Fact Sheets & Flyers
Call to Action: Improving Literacy Instruction for Students with Disabilities [PDF] (also available in Spanish [PDF] and Chinese [PDF])
Out of School and Unprepared: The Need to Improve Support for Students with Disabilities Transitioning to Adulthood [PDF]
This policy brief documents the results of the Coalition’s review of over 200 Individualized Education Programs for students with disabilities who were entitled to receive transition planning services. The results showed widespread non-compliance with legal mandates and failure to engage with students and their families in the most basic planning discussions. The Coalition is calling on New York City and New York State to follow the law with respect to transition planning and to give post-secondary transition for students with special education needs the same high priority they are beginning to give college and career readiness for other students.
Educate! Include! Respect! A Call for School System Reform to Improve the Educational Experiences of Students with Disabilities in New York City [PDF]
Seven years of education reform have not significantly improved outcomes, experiences, or services for New York City’s 160,000 public school students with disabilities, according to this 2009 report by the ARISE Coalition. The report is a review of the reform initiatives and performance data as well as the experiences of parents under the leadership of Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Chancellor Joel Klein. It describes how Mayor Bloomberg’s Children First reforms have left students with disabilities out and calls for the Department of Education to focus on specific reform priorities.