The goal of the Riverhead Special Education Department is to promote
every student’s academic, physical, social and emotional growth in a
safe, nurturing environment, as well as providing students with an
opportunity to develop all facets of their character to the fullest
The Office of Special Education supports a full range of
services to all children, ages 3 to 21, who display a need for
instructional and behavioral modifications and supports in their
academic settings. These students have been identified and evaluated in
accordance with IDEA (Individuals with Disabilities Act, PL.94-142).
The Special Education Department will only offer these
supports after general education interventions have proven
unsuccessful. When students are displaying acute difficulty in school,
despite attempts at remediation through research based early
intervention services, school personnel or parents can submit a request
for an evaluation to the building psychologist or directly to the
Committee on Special Education (CSE) via our office.
Parents and early childhood educators who are concerned
with a preschooler’s development can request an evaluation through the
Committee on Preschool Special Education (CPSE) via our office.
Upon the receipt of a recommendation from an educator or
referral by a parent, the Special Education Office will contact parents
to get their consent prior to conducting any evaluations, under
guidelines of the Committee on Preschool Special Education (CPSE) or the
Committee on Special Education (CSE). These evaluations will include
any procedures, tests, special education and/or related services.
Recommendations from these evaluations may or may not include
classification of the child as a student with a disability.
All parents should review the Parents Guide to Special
Education, Procedural Safeguards, Informed Consent and other helpful
information, which are provided on our website. If additional
information on programs or other opportunities that are available to our
students, please contact your child’s home school psychologist or from
the Special Education Director, Elizabeth Chappell. Contact her at
Pupil Personnel Services at 631-369-6799.
Special Education Links
Parent to Parent of NYS
Long Island DDSO, 415 A Oser Avenue, Hauppauge, NY 11788
Connecting and supporting parents of individuals with specials needs
provides quick and easy access to comprehensive information about disability programs, services, laws and benefits. You can begin your search by visiting any of the nine subject areas at the top of this page. To find disability resources in your state just click on the Find State and Local Resources map located in each of these subject areas.
MORE Helpful links......
New York State Education Department - Office of Vocational and Educational Services for Individuals with Disabilities (VESID) - Special Education section
An Autoimmune Disabilities Guide for Moms
National Center for Learning Disabilities
C.H.A.D.D. of Suffolk: Children and Adults with Attention Deficit Disorders
C.H.A.D.D. National Site: http://www.chadd.org/index.htm
The Orton Dyslexia Society now the International Dyslexia Association
Autism Society of America
The Cody Center for Autism and Developmental Disabilities
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