A Quarterly Newsletter From the Parent Network of the Capital Region 
PNCR's mission is to provide parents with knowledge, skills, and resources to facilitate productive relationships with their school districts, ensuring an appropriate education for their child.  All services are offered at no cost.
Parent Network of the Capital Region Newsletter
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Surviving the Holidays, by Donna B. Wexler - Click here

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NYSED Updates and Guidance

Parental Consent for the Use of Public Benefits or Insurance Pursuant to the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) 
(November 2018)  Here

Attachment: Ammended Regulations:  Here
Attachment: Sample Written Notification :Here
Attachment:Sample Consent Form: Here
Attachment: Questions and Answers: Here

Superintendent Determination Option for Graduation with a Local Diploma  (updated info) can be found
HERE.  (August 2018)

Guidance on Students with Disabilities Resulting from Dyslexia, Dysgraphia, and Dyscalculia can be found   HERE (August 2018)

Q and A released on Impartial Hearings for Students with Disabilities  can be found HERE.
  (January, 2018)

Requirements Related to Special Education Impartial Hearings can be found 
HERE. (September 2017)

"Next Generation Learning Standards" approval announcement can be found 
HERE. (September 2017)

NYS Regents and local diploma requirements video series can be found HERE.  (August 2017)

Changes to the New York State Procedural Safeguards Notice: Rights for Parents of Children with Disabilities, Ages 3-21 can be found HERE. (July 2017)

Effective July 1, 2018 New York schools are required by law to provide instruction in mental health to all elementary, middle and high school students.  The new law amends section 804 of Article 17 of State Education Law and applies to all public and private schools under the jurisdiction of the New York State Education Department (SED).  Section 804 of the law pertains to health education, which schools have been required to provide for several decades and includes subject matter such as the early detection of certain cancers and alcohol, tobacco and substance use.  The new law adds mental health to the legally mandated components of health instruction.

A School Mental Health Education Resource and Training Center is being established by the Mental Health Association in New York State, Inc.(MHANYS) to help schools comply with the new law.  The Center will provide free online mental health training (CTLE-eligible) and instructional resources for educators, as well as mental health resources for parents and guardians, students and community-based mental health providers.  For more information about the Center please visit

For more information about "Mental Health Education In New York State" Click here

Winter, 2018



As we close the first quarter of the school year, our hope is that your children are off to a successful start to the year.  Communication is key, so make sure to reach out to your child's teachers if you have questions or concerns.  

If you have special education or disability related questions or need help preparing for an upcoming CSE/annual review meeting, please contact our office, Monday through Friday 8:30am - 4:30pm, at 518-640-3320 or info@pnc

Please take a look at our list of upcoming FREE trainings below as well as others within our area.  

The PNCR Team.
Bonnie, Liz Mary, Sheri and Jay




Parent Network of the Capital Region Events: Click here


Upstate NY Autism Alliance  Events:  Click here

Albany Autism Society Events :   Click here

Wildwood Programs Family Support  Services Events:    Click here

Special Education Task Force Event: 


Parent Network of the Capital Region is pleased to offer 
Google Hangout as an interactive way to connect with us.  If you are not able to meet us in person to prepare for a meeting, review an IEP or other educational records, call us and we can now connect,  LIVE  with Google Hangout. 


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My son  has an IEP and is a sophomore in high school. I am not sure what kind of services are available for him after high school to support him in college or if he chooses to work independently?

While in high school it is important to reach out the Transition Coordinator or Guidance Counselor about transition services upon leaving high school.  Each school has a person designated to coordinate Transition Services.  

New York State Education Department recommends that students in their Junior Year of high school apply for  Adult Career and Continuing Education Services -Vocational Rehabilitation (ACCESS-VR).  This program is part of the New York State Education Department and is designed to help people wth disabilities meet career goals.  It helps  people to get jobs whether the person  is born with a disability, develops a disiballity or becomes a person with a disability while working.  

Some examples of these servicces include:  Job Coaching, Adaptive Driver Training, Assessments and Evaluations, Vocational Counseling and Guidance, etc.   For more information on ACCESS-VR ... Click here