Special Education

Rebecca Green - Director of Pupil Personnel Services 
518-398-7181  ext. 1310 - r.green@ppcsd.org

Roseann Kemp - Typist  
518-398-7181 ext. 1310 - r.kemp@ppcsd.org

Renee Dallmann - Typist  
518-398-7181 ext. 1311 - r.dallmann@ppcsd.org


Special education is the provision of extra help, adapted programs, learning environments, or special equipment or materials to support children and young people with their learning and help them participate in education. Many children and young people have special education needs. This can include learners with learning difficulties, communication, emotional or behavior difficulties, or intellectual, sensory or physical impairments.

The following resources and pages are provided for your information. Please contact the Pupil Personnel Services Office at 518.398.7181 x1310 if you are in need of assistance. Thank you.

AIS: Academic Intervention Services

AIS: Guidelines

504: Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973

Astor Services

Related Files & Links

The 2014-15 Title 1 Annual Parent Meeting was held on 6/18/15. Please click on the link for information.



  • A Guide to Academic Intervention Services (AIS) 
    "The New York State Congress of Parents and Teachers, Inc. (NYS PTA) and the New York State United Teachers (NYSUT) collaborated on this guide to academic intervention services (AIS). We are excited about the higher learning standards and the possibilities that these standards bring to every student. However, children have a wide range of learning potential and many children will need additional time and assistance to reach these standards. The purpose of AIS is to provide that assistance. We encourage parents to learn more about this important service and to be involved in monitoring their children's progress. The sooner problems are identified and intervention services begin, the sooner the children are on their way to academic success."


  • A Guide to Special Education 
    "The New York State Congress of Parents and Teachers, Inc. (NYS PTA®) and New York State United Teachers (NYSUT) are pleased to have collaborated on updating this Guide to Special Education. Special education is all about connections … connections between the school and the family; connections between the school and supporting agencies; connecting families with supporting agencies/programs; and connecting families with families. To connect well, one must build bridges … bridges that are built on firm foundations with good information as well as ones that lead to good destinations. It is a team effort and one that needs to be carefully monitored throughout the entire process."


  • The Federal Office of Special Education Programs 
    "The Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) is dedicated to improving results for infants, toddlers, children and youth with disabilities ages birth through 21 by providing leadership and financial support to assist states and local districts."


  • National Dropout Prevention Centers - SPED 
    "The National Dropout Prevention Center for Students with Disabilities (NDPC-SD) was established in 2004 by the Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) as part of OSEP’s Technical Assistance and Dissemination (TA&D) Network, which supports the implementation of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). NDPC-SD was specifically established to assist in building states’ capacity to increase school completion rates for students with disabilities through knowledge synthesis, technical assistance, and dissemination of interventions and practices that work. NDPC-SD is located at the National Dropout Prevention Center/Network (NDPC/N) at Clemson University."


  • New York State Education Department: Resources for Individuals with Disabilities 
    Resources for Individuals with Disabilities


  • VESID: Vocational and Educational Services for Individuals with Disabilities 
    "The Mission of the Office of Vocational and Educational Services for Individuals with Disabilities (VESID) is to promote educational equity and excellence for students with disabilities while ensuring that they receive the rights and protection to which they are entitled; assure appropriate continuity between the child and adult services systems; and provide the highest quality vocational rehabilitation and independent living services to all eligible persons as quickly as those services are required to enable them to work and live independent, self-directed lives."