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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
Hamburg Freshman Honored For Efforts

West Seneca, NY (Feb. 7, 2017) - Erie 1 BOCES has selected Hamburg High School freshman Jacob Tonello as the featured student of the month. Jacob is enrolled in the Maryvale Work Readiness program at Erie 1 BOCES under the instruction of teachers Anthony Giambrone, Brenna Towle, Melanie Roth and Marie Szabla.

Giambrone stated, “Jacob consistently completes his work and assists other students who are struggling. He is very polite and respectful to his teachers and peers. He will work very precisely and check all of his math problems. His math grade is consistently in the high 80's to low 90's. He will make a plan to make up any missed work as soon as he can.”

“Jacob is a very creative young man,” added Towle. “In English class he has demonstrated that he is inquisitive, imaginative, and industrious. At the conclusion of our Poe unit, Jacob wrote a noteworthy horror story that held the reader’s interest due to his vivid description and humorous surprise ending.”

Jacob said he hopes to pursue a career involving singing and song writing.

From emotional and social challenges to mental and physical impairments, Erie 1 BOCES Exceptional Education can address a variety of student needs that fall outside the scope of a traditional school setting. The degree of support required for students with exceptional needs can often be cost prohibitive for one school district to tackle completely on its own. At Erie 1 BOCES, we pool the resources of multiple school districts to provide full service, quality programing by sharing the expense. The result, unique opportunities and exceptional results.

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