Impartial Hearing Office

The New York City Department of Education promotes the participation of parent, families and communities in the education of the children with special needs.   There may be times when a parent or guardian (herein after referred to as parent) will have a concern related to his or her child's education and the services offered by the Department. If this concern can not be resolved between the district and parent, the  Individuals with Disabilities Education Act provides parents with several means to address special education concerns by requesting a Due Process Hearing. 

The  Impartial Hearing Office  role is to timely and efficiently process these requests so issues can be resolved and the educational needs of the child met. Issues raised at hearings include but are not limited to evaluation, educational placement or provision of a free appropriate public education to children with disabilities (ages 3-21).  

For questions about an impartial hearing order that has been issued, please contact the Impartial Hearing Order Implementation Unit.