The Kingston Special Education Parent Group will host a forum geared toward new parents/caregivers in the Special Education system or anyone needing a refresher regarding the IEP on Tuesday December 13, 2016.
A second forum on January 10, 2017 will be a very informative lesson on how to read and interpret the test and assessment results. Learn what all those numbers mean so you can make informed decisions and make the data work for your child!
These forums are open to all Ulster County parents and caregivers.
Parents/Caregivers of Middle School and High School students with an IEP or 504 plan: these forums on graduation requirements and transitioning are for you!
The first, Pathways To Graduation, on February 16th is very critical for you to learn the options that lead to a diploma or a certificate.
Kingston City School District in collaboration with the Kingston Special Education Parent Group cordially invite you to attend a series of free information sessions on important topics affecting students who are planning for their transition to life after high school.
Held in the High School AUDION (Room 517) from 6:30pm-8:30pm
Session 1: Tuesday, February 16th (Snow Date: Wednesday, February 17th) Pathways to Graduation
This presentation will offer parents an overview on the requirements that need to be met in order to graduate with a diploma as well as a review of the different types of diploma options available for students with disabilities. An introduction to a new exiting credential of work readiness will also be shared.
Session 2: Tuesday, March 15th (Snow Date: Wednesday, March 16th) Understanding the NYS Career Development and Occupational Studies (CDOS) Commencement Credential
This presentation is especially recommended for parents of children with an IEP in 8th grade or higher, to learn about the requirements for an important exiting credential that students can earn upon exit from school which recognizes a student’s preparation skills and demonstration of knowledge and experience needed for entrylevel
employment opportunities. The Skills and Achievement Commencement Credential which is awarded only to students that have taken the NYS Alternate Assessment (NYSAA) will also be reviewed. (*Please note this session is not applicable to students with a 504 Plan.)
Session 3: Tuesday, April 12th (Snow Date: Wednesday, April 13) Preparing for the Transition to College
This presentation is designed to assist parents of young adults with an IEP or 504 Plan in understanding the differences that can be expected as students move from high school to a college setting. Topics include: laws which govern services at the college level; the process to access academic accommodations, disability documentation requirements; the changing role of parents; and tips on what students can do now to gain the
necessary skills needed for a successful college experience.
Session 4: Tuesday, May 17th Transition Planning for Families – Preparing for Life after High School
This presentation will provide parents with information on the school to post-school transition planning process. Families are essential partners with the school district and collaboration with the Committee on Special Education (CSE) team is extremely important to fully understand considerations for successful career development and transition to adulthood. The workshop will help parents to think about: your child today, your child in the future and the support required to help your child achieve his/her long-term goals.
Many parents tell what a struggle it is to get the services they need for their special education student with an IEP (Individual Education Program or Individual Education Plan) or even to get the IEP in the first place. Alice Wellborn is a retired school psychologist whose columns I have been reading for quite awhile. She shared a link on her facebook page No More Parents Left Behind today with Tips & Tricks for Getting an Effective IEP . If you are a parent of a student with an IEP, have you tried any of these tips? Are there any new tips listed that you can try for your next IEP meeting?
Specifically for Kingston parents, if you need someone to go to the IEP meeting with you (you should always take someone and having an advocate who is trained in all the laws and lingo is best), you can contact RCAL, Resource Center for Accessible Living (845) 331-0541, to request an advocate to attend the meeting with you.