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Special Education Department

The Ichabod Crane Central School District is committed to growth for all students, including those with disabilities. The Office of Special Education Services is here to ensure your understanding of the special education process that, at times, can appear overwhelming. Your child’s education is our highest priority, and you are encouraged to contact this office with questions that are not readily answered by this website. Parents and families are critical partners, along with school personnel, in the education of children and our staff is here to assist you.

General introduction to special education
Parents who wish to learn more about to the Committee on Special Education will benefit from reading “Special Education in New York State for Children Ages 3-21, A Parent’s Guide”, available at

This site also links parents to a variety of State and Federal resources.

Procedural Safeguards
Parents of children with disabilities may benefit from information concerning procedural safeguards that are their legal rights under Federal and State law in “Procedural Safeguards Notice”, available here.

Medicaid Confidential Disclosure
The New York State School Supportive Health Services Program Compliance Agreement, entered into on July 20, 2009, by the New York State Department of Health (DOH), the New York State Education Department (SED) and the New York Office of the Medicaid Inspector General (OMIG) requires that the State and local school districts shall establish a confidential disclosure mechanism enabling employees to disclose anonymously and practices or billing procedures, deemed by the employee to be inappropriate, to the State’s Compliance Officer. An employee of the SED, DOH, or any local school district, including New York City and, with respect to the Preschool Supportive Health Services Program, any county in the State, who believes that any practice or billing procedure related to Medicaid reimbursement of school or preschool supportive health services is inappropriate, may send information concerning such practice or billing procedure in writing to the State Compliance Officer by U.S. mail, courier service, e-mail or facsimile transmission. Note that review and follow up will not be undertaken with respect to oral disclosures.

Rose Firestein
State Compliance Officer
New York State Department of Health Office
Office of General Counsel
90 Church Street, 4th Floor
New York, New York 10007
Telephone: 212-417-4393
Facsimile: 212-417-4392

Family supports through OPWDD
The New York State Office of People With Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD) provides families with a variety of services like respite, family reimbursement, recreation, counseling, training and support. For more information, visit the OPWDD website.


Recipe for Success Conference

Tuesday, March 14, 2017
8:00 am – 1:30 pm
University at Albany

An interactive conference focused on preparing for the transition to college,designed for high school students with disabilities and their parents. View the flyer

Autism Training Opportunity

The Center for Autism and Related Disabilities (CARD Albany) is pleased to announce 2016-17 professional development and parent seminars – The seminars are offered at no cost to participants

Addressing the Core Deficits of Autism Spectrum Disorder in the Classroom: Evidence-Based Strategies for Teaching Social- Emotional Skills to Students with ASD
Students with ASD have persistent deficits in social communication and social interaction across contexts; these deficits often include social-emotional reciprocity and non-verbal communication. This seminar will focus on foundational social skills, an overview of assessment/curriculum tools and it will highlight several instructional strategies to help support students with ASD.

Addressing the Core Deficits of Autism Spectrum Disorder in the Classroom: Supporting the Understanding and Development of Peer Relationships
As a core deficit in ASD, students have deficits in developing, maintaining, and understanding relationships, ranging, for example, from difficulties adjusting behavior to suit various social contexts; to difficulties in sharing imaginative play or in making friends; to absence of interest in peers. This session will discuss the importance of friendships, along with interventions that target the development of peer relationships.

Seminar flyer:

Register online:

Graduation Options Documents:
Diploma/Credential Requirements

Diploma Requirements (green sheet)

Superintendent’s Determination

CDOS Pathway for All Students

Additional Resources

Guide to Quality Individualized Education Program (IEP) Development and Implementation

NYS Department of Education Office of Special Education

Learning Disabilities Association of New York State

New York State Special Education Parent Centers

Special Education

Peg Warner, Director
Office - 518-758-7575, ext. 6008
Fax - 518-758-2230