Debby Sharpe-Defries, Director of Special
75 Watervliet Ave.
Albany, NY 12206
District to host March 31 fair for children and families
affected by autism
The City School
District of Albany will host a fair on March 31 for Capital Regional
children and families affected by autism spectrum disorder.
This free event will be
held from 5:30-7 p.m. at Montessori Magnet School, 45 Tremont St.
The fair will feature sensory stations for the kids,
performers, dozens of community and state agencies that can help,
raffles for great gifts and refreshments.
April 14 session to focus on autism
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, April 14 from 6-8 p.m.
in the media center at the Harriet Gibbons Student Services Center,
located at 75 Watervliet Avenue. The topic is, "Understanding
Autism Spectrum Disorder." The workshop will provide an overview of
autism spectrum disorder and the characteristics associated with it that
may affect child's learning in school, home and community. The
responsibility for educating children with autism spectrum disorder
involves a partnership among schools, families and communities. The
better-prepared we are to provide quality learning environments with
adequate support for children with autism spectrum disorder, the more
likely they are to reach their individual potential.
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 sixth of seven parent workshops for the
2014-15 school year. The next workshop is May 12 and the topic will be
determined by parents.
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.