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Letter from the Co-Presidents

Last Fall, we attended the national Council of Administrators of Special Education (CASE) conference in San Antonio and it proved to be a professionally life changing experience in many ways! Most importantly, we experienced CASE up close and personal...and found that it is a very impressive professional organization.

It is clear that CASE has a rich tradition of advocacy at the Federal level as evidenced by our time spent in small sessions with federal education officials who were seeking dialogue with CASE Board of Directors and state representatives on policy matters. This high quality collaborative learning opportunity provided us with up to date, cutting edge information. We were inspired and excited to find we have a professional "heritage" under CASE that is one of excellence!

Meeting our CASE colleagues from across the country was also extremely inspiring and professionally stimulating. Quickly, we noticed a pattern as each organization introduced themselves...colleagues from Missouri went as "MOCASE", friends from Georgia call themselves "GCASE", and our partners in Indiana are known as "ICASE"...the professional family surname was consistent...and, as CNYSEA, it become clear that it was time for us to align the organization with its heritage. For information on the background of CNYSEA, please refer to the About Us tab.

In order to make it evident that our organization is the official CASE affiliation in New York State and that we are proud to be a part of this exceptional professional association, we brought the recommendation to adopt the name "NYCASE" before the CNYSEA membership at our Annual Meeting held at the 2015 Summer Institute. The motion was passed unanimously!

This name change represents a new chapter in our organization's history...one that invites you to explore CASE and NYCASE with fresh eyes. It is an opportunity to begin writing a new chapter in your professional story and ours, one that builds on the legacy of CASE....a chapter that utilizes your wealth of professional experience and knowledge to influence and change the systems that impact students with disabilities and their families.

As the state level affiliate of CASE, we come from strong professional pedigree for this work. So please join us as we celebrate our name change and while you’re at it . . . . spread the word.

As New York Council of Administrators of Special Education (NYCASE), Our Time Has Come!

In the spirit of collaboration,

Lori DeCarlo
Heidi McCarthy


The Special Education Administrator according to National CASE:
  • Makes serving and supporting exceptional children and their parents the primary responsibility;
  • Strives to be proficient in current professional practice;
  • Supports study and research guided by the conventions of scholarly inquire;
  • Respects the privacy of students and parents and holds as confidential information in accordance with State/Provincial and Federal laws;
  • Regards colleagues, parents and students with respect, courtesy, fairness, and good faith;
  • Upholds and advances the values, ethics knowledge and mission of the profession;
  • Fosters and supports maximum self-determination and independence on the part of exceptional children;
  • Utilizes impartial professional judgment in evaluating the needs of exceptional children and their parents;
  • Accepts the responsibility to provide meaningful training experiences to colleagues, general educators, and the public;
  • Promotes the general welfare of exceptional children.



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