Whitney Point Special Services
Special Education Child Find
"Child Find" refers to the process of locating, identifying and evaluating children with disabilities to ensure that they receive services to which they are entitled. Children and youth, ages three to 21, living in the Whitney Point Central School District, who are suspected of having a disability, may be referred for a possible evaluation to determine if they are eligible for special education services. This includes district residents who may be home-schooled or are attending private school.
If you are aware of a preschool child, from ages three through five, or a school age student from five through 21 years old who may be in need of special education services, please contact our office.
Whitney Point Special Services
•A Parent's Guide to Response to Intervention provides information for parents, families and others regarding Response to Intervention (RtI). RtI is a process used in schools which provides additional help to assist students to keep up with learning, particularly in reading and math.
•A Parent's Guide to Special Education provides information for parents, guardians and other family members about laws, regulations and policies affecting special education programs and services.
•Information for Parents of Preschool Students with Disabilities - Ages 3-5 provides information to parents of preschool children suspected of having a disability. It is also available in Spanish.
•Resolving Concerns About Your Child's Special Education Services?
Provides information and steps to resolve concerns regarding your child and his/her special education programs or services.
•Parts 200 and 201 of the Regulations of the Commissioner of Education
Dictate the responsibilities of school districts and provide definitions as related to services for students with disabilities.
•ACCES -VR- Q&A for Parents
Provides information on eligibility for vocational rehabilitation services and placement services including job-seeking skills training, employer referrals, work tryouts and on-the-job services. A similar brochure is available for students also.
Accessible Instructional Materials (AIM)
The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) requires school districts to provide accessible versions of instructional materials to students who are blind or otherwise unable to use printed materials.
Access relies on exemption to copyright law, and as such materials are only available to elementary and secondary students who are blind, visually impaired, have a physical disability, or have a reading disability resulting from an organic dysfunction. In addition, these students must have an individualized education program (IEP).
Accessible Books and Periodicals for Readers with Print Disabilities
•Bookshare® is free for all U.S. students with qualifying disabilities, thanks to an award from the U.S. Department of Education Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP).
•Bookshare dramatically increases the accessibility of books. People with disabilities deserve the same ease of access to books and periodicals that people without disabilities enjoy.
•A searchable online library.Bookshare offers approximately 90,000 digital books, textbooks, teacher-recommended reading, periodicals and assistive technology tools.
•Readers of all ages.Bookshare offers affordable membership, unlimited library privileges and a community of Members, Volunteers, parents, publishers and authors
Director of Special Services/CSE and CPSE Chairperson
Special Services Program Assistant
Broome County Early Intervention Services for Children Birth- 3 years
Links for Parents
NYS Special Education Parent Centers
There are 13 Special Education Parent Centers across New York State. These centers will provide parents of children with disabilities with information, resources, and strategies. The Southern Tier Parent Center is:
Family Resource Network, Inc.
46 Oneida Street
Oneonta, NY 13820