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02-14-2012, 10:49 AM
From DNAinfo.com (http://www.dnainfo.com/20120213/manhattan/step-by-step-guide-kindergarten-admissions-for-special-needs-students) by Patrick Wall:

For parents of children with disabilities, the transition from preschool to kindergarten seems custom-built to induce stress. A new school, a new individualized education program (which specifies the services a child must receive), new staff and, this year, a new process for applying to public kindergarten programs.

To help ease the process, DNAinfo presents a step-by-step guide for when your special-needs child turns five.

Special education reforms taking effect across the school system this year have divided the kindergarten admissions process into two parts: applying to schools and developing a new IEP.

Applying to Schools

1. Visit schools.
2. Attend a DOE orientation session.
3. Submit applications.
4. Receive offers

Developing an IEP

The IEP is a personalized learning plan designed for each student with disabilities, which includes a description of their current level of performance, annual goals and required supports.

1. Referral notice.
2. Information review.
3. IEP meeting.
4. Notice of recommendation.

Resources


Advocates for Children of New York (http://www.advocatesforchildren.org/), a nonprofit with deep roots in special education reform.
Resources for Children with Special Needs (http://resourcesnyc.org/), a nearly 30-year-old support organization with parent centers in the Bronx and Manhattan.
Parent to Parent of New York State (http://www.parenttoparentnys.org/) helps special-needs parents meet and share information.
The city's official special education kindergarten guidebook (http://schools.nyc.gov/NR/rdonlyres/AFAF452E-E9BF-450F-814A-FEABF4654882/0/KindergartenOrientationGuide2011.pdf).
A DOE slideshow (http://schools.nyc.gov/NR/rdonlyres/40AB0005-93E8-405F-897C-A657A9CA372B/0/WelcometoKindergarten122711.pdf) with more kindergarten admissions info.
A detailed FAQ guide (http://www.advocatesforchildren.org/sites/default/files/library/turning_5_guide.pdf) on the special education admissions process, produced by Advocates for Children.

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