Disabilities Task Force
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Definition of Terms
Learning Disability A disorder in one or more of the basic psychological processes involved in understanding or in using language, spoken or written, which may manifest itself in imperfect ability to listen, think, speak, read, write, spell or do mathematical calculations.
New York State Board of Regents Governing body for education in New York State. The Board of Regents and the State Education Department govern education from pre-kindergarten to graduate school. The Board is constitutionally responsible for setting educational policy, standards and rules - and legally required to ensure that the entities overseen carry out these policies, standards and rules.
New York State Dormitory Authority A public benefit corporation. Its purpose is to finance and build facilities for higher education, health care providers, and certain nonprofit institutions and public agencies.
New York State Education Department Responsible for general supervision of all educational institutions in the state, for operating certain educational and cultural institutions, and for certifying teachers and certifying or licensing practitioners of 38 professions. The Department's supervisory activities include chartering all educational institutions in the state, including schools, libraries and historical societies; developing and approving school curricula; accrediting college and university programs; allocating state and federal financial aid to schools; and providing and coordinating vocational rehabilitation services. The State Education Department is governed by the 16-member Board of Regents.