Special Education | Special Health Care

Education Laws Relating to Special Education

NYSED Laws and Regulations Related to Special Education and Student with Disabilites webpage
Provides information and links to legislture for NYS and Federal laws and regulations

National Resources

AAP Role of the School Nurse in Providing School Health Services
American Academy of Pediatrics Position Statement

American Federation of Teachers-The Medically Fragile Child
Caring for Children with Special Healthcare Needs in the School Setting (AFT 2009) 

CDC Healthy Schools Chronic Disease Management Page
Provides information on Acute and Emergency Care, Care Coordination, Chronic Disease Management,  and Family Engagement including: 

Chronic Disease Checklist - Managing the Needs of Students with Chronic Diseases in a School Emergency
Includes information to assist schools in providing a safe environment for students with chronic medical conditions. Posted with permission of author Vicki Taliaferro, RN, BSN, NSCN, School Health Consultant, 2014. 

Information for School Nurses from the Specialized Health Needs Interagency Collaboration (SHNIC)
Provides resources for providing direct care, managing the health care plan, educating staff about emergency plans, identifying possible classroom accommodations for the student, as well as providing resources for parents for students with special health care needs. (Kennedy Krieger Institute, Baltimore MD 2/2021)

National Association of Chronic Disease Directors School Health Publications
Provides multiple resources on collaborating with public health agencies, schools, wellness policies and health departments on topics such as attendance, mental health, and chronic health conditions. Scroll down for Opportunities for School and Hospital Partnership in the Management of Chronic Health Conditions (NACCD 2018). 

NASN Collaboration to Support Students with Chronic Health Conditions Resource Page
This page contains key resources to support the school nurse leadership role in building school communities through collaboration with state and local health and education leaders. Advancing the leadership role of school nurses optimizes the health and learning of students with chronic health conditions (11/2020). 

Translating Strategies into Actions to Improve Care Coordination for Students with Chronic Health Conditions 
This National Association of School Nurses White Paper provides an actionable framework o how school nurses can be key on-site experts in helping address the challenges students and families face and creating a bridge between the school, home, and medical providers (NASN 2/1/19). 

Office of Civil Rights- US Department of Education

New York State Resources

NYSDOH Children and Youth with Special Health Care Needs (CYSHCN) Program Webpage 
The Children with Special Health Care Needs Program seeks to improve the system of care for children with special health care needs from birth to 21 years of age and their families. Children served by the CSHCN Program have an illness or condition for which they need extra health care and support services. The site includes community resources, a helpline, a community navigator tool (NYS Department of Health 1/2021). 

NYSDOH Resource Directory For Children and Young Adults With Special Health Care Needs
This resource directory is for the families of children and young adults who have a serious illness or long-lasting condition for which they need extra health care and support. (NYS Department of Health 10/2019) 

NYSED Special Education Webpage
The Office of Special Education provides assistance to parents, advocacy groups, and schools related to services and programs for students with disabilities.  

NYSED-A Parent’s Guide to Special Education (2002) -Currently Under Revision-English and Spanish.

Parent to Parent of NYS
These centers assist families with questions related to special education services, offer a parent matching program, and help families gain an understanding of Home and Community Based Waiver Services, which are funded through the NYS Office of Mental Retardation and Developmental Disabilities (Parent to Parent NYS 6/2020) 

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Page Updated 12/28/21