Overview

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
News and Events
Hamburg Freshman Honored For Efforts - West Seneca, NY (Feb. 7, 2017) - Erie 1 BOCES has selected Hamburg High School freshman... Read More...
Pacers Program Pumps Up Muscles and Spirits - Swimming pool noodles and plastic bottles filled with colored water are the humble tools building... Read More...
A New Home at West Elementary West Seneca - West Elementary School is the new home to seven Erie 1 BOCES Special Education classes, many of... Read More...
Exceptional Education Staff Development Day - A better understanding of the cycle of poverty and new strategies in helping... Read More...
Celebrating A Desire To Work - New York State Senator Robert Ortt from Orleans County visited with Project SEARCH students last... Read More...
Letter to Parents Regarding Lead Test Results - Dear Parents and Guardians, All public schools in New York State were required to test... Read More...
Parent follows path to Exceptional Education - Renee Filip’s son, Marshall, benefits from the Exceptional Education program at Erie 1... Read More...
Teacher on special assignment lends a hand in student success - Melissa Metz, 10-year veteran of the Erie 1 BOCES Exceptional Education division, is the current... Read More...
Sign language interpreter breaks down communication barriers - Kathleen Pollack, an American sign language (ASL) interpreter for deaf and hearing impaired... Read More...
Assistive devices foster student participation - Students in Melissa DiGuiseppe’s special education classroom are thriving with the help of... Read More...
Project SEARCH holds graduation, turning students into successes - The excitement was palpable in the auditorium at Beechwood Continuing Care on Tuesday, June 21, as... Read More...
Kenmore Middle School’s achieving community - Students and staff at Kenmore Middle School are surpassing standards as the final year of the... Read More...
"Spring Fling" prom - On May 19, students from the Special Education Maryvale Work Readiness program gathered in the... Read More...
Sabres alumnus at Special Ed's 50th annual graduation - Rob Ray, broadcaster and Buffalo Sabres alumnus, inspired a special group of young adults today.... Read More...
Student art on display - Evan Meiler, a 6:1:1 student in Jeanmarie O'Connell’s class at West Seneca West Elementary... Read More...
Spring Calendar - 5/19 Spring Fling Dance 10 a.m. - 1... Read More...
Summer provides extended learning and enjoyment - Most students and teachers would not describe a traditional summer school as "fun" and... Read More...
Professional Development Day - Teachers from the Exceptional Education division convened to share best practices and review state... Read More...
Project SEARCH Open House - An open house for Project SEARCH was held this week at Beechwood Continuing Care in Amherst.... Read More...
Exceptional Education Field Trip to Becker Farms - Field trips are a great way to allow students to engage in hands-on learning experiences, and... Read More...
  
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