Debby Sharpe-Defries, Director of Special
75 Watervliet Ave.
Albany, NY 12206
Jan. 13 parent workshop topic: preparing for your child's annual
review committee meeting
The City School District of Albany's Special Education Department will
offer a series of trainings and information sessions throughout the
school year for parents of children with disabilities.
The next workshop will be held Tuesday, Jan. 13 from 6-7:30 p.m.
in the media center at the Harriet Gibbons Student Services Center,
located at 75 Watervliet Avenue. The topic is, "Preparing for Your
Child's Annual Review Committee on Special Education meeting." The
workshop is designed to give families of students with disabilities the
tools and tips they need to help prepare for their child's Annual Review
Committee on Special Education meeting. Parent involvement in the
development of an individualized education plan (IEP) is critical, and
the training will cover all sections of the IEP and how they relate to
the annual review meeting.
The workshop is free and refreshments will be served.
Transportation assistance also is available. For more information,
contact Debby Sharpe at 475-6140 or
This will be the third of seven parent workshops for the
2014-15 school year. The next workshop is Feb. 10 and the topic
is, "Strategies for Supporting a Child with ADHD."
State reviewing special education services
The New York State Education Department's Office of Special Education
has initiated a Special Education Quality Assurance (SEQA) Programs and
Services Focused Review in the City School District of Albany. The
purpose of this review is to assess the district's compliance with
selected federal and state laws and regulations governing the education
of students with disabilities.
The review will be conducted by the SEQA Eastern Regional Office and
will include district representatives. The review process will involve a
review of school records of selected students with disabilities,
classroom visitations and interviews. In addition, meetings of the
Committee on Special Education will be observed. Further information may
be obtained by contacting the SEQA Eastern Regional Office at (518)
486-6366 and by contacting the district's Special Education Department
at (518) 475-6135.
Special education services
School District of Albany is committed to making sure all students
receive a quality education that fits within the framework of their
individual needs. The Special Education Department provides specially
designed instruction, services and programs to help meet the unique
needs of students with disabilities.
provides a full range of special education services including:
Occupational therapy and counseling
Consultant teacher services
room services to provide supplemental instruction
Transitional support services
Integrated class services, full-time in-class support
education placements are determined by the Committee on Special
Education, the Subcommittee on Special Education and the Committee on
Preschool Special Education.
committees, in conjunction with parents and teachers, help develop
Individual Education Plans (IEPs) for each school-age or preschool-age
pupil with a disability on an annual basis.
include information about the unique learning needs of each student,
such as learning rate, levels of social and physical development and
the students' management needs. The document also includes annual goals
and short-term objectives in academic, social and other areas for the
student's school year. The IEP will serve as a curriculum plan of action
and a source of evaluation for the student's progress during an entire
with disabilities are given access to school activities, which include,
but are not limited to:
and regular physical education
Conversational French and Spanish
the district conducts an annual district-wide speech screening system to
insure appropriate detection of speech impairments. Programming for
pupils with speech impairments is made available through in-district
speech programs provided by 19 speech therapists.