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Special Education Advocacy Services for Students With Disabilities

RCAL Special Education Advocates offer support to parents of children with all kinds of disabilities — emotional, social, learning, sensory — not just physical disabilities. Bilingual (English/Spanish) assistance is available. Se Habla Espanol.

Advocacy for:

  • Early Intervention
  • Preschool
  • Kindergarten – High School
  • Transition Planning


  • Parental Support
  • Information
  • Referrals
  • Workshops

We Believe

. . . In the philosophy of educational integration for all students with disabilities.

. . . That all students should be offered many opportunities that prepare them to live and participate in the real world.

We Help

. . . Parents, students and school districts coordinate reasonable, appropriate, inclusive educational programs.

Special Education Advocacy assistance is available to parents of children with disabilities seeking aid fro educational systems and other areas as needed. Workshops on CSE Process, IEPs, Self-advocacy, as well as individual disabilities are offered at the Center.

Service Coordination supports people with developmental disabilities in identifying and obtaining supports and services through choice and self-determination. Assists in all areas including work, finances, friends, leisure activities, medical issues and living arrangements.

Transition Planning assistance, information and resources for school-age students, their parents and family members, in preparation for the transition to adult life and services, post-secondary education and/or training, employment and independent living.

For more information, please visit our links below regarding:

Gloria Toporowski has always been very helpful and caring. I appreciate all of the support she has given me over the years.”

Worried about your child’s progress at school?
Come to a Special Education Rights Workshop at RCAL

January 9, 2019

February 13, 2019

March 13, 2019

Workshops are held from 9:30-11:30 am

Learn answers to the following questions and more:
What are your parental rights with regards to your child’s education? What are your school district’s responsibilities and mandates? What if you disagree with district’s recommendation for your child? Do you know how to access and utilize NYSED regulations?

A child’s greatest advocate is his/her parent. You are their first teacher and know your child best. When it comes to advocating in the school environment under the umbrella of special education, there are somethings every parent should know. Helping parents and professionals, understand the student’s rights is the goal of this workshop. RCAL strongly encourages all parents to take this workshop whether for the first time or as a review. Going forth, all new parents seeking special education advocacy will be required to take this workshop.

  • Pre-registration is required. As we are a not-for-profit agency, RCAL requests a $5 fee to cover cost of workshop materials.
  • The workshops are designed for parents, educators, and human service professionals.
  • Workshops may also be scheduled and held at a location more convenient to specific groups of participants.

Please call or email Special Education Advocate Gloria Toporowski at 845-331-0541 x14 for more information and to pre-register. NOTE: In the event of a snow day or two hour delay, the workshop will be cancelled.

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