Committee on Special Education/Committee on Preschool Special Education/Section 504
The District Special Education Office is located at Au Sable Forks Elementary School. Should you have questions or concerns regarding your child or services please feel free to contact our office directly at the numbers below.
Mrs. Lori McCallister, Administrative Assistant:
Mccallister.firstname.lastname@example.org or (518) 834-2800, ext. 4164
Ms. Aimee Defayette, Director of Special Education:
Defayette.email@example.com or (518) 834-2800, ext. 4171.
The Committee on Special Education (CSE)/Section 504 Committee is responsible for evaluating and identifying students who have specific learning needs and arranging appropriate educational services and programs. Aimee Defayette serves as the District’s Coordinator of Student Services. There is a wide continuum of supports and services available. Programs range from specialized academic instruction in small class settings to additional support in the regular classroom. Related services, such as speech therapy, physical and occupational therapies, and counseling are also provided.
If you believe that your child may have a disability, you are encouraged to discuss your concerns with your child’s teachers, school counselor, and principal. You may also call the Special Education Office at 834-2800 for further information. Once a referral is made, a comprehensive evaluation is completed by a team of educators and specialists.
You will be invited to participate in a meeting to review evaluation results and to consider recommendations. Students who meet eligibility requirements will have an Individualized Education Plan (IEP)/Section 504 Plan developed to address his/her specific learning needs.
If you are the parent of a preschool child and are concerned about your child’s development, you may also call the Special Education Office. Information about preschool evaluations and services is available. The District encourages early identification of disabilities and provision of services to ensure that your child has a happy and successful adjustment to kindergarten. You can access the Parent’s Guide to Special Education in New York State for Children Ages 3-21 by going to http://www.p12.nysed.gov/specialed/publications/policy/parentsguide.pdf
Coordinator of Student Services
Ausable Valley Central School
1490 Route 9N
Clintonville, NY 12912
518-834-2800 ext. 4171