Special Education Key Links

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The UFT's special education department is led by Vice President for Special Education Carmen Alvarez. The UFT is here to support you. You will find helpful resources and information pertinent to every special education teacher on this part of the UFT website. Knowledge is power and by sharing information, we can better teach and advocate for all of the students in special education. Please direct any ideas, questions or concerns to calvarez@uft.org.
 

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

UFT-DOE FAQ on special education

Special Education Compliance 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

Standard Operating Procedures Manual: Who attends an IEP meeting

Standard Operating Procedures Manual: What team is necessary when changing services

Special Education Policy Guideline: Attendance of a General Ed or Special Ed Teacher at an IEP meeting (Principals' Weekly March 2015)

Additional information

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

Designating a special ed liaison at your school (Principals' Weekly October 2015)

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

Preparing for your initial planning meeting with an evaluator

Continuum of special education services for school-aged students with disabilities

Guidance on required considerations for IEP paraprofessional recommendations (Principals' Weekly January 2017)

Special Education contact information

Carmen Alvarez, UFT Vice President for Special Education
Phone: 212-598-9546
Fax: 212-254-5578
calvarez@uft.org

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
emendez@uft.org

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
kyefet@uft.org

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