HOT TOPIC! Supports for Students with Developmental Disabilities

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Many students with disabilities receive supports and services through the special education process. Students with developmental disabilities may be eligible for services through The Office for People with Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD).  Eligible students can receive services from their school district and OPWDD. In order to be eligible for OPWDD services the student must go through

Five Things Every Parent Should Know About the “Every Student Succeeds Act”

What is ESSA? The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) is a federal law that outlines how states can use federal money to support public schools. In September 2017, New York State submitted its plan for the approximately $1.6 billion New York receives annually under ESSA. Why does it matter? New York State is committed to

32nd Annual College Night

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Western New York College Consortium of Disability Advocates The consortium, better known as “C.C.D.A.,” is comprised of a group of post secondary and secondary education professionals, along with community and government agency representatives who are directly involved in working with students with disabilities. The group was originally formed to address the needs of students with

Heritage Centers – After School Program for Students with Developmental Disabilities

Heritage Centers After School Program for Students with Developmental Disabilities Open to Ages 7 – 21 Space is Limited 2 pm – 6 pm Call 833-8603 x2211 with questions or to begin the referral process! Locations: Ken-Ton School District 205 Yorkshire Road, Tonawanda or Buffalo Public School District St. Mary’s School for the Deaf 2253

HOT TOPIC! What is an Exit Summary – Part 2

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Students receiving Special Education services will receive an Exit Summary upon graduation. This is meant to be a description of the student’s overall current skills, abilities, limitations and needs. Academic achievement and functional performance should show the student’s current level of performance, strengths, abilities, interests and needs in subject (i.e math, reading) and skill (i.e.

Special Education Often An Uphill Battle For Military Families

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. — When Navy Capt. Cassidy Norman was assigned executive officer of the aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman, he and his wife, Michelle, were relieved. His career path was taking them back to Virginia Beach — where they’d lived before and knew to be a good fit for their daughter with severe

US Dept of Education Announces ESSA Final Regs on Accountability, State Plans and Data Reporting

After considering and incorporating extensive feedback from stakeholders across the education system and the public, the U.S. Department of Education announced final regulations to implement the accountability, data reporting, and state plan provisions of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), with a focus on supporting states in using their flexibility to provide a high-quality, well-rounded