• Special Education

    The Alden Central School District is committed to providing all students with a free and appropriate public education.  In order to meet the needs of a diverse population, the District offers special education services and support, access to supplementary aids, and alternative programs.

    The committee reviews, evaluates, and recommends to the Board appropriate programs for all students classified with an educational disability. Matters are dealt with in a highly confidential manner.  Parents of the child serve on the Committee on Special Education as well as a school psychologist, a physician (when requested), a special education teacher or therapist, a CSE Chairperson and the child’s classroom teacher. Parents may request that a parent member
    also attend.

    The philosophy of the committee is to:
    • Identify students in need of services;
    • Place students in the least restrictive environment in which they
    can experience success; and
    • Provide appropriate services to meet the child’s individual needs.

    Each child identified as having an educational disability receives an Individual Education Program (IEP) outlining the child’s strengths, needs, and the services required. The committee reviews each child’s IEP at least once a year. Parents are encouraged to participate in each step of the process.

    Pre-School Special Education

    School districts are responsible for providing special education services to eligible preschool children with educational disabilities.  If you suspect your preschool child may have an educational disability, your child should be referred to the Committee on Preschool Special Education. At the time of referral, you will be provided with a list of programs approved by the State Education Department to conduct evaluations. You will be asked to select the program that will conduct your child’s evaluation from that list. After the evaluation is conducted, the committee will meet to discuss your child’s evaluation. If your child is eligible for special education services, the committee will develop a recommendation for programs and services that have been approved by the State Education Department. Preschool children with an educational disability and their parents are entitled to all the due process rights available for school-age children with educational disabilities.

    Section 504

    In compliance with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, the Alden Central School District does not discriminate on the basis of disability. No qualified student with a disability shall, on the basis of that disability, be denied access to any of the District’s educational programs or activities. The District’s designated compliance officer who coordinates the nondiscrimination requirements of Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 is the Director of Student & Staff Learning, (716) 937-9116, ext. 4156.

    Child Find

    Child Find is a continuous process of public awareness activities, screening and evaluation designed to locate, identify, and refer as early as possible, young children with disabilities and their families who are in need of an Early Intervention Program or Preschool Special Education services through the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). To receive an Early Intervention Program or Special Education, children must meet eligibility guidelines according to IDEA. IDEA requires all states to have a “Comprehensive Child Find System” to assure that all children who are in need of early intervention or special education services are located, identified and referred. If you believe that your child may be a child with a disability or in need of support services, please contact the Director of Student and Staff Learning at
    716-937-9116 ext. 4156.