Thomas Reynolds Center for Special Education and After-School Programs

The Thomas Reynolds Center for Special Education and After-School Programs provides a rich learning and teaching environment where scientifically-based research methods are used to assist students in grades 4-8. Graduate students in Daemen's Masters in Special Education program are selected to serve as graduate assistants, providing tutoring, assessment, and counseling. The Center works with schools in Buffalo and Amherst.

In November of 2013, The Reynolds Center was awarded a grant of $49,802 from The Peter & Elizabeth C. Tower Foundation for a project called, ““’Bridges to Success’: Teaching students with learning disabilities necessary organizational skills to successfully transition from elementary to middle school.”  Lisa Waterrose, Director of the Thomas Reynolds Center for Special Education and After-School Programs, authored the proposal and is the Project Director.  Earlier this year, Daemen College was among seven organizations in Western New York to be selected--by invitation only--to apply for a Peter & Elizabeth C. Tower Foundation Planning Study grant.

In August of 2009, The Reynolds Center was awarded a grant of $2,610 from The Dollar General Literacy Foundation.  The grant is being used to assist children attending The Aloma D. Johnson Fruit Belt Community Charter School who struggle with reading. Specifically, the grant has been used to purchase ONfinity, a portable, interactive whiteboard system that instantly transforms any flat surface into a touch screen.  Lessons using ONfinity offer children the opportunity to use many of their senses, including visual, kinesthetic, and auditory.  One accessory that also was purchased is an interactive “Dance Mat”.  This tool allows the children to dance their responses to academic questions. 

In 2007, The Reynolds Center at Daemen College began partnering with Parent Network of Western New York, Autistic Services , Inc., the Early Childhood Direction Center and Summit Educational Resources to create the Western New York Center for Autism Support and Education (CASE). Funded through a competitive grant from the State Office of Mental Retardation and Development Disabilities, CASE will provide families and care providers of children and adults with developmental disabilities, primarily Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) with the information, training and support they need to ensure individuals with ASD reach their potential.

In January of 2006, Daemen College was awarded a $327,360 Special Project grant through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Economic Development Initiative. Support has been used for the collaboration between Daemen College and The St. John Fruit Belt Community Development Corporation.  Funds were also used to establish The Aloma D. Johnson Fruit Belt Community Charter School; Daemen College serves on the Board.

In August 2003, Daemen College was awarded nearly $1.3 million in federal funding to create a unique after-school program to address the academic, social, and physical requirements of public school special education students.  In July of 2004, Daemen  was awarded an additional $626,283 to continue the programs. The funding, obtained through the efforts of Representative Tom Reynolds (R-26th District), is part of the Omnibus Budget Bill approved by the House of Representatives. In 2005, Daemen College was again awarded $595,199, bringing the total amount from the U.S. Department of Education to over $2.5 million to date.

The Reynolds Center has also begun a collaboration with the Erie 1 BOCES. Through this partnership, students in the Erie 1 BOCES New Visions Educational Careers Program (New Visions). The New Visions program is made possible through a Vocational -Technical Education Act ( V-TEA ) grant through the New York State Education Department. As part of the partnership, Daemen College has received $2000 in funding.

The Reynolds Center has also receive support for programs from The AstraZeneca Foundation, The Buffalo Renaissance Foundation, The Children's Foundation of Erie County, and The Providence Fund.


Lisa Waterrose, Executive Director

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