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Erie 1 BOCES Special Education provides programs which are designed for students with disabilities whose instructional needs cannot be appropriately served by their local school district.  Special education classes, for students ages 5-21, are hosted within our component school districts. 

 A team effort by related services itinerant professionals supports the classroom teacher in meeting the demands of the New York State Common Core Learning Standards.  The following itinerant services are provided, based on the student’s IEP:  speech and language therapy, occupational therapy, physical therapy, itinerant hearing services, itinerant vision services and social work counseling.

Special programs exist to specifically meet the needs of students with autism, behavior disorders and students who have previously not been successful in a traditional public school setting.  Transition services are an important part of the curriculum for all Special Education students.  Students have an opportunity to participate in a simulated workshop and in community internships.

For all students, learning is based on the New York State Common Core Learning Standards.

Special Education
Annotating genomes

Toolkit expands research and understanding

Students Maryvale Work Readiness student Lily Adelman explains genome annotation to teachers from Attica High School.enrolled in Erie 1 BOCES Exceptional Education program at Maryvale Work Readiness Center have been studying biotechnology.

“Students were each assigned a gene from the Listeria genome to annotate for a poster presentation,” said biotechnology teacher Melanie Roth. “Students researched different aspects of the gene such as similarity in sequence and structure, where it is located in the cell and
if it has an enzymatic function.”

Roth’s class brought their findings to the 5th Annual Western New York Genetics Research Partnership at the University at Buffalo on
May 22. The youth presented alongside 19 high schools.

“Students learned how to use the Genomics Education National Initiative - Annotation Collaboration Toolkit (GENI-ACT), which is an online toolkit that consolidates publicly available bioinformatics tools,” continued Roth. “The Western NY Genetics in Research Partnership is
one of a number of groups using GENI-ACT to annotate microbial genomes at the high school, undergraduate and graduate level.”

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