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Special Education

West Buffalo Charter School uses the Consultant Teacher model to provide Special Education services to students with disabilities. This model provides academic services in the areas of ELA and/or Mathematics within the general education setting. Instruction within the classroom allows WBCS to utilize a variety of co-teaching models based on the individual needs of each student.

WBCS strives to work collaboratively with the classroom teachers, related service providers (Speech and Language Therapists, Occupational Therapists, Physical Therapists, and School Social Workers), Language to Literacy Specialists, Buffalo Committee on Special Education (CSE), and, most importantly, each family to develop and implement the Individualized Education Plan (IEP) and document the progress of each student based on their specific IEP Goals.

The responsibilities of a Consultant Teacher include:

  • Providing academic services to students with disabilities in the general education class
  • Collaborating with the classroom teacher
  • Communicating with parents and families
  • Planning and implementing the student's Individualized Education Plan (IEP)
  • Documenting student progress according to their IEP goals via multiple methods of data collection
  • Attending all Committee on Special Education (CSE) meetings, including annual reviews, reevaluations, and triennial reviews
  • Maintaining and securing all files and records pertaining to Special Education
  • Working in partnership with Buffalo Public Schools, related service providers (OT, PT, Speech, and Counselors), and Buffalo Hearing and Speech Center's Language to Literacy Specialists

View the Parent's Guide to Special Education

Welcome To Holland

Emily Perl Kingsley

I am often asked to describe
the experience of raising a child with a disability
to try to help people who have not shared
that unique experience to understand it,
to imagine how it would feel.

It's like this......
When you're going to have a baby,
it's like planning a fabulous vacation trip - to Italy.
You buy a bunch of guide books and make your wonderful plans.
The Coliseum. Michelangelo’s David. The gondolas in Venice.
You may learn some handy phrases in Italian. It's all very exciting.

After months of eager anticipation, the day finally arrives.
You pack your bags and off you go.
Several hours later, the plane lands.
The stewardess comes in and says,
"Welcome to Holland."

"Holland?!?" you say. "What do you mean Holland??
I signed up for Italy! I'm supposed to be in Italy.
All my life I've dreamed of going to Italy."

But there's been a change in the flight plan.
They've landed in Holland and there you must stay.

The important thing is that they haven't taken you
to a horrible place.
It's just a different place.

So you must go out and buy new guide books.
And you must learn a whole new language.
And you will meet a whole new group of people
you would never have met.

It's just a different place.
It's slower-paced than Italy, less flashy than Italy.
But after you've been there for a while
and you catch your breath, you look around....
and you begin to notice that Holland has windmills....
and Holland has tulips.
Holland even has Rembrandts.

But everyone you know is busy coming and going from Italy...
and they're all bragging about
what a wonderful time they had there.
And for the rest of your life, you will say
"Yes, that's where I was supposed to go.
That's what I had planned.
And the pain of that will never, ever, ever, ever go away...
because the loss of that dream is a very, very significant loss.

But... if you spend your life
mourning the fact that you didn't get to Italy,
you may never be free to
enjoy the very special, the very lovely things ...
about Holland.