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Pupil Personnel Services and Special Education

NEW! Key Resources:          STUDENT SUPPORT SERVICES HANDBOOK        |       P.R.I.S.M. PRESENTATION to BOE 9-30-15

Welcome to the Bedford Central School District Department of Special Education and Student Services website. We continue to work towards developing an inclusive community of learners by improving and expanding the continuum of services. To further enhance and improve communication between our office and the Bedford community, we have launched this website. We invite you to "surf our site," which we hope welcomes you into the world of special education.

Quick Links:   1-6-15 SEPTO Curriculum Presentation

                         3-9-16 SEPTO Annual Review Presentation

Programs and ServicesImportant DocumentsAcronyms & DefinitionsProcedural SafeguardsSEPTO

Department Leadership:

PHONE: (914) 241-6161

FAX: (914) 241-6156 

Dr. Edward Escobar
Interim Director of Pupil Personnel Services and Special Education

MaryAnn Grieco, Secretary  

Deborah Dormady 
Interim Assistant Director of Pupil Personnel Services and Special Education

Cathy Madera, Secretary  

Dr. Peter Faustino
District Coordinator for Secondary Special Education
Grades 6-12

Deana Longden
District Coordinator for Secondary Special Education
Grades 6-12

Dr. Toni Ann Carey
District Coordinator for Elementary Special Education
Grades K-5

Danielle Levin
CPSE Chairperson

Carolyn Consilvio, Senior Office Assistant


About the Department
The very premise behind the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act is to provide an Individualized Education Plan (IEP) for each student with a disability to ensure a Free Appropriate Public Education. The Bedford Central School District is committed to educating differently-abled students in the least restrictive environment which is supportive, nurturing and appropriate for them and that celebrates these students' unique differences by offering a continuum of programs and services that will help our students continue in their quest to be lifelong learners.

Our goal is to foster growth and independence in the academic, social and emotional domains for students with disabilities; to continue to provide push-in services and supports which enable students with disabilities to be educated within the least restrictive environment; to promote a positive self-image; to work cooperatively with the staff of BOCES and private schools, which serve students placed by the BCSD CSE and CPSE, and to encourage social interactions and mutual understanding between disabled and non-disabled students.

The Bedford Central School District provides a broad range of accommodations, modifications, remedial services, related services and/or special education to meet the needs of all students. Some students may require only support services while others require daily specialized instruction, special classes, or even special schools. Special education is the means by which an individualized program is designed to meet the unique needs of students with disabilities. Responsibility for special education rests with the Committee on Preschool Special Education, for children ages 3 to 5 years, and the Committee on Special Education, serving school age students, ages 5 to 21. 

Our programs and services are designed to afford our students with disabilities the opportunity to avail themselves of the rich academic and extra-curricular opportunities available within our district to the fullest extent possible. The district is committed to educating as many students as possible within the confines of our school district, and has designed an array of options towards that end. 

Self-evaluation and refinement is a guiding principle of the program, as well as the development of “state-of-the-art” programming. The Bedford Central School District is committed to providing exemplary services to all students with disabilities, and works diligently with staff, parent/guardian and students to achieve this goal. 

This website is divided into four segments for program information relating to high school, middle school, elementary school and preschool. There is an additional section that addresses support services at all levels. Supports are provided from kindergarten through high school graduation or age 21. We work with the Westchester County Department of Health to support programs for children from age 3 to 5 who are classified and in need of special education services.

At least once annually, the Committee on Special Education (CSE) and the Committee on Preschool Special Education (CPSE) schedule meetings to determine the appropriateness of a student's program and to determine the need for continued classified support. The parent/guardian is an integral member of the Committee in planning for the student's needs. The goal for each special education student is to maximize his/her opportunities for participating in the regular education program to the appropriate extent possible.

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