The LIAC assists families in learning how to access and obtain for their children the educational services to which they are legally entitled. This program offers advice and when necessary, representation at school-related meetings as well as information and referral.
Our LIAC education advocates have extensive knowledge, experience and resources to help empower you as you advocate for your child.
Services are generally provided via phone consultations and technical support such as e-mail, fax or we can mail information to you.
To speak with an advocate, you must complete an intake by calling the appropriate LIAC office (the county in which you reside) OR you can complete our online form.
Q Someone at my child’s school told me that my son/daughter scored too high, and therefore is too smart to qualify for special education, yet my child is not doing well. What can I do?
A. You have a right to have your child evaluated. The decision must be made by the entire Committee on Special Education (CSE). Put your request in writing and send it to the Director of Special Education (return receipt requested).
Q. Are all kids with learning disabilities entitled to special education services ( FAPE - Free Appropriate Public Education)?
A. To be eligible, a child with a disability must meet one of IDEA’s thirteen classification categories and because of the disability need special education services to benefit from the general education program. If the CSE (Committee on Special Education) decides your child meets these two requirements, then an IEP (individual education plan) is developed.
Q. When is the district required to pay for a private evaluation?
A. By definition, an Independent Educational Evaluation (IEE) is conducted by a qualified professional who is not an employee of the school district. Parents may request an IEE paid for by the school district when they disagree with the school district’s special education evaluation. In response to your request for an IEE, the district must take one of two actions: (1) Provide the IEE at public expense, or (2) Initiate a due process hearing to show the district’s evaluation was appropriate.
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Is my child eligible for a 504 plan for equal access?
Is my child eligible for an Individualized Education plan (IEP)?
The Long Island Advocacy Center is a partner in the "NY Region 1 Collaborative"
A Parent Training and Information Center (PTIC) funded by the US Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs. Decades of research supports the powerful influence parent and family involvement has on children's achievement in school. For families of children with disabilities, navigating the special education process and advocating for their child's social, emotional and educational needs can be overwhelming when you do it alone.
For Region 1 families outside of Long Island's Nassau and Suffolk Counties (NYC and the 5 boroughs) contact our NY Region 1 Collaborative Partners
For Region 2 families (the rest of New York State) contact Starbridge.