Special Education Consulting Services NYC

What does it mean to have a child with special needs?
For us, it means that while mainstream educational environments engage a wide array of students, special needs schools emphasize individualized instruction and support. Most importantly, if your child is struggling or being challenged in a particular area of their development, special needs schools will customize your child’s educational program to meet their very specific learning needs.
Special education is a broad term used to describe the educational system for children with disabilities. In 1975, the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) was developed to ensure that children with special education needs have access to the same public school education as every other child. In 1997, IDEA was revised to include laws to promote that children with special needs have the same access to the general curriculum.
Jane is here to support the parent through the process from identification to placement. She will make referrals for evaluation, provide resources for services, review all documentation, speak with all stakeholders, develop a list of appropriate programs and supports and create a strategic plan. Our consultants will assess and observe the student, attend school and IEP meetings and interface with evaluators and special education attorneys.
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We understand the unique challenges that families with children who have special needs face. Our special education advising services are designed to support families in navigating the complex special education system and accessing the resources and services that their child needs to thrive.
Our experienced advisors work with families to create a comprehensive plan that addresses their child’s individual strengths, needs, and goals. We provide personalized guidance on the special education process, including identifying appropriate evaluations and assessments, developing Individualized Education Plans (IEPs) and 504 Plans, and advocating for services and accommodations that support the child’s academic and personal growth.
We believe that every child deserves access to a high-quality education, and our advisors work with families to identify schools and programs that can meet their child’s unique needs. We offer guidance on how to evaluate programs, advocate for accommodations, and ensure that their child’s educational environment is inclusive and supportive.
Our advisors also work closely with educators, healthcare professionals, and other service providers to ensure that families have access to the resources and support they need to help their child succeed. We provide ongoing support to families throughout the special education process and help them navigate any challenges that may arise.
Our special education advising services are designed to empower families and help their children achieve academic and personal success. Contact us today to learn more about our special education services and how we can support your family.

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Jane Gertler, Ed.D.

Special Education Consultant

Dr. Jane Gertler joins Smart City Kids as an Educational Consultant concentrating in advising families whose children are in need of special education services. Jane understands the unique needs and requirements of every child with special needs. She approaches the challenge of finding a fitting environment in which her clients’ children will thrive with sensitivity, knowledge, and experience.

As the former Director of The Office of Teaching and Learning at The Churchill School and Center, a K – 12 school for students with learning differences in New York City, Jane knows that finding the right school program is a complex task. She also knows the immeasurable joy parents feel when their child comes home from school with a smile, feeling good about themself, and looking forward to the next day. This knowledge is what guides her mission.

Before arriving at The Churchill School and Center, Dr. Gertler spent more than 20 years as a school administrator in Westchester, serving as Director of Special Education in Irvington. She also served as the Director of Special Education and Director of Curriculum, Assessment and Professional Development in Edgemont. She holds a B.S. from Cornell University, a Master’s in Education from New York University, and a Doctorate in School Leadership from Fordham University. She is here to help.


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