Special Education

Ms DefayetteCommittee on Special Education/Committee on Preschool Special Education/Section 504
Director of Special Education’s Message



In exercising an abundance of caution, we are postponing all Committee on Special Education, Committee on Preschool Special Education, and Section 504 meetings until our school campuses reopen on April 20, 2020.  We will be contacting you through U.S. Postal Service regarding revised meeting date, time, and location after April 1, 2020.

The District Special Education Office will remain open throughout the school closure. Please check our page on the AVCS Website for further updates during the closure.   Should you have questions or concerns regarding your child or services please feel free to contact our office directly.

Mrs. Lori McCallister, Administrative Assistant:

Mccallister.lori@avcsk12.org or (518) 834-2800, ext. 3502

Ms. Aimee Defayette, Director of Special Education:

Defayette.aimee@avcsk12.org or (518) 834-2800, ext. 3505.


The Committee on Special Education (CSE) is responsible for identifying students who have disabilities and arranging appropriate special services and programs. Aimee Defayette serves as the District’s Director of Special Education. There is a wide continuum of supports and services available. Programs range from specialized academic instruction in small class settings to additional support in the regular classroom. Related services, such as speech therapy, physical and occupational therapies, and counseling are also provided.

If you believe that your child may have a disability, you are encouraged to discuss your concerns with your child’s teachers, school counselor, and principal. You may also call the Special Education Office at 834-2800 for further information. Once a referral is made, a comprehensive evaluation is completed by a team of educators and specialists.

You will be invited to participate in a meeting to review evaluation results and to consider recommendations. Students who meet eligibility requirements will have an Individualized Education Plan (IEP) developed to address special learning needs.

If you are the parent of a preschool child and are concerned about your child’s development, you may also call the Special Education Office. Information about preschool evaluations and services is available. The District encourages early identification of disabilities and provision of services to ensure that your child has a happy and successful adjustment to kindergarten. You can access the Parent’s Guide to Special Education in New York State for Children Ages 3-21 by going to http://www.p12.nysed.gov/specialed/publications/policy/parentsguide.pdf

Aimee Defayette
Director – Special Education
Ausable Valley Central School
1490 Route 9N
Clintonville, NY 12912
518-834-2800 ext. 3502

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