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Opportunities Collaborative supports charter, parochial, and private schools of Erie and Niagara Counties by:

  • Offering training and professional development for school leaders, teachers , and governing boards so the schools they represent can best support students with disabilities.

  • Sharing effective practices for serving students with disabilities, for the Western New York region, the State of New York and nationally.

  • Advocating for students with disabilities, and their families, to assure that these students receive an appropriated inclusive education.

  • Working to ensure that the civil rights and educational best interests of students with special needs
    are protected.

  • Building capacity for all schools, particularly charter, private, and parochial schools, to provide
    high-quality related services.

  • Developing strong local, state and national partnerships with all stakeholders, districts, schools, philanthropies, institutes of higher education, community-based organizations, other advocacy groups, governmental agencies, among others, to increase opportunities, services, and resources afforded to students with special needs.

  • Enabling all schools to increase academic, socio-economic, and life skill outcomes for students with disabilities.

“I completed the Orton Gillingham training. Thank you for the opportunity! The training was very intense! My advice to your future scholarship recipients is to not plan on multi-tasking. That's hard for teachers! It really required my full focus. There was a lot of group work and hands-on training, even on Zoom. I can honestly say that I learned a lot and I am looking forward to putting it to use.
M. Kostek, Response to Intervention Specialist

Our Lady of Blessed Sacrament School

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