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Special-ed students in some neighborhoods face longer odds when looking for help

10.15.2014 | Chalkbeat New York | The city is failing to provide thousands of services to students with disabilities, and the shortfall is worst in some of the city’s poorest and least accessible neighborhoods, new data shows...the process of turning a referral into reality can be frustrating to parents everywhere, who say they must advocate for their child to get the services in school or arrange for outside therapies themselves. In many cases, it takes weeks or months to match a student with a provider. "Already, we’re receiving calls because students had no services in place for the first month," said Maggie Moroff, special education policy coordinator at Advocates for Children New York, which operates a helpline for parents. Read article