behavioral disorder - 27,981 students, fourth highest among disabilities populations

Support service structure

New York State Department of Education, Office of Special Education monitors and supports special education services provided by public schools. Additional support is provided by the regional quality assurance centers and New York State Special Education Parent Centers.

Task forces

The Interagency Task Force on Autism submitted its final report in 2010.

Statewide disability clearinghouse

New York does not have a single statewide disability clearinghouse but does have a number of technical assistance centers, including the Center for Autism and Related Disabilities.

Disability scholarship program

New York does not have a disability scholarship program.

Insurance coverage for autism spectrum disorder services

New York enacted legislation related to insurance coverage specifically for autism spectrum disorder-related services. See New York insurance for more information.

TRICARE-approved applied behavior analysis providers

As of May 2013, New York had 21 supervisors (direct service providers) and 54 tutors (assistants requiring supervision to provide services).

Parent training and information center

Advocates for Children of New York, Resources for Children with Special Needs and the Sinergia Metropolitan Parent Center provide support for New York City's five boroughs. The Parent Network of WNY provides parental support and resources for Erie, Niagara, Orleans, Wyoming, Genesee, Chautauqua, Cattaraugus and Allegany counties.

Secondary transition resources

Information and resources related to secondary transition in New York are available at secondary transition.

Military Interstate Children's Compact Commission

New York is not a member of the Military Interstate Children's Compact Commission.

Special education resources

Information on resources for families is available from the local school district, the regional centers and the parent training and information centers listed above. Additional information is provided at assistance for parents and resources.

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