Governor Signs Legislation Co-Sponsored by Assemblyman Cymbrowitz to Help Special Ed Students Get Vital Services

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NEW YORK:____ Legislation co-sponsored by Assemblyman Steven Cymbrowitz (D-Brooklyn) toensure that special education students get the services they need in a timely manner wasamong a package of bills signed into law by Gov. Kathy Hochul to increase resources andsupport for students with disabilities, their families and social services providers.The legislation (A.7614) co-sponsored by Assemblyman Cymbrowitz creates a
process to immediately appoint an Impartial Hearing Officer (IHO) to rule on special
education due process complaints if one has not been appointed within 196 days of a
parent filing the complaint. Assemblyman Michael Benedetto (D-Bronx) was the bill’s prime
sponsor.“Many of my constituents who are parents of children with autism spectrum disorderand other disabilities have felt frustrated that their kids have been deprived of the servicesto which they are legally entitled — all because of a bureaucratic backlog,” AssemblymanCymbrowitz said. “This legislation will ensure that special education students receive theservices they need, and which are required by law, within a timely manner.”
The Assemblyman noted that New York City and the New York State Education
Department have recently begun hiring more IHOs to hear these cases, and this legislation
will further ensure that parents and students receive necessary services without delay.
Also signed by Gov. Hochul was legislation A.1953, establishing that the AutismSpectrum Disorders Advisory Board provide a report on autism detection, education, andmapping; legislation A.3523-A, making the issuing of behavior analyst licenses in New York
consistent with other states; and legislation A.5339, providing funding to early intervention
education for toddlers with disabilities.The Governor also announced plans to include a historic $240 million increase ininvestment for approved private schools serving children with disabilities in her upcoming2022-2023 Executive Budget.“This historic investment and the legislative package signed today will make asignificant difference in the lives of children with special needs and their families,”Assemblyman Cymbrowitz said.

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