Youth and Family Special Education Advocacy
The Youth and Family Special Education Coordinator provides advocacy to youth and their families during the special education process within the school districts in Allegany and Cattaraugus Counties. Special education is a complex system of federal, state and local laws along with policies and regulations that oversee special education. This coordinator is able to attend CSE meetings, coach, communicate, share educational law and interpret legal language that will help the family and the school district come together in a positive way that results in an IEP that allows the child to be more successful in their learning. This program is funded by ACESS-VR and affiliated with United Way of Cattaraugus to provide social events and group activities to youth in the catchment area.