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Roles and Responsibilities of the One-to-One Aide

January 18th, 2012

If a student requires a one-to-one aide, school personnel must:

–          Consider the qualifications of the individual (i.e., teaching assistant or teacher aide) that would be necessary to meet the needs of the student (http://www.highered.nysed.gov/tcert/career/tavsta.html )

–          Establish a plan to monitor the student’s progress towards the goals to be addressed by the assignment of the one-to-one aide and the student’s continuing need for the one-to-one aide;

–          Consider a plan for progressively reducing the support provided to the student and his or her dependence on an aide over time;

–          Plan for substitutes to serve as the student’s one-to-one aide to cover staff absences in order to ensure the student receives the recommended IEP services of the one-to-one aide; and

–          Ensure that the one-to-one aide has access to a copy of the student’s IEP, has been informed of his or her responsibilities for IEP implementation for the student and has received the professional development and supervision necessary to carry out these responsibilities.

Attached are three sample forms that, when used together, will assist and guide CPSEs and CSEs in their consideration of a student’s need for a one-to-one aide:

–          One-to-One Aide Planning: Considerations and Recommendations

–          Checklist to Determine the Student’s Needs as They May Relate to the Need for a One-to-One Aide

–          Considerations for Need for a One-to-One Aide: Available Natural and Other Supports for the Student’s Schedule

Questions regarding this memorandum may be directed to the Special Education Policy Unit at (518)473-2878 or your Special Education Quality Assurance Regional Associate at one of the following Regional Offices:

Central Region                        (315) 476-5081
Eastern Region                       (518) 486-6366
Hudson Valley Region           (518) 473-1185
Long Island Region                 (631) 884-8530
New York City                         (718) 722-4544
Western Region                      (585) 344-2002
Non-district Unit                      (518) 473-1185

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