The Bronx & Manhattan Special Education Parent Centers
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The Bronx Special Education Parent Center and the Manhattan Special Education Parent Center provide parents of children with disabilities with information, resources, and strategies to:
- promote their meaningful involvement in their children’s education, including information about the special education process [referrals, individual evaluations and individualized education program (IEP) development and transition planning];
- better understand their children’s disabilities;
- encourage early resolution of disputes with school districts, using of resolution sessions and special education mediation;
- enhance their skills and confidence to communicate effectively and work collaboratively with schools and other stakeholders to advocate and actively participate in their children’s education
Federal Parent Training and Information Center
Resources for Children with Special Needs (RCSN) is one of the country’s 100 federally-funded Parent Training and Information Centers.
Parent Centers provide training and assistance to the families of the nation’s seven million children with disabilities. We are funded through the U.S. Department of Education under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). Every state has at least one Parent Center, but here in New York, RCSN is one of six federally-funded Parent and Community Parent Resource Centers.
Parent Centers serve families of all ages (birth to 26) and all disabilities (physical, cognitive, behavioral, and emotional). We provide a variety of services including one-on-one support and assistance, trainings, publications, and websites. The majority of Parent Center staff and boards are parents of children with disabilities, so we are able to bring personal experience and empathy when working with families.