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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
Celebrating A Desire To Work

New York State Senator Robert Ortt from Orleans County visited with Project SEARCH students last week at Beechwood Continuing Care in Getzville. He toured the facility and spoke with six teens enrolled in the program including one teen from his district, Alexis Gervase of Lockport.

“He listened intently and shared his journey,” said Erin Richeal, Erie 1 BOCES special education teacher. “He celebrated their desire to seek competitive employment upon completing Project SEARCH.”

Alexander Gehm, a former Project SEARCH intern now employed by Beechwood Continuing Care, also shared his journey with the senator. Later, following the senator’s visit, he spoke again at the program’s annual open house. There, students currently enrolled in the program detailed their experiences to prospective students and parents, family members, partnering agencies and school leaders.

Western New York Project SEARCH is a business-led partnership that offers a school-to-work program alternative for students with disabilities who are in their last year of high school. The program is provided by Beechwood Continuing Care in conjunction with Erie 1 BOCES, Aspire of WNY and The Summit Center.

To learn more about Project SEARCH visit this special education page on   
Senator Ortt poses with several youth from Project Search
Senator Robert Ortt poses for a photo with students enrolled in 2016-17 Project Search.


Alexis Gervase speaks into a microphone
Alexis Gervase speaks to attendees at the annual open house.

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