Parent Advocacy Handouts

SUPAC Parent Advocacy Handouts

A series of handouts targeted to parents that review important subjects related to special education.
Tools & Tips: Transition Planning Timelines and TasksThese checklists offer a timeline of events that may need to be considered during a student’s transition process. Not all items will be applicable to all students, and these lists serve as optional planning tools.
Tips for Building Effective Relationships with Your Child’s SchoolThis issue of SUPAC Tools & Tips provides strategies for parents/caregivers to use before, during, and after a meeting with their child’s school team. Use these checklists to plan and learn ways to build and maintain positive and effective relationships.
SUPAC Tools & Tips: 15 Ways to Keep Kids Busy and Learning During the Winter BreakThis edition of SUPAC Tools & Tips discusses ideas for activities that will keep your kids (Kindergarten-5th grade) learning and their minds working all while having fun during winter break.
Tips for Getting Ready for the School YearThis handout offers tips for helping students have a successful start to the new school year.
What Works Portfolio
Guide to Effectively Resolving Concerns (PDF Format)

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Book Recommendations with a Focus on AutismSUPAC Book Recommendations: Focus on Autism (PDF Format)
SPECIAL EDUCATION RIGHTS PROTECTED BY THE INDIVIDUALS WITH DISABILITIES EDUCATION ACT (IDEA) SPECIAL EDUCATION RIGHTS PROTECTED BY THE INDIVIDUALS WITH DISABILITIES EDUCATION ACT (IDEA) (PDF Format)
School-age Areas of Disability 200.1 (zz)School-age Areas of Disability 200.1 (zz). This handout is an excerpt of NYSED regulations defining the 13 classifications used for determining eligibility for special education services.
Helpful Acronyms--This is a listing of commonly used acronyms in the special education world. This PDF is formatted to fold into a handy bookmark. Updated May 2015. PDF Format.
Helpful Acronyms on Secondary TransitionHelpful Acronyms on Secondary Transition--This is a listing of commonly used acronyms on secondary transition was developed by SUPAC and Erica Gregory of Mid-State RSE-TASC. This PDF is formatted to fold into a handy bookmark. Updated October 2015. PDF Format.
Image of first page of "Advocacy Brief #4: The Five Steps of the Special Education Process in New York State"ADVOCACY BRIEF #4: THE FIVE STEPS OF THE SPECIAL EDUCATION PROCESS IN NEW YORK STATEProduced in collaboration with the Disability Rights Clinic, SU College of Law, and Legal Services of CNY.
ADVOCACY BRIEF #3:  FUNCTIONAL BEHAVIORAL ASSESSMENTS & BEHAVIOR INTERVENTION PLANSADVOCACY BRIEF #3: FUNCTIONAL BEHAVIORAL ASSESSMENTS & BEHAVIOR INTERVENTION PLANS (PDF Format)Produced in collaboration with the Disability Rights Clinic, SU College of Law, and Legal Services of CNY.
ADVOCACY BRIEF #2:  THE LEAST RESTRICTIVE ENVIRONMENT ADVOCACY BRIEF #2: THE LEAST RESTRICTIVE ENVIRONMENT (PDF Format)
ADVOCACY BRIEF #1:  A COMPARISON OF SECTION 504 AND I.D.E.A. IN NEW YORK STATEADVOCACY BRIEF #1: A COMPARISON OF SECTION 504 AND I.D.E.A. IN NEW YORK STATE (PDF Format)Produced in collaboration with the Disability Rights Clinic, SU College of Law, and Legal Services of CNY.
Access to Medical RecordsACCESS TO MEDICAL RECORDS (PDF Format)
ACCESS TO EDUCATIONAL RECORDS:  The Family Education Rights & Privacy Act (F.E.R.P.A.)ACCESS TO EDUCATIONAL RECORDS: The Family Education Rights & Privacy Act (F.E.R.P.A.) (PDF Format)
A COMPARISON OF ADA, IDEA, AND SECTION 504 (PDF Format)

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