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    Our commitment to Digital Accessibility

    Southern Westchester BOCES is committed to creating an environment where we meet the needs of all whom we serve. We strive to make our facilities and technology accessible to all students, staff and visitors in accordance with WCAG 2.0 Level AA guidelines.

    As part of this commitment, Southern Westchester BOCES is introducing the AudioEye toolbar. This feature will provide a comprehensive set of tools enabling our website visitors the ability to experience interfaces that are most accessible and usable to their needs. Please see the Southern Westchester BOCES Website Accessibility Statement and click here to learn more about AudioEye.

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  • SWBOCES Nursing students help in outreach at college conference

    The SWBOCES Practical Nursing Program was represented at the Southern Westchester College Conference in White Plains last month, and two of our students helped support this important outreach.

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  • Students Compete in Cupcake Baking Competition

    The pressure was on for students in the Baking, Food and Retail Program to come up with the tastiest cupcake during the recent "Cupcake Wars" competition held on the Career Services campus. 

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  • Adult learners express gratitude for program's support

    Adult education students expressed gratitude to state Sen. Terrence Murphy for funding in support of workforce preparation programs that will help them along on meaningful and rewarding career paths.

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  • Police Officer, Photographer, Physical Education Teachers Among the American Dreamer Award Recipients for 2018

    The 26th Annual American Dreamer Awards were held May 16 and a number of people were honored for their selfless dedication to the BOCES special needs population. 

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  • Students at Tappan Hill School Learn Through Spring Planting Project

    Students at the SWBOCES Tappan Hill School in Tarrytown learn about the planting process by making special Mother's Day gifts. 

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  • SEPTA Parents Learn How to Access State Services for Developmentally Disabled Children

    SEPTA Sponsors Workshop on the "Front Door" Process for People with Developmental Disabilities

    For anyone seeking services from the state’s Office for People with Developmental Disabilities, the first step in obtaining benefits is what’s called the Front Door. Through the Front Door process, OPWDD determines whether people are eligible for services, identifies their needs and helps develop a plan for obtaining the supports.

    “What they’re going to do is verify that the person you are contacting them for does indeed have a developmental disability,” Mary Jane Zukowski, a member of OPWDD in Westchester’s Front Door Access Team, told about 25 people who attended a workshop at the Southern Westchester BOCES Rye Lake Campus.

    The April event was sponsored by the SWBOCES Special Education Parent Teacher Association, which periodically holds information sessions to help educate families of children with developmental disabilities and answer their questions.  

    Because the Front Door process is complex, families have to attend an information session and learn the basics of the before they can start. After they receive eligibility, OPWDD works with the families to create Individualized Service Plans, which comprise personal goals and what supports and services people will need to achieve them.

    Families apply for Medicaid services and a Medicaid Home and Community-Based Services Waiver for their children. The waiver is a program of services and supports for people with developmental disabilities. They receive assistance in such areas as developing social skills, working and volunteering, and building household management skills.

    “Waiver services are funded by Medicaid and the key thing about the waiver is whatever income you make, the individual will not be affected,” Ms. Zukowski said.

    Families are also eligible for respite services, such as having someone watch a child with a developmental disability. “You may need time to rest or go grocery shopping or take another child to a soccer game,” she said.

    A number of changes are coming that are designed to simplify the system for families, she said. Instead of having one person for waiver services and another who handles medical, behavioral and other long-term services, everything will be under one umbrella as of July 1. It will be a more “person-centered” system than in the past, she said.

    “This will be a huge change that should create a lot better coverage and services for people who need it,” she added.

    For more information about the Front Door process in Westchester, call 914-332-8960.

    SEPTA is looking for new members, said Phyllis Rizzi, principal of SWBOCES’ Tappan Hill School. “We encourage all parents and faculty to join SEPTA so we can continue to grow and learn together,” she said. “A special thank you to our SEPTA officers who organized this wonderful event.”

    Visit the SWBOCES Special Services website to download a SEPTA membership form. Annual dues are $10. The forms and dues can be mailed or dropped off in person to SWBOCES SEPTA, care of Phyllis Rizzi, Tappan Hill School, 50 Ichabod Lane, Tarrytown, NY 10591. For more information, contact Ms. Rizzi at 914-366-2560.

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  • Carpentry Student Wins Medal at SkillsUSA Competition

    Robert Heinzinger's family is thrilled with the success of their son, who captured a second-place medal in basic carpentry at the recent SkillsUSA competition in upstate New York. 

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  • Center for Career Services Hosts First Career Fair

    Students from a host of different programs at the Center for Career Services were excited to attend the first annual Career Fair May 9th

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  • Tech Expo 2018: Choose your adventure!

    Keynote speaker Heather Dowd kicked off Tech Expo 2018 at the Edith Macy Conference Center in Briarcliff Manor with sage advice about how we choose our own adventure in education. Meanwhile,  local educators had their pick of dozens of technology-rich breakout sessions to improve teaching and learning. 

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  • St. Matt's Students Learn About the Working World

    Three students who attend our special education programs at St. Matthew's School in White Plains are enjoying the chance to learn in a real work environment. 

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