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STIC
135 East Frederick St.
Binghamton, NY 13904

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(607) 724-2111 (Voice/TTY)
(607) 772-3600 (Fax)
1 (877) 722-9150 (Toll-Free)
(607) 238-2694 (VP)

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Monday - Friday
9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

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STIC provides Education Advocacy services to families of children with disabilities to ensure that they receive an appropriate education in the least restrictive environment, as required by law. These services are provided by STIC’s Education Advocate and through our Parent Mentor Project, described below.

Service Area
Education Advocacy services are available in Broome, Chenango and Tioga Counties.

Education Advocate
STIC’s Education Advocate assists parents to understand the special education system and can advocate with them to ensure that their children’s needs for support in school are being met.

This includes:
• Helping parents understand their rights under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act (IDEA) and 504
• Assisting with developing and reviewing Individualized Education Plans (IEP) and 504 Plans
• Attending and advocating at CSE and other meetings, conferences, disciplinary hearings, and manifestation hearings
• Assisting parents with requesting special education testing and evaluations
• Assisting parents to obtain assistive technology that will help their children to have the same access to computers, communication, etc. as non-disabled students.
• Assisting parents to advocate for supports and services that will allow their child to be served in the least restrictive and inclusive setting.

Services provided by STIC’s Education Advocate are available to families of individuals with any type of disability.

Parent Mentor Project
STIC provides education advocacy assistance to parents through our Parent Mentor Project. In this program, a Parent Mentor Advocate, who is the parent of a child with a developmental disability provides mentoring and support to other parents. The Parent Mentor Advocate will use their experience to assist other parents to navigate the complex special education system. The ultimate goal is to empower and educate parents so that they can become their child’s best advocate. This includes:

• Teaching parents how to advocate for their children
• Helping parents understand their rights under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act (IDEA) and 504
• Assisting with developing and reviewing Individualized Education Plans (IEP) and 504 Plans
• Attending and advocating at CSE and other meetings, conferences, disciplinary hearings, and manifestation hearings
• Assisting parents with requesting special education testing and evaluations
• Assisting parents to obtain assistive technology that will help their children to have the same access to computers, communication, etc. as non-disabled students.
• Assisting parents to advocate for supports and services that will allow their child to be served in the least restrictive and inclusive setting.

Services provided by STIC’s Parent Mentor Advocate are available to parents of children with OPWDD eligibility.

Contact
Gayle Barton - Parent Mentor / Education Advocate
Phone: (607) 724-2111 ext 385