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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
Angelo Honored for Excellence in Teaching
The Western New York Education Service Council presented Cindy Angelo with the 2018 Award for Excellence in Teaching. Angelo, a special education teacher with Erie 1 BOCES for the past 25 years, has taught students of various ages and grade levels in a self-contained classroom setting.
“She demonstrates a balance between a firm, yet caring approach in establishing a culture for learning,” said Justin DeMartin, director of Exceptional Education at Erie 1 BOCES. “Cindy has mentored a multitude of teachers throughout her tenure with BOCES, providing them with knowledge, skills, and resources to help them feel successful in their first couple of years of teaching a challenging population.”
Angelo is a resident of Alden and her BOCES classroom is currently located at Akron Elementary. 
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