New York State Regents: Blueprint for Improved Results for Students with Disabilities

At its October 2015 meeting, the Board of Regents discussed critical areas for action and proposed improvement activities aligned with the Blueprint for Improved Results for Students with Disabilities.

In order to implement the Blueprint, the following improvement activities are planned for continuation or initiation during the 2015 -16 school year:

  • Promote student engagement in self-advocacy and in determining their own educational goals and plans;
  • Ensure parents, and other family members, are engaged as meaningful partners in the special education process and the education of their children;
  • Ensure teachers design, provide and assess the effectiveness of specially-designed instruction to provide students with disabilities with access to the general education curriculum and that teachers provide research-based instructional teaching and learning strategies and supports for students with disabilities;
  • Ensure schools provide multi-tiered systems of behavioral and academic support;
  • Ensure schools provide high quality inclusive programs and activities; and
  • Improve transition planning and post-secondary results for students with disabilities.
    To learn more and download related documentation, click here.

Governor Cuomo Signs Executive Order Establishing Commission to Create Employment First Policy for New York

From the Governor’s Office: “Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today signed an executive order to establish the Employment First Commission, tasked with creating an Employment First policy for New York, which makes competitive, integrated employment the first option when considering supports and services for people with disabilities. The initiative aims to increase the employment rate, and decrease the poverty rate, for New Yorkers who are receiving services from the State, as well as register 100 businesses as having formal policies to hire people with disabilities as part of their workforce strategy.

“Equality and inclusiveness play a central role in the history of New York State, and today we are continuing that legacy by standing up for the employment needs of people with disabilities,” Governor Cuomo said. “This Executive Order relays what we stand for as New Yorkers—it will help provide fair opportunities to all people, and I am proud to move our state forward by signing it.”

The Employment First policy is part of a national movement to support the employment of people with disabilities. The employment rate for a New Yorker with a disability aged 18-64 is 31.2% compared to 72% for a person without a disability, resulting in a gap of 40.8 percentage points. In addition, the poverty rate for New Yorkers with disabilities aged 18-64 living in the community is 28.6%, which is more than twice that of people in New York State without disabilities 12.3%. The Governor has set a tentative goal of a 5% increase in the employment rate and a 5% decrease in the poverty rate among this population. The Executive Order can be viewed HERE.

Read more via Governor Cuomo Signs Executive Order Establishing Commission to Create Employment First Policy for New York | Governor Andrew M. Cuomo.


2014 NYS Partnerships in Employment Systems Change Stakeholder Survey

The New York State Partnerships in Employment (NYS PIE) is a Project of National Significance PNS aimed at addressing barriers to employment for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities IDD.

Funded by the Administration on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, the goal of NYS PIE is to enhance cross-systems collaborations and refine work readiness training to support improved employment outcomes for transition-aged students and young adults with IDD.

During the first two years of this project, stakeholders worked to identify barriers, strengths, and best practices in the provision of transition services to youth and young adults with disabilities.

The following survey is designed to help the project team to better understand progress made, lessons learned, and areas in need of additional attention. Please provide as much detail as possible and complete this survey no later than September 5th, 2014.

via 2014 NYS Partnerships in Employment Systems Change Stakeholder Survey.


Information Related to Graduation Requirements for Students with Disabilities in New York State

From the New York State Education Department: “This page provides information on both high school diploma and nondiploma exiting credential options available to New York State students with disabilities. Information is provided on the course work, credit and assessment requirements students must successfully complete to earn a Regents or local high school diploma, including the various safety net options available to assist students with disabilities to earn a local diploma. Requirements, model forms, guidance, and questions and answers for the Skills and Achievement Commencement Credential and the New York State Career Development and Occupational Studies Commencement Credential are also provided. Check this site often for additional resources and updated questions and answers on both of these high school exiting credentials.”

Learn more via Information Related to Graduation Requirements for Students with Disabilities: Special Education : P-12 : NYSED.


Transition Age Youth Institute – Knowledge is Power: Living, Learning & Earning

Registration is now available for the Transition Age Youth Institute – Knowledge is Power: Living, Learning & Earning taking place on Tuesday, September 9th and Wednesday, September 10th at the Saratoga Hilton in Saratoga Springs, NY.

For more information and to register, click the links below.

Click Here to Register

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