Childrens Residential Program (CRP)

The Oberkirch Children’s Residence for school-age children was opened in May 1989, providing the opportunity for 12 children with disabilities to live in a home-like environment and attend a nearby special education program and receive rehabilitative services necessary to meet each child’s needs. The program is licensed by both the Office of Persons with Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD) and the State Education Department (SED). The residence is a co-ed facility that is staffed 24 hours a day. The program provides medication administration, coordination of medical services daily living skills assistance, recreation, education, occupational, speech, and physical therapy.

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Youth residing in the Oberkirch program participate in educational services at the Cerebral Palsy of Ulster County Community Rehabilitation Center (CRC). Our special education school is approved by the NYS Department of Education and provides services to students ages five to twenty-one, who have multiple disabilities. Our goal is to enhance the lives of our students by promoting independence through the development of functional goals. The program offers a wealth of resources for each student’s individual needs while emphasizing communication, socialization, and self-help skills. Resources include:

  • IPADs
  • Smartboard technology
  • Adapted classroom computer work stations
  • Augmentative communication devices (Dynavox, Cheaptalk, Big Mack switches, etc.)
  • Assistive technology
  • Adaptive positioning devices
  • Therapeutic playground
  • Wheelchair accessible garden

Our interdisciplinary team approach creates a classroom environment in which students are encouraged to reach their maximum potential through collaborative planning and the implementation of individualized goals. Classroom sizes are a 6:1:3 model and 12 month programming is available as determined by CSE. The school age education program provides the following services:

  • Adaptive Physical Education
  • Physical Therapy
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Speech / Language Therapy
  • Teacher of the Visually Impaired
  • Social Work
  • Assistive Technology / Augmentative Communication Evaluations