Debby Sharpe-Defries, Director of Special
75 Watervliet Ave.
Albany, NY 12206
October parent workshop to focus on understanding spectrum
The City School District of Albany Department of
Special Education Services will hold the first of four parent workshops this
school year at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 18 in the media center at Harriet
Gibbons Student Services Center, located at 75 Watervliet Ave.
The topic will be, "Understanding autism spectrum disorders: the
For more information, contact Debby Sharpe at 475-6135 or
Also contact her if you need help with transportation.
All district families are welcome to attend the workshop, which
will be held at 6 p.m. at Harriet Gibbons Student Services Center, 75
Watervliet Ave. The workshop will be conducted by the Parent Network of the
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.
State requires review of suspensions
State Education Department (SED) has notified the City School District
of Albany that it has been identified for VESID state performance
indicators related to the suspension of students with disabilities. The
specific indicators are:
High suspension rates for students with disabilities for more than
10 days in a school year
Significant discrepancies in the rates of suspensions and expulsions
of more than 10 days by race and ethnicity, specifically black
The district completed a self-review monitoring process in May 2015,
which was a review of the district’s policies, procedures and practices
relating to the development of individual education plans (IEPs), the
use of positive behavioral interventions and supports, and procedural
safeguards. The results of the process were sent to SED, and the
district anticipates further communication about suspension status and
further guidance from SED in 2016.