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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
Welcome Robert Boccaccio

Photo of BoccacciThis fall, Robert Boccaccio began his role as principal for Special Education programs at Erie 1 BOCES. In that role, Boccaccio will be responsible for implementing and managing policies, regulations and procedures to ensure that all students are educated in a safe, child-centered learning environment that meets and exceeds standards. This includes daily engagement and dynamic, positive leadership of student programs. Boccaccio will be traveling to satellite locations (e.g. Kenmore East, Tonawanda Middle, Akron Elementary) as part of his duties. Before joining Erie 1 BOCES, Boccaccio worked as a director of curriculum and instruction for Health Sciences Charter School in Buffalo since 2012. He has 10 years of experience in education.
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