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​nassau County

Herricks Comunity Ctr.

999 Herricks Road

New Hyde Park, NY 11040

Phone: 516.248.2222 

Fax: 516.248.2290

Suffolk County

490 Wheeler Road

Suite 165 C

Hauppauge, NY 11788

Phone: 631.234.0467

Fax: 631.234.4069

Nassau: 516.248.2222  

Suffolk:  631.234.0467


Long Island Advocacy Center Logo for the legal rights of students and individuals with disabilities
The Long Island Advocacy Center, Inc. (THE LIAC) is a private non-for-profit agency dedicated to
protecting the legal rights of students and individuals with disabilities 


Q   Someone at my child’s school told me that my son/daughter scored too high, and therefore is too smart to qualify for special education, yet my child is not doing well. What can I do?
A.  You have a right to have your child evaluated.  The decision must be made by the entire committee on special education (CSE).  Put your request in writing and send it to the Director of Special Education return receipt requested.
Q.  Are all kids with learning disabilities entitled to special education services ( FAPE - Free Appropriate Public Education)?
A.  To be eligible, a child with a disability must meet one of IDEA’s thirteen classification categories and because of the disability need special education services to benefit from the general education program. If the CSE (committee on special education) decides your child meets these two requirements, then an IEP (individual education plan) is developed.
​Q. When is the district required to pay for a private evaluation?
A.  By definition, an independent educational evaluation (IEE) is conducted by a qualified professional who is not an employee of the school district. Parents may request an IEE paid for by the school district when they disagree with the school district’s special education evaluation. In response to your request for an IEE, the district must take one of two actions:  (1) Provide the IEE at public expense, or (2) Initiate a due process hearing to show the district’s evaluation was appropriate

Eligibility flow chart                      Education Advocacy Q & A

Joint US DOJ-ED announces 

school discipline guidance

January 2014 Video

Rights of Students in

Special Education: Discipline Video 

Establishing an IEP Video

Suffolk County Intake

          631-234-0467 Ext. 10​​


  click link below for online intake

 Nassau County Intake

          516-248-2222 Ext. 10


click link below for online intake

Educational Advocacy from Birth- 21 

 The LIAC assists families in learning how to access and obtain for their children the educational services to which they are legally entitled. This program offers advice and when necessary, representation at school-related meetings as well as information and referral.Our LIAC education advocates have extensive knowledge, experience and resources to help empower you as you advocate for your child. 

Services are generally provided via phone consultations and technical support such as e-mail, fax or we can mail information to you. To speak with an advocate, you must complete an intake by calling the appropriate LIAC office (the county in which you reside) OR you can complete our online form.​​     

Phone Consultations   Information   Referral   Individual Support


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