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Creating Adaptable Classrooms for All Students



Dear Friends and Colleagues;

We hope you are all ready for spring after this long winter! Please enjoy the Long Island Parent Center (LIPC) newsletter which is sponsored through the Center for Community Inclusion (CCI) at LIU POST. 

This quarter we focus on preparing for IEP meetings and planning for summer. The first article in this issue, "Annual IEP Goals: What You Need to Know", discusses how to set effective and appropriate goals for your child. The Second article, "From Needs to Services: Parent Homework Sheet", provides a worksheet to help you break down and evaluate your child's IEP. Our third article, Should Your Child's IEP Include Extended Year Services (EYS)?" concerns extended year services and how to know if your child qualifies. The last article in this quarter's newsletter features an inspiring story about students with disabilities attending Yale University. The students, with a range of different disabilities, discuss their difficulties and successes fitting in in the university setting. Finally, in the "Summer Planning Resources" block, our staff has put together a list of resources to help you plan your child's summer on Long Island.

Each quarter our newsletter will provide you with current events in education, updates from NYS 
Education Department, the US Department of Education, and regional resources. Our staff enjoys sharing the most interesting articles and information we find as we navigate through our daily work schedules. What we do know is that there never seems to be enough time to read every article, every e-mail, and every memo that is distributed throughout the field. Our goal is to conveniently share with you the most important and interesting information that we find in a timely manner. We encourage you to join our list serve  click here so in addition to this newsletter you will receive periodic publications and notices that might be of interest to you.

Helene Fallon

Project Coordinator

Acronyms & Key Terms:


ESY - Extended Year Services -Students may be considered for 12-month special services and/or programs to prevent substantial regression if they are students whose special education
needs are determined to be highly intensive and require a high degree of individualized attention and intervention.
IDEA - Individuals with Disabilities Education ActA civil rights law that: (a) protects individuals from discrimination; and (b) entitles children with disabilities that limit a major life activity, such as learning, to a free appropriate public education designed to meet their individual educational needs as adequately as the needs of children without disabilities are met.

Section 504 Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 requires a school district to provide a "free appropriate public education" (FAPE) to each qualified person with a disability who is in the school district's jurisdiction, regardless of the nature or severity of the person's disability.

FAPE - Free Appropriate Public Education -  Special education and related services that are: (a) provided in an Individualized Education Program (IEP); (b) designed to meet the unique needs of a child with a disability; (c) meet state standards; and (d) are provided at public expense.
LRE - Least Restrictive Environment - 
To the maximum extent appropriate, children with disabilities should be educated with children who are not disabled; placement in special classes or removal from the regular education setting occurs only when the disability is so severe that satisfactory education cannot be achieved in regular classes with the use of supplementary supports; special education setting must be as close as possible to the students local school. 
IEP - Individualized Education Program -  A written statement for a child with a disability that describes special education programming and related services designed to meet the unique needs of the child.  The IEP must include: a statement of the child's present levels of academic achievement and functional progress; measurable annual goals that are designed to enable the child to make progress in the general education curriculum; a description of how the child's progress will be measured; measurable post-secondary school goals. 
Annual IEP Goals: 
What You Need to Know


During each annual IEP meeting, you and the rest of your child's IEP team will review your child's progress toward meeting his annual goals. You'll also develop new goals for the coming year.

Setting annual IEP goals is much like planning the next "destination" in your child's journey. First, you need to figure out how he's doing now. (Where is he now?) Then you can decide what help he needs to reach his next set of goals. (Where should he go next and how can he get there?)

Here we explain the process of goal-setting and how to set annual goals that are effective and appropriate for your child.


From Needs to Services: 

Parent Homework Sheet

This worksheet will help you determine if the goals and support listed in your child's IEP match the needs listed in your child's Evaluation Summary Report completed by the school. Once you have completed this worksheet, you will have specific information that will help you make the best decisions for your child's education.

Should Your Child's IEP Include Extended Year Services (ESY)?
Some children with disabilities require special education and related services longer than the usual school year in order to receive FAPE. Extended School Year (ESY) services are special education and/or related services provided beyond the usual school year, at times when school is not usually in session - typically during the summer.

ESY services are different from summer school, summer remedial classes, and summer enrichment programs. ESY services are individualized, based on the child's needs as documented in the IEP, and are free of charge to parents.



Disability At Yale 

When Christina Kim '16 arrived for her freshman year at Yale, construction workers were still hammering an automatic door into the frame of her accessible single. Her family lingered in the courtyard, waiting to carry luggage into her new room. It was the first of many signs that reality on campus would deviate from her expectations.


She did know coming into college that she would need a living space large enough to accommodate the wheelchair she used - so a freshman-sized double was out of the question. But the only accessible room offered that year in Timothy Dwight, her residential college, was a stand-alone single, separate from all the other freshman quarters. While her peers clustered into suites of four in freshman-only entryways, Christina lived alone, closer in proximity to her dean than to any of her friends. 

Summer Planning Resources:


Our staff has put together a list of resources with activities and programs appropriate for children with special needs to help you with your summer planning. 


Click here for a pamphlet on summer planning for children with special needs from the Federation For Children With Special Needs website.


If you think you're child might qualify for EYS you can get the link to the New York State application form here. The deadline is June 1st.


If your child does not qualify for Extended Year Services and you are interested in camps, you can see a list of summer camps on Long Island geared toward children with special needs here.


It is important to remember that children with special needs do not necessarily have to attend a camp for kids with special needs. (For more information on ensuring your child has reasonable accommodations at a summer camp see the pamphlet from the FCSN here) For a general list of summer camps in Suffolk County click here. For Nassau County click here.

We look forward to working with you.  Please check out the LIPC Website for updates on future trainings and workshops and be sure to look for our next newsletter in the spring!