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Source: New York Times

In New York City, more than 200,000 students are classified as living with a disability, and the city’s special education system is “tangled, so complex and so large,” reports New York Times, posing several challenges for families of children with disabilities.

The Department of Education reported that more than 25 percent of its 200,000 special education students didn’t receive adequate specialized instruction for the school year of 2016 to 2017.

In 2017, less than half of students in special education graduated on time from high school, while the city’s $130 million monitoring system for progress continues suffering glitches and technical problems.

Representatives of Advocated for Children of New York say that they are coming across so many parents that are finding it difficult to obtain even the most basic instruction for their child with special education needs.

At most New York City Schools, staff is supposed to assign a therapist to each family in need by the second day of school, then by the second week. If that doesn’t happen, then the responsibility is handed off to the parents, along with vouchers to pay for the therapist. But experts say these vouchers often end up not being used because parents can’t find therapists. Additionally, for those parents that do access therapists and have vouchers to pay for one year, they must seek vouchers again and wait for that process before securing a therapist for a second year.

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Students in NYC Special Education System Face Major Obstacles in Access and Funds

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