DOE to form new advisory council to better serve students with disabilities, IEPs

Schools Chancellor David Banks announced a newly formed special education advisory council Thursday aimed to help students with disabilities and those with individualized education programs.
Banks says some families have had to get their children help elsewhere in order to meet their needs, but he no longer wants that to be the case.
The advisory council will consist of parents, students, alumni, experts in special education and others. They will make recommendations on what those students need to excel.
The chancellor also announced that they are growing the sensory exploration and discovery program for students with intensive sensory needs. The DOE is also adding more ASD Nest and Horizon programs across the city for those with autism.
Additionally, the Training Opportunity Program will give paid internship opportunities for students with IEPs to help other students with disabilities.