Need referals for good special ed Long Island High schools for autistic with resources, Spec. Olympics and theatre class
We are moving to Long Island area ( don't know where yet, can be more eastern) and have a 17 yr old son who has been in private day school for last 5 years. We spent this Summer school testing out the local public school, in a self contained environment,with the addition of a theatre production class- all of which he loved and thrived. Current IEP has private placement, but about to be changed to public school. I read there is a cap on the diagnosis for LI students and many are bused elsewhere. I am hoping to find a local solution, public or private, to avoid the busing. I am also concerned about allowing the change in the IEP, just in case I would still need the private placement designation. Any suggestions most welcome!
dmillerteach,Child Professional, School Administrator, Teacherwrites:
Below (and in the body of this email) I have pasted a number of resources that should get you on the right track for finding a good placement for your son.
Inside schools is a NY specific resource that can help you to find school reviews and provides further information about special ed services. On Education.com you can find a wealth of information on the benefits/disadvantages of different types of schools, use SchoolFinder to find information about their demographic, contact data, and student:teacher ratio, and, and parent resources on autism. On the NYCDOE website, you can find links and the classes and activities of every public and charter school in NY. You can also check out the school's progress reports at http://schools.nyc.gov/Accountability/SchoolReports/ProgressReports/default.htm. For information on private schools in NY, you can go to http://www.isaagny.org/ or www.schools.com. Since your son is at an age where he may need a student advocate, you may want to contact Advocates for Children to get further support: http://www.advocatesforchildren.org/contact.php.Finally, a contact at the Dept of Ed in the Special ed dept is #212-374-6085 James Zimmerman , Teacher, Placement and Referral Center
JZimmer3@schools.nyc.gov. Best of luck!