Special Education Options & Services in the Albany Capital Region

Special Education

Capital District & Northern Region Special Education Information Center is funded by Starbridge’s Parent Training and Information Center (PTIC) program. This program is federally funded through the U.S. Department of Education Office of Special Education Programs under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). The purpose of the program is to help parents of children with disabilities to achieve increased knowledge of the range of special education options and services that are available, connect with other parents, build stronger partnership with your school district and the professionals who serve them.

We provide personalized one to one assistance, information & referral, community outreach, workshops and webinars for parents and professionals on a variety of topics relating to education, i.e., Special Education Laws from Section 504, EI to CSE ,Graduation and beyond. The Special Education Information Center assists parents and professionals to work in a collaborative manner to obtain appropriate information about the range of options, programs, services, and resources available to advocate effectively so that all children receive a free and appropriate public education in the Least Restrictive Environment. We are empowering parents so they can effectively advocate for their child/children in a very complicated services system.

In addition we offer an intensive Family Empowerment Advocacy Series one time per year. This 20-25 hour multi-session training series which prepares parents/guardians of children with disabilities to advocate within the educational system for their own children and as a volunteer for other families Participants are selected through an application process.

We cover 21 counties in the Capital District and the Northern Region

Albany, Clinton, Columbia, Essex, Franklin, Fulton, Greene, Hamilton, Herkimer, Jefferson, Lewis, Montgomery, Oneida, Oswego, Rensselaer, Saratoga, Schenectady, Schoharie,
St. Lawrence, Warren, Washington and the Akwasasne Reservation.

​For more information please contact:

Tina Beauparlant, Regional Manager / Education Specialist
(518) 381-4350 or [email protected]

This project is funded by a contract with STARBRIDGE in Rochester, NY though its PTIC grant from the United States Department of Education.

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