Special Education Key Links


On this page you'll find links to frequently requested information about special education.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

UFT FAQ on special education

Special Education Complaint Form

Principals' Weekly: Designate a special ed liaison for your school (April 2015)

Arbitration decision regarding IEP meetings held during prep periods

Guidance on providing mandated services and absence coverage in ICT classes (Nov. 2016 Principals' Weekly)

Arbitration decision regarding time for SESIS

Collaborative Team Teaching services

IEP teacher posting (June 2016)

Chapter 408

Chapter 408 overview

IEP meetings

Amending an IEP after the annual review

Determining IEP team composition for students previously classified (page 69)

Special Education Policy Guidance: Attendance of general and special education teachers at IEP meetings

Who attends an IEP meeting (page 64)

Additional information

Field advisory procedures for determining a student's need for a one-to-one paraprofessional

Preparing for your initial planning meeting with an evaulator

Program preference and special ed

Program preference and postings for ICT and SETSS

Procedure to file a variance with New York State to temporarily exceed the maximum number of students with disabilities in an ICT class

Special Education contact information

Carmen Alvarez, UFT Vice President for Special Education
Phone: 212-598-9546
Fax: 212-254-5578

Emma Camacho-Mendez, UFT Liaison to the DOE's Division of Specialized Instruction and Student Support (Manhattan, Brooklyn and Staten Island)
Phone: 212-598-9594
Fax: 212-260-3053

Kerry Yefet, UFT Liaison to the DOE's Division of Specialized Instruction and Student Support (Bronx, Queens and District 75)
Phone: 212-598-7707
Fax: 212-260-3053

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