One would think that DOE would honor impartial hearing orders. I mean they will, once you twist DOE’s proverbial arm. There’s a couple of ways to do this. Hire an attorney to chase your money. I’ve heard stories that attorney’s charge as much as 7% to chase your awarded money. Don’t mind me, but THAT IS NUTS. Stop the insanity and learn how to do it for free….
File a NYSED complaint. As always, it’s best to setup DOE to show that you have done everything possible to get paid and they have ignored you (not complied).
I filed my most recent NYSED complaint on March 9, 2021 and received my reimbursement (for a MacBook, iPad, Apple Pencil and hearing aids) via direct deposit on May 11, 2021.
A word about NYSED complaints. All decisions are final. I cannot stress enough that you need to file on clear black/white issues, nothing grey. Keep the complaints brief. Dot your “i”s and cross your “t”s.
Don’t feel confident? Feel free to reach out to me.
In order to enroll for direct deposit you must have received a previous reimbursement and go to the following website NYC.gov/pip and follow the instructions If you need assistance contact the PIP/FISA Help Desk at the email below, and leave a contact number. email@example.com
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Eventually, almost all parents of NYC special needs kids are stymied by a branch of DOE not doing what they are supposed to do. We have all been there, and the range of roadblocks is vast and variegated:
The good news is that DOE does have a hotline and I am here to help you navigate it!
Here are my SIX STEPS to P311:
While P311 will not resolve every complaint, I have been amazed at the speed and complexity of the complaints that they have been able to resolve. It’s a terrific resource for parents, so do follow the above recipe use it effectively as one more arrow in the quiver of being an IEP parent/warrior for your child!
I have seen this story play out dozens of times: the moment when NYC DOE parents of special needs kids realize that their child requires a neuropsychological evaluation. The parent makes a few calls and then has a panic attack as the average NYC neuropsychological evaluation ranges from $5000 to $10,000. When as a single mom I realized that the price tag for neuropsychological evaluations (with the clinician of my choice) for all three of my special needs sons was going to top $19,500, which I did not have and would never have, I knew that I had to figure out another way.
The big secret is that the DOE does, in fact, fund neuropsychological evaluations. It’s actually their responsibility to fund them. According to special education law, IDEA refers to District funded evaluations as Individual Educational Evaluations or IEEs. There are many roads to a funded neuropsychological evaluation. For this post, we’ll take the simplest road.
Hello Parent's, so here is the resource list you've all been asking for because we all know that communicating with CPSE/CSEs and their Chairs can be frustrating at times. Below is a list of all the CPSE/CSE Chair’s pertinent information, including their emails. Chairpersons are replaced from time to time. Please help me keep the list up to date. If you know of any updates please keep me in the know by emailing me at firstname.lastname@example.org